LEGO News

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Power Up Update

April 17th, 2019

For those of you who have Power Up components, there was an update in the last week, which has some major upgrades.

If you are are more info, check the website below it has been set up to help users.

Today the Powered Up Team launched a website dedicated to Powered Up components, where they highlight most important benefits of the platform and show what can be done with components when you buy them separately. There will be also app update where you can newly code your own creations - create your own code, modify it, save it and come back to it. This Mobile app is available in App store or Google Play, but models can be also controlled by Powered Up remote control via Bluebooth.

Where is Powered Up used?

LEGO ® Powered Up platform is used in the active lines LEGO® DC Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile (76112), the LEGO® City Cargo Train (60198), or the LEGO® City Passenger Train (60197) and it continue to be used in future products

Can I buy the Powered Up Components Separately?

Separate components will be available from 1st of April at LEGO Shop at Home, LEGO Brand Retail and LEGO Certified Stories. All components will be sold separately in see-through packaging (used for example with polybags, gift with purchase)

What about Power Functions?

Powered Up platform is in general replacement for Power Functions components (used until now in some Creator Expert models and some Technic models) which will remain active until end of 2020.

Exceptions: - 8878 Power Functions Rechargeable battery box → Exited 31.12.2018 and - 45517 Transformer 10V DC → Exits 31.12.2021

https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/device-guide/powered-up

Power Up Update

April 17th, 2019

For those of you who have Power Up components, there was an update in the last week, which has some major upgrades.

If you are are more info, check the website below it has been set up to help users.

Today the Powered Up Team launched a website dedicated to Powered Up components, where they highlight most important benefits of the platform and show what can be done with components when you buy them separately. There will be also app update where you can newly code your own creations - create your own code, modify it, save it and come back to it. This Mobile app is available in App store or Google Play, but models can be also controlled by Powered Up remote control via Bluebooth.

Where is Powered Up used?

LEGO ® Powered Up platform is used in the active lines LEGO® DC Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile (76112), the LEGO® City Cargo Train (60198), or the LEGO® City Passenger Train (60197) and it continue to be used in future products

Can I buy the Powered Up Components Separately?

Separate components will be available from 1st of April at LEGO Shop at Home, LEGO Brand Retail and LEGO Certified Stories. All components will be sold separately in see-through packaging (used for example with polybags, gift with purchase)

What about Power Functions?

Powered Up platform is in general replacement for Power Functions components (used until now in some Creator Expert models and some Technic models) which will remain active until end of 2020.

Exceptions: - 8878 Power Functions Rechargeable battery box → Exited 31.12.2018 and - 45517 Transformer 10V DC → Exits 31.12.2021

https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/device-guide/powered-up

Sydney’s New LEGO Certified Store

March 21st, 2019

On Monday night a few Rainbow Bricks’ members were part of the lucky few invited to attend a special AFOL preview night at the new flagship LEGO Store in Sydney. And then this morning a couple of Rainbow Bricks Members attend the opening of the store.

The store is at Westfields Bondi Junction, just down from the Apple Store. We used the trains to get there and it was so much better than driving through Sydney to get to the store.

If you have been into a LEGO store before it has a similar look and style. While not the largest LEGO store, it is on two levels with the PAB and the more adult themes upstairs on the mezzanine level. The front of the store has the latest sets (Mustang and The Flintstones) on display with a small Build Area near them.

The store has a VIP Program from opening which is redeemable at the Sydney store only at the moment. The program is 1 points for every $1.50 spent. Works out to be 5% or $5 for every $100 spent, but need 100 points and get $7.5 credit, which is not bad.

The Pick A Brick Wall wasn’t fully stocked on the Monday night but still had lots of nice parts. The wall has since been completely stocked. The PAB wall is up the stairs at the back of the store, there is also a lift for those with mobility issues and it’s painted in a LEGO theme. The stairs have a short History of LEGO painted on the walls.
Small cup are $14.99 and large cups $29.99.
The wall was very popular on Monday night with the AFOLs in attendance. Lots of cups were filled! 😃 And I’m should this will continue now the store is open. It’s a great way to bulk up on parts.

There were no polybags other than the Xtra polybag to buy and no seasonal sets currently either. Hopefully this will be addressed now the store is opened. The engraving machine wasn’t setup yet either.

