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LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano

July 24th, 2020

LEGO Ideas 21323 Grand Piano
3,662 pieces
Available 1st August
Price: AUD529.99
https://www.lego.com/en-au/product/grand-piano-21323

Across space, time, age and culture, music joins us together and can change the world. The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano has arrived.

Turn on the motor and then you are all set to play wonderful music – select user play on the free LEGO Powered Up app to play the notes yourself or activate auto play and just listen.


PRESS RELEASE:
Build the first-ever playable LEGO Grand Piano!
Do you have a passion for music? Do you like to relax by focusing on a fun, hands-on project in your free time? If so, this incredible LEGO Ideas Grand Piano model kit (21323) is just the creative activity for you.
Beautiful and playable: Feel the pride of building a sophisticated, brick-built version of a concert grand piano that you can actually play music with! Recreate the hammer action of each piano key, the moving pedal and authentic details such as the propped-open top lid and fallboard. Turn on the motor and then you are all set to play wonderful music – select user play on the free LEGO Powered Up app to play the notes yourself or activate auto play and just listen.
LEGO sets for your lifestyle: Take some time out and enjoy creating a LEGO musical masterpiece to display in your home or workplace. Part of a collection of LEGO building sets for adults, it makes a truly special birthday present or Christmas gift for yourself, the musician, piano player or hobbyist in your life.

  • Drum roll please as we proudly introduce the first-ever, playable LEGO Grand Piano! Experience the hands-on pleasure of creating a highly sophisticated LEGO concert piano model and then play beautiful music with it.
  • The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323) has a removable 25-key keyboard, authentic hammer action, moving dampers and pedal, and motor. Combined with the LEGO Powered Up app, you can play a tune yourself or automatically.
  • Revel in the authentic design details of this beautiful model, from the top lid that can be propped up just like a real grand piano’s, to the opening fallboard and piano leg wheels, plus a height-adjustable bench.
  • If you are looking for a creative DIY project, this 3,662-piece model building kit is ideal for you. So, take some time out and click your stress away with a rewarding challenge that will leave you feeling revitalized.
  • The piano measures over 8.5” (22.5cm) high, 12” (30.5cm) wide and 13.5” (35.5cm) deep when closed. A stylish item for your home or workplace, it also makes a cool gift for musicians, music-lovers, pianists and hobbyists.
  • To power up the grand piano’s self-playing function, you’ll need 6 AAA batteries (not included) and the free LEGO Powered Up app – choose user play to play the notes yourself or auto play to listen to 1 of 4 songs.
  • Clear instructions help you to build with confidence and really enjoy the process, even if you are a LEGO newcomer. Also included is a coffee-table-style booklet about this grand piano set’s fan designer and more.
  • This LEGO Ideas building set for adults is part of a collection of inspiring model kits designed for the discerning hobbyist who relishes an immersive, hands-on DIY project.
  • Since 1958, LEGO building bricks have met the highest industry standards, which ensures they are consistent, compatible and connect and pull apart easily every time.
  • LEGO bricks and pieces are rigorously tested to meet exacting safety and quality standards, so you can be sure that this collectible grand piano model is as robust as it is beautiful.
  • Available directly from LEGO Stores & LEGO.com from 1st August, 2020


