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Archive for December, 2009

Ace Kim | December 31st, 2009 | Sales News

Need Help: Amazon Lightning Deal Referrals

I think I am having an issue with some Amazon Lightning Deal referrals and am requesting your help. If you’ve ordered any of the following Lightning Deal items through our site:

And the following conditions were true:

  1. You clicked on the referral link contained in the news post
  2. You added the items to your cart and subsequently placed the order (i.e. paid for your order)
  3. You did not leave Amazon
  4. You did not click through another site’s referral link

Then please send me an email using the contact form or drop me a private message on our forums with your order number(s). No personal information will be divulged to me regarding your order, method of payment, etc. The order number is needed to help verify that items in question were in fact ordered through our site. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Ace Kim | December 30th, 2009 | Site News

Charity Update!

My sincerest apologies, fans, for this better-late-than-never update on the charity. I sincerely believed that I would be able to tie this up the day I was discharged from the hospital, which, coincidentally enough, was December 21. But time ran away from me and there were certain things that HAD to get done around the house. Having a preemie certainly accelerates one’s timetable to near lightspeed levels.

So, excuses aside, I’m here to give the update everyone’s been waiting for, the results of the first annual FBTB Charity Drive! I am filled with pride to announce that we’ve received a total of 587 donations, as evidenced by the cropped gif below:

The number of donations received for FBTB's Charity Drive

Using the random number generator at random.org, the winning entry is #368:

The winning entry decided by random.org

Matching up the number to the email received in chronological order, and your first place winner is:

  • Joan Theroux of Norwalk, CT

I’m not going to bother doing the whole image thing for second place, you’ll just have to take my word that I repeated the process. So, without further ado, second place prize goes to #106:

  • Jason Daubert of San Diego, CA

Congratulations to both of you! Your prizes are being mailed out today via Express Mail.

And last but not least, the payment to Child’s Play has been made:

Payment to Child's Play
Thank you!

to everyone who donated $2, $10, or more. I have been smote down by your generosity.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | December 28th, 2009 | News

After-Holiday Clearances!

Hi FBTBers!

If Ace’s up to the minute pre-holiday sales news didn’t empty your wallets already, here is some after-holiday sales news to finish the job!

A few notes about after holiday sales:

  • A dictionary look-up of the word “clearance” would suggest that these items will not be restocked at the given store.  So, if its gone, its gone.  Product is subject to availability. We post the news, and make no claims of it being in stock.
  • Secondly, many clearance blowouts are store-specific, meaning whats on sale at a random big-box retailer may be different than its sister store three miles away.  Most of the news from these sales may not apply to your store, so shop with enthusiasm but be prepared to find different deals than your FBTB friends.
  • Finally, LEGO was a HOT item this year.  Inventories are picked through and limited.  This year, unlike in recent year’s past, to the early bird will go the worm.  Don’t expect stock to sit on the shelves for weeks on end… if there was stock in the first place it won’t be there long.

Here are some confirmed super sales:

LEGO Shop at Home:

The Sales & Deal’s Page has featured some great sets through the last 24 hours, but stock is limited.  Currently, Star Wars and Indiana Jones are limited to keychains or sold out.  Keep an eye on the page, however, as year-end counts get done and random inventory returns to stock.

LEGO Brand Retail:

LEGO Brand Retail Stores have many of the items on the S@H pages also on sale, but stock is very limited.  25% off most items from the 2008 and early 2009 Star Wars and Indiana Jones line.  If you can find them in stock, I picked up a few 7681 Separatist Spider Droids and a 7683 Fight on the Flying Wing.  Stock varies from store to store.

Toys’R’Us:

I’ve gotten two PM’s about the 7754 Home One Mon Calamari being on sale for 30% off.  This set has been below retail throughout almost the whole holiday season.  Though a fan-favored set versus the disaster of a set that was the 7680 Twilight, looks like Toys’R’Us struck out again this holiday.  While for 30% most would consider it a good buy, I personally would expect further discounts forthcoming.

