31064 Seaplane Adventures


Who wouldn’t want to explore a tropical paradise with a diamond-in-the-rough seaplane pilot? I picked up this Creator set as a last-day-of-holidays treat, and I’m loving it. It’s one of the most satisfying builds since the 60117 Van & Caravan.

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WeDo 2.0 First Impressions


TLG currently have three different robotics lines currently available. The well known Mindstorms, WeDo 2.0, and Boost.

WeDo (currently in version 2.0) is aimed directly at the educational market, in particular tapping into the ongoing hype about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).  I’m amazed how simple it was to get set up and use to its full potential! Continue reading

41308 Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes

So, a slight departure from my usual builds today. I’ve been thinking a lot about scale in Lego, and how the rise of the minifig has created something of a standard. I was aware of the Friends theme (especially all those delicious colours) and knew they had figures (called mini dolls), but I had no idea of their size. I popped into the local toy shop to grab one in a polybag, they didn’t have one, and I thought it might be interesting to look at a “some kid in my kid’s class’s birthday” price range set from the Friends theme. Hence I am now the owner of “Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes”.

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10703 Classic Box

Generally the very cheapest way to acquire new bricks is to buy large “classic” boxes on sale. Famously the best set for this is the 10654 Classic XL Creative Brick Box. It’s a 1600 piece set of generic bricks in a handful of colours. It’s currently retailing for $88 in Australia giving a per-piece price of $0.055 – not that much more than my average for bulk purchases. This particular set is exclusive to Toys R Us. They have reasonably frequent “buy one get one half price” sales, so if you want two or have a mate to go in with, that brings the part price down to just over 4 cents.

If you can’t wait for that, looking for a Lego sale at one of the major retailers and doing the sums on the larger classic boxes is generally the way to. I was checking out at Myer on-line a week or so ago with a Classic box set with a per piece price just over four cents only to have it fail with an out of stock message even though it looked in-stock in the on-line catalogue. The next best option was this set coming out at 6 cents per peice.

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