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Archive for April 1st, 2009

Ace Kim | April 1st, 2009 | News

Power Miners Building Contest: Monsters’ Revenge!

Monsters' Revenge

To help kickstart the new direction of FBTB, we’re holding a little contest dubbed “Monsters’ Revenge”. The kernel that formed the basis of this contest came from Emperor Andrew. Hats off to you sir, world-reknowned advocate for Rock Monster protection. Many of the staff and I agree that the genocidal nature of the Power Miners is the tragic cause of the decline in the Rock Monster population. Though the Power Miners deny any wrongdoing, it is clear that they feel entitled to exploit the natural crystal resources for their own purposes, crystals that are actually a staple in the Rock Monster diet.


Ace Kim | April 1st, 2009 | News, Site News

[Press Release] FBTB Refocuses To Power Miners, Rebrands to From Bombs To Boulders

For Immediate Release: announces today that it will be refocusing its core theme away from LEGO Star Wars, to concentrate on the new Power Miners theme instead. After a decline in membership and losing popularity due to its controversial “Respect The Brick” policy, site founder and editor-in-chief, Ace Kim, has decided to shift the site’s team’s energies into covering all news relating to the heavily neon-green colored theme. At a news conference held earlier today in Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Kim said, “This was not an easy decision to make. I, along with my team, consulted a select group of members of our community in the secret forum. I basically asked if there was any point in continuing the Star Wars theme. I was just tired of being the last to know about [Star Wars-related] leaked info. I figured this was the best way to keep a fan site running and be on the bleeding edge of news: pick a theme that doesn’t have a fan site dedicated to it already. After much debate, we all collectively came to a decision to do Power Miners.” When asked about the potential impact on the site’s loyal following, Mr. Kim he replied, “Site membership’s been on the decline since the redesign a month and a half ago. We’re getting far less registrations than ever before; granted the majority of the registrations on the old site were from spambots, but the high number of members were indicative of our popularity, and made me feel good. But the numbers now… now are just pathetic.” Ryan Wood, a long-time contributor to the site, was also in attendance at the news conference, “Power Miners was just a natural fit. The price per part ratio was one of the main reasons for switching.” He also commented that with the Star Wars license expiring in 2011 and no chance of renewal, now was a good time to transition to a new theme to keep the site running.

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 1st, 2009 | News

Photo Contest: Rock Monster Impersonation

Now that you’ve found out which Rock Monster you are, we want to see your best impersonation! Announcing a new contest: the Rock Monster Impersonation photo contest!

Simply post a picture of yourself making your best “rock monster” face here on the forum. All entries must be in by midnight PST. A first place winner will be announced after a short deliberation period by a panel of staff judges; the winner will receive a copy of 8958 Granite Grinder.

Hurting for inspiration? Not quite sure what a Rock Monster looks like? Check out these wallpapers, or watch the videos here, all on the official Lego Power Miners site!

…And I shouldn’t say this here, but I will heavily favor whoever best recreates this shot here.

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 1st, 2009 | Sales News

[US] Target Sale: $8 Sets

Thanks to a tip from forum member Puddleglum, Target has a sale this week where sets that are regularly priced at $10-11 are on sale for $8. Including the ever-awesome 8958 Granite Grinder, which I recently reviewed here.

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 1st, 2009 | News

Power MOCers: The Best Builders!

Here are the best Power Miners MOCs we’ve seen on the net:

Bob Newhill’s Walker is a standout entry in the world of Power Miners MOCs.
Among the biggest we’ve seen yet, and with an original (no treads!) design.


Don "Solo" Reitz | April 1st, 2009 | LEGO Power Miners, Reviews

Review: 8707 Boulder Blaster

Blah blah blah, you know you’re just here for the pictures. And man are they good. Clickity clickity cloo!

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 1st, 2009 | News

Which Rock Monster are You?

The official Power Miners website has a Funzone where you can do neat things like take quizzes to learn fascinating results to such questions as “Which Accessory are You?”, “Which Power Miner are You?” and our favorite, “Which Rock Monster are You?”

Take the quiz to get your result, then vote in our forum poll to let us know who YOU are!

Staff results-

  • Ace: Sulfurix
  • Ryan: Glaciator
  • Don: Boulderax
  • Collin: Glaciator
  • Nick: Meltrox
Ryan "chief" Wood | April 1st, 2009 | LEGO Power Miners, Reviews

Review: 8958 Granite Grinder

When I first saw the Granite Grindericon on the shelf at Target, I thought “Dawww… how cute!” And I continued along my merry way, not giving it a second thought as I drooled over meatier offerings like the 8960 Thunder Driller and the 8961 Crystal Sweeper.

The next time I saw it was in the hands of a fellow member of the Los Angeles LUG, and I got to see it in action. When I saw what this puppy could do, I had to have one.

So does the set rock or is it fool’s gold?