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Ace Kim | January 28th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Last Call For 7669 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Update: these are now sold out from Amazon.

Amazon once again has stock of 7669 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter. This is a 2008 release that has been sold out at all retail channels since late last year. No tax, free shipping, this may be your last chance to score one at MSRP. Stock is extremely limited so act now.

Thanks to UOldPirate for the tip.

Ace Kim | January 28th, 2010 | News

Official LEGO Color Palette Shared By The LEGO Company

In a major milestone for improving relations between The LEGO Company and the AFOL community, Jan Beyer has sent out the official LEGO color palette for 2010 which includes their use of names and the exact color codes:

Hi-Res:

flickr page

This information is being disseminated throughout the AFOL sites, so you’re bound to see this elsewhere.

Many thanks go to LEGO’s Community Development team for making this happen.

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2010 | Off Topic

Forum Upgrade Installed, Bugs Imminent

I just upgraded the forum software to the latest. So if you see a few things out of whack, let me know

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2010 | Off Topic

Testing Something

I apologize for this, but there was no way to test this without posting a news item. Thank you for your patience.

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2010 | Site News

New Site Theme: Toy Story

Alright, after the whirlwind month of December, things have noticeably slowed down around here. But that’s not to say we haven’t been busy. To reinforce that FBTB is all about covering LEGO’s licensed lines, it is with great pleasure that I introduce the third site theme for FBTB: Toy Story. If you click on the “switch” link on the right, you can now choose between the default Star Wars theme, Power Miners, and now Toy Story. As with any code release, there’s bound to be a few bugs. And if you find any, I invite you to use the contact form to to let us know what you find faulty or you can post a message in the forum thread.

Lastly, I’d like to give a big shout out to fellow site admin Don Solo for providing the logo and the forum buttons graphics. My vision for the logo could not have been realized without his help.

Ace Kim | January 19th, 2010 | News

LEGO Hero Factory Video

I just got the following video in a press release today. LEGO Hero Factory is the line that is replacing Bionicle:

While I, myself, wasn’t the biggest Bionicle fan, I can appreciate it’s place in the LEGO product line. There were mixed reactions when LEGO announced that the line was ending. Hero Factory seems like a good idea that has just the right appeal to hook kids. Some preliminary images have been leaked if you want to take a look (Hero Factory replaces Bionicle in August 2010 via The Brothers Brick). FBTB will have full coverage of this line come Toy Fair in February.

Ace Kim | January 14th, 2010 | LEGO Prince of Persia, News, Sales News

LEGO Prince of Persia Hi-Res Box Art, Release Date, Preorder Now

Update 2:00pm 1/14: Amazon has 404’d the set pages and nuked them from their search index. Only time will tell if they LEGO’s legal beagles contact flickr to have them remove the images from FBTB’s flickr account. Of course, they could just ask me and I would comply. Anyways, with all the squelching regarding the Disney licensed set images being found and shared early, it does not bode well for Toy Fair.

Despite the spelling failures, Amazon has the new Prince of Persia sets up on their site available for preorder. Release date is set for April 1. If, for whatever reason, Toys’R’Us manages to get the sets onto their site or retail locations, I urge you to wait as TRU markup is getting astronomical.

Hit the image for the flickr page, the link below for the Amazon listing:

LEGO Prince of Persia 7569 Desert Attack

LEGO Prince of Persia 7570 The Ostrich Race

LEGO Prince of Persia 7571 The Fight for the Dagger

LEGO Prince of Persia 7572 Quest Against Time

LEGO Prince of Persia 7573 Battle of Alamut

Ace Kim | January 11th, 2010 | News

LEGO Click Campaign, iPhone App Review

I still can’t figure out what this is:

GREAT IDEAS JUST
CLICK: LEGO SYSTEMS LAUNCHES

PROGRAM TO CELEBRATE
MOMENTS OF INSPIRATION

 

-LEGO® Photo, the First
Official LEGO iPhone Application, Available for Free Download-

 

-Original Short Film
and Blog Among First Components of Campaign to Deliver Content, Experiences,
Tools, Contests and More-

 

ENFIELD, Conn. (January 11,
2010)
– Think of that little bolt of excitement that
hits when the solution to a problem suddenly becomes clear. That’s a
CLICK moment in action.  Consider times when a great idea comes out of the
shadows of the brain and needs to be shared. That’s a CLICK moment, too.
Today, LEGO Systems launches a program to celebrate and foster these “CLICK
moments”, jump-started by the company’s announcement of its first
official iPhone application, LEGO® Photo, available for free at
the iTunes App Store.

 

The hub of the program,
www.LEGOCLICK.com, is a virtual canvas of ideas, inspired moments, quirky
stories, solutions and tips from serial CLICKers designed to celebrate and
inspire CLICK moments of all types.

 

“We hope to motivate
people to recognize, embrace, share and yes, chase, those unpredictable but
powerful light bulb moments in life when things just CLICK,” said
Michael McNally, brand relations director at LEGO Systems, Inc.
“Exploring your imagination from a young age, daring to realize your
ideas, creating stories and uses for what you create, solving problems that no
one knew existed – this is the stuff of LEGO play, and is exactly what
leads to a lifetime of CLICK moments.”

