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Archive for April, 2009

Ace Kim | April 8th, 2009 | Sales News

LEGO Shop@Home Sales News

Thanks to the tip from forum member Arkov, there are a couple of really great deals going on at LEGO Shop@Home. 10186 General Grievousicon, which was previously priced at $49.99 for the longest time, has dropped down to $29.98! Weighing in at 1,085 pieces, it’s a super deal no matter how you do the math. Unfortunately, as I write this, 7620 Indiana Jones Motorcycle Chaseicon, 7621 Indiana Jones and The Lost Tombicon, and 3832 The Emergency Roomicon are sold out. There are a few other sets on sale, so have a look around, something might strike your fancy.

Don "Solo" Reitz | April 7th, 2009 | Forum, News

First Lap Recap

The race is going strong and the pods just completed the first lap…� Four of the more stylish pods are leading the pack, followed by an unlikely pirate racer that held it’s position while the rest jostled around him. The fierce looking Spearit made the biggest jump in the ranks, up 21 positions (and from the looks of it I’d guess he was ramming entries out of his way). The quad-engine pod made the second biggest advance seen in the first lap – maybe the risky configuration will pay off in the end! Rounding out the top eight is the crazy crossover Sparrow… no word on if Patsy managed to keep up.


Stop by the second lap poll thread in the forum to see the rest of the rankings and cast your votes!

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 7th, 2009 | Forum, News, Site News

Forums Closed

We were negligent in getting this news up here, but the mass of emails we’ve received have prompted me to post.

Registrations on the forum are closed for the duration of the Podracer Contest voting. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the cheaters among us have necessitated this action.

The forums should be reopened in a few days upon the conclusion of the contest.

Don "Solo" Reitz | April 6th, 2009 | Forum, News, Site News

The Race Is On!

Yesterday the forum decided which of the nearly five dozen entries entries would be in the three part “race” set up to narrow the field down to the three best entries, and the first poll is up! Click here to see the starting lineup and make your selections if you’re a forum member. You get 5 votes this time – so make them count!

Ace Kim | April 5th, 2009 | Sales News

Sales News Round Up

Our forums are abuzz with sales news. By far the best deal is Toys’R’Us for the U.S. They are having a Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off sale on ALL LEGO sets, second set must be of equal or lesser value. To maximize the savings, you’d need to buy two sets of the same price; doing that would net you a 25% savings. Here’s the kicker: the sale also applies to SOME items at Toys’R’ But, some of those items are online-only items, such as the 10178 Motorized Walking AT-AT and 10174 Imperial AT-ST. Technically, the promotion states “All LEGO”, so maybe if you call TRU and place an order, you may be able to score a deal on the non-marked items as well. The drawback is that you have to pay both tax and shipping versus walking into your local brick and mortar store where you would just pay the tax.

Here are a few other highlights:

If you’re a registered member of our forums, be sure to stop by Finds/Deals for more deals.

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 4th, 2009 | News

Rock Monster Photo Contest: Winner!

Our Photo Contest challenge the other day was for members to shoot their best impersonation of a Rock Monster. The entries were posted here on the forum, and the judges have deliberated.

Without further adieu:

Meeotch takes the prize!

Even if my stated bias in the contest announcement had been taken out of the equation, the judges unanimously still would have awarded Meeotch the win for his accuracy to the original image and moxie to actually pull it off with such flair. I mean seriously, a tricycle? Well played, you little rock monster, you.

Don "Solo" Reitz | April 4th, 2009 | News

2009 Podracer Contest Entries

So the entries are in and the voting is going to start this weekend… only forum members are allowed to vote, and as such registrations will be locked down for a few days to make sure no one gets any clever ideas… But here they are: for you viewing pleasure, all 48 podracers! Click here to see them all: (more…)

Ace Kim | April 3rd, 2009 | News

All Star Wars, Most of the Time

While we had our little fun with April Fool’s day, I think nigh’s the time to revert back to what we all came here for. The Dunkin’ Donuts- er, I mean, LEGO Star Wars (and other licensed themes). We had originally planned to leave it up for a little while longer, but it seems that the more passionate members of our community are getting a little upset and impatient to say the least. To be honest, we would have changed it back April 2, but once we got all the graphics and stylesheets in place, we were surprised at how slick the theme looked overall so we wanted to keep it around for another day or two. We hope you all can understand. Did we push it a little too far? Probably. But in the end it was a very valuable learning experience for us and the lesson learned is that a lot of people can’t take a joke. The upside to it all is that It is very reassuring to see how passionate our community is for this site and the LEGO Star Wars theme. To those of you whom we’ve hurt, please forgive us; for we humbly apologize for toying with that which you care about. To those of you who “got it”, thank you; it made it that much more enjoyable.

We had no intention of truly converting to a Power Miners focused site, but we do hope that with all the attention we gave it, that some of you who wrote off this theme before will now give it a chance. The site’s theme may have been a joke, but our love for Power Miners is real. My personal favorite is the Thunder Driller. It was the bi-directional drill was what won me over; that, and it just looks friggin’ cool. Boulder Blaster and Granite Grinder are also staff favorites warranting their own reviews for our joke day. We can’t really recommend Crystal Sweeper for the terribad price per part ratio, but all the other sets in the theme are real winners in our book. And hey, if the great builds and vehicle designs don’t win you over, surely the cute little Rock Monsters will! Pick up a set today; you will be pleasantly surprised.

Long live Power Miners!

P.S. The building contest is real. Deadline’s been extended until April 17th 2009.

Ryan "chief" Wood | April 2nd, 2009 | News, Site News

It’s Official

6 out of 10 people agree: Power Miners is preferred over Star Wars.

The new FBTB is here to stay.

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.