Brickset news archive: Shopping (Australia/NZ)
The Hobbit Blu-Ray with blue-jacketed Bilbo Baggins minifig is now available in Australia, exclusively in BigW.
Still no sign of it in Europe, as far as I know... :-(
Thanks Sibera_lee for the news.
Brickset user addictedtostyrene reports that "Toyworld in Canberra have Galaxy Squad sets, including 70704 and 70705, which I haven't seen in any other Aussie stores. They also have the new Super Heroes sets, Superman and Iron Man" and that "Big W in Canberra have Galaxy Squad sets, and oddly enough, 21201 Life Of George; boxed set with iOS and Android apps, for $38."
It is interesting to finally see the Life of George set available in a bricks-and-mortar store here in Australia long after it was released overseas.
To coincide with the Australian GP this weekend, the 'buy a LEGO polybag at Shell garages' promotion kicks off in Australia on Monday. From the press release: "From Monday 18 March, customers will be able to purchase exclusive Ferrari model LEGO cars at Shell Coles Express sites across Australia. A new model will be available each week for six weeks."
And, from a email that's been sent to members of the 'Shell V-Power club', more clarification: "Our unique range, exclusive to Shell Coles Express, will be available from Monday, March 18 for just $6 when you spend $40 or more on Shell V-Power* at your local Shell Coles Express. Or $8 sold separately."
The six sets are 30190-30195. There's no mention whether the seventh, the pit crew, 30196, will be part of the promotion or not.
I wonder then whether the promotion will follow the GPs around the world? If so, it'll hit Europe in May, June and July.
Thanks to Michelle and Scott for the news.
The Series 3 Star Wars Planet Sets have been spotted in Big W Stores and are available for AUD $14.86 each. The sets are also available from the Big W website for the same price.
The relatively hard-to-find polybag 30019 that I was getting excited about earlier in the week has turned up in New Zealand as part of a fund raising appeal for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Westpac is a multinational financial corporation which sponsors the rescue helicopter service in New Zealand.
It has stickers attached to the bag to enable you to 'brand' the model once built.
Geoff in NZ says "The Queen Street branch in Auckland is the first to have them, although I just picked one up at the Ponsonby Rd branch."
Unlike the rest of the world whose financial year ends in March, in Australia it ends at the end of June. It seems that retailers there have sales to liquidate their stock just beforehand, which I don't think happens in the US/UK.
Here are a couple of such sales that have been brought to my attention:
End of Financial Year Sale at ORTCo.
It's the end of another big financial year at Outer Rim Trading Co. and they'd rather sell their stock than count it all on June 30th so it's the perfect time to have what could be Australia's biggest LEGO sale!
Starting at 12:01am AEST Monday June 18 until 11:59pm AEST Sunday June 24, they will be offering a massive 30% off RRP on not just a few lines, but on every single product currently in stock (excluding gift vouchers). That's almost 300 items from LEGO, DUPLO, TECHNIC, books, DVD's and storage - all 30% off RRP. Stocks are limited, sorry, no rainchecks.
Giant toy sale at BigW and Target
KangoJack writes: "this year the sale starts on the 28th June, but you can preorder from the 21st June online. They have some great bargains, including 20% off all LEGO. The major item is the 10221 Super Star Destroyer which has a whopping 33% off the RRP (now only $498AUD)". You can find out more in the forum.
Www.shopforme.com.au has a huge sale coming up on Wednesday 20 /06 that they call the BLITZATHON. Theyheavily discount 1 LEGO set each hour starting from 11:00am till midnight. The sale includes LEGO exclusives sets and the current range, so there’s huge bargins to be had!
If you're in New Zealand, it's your turn to get a free 'Shirtless' Darth Maul: all you need do is spend $50 in Toyworld on Star Wars LEGO. It looks as if they have the summer sets in stock now, so that shouldn't be too hard...
(thanks Butcha-Forsale for the news)
Alepou emailed with some great news for Aussies: "I found the new R2-D2 set at retail store Target tonight here in Melbourne! It was at a shopping centre called Northlands.
"Target is running a 20% off Lego special which ends on Wednesday. RRP was $249.00 AUD so with 20% off it worked out at $199.20."
Here's a picture of it on the shelf. It sounds like a bit of a bargain: I don't think it's available at that level of discount anywhere else in the world.
March Madness sale begins March 1 at Outer Rim Trading Co.
- 25% off RRP on all licenced lines including Star Wars and Super Heroes
- 35% off RRP on everything else store-wide excluding Gift Vouchers
Find out more on the site's promotions page.