 

LEGO Photo iPhone
Application

LEGO Photo is an application
for iPhone and works with the iPhone and saved images on an iPod touch that
lets consumers immortalize their favorite things – or their own CLICK
moments – in LEGO form. Users can simply choose a photo from an existing
gallery or point the camera to snap a photo then touch the screen to watch
their masterpiece build. Additional screen taps shows portraits in nine
different color palette options. Celebrating CLICK portraits is easy. Users can
upload to a social networking page, email it to grandparents and friends, print
it–even tweet it using #legoclick.

 

LEGO Photo is available for
free download from the iTunes App store; a link from the company’s blog
at LEGOCLICK.com makes it easy to find the app directly. The best LEGO
portraits use photos that are shot at close range against a light, solid
colored background.

 

Short Film

Created especially for LEGO
Systems by the team behind groundbreaking music videos for Coldplay, The
Chemical Brothers and New Order among others, the 3:19 film reveals the story
of a fictional inventor’s journey to the joy of his CLICK moment,
inspired by millions of true stories of children who have realized a big idea
using imagination, perseverance and sometimes even LEGO bricks.

 

A pile of LEGO bricks is
what motivated the production team to create a visual vignette –
punctuated with whimsical animation and a playful, original score – that
celebrates the sometimes simple and often sublime attainability of a CLICK
moment. 

 

LEGOCLICK.COM

Fans of life’s CLICK
moments can join the conversation on this blog that celebrates light bulb
moments, grand or understated. A conversation about what makes things CLICK,
the blog shines a light on those people whose ideas have helped to inspire
others, or those little moments when an idea is incubated or
launched. Guest contributors will share stories of how things CLICKed for
them, ideas for how to find a CLICK moment and photo and video inspiration to
tickle the inner creator in anyone.

 

To share personal CLICK moments, email [email protected], post a
comment to the LEGO CLICK fan page on Facebook or send a tweet #legoclick.

 

# # #

I downloaded the LEGO App and here’s my 10 cent review:

The Good: You can take a pic or use an existing pic in your photo library on your iPhone and apply a filter on it to see the how the picture would look as a LEGO Mosiac. Once a mosaic is generated, you can save the image to your camera roll. The app is free.

The Bad: You can’t do anything with the pic besides save it to your camera roll. No instructions, no higher resolution option, nothing. How awesome would it be if you can “Order This Mosiac” directly from LEGO? Anyways, once you select the image you want to alter, there is a little timer to show you the progress. And once that’s done, you have to tap on a button to see the image. The app should automatically take you to the image once it’s done processing. Like the press release states, you can tap on the mosaic to change the color palette from warm reds and yellows to cool blues to black and white, etc. However, there’s no rhyme or reason as to where to tap for a specific palette, it seems that the app just cycles through each palette, so you can pretty much tap anywhere. There is a cool little ripple effect animation when the palette changes, but that gets old fast.

The Ugly: The pictures are just horrendous. I understand there’s a limited palette of colors, but that’s not really the issue. The issue is that the the 3 megapixel image is dumbed down to LEGO stud dimensions of 40×60. Take a look at a before and after pic below:

LEGO iPhone App Sample 1

And just for kicks, I took a screen capture of the screen you’ll stare at while your image is being rendered to see how a simpler image would turn out:

LEGO iPhone App Sample 2

And no, I did not tap to apply a different color palette. White was the only color it got correct.

Final Verdict: For a free app, it’s certainly not the worst, but as an AFOL, I probably won’t be turning this one on again. For parents, it might be good enough to keep kids occupied for a little while, but I myself wouldn’t subject my daughter’s eyes to such ugliness.

I don’t know why you’d want to, but you can download LEGO Photoicon

Ace Kim | January 9th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, News

New MINIs For 2010: Republic Attack Shuttle, X-wing Fighter

If you’re a fan of the MINI sets like I am, you have two new sets to look forward to for 2010: 30050 MINI Republic Attack Shuttle and 30051 MINI X-wing Fighter. No word yet on how or when one can obtain these, but if I was a betting man, I’d wager they can be had at Target for Easter. If you don’t want to wait for a retail release in polybags, you can download the instructions file for the two sets from LEGO’s website. Links are provided below each image:

Thanks to bigospedros for finding them on brickshelf.

Ace Kim | January 7th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

7754 Home One On Sale TRU.com

If you were out of luck trying to cash in on the $30 discount on the Toys’R’Us exclusive 7754 Home One set last week, you can try your luck online. Right now you can order the seticon for $73.69, down from $109.99. There’s tax and shipping, but you can save on tax if you use Google Checkout. There was some concern about Google Checkout and tax, since the invoice that is emailed to you has the tax added in, but the final charge on your credit card bill should show the correct amount. No telling if this is simply a mistake, an oversight, or a undocumented feature, but it should still work as far as I know.

Thanks to Ted495 for the tip.