New Instructions Plus Adding a new lease of Life to LEGO Life.

Have you had the chance to put together any of the new LEGO® sets for 2019 yet? Had you noticed the appearance of the QR Code on the front page of the instructions? This 2D Barcode is designed to be scanned by your mobile phone. If you scan it with your phone (current iOS software automatically detects the code and asks if you would like to open the web at lego.com. This invites you to download the app, and then recapture the image from within within the LEGO Life app – and then magic happens.

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The World’s Biggest Minifigure Swap at Brickvention 2019

This crossed my desk today, from the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne. They are organising some great opportunities in conjunction with Brickvention, coming up at the end of next week:

WORLD’S BIGGEST MINIFIGURE SWAP

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre at Brickvention 2019

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is hosting the World’s Biggest Minifigure Swap at Brickvention 2019, Australia’s premier LEGO® fan convention taking place from 19-20 January at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

Trade your superhero for a villain or your pirate for a police officer at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre’s Brickvention booth, whereyou’ll have over 3,000 LEGO® Minifigures to choose from!You might even get lucky and find that one Minifigure you’ve been searching for, such as the rare C-3P0 or the popular Harry Potter!

“Last year we hosted a swap meet with over 1,500 Minifigures – this year we’ve got double the fun making it the World’s BiggestMinifigure Swap. LEGO® fans of all ages can recycle their pre-loved or duplicate Minifigures to refresh or complete their collection,” said Dave Holder, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Master Builder.

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Welcome to Apocalypseburg – Population…12 [Annoucement 70840]

When the first teaser trailer was released for the LEGO Movie 2 a few months ago, it depicted a post apocalyptic wasteland: Bricksburg was in ruins following the invasion of the DUPLO creatures at the end of the first movie. These creatures may have moved on, but the effect that they had on the landscape was remarkable. If not a little disturbing. All was bleak, dark, dirty and dusty.

Except for Emmett’s ongoing endless optimism.

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An AFOL’s Guide to Overwatch #4 Reinhardt and D.Va [75973]

So far we have looked at the three smallest Overwatch sets- Tracer vs Widowmaker; Hanzo vs Genji and Dorado Showdown. Today’s set does not appear to be loaded with the intrinsic antagonism that the three previously reviewed playsets were. From what I can gather from Harry, the Gamer in our house, these two characters do not have an intrinsic rivalry, but rather exist independently of each other in Overwatch Lore. There is a linking thread however: Both characters are Mech Pilots.

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Brickvention 2019: Coming Soon-Win Tickets!

Are you likely to be in Melbourne during the weekend of January 19-20? Why not come along to Brickvention, Australia’s Premier Convention for LEGO® Fans. As well as amazing trains, towns, roller coasters Great Ball Contraptions and other models made by LEGO builders from all over Australia, there will be a huge minifigure swap, in conjunction with the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Melbourne, as well as the build zone to play in.

International visitors this year will include You Tube Fan Favourites, John and Josh Hanlon from Beyond the Brick.

The event will again take place in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Buildings, in Carlton, from 9am-5pm (Saturday) and 9-4 pm (Sunday). If you are planning to attend, you can book timed session tickets now, by following this link.  Tickets start at $9 for children, and $18 for adults.

The Organising committee have given the The Rambling Brick a few passes to give away over the next couple of weeks. There are several ways to win. You can comment below, or on the Rambling Brick Facebook Page – tell me what you are most looking forward to seeing at Brickvention. Facebook not your preferred social media? Thats okay: You can message me on Twitter or Instagram, using the handle @ramblingbrick or the hashtag #ramblingbrickvention or using the good old fashioned email. 

Tickets are valid for either day of the public exhibition. I will be drawing prizes this Sunday (6/1/2019, Midnight AEST) and the following week (Sunday 20/1/2019, entries close midnight AEST). Winners will be drawn at random.

So… What are you looking forward to seeing at Brickvention 2019?

Leave your comment below (or via any other means listed above). And until next time,

Play Well…

An AFOL’s Guide to Overwatch #3 [75972 Dorado Showdown]

In our third review of LEGO Overwatch sets, we enter a new environment: the Dorado Map. As I have previously discussed, while looking at Tracer vs WidowMaker as well as Hanzo vs Genji, I have not played much Overwatch, and so I have turned to my teenage son for information about the characters as well as the nature of the gameplay, and how they might relate to the LEGO Sets. Today, we world of the neo-wild west, where we meet Reaper, Soldier: 76 and McCree.

We will look at the minifigures, the builds, compare these with reference artwork, and see if the build has anything to offer the AFOL who is not an overwatch fan.

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All I want for Christmas is the Return of Classic Space [70841 Benny’s Space Squad]

This was probably not the post I was planning to write today. In fact, I was not planning to write one. And then a couple of things happened: a couple of LEGO® Movie 2 sets arrived at home, and I was given a Lume Cube as a present.

The Lume cube is a small, portable light source – waterproof, it also comes with a variety of magnetic filters which act to provide a bit of warmth or diffusion. And the light has variable brightness: either through buttons on the back, or by bluetooth control. I’ll talk about it a little more in the future, but suffice to say I was was looking for an excuse to photograph something.

But the arrival of Benny’s Squad was also very exciting. Perhaps one of the most anticipated sets from the LEGO Movie 2, 70841 captured my attention in several ways.

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