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Ryan "chief" Wood | July 30th, 2010 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, News

Celebration V Exclusive CubeDude Set Image Hi Res

A small blurry shot earlier this week teased us all with the news of Celebration V’s CubeDude set: the Empire Strikes Back bounty hunters! Today we get a much more revealing look at the assortment via StarWars.com


Click for hi-res!

I really liked the ComicCon exclusive figures, but these are just awesome.

Thanks to UOldPirate on the forums for pointing out the new article!

Ace Kim | July 30th, 2010 | LEGO Toy Story, Sales News

30070 Alien Found In U.S.

30070 Alien Space Ship In the US

Masked Builder from flickr (above) and GrayMattR report finding the polybag set at their local Toys’R’Us stores for $3.99 each. Better get some before they’re all gone.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | July 29th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

[US] Summer Star Wars Sets at Shop at Home

With a few days to spare before the August 2010 release date, LEGO S@H US has put up the Summer Star Wars wave. They are all in the “Classic” section despite most being “Clone Wars” sets, which may lead to some confusion.
A whole bunch of sets in this wave, so brace your wallets:

8089 Hoth Wampa Cave
$39.99, 297 Pieces
8093 Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter
$24.99, 175 Pieces
8095 General Grievous Starfighter
$49.99, 454 Pieces
8097 Slave 1
$79.99, 573 Pieces
8098 Clone Turbo Tank
$119.99, 1141 Pieces
8096 Emperor Palpatine’s Shuttle
$59.99, 592 Pieces
8099 Midi-Scale Imperial Star Destroyer
$39.99, 423 Pieces
8128 Cad Bane’s Speeder
$49.99, 318 Pieces
8129 AT-AT Walker
$109.99, 815 Pieces

Free shipping on orders over $75 is still in effect, though the free Spaceman magnet does not seem to be.
EDIT: Use coupon code V001 (V-zero-zero-one) at checkout for the free Spaceman magnet.

Thanks to sadowsk1 and mr_joshua for the heads up!

Ace Kim | July 28th, 2010 | Events

Comic Con Recap

The San Diego Comic Con came and went and I had a blast this year, more so than any other time I’ve gone. This year, 2010, marks the fourth year that LEGO has had a presence at the Con and it just keeps getting better and better.

I got to meet the father of the Cube Dude movement, Angus MacLane, and got him to sign an exclusive with a special message:

Angus Professing His Love For FBTB

Greg Hyland was also there doing sketches and signing autographs. He was there for three days staying past his allotted time slot making sure each everyone who was in line got a sketch and an autographed print:

Greg Hyland Signing/Sketching

In addition to the exclusive, LEGO was selling Star Wars and Toy Story sets except for the summer wave, so if you needed a fix for some brick you needn’t travel far. It was surprising to see they had stacks of the LEGO Harry Potter game available:

Harry Potter Game

Finally, LEGO was giving away one of these bad boys:

Boba Fett Prize Boba Fett Prize Closeup

A nicely framed trio of the original Boba Fett figure: a white one, a 14 karat gold one, and a solid sterling silver one. The gold and silver ones are limited 1 of 2, the other of which will be given away at Star Wars Celebration. Sadly, I don’t think I won.

I met a lot of cool people who were fans of the site; even ran into Mos_Eisley from our forums doing his duty of helping out fellow members by not only picking up the exclusive set, but also getting them signed by Angus. All that being said, the greatest con moment was arranging a meeting between our very own Chief and the inspiration behind his ‘net persona: Aaron Douglas a.k.a. Chief Tyrol from Battlestar Galactica:

This Magic Moment

Just Epic.

If you’re interested in some of the other sights of the con, take a look at my flickr set.

Another year, another con in the books. Can’t wait for next year.

Ryan "chief" Wood | July 27th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Coming Soon: LLCA Star Wars Days 2010!

Update: as Commander Keller on the forums (and probably others who didn’t score as low as me in reading comprehension) noted, Legoland’s page says that participants in the Trivia game have a chance to win the elusive White Boba Fett minifig!

Legoland California’s annual weekend tribute to Star Wars is fast approaching: mark your calendars and make your plans for Saturday August 7th and Sunday August 8th!

Activities include the traditional 501st Droid Hunt game, costume contests, and fan displays. One highlight of the fan display will be Brickplumber’s Endor landing platform dio.

Also fleshing out the weekend are building challenges, trivia games, and more! See Legoland California’s event page for the full agenda.

Hit the break for more shots of last year’s fun! (more…)

Ace Kim | July 22nd, 2010 | Events, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, News

WTFOMG?!? LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean?

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Saw this at Comic Con today. The next license?

