Upper Hunter Brick Show

September 18th, 2019

Rainbow Brickfest presents
Upper Hunter Brick Show
A LEGO Fan Event

Rainbow Bricks is excited to be visiting Singleton for the first time with our LEGO Fan Event, Upper Hunter Brick Show, on Sunday 27th October.
There will be exhibitors from the Central Coast, Newcastle/Hunter Valley and Sydney areas bringing their amazing creations for you to enjoy.
We will have our always popular Rainbow Bricks city layout including working trains and trams and lots of other lights and movement.
As well as the exhibits on display there will be a build area for the kids to build in, a sausage sizzle and LEGO retail stalls.

DATE: Sunday27th October
TIME: 9am - 2pm
VENUE: King Street Public School, King Street, Singleton
COST: $5 a person or $15 a person
All proceeds go to King St Public School.

Please share the event with your friends and family.
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We look forward to seeing you!
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UPCOMING EVENT: Bateau Bay Brickfest

October 5th, 2018

Rainbow Brickfest presents
Bateau Bay Brickfest
A LEGO Fan Event

Rainbow Bricks are excited to announce the first Bateau Bay Brickfest. This community event is supporting Brooke Avenue Public School P&C and Bateau Bay PCYC.

There will be exhibitors from the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas bringing their amazing creations for you to enjoy. Talk to the exhibitors about their displays and LEGO in general.

We will have our always popular and larger Rainbow Bricks city layout including working trains and trams and lots of other lights and movement.

As always we will have the build area for the kids to build something after being inspired by the creations on display.

Plus there will be LEGO Sets, bricks, minifigs and other LEGO Merchandise for sale at the event.

DATE: Sunday 21st October
VENUE: Bateau Bay PCYC
TIME: 10am - 4pm
COST: $5 per person or $15 per family.

We look forward to seeing you there :-)

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Newcastle Photo Walk - Sept 2018

October 5th, 2018

On the last Sunday of September some members of Rainbow Bricks took to the streets of Newcastle to capture LEGO in the wild.

The day started at the Empire Coffee Cafe in Honeysuckle and then moved around the Honeysuckle area before moving to the Newcastle Light Rail. The Light Rail system doesn't open until 2019 but some sections are open to the public already. The area was perfect for some LEGO in the wild shots.

It was a fun day and will be repeated again very soon.

More photos can be found below.

www.flickr.com/photos/kpowers67/albums/72157698851141522

LEGO Creator Expert 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine

September 27th, 2018

10268 Vestas Wind Turbine
Pieces: 826
Price: AUD329.99
Available: 23 November [Black Friday if we lived in the US. No VIP early access].

Over night LEGO announced this set, which measures a metre tall.

The set is "out of the vault" but in this case, the set was never official released. It was a gift to the Vestas employees, business partner, Parent company, suppliers etc.

# Includes a LEGO® Power Functions medium motor, battery box and 2 new-for-January-2018 19.6” (50cm) extension wires.
# Includes a new-for-January-2019 spruce tree; manufactured from sustainably sourced plant-based plastic.

The Shop@Home link:
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Vestas-Wind-Turbine-10268

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PRESS RELEASE

OUT OF THE VAULT & available soon to fans – The NEW LEGO® Creator Expert Vestas® Wind Turbine

• The first-time consumers can purchase a LEGO set featuring new ‘Plants from Plants’ elements – made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane
• A key collaboration between the LEGO Group and Vestas®, the world leader in sustainable energy solutions
• Through investments in wind power the LEGO Group balances 100% of the energy used to make LEGO bricks with energy from renewable sources.
• Available from Black Friday (November 23rd)

[26th September 2018] While the world-renowned New York Climate Week (24 – 30 September) is live, the LEGO Group has today unveiled the latest LEGO Creator Expert set to come ‘Out of the Vault’ – Vestas® Wind Turbine following popular demand of the original and to celebrate play, creativity and imagination whilst also raising awareness about sustainability and renewable energy in partnership with Vestas®. This is the very first set available to purchase that features one of the all-new sustainably sourced plant-based plastic LEGO elements, Plants from Plants. This renewable energy focused set will be available directly in LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com this Black Friday (23rd November 2018).

The LEGO Creator Expert Vestas® Wind Turbine has been designed in partnership with the sets’ namesake and world’s leading provider of sustainable energy solutions, Vestas®, who have installed 65,000 wind turbines in around 80 countries.

