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Ace Kim | December 16th, 2009 | Sales News

ShopEcko 25% off Star Wars Clearance Items

This is a little outside our realm, but the items are too cool to not post. Marc Ecko’s online store,, is having a major sale on his Star Wars clearance items. In addition to the already discounted prices, you can use coupon code R2D25 for an additional 25% off. But wait there’s more! If you spend $100 or more, you’re shipping service will automatically be upgraded for free! But wait, there’s more! is giving away a limited edition Boba Fett hoodie signed by Mr. Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch. In addition to the hoodie, the winner will also get 4 additional t-shirts designed by Marc Ecko. To enter, hit this link and follow the instructions.

This coupon and giveaway window expires today at 11:59:59pm Wednesday December 16 EST. That’s in 10 hours as of this posting. Go now!

Ace Kim | December 16th, 2009 | Sales News

Two New Amazon Lightning Deals 12/16

There are two new LEGO lightning deals on for Wednesday December 16th.

  • LEGO Star Wars 10175 Vader’s TIE Advanced has been consistently less than MSRP on Amazon. I guess not enough people were buying them. Expect the price to be 50% off the regular price of $99.99. Unfortunately, this deal is set to go off at 6:00am PST.
  • If you didn’t wake up in time for that, at 3:00pm PST there is a deal LEGO Power Miners 8961 Crystal Sweeper. MSRP is at $69.99 which is a little overpriced. If tradition holds true and it’s marked at 50% off, it’s a steal at $35.

As usual, you can expect lightning deals on LEGO to sell out within the first five minutes. So good luck to you!

Ace Kim | December 15th, 2009 | News

January 2010 Assortment Prices, Piece Counts

Below is the list of MSRP and piece counts for LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Toy Story January 2010 assortment along with reported Toys’R’Us prices:

LEGO Star Wars

  • 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter – 396 pcs – MSRP: $59.99 – TRURP: $65.99
  • 8085 Freeco Speeder – 177 pcs – MSRP: $24.99 – TRURP: $28.99/$29.99
  • 8087 TIE Defender – 304 pcs – MSRP: $49.99 – TRURP: $54.99
  • 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Pack – 79 pcs – MSRP: $10.99 – TRURP: $12.99
  • 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Pack – 74 pcs – MSRP: $10.99 – TRURP: $12.99
  • 8086 Droid Tri-Fighter – 268 pcs – MSRP: $24.99 – TRURP: $29.99/$31.99
  • *8092 Luke’s Landspeeder – 163 pcs – MSRP: $24.99
  • *8091 Republic Swamp Speeder – 176 pcs – MSRP: $29.99

LEGO Toy Story

  • 7595 Army Men on Patrol – 90 pcs – MSRP: $10.99 – TRURP: $12.99/$13.99
  • 7590 Woody and Buzz to the Rescue – 92 pcs – MSRP: $19.99 – TRURP: $21.99
  • 7592 Construct-a-Buzz – 205 pcs – MSRP: $24.99 – TRURP: $25.99
  • 7593 Buzz’s Star Command Spaceship – 257 pcs – MSRP: $29.99 – TRURP: $32.99
  • *7591 Construct-a-Zurg – 118 pcs – MSRP: $24.99
  • 7594 Woody’s Roundup! – 502 pcs – MSRP: $49.99 – TRURP: $54.99

* – items marked with an asterisk are store exclusives.

As you can see, the markup TRU places on top of MSRP is pretty significant once you add it all up. Out of the Star Wars sets, the Droid Tri-Fighter seems to be the best value, while Luke’s Landspeeder seems to be the worst, but honestly, the rest are all pretty bad. Toy Story sets seem to be a better value overall, with Woody’s Roundup hitting that golden ratio of about 10 cents per piece. Woody and Buzz to the rescue is the sore spot of the group however, but since you get RC with a pullback motor, it doesn’t seem so bad.

Ace Kim | December 15th, 2009 | Sales News

No, flickr Is Not Broken

I’ve been asked to take down the images. My apologies for the inconvenience.

And that was precisely why I posted with a heavy heart. I knew better, and yet I still did it.

Ace Kim | December 15th, 2009 | Sales News

Amazon Lightning Deal: LEGO Indiana Jones 7682 Shanghai Chase

At 8:00am Tuesday December 15, is featuring 7682 Shanghai Chase as a Lightning Deal on their Top Holiday Deals page. MSRP for this set is $29.99. The minifigs in this set are incredible. Where else are you going to get a torso with a white tuxedo jacket? Other than the minifigs, the two vehicles you build are really nice as well. There is no reason to NOT try and get this set.

Also, if you’ve missed it because of the excitement over the fall 2010 assortment for Toy Story and Star Wars, I’ve posted this week’s LEGO deals for both click’ and brick’n’mortar stores.

And lastly, I’ve also made a plea for the FBTB Charity Drive. We have a total of 408 donations. It’s a pipe dream of mine to hit 500 before the deadline. If you’ve struck gold because of a deal you found here at FBTB, won’t you consider donating a mere $2.00 USD? PLUS you get two chances to win some very cool prizes. Deadline to donate is 11:59pm Sunday December 20.

Ace Kim | December 14th, 2009 | News

LEGO Toy Story Fall 2010 Assortment Images

Forgot to look up Toy Story on that site, but here are three new LEGO Toy Story sets:

  • 7789 Lotso’s Dump Truck
    7789 ??? Dump Truck
  • 7597 Western Train Chase
    7597 Western Train Chase
  • 7596 Trash Compactor Escape
    7596 Trash Compactor Escape
Ace Kim | December 14th, 2009 | News

LEGO Star Wars Fall 2010 Assortment Images

It’s with a heavy heart that I post this.

