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Archive for October, 2009

Ace Kim | October 25th, 2009 | Sales News

15% Off LEGO Coupon For TRU Plus Free LEGO Bag

I found a 15% off all LEGO coupon online today. The catch is that LEGO Star Wars is not included in the offer, but that shouldn’t stop you from picking up some LEGO Indiana Jones sets. See what I did there? Coupon is good from October 25th through October 31st.

Also, this is the last week for their Bricktober promotion. In addition to the last Duplo brick, if you spend $30 or more you get a LEGO Carrying Case. I don’t have a picture of said case, but it looks like a reusable tote bag. Supplies are limited obviously, so get thee to a nunnery TRU!

Update: Thanks to Morgan19 from our forums, he’s linked to a picture of the tote bag, taken by Reasonably Clever Chris:

Note: You’re looking the tote bag top down as it is lying on it side.

Ace Kim | October 23rd, 2009 | News

LEGO Star Wars: The Quest For R2-D2 Game Online

Looking for something to do over the weekend? Well, if you’ve been living under a rock, or, if you’re like me, have a computer barely capable of playing Youtube videos without skipping or decides to go into sleep mode randomly on its own, you may be interested in a browser-based LEGO Star Wars web game, The Quest For R2-D2. I myself have yet to play it but by all accounts, it’s a hit. Gameplay is very similar to the LEGO Star Wars games on the consoles and PC, so it will feel familiar all over again.

As a bonus, once you play through the game, you’ll be able to unlock instructions for the Malevolence. However, if you need a set listing that comprises the model you can take a look at this forum thread: Malevolence Model – What Kits Are Needed?.

The game requires the Unity plugin to play. So after a short download and install, you’ll be hacking and slashing your way through the game in no time. It’s pretty amazing what the plugin is able to deliver considering you’re playing the game on a web browser. The last time I was this impressed with a web game was for Quake Live. For more information on the game’s development, you may be interseted in reading this article on Unity.

Ace Kim | October 23rd, 2009 | Sales News

Some Shop@Home Deals

Found this message on our forums this morning:

The postcard in the S@H Holiday catalog I received in the mail yesterday lists a 15% discount for purchases of any two and a 25% discount for any three or more of the following:

10185 Green Grocericon
10187 Volkswagen Beetleicon
7746 Single-Drum Rollericon
6241 Loot Islandicon

And the $99 free shipping still applies.

What makes the post relevant is the bolded item in the list. This may be enough of an incentive to pick up a Green Grocer for myself finally.

Just add the items to your cart and the discount is applied automagically.

Another licensed item on sale is the Eiffel Tower 1:300icon. If I remember correctly, S@H was out of stock on the set for awhile, but now it’s back for $149.98 down from $199.99. Not bad for 3,428 pieces.

Did you miss out on the Target-exclusive MINI V-19 Torrent polybag set? Purchase a 7676 Republic Attack Gunshipicon or 8019 Republic Attack Shuttleicon and one will be added to your cart for free upon checkout.

All orders over $99 qualify for free shipping, so tax will be the only additional expense. Start your holiday shopping early!

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | October 22nd, 2009 | News, Sales News

[US] Toys’R’Us Cooking Something Up Sweet for Black Friday?

UPDATE: Allow me to apologize for allowing my own fanboy excitement to possibly make this out to be more than it ever was. Apparently, as a strictly LEGO Star Wars collector, who doesn’t collect other Star Wars items like others, I read “figure” and thought “minifigure” while others thought “action figure”. And that that makes sense, since TRU stocks an exclusive Commander Ponds action figure. As it appears at this moment, Home One will likely be coming free with the action figure and not a new minifigure. How a LEGO set and action figure together make a desirable combination, I don’t know, but if that’s your cup of tea then Black Friday will still be good to you.  If you drink some other brew, until there is further information to the contrary available, you all can file this under the proverbial “kool-aid” folder.

As your resident Sales & Deals guru, I am doing my research to help you all save money on our favorite plastic obsession, including this fall on Black Friday–the mother of all shopping days. I came across a really interesting something in an early release of Toys’R’Us’s Black Friday ad that I know you all would want to know:

LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars Fan’s Vote Anniversary Edition – Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser (7754)
Our Price: $109.99
FREE Star Wars Commander Ponds figure with purchase!