TargetOnMyBack informs us "Found 2012 sets in Australia: Target in Brisbane have 4635 Fun With Vehicles, 6913 Blue Roadster and 9093 Bone Cruncher.
"Big W had Lego still in the cardboard cartons, ready to go on the shelf. There were a few of the later 2011 sets, and for 2012: Creator sets 6912, 6913 and 7291, what looked like all four Racers sets and a couple of the Build and Rebuild sets.
"Kmart did not have new 2012 sets out but they had clearance prices on a few items, including 7189 Mill Village Raid for AUD69 and the Star Wars Advent Calendar for AUD 25."
It's that time of year again when all of the major retailers in Australia begin their Mid-Year Toy Sales. There are some good deals to be found - I suggest that you look carefully at the offers in the retailer catalogues.
Of note, Myer is offering 10214 Tower Bridge for AUD 319, which is much less than the Australian RRP of AUD 399. Big W is offering 10212 Star Wars UCS Imperial Shuttle for AUD 448. At these prices, it is worth considering purchasing these massive sets in Australia, rather than shipping them in from overseas (think of the high postage costs!).
Remember, the big retailers all offer extended lay-by facilities during the Toy Sales, which is great if you want to get some of the larger sets for Christmas without the initial large financial outlay!
Here is the summary of the various sales at the large retailers:
Target - Sale starts July 21.
Target's Toy Sale Catalogue has not been released yet.
K-Mart - Sale runs from 30 June 2011 to 13 July 2011.
K-Mart Toy Sale catalogue - refer to pages 40 through 43.
K-Mart also offers a "guaranteed lay-by" facility, where you can go to the in-store layby desk with the catalogue, and point out what items you'd like to place on layby - no more visiting the store to find out they've sold out of the item you were after!
Big-W - Sale runs from 30 June 2011 to 13 July 2011.
Big-W Toy Sale catalogue - refer to pages 58 through 61.
Myer - Sale runs from 23 June 2011 to 24 July 2011. (All LEGO 20%-off during sale).
Myer Toy Sale catalogue - refer to page 3, page 8 and page 32.
Several people have reported seeing new sets from the Pirates of the Carribean range and the Duplo Cars range on shelves at Target stores.
Prices at Target are currently at LEGO Australia's RRP, so it is still much cheaper to source these sets from the US - if you can find them online! Apparently, Australian customers who placed orders with Barnes & Noble for LEGO PotC sets recently have all had their orders cancelled, due to "no stock available".
Thank you to Brickset members shokwave2 and Dr. Rod and also toDinkums-Dazza (via Facebook) for your information.
Edit: Just in the mail today, and also as noted by Brickset member, TinyTurbosCityAndToyStory, was a catalogue from Big W advertising that they are now carrying the new Cars (non-Duplo) sets also. More details in the comments.
Games Empire is an independent toy store in Australia, and at the moment they are running a 30%-off sale on all LEGO items. They have in stock many sets that the larger retailers, like Big-W, Target and K-Mart, have already stopped selling.
Unlike other online retailers, I have found their prices to be consistent with LEGO Australia's RRP, so this 30%-off sale does have some genuine savings when compared to other Australian retailers.
Happy shopping folks!
Set 3661 "Bank and Money Transfer" has appeared at Kmart stores with a price of 89.00 AUD. At this price, it might be worth waiting for one of the sales that Kmart has from time-to-time on LEGO sets.
From what I understand, Kmart will be the only Australian 'bricks-and-mortar' retailer to carry set 3661 on their shelves.
I have verified reports that Big W has started to sell Series 4 Collectable Minfigures (Set 8804) in their stores. The going price at Big W is AU $4.73.
Happy hunting folks!
With the Easter school holiday period coming soon, it appears that Myer, Toys 'R' Us and Target are all running various promotions to get you to buy LEGO sets from their shelves in time for these holidays.
- Target is running a 20%-off sale from the 7th of April until the 13th of April. There are reports that they are carrying all of the new LEGO City Space sets (3365, 3366, 3367 and 3368).
- Myer apparently has "special introductory pricing" on the new City Space sets 3368 and 3367, listing them as "save $20.00 each".
- Toys 'R' Us is running a 20%-off sale on all LEGO apart from all Ninjago sets and all LEGO Games. This sale is from now until the 10th of April.
There is also print advertising showing that Big W is also carrying the new LEGO City Space sets.
Happy shopping folks!
Word on the newswire indicates that Myer will be extending their staff discount of 15% to all MyerONE card holders from 18 November 2010 until 20 November 2010.