The Build A Minifig station was down stairs. You can build your own custom miniiigure using the elements available. The night we were there it had some nice parts in it. These parts will change as elements come and go out of stock.

Of course, there are LEGO brick-built statues and murals on display, as well as many sets. See the photos to see what the store has.

The opening day exclusive was the LEGO Brand Retail Store Set (40145) when you spend $199 or more in store.

The store charges full RRP for Sets but it’s expected to have all sets available as soon as they released by LEGO, which is great. Definitely sign up for the VIP program as it will help to save money on future purchases. The store is also expected to have polybags and other sets not normally available here through the other retailers.
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Rainbow Bricks at Beaumont Street Carnivale

March 13th, 2019

Last Sunday, Rainbow Bricks/Newcastle Brickfest was privileged to be part of another huge Newcastle community event, Beaumont Street Carnivale.

We had a fantastic day with a constant stream of people through our LEGO Fan Area which included a display and LEGO activities for everyone to enjoy.

Thank You to everyone who dropped by our area and said “hi” to us. We love to hear about your experiences with the brick. 😃

The day ended with Mental As Anything providing a fabulous soundtrack for us to pack our area up to. 😃🌈

We look forward to seeing you again next year and thank the organisers for including us in this great community day.


See Photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpowers67/albums/72157690350007983

Sydney LEGO Store: OPENING DATE ANNOUNCED

March 12th, 2019

SYDNEY LEGO STORE:

OPENING DATE ANNOUNCED: THURSDAY 21ST MARCH

Shoppers will find the new store on Level 3, Oxford Street entrance, Westfield Bondi Junction.

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The LEGO® Group and Alceon Group will unveil Sydney’s first LEGO® Certified Store on Thursday 21st March.

The Sydney store will become part of a global set of inspiring LEGO® retail experiences – with other iconic stores operating worldwide from London to New York and Shanghai. The landmark store will provide inspiring, interactive experiences for enthusiasts of all ages, with a focus on inspiring creativity.
Covering an impressive 302sqm total area over two floors, the flagship LEGO® experience is situated at Westfield Bondi Junction. The store will showcase a variety of unique features, including those which draw inspiration from Sydney landmarks, including a wall mounted LEGO® Opera House and Harbour Bridge mosaic.
Claus Kristensen, Vice President and General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, The LEGO® Group says: “The LEGO® brand mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative free play and developing the imagination.
“The brand, which has delighted generations of children and adults, has been available in Australia for over 60 years. We now look forward to showcasing the creative potential of the LEGO® brick with Sydney’s first Certified LEGO® store.”
Supporting innovation and creativity is a central theme of the new store and this is encouraged with many unique, hands-on interactive brick experiences. These include Build-Your-Own Minifigure™ stations with thousands of combinations - including heads, legs, torsos, hairs, hats and accessories – and a signature LEGO® Pick a Brick Wall featuring countless combinations of bricks to choose from. The store also features exciting new LEGO® experiences such as a dedicated area designed specifically for children’s parties – The Brick Cave - and custom LEGO® brick engraving service for personalisation.
Richard Facioni, Executive Director, Alceon Group, commented: “We are delighted to bring one of the world’s favourite brands to Sydney within a custom built, flagship LEGO® retail experience.
“We are sure both Australian and worldwide visitors will enjoy the many features that are a tribute to creativity and imagination – including brick-built symbols of iconic Sydney landmarks.”
Highlights within the LEGO® Certified Store at Westfield Bondi Junction include:
- Larger–than-life bespoke 3D models including a 1.5m shark guy
- LEGO® Play tables providing children the opportunity to get creative and build whatever they imagine
- Two floors of LEGO® products, including hard-to-find products such as the new LEGO® Mustang set
LEGO® fun facts:
- ‘LEGO®’ means ‘play well’ from the Danish words ‘leg godt’
- There are more than 3,700 LEGO® element shapes in more than 60 colours
- The moulds used to produce LEGO® elements are accurate to within four microns - less than the width of a single hair
- If you built a column of about 40,000,000,000 LEGO® bricks, it would reach the moon!
Shoppers will find the new store on Level 3, Oxford Street entrance, Westfield Bondi Junction.

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