Danish site listed the fall 2010 assortment with preliminary box images. No prices were listed. If blurry thumbnails is your thing, then enjoy! The assortment includes:

  • 8089 Hoth Wampa Cave:
    8089 Hoth Wampa Cave
  • 8093 Plo Koon’s Starfighter:
    8093 Plo Koon's Starfighter
  • 8095 General Grievous’ Starfighter:
    8095 General Grievous' Starfighter
  • 8096 Palpatine’s Shuttle:
    8096 Palpatine's Shuttle
  • 8097 Slave I:
    8097 Slave I
  • 8098 Clone Turbo Tank
    8098 Clone Turbo Tank

Thanks to Morgan19 from our forums for the heads up.

I feel dirty now…

Ace Kim | December 14th, 2009 | News

One Week Left: FBTB’s 1st Annual Charity Drive

We interrupt your reading of LEGO Deals For December 13-19 for an important message from the staff:

We here at FBTB have been working diligently the past few weeks bringing you news on sales deals from all over the web and retail outlets. If you’ve saved money from our hard work, please consider donating a portion of your savings to the 1st Annual Charity Drive benefiting Child’s Play. It only takes $2.00 USD to help make a difference for needy children hospitalized during the holidays. The drive ends 11:59pm Sunday December 20, that’s in one week! Check out the charity drive page for all the details. Or to donate directly, hit the button below:

Thank you. We now resume broadcasting already in progress.

Ace Kim | December 14th, 2009 | Sales News

LEGO Deals For December 13-19

Posted below are this week’s deals for both online and in store shopping. I’ve also posted shipping deadlines for Christmas delivery for all the online stores. Biggest deal: has 2010 sets on their site for order. See below for details.

Update 4:31pm 12/14: Added Kmart and Sears BOGO sales.

  • Amazon’s Lightning Deals has LEGO Indiana Jones 7683 Fight On The Flying Wing for it’s 8:00am PST deal.
  • Other than the Lightning Deal, I couldn’t really find any other notable sales on LEGO sold by Amazon other than 10189 Taj Mahal for $269, down from $299. The catch is that it’s not in stock but you can place your order and it’ll ship to you once they get it.

  • has 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falconicon in stock for $469.99. You can apply coupon code ETFRIENDS to knock off another $20 dollars. You’ll get dinged for tax and shipping, so the you may break even and pay MSRP. For me in California, my total came out to $508.84. This is currently the best deal for this set. Unsure when the coupon is set to expire, but it looks like midnight tonight Monday December 14.


  • Buy 1, get 1 50% off all LEGO.

LEGO Shop@Home

LEGO Brand Retail
Last Day for FREE Shipping: 12:00noon EST Monday December 14
Last Day for Fed Ex 2nd Day: 2:00pm EST Monday December 21
Last Day for Fed Ex Next Day: 2:00pm EST Tuesday December 22

  • LEGO Shop@Home’s Sales and Deals pageicon has a few items, some key chains and a magnet set or two, that are on sale, but nothing to get too excited over.


  • In store: Buy 2 get 1 Free on ALL LEGO. Third item must be equal or lesser value. No restrictions on theme.


  • In store: Buy any toy, get one 50% off

Target has a sliding scale for shipping depending on the stock status of the item you are looking to buy, the time table below is for items labeled as In Stock. All cut off times are 11:30 p.m., CST:

Last day to order with Standard Shipping: Monday December 21
Last day to order with 2-day shipping: Monday December 21
Last day to order with 1-day shipping: Tuesday December 22

  • No LEGO on sale this week; considering the savings they were offering last week, I’m not surprised.
  • is the first online retailer that has some 2010 LEGO product available for order online. In particular for LEGO Star Wars, they have 8087 TIE Defender for $49.99 and 8086 Droid Tri-Fighter for $24.99. Hit the banner above and do a search for LEGO Star Wars to find them.
  • For LEGO Toy Story they have 7592 Construct-a-Buzz for $24.98 and 7590 Woody and Buzz to the Rescue for $19.99. Hit the banner above and do a search for LEGO Toy Story.
  • The 10% off coupon code still seems to work, but there is no more free shipping.


Toys R Us

Last day to order for Standard Shipping: Sunday December 20
Last day to order for Expedited Shipping: 3pm EST Tuesday December 22
Last day to order for Express Shipping: 3pm EST Wednesday December 23

  • Toys’R’Us has a 25% off sale on some LEGO Star Wars sets: 8036 Separatist Shuttleicon down to $23.24, TRU regular retail price $30.99; 8019 Republic Attack Shuttleicon down to $46.49, TRU regular retail price $61.99; 8037 Anakin’s Y-Wing Starfightericon down to $45.74, TRU regular retail price $60.99. Deal is good both online and in-store.
  • A few TRU exclusives are experiencing a price cut of 33% off: 7635 Horse Trailericon, a very superb set, is down to $16.74, TRU regular retail price $24.99; 7746 Single Drum Rollericon is down to $21.43, TRU regular retail price $31.99. Deals are good both online and in store.
  • If you purchase online and use Paypal for payment, you’ll enjoy a $20 instant discount off your order of $75 or more. Unfortunately, there is no more free shipping on LEGO (except for 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falconicon) so the $20 bucks you save should cover tax and standard shipping and maybe a few pennies more depending on your order.
Ace Kim | December 13th, 2009 | Sales News

LEGO Indiana Jones 7626 Jungle Cutter 50% Off

I can only assume it’s 50% off, but today at 3:00pm PST,’s Toys Holiday Event will feature 7626 Jungle Cutter. Previous Lightning Deals/Gold Box Deals had sets marked down at 50% off so I’d be surprised if today’s discount is different. Sets typically sell out at less than a minute. Good luck!