With Christmas around the corner, the local Australian retailers have begun their run into what is normally their peak-retail selling season, and LEGO is part of their attempt to lure customers into their stores.
Target currently has a 20%-off sale on all LEGO sets. Page 17 of the latest Target Catalogue shows some of the sets available at Target (including set 8096, "Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle"). The Target sale runs from 11-Nov-2010 until 15-Nov-2011.
- Big W
Big W has a number of items on sale, including set 7938 "City Passenger Train", and 7684 "City Pig Farm" (a Big W exclusive, in Australia). You can view the full list of sets on sale in the current Big W catalogue. The Big W sale runs from 11-Nov-2010 until 17-Nov-2010.
Page 5 of the current K-Mart catalogue features a number of City sets (including set 7208 "City Fire Station") and "assorted" Hero Factory sets. The K-Mart sale also runs from 11-Nov-2010 until 17-Nov-2010.
The current Myer catalogue features a number of sets on sale also, including a number of the new Harry Potter sets, such as set 4841 "Hogwarts Express". The Myer sale runs from 04-Nov-2010 until 28-Nov-2010 .
Happy shopping folks!
Toyworld stores in Australia currently have a catalogue out from today and with the purchase of selected Star Wars sets you will receive a free White Boba Fett Minifigure.
Be sure to check with your local store that they are participating in this catalogue and promotion. List of stores participating can be found here.
Current deals and set spotting:
- Target has 20%-off all LEGO, including Series 2 minifigures (!), until next Thursday the 14th of October (Thank you Worfe1979)
- Big W has released the new Harry Potter sets out for sale - at the Big W I visited they were not with the rest of the LEGO, but on a seperate pedestal display near the Layby counter.
- Myer has 20%-off all LEGO until this Sunday the 10th of October 2010. Reports from other Australian states seem to indicate that Myer also has Harry Potter sets available for sale.
- K-Mart has some LEGO sets listed on page 13 of their current catalogue. These include the Star Wars Hoth Wompa Cave. There are reports also that the Prince of Persia sets are being heavily discounted at K-Mart.
(Of course, with the current strong Australian dollar, it is very tempting to purchase overseas through eBay or BrickLink!)
Happy shopping Australia!
Brickset member Swgriffin went to his local Target today to take advantage of the 20% off sale and found 12 boxes of series 2 minifigures, also at 20% off! Is this the first sighting in Australia?
"Happy days" he says...
For all you Aussie LEGO enthusiasts, the latest catalogue from Target (Australia), is advertising 20% off the price of LEGO starting from Thursday 09 September 2010 until 15 September 2010.
Page 17 of the Target catalogue has all the details.
Edit: There are reports that a number of Target stores have *new* stock of Series 1 Minifigures (8683), so this might be a good opportunity to get some Minifigures - especially for those who missed out when Target first stocked the Series 1 Minifigures a couple of months ago.
Toys 'R' Us (TRU) will be having a special Friends and Family 20%-off sale off all items - including LEGO - from 29 July 2010 till 30 July 2010. Given the rarity of sales at TRU stores in Australia, this would be a good chance to pick up some of the TRU Exclusive sets (for example, set 5980) at a reasonable price.
However, to be eligible for the 20%-off discount, you must present the special "Friends and Family" coupon. This coupon was emailed out to those subscribed to the TRU mailing list, but as a special gesture to all you folks reading Brickset, here is a link to the coupon - simply print and present!
Important Note: This coupon is ONLY for Toys 'R' Us stores in Australia!
BIGW stores in Australia are having a Lego Week sale from September 24th -September 30th. They are also running a build my face competition, where you have a chance to Win a Lego mosaic Portrait. Space Police and Star Wars sets are discounted from the already everyday low price. Savings are up to 30% off R.R.P
Kmart stores are also having a 15% off sale for the same period. They have also placed the Star Wars Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker on clearance and it is currently reduced to AU$250.
Update 24th Sept: Kmart is applying the 15% off Lego to the Star Wars Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker this brings the price during this week's sale to AU$212.50. They have also reduced the Technic Hauler 8264 to AU$75 ( AU$63.75 during the sale).
Kmart Australia has revealed details of its Bricktober promotion. The main prize is a trip for four to LEGOland California. The promotion will be running from September 24 to October 29. Purchases of $20 or more of LEGO will be needed to enter. More details can be found on the registration page. They are also offering 200 bonus prizes over the five weeks of the promotion. More details on the terms and conditions page . The 200 bonus prizes will be divided four groups.
