Childhoods Collide: LEGO Super Mario Teased

This morning, I woke up to discover a completely unexpected teaser from Lego in my newsfeed…

Now, As a kid, my exposure to Nintendo was through the Game and Watch hand held games, and I remember the double screened Donkey Kong game disrupting our entire year 8 class on a regular basis.

But subsequently, Nintendo have grown into one of the great family friendly gaming platforms, and the cast of Super Mario have made their way into the collective consciousness. To this day, Mario Kart remains the game that brings our family around the console. Certainly, the combination of LEGO and Nintendo has the capacity to be great family friendly franchise.

What do you hope we will see as part of this newly teased theme? Will it open up other NINTENDO properties such as Zelda? Megaconstrux still has Pokemon listed, but we have seen other themes move over in the past, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Minions, so I think we still have hope.

What would you like to see appear in this theme? Why not comment below, and until next time,

Play Well!

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Dabbling with DOTS III: Jewellery Holder 41905

In which we look at the 41905 Jewellery Holder, play with some DOTS, and uncover an anomalous orange…

With the new range of LEGO® DOTS, we have looked at the bracelets as well as the extra’s parts pack. today I thought we’d take a quick look at the new Jewellery holder which contains a number of new and rare elements, as well as a copious number of the ‘dot’ elements – which I shall merely use as a generic term to refer to 1×1 tiles of any shape…until we come to look at them a little closer.

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Gender Balance in LEGO® City: 2020 Update

March the 8th marks International Women’s Day, and I thought I would briefly return to my occasional analysis of Gender Balance in LEGO® City. I haven’t visited the topic for a couple of years, and was wondering if there have been significant changes here.

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Dabbling with DOTs II: Bracelet Packs [review].

It’s the start of March. LEGO Dots is officially on the market today. As I recently mentioned, I found some any a local retailer a day or two early, and picked up a variety of the sets.

Today I would like to look at the contents of the 5 wristband packs. Costing AUD$9.99, and allegedly containing 33 parts, these sets come with a wristband, and a variety of tiles – square, round and quarter circle, printed and plain, and, in one extreme situation, a completely new design of element, in a fairly new colour. Allegedly 33 parts? As you will see, these sets tend to contain 40 – 41 parts. About 20% more than it says on the packet.

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LEGO Announces Fiat 500 Creator Expert Set

Following on from previous creator expert vehicles – including the Mini, VW Beetle and Ferrari F40, today, the LEGO group announce the forthcoming release of the new Fiat 500 Creator Expert set (10271). To commemorate the release of this set, a life-size Fiat 500, made from over 180000 LEGO Bricks was unveiled today, at a live streamed event from Turin. (Public events in this region of Italy have been cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID 19. Images and press release, after the break

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Dabbling With Dots I: Extra Dots: Series 1 [41098]

What’s in the bag?

About a month ago, we heard about the forthcoming arrival of LEGO® Dots. This is a range of jewellery and decor items pitched squarely at the 6-10 year old market, where some children might be reluctant to create a model of their own , because of doubts in their own creativity. The DOTs sets have far more free form instructions, to help you decide how you might choose to to place small square, circular and quarter circle 1×1 tiles – in a wide variety of colours.

LEGO Dots is due to be released on March 1st 2020, but some have made their way into the wild a couple of days in advance of this. I picked up a few of the first wave of sets, and will present them over the course of the next few days.

First I thought I would start with 41908 Extra DOTS – Series 1. Recommended retail price for these is $AUD5.99, but I found them at K-Mart (an Australian retailer) for $AUD5 per pack. So I bought a couple, to look at the consistency between them. The pack purports to contain 109 parts, including 10 ‘surprise charms’. These surprise elements are white round tiles, with emoji like expressions printed on them. On the packet there appear to be 16 different printings in this bag – and the printed elements here are different to those seen in the other sets currently available. Read on to see what I found inside…

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Getting Sorted II: Seeking Professional Help [Brick Architect Labels]

In which I attempt to label my storage drawers, only to discover technical difficulties getting in my way. I overcome these and have a Q&A with Tom Alphin, who has created a set of labels to use in these circumstances.

A couple of months ago (closer to three ) I set about getting some of my bricks sorted out. I now have lots and lots of small drawers, useful for the small fiddly bits, and larger boxes, more suited to traditional bricks and plates, of varying size.

But, its all very well having approximately 250 small drawers full of smaller LEGO® elements, BUT when they are semi opaque, how are you going to know what’s in them. I thought I might set out to label them. So, I reached for the trusty family label maker, perhaps a little underused in the last 5 years, typed up 1×2 with horizontal clip and pressed print.

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