Looks like LEGO’s supply chain had an early delivery as I just got word that 10213 Shuttle Adventure is now available through LEGO Shop@Home. A hunnerd bucks for possibly the best Space Shuttle model without actually calling the set a Space Shuttle for fear of being sued by NASA and 1,204 pieces sounds pretty sweet. My astronautminifigs will finally have a vessel worthy to call home. Now I just need to buy one. Image gallery below:
I’m a bit late on posting this but LEGO is hosting a design challenge where, if picked as the winner, your creation could be featured on the cover of an upcoming LEGO Shop@Home catalog. Sounds pretty sweet. Details below:
Develop your new LEGO creation using a maximum of 100 LEGO bricks and/or elements. Then, submit a photo or image of your creation along with a brief description of your creation (50 words or fewer). You may build your creation using physical bricks and elements or you may develop your creation virtually, using LEGO® Design by ME. One Grand Prize winner will be determined in each of the four age categories: ages 5-8, ages 9-12, ages 13-15 and ages 16 and older.
Winner’s creation will be featured in the Late Holiday 2010 edition of the LEGO® Shop-at-Home Catalog issued in November. In addition, winner will receive a $100 LEGO® Gift Card (redeemable at any LEGO® Store, online at shop.LEGO.com, or through the LEGO® Shop-at-Home Catalog), a $50 LEGO® Design by ME gift card, a Sponsor-specified LEGO® set and a LEGO® Certificate of Achievement. (The approximate retail value of each Grand Prize is $200). Sponsor will select, at its sole discretion, one of the winning creations to be featured on the cover of the catalog. There is no monetary value associated with winner’s submission being featured in the catalog or on the cover of the catalog. Prize consists of only those items specifically listed as part of the prize.
GameTrailers.com posted a new gameplay trailer yesterday for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Video is below. You have one more week before the game is unleashed to the general public. If you haven’t gotten your pre-order in yet, there’s still time to do so through Amazon.com. They even guarantees release day delivery if you so choose it at checkout (delivery fee applies and varies). Game is available for Xbox360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS, and PC. On to the video:
Not to be outdone, Target this week is having a sale on ALL LEGO Toy Story sets. Discounts range from 15 to 25% off. The best deal? The Target exclusive 7598 Pizza Planet Truck. Unfortunately, I can’t see what the price is online, but even at the minimum 15% off, it is a great deal for a set that includes most of the major characters from the movie. And it shoots pizzas! What more can you ask for? Hit the button and do a search for “LEGO Toy Story” to see what’s available online.
It should be noted that the best deal is TRU exclusive set, Garbage Truck Getaway. TRU’s regular non-sale price is actually $45.99, lower than MSRP. With the 20% off sale, this will probably the best sale price you’ll see for a while. TRU is also offering free shipping if your order is $49 or more which makes ordering online even sweeter. Sale prices are good through June 26th.
Those of you looking to get multiples of the little green three-eyed alien from Toy Story and didn’t want to/couldn’t afford to amass the higher priced sets may have a bit of a reprieve. Previously available only from France Toys’R'Us stores, CloneEmperor from our chat room reports being able to buy 30070 at his Toys’R'Us in Canada for $4.99 CAD. I can only imagine they will be available for the rest of North America soon as it smells like another TRU worldwide exclusive.
Gizmodo.com has posted pics and details of LEGO’s upcoming UCS Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle. Pics are reposted below. Weighing in at 2,504 pcs, it appears to be minifig scale as it comes with 5 minifigs: Darth Vader, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper, and Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker. Set will be available starting in September of this year for a cool price of $260 dollars. Save your pennies now, folks.
Update: I just received photo assets and more information to this set. Release date is September 2010. Prices are $259.99 US, $309.99 CA, £ 239.99 UK, and €259.99 for the European Union. Pictures can be viewed on FBTB’s flickr account, thumbnails and more details below.
The elegant Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle™ transports the Empire’s elite and the occasional secret strike team of Rebel commandos all across the galaxy. Now you can build this huge and iconic Star Wars™ vehicle in true minifigure scale for the first time ever! The Imperial Shuttle is authentically detailed with rotating double laser wing cannons and a four-seat cockpit. This Ultimate Collector’s model features an opening canopy, detachable landing gear, a stand for display in flight or landing modes, a labeled display plaque, and gear-driven folding wings with removable activation keys. Completed model measures 28″ (71 cm) tall on stand and 22″ (57 cm) wide with wings deployed. Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Imperial Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker™.
• Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper™ and Luke Skywalker™.
• Features rotating double laser wing cannons!
• Open the cockpit roof to access the interior and seat the minifigures inside!
• Wings fold up and down by turning 2 keys on rear of model!
• Model can be displayed on landing gear or landing gear can be removed to display in flying mode!
• Includes display stand, name plate and label sheet!
• Measures 28″ (71 cm) tall on stand and 22″ (57 cm) wide with wings deployed!
Update 2: LEGO also uploaded a designer interview up to youtube. Video below:
For those of you who haven’t been to the MOC section of our boards lately, you have missed this…
After you pick up your jaw, get to the MOC section of the boards, you’ll see all kinds of stuff. Nannan’s work is well known to us on FBTB, he’s been a long-time member with a string of sci-fi and tenticle-ly goodness (or evilness). Legohaulic is a prolific builder on Flickr, and has some great work too his name. But this is beyond anything I’ve seen from… well, anyone. The shape, the form, the detail, it’s all overwhelming, but at the same time, you just know how great it is.