- Group 1 Fifty Space Police K-9 Bot sets
- Group 2 Fifty Red Brick key chains
- Group 3 Fifty Indiana Jones key chains
- Group 4 Fifty Darth Vader "limited edition metallic minifigs"
Good luck to all those who enter.
Update Oct 6 2009: From the 8th - 14th October Kmart has more Lego on special including the Technic Front End Loader 8265 for AU$99 and the Technic Lego crane truck 8258 (Only at Kmart) AU$199 R.R.P for this is AU$299
It's OcTOYber at Target in Australia and from 8 Oct - 14 Oct Lego is 20% off. Target will also be selling the Star Wars 7753 Pirate Tank (exclusive to Target).
P.S. The Kmart Bricktober news article is updated with a great special on the Technic Lego Crane Truck 8258 @ AU$199
Update Oct 12: Kmart has placed the City Crawler Crane 7632 on clearance, Current price is AU$45
Kmart stores in Australia are having a ‘buy 1 toy get the 2nd toy at 50% off sale‘. Sale starts Thursday 26th Nov and ends Sunday 29th Nov. Be sure to look for those sets that Kmart has on clearance for even more savings. The following sets have been reduced to the following prices:
- Trolls Mountain Fortress #7097: AU$80
- Crystal Sweeper #896:1 AU$45
- Crawler Crane #7632: AU$40
- Technic Hauler #8264: AU$45
- Republic Dropship #10195: AU$150
- Fighter Plane Attack #7198: AU$50
There may be other sets on clearance as well.
Update for NZ Bricksetters: Kmart stores in New Zealand are having the same promotion but the second toy is 60% off. (Grahame)
The Toyworld National Lego Building Competition for Australia begins today and runs through until July 31st 2010. The major prize is a Family holiday to Legoland California. You can read more about it here.
Toyworlds latest catalogue which begins this Thursday June the 17th is one of the first to offer Christmas Lay-by’s in Australia. The passenger train 7938 is on the front page for AU$199 and is exclusive to Toyworld stores which is a saving of AU$30. Also when you purchase a Toy Story 3 Lego Set you are given a free gift. Series 1 minifigs are also advertised at 3 for AU$9.99.
Update: the online catalogue still isn't appearing so I have added a list of the items from the catalogue in the comments.
Update 2: Links to the online catalogues have been listed within the comments section for this article. -- jpmanalo
Target store's in Australia are offering 20% off Lego from Thursday 8th April until Wednesday 14th April.
Myer stores are also having a sale . And purchases of $50 or more are given a bonus 40005 Easter Bunny. While stocks last (Thanks to jpmanalo for the info).
A trip to my local Toyworld store revealed some surprises today with some new Lego sets on the shelf. The following sets have only just been made available this week on Shop at Home so to see them in stores was a surprise.
If you find any more let us know... and happy hunting!
- Kingdoms Sets. 7947 Prison Tower Rescue $AU89.99, 7948 Outpost Attack AU$29.99 & 7946 Kings Castle AU$169.99.
- Train Sets. 7938 Passenger Train AU$229.99 & 7937 railway station AU$79.99
- The Modular Fire Station 10197 was also in stock at AU$299.99
It's coming to that time of year when retailers across Australia start discounting their prices on LEGO sets. The first wave of advertising (and sales!) is from Target and Toys 'R' Us.
The latest Target catalogue features some of the new Space Police 3 sets, some of the Toy Story sets and one of the new Duplo sets on sale:
- 5981 Space Police Raid - AUD 12.00 (RRP: AUD 17.00)
- 5982 Smash 'n' Grab - AUD 22.00 (RRP: AUD 30.00)
- 5983 Undercover Cruiser - AUD 44.00 (RRP: AUD 60.00)
- 7789 Lotso’s Dump Truck - AUD 29.00 (RRP: AUD 39.00)
- 7596 Trash Compactor - AUD 70.00 (RRP: $100.00)
- 5656 Duplo Pet Shop - AUD 34.00 (RRP: AUD 50.00)
You will find these on page 17 of the catalogue. The Target sale starts 10 June 2010 and finishes 16 June 2010.
The latest Toys 'R' Us catalogue also has many specials on various LEGO sets (including 7597 Western Train Chase) - there are too many on sale to list here individually. Pages 3 and 7 of the catalogue feature the LEGO sets on sale. Of note is their offer of a "Bonus Star Wars Silver Storm Trooper and Free Lego Club Membership Form when you spend AUD 70.00 or more on LEGO Products in one transaction. (Limit 1 per customer)". Also of note, is the coupon on the last page of the Toys 'R' Us catalogue, offering "20% off your total purchase price when you spend AUD 100.00 or more on full priced items." The coupon is only valid from 12 June 2010 till 14 June 2010. If you happen to find a 10197 Fire Brigade in stock at your local (Australian) Toys 'R' Us store, you might find this coupon quite handy!