The 826-piece model stands nearly a meter-high towering over a wooded hill, featuring the new ‘Plants from Plants’ spruce tree. Made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane, the inclusion of these elements is part of the first steps in the LEGO Group’s ambition to use sustainable materials in products by 2030 and packaging by 2025.

This latest instalment in the LEGO Creator Expert Series has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia, with builders discovering a house complete with a furnished patio and a working porch light and powered wind turbine, as well as three LEGO Vestas® servicemen Minifigures and a LEGO dog.

The set measures 100cm high, 72cm wide and 31cm deep and features adjustable wind blades (not as big as the real thing of course, which measures more than 2m longer than a London double-decker bus, but impressive none the least), detailed tower, movable nacelle with aircraft warning lights and power functions to automate the set.

The LEGO Vestas® Wind Turbine celebrates creativity in addition to the LEGO Group’s commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Through investment in wind power the LEGO Group balances 100% of the energy used to make LEGO bricks with energy from renewable sources.

Tim Brooks, Vice President, Environmental Responsibility at LEGO Group commented: “We strive to make a positive impact on the environment and are committed to climate action and to use sustainable materials in products and packaging. This wind turbine celebrates our first steps in bringing these ambitions to life and we hope it will inspire builders to learn about renewable energy. In August we released the first LEGO elements made from plants and now our fans around the world can buy a LEGO set containing these unique elements.”

Morten Dyrholm, Group Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs at Vestas® said: “Today, wind energy is the cheapest source of energy in many markets, which have made wind turbines a sustainability icon across the globe and we are proud to partner with the LEGO Group on this relaunch. The original Vestas® wind turbine LEGO model was specially created for Vestas® to promote wind energy to a small audience within energy and as such, today’s relaunch to the global LEGO community tells the story of how wind energy have gone from niche to mainstream, not just within energy but the entire world.”

The LEGO Creator Expert Vestas® Wind Turbine is the latest in the Creator Expert line of products and will be available to buy on Black Friday (23rd Nov) directly from LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com.

Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from 23rd November

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Medowie Brickfest 2018

September 17th, 2018

Rainbow Bricks returned to Medowie for Medowie Brickfest on a beautiful sunny Spring Saturday 15th September. This community event was a successful day for everyone. And was one of the first events to support all 3 Medowie schools.

We had over 35 Rainbow Bricks exhibitors from across NSW bring their creations and collections to display. Included were many first time exhibitors who had a ball and will be back again to display.

There was something for the kids of all ages. There were displays with vintage sets through to some brand new sets such as Hogwarts Castle and motorised Roller Coast. Of course we have lots of MOCs [My Own Creations] on display including a huge new city tower building and a motorised Dr Who's K9. Our City layout continued it evolution and was increased in size to 8 tables in and even more details.

To celebrate "Batman Day" there was a display of LEGO Batman and Batman minifigures across the all the displays.

As well as displays we had plenty of activities for the kids and the yong at heart to do after being inspirated by the displays. There was a new Tower building activity for the kids which was a hit and will be at other events going forward. As a result of the kids work we have some ideas on improving this activity which is great. Plus all the old favourities like the Build area, RC Tracker driving area and the Speed Builds where there and as popular as ever.

The link below have some photos from the day for you to enjoy.

Medowie Brickfest

A Life Size Technic version of the Bugatti Chiron

August 31st, 2018

This is an amazing build from the design team at LEGO Technic. This build is full size and is fully functioning. NO glue was used in the assembly!

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A first of its kind in many ways:

  • first fully-functional self-propelled life-size LEGO Technic car 
  • first non-glued LEGO Technic model of such complexity 
  • first large model powered using LEGO Technic Power Functions motors 
  • first large-scale moving model using LEGO Technic bricks & elements 
  • first time to create new types of transparent LEGO Technic bricks 
  • first time to create load-bearing parts built purely out of LEGO Technic bricks & elements 
  • … using 58 types of Technic custom-made elements

Facts & Numbers:

  • Over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements in total 
  • 339 types of LEGO Technic elements used 
  • No glue used in the assembly 
  • Total weight: 1,500 kg 
  • Engine contains:
  • 2,304 LEGO Power Functions motors
  • 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels 
  • 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles 
  • Theoretical performance of 5.3 HP 
  • Estimated torque of 92 Nm
  • Functional rear spoiler (using both LEGO Power Functions and pneumatics) 
  • Functional speedometer built entirely from LEGO Technic elements 
  • 13,438 man hours used on development and construction

 If you want to see more about this build there is an 8 minute feature on the LEGO Technic website. The link below:

https://www.lego.com/en-au/themes/technic/bugatti-chiron/build-for-real

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