LEGO Ideas - Ship in the Bottle

January 11th, 2018

Overnight LEGO released the next LEGO Ideas set. More photos in the full story.

Ship in a Bottle
21313
AUD$119.99
Available from 1 Feb 2018 [no early release for VIPs]

Build this beautiful ship and place it inside the brick-built bottle.

Designed by fan creator, Jake Sadovich, Idaho USA

Continue a nautical tradition when you build the LEGO® Ideas Ship in a Bottle, featuring a highly detailed ship with the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest and printed sail elements. Fan creator, Jake Sadovich, was inspired by an actual ship in a bottle that he had built a few years earlier when he decided to build a replica in LEGO brick form. His creation reached the qualifying 10,000 votes with LEGO Ideas.

Features a LEGO® brick-built bottle, ship and a display stand.
- Bottle features a detailed, buildable cork with new-for-February 2018 wax-seal-style element and over 280 translucent-blue, water-style elements inside.
- Ship features a raised deck at the stern, captain’s quarters, 6 cannons, 3 masts, a crow’s nest and assorted elements including printed sails and the ship’s flag.
- Display stand features the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with detailed compass rose and spinning gold-colored needle, 2 globe elements and gold-colored detailing.
- Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the set’s fan creator Jake Sadovich and LEGO® designers.
- This construction toy is suitable for ages 10+.
- Bottle on stand measures over 3" (10cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep.
- Ship measures over 3" (8cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.

The LEGO Shop@Home link
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Ship-in-a-Bottle-21313

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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!

See the full story for more images.

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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75222 Betrayal at Cloud City

August 22nd, 2018

Overnight LEGO released details of the latest LEGO Star Wars set, Betrayal at Cloud City.

75222 Betrayal at Cloud City™
Ages 14+. 2,812 pieces AUD499.9

• VIP Early Access – Thursday, 13th September, 2018
• Launch / On-sale – Monday, 1st October, 2018

Here the Shop@Home lising.
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Betrayal-at-Cloud-City-75222

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Visit Bespin’s amazing metropolis in the sky—Cloud City!

Relive a world of unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or add your own fun twists to the story with this LEGO® Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set. The amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from the classic movie. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 minifigures, a garbage processing room with incinerator, and a sensor balcony for epic Luke vs. Vader Lightsaber duels. There’s also a carbon freeze chamber with a function to ‘freeze’ Han in carbonite, an interrogation chamber and prison cell, a secondary landing platform for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car, and so much more. Add an astonishing 18 LEGO minifigures plus 2 droids to the mix, and you have a set that Star Wars and LEGO fans of any age would be proud to add to their collection.

• Includes 18 minifigures: Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfits, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, 2 Cloud City Guards, 2 Cloud Car Pilots, Leia and Han in Hoth outfits, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, 2 Stormtroopers and an Ugnaught, plus R2-D2 and an IG-88 droid.

• Section 1 features a landing platform with a sliding entrance door and Boba Fett’s Slave I ship with an opening minifigure cockpit, movable wings and space underneath to store the Han in carbonite element.

• Section 2 features a dining room with a table, seats for 5 minifigures and a decorative Cloud City micro build; lounge with a transparent sculpture and 2 chairs; garbage processing room with an incinerator, conveyor belt and a deactivated IG-class droid; and a promenade with tree sculpture, mural relief and opening doorways leading to other parts of the model.

• Section 3 features a sensor balcony with railing and swing-out function, plus a maintenance cabin with opening round window for epic Lightsaber duels, plus a carbon freeze chamber with lever-activated ‘freeze’ function.

• Section 4 features a dark-red corridor leading to the interrogation chamber with a turning interrogation chair, plus a prison cell, hangar with a secret trapdoor and tool & weapon rack, and space for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car with opening minifigure cockpits and 2 stud shooters.

• New minifigure details include Leia’s red dress, Han’s Corellian blood stripe, Luke’s dark-tan Dagobah outfit, the Ugnaught’s head decoration and the cloud car pilots.

• Weapons include Han’s blaster pistol, Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Luke’s Lightsaber, Vader’s Lightsaber, Boba Fett’s blaster rifle, IG-88’s blaster rifle, 5 blaster pistols and 4 blasters.

• Accessory elements include a wrench, handcuffs and Lobot’s cybernetic band.

• Stage air-to-air battles between Boba Fett’s Slave I and the Twin-Pod Cloud Car.

• Pull the carbon freeze chamber lever to pretend freeze Han in carbonite!

• Relive unforgettable scenes from the classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie.

• This amazing set is part of the LEGO® Star Wars Master Builder Series.

• Cloud City measures over 6” (16cm) high, 22” (58cm) wide and 22” (56cm) deep.

• Slave I measures over 4” (11cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide.

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Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle [71043]

July 26th, 2018

Overnight LEGO released details of the huge Hogwarts Castle with 6,020 pieces.
The set 71043 is due for release on the 1st September at LEGO’s online store shop@home for $649.99. VIP members get access from the 15th August.

https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Hogwarts-Castle-71043

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Product Details
Make the magic come alive at the LEGO® Harry Potter™ 71043 Hogwarts™ Castle! This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience. It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow™ and Hagrid´s hut, plus many more iconic features. And with 4 minifigures, 27 microfigures featuring students, professors and statues, plus 5 Dementors, this advanced building set makes the perfect Harry Potter gift.

Includes 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand.

Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™, Hermione Granger™, Draco Malfoy™, Albus Dumbledore™, Professor Snape™, Professor McGonagall™, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge™, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon.

Features a buildable microscale model of Hogwarts™ Castle, hut of Hagrid™, Whomping Willow™ tree and 5 boats.

Hogwarts™ Castle features the Great Hall with buildable ‘stained glass windows’, house banners, benches, tables, flaming torches and moving staircases; potions classroom with racks of jar elements; Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom with assorted potion jars, gramophone and a closet containing a boggart; Chessboard Chamber with chess piece elements; Room of Requirement with assorted elements, including the Goblet of Fire and the vanishing cabinet; Chamber of Secrets™ with the Basilisk and Tom Riddle’s Diary; hidden Devils Snare room with vine elements; Gryffindor™ common room with fireplace and seating; Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office with desk, chair and pink furnishings; library with bookcase and desks; and Professor Dumbledore’s office with the Griffin statue entrance and Memory cabinet.

Hagrid’s hut features Aragog the spider and buildable pumpkins.

The Whomping Willow™ includes the buildable blue Flying Ford Anglia car in its spinning branches.

Also includes 5 buildable boats.

Take a seat in the Great Hall and feast with the Hogwarts™ professors and students!

Sneak your way into the Chamber of Secrets™ through the secret entrance and face the Basilisk!

Attend a Defence Against the Dark Arts class to learn how to protect yourself from dark magic!

Climb the moving staircase!

Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level exams in the library.
Accessory elements include the Sword of Gryffindor™, Helga Hufflepuff´s cup, wands, potions, house banners, flames, a cauldron and 2 magnifying glasses.

Microfigure accessories include 2 chess statues and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue.

Hogwarts™ Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep.

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LEGO Masters Australia

June 21st, 2018

LEGO MASTERS is coming to Australia. :-)
For those who don't know what it is or have not seen the show check out the trailer for LEGO Masters UK.
Endemol Shine Australia are producing the show. They produce MasterChef Australia and Survivor Australia just to name a couple.

LEGO Masters UK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-UGoxiJaTw

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Teams of two who are talented LEGO builders from all backgrounds around Australia.

Examples of teams: Father/Daughter, Mother/son, Grandmother/Grandson, Siblings, Work Mates, Uni Friends or Cousins.

RULES:
# Australian residents or Citizens
# You must be available for one (possibly two) days between the 6th August – 3rd September 2018 for a potential audition with Producers.
# You must be available for approx. 10-12 weeks for the shoot. At this stage, shooting will take place between October and December 2018.

Apply here:
https://legocasting.com.au

LEGO Technics Bugatti Chiron 42083

June 1st, 2018

The LEGO group and Bugatti Automobile S.A.S. unveiled the latest Technics Supercars LEGO Technics Bugatti Chiron [42083] today.

This is a huge set at 3599 pieces and will be available at other retailers from the 1st August. The price is $599.99.

The set is available now at
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Bugatti-Chiron-42083?CMP=SOC-FB-BugattiReveal&p=42083

Press Release
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REVEALED: THE NEW LEGO® TECHNIC BUGATTI CHIRON
Where art, engineering and bricks combine

Billund, 1st of June 2018. LEGO Group and Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. have today revealed the new LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron. The 1:8 scale super car will be available from June 1.

The LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron model brings together the iconic design heritage of the French ultra-luxury car brand and LEGO Technic elements, with a reimagined version of the latest cutting-edge super car from Molsheim.

The new model was unveiled at LEGO House at the company’s headquarters in Billund by Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group, and Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. The 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron will be available from June 1, only at all LEGO® stores and shop.LEGO.com, then all retailers globally from August 1, 2018.

The model encapsulates the magic, power and elegance of the Chiron, unveiled to the world two years ago and now brought to life in LEGO Technic form, offering a unique, authentic building experience for car enthusiasts and LEGO fans of all ages.

Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group said:

“I am very excited about this new model. Our LEGO designers have done an amazing job capturing the details of this iconic Bugatti design. It truly stands as testament that with LEGO bricks you can build anything you can imagine, and an example that with LEGO Technic, you can build for real. It’s a huge model that I can’t wait to start building myself. I’ve always been passionate about engineering and this model’s details and design are truly fascinating.”

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.:

“Thanks to their proven design and technology expertise, the LEGO Group and Bugatti are the epitomes of their brand segments. The LEGO Technic model of the Bugatti Chiron is an expression of this perfect relationship. I am impressed at the precision and refinement with which our super sports car has been translated into the LEGO world and I am sure that fans of both LEGO bricks and Bugatti will love this product.”

The 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron replica model – measuring over 5” (14cm) high, 22” (56cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide and featuring 3,599 pieces – is packed full of intricate details and immersive touches. These include aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed cockpit with movable paddle gearshift, and detailed W16 engine with moving pistons.

Open the doors and you’ll discover that there’s more to the cockpit than first meets the eye, featuring a LEGO Technic 8-speed gearbox with paddle gearshift and a steering wheel bearing the iconic Bugatti emblem.

Each individual model comes personalised with its own unique serial number, carefully stored under the hood to unlock special content on LEGO.com/technic. The set also features a speed key which enables you to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position.

Hidden discreetly under the hood, you will also discover an additional authentic Bugatti Chiron detail – the stylish Bugatti overnight bag.

Staying true to Bugatti’s heritage, the model features the classic duo-tone blue color scheme reflecting the brand’s signature colour, and a set of identifiable stickers for additional detailing and authenticity of the build.

Delivering a final ’artistic’ touch, the set comes enclosed in an exclusive box and includes a ’coffee table’ style collectors booklet with comprehensive building instructions. Fans can also dive deep into the inspiration behind the design with series of nine exclusive podcasts featuring Bugatti and LEGO experts.

Available from LEGO® stores and shop.LEGO.com from June 1

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