FEEL THE RHYTHM WITH THE SPECTACULAR FAN-DESIGNED LEGO IDEAS GRAND PIANO SET
Imagined by an avid LEGO builder, the LEGO Group’s brand-new LEGO Ideas Grand Piano is a show-stopping set for adult music lovers and builders – available from 1st August from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.
23rd July 2020: A dazzling idea from a keen LEGO builder and music enthusiast, has now been brought to life after receiving overwhelming demand from the public – as the LEGO Group launches the brand-new LEGO Ideas Grand Piano set. The latest product is part of the LEGO Ideas collection, which conceptualizes and produces the creative wonders imagined and voted for by LEGO fans themselves.
Designed with the intricate elements of a real grand piano, this brand-new set is a fully immersive build. With a clever motor and working keys, when the set is combined with the LEGO Powered Up app, fans can become musical maestros one brick and one note at a time – making it The LEGO Group’s first-ever piano set with the ability to play music.
Talented builders can try their hand at creating their own masterpiece on the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano using the LEGO Powered Up app, which allows them full control of the musical notes and piano keys. Alternatively, those looking to sit back and relax can choose to select ‘auto-play’ and enjoy the dulcet tones of one of the ten pre-set songs available.
The brand-new set is a masterpiece of craft and innovation, featuring all the makings of a real-life grand piano to give an authentic musical experience in LEGO brick-form. These authentic features include a removable 25-key keyboard, a top lid that can be propped up, an authentic hammer action and a moving damper and pedal, which help to make the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano as beautiful as it is functional.
Once built, the 3,662-piece LEGO Ideas Grand Piano is made to take center stage as a spectacular display model for any room, measuring over 8.5” (22.5cm) high, 12” (30.5cm) wide and 13.5” (35.5cm) deep when closed.
The new grand piano set is part of the LEGO Ideas collection, which offers fans the opportunity to submit their own brick creations with the chance to have their concept brought to life with the help of LEGO master designers and a share of the profits. Other recent LEGO Ideas sets inspired by LEGO fans, include the LEGO Ideas Pirated of Barracuda Bay and the LEGO Ideas Friends Central Perk.
Imagined by music teacher and LEGO aficionado Donny Chen, this set was designed as a way for him to combine his passion for music with his passion for building. To add to the excitement and personal feel of the build, the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano even features a music sheet composed by Donny himself.
Speaking about the process, Donny Chen said: “When I’m not building with LEGO bricks, I’m teaching, tuning or writing music on my piano. So, when I first discovered LEGO Ideas, I knew I wanted to build something that not only combined my two passions, but also looked visually stunning. It’s truly an honor to see my idea brought to life by the talented people at the LEGO Group and I hope it brings joy to all the other music fans who voted for the idea on the LEGO Ideas platform.”
Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at The LEGO Group added: “We get so many amazing concepts submitted through our LEGO Ideas platform, but when we saw Donny’s piano design it really stood out as something extraordinary, with great potential to become a truly unique LEGO set.
The accompanying images and video submitted by Donny really sparked some ideas within the team. We believed that including power functions as part of the model to enable the set to play real music in real life would elevate the design even further. We simply could not pass on the opportunity to create the ultimate LEGO Ideas Grand Piano model for music and LEGO fans alike!”
The new LEGO Ideas Grand Piano set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group aims to inspire builders of all ages to build, rebuild and get excited by the process of creation.
LEGO Ideas Grand Piano will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from August 1st.

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Charlestown Square LEGO Certified Store - Officially announced!

July 24th, 2020

Here is the official press release from Alceon and LEGO.

ALCEON AND LEGO AUSTRALIA AND NZ
ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF A NEW
LEGO® CERTIFIED STORE

Friday 17 July, 2020: Alceon Group and LEGO Australia and New Zealand today announced that a new AG LEGO® Certified Store will open in the Hunter Region (Charlestown Square, NSW) in the coming months.

Richard Facioni, Executive Director, Alceon, comments: “Our new AG LEGO Certified Store will extend the local reach of this world class retail concept, with a quality venue in a strong catchment set to attract an engaged and loyal base of brick fans.

“Builders of all ages will be inspired by the unique in-store features and endless creative opportunities, with millions of LEGO bricks in the new store at any given time. Regardless of your age, there’s something inside to be excited about.”

The new AG LEGO Certified Store will be a multi-sensory, interactive retail destination with eye-catching features such as the signature Pick A Brick Wall, hands-on play opportunities and larger-than-life brick models. Customers will enjoy a variety of interactive play and event experiences, including a ‘digital box’ where almost any LEGO boxed set can be scanned to come to life in 3D and hand-crafted elements, including large brick mosaics which pay tribute to local icons.

Mr Facioni continues: “Over the last year, we have opened six new AG LEGO Certified Stores across Australia and New Zealand.

“Our new NSW store will further extend the highly successful formula, as one of the world’s most loved brands meets a custom-built, innovative and engaging retail environment.”

In February last year, Alceon and The LEGO Group announced an agreement, with Alceon acquiring rights to open new LEGO Certified Stores across Australia and New Zealand.

The new AG LEGO Certified Store will have a wide selection of LEGO sets, including regular limited editions, activities and events only available in store. The Grand Opening date for the Charlestown Square store will be announced over the coming weeks.

Newcastle Certified LEGO Store - Opening Soon

July 16th, 2020

We wake this morning to exciting news for Newcastle LEGO Fans with information that a LEGO Certified Store is opening soon at Charlestown Square....

We don’t have a date yet, but they are looking for a manager to start in mid August.

We have just created a group for this page. Join it and be able to interact with other members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1367515630107260

Here you will find information about the (coming) Charlestown LEGO store and what you can expect to find there including the following:

Pick A Brick Wall: For those who are unfamiliar with this, LEGO stores have a wall of loose LEGO elements where you purchase a cup for a fixed price and fill it with your choice of elements from the wall. Check this page for updates as to what elements are currently on the wall.

Build A Minifigure Station: Select from a small range of parts to create your own minifigures.

Polybags: Small, usually inexpensive sets in bags.

Extras: Small sets of additional pieces in a theme eg. foliage extras.

Exclusives: Some sets come out exclusive to certified LEGO stores.