What? The Home One is not, I repeat not, on sale, but it comes with a cool gift apparently! What I read into this is that if you buy a 7754 you get something else more, a minifig! Is this minifig a mini-set, or just parts? Who knows. It is a vague text-only bit of intriguing information. Help us in the community learn more about this and I’ll update you as details come in. Be sure to comment on this post’s related discussion topic in the “Finds” forum.

Ace Kim | October 21st, 2009 | News

Visual Dictionary Giveaway Winner Picked!

Congratulations go out to:

  • Justin Grundfast of New York, NY

You’re the big winner! Your prize will be mailed to you soon so keep an eye out on your mailbox! To everyone else, thanks for entering and reading through to the end of the review. And to everyone else who may not have realized there was a giveaway, fret none as I will have some other goodies to throw away giveaway. Famliarize yourself with our giveaway rules so that you will be fully prepared to strike when the iron is hot.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | October 21st, 2009 | Sales News

[US] Some sets on clearance at Target

Fans of Indiana Jones sets and other licensed lines (but not Star Wars, boo) should check out their toy isles at local US Targets. Forum members meeotch and Mister Ed have seen sets like 7682 Shanghai Chase and 3834 Good Neighbors at Bikini Bottom on clearance for 30% off.

On a side note, start keeping your eyes out, in general, for pre-holiday sales. Last year was a doozy for sweet pre-holiday sales. Great sets, both SW and non-SW were showing up at up to 40% off in the weeks leading up to mid-December 2008. Send me (forum tag: copyright) a PM or post in the “Finds” forum all about the deals. I will be sure to get relevant news on the front-page so the community can capitalize on all the sweet holiday deals right away!!

Ace Kim | October 20th, 2009 | Sales News

8038 The Battle of Endor On Sale

Start your holiday shopping early! Amazon.com has 8038 The Battle of Endor on sale for $81.98, an $18 dollar savings off of MSRP. Coupled with free shipping and no tax (to most states), I doubt you’ll find a better deal anytime soon.

Ryan "chief" Wood | October 19th, 2009 | MOC Spotlight

Gettin’ His Hurr Did

We don’t post nearly enough SW mocs these days. I woke up to this one from im.mick in the FBTB Flickr Outpost from this morning and I’m laughing too hard to not share it:

Ryan "chief" Wood | October 16th, 2009 | Forum, News

Poll: Pick the next site theme!

We’ve just started a poll here in the forum for your pick for the next FBTB site theme and banner. Will it be another memorable scene from the expansive Star Wars saga, or will we visit that pineapple under the sea? Check out all your choices and cast your vote now!

Ryan "chief" Wood | October 16th, 2009 | Events, News

BrickCon 2009 Recap (and Toy Story News!)

Well, it’s come and gone. BrickCon 2009, the best Lego convention this side of the Mississippi (until “Bricks by the Border” in SoCal in 2011, mark your calendars) was a blur that I’m still recovering from. And so I bring you a belated recap post.

First, the sad news. There was no BothCon this year. The absence of Mike “Count Blockula” Crowley and Don “Don Solo” Solo took quite a bit of wind out of the sails for any potential plans, and we had to pass on the festivities this year. If you want another BothCon, send them your money so they can help me run our little private FBTB party again! ;)

But oh! Good news! Lego presented us with some Toy Story set news and stills. This not-so-intrepid photographer doesn’t have great pictures of the slideshow itself, but I bear gifts of set numbers (with links to the aforementioned not-so-great shots) and followed by much nicer shots of the sets in their display case (photography by Sean Forbes used with permission)

A 6th set, 7591 Construct-a-Zurg, was also shown.



Random tidbit: Toy Story 1 and 2 sets will be branded “Toy Story” with a unified box design. When Toy Story 3 premieres later next year, it will feature its own branding and box design.

More sad news! I didn’t get a 8038 Battle of Endor at the 50% off “scratch n’ dent” sale. Others luckier than me got their hot little hands on them first.

Excellent news: as per Steve Witt’s Q&A, the Star Wars line is going nowhere. Someone on the other side of the room who mumbled like my toothless grandma asked an indecipherable question about the fate of our beloved Star Wars sets when the license ends. The intrepid Witt responded with comments about SW being one of Lego’s most stable and profitable lines, and no one need fear it’s departure anytime soon.

Negativity: the new set revealed wasn’t the UCS Max Rebo Band, as was popularly theorized. Maybe next year, Bothans…