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Archive for September, 2010

Ryan "chief" Wood | September 20th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

This Post has a Picture

And it’s uuuugly (on purpose!)

Ugly: Z'ceptor (main)

As spotted in the FBTB Flickr Outpost, here’s Louis K’s Z’Ceptor, an Ugly ship from the Expanded Universe, is gorgeous. LOOK AT IT.

Ace "onions" Kim | September 20th, 2010 | LEGO Harry Potter, Sales News

LEGO Harry Potter 3 for 2 via TRU

You know that TRU sale that I mentioned yesterday? Well, apparently you can preorder the newest Harry Potter sets through the site and still get the 3 for 2 deal, AND get free shipping. The markup on the Freeing Dobby and the Quidditch Match sets may not make the deal so great, but the larger sets are definitely worth taking the plunge on.

The next post will have a picture, I promise.

Ace "onions" Kim | September 20th, 2010 | LEGO, Sales News

Collectible Minifigures Vol. 2 Update

If you haven’t been following this thread, and I don’t blame you since it’s, like, 9 pages long, our board members have been updating the thread with reports as to what their 16 item order from Shop@Home consists of. They’ve also reported that Target is following TRU’s lead and upped the price of the minifigures to $2.99. Fret none, ’cause if you have a Walmart near you, some reports are trickling in that they too are getting into the minifig game. Cases are starting to show up at the chain with a price tag of $1.97 each and at least one confirmed report that each box contains 6 Spartans instead of 3. Happy hunting!

Ace "onions" Kim | September 19th, 2010 | LEGO, Sales News

Toys’R’Us Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale Through 9/25

Toys’R’Us.com and brick’n’mortar stores are having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale on ALL LEGO construction sets. If you buy online and your order total is more than $100, you get free shipping. Some notes:

  • On the online ad, which is the little flash screen on their home page, there is no fine print about excluding Star Wars or any other theme. But if you were to browse LEGO Star Wars they do not qualify for the BTGO deal. I can’t seem to bring up the printed flyer on their site as of this writing, but I assume the fine print will say it there. Might be worth a phone call to customer service since they are not honoring the online ad language. Update: the fine print on the individual item page does say excludes Star Wars.
  • The online store has some of the bigger sets that are normally only available through LEGO Shop@Home, but it has been a pattern that those higher priced sets magically go out of stock during sale weeks, and then reappear after the sale is over.
  • You should buy three items of the same price to maximize your discount. Even then, with TRU’s infamous markup, it cuts into your potential savings. But hey, a sale is a sale.

Despite all that, I hope you can find some stuff worth buying.

Ace "onions" Kim | September 18th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

8088 ARC-170 Starfighter On Sale at Amazon

8088 ARC-170 Starfighter

I’m a little late in posting this but Amazon.com offers the 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter for $47.20, down from $59.99. That’s over 20% in savings. They also offer free standard shipping and no tax to most states. Limit of 5 per order. Build your fleet now!

Thanks to Joxer the Mighty for the heads up.

Ace "onions" Kim | September 18th, 2010 | Contests

MOC Madness Elite Eight Round Underway

MOC Madness Elite Eight Round

The Elite Eight have emerged from the Sweet Sixteen round of voting. Who will make it to the Final Four? You can help decide their fates. Visit the MOC Madness tournament forum to cast your vote. Good luck to all!

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | September 16th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

[UK] Boots 3 for 2 Deal Starts

8097 Slave I

Yesterday, Boots.com re-stocked their Toy department and with that re-stock, 3 of the new wave of Star Wars sets were listed … those being :

8097 Slave 1 (£80)

8095 General Grievous Starfighter (£45)

8093 Plo Kloon’s Jedi Starfighter (£25)

Fairly standard pricing there you might think … well, think again, because today, Boots.com also launched their annual 3 for 2 deal for gifts.  It’s a Christmas deal (yes, it’s still only September!) but who cares?!  It means you can get some good deals here.

I think last year, the deal launch with a similar situation and the rest of the summer wave of sets was added to the site in the next week or so.  Certainly one to keep an eye out for.

They’ve also added a few other summer sets from the Creator range etc so there are options to make this deal really worthwhile.

Ace "onions" Kim | September 14th, 2010 | Contests

MOC Madness Sweet Sixteen Round

MOC Madness Sweet Sixteen

The MOC Madness Tournament has reached the Sweet Sixteen stage. The grid above has been updated to show the advancing bounty hunters. Polls for all eight brackets can be found in the MOC Madness tournament forum and will be open for the next three days. Good luck to all!

Ace "onions" Kim | September 14th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Some Podracer Love: Ben Watson’s UCS-scale Podracer

Pod Racer

The Podrace from Ep. I is probably the best sequence in that particular movie. You can have your Duel of the Fates. For me, there’s nothing like a high speed race with the ever-looming danger of dying. Ben Watson (benmwatson) pays homage to the race with his own custom UCS-scale podracer MOC as seen above. Good stuff.

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | September 13th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

UK Sales Roundup (Sept 2010)

Whilst there’s not a massive amount of sales yet on the new Star Wars Lego sets here in the UK, there are a few ways of making some small savings if you can’t wait.

Amazon.co.uk has various savings, around 10% off most Star Wars sets, including :

8089 : Hoth Wampa Cave at £32.30 (a 9.2% saving)

8093 : Plo Kloon’s Jedