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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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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LEGO REBRICK COMPETITION

December 1st, 2017

This contest should appeal to stop-motion and LEGO Creator fans! LEGO invite you to take your favorite LEGO Expert Creator Holiday, Fairgrounds, and Modular sets and create a stop-motion video showing a rebuild from the set, themed after the set. For example, if you were rebuilding a LEGO Creator Expert Holiday set, maybe you’d create a holiday themed model, or if you were rebuilding a LEGO Creator Expert Fairgrounds set, you’d create a fair themed modeled. There are no size limitations on the model, so build as big or as small as you wish. You can enter using a digital building tool like LDD if you don’t own a modular building (or aren’t willing to take it apart!), or look up pieces from the set in your parts inventory and build from there.

LEGO have partnered with the LEGO VIP newsletter to award the grand prize winner:

• 5,000 VIP points for their LEGO VIP account

• An upcoming Modular Building set, to be revealed at a later date

Two runner ups will also receive 2,000 VIP points.

The contest closes January 12th.

Learn more about the contest at:

http://rebrick.it/expertrebuilder

NEW LEGO Creator Expert Downtown Diner [10260]

December 1st, 2017

LEGO have announced the next Modular building:

10260 Downtown Diner, 2,480 pieces
AUD249.99
Available from 1st January, no VIP early access.
The set is already listed on LEGO.com
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Downtown-Diner-10260

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Discover a place where music is on the menu!

Drop in at the LEGO® Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window, red bar stools, jukebox, counter and an open-plan kitchen. The mid level has a gym with boxing ring, punching bag and weight training room, while on the upper-level you’ll find a recording studio, complete with vocal booth, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet. The facade of the building features pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling with a large ‘DINER’ sign. Other external features include arched windows, balconies and a staircase, plus a pink convertible car and a detailed sidewalk, complete with mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and a streetlamp. This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 6 minifigures.

Includes 6 minifigures: a chef, waitress, boxer, rock star, manager and a bodybuilder.
The 3-level Downtown Diner comes with an array of brick-built details, including a detailed facade with pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling and a large ‘DINER’ sign, external staircase, arched windows, drainpipe, balconies, decorative roofline, opening skylight and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk with a mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and an ornate streetlamp. This set also includes a pink 1950s-style convertible.
Ground level features 1950s downtown American diner styling with a large curved front window, red barstools, benches, jukebox, candy machine, counter, 2 soda dispensers, and a kitchen with a coffee machine, stove and a cooker hood.
Mid-level features a gym with a boxing ring, punching bag, weight training room, water dispenser and a wall clock.
Upper level features a recording studio complete with vocal booth, soundproofed walls, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.
Take a ride in the stylish convertible and head for a diner where fast food and music are on the menu.
Help the chef prepare the fastest food in town while the roller-skating waitress lines up the orders.
Drop in at the gym for a couple of rounds in the boxing ring or a good workout on the punching bag.
Open the skylight and eavesdrop on the making of a hit album.
Accessory elements include roller skates, guitar, golden record award and a buildable barbell.
Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
This set includes over 2,480 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
New-for-January-2018 decorated elements include a decorated door, album cover, lots of teal-colored and pink-colored elements, and a dual-face minifigure with singing and smiling expressions.
Special elements include new-for-January-2018 flower stalks and flower heads, plus 1x3 ‘jumper’ plates, 2x2 plate with 2 studs and a minifigure torso with boxing gloves.
Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Buildings series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office, 10251 Brick Bank and 10255 Assembly Square.
Measures over 13” (34cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

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NEW 2018 LEGO BrickHeadz images released

November 18th, 2017

LEGO have released images of the DC Justice League, Star Wars and Ninjago BrickHeadz due for release in 2018.

Justice League:
41598 The Flash
41599 Wonder Woman
41600 Aquaman
41601 Cyborg

Star Wars:
41602 Rey
41603 Kylo Ren
41486 Captain Phasma
41485 Finn

Ninjago:
41487 Lloyd
41603 Master Wu

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LEGO Ideas Launches New Contest

November 16th, 2017

In 2018 celebrates 10 years since the LEGO Ideas platform originally launched in Japan (called Cuusoo at the time).

To celebrate this LEGO Ideas have unveiled a new beta feature of the site – building contests.

They are kicking it off with a "Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo" contest! They are giving away the current LEGO Ideas assortment signed by the set designers to one lucky Grand Prize winner, and a "NASA Pack" featuring a signed Apollo 11 Saturn V and Women of NASA to the second and third place winners.

LEGO Ideas will use images of the winning entries as we celebrate this important milestone next year.

Full details are at the link below:

https://ideas.lego.com/challenges/24fd22ae-cf81-453e-b5d2-c7c6fd60f736/brief

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