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DK Publishing is adding a new book to their LEGO Brickmaster line of books: Star Wars! Yay! If you can look past the fact that it’s based on Clone Wars, it looks like it’s going be a pretty nice addition to your collection. Right off the bat you see two new MINI models: one of the AAT and the other a Republic Attack Shuttle. The shuttle is different than the one that was available from Target a few months back; this one seems bigger and beefier. And you get a clone and battle droid to boot.
Preorder is available from Amazon, and with a preorder you always get their low price guarantee, meaning you’ll pay the lowest price regardless of when you placed your order. Release date is set for November 1, 2010.
A LEGO movie has been rumored and in the works for some time now, but recent events may have solidified plans for the film, via heat vision:
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the helmers behind Sony Animation’s hit “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” are in final negotiations to write and direct the Lego movie, which is being produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Jill Wilfert at Lego is exec producing.
The plot is being kept under wraps, but it will be an adventure in the Lego world mixing live action and animation.
In order to get the gig, Lord and Miller prepared a presentation that not only had to pass muster with Warners brass but also with execs from Lego, which is extremely protective with its toys and brand and had a significant hand in the process.
After winning approval from Warners, they flew up to Bricks by the Bay, the Lego convention in Fremont, to make their pitch to Lego execs. Warners and Lego weren’t sure initially if they wanted a live-action or animated movie, and Lord and Miller went with a scenario that incorporated both.
I would be super-surprised if LEGO forgoes sets based on whatever movie is made. See what I did there? I made it relevant.
Dano Anonymous Tipster for the tip.
Right now LEGO Shop@Home is offering a free Spaceman magnet and free shipping through July 31, 2010. To qualify, your cart total must be $75 or more and you must use code USSM at checkout.
Shop@Home also has a few notable additions to the LEGO Star Wars accessories category:
They also have a bunch of watches, magnet sets, and keychains on sale anywhere from 25%-50% off. Check out their LEGO Star Wars Accessories page for details.
I just got my summer 2010 catalog in the mail today. Flipping through it, I noticed some pretty sweet things coming up for Brickmaster subscribers. The July/August set was already revealed; I can’t seem to find the thread but it is a MINI-scale Imperial Shuttle. The September/October set is Prince of Persia themed complete with Prince Dastan, the Dagger of Time, snakes, and a small playset. November/December is a MINI-scale AT-AT.
I remember when Brickmaster was the red-headed stepchild of LEGO’s product catalog. When the program was announced a few years back, it sounded promising. $40 bucks a year, a new LEGO set delivered to your door every two months, a bigger and beefier magazine than the free LEGO Club magazine, coupons to use at S@H, and a LEGOLand/LEGO Discovery Center ticket. Sounds good, right? Needless to say, it was a bit disappointing as the sets were the inexpensive sets that weren’t exclusive and can be bought almost anywhere, lots of Bionicle stuff, there was little magazine content that set it apart from the LEGO Club magazine, the coupons could be used by non-subscribers, and most people didn’t have any use for the free ticket. We complained. And they listened. Brickmaster subscribers now truly get exclusive sets and the next three cycles are proof of this. Except maybe the Shuttle. Anyways, you get my point. While the other perks of being a member hasn’t changed or hasn’t changed much at all, the sets alone are, I feel, worth the price. I just wish the designs were a little more aesthetically pleasing. Personally, I think the best Brickmaster set was the Indiana Jones jeep set from a few cycles back.
Today is the day that LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 goes on sale. Checking out the scores on for the game on GameRankings.com, they show a solid 80% average score for the game an all major consoles. More reviews are sure to come but this is a good start. Considering the amount of replay value one gets with the LEGO games by Traveler’s Tales, it’s a worthy investment if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, LEGO games, or both. The following is an excerpt from the review on Gamespot.com:
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is easily the best Harry Potter game to date, though if that sounds like a backhanded compliment, consider this: It’s one of the finest Lego adventures to date as well, which is no faint praise. By minimizing the repetitive combat and inconsistent platforming, Traveller’s Tales has also minimized the frustrations, making this excursion to Hogwarts enjoyable for the whole family. Minor flaws, old and new alike, keep Lego Harry Potter from becoming a family-friendly classic, but it’s charming and funny, and most importantly, it’s fun. And that kind of magic is all too uncommon, even in Harry’s world.
TRU is having a LEGO BOGO 50% off sale this week. It is not advertised in stores, not available online, nor is it in their weekly flier. Instead, an email blast was sent out to card-carrying members of their “R” Us program. I was skeptical at first as I was unable to find any proof of the sale, and visiting my local store yielded no indication either. However, forum member Buk was able to take advantage of this deal. The one catch is that the sale excludes LEGO Star Wars. Offer is valid through July 3rd, 2010.
For Sam’s Club members, their website is offering 7596 Trash Compactor Escape for $14.22. If you’re not a member, membership starts at $35 for one year Business account or $40 for one year Personal account. Pricing mistake? Possibly. I’m not a member so I’m unable to place an order. Let us know what luck you have.
Dano Anonymous Tipster for the tip.
Barnes & Noble is currently having a BOGO 50% off sale until June 28. Not only that, you can score free shipping if your order is $25 or more. Not only that, but you can also get 40% off your toys order if you apply coupon code R8Y7E3H. Take a look at Nannan‘s order screen cap:
As of this writing, they have tons of sets in stock: LEGO Star Wars, Prince of Persia, Toy Story, Architecture, and more! The savings are huge. It’s almost like Christmas.
Update: I apologize for any confusion I may have caused. It was late when I posted this and I wasn’t quite coherent enough to check the math. It seems that the BOGO and and 40% off coupon will not stack, it is one or the other. Still, 40% off is nothing to sneeze at. Hopefully, some of you will have found a deal from this.