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Archive for June, 2009

Ace Kim | June 29th, 2009 | News

FREE Golden Minifigure Key Chain

While it may not be as elusive as the highly coveted Golden Droid promo, you can get a FREE Golden Minifigure Key Chainicon with any purchase of $75 or more. This promotion applies in-store at LEGO Brand Retail outlets as well. When ordering online, enter coupon code USGM when checking out.


Kind of a strange image that LEGO’s using….

Ace Kim | June 27th, 2009 | News

SW IJ Fall Assortment Now Available

Better late than never. Trailing the early releases of some of LEGO’s other themes’ fall assortment, Star Wars and Indiana Jones sets have now arrived to the party, ready to drain your bank account. Follow the links for the individual products at LEGO Shop@Home.

Star Wars:

Indiana Jones:

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Ace Kim | June 27th, 2009 | News

Congratulations, Chief!

Quite possibly the most awesome news in the history of From Bricks to Bothans:

Ryan Wood has been named a Master Builder for Legoland California!

CONGRATULATIONS, RY! It’s been a long time comin’.

Don "Solo" Reitz | June 23rd, 2009 | News

Chrome Stormtroopers available on S@H

This is sure to displease anyone that picked them direct from LEGOLand, but the Chrome 10th Anniversary Stormtrooper Magneticon is now available direct from LEGO Shop at Home – for only $9.99! That’s quite a deal for a shiny limited edition minifigure, considering how much Vader and 3PO are worth.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | June 23rd, 2009 | Sales News

[US +] 7672 Rouge Shadow 50% off at LEGO Brand Stores & S@H

Thanks to forum members meeotch and Arkov for pointing this out…

At both LEGO Brand Stores and Shop at Home through the 25th of June, the 7672 Rouge Shadow is on sale for 50% off. It is a decent set, especially at that steep discount, and worth picking one up. Additionally, if you purchase $50 or more in Star Wars items at the LEGO Brand Stores this month, you get a free Assassin Droids battle pack. To recap: 2 x 7672 + 1 x 8015 for $50 + tax, originally $110. Not too bad!

As far as I am aware, this is valid at US LEGO Brand Stores, but often such deals spill over to brand stores in other countries. Please PM me (user: copyright) to confirm if this offer is found in your local international LEGO Brand Store.

Ace Kim | June 17th, 2009 | News

Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures

I have some process that is causing high resource utilization on my server’s machine. It’s no secret that I’ve been doing what I can to reduce the resource consumption by removing certain features here and there and offloading what I can to external processes. But I’ve had little luck in determining what is causing MySQL to stay running at a constant 2% usage. So, my last ditch effort will involve reinstalling WordPress and phpbb from scratch with default templates to see if I can pinpoint the trouble as one of my mods or plugins. The site will be going into fugly mode for a little while while I work on this. Please bear with me during these times. I’m going to start this process of pain starting tomorrow night. Again, your patience is appreciated. Thank you.

Ace Kim | June 17th, 2009 | Site News

Updated Feed Address

To everyone and anyone who uses an RSS reader to get FBTB headlines, please update the feed address to as I am employing Feedburner to handle the feed traffic. Thank you.

Ace Kim | June 16th, 2009 | Site News

Site Maintenance

The site and forums will be undergoing maintenance tonight at about midnight Pacific time. Downtime is expected to be 30 minutes to an hour. Thank you for your patience.

Site and forums are back up now. I may need to take it down for emergency maintenance again sometime during the day this week. I will try and give as much notice as possible. Thank you for your continued patience.

Ryan "chief" Wood | June 16th, 2009 | News

Chrometroopers Available in Stores Soon!

Brothers Brick is reporting that the silver stormtroopers should be available in all Lego stores in the very near future. Yay for those of you worried they would be a Legoland exclusive!

Ryan "chief" Wood | June 15th, 2009 | News

Be a Legoland California Model Builder!

While I continue hammering out an exhaustive Star Wars Days post, I thought I would drop by and share with you guys an exciting opportunity: Legoland California is looking for new model builders!

Has it always been your dream to build Lego for a living? Here’s your shot!

Interviews and build challenges for the positions (I’m told there are 6 slots they’re looking to fill) are June 24th and 25th. Instead of a nationwide search and competition, they seem to be going for a more low-key hiring process this time around.

Longtime FBTB fans might remember I applied for a model builder position at Legoland back in 2006. Those same fans might also remember how sad I was when I didn’t make it past the first round. Did it deter me? Nope! I’m going to give it another shot!

Hit the break for the entire job description and details