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Ace "onions" Kim | November 28th, 2009 | Sales News

LEGO Cyber Monday Deals 2009

Just like my LEGO Black Friday post, I will try and bring you the best LEGO deals for Cyber Monday and any other notable deals through December as we head towards D-Day Christmas. Of course, some of these deals may not be “cyber week” deals and just happy coincidences, but who’s complaining.

If you have a deal you’d like to share, use the contact form or post a message to the thread.

Update 11:45am 11/29: Target and Toys’R’Us offerings have changed; see below for details.

Update 10:41pm 11/29: Target 10% off coupon added. See below.

Update 12:53am 11/30: Amazon Cyber Monday deals added.

Update 10:25am 11/30: Added LEGO Shop@Home.

Update 6:39pm 11/30: New 10% off code for Target.

Warning: some of these deals may or may not be but is most likely shameless plugging for FBTB’s referral program.

Amazon.com

Amazon has a bunch of LEGO on sale, but some notable deals include:

  • LEGO Creator Green Grocer is now $129, down from $149. I’m a huge fan of the creator series of town buildings except for the awful Market Street, but if you have Cafe Corner and/or Fire Brigade, this will fit right in. No telling if the price will yoyo like the Venator set did.
  • LEGO Star Wars 10186 General Grievous is still available through third party resellers, and for less than MSRP. $64.93 seems to be the best price at the moment.
  • LEGO® Creator Emerald Night Train (10194) is on sale for $88.62. With Free Super Saver Shipping and no tax to most states, this is the best price we’ve seen.
  • Cyber Monday deals in Toys and Games lists two LEGO deals for 4pm and one LEGO Star Wars deal for 5pm. Based on the description for one of the 4pm deals, “Cut into a jungle of savings with this amazing LEGO set. Building this set will be a fun adventure for the whole family.” I’m guessing it’s LEGO Indiana Jones 7626 Jungle Cutter. The description for the other 4pm set: “Make “Trax” and “Jet” into savings with this awesome LEGO set!” sounds like the Bionicle set 8942 Jetrax T6. And finally, the 5pm deal simply says: “Your Star Wars fans will love this amazing LEGO set.” No clue what that could mean. Like Amazon’s Black Friday deals, there is only a certain allotment for the Cyber Monday deal, so once they’re all accounted for, the deal expires.

LEGO Shop@Home

LEGO Brand Retail

  • Today’s the last day to take advantage of their sale. Save $10 off $100, $20 off $200, and $30 off $300 November 27-30 all of which also qualify for Free Standard Shipping! They still have quie a bit of goodies still available on their Sales and Dealsicon page.

Target.com

  • 10188 Death Star $319.99 with FREE SHIPPING!
  • 10179 Millennium Falcon, you know, the big huge one that’s discontinued and normally $500, is now $399 with FREE SHIPPING!, no free shipping however.
  • 10195 Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker is still $199.95, but no free shipping with FREE SHIPPING.
  • Coupon: use coupon code NVO5WOQL A2VBT487 to receive an additional 10% off. Unfortunately, as of this writing, the Falcon set is sold out.

Toysrus.com

Toys R Us

  • Toys’R’Us Retail and ToysRUs.com are having a BOGO 50% off sale for ALL LEGO good from November 29 through December 5. If their free shipping promotions continue, the prices for the UCS Falcon and UCS Death Star will edge out Target’s deals by a few dollars, 5% of dollars to be exact. Apparently LEGO Star Wars is excluded.

Hit the banners above and do a search for LEGO Star Wars to find your items. May your wallets and significant others forgive you.

Don "Solo" Reitz | November 28th, 2009 | Sales News

Buy One Get One 50% Off at Toys R Us Today In Stores Only

Someone in the forums spotted this coupon good on all LEGO sets today:

TRU 11-28-09 coupon (by fbtb)

Here is he original PDF coupon from the Toys R Us website. Happy hunting!

Ace "onions" Kim | November 24th, 2009 | Sales News

LEGO Black Friday Deals 2009

Hello, frugal readers! Black Friday is coming up and I’ve gathered all the deals I could find for the major brick’n’mortar stores that have some type of LEGO deal for the biggest shopping day of the year to help you formulate your shopping strategy. There are also a few online Black Friday deals that may be worth checking out from TRU.com and LEGO Shop@Home. You can also click on the comments link at the bottom right corner of this post to see if any community members have contributed any updates or comments.

