Just a quick note to acknowledge that 6 years, 857 blog posts, 1242 Instagram posts, 15 podcast episodes, four convention presentations, and a disturbing number of spelling mistakes ago, the Rambling Brick was born. That first post has not aged well. The second, however, rings just as true today.Continue reading
Month: January 2022
In Local News: Melbourne To Get a New LEGO® Certified Store
Thanks to an Sue Ann Barber for the heads up: there is a job ad online for a Store Manager, at a NEW LEGO® Certified store, in ‘the CBD or Inner Suburbs’
“A new LEGO® Certified Store in the inner suburbs of Melbourne is in the advanced stages of planning and expressions of interest are being sought for the position of Store Manager. The Store will feature life-sized LEGO® models, a Pick-a-Brick wall, hard to find product releases and amazing bricks in hands engagement opportunities. Designed in partnership with LEGO® Australia to a new format, this store will be an integral part of our LEGO® Certified Store network.
The store manager is responsible for leading and driving an engaging, customer driven culture within their team. You will be self-motivated and driven by success in a retail environment. You will understand and be inspired by the importance of engagement and role play has in a child’s development. “
New Gift With Purchase: 40532 Vintage Taxi[Hands on Review]
Did you hold off buying the Boutique Hotel on January 1 because there was no interesting gift with purchase, beyond a couple of City and Friends polybags? Were you able to hold off through January, because you didn’t weren’t sure about collecting the Chinese Zodiac Animals sets? Well, wait no longer! Starting with the 28th of January, and extending until February 13th (or the ubiquitous ‘While Stocks Last’) the LEGO Group is pleased to bring you the 183 piece Vintage Taxi, set 40532. [This set is also available through the Australian Certified stores, with a 279.99 AUD buy in)
According to the LEGO.com website, this is ” a classic version of the 1930s Citroën Traction Avant.”
Available with a purchase of $200USD, £200, €200 or $279AUD this set has 183 pieces and one Minifigure who appears a little bit familiar…Continue reading
Happy LEGO® Patent Day
At January 28, 1958, an express courier walked into the office of patent agency Hofman-Bang & Boutard in Copenhagen, with a piece of paper, on which was drawn the specifications for the LEGO brick – all studs and tubes, and a hand glued mock up of the 2×4 brick. At 1:58 pm apparently – read 11:58 pm Australian Eastern Summer Time – the patent was filed.Continue reading
Vintage Taxi Gift With Purchase Is Now Live at LEGO.COM (Australia)
The clock has just ticked past midnight, and there is a new gift with purchase to be found on LEGO.com: the Vintage Taxi. The set requires a purchase of over 279AUD. Given the 10297 Boutique Hotel retails for 319.99AUD, that shouldn’t be too hard! It is rumoured to require a $200UDS/Euro/GBP purchase in those markets: we will see as the earth turns, and the promotions go live!Continue reading
VIDYO, the LEGO Group’s latest flirtation with augmented reality, encouraging kids to film music videos featuring some of the craziest minifigures you have ever seen will be formally retired from January 31 2022, while the App will continue to be supported for another 2 years.
Is this a shock? Or just another case of the LEGO Group tidying up its digital products before the big 90th birthday party later in the year?
Read on for the formal statement, and my belated overview of the theme, which might not be as negative overall as it could be.Continue reading
71398: LEGO® Super Mario: Dorrie’s Beach Front [Hands-On Review/ Playthrough]
Today we continue our exploration of the 2022 LEGO Super Mario releases by looking at 71398 Dorrie’s Beach front. The Dorrie in question is a pleisiosaur like sea dragon, who first debuted in Super Mario 64. This expansion set brings us a little scenery in fitting with that biome, as well as hidden treaure boxes, a new mechanism to knock over an enemy, as well as a Huckit Crab.Continue reading
Release Date for LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga will be April 5, 2022 ; Gameplay Trailer Now Available
After what feels like years of delays, TT Games ‘LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga’ has finally been given a release date:April 5 2022.
The final gameplay trailer was released overnight,and it looks like, while the delays have been frustrating with large gaps between updates, as well as rumors of the game being cancelled, its might all have been worth it. Having been around LEGO Star Wars since the beginning, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was probably one of the first games that I played with my kids. Now, almost 20 years later they are grown up, and seeking out gaming experiences of their own.Continue reading
LEGO® IDEAS 21332 The Globe Announced
Is the desk or book shelf in your home library looking dull, lifeless, and missing that exciting talking point with that classic, yet contemporary feel? Check out the new LEGO Ideas Globe 21332, announced today by the LEGO group.
Based on Disneybrick55’s submission on the LEGO Ideas Platform, it was approved in September 2020.
Available on 1st February 2022 from LEGO Branded retailers, the set has 2585 pieces and will be priced at €199.99 / $199.99 USD / £174.99 / 319.99 AUD / 269.99 CAD. The globe is nearly 40 cm tall, and spins.
There are added details inclding printed tiles, including a fleur de lys/compass rose, as well as some classic Olde Worlde details such as ships at sea.
It features printed, glow in the dark tiles naming the continents and oceans.
The construction appear intriguing, styrethcing over 16 panels: not quite the standard meridians we are used to, but it works for providing an appropriate approximation with the materials available.
Explorers, get set for adventure! The LEGO Group has revealed the LEGO® Ideas The Globe, sure to spark fans’ imaginations of traveling around the world, exploring new places and building new memories.
The 2585-piece set beautifully shows a realistic, customizable vintage brick-built earth globe, with printed names of the continents and oceans that glow in the dark so you can display and see the world at every moment. In addition, once built the set spins, a first for a LEGO globe at this scale.
The set was designed as part of the LEGO Ideas® platform, a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. France-based LEGO fan, Guillaume Roussel, was responsible for creating the concept for the LEGO Ideas The Globe – having been inspired by the tales of Jules Verne. Talking about how he approached the design, Guillaume said: “When approaching the design, I asked myself ‘what could be creative, educational and touch most of the world?’ And the answer was just ‘the world itself’”.
Federico Begher, LEGO Group Head of Global Marketing for Adults added: “What is so wonderful about this set is that, with a little imagination, it allows fans to discover the world through LEGO bricks. The globe is a symbol of dreams and aspirations of travel to come for all who are seeking a bit of adventure or for those looking to learn about our world. When reviewing Guillaume’s’ set we could see the passion he had for travel and adventure, but also for inspiring building fans everywhere. Our designers also relished the challenge of making this set spin.”
I am impressed with the look of the globe, which I suspect has become a less common article in the home compared to ‘back when I was a boy’. I know, however, that no child in its vicinity would be able to resist spinning it until it falls over and rolls out the door, so I am curious to see how the final model shapes up, as far as general robustness is concerned.
If I were to compare this with a ‘serious’ globe of similar size (wood and brass stand), such models typically retail for between 200-300AUD, with a greater level of detail. This does, however fit in nicely with the notion ofReal World Life Size Objects, which seems to becoming its own subtheme in LEGO Sets, but includes the IDEAS Typewriter as well as the Ship in the Bottle, Adidas Superstar and the Botanical Series. You might even include the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons.
I can see this probably becoming a go to set for non-AFOLs over the next couple of years. I’d love to know what you think of this set: An easy purchase? Wait and See? Leave your comments below, and until next time,
Ninjagopalooza’22: Ninjago Core EVO [71760,71761,71762,71763 Hands-On Review]
This past weekend, we celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the first episode of Ninjago going to air.
The latest drop of Ninjago sets does not specifically tie-in to a current series of the show, but rather returns to the core material of Ninjago: Mechs, Dragons and Vehicles, aimed at a variety of age groups
Today, I would like to cover several sets in the wave, all of which are aimed at a 6+ audience. They represent most of the collected EVO sets of the wave:Continue reading
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