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Sunday, 6 January 2019

2019 Licensed Theme Expectations [Poll]

Welcome to the new year! With the majority of sets being released with the semester revealed, the licensed themes are shaping up to be major flops or success stories. Vote on your most anticipated licensed theme for 2019 and see what others think.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Thursday, 20 December 2018

LEGO Movie 2 Blitz Review: Unikitty's Sweetest Friends EVER!

This is the equal smallest LEGO Movie 2 set to be produced (so far...) and doesn't hold much significance as we don't know the full role of Unikitty's sweetest friends. The movie will be released in early 2019 and sets will be out earlier, from December 26 officially.

This early blitz review will hopefully help you plan out your budgeting for 2019. Don't forget to do the quiz to see if this set is the right one for you!

Theme: LEGO Movie 2

ID: 70822

Prices (rrp)

Australia $15.99
The United States $9.99
The United Kingdom £8.99
Germany €9.99

Release Date: December 26

Piece Count: 76

For having 76 pieces, the set seems rather expensive. In Australia, it's 21 cents per piece which is insane. The most likely price hike contributors are the ice cream pieces and more vibrant colour pallet.

The back of the box shows more detail on the contents. The brick built chocolate figure is probably my favourite highlight from this set with clever use of the ingot pieces and wrapper.

Unikitty comes with two faces which are thankfully two separate bricks. Try to imagine a double sided Unikitty. That's definitely not so pretty. If the storyline you wish to create involves lots of changing emotions from Unikitty, it may be a little finniky constantly interchanging the 1x3 printed brick.

Also included is a trolley which can be pushed around by most likely the ice cream figure as he seems to be the only with hands. The waffle cone and torso have full printing around the back which is expected for such as price mark. All elements are printed making some of them rather rare and most certainly unique.


Buying at full price you can be misled into thinking you're getting something cheap. The price to parts ratio is through the roof so keep an eye out for sales on this one. The showcase for this set is the ice cream figure which is built from unique printed pieces. The Unikitty here is rather standard and there have been plenty of opportunities to get a version of Unikitty, especially with the collectable series.

Score: 2/5

That's the end of the review! Don't forget that this is my opinion and scores are based on what I feel reflects the set. 
Try out this quiz below to find out if you too have a similar opinion.

Friday, 2 November 2018

How to fix your 31079 Sunshine Surfer Van

You may have encountered a slight inconvenience when trying to play with your yellow van. Well, luckily there was an easy solution to this problem.

Issue: Pullout side door 

If you have the roof placed on the van, you can't open the vehicle from the side pullout function built in the instructions. This meant that you would have to lift the roof off to gain access to the interior which understandably can be quite annoying. This is due to a 1x4 light bluish grey tile with two studs acts as the connection between the roof and the body of the vehicle.

Here's how to enable the pullout function without having to remove the roof.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

VIP: Star Wars and Creator Expert set now available

If you're a VIP, you now have the opportunity to buy two early releases. The Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station 10263 and Star Wars themed Betrayal at Cloud City 75222.

The general public can buy these sets from October 1 onwards. Below are some quick facts about each set. As a recommendation, I'd wait (unless you're desperate) until November/December when a fresh round of promotional gifts are rolled out. These two sets will most certainly qualify.

Betrayal at Cloud City [75222]

Pieces: 2812
Price: $499.99 (Aus) | $349.99 (US) | 349.99€ (DE) | £299.99 (UK)
Maximum purchase quantity: 2
VIP Points: 333 (equivalent to $24.98 (Aus) worth of savings.

Winter Village Fire Station [10263]

Pieces: 1166
Price: $149.99 (Aus) | $99.99 (US) | 89.99€ (DE) |  £84.99 (UK)
Maximum purchase quantity: 2
VIP Points: 99 (equivalent to $7.43 (Aus) worth of savings)

LEGO has also included a designer video for the seasonal themed set so you can some good close-ups of the model and the inspiration behind it. Are you planning to buy this soon or wait a little closer to Christmas? Let me know below!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

New Shipping Fees in Australia: And They're Good!

LEGO Australia has made many happy fans with their decision to set up a new warehouse in Australia.

What does this mean? Cheaper shipping costs! I myself can assume many others have had second thoughts of buying directly from LEGO due to their insane shipping costs. Now they've drastically changed things up making the browsing more realistic.

Here are their new prices.

Standard Devlivery

AUD 0.00 - AUD 149.00AUD 12.50
AUD 149.01+FREE

Express Devilery

AUD 0.00 - AUD 149.00AUD 30.00
AUD 149.01+AUD 30.00

It's great to see that the free shipping minimum is $149 as this allows for set priced at $149.99 to automatically be accounted for free shipping. Delivery times range from 9-18 business days and orders are shipped on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This comes at a perfect time as tomorrow, VIPs can purchase the 10263 Winter Village Fire Station with free shipping! Cashing in early? Comment below what you'll be buying!

The Annual Creator Expert Christmas Set: A Fire Station!

LEGO a few days ago provided us with the official images of the newest Creator Expert set arriving in October: the Winter Village Fire Station 10263. This is the tenth instalment of the Creator Expert Christmas line with the first one being released in 2009.

Pieces: 1166

Price: $149.99 (Aus) | $99.99 (US) | €89.99 (EU*) | £84.99 (UK)

General public release: October 1

VIP release: September 14

The colours work harmoniously to produce a very elegant blend. This set moves away from the bright red CITY fire stations and shines a spotlight on the historical and beautifully architectured design of older buildings.

A saxophone player was not the instrument I was expecting to see as an inclusion, but it's a great way to expand the musician variety in what has been dominated by choirs over the previous editions.

I certainly will be eying this set off when I see it in store. But maybe it's better to wait and buy it directly from LEGO and see what their gift with purchase will be.

If you're still undecided, have a closer look and the pictures below and leave a comment.