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Archive for August, 2009

Nick Martin | August 25th, 2009 | Reviews

Review: 7754 Home One

Now that it’s out of the way, I promise that I will not use that absurdly over-used line from Ackbar. This set has a special place in Star Wars lore, because we helped to contribute to the ideas. That’s right, FBTB, me, you (well, not you over there eating paste), the community, we all helped give ideas towards this set. Okay, I’ll admit, this was my second choice (I wanted the Senate arrest and the glorious jedi that would come with it), but it’s still a nifty set.

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Don "Solo" Reitz | August 24th, 2009 | News

New Information on LEGO Universe

The first screenshots for LEGO Universe make their world premiere this week. These images show off the diversity the players will encounter in the game. It’s scheduled to launch in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, and North America in 2010.

Safety is a huge priority for LEGO Universe. Many solutions are being explored through technology, processes, and people to provide the most creative and safe environment possible.

Of course since it is a LEGO product, one can expect a creative and building focus to give players the opportunity to do a variety of activities that allow for them to interact with the LEGO elements in a virtual reality. Building with LEGO elements in LEGO Universe will take many forms, ultimately allowing players to bring their real-life creations to life inside the game.

LEGO Universe will feature a subscription model. Lot’s of research and evaluation of various models went into this decision and we feel it provides the best method to provide a trusted online experience for the player.

We’re sure you wondering about beta and the “VIP launch”. We still plan on doing both, but we are not ready to announce dates or how to sign-up just yet.

Please keep an eye out on future updates and if you absolutely have to have the latest information make sure to visit www.legouniverse.com.

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Ryan "chief" Wood | August 22nd, 2009 | Forum, MOC Spotlight

Forum Topic of the Moment

Have you missed me? I’ve certainly missed all of you. I’ve been on the forum and site a lot less since starting work for Legoland, so I only get to peruse the topics late at night or on the weekends.

This thread caught my eye, and I thought I’d highlight it to generate more conversation.

Why do some MOC topics get comments and others don’t? Lack of a picture in the post? Is it the name of the topic, or the name of the creation itself? Is it the builder? Don Solo has some suggestions if you’re a frustrated builder not getting the attention you seek. Chime in, I’m looking forward to even more enlightening discussion on the forum.

My own thoughts: Like anyone, my circumstances and attitude have changed over time. Years ago when I started on FBTB, I was a builder who rarely stepped foot outside the MOC forum. I responded to creations as I hoped/expected others would to mine. But ever since becoming an admin on the site (and before my new job,) I had to do my best to read every topic in every forum. I saw all the creations. But because I was so busy doing my rounds of the forum (troublemakers to attend to!) I didn’t have much time to respond. I’m viewing, but not posting, as many people seem to be doing.

So why do I think other people respond to some models and not others? I don’t think it has anything to do with the general quality of the models lately, or for any one single particular reason. As Turk’s post put it, this site and forum has become more a place for product and theme discussion rather than model discussion. This isn’t a bad thing, just something that happened over time as member and staff focus has shifted.

Is this something we need to work on? Do you miss seeing models on the main page? Do you care either way? Let’s talk.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | August 16th, 2009 | News

[US] Target Stores 10% on New Star Wars

Thanks to forum member theDude for the heads up on this one…

Both online and in-store this week beginning Sunday (today), all LEGO Star Wars is 10% off. While this isn’t much, it includes all the new Star Wars from the Fall launch, so for those of you (like me) who can’t patiently wait for the clearances, this is a nice little savings. It is also a cheaper way to get your grubby hands on a Republic Fighter or Pirate Tank, the hard to find Target exclusives that history tells us will not make it to clearance before sell-out.

Search “Star Wars LEGO” on the target website or go in-store today!

Ace Kim | August 10th, 2009 | News, Sales News

New 2010 Set Listings On Amazon.de *Updated*

Thanks to super sleuthy der-soer from our forums, he’s found some listings on Amazon.de for some 2010 sets:

Thanks also to Joedward for the heads up.

Update: More digging reveals the following:

I for one cannot wait for the TIE Defender, as that is my favorite TIE ship. Looks like 2010 is off to a pretty good start.