VIP points: Receive points for every dollar you spend and redeem them as a discount on future purchases. Note that the in-store VIP program is run independently from the program on LEGO.com so points earned can only be used in the store and not on-line.

Whose is excited?
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Newcastle Brickfest @HOME A Virtual LEGO Fan Event

July 13th, 2020

Rainbow Bricks Presents
NEWCASTLE BRICKFEST @ HOME
A Virtual LEGO Fan Event

Rainbow Bricks is excited to be putting on a Virtual Newcastle Brickfest! We would have loved to run a physical event but we value the health and safety of our exhibitors and the public visiting us.

Newcastle Brickfest is Newcastle's first and longest running LEGO Fan event. It’s a community event, created by local volunteer LEGO fans, for LEGO Fans of all ages, showcasing LEGO creations and collections from across NSW.

This year, it is a free event with everything being online at our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/newcastlebrickfest

COST: FREE

Please share this with your family and friends and we look forward to seeing you there.
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LEGO Group and National Geographic Partnership.

June 26th, 2020

You may have noticed that the New LEGO® City and LEGO® Friends products have been released with reference to the National Geographic Society, this is part of campaign to engage children in exploring their world and the problems its creatures are facing. The LEGO Group and National Geographic inspire kids to develop creative solutions for real life environmental challenges.

The LEGO Group and National Geographic have a well-established relationship, previously having collaborated on wildlife awareness sets such as LEGO® Friends Sea Life Rescue and LEGO® City Jungle sets. However, this is the first time the two brands are partnering on a campaign that seeks to inspire kids to think creatively – not only is it fun, but it may result in a creative solution that can one day help explore and protect our planet.

the LEGO Group and National Geographic unveil their most recent partnership. New LEGO® City and LEGO® Friends sets have been developed to create awareness about exploration and the protection of endangered species in the world’s jungles and oceans. To support the launch and engage children even further, a campaign has been developed in collaboration with National Geographic to encourage children to explore the world and maybe even develop their own creative ideas on solving the real-life challenges our world is facing. The campaign site is now live in English on LEGO.com/exploretheworld and will launch July 1st in additional languages. The LEGO Group is also announcing a contribution towards the National Geographic Society to fund grants in ocean exploration and species conservation.

The campaign will invite kids and their parents to visit the heights and depths of the earth, and to learn about exploring our world and protecting wildlife in our oceans and jungles. This includes educational content about pandas, sharks, elephants, deep sea creatures and much more. To inspire kids to pursue creativity as a way to one day help protect the world’s wildlife, the campaign will portray stories from six different National Geographic Explorers who are working in creative, unexpected and surprising ways to help address real-life problems that our planet is facing. National Geographic Elephant Ecologist, Dominique Gonçalves, is one of the explorers sharing her personal story about how she needed a creative solution to stop elephants eating food from villages in Mozambique. Her story shows that even the simplest ideas can make a big difference. Knowing that elephants are scared of bees, she implemented a system of rope fences with beehives attached so the bees now safely guide the elephants away. By seeing these stories, kids and parents will see that many of the world’s challenges can be impacted by using creativity.

The LEGO® Friends and LEGO® City sets have been developed to provide a strong foundation for kids to creatively express their passion for our planet and exploration, while giving them an opportunity to further explore and learn about the ups and downs animals are facing in the wild. Both play themes are based on real-life settings, and supported by the campaign site, children are well placed to learn about life as an explorer through play.

“We know that creativity is an incredible skill, and the 21st century needs all the creative problem-solving it can get.” Says Ellen Catherine Lucy Bowley, LEGO Friends Designer, the LEGO Group. “Caring for our planet is becoming ever more relevant to kids around the world. They are more committed to seeing positive environmental change than any previous generation, and their creativity will play a key role in finding solutions that will help better protect our wildlife. We hope this initiative will inform children of the current challenges explorers are facing and reassure them that even the most simple or unusual idea can make a big difference in the real world. The most important thing is to have a YES YOU CAN attitude. Therefore, this initiative is dedicated to kids with this exact attitude, children who are curious to learn and make a difference for our wildlife.”

Paul Rose, a National Geographic Ocean Explorer who began his journey as a creative child and today explores the ocean in unexpected ways is also featured on the campaign site. He says “As a kid I loved swimming and building things - I lived for making soap-box carts and being in the sea! Even on the coldest, roughest days, I would spend hours in the water imagining myself as a diver exploring the ocean. Amazingly, that dream has come true and, as a National Geographic Ocean Explorer, I now lead marine science expeditions to help protect our threatened ocean. It’s so cool to be able to share my story with kids all over the world and who knows, by following their own dreams, a lot of them could end up stepping into my fins to help explore and protect our ocean one day!”

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