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Archive for March, 2009

Don "Solo" Reitz | March 31st, 2009 | Forum, Site News

2009 Podracer Challenge – Less Than 24 Hours Left!


Just a reminder: all entries for the current building contest must be submited before midnight tonight (the evening of April 1st, Pacific Time) for them to quallfy. Click the pic to view the entry thread and submit yours if you have one ready. Good luck, and happy building everyone!

Ace Kim | March 27th, 2009 | Forum

Friday Forum Highlights!

Happy Friday, Bothans! Came back from my Spring Break vacation to find Ace doing an awful job covering for me. Good grief, Ace, I can’t trust you with anything, can I? Kidding! ;-)

Anyway, here’s a look at this week’s highlights and goings-on in our forum! Enjoy!

New Info on LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary — Click here to check out the conversation and any breaking news your fellow Bothans may run across regarding the new Visual Dictionary that we’re all waiting on pins and needles for!
Has anyone purchase a LEGO set than regret it for buying it? — Believe it or not, it happens! Some folks do regret buying certain sets! Whether you’re one of them or not, click on over here to join the talk about whether or not you regret buying any LEGO sets.
What ONE single *Force Power* would YOU want to have? — The title speaks for itself. Me personally? I would totally pick whatever Force ability helps me graduate college faster. Force lightning would work for that, right?…
Stickers vs. Printed Pieces — This is an excellent conversation about the classic debate over which is better in a set, printed pieces or stickers. Check it out!
[Batman] New Batmobiles — BaronSat, one of the long-time Star Wars MOC’ers out there, has a plethora of awesome Batmobiles that he’s built. My personal favorite is the Batman Beyond batmobile, but that’s prob’ly just because I miss that show so much. :-)
[ARCHITECTURE] Solomon’s temple finished — Gotta give a shout-out to this guy, because he’s been working on this sucker for quite a while. Check out Blackninjatom’s super-spiffy rendition of Solomon’s Temple!

That’s all for now! Have a great weekend!

Ace Kim | March 25th, 2009 | News

Winner Announced For March MINI Madness Giveaway

Congratulations go out to:

Matthew Dowd
Notre Dame, IN

for being the big weiner! Your prize will be on its way shortly. April is just 6 days away and with a new month comes a new giveaway. Gonna have to start digging to see what I’ve got laying around to use as a prize, but fret none, I’m sure I’ll find something of interest.

Ace Kim | March 24th, 2009 | News, Sales News

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary Cover Revealed

If you’re a fan of DK Publishing’s Visual Dictionary series of books, you’ll probably be interested in their newest book slated to be released September 2009. The LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary will include an exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifig. It looks a bit like a Ceremonial Medal Luke from the end of Episode IV but that is purely a guess. As soon as I can get a confirmation on the figure, I’ll post again. In any case, you can hit the image to place a pre-order through for the low price of $14.95 for the hardcover. In the meantime, you can join the discussion already in progress:

New Info on LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 23rd, 2009 | News

HTF Indiana Jones set now available again on S@H, LEGO Brand Stores

Off-topic: with FBTB’s relaunch, we expanded the scope of the message to include highlights from other popular licensed themes, including Indiana Jones. News for these lines has been either tight or bundled with other news (like Toy Fair) so you haven’t seen much of it. Consider this post a start in the right direction.


7628 Peril in Peru

The very hard to find, formerly Toys’r’Us exclusive Indiana Jones set, #7628 Peril in Peru, has recently returned to US LEGO Shop at Home and at some LEGO brand stores. This item had been previously out of stock and is back with a 1 per customer limit. Some, myself included, feel it is one of the strongest sets in the first wave on Indy sets, and with a likely limited availability, I recommend you pick this one up sooner than later.

Thanks to forum member ThinkingImpaired who sent this communicae my way!

Ace Kim | March 23rd, 2009 | Sales News

10195 Available Now

Thanks to Steve’s note, the team over at LEGO Shop@Home have decided that nigh is the time to make 10195 Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walkericon available for purchase. Click through to go to the S@H product page.

We realize you have many options for purchasing this set, but please consider supporting this site and purchasing through our referral link directly from LEGO Shop@Home. We thank you for your support.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 22nd, 2009 | News

10195 Republic Dropship & AT-OT at some brand stores

Those of you who have the $250 ready to go for your 10195 Republic Dropship and AT-OT Walker might be in luck to get it even sooner.

10195 Republic Dropship and AT-OT

10195 Republic Dropship and AT-OT

Many LEGO Brand stores have recieved these already and some have even begun to stock them on the shelves. LEGO Brand Store Anaheim has been confirmed as one of these stores, and staff at the Chandler, AZ one has said they’ll be out tomorrow (on Monday). Good luck picking yours up!

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 20th, 2009 | Sales News

Weekend Sales: [CAN] Walmart & [ALL] Space Skulls 75% off

Two sweet sales to share today. 

First, to our merry maple leaf brethren in Canada, we have heard through forum user Bertramtalespinner that Canadian Wal*Marts are discounting lots of sets, including 2009 Star Wars sets like the Hyena Droid Bomber or Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter.  Check out the complete list in  this thread: [CAN] Walmart SW lego price drop.

Also, as a set, 10192 Space Skullsicon wasn’t too successful, but as a parts pack, it was a brilliant kit, especially when it is more than 2/3 off.  I know it isn’t a Star Wars or other licensed set, but for $19.99 on Shop at Homeicon, it is worth it for the Star Wars builder.  Thanks to Morgan19 for pointing it out.

Discuss Canadian Wal*Mart Sales.
Discuss Space Skulls 75% off sale.

Ryan "chief" Wood | March 18th, 2009 | MOC Spotlight

FoxHound’s Mon Cal Cruiser

Thomas “Fox Hound” Benedikt presents his 30,000 piece Mon Cal Cruiser, and boy is it a beauty!

Click for HI RES version

Some notable stats:

    Length: 260 Studs or 208 cm or 610 (82 inches)
    Width: 48 cm (Max)
    Height: 28 cm (Max)
    Weight: 52 lbs (Approximate)
    Cost: $5500 US.

Find all this and many more photos and more information via his MOCpage or Brickshelf, and leave him some feedback here on FBTB!

Ace Kim | March 13th, 2009 | Forum

Friday Forum Highlights

Greetings! I’ll be covering the Friday Forum Highlights posts while Collin is having fun under the Texan sun for the next week. So forgive me if he’s covered these topics before.

There you have it. Stop by our forums for even more topics.