If you have any LEGO deals to share, contact us or post it in the forum thread if you’re a member.

Good luck!

Updated 11:43am: LEGO Brand Retail added, and clarified the Old Navy LEGO Rock Band deal.

Updated 2:00 am 11/27: LEGO Shop@Home updated their Sales and Dealsicon page with keychains and magnet sets. Nothing too noteworthy.

Also added Amazon.com item.

Kmart

Opens 6am

  • Buy 2 get 1 free on all LEGO sets. Offer valid 6-11am Friday.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for Wii $14.99
  • LEGO Batman for DS $14.99

LEGO Brand Retail

Opens at 5am

  • Shop in the LEGO Store on November 27 only and you’ll receive a special surprise savings card at checkout – scratch the card to revel a 10%, 20% or 50% discount, or you could win a $10, $100, or $500 LEGO Gift Card.

Meijer

Opens 5am

  • Buy 2 get 1 free on all LEGO sets. Offer valid 5am-Noon Friday

Old Navy

Opens 3am

  • Spend $20 or more on clothing, get LEGO Rock Band free! Friday only. * There are conflicting reports on the game. Some say that it a demo. I’ve called and was told it was a full version of the game. Still, I’m not so sure it’s worth doing Old Navy on Black Friday for a free game.

Target

Opens 5am Friday.

  • LEGO Castle 7048 Troll Warship $49.99, regularly $89.99. Set is discontinued and sold out.
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 7627 Temple of the Crystal Skull $49.99, regularly $89.99. Set is discontinued and sold out.

Toys’R’Us

Opens midnight Thursday

  • LEGO Star Wars 7680 The Twilight $59.99, down from $99.99. Price valid from midnight Thursday to 1pm Friday.
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 7623 Temple Escape $42.59, MSRP at $59.99. This set is discontinued and sold out. Price valid Friday and Saturday.
  • LEGO Agents 8635 Mobile Command Center $53.99, MSRP at $89.99. This set is discontinued and has long been sold out. Price valid Friday and Saturday.

Amazon.com (online)

Ace "onions" Kim | November 24th, 2009 | News

The End of an Era: Bionicle To End January 2010

It is the the end of an era. January’s Bionicle assortment to be the last:

Dear BIONICLE Fans,

In reviewing the business across all of its play patterns and properties, the LEGO Group faced a tough question: should we take on a new creative challenge in the world of buildable figures that we pioneered in 2001?

BIONICLE re-invented the way consumers think of and play with the LEGO system. Through many chapters of compelling story and innovative product development, BIONICLE became a very strong property and an important part of The LEGO Group’s business. We think there is a significant opportunity to grow the buildable figure category, but it will take a more flexible platform that appeals to a wider range of ages through a variety of different entry points than BIONICLE has proven to deliver.

The easy decision would be to stick with a known entity in BIONICLE; but as history has proven, The LEGO Group achieves its greatest success by embracing the uncertainty that innovation brings. After all, BIONICLE almost never launched because it was such a big risk to the company’s way of doing business.

Because you have been such an important part of building the BIONICLE franchise and have been among its most valued fans, we are writing to tell you that the six BIONICLE Stars launching in January will be the last BIONICLE sets for the foreseeable future. Beginning in summer 2010, The LEGO Group will debut a new, more flexible buildable figure property created by the same people who brought you BIONICLE. At the same time, we are also expanding the category to appeal to a younger audience through an established third-party property, starting in January.

Since its beginning, BIONICLE has reflected the union of great product and a compelling story. Although there presently are no plans for more sets, the BIONICLE story is not ending. BIONICLEstory.com will remain an active site, with new story content updated by long-time BIONICLE writer Greg Farshtey. In addition, LEGO Group hopes to work with you, the fans, to continue to grow and expand the BIONICLE story universe.

This was an extremely difficult decision for all involved. But as seen in the tales of the Toa, striving for success in any mission requires imagination, new ways of thinking, and the willingness to take risks. We hope you will share the same level of enthusiasm we have for our plans for the buildable figure category.