Also, there are reports that Australian K-Mart stores, and other retailers in Australia are also starting to stock the new Space Police 3 sets on their shelves (Thank you jimmybrick for that report).
Given this weekend is a long weekend, due to the Queen's Birthday Holiday next Monday, this could be a good opportunity to go out and purchase some new LEGO sets!
Update: Click through to comments for this article to see a list of all the items on sale at (Australian) Toys 'R' Us stores.
Update 2: The Queens Birthday Holiday next Monday is observed by all Australian states, except for Western Australia (who will be observing the Queens Birthday Holiday in October).
As mentioned in a previous news article, June/July is the time of year that all of the large retailers in Australia generally have sales on toys, including LEGO products. Target and Toys 'R' Us are the next retailers to announce their up-coming toy sales, and have released their catalogues on-line with pricing (Links to catalogues: Toys 'R' Us | Target).
It is worthy mentioning that Target will be releasing a first-offering of World Racers sets for this sale.
The Toys 'R' Us Toy Sale begins on Wednesday 30 June 2010 and finishes Saturday 11 July 2010
The Target Toy Sale begins Thursday 22 July 2010 and finishes Wednesday 04 August 2010.
Click through to the comments to view a lisiting of all LEGO items featured in both the TRU and Target catalogues.
Australian LEGO shoppers will have noted that in Australia, until now, Series One LEGO Minifigures have only been available from Target and Toyworld stores (as well as through LEGOShop.com and some other online retailers).
I have reports that Australian Toys 'R' Us stores are receiving very limited stocks of them -- staff at one Toys 'R' Us store have indicated that the only stock they are expecting to receive, are two of the outer boxes: in other words, only 120 minifig packages!.
With reports coming in that many Target and Toyworld stores are now completely sold out of them, this might be your next chance to score that missing minifig from your collection!
July is the time of year that the big retailers traditionally have large toy sales here in Australia. In keeping with that tradition, K-Mart and Big-W have just released their 2010 Toy Sale catalogues on-line (K-Mart, Big-W), and LEGO products feature prominantly in these catalogues. Click through to the comments to get a full listing of all items listed in the catalogues.
Highlights from the K-Mart catalogue include the new City Fire Sets (7206, 7207, 7208) and the Star Wars Hoth Wampa Cave (8089). From the Big W Catalogue, the main highlight is the City Airport (3182), and the City Police Station (7744), which has been discounted considerably below the LEGO Recommended Retail Price.
Both the Big-W and K-Mart toy sales start on Thursday 01 July 2010 and both finish on Wednesday 14 July 2010.
The latest Myer catalogue has just been released, and from 24 June 2010 until 25 July 2010, Myer is offering 20%-off the regular price on all LEGO items in their stores.
Listed specials within the catalogue are as follows:
- 5489 Ultimate Lego Vehicle Building Set (Tub) - AUD 59.95 (Was AUD 79.95)
- 10194 Emerald Night - AUD 119.00 (Was AUD 149.00)
- 10197 Fire Brigade - AUD 229.00 (Was AUD 299.00)
- 10210 Imperial Flagship - AUD 199.00 (Was AUD 279.00)
- 3181 City Passenger Plane - AUD 44.95 (Was AUD 59.95)
- 5635 Big City Zoo - AUD 134.00 (Was AUD 169.00)
- 5649 Farm Building - AUD 74.00 (Was AUD 99.00)
- 5653 Stone Quarry - AUD 84.00 (Was AUD 109.00)
- 8214 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia - AUD 69.00 (Was AUD 89.00)
- 7597 Toy Story 3 Western Train Chase - AUD 129.00 (Was AUD 159.00)
- 8085 Star Wars Freco Speeder - AUD 39.95 (Was AUD 49.95)
- 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter - AUD 87.00 (Was AUD 109.00)
According to the Myer catalogue, some of the items listed above are apparently "Exclusive to Myer" (which means that other retailers within Australia will not be stocking these sets).
The Myer sale starts "... from Thursday 24 June 2010 and finishes on Sunday 25 July 2010, unless sold out."
Update: There is an additional 10% discount for Myer One cardholders, but only on Thursday 24 June and Friday 25 June.