Happy Hunting!

A note to forum users: Please post all “store specific” clearance news to the After-Holiday Clearances thread in the Finds! sub forum.

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

[AU] Australia TRU offering 7754 Home One for $60 off!

Thanks to forum member LL918 for sharing this tip from down under.

If you happen to live in or are visiting Australia, check out their Toys’R’Us stores for a decent deal on the TRU exclusive 7754 Home One Mon Calamari set.  The set is on sale for $140 through Christmas Eve.  This is $40 off the MSRP and $60 off the TRUP.  Get one while you got the chance!

Ace Kim | December 20th, 2009 | Site News

500!

As of yesterday, December 19 9:34pm PST, the FBTB charity has hit its lofty goal of 500 donations! And to celebrate hitting such a major milestone, I am changing a few of the terms of the charity:

1) 50% of the first 100 donations was originally intended to be used to cover the cost of the set and prize delivery. FBTB will eat the cost of both, so now 100% of every single donation will be go towards Child’s Play. Of course, “100%” was still a misnomer, since Paypal deducts fees for everything. This brings me to my next point:

2) Paypal’s fees for donations are actually quite hefty: something like 2 or 3% + 30 cents, and a tad more if you’re paying from outside the U.S. …. or was it inside? In any case, the net amount from each donation averaged $1.63USD. So after 500 donations, FBTB would have $820 to donate give or take a few dollars. Now, FBTB will absorb the cost of the Paypal fees, and make sure Child’s Play will get every penny that you readers have sent my way.

In case you’re wondering, I have no idea if Paypal dings Child’s Play the same fees. But in the end, they will still be getting money that I am proud to say came from fans of LEGO Star Wars.

There is still nearly a full day to donate if you haven’t done so. And for everyone who took the time to donate multiple times, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity renders me speechless.

Ace Kim | December 19th, 2009 | Site News

Baby Leia

Born

4 weeks, 3 days early, but everyone is happy, healthy, and doing fine!

And no, I still haven’t converted my site to a blog yet. I’ll probably end up registering something new anyway. And this will be the last time I post something personal on this site again until the next time that is.

Ace Kim | December 18th, 2009 | Sales News

Another Speed Racer Set For Amazon’s Lightning Deals

I don’t see a lot of reader’s jumping on this deal, only cause it’s for 7:00am PST on a Saturday, but on Amazon’s Lightning Deals page, you can try your luck at nabbing LEGO Speed Racer 8161 Grand Prix Race. MSRP for this set was $59.99, and half off, can you go wrong? Good luck!

Don "Solo" Reitz | December 17th, 2009 | Sales News

LEGO Indiana Jones 7626 Jungle Cutter 50% Off at TRU

Friday and Saturday all day long – half price in store for this set only. Normally $45.99, now $22.99 (not bad!)

Toy’s R Us is also taking 40% off three small creator style sets: 6191 Firefighter, 6192 Pirate, and 6193 Castle ($7.19 sale price) plus a few assorted small Bionicle (see you store for selections).

Ace Kim | December 17th, 2009 | Sales News

Toys’R’Us.com Free Shipping Today 12/17 Only

Toys R Us

Today is the last chance you can get FREE shipping (up to $20) in time for Christmas from Toys’R’Us.com. This offer is good on ALL TOYS. Your order must be $49 or greater. The only exclusions are video game hardware/software/accessories.

Ace Kim | December 17th, 2009 | Sales News

Amazon Lightning Deal 12/17: Lego Speed Racer

Amazon Lightning Deal 12/17: 8160 Cruncher Block & Racer X

Talk about a blast from the past, Amazon’s Lightning Deals page features LEGO Speed Racer 8160 Cruncher Block & Racer X. The set originally retailed for $39.99 and if history is any lesson, you could pick this up for a cool Jackson. This deal is set to go off at 7:00am PST. Good luck!