We invite you to remain a part of the BIONICLE universe—a universe you have helped to build, and that we are confident that you will continue to build—in the future. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the BIONICLE and LEGO brands.

With our very best regards,

Jan Faltum, Global BIONICLE Director

Lincoln Armstrong, Senior Brand Manager, BIONICLE Team Member since 2002

Ace "onions" Kim | November 24th, 2009 | News

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester UK Hiring Model Builder

Do you live in the Manchester area in the U.K.? Do you love LEGO? Do you need a job? If you answered two out of three answers “yes”, then you might be interested in a Model Builder position at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre:

We are holding some auditions in Manchester, UK on Friday to find a new master
model builder for the north west.

The OPEN auditions are being held at The Lowry Hotel on 27 November 2009 for a
position as model builder at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in
Manchester(opens March 2010).

Auditionees will need to show how skilled they are at building LEGO models by
creating an animal model in just fifteen minutes. The successful builders will
then pass to the second stage of the auditions when they will need to create a
famous face out of LEGO.

The audition aims to find a potential model builder who is skilled enough to be
responsible for developing new features, exhibitions and building new models as
well as working with the thousands of children expected to visit the
attraction.

Neil Crittenden, general manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre said: “We are
holding open auditions to find the most talented and enthusiastic model
builders. It is an unusual job available and we hope to meet some LEGO fanatics
from the North West. We are looking for someone with a great sense of fun and
though that holding an open audition would be the ideal way to find the perfect
candidate.”

The auditions will be held in meeting room seven and eight from 10am – 5pm at
The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Auditionees need to register in advance by emailing
[email protected]

For more information please contact the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre team at
Brazen PR myself, Nikki, at [email protected]

Ace "onions" Kim | November 23rd, 2009 | News, Site News

FBTB Charity Drive Milestone Achieved

Just wanted to write a quick note, that as of 2:47pm Saturday November 21, we’ve reached the 100 donations milestone. 100% of proceeds from here on out will be donated to Child’s Play. Special thanks to everyone that helped make it happen.

Ace "onions" Kim | November 22nd, 2009 | Sales News

Some Web Deals

I scoured our affiliates for notable deals, and this is what I came up with:

Ace "onions" Kim | November 20th, 2009 | News, Site News

1st Annual FBTB Charity Drive

With the holidays upon us, the time is nigh to think about giving, especially to those less fortunate. So, with that in mind, I’m proud to announce the first annual FBTB Charity Drive benefiting Child’s Play:

The short of it is this: FBTB will be holding a raffle where you could win 8038 The Battle of Endor plus a bunch of chrome figures and other goodies. Each ticket costs a mere $2.00 USD. 50% of the first 100 donations will go towards the cost of the set and the other 50% goes towards the charity. After the first 100 donations, 100% of the donated amount will go towards the charity. For complete details, and to make your donation, read the FBTB Charity Drive 2009 page.

Please spread the word if you can. Any help is greatly appreciated. The gift of giving is the best gift of all. It doesn’t take much and you may be lucky enough to be rewarded with some cool, free stuff.

Permalink to share: http://www.fbtb.net/fbtb-charity-drive-2009/

Ace "onions" Kim | November 20th, 2009 | News

Creations For Charity: Custom Cad Bane Figure

Jared from FineClonier.com is getting into the charitable spirit. He is donating his custom Cad Bane figure to Nannan’s Creations for Charity auction:

Cad Bane is depicted in Clone armor used when he escaped from … danger? I don’t know, I can’t remember the episode. In any case, the auction won’t go live until later on tonight so keep your eyes peeled. I’ll also update this post when I see it go live.

Ace "onions" Kim | November 20th, 2009 | News

Yoda Duplo Brick Giveaway Winner Announced

Out of 52 entries, only one could claim the prize, and that someone is:

  • Jordan Gott of Lothian, MD

Congratulations! Your Yoda brick will be on its way!

Either the news scrolls down too fast and people don’t bother reading back a page or two, or readers are no longer interested in free stuff as the total number of submissions for the last two giveaways has been pretty low. Also, if you do enter the giveaways, make sure you are familiar with the giveaway rules as I had to toss a fair number of entries that did not include the mailing address.