Brick Factor Melbourne: The Search for Melbourne’s Master Model Builder

We have spoken a bit over the last few months about the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, due to open at Chadstone Shopping Centre in April this year.  This weekend we saw the Brick Factor Competition: the winner of this competition goes on to be the inaugural Master Model Builder at the new centre.

BrickFactor Begins

With a starting field of around seventy builders from around the country,the first challenge on Saturday was to build something representing a sport or hobby with forty five minutes to build . For all of the competitive builds, only traditional LEGO® bricks and plates were available for use.  No wheels, no curves and no tiles. Yikes.

Round two involved constructing a sea creature, built with the assistance of a few children:   a great variety of creatures were seen. Continue reading

Last Year’s Creator Sets Grow Up

We interrupt the run up to Brick Factor (Melbourne) and The LEGO Batman Movie to present an irrelevant, personal observation…

Two of my favourite, small Creator Sets from 2016, the Ocean Explorer (31045, 213 pieces, $AUD 24.99) and Super Soarer (31042, 100 pieces, $AUD 15.99) have grown up.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say they were revamped, bulked up and given a new lease of life as Technic Sets.

Read on for further details after the jump…
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Brick Factor: Melbourne Legoland Discovery Centre

We have just received a few details for the Brick Factor competition to determine the resident Master Builder at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Chadstone this weekend…

We’d love you attend Brickfactor – a unique public audition where candidates will be faced with thousands of LEGO® bricks and partake in a series of LEGO® building challenges in a bid to win the job of Melbourne’s Master Model Builder.

Hosted by Andy & Ben from CH9 show The Block. Bring all the family to enjoy a fun day out. Key timings of the event below. Continue reading

The LEGO Batman Movie Sets: Seeking Moderation in the Interests of Balancing the Household Budget.

Or how I decided to curb my spending, in the face of conflicting desires.

I love LEGO® Sets.

LBM-Wallpaper1440x2560-.jpgI love what I have seen in trailers for the LEGO® Batman™ Movie.
I love the look of the LEGO® Batman™ Movie Sets.

The first wave of sets have recently arrived on the shelves here, and I have found myself trying to work out how to balance my LEGO® Batman™ Movie needs (favorite characters and vehicles) against my other LEGO® desires (Elves with goblins; some classic sets and possibly even the Boost robotics system) and my basic human requirements: food,  coffee, deodorant, etc…

I have added up the retail prices of all the currently available LEGO® Batman™ Movie Sets (70900-70911) – excluding polybags, as they are rarely available here – and added in the not yet formally announced(70912-70917) with speculated Australian pricing.  This came to a total of approximately Continue reading

Brickheadz: Not Just for Superheroes

Hot on the tail of the recent official announcement of the LEGO® DC and Marvel Superheroes BrickHeadz comes proof of the range extending through other IP Licenses.  Today, the LEGO® Group and Disney officially unveiled  Beauty and the Beast in BrickHeadz (no, I can’t bring myself to like the ‘z’ either) form.

[Editorial question for consideration: What is the singular of Brickheadz?]

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