LEGO® Masters Australia

Are you Crazy About LEGO Bricks and is your imagination limitless?

Do you think you have what it takes to build for glory in the biggest battle of the Bricks that Australia has ever seen?

EndemolShine Australia are looking for passionate builders to take part in a new Television How: “LEGO Masters”

Interested? Go to www.LEGOCasting.com.au for further details. They are looking for teams of two, both adult and minors to take part.

Are you up for the challenge? Why not leave your comments below.

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New LEGO® Play Zone for Supercars fans

This just In from LEGO Australia 

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has partnered with international toy giant, LEGO Australia.

There will be LEGO® play zones at the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship races for the remainder of 2018, starting next week at the Watpac Townsville 400. Events will follow at Ipswich, Sundown and Newcastle later in the year.

The Play zones will feature activities and Challenges for Builders of all ages, featuring builds using the Speed Champions sets.

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Supercar Driver Mark Winterbottom  working with his family to build one of the new Speed Champions sets

The Play Zones at Supercars events will allow fans to stretch their imagination and compete in fun and exciting challenges, featuring products from the LEGO Speed Champions sets.

This includes pit crew challenges where teams will build a LEGO car and run it down a race track, competitions on distance ramps and a creative play that will feature a Cityscape Build, where fans will be able to add to a LEGO cityscape piece-by-piece, throughout Supercars events.

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News from the AFOL Engagement Team

lan logoThis last week, I have been busy gathering my thoughts and photos from Japan BrickFest2018.  I  realise that a number of interesting news articles have come from a different source over the last week or so.  Some has come via the LEGO Ambassador Network:

The LEGO Group’s AFOL Engagement Team have a weekly blog, accessible to the public- typically updated every Friday. There you can find news from the AE Team, the LEGO House, announcements from LEGO® Rebrick as well as reports from different RLUG Ambassadors about recent events.

The Blog is accessible to the public – so feel free to drop by from time to time to get the latest news from the team.  You should also be able to sign up for updates.

While I am busy working through my images from Japan BrickFest 2018, why not have a look at this post from Jackie Chen, who is one of the Community Managers on the AFOL Engagement Team. He represented the Team at Japan BrickFest, and it was great to meet him.

Other news that came to light this week is the appearance of the LEGO House  – Home of the Brick arriving on Netflix this week. This documentary tells the story of the design, construction and opening of the LEGO House. It was also shown at some of the recent fan events. You can find the program on Netflix now –  There are reports at this stage of it not being available in all markets so check back later if you can’t find it!

I’ll be back over the weekend with some news from Japan BrickFest 2018, but in the meantime,

Play Well!

IKEA and The LEGO Group announce a forthcoming collaboration

This week sees the Democratic Design Days in Älmhult, Sweden, where IKEA have just announced a number of collaborations with other companies to come over the next few years. Included in this list are sporting goods company Adidas, home sound system developer Sonos, designer Virgil Abloh and our favorite producer of interlocking Plastic Bricks – the LEGO Group.

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Giving the Roller Coaster a Boost

Not satisfied with merely motorising my Roller Coaster 10261, I incorporate the Boost Robotics System, and then add some additional functionality. It’s all fun and games until the batteries stop running at full power…

IMG_0255There is no doubt that the new Roller Coaster 10261 is a magnificent model, worthy of a set piece in any LEGO Layout.  But driving it manually is a little tedious,to say nothing of the roughness of the ride. How can we make it so that we may have the coaster running, and share a drink with friends at the same time, while they marvel at this wonderful set?

Simple motoring using an ‘M’ motor.

Adding a Power Functions medium motor is simple: so simple in fact that you can work out how to do it in the pre release video: plug a motor over the drive shaft, and let it go.

And it goes on… and on… and on until you turn it off.  There is no break in the activity, the constant rumble of the motor.  Don’t get me wrong, this is pretty awesome, and with two trains of coaster carriages running, it can be pretty hypnotic. There is no reason that this should be any harder with the equivalent Powered Up/ PF2.0 motor, when we see it released in the future.

But I wonder if more can be done.

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In fact, adding simple automation to the set using the Boost Move hub, sensor and servo motor is pretty simple, and is described on the final page of the instructions. This is what it looks and sounds like.

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Going to Great Heights to Build: Cute Pug 30542

In which I find a local source of LEGO poly bag sets, select one and construct it mid flight, before returning my tray table to the upright position.

I’m on a journey. I am currently travelling to Japan to attend Kobe BrickFest.

I left home early this morning and have a couple of connecting flights, with the main leg between Brisbane and Tokyo taking around eight hours. And around that there are a couple of connecting flights.

One of the neat things about travelling to Japan compared to Europe is that the time difference is only one hour in the past. However, as such I should probably aim to keep my body clock on track. So inbetween the LEGO Ninjago Movie and other inflight entertainment, I thought I’d put together a little LEGO set. Continue reading

Australia/ New Zealand Only: A chance to win a limited Jurassic World Set

In recent weeks, news has come to light of a previously unannounced Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom set, featuring an Orange T-Rex.Today I received this news from LEGO Australia:

From June 12th – July 12th 2018, you can WIN a Limited Edition Rare T.Rex Survival Set valued at $70, simply by purchasing any LEGO®️ product from the participating retailers and completing an entry form. The exciting part is that there are less than 500 sets available globally! Toyworld AU will be giving away 8 sets, Toyworld NZ will be giving away 5 and both the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and LEGO Certified Store are offering 3 – meaning it truly is a limited, once in a lifetime offer.

With another, ultra rare dinosaur for collectors, this limited opportunity is bound to get a bit of attention.

What do you think? A cool set?

Great color for a T. rex?

Leave your thoughts below. In the mean time,

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