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | July 22nd, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Lego Star Wars: Visual Dictionary 50% Off

Borders is having a 50% off sale on most Star Wars books, DVDs, CDs, and more (LEGO not included). This is good online and in-store with coupon. Rewards membership is required for in-store purchases, but you can get free shipping for online orders $25 or more. This sale runs through 7/26.

For those of you who haven’t gotten LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, this sale brings it down to a cool $10.99. If you just want it for the exclusive minifig, this makes buying the book cheaper than the lowest Bricklink prices for just the minifig. There are plenty of other great Star Wars books on sale, so throw a couple in your cart and you can get that free shipping easily.

Of course, Amazon is matching the price, and it qualifies for free shipping with a $25 order over there too.

EDIT: Here’s the coupon for in-store purchases.

Ace Kim | July 21st, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Ultimate Collector Series 10215 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter

Official press release from LEGO:

Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter

Ages 14+. 676 pieces.
US $99.99
CA $129.99
UK £94.99
DE €99.99

Blast off into The Clone Wars with Obi-Wan’s collector-series Jedi starfighter!

Now, you can build the ultimate LEGO version of Jedi general Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Delta-7 Aethersprite-class Jedi starfighter! Larger and more detailed than any previous Jedi starfighter model, this limited-edition collector vehicle is equipped with twin laser cannons, a full cockpit interior and a wing-mounted R4-P17 astromech droid dome that rotates. With a buildable display stand and plaque, it’s just the thing to pursue bounty hunter Jango Fett across the galaxy or battle swarms of Separatist fighters in space! Measures 9 in (23 cm) high on stand, 18″ (47 cm) long and 9″ (22 cm) wide when built.

  • Ultimate Collector’s Series Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter!
  • Equipped with twin laser cannons!
  • Features fully detailed cockpit interior!
  • The dome of Obi-Wan’s wing mounted R4-P17 astromech droid rotates!
  • Includes display stand, plaque and label sheet!
  • Model can be detached from display stand!
  • Measures 9 in (23 cm) high on stand, 18″ (47 cm) long and 9″ (22 cm) wide when built!

My initial impressions?

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Ace Kim | July 21st, 2010 | Events, LEGO

LEGO Panels at Comic Con

Going to Comic Con? You may be interested in some of the panels where LEGO has a presence:

Thursday, July 22
2:30-3:30 BrickJournal: Looking at the LEGO Community— In the past decade, a community of adult LEGO builders has sprung up and created models, websites, and even conventions. The staff of BrickJournal, the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, invites you to take a look at the community (and what it builds) at this presentation, with Brandon Griffith (top LEGO builder), Jonathan Bender (author of LEGO: A Love Story), Nathan Sawaya (LEGO certified professional builder), and Jim Foulds (community operations manager for the LEGO Group). The panel is moderated by BrickJournal editor Joe Meno. There will be a Q&A afterward, so if you have any questions about the community, events, builders, or even the LEGO company, this is the place to be! Room 7AB

Friday, July 23
10:00-11:00 DK Star Wars: From Banthas to X-Wings— In 2010 DK Publishing is releasing several Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Year By Year; Star Wars Blueprints: Rebel Edition; Star Wars Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia, and LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster. A panel of authors (Ryder Windham, Daniel Wallace, Gus Lopez, Pablo Hidalgo) and illustrators (Chris Reiff, Chris Trevas) provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of these books. Everyone who attends will be entered to win one a DK Star Wars library! Room 7AB

Sunday, July 25
11:30-12:30 LEGO Universe Building Creativity Show & Tell— Take an in-depth look inside the creative process of bringing LEGO worlds to life through storytelling and fan collaboration, to create a truly unique MMOG. Six LEGO Group and NetDevil panelists discuss their roles in the development of LEGO Universe, from senior directors to mega fans and builders. The panel includes Ryan Seabury (creative director), Mark Hansen (senior director), Chris Brubaker (media coordinator), Ryan Baier (videographer), and two representatives from the LEGO Universe Partners program. Room 5AB

1:45-2:45 Sneak Peek into the LEGO Group’s New Constraction Property: Hero Factory!— The LEGO Group, creators of the ever popular Bionicle franchise, is proud to present their new action constraction property: Hero Factory. Come meet the product designer, get a firsthand look at the products launching this fall, learn the back story on Hero Factory, get a sneak peek of the new TV show and see if you have what it takes to be part of the Hero Factory! Room 6DE

Ace Kim | July 19th, 2010 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Hi-Res Image LEGO San Diego Comic Con 2010 Exclusive

Update: Each cube dude will require assembly.

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click for higher res

StarWars.com has an article with accompanying photos, including a look at the box design. The question of whether the CubeDudes were being sold as a kit with instructions or as complete models is now answered. The set contains 416 pieces and some swanky box art.

They will be selling 450 per day. The designer, Angus MacLane, will be on hand on Friday 2-3pm and Saturday 12-1pm. Price is $75 for the set.