I’m not sure when LEGO updated their Sales & Deals page but the danish toy company has improved the previous 10% on selected retiring sets to a 30% discount, which is a significant promotion from them.
Many of the sets (currently 26) are still available (only 11 out of stock) so this extra discount will certainly improve the flow of sales.
Remember FREE shipping will be applied with purchases over $200.00 which may not be that hard to do with the bigger sets. If you’re into seasonal sets, both Romantic Valentine Picnic 40236 and Easter Egg Hunt 40237 are priced for $10.49 instead of $14.99 which are D2C (direct to consumer). The Batman Movie 71017Minifigures are also priced at $4.19 instead of $5.99, just bare in mind that LEGO distribute minifigures randomly. You cannot choose.
As an afterthought, there are a lot of NEXO Knight sets listed…the rumour was proved false previously, but is the NEXO Knight theme losing its own battle?
The lucky VIPs now have access to the largest LEGO Minecraft created so far, containing 2863 pieces and light. The cost is $399.99. A price that will put many people off, but if you’re into lots of grey bricks, 2×2 and 2×4 bricks, this set may be for you.
The general public can buy this set from July 1st, but keep in mind all the winter sales starting [australia] now or very soon.
The Old Fishing Store 21310 has been listed on the Australian online shop for $249.99 AUD. It’s what was roughly expect so no big surprises there. The set contains 2049 pieces, which is the biggest Ideas set created to date.
The final design really stands out. There’s great use of the browns and greens in this model, and a large amount of sand green in the form of 2×1 and 4×1 tiles. The set is made to look messy but shows just how much detail has been put into creating the perfect setting. I wonder how many of the tiled images are stickers or printed on?
LEGO Boost, the Mindstorms version aimed for younger people was first talked about in early January. Now LEGO have released official images and listed the category on Shop@Home. The set will be available from August and contains 843 pieces. Expect this model to be above the usual 800 piece price tag because of all the motors and sensors. Prices is the US and Europe are 159.99 so it’s likely that for Australia, it will retail around 240-300 dollars.
This Ideas set achieved 10 000 supporters some time ago and is finally in the spotlight. The official images have been released overnight and show an almost identical model to the first published one.
This set will be released on September 1, and has 2049 bricks. The price has been put up at USD 149.99 / EURO 149.99 / GBP 139.99. I can only guess that in Australia it will cost around $200.
Here is the official description:
Find all the gear you need for a fantastic fishing trip at the Old Fishing Store! Walk up the steps from the beach into the shop selling fishing rods, hooks, harpoons, diving equipment, oxygen tanks and much more. Climb the ladder to the top of the watchtower and look through the telescope to enjoy the view. Then relax and read the newspaper in the office. Just make sure the cat or seagulls don’t eat the freshly caught fish hanging outside!
The Old Fishing Store is ideal for display and role-play, this model has 2 removable roofs, an opening back wall in the shop for easy access, 4 minifigures, cat and 3 seagull figures, as well as loads of other cool details and elements to fire up the imagination.
Inspired by a personal passion
Inspiration for LEGO Ideas projects often come from a very personal place, and Robert’s inspiration to build his Old Fishing Store certainly is no different from this observation. It’s that passion for something familiar that truly shines throughout his set and can be noticed in all the details. Robert elaborates on where this inspiration came from – “Fishing has always been my hobby. From fishing in the Caribbean, where I lived for a while, to fishing in Holland. So you could say that my interest in fishing and my job as an architectural draughtsman came together in this model“.
He adds that “inspiration is very important, so was finding a theme that could help develop the model. I got my initial inspiration from the LEGO Christmas houses and sea villages. I started by doing some sketching on paper, then created a mood board to determine the details and color schemes. Especially the use of the right colors was important in my design“.
When Robert’s Old Fishing Store was approved for production in the fall of 2016, LEGO designer Adam Grabowski took over the project “to make sure that the model lived up to LEGO quality“. It is often a challenging job to respect someone else’s design whilst altering it to fit LEGO guidelines, but Adam says he “tried to stay very true to the original design. That’s what got 10,000 votes and is what the people want. I didn’t want to change much of the original look and there was no reason to do so“.
Adam puts on the hat of an AFOL and adds, “it was great to be able to bring back certain elements like the seagull, and use others like the lobster, that were only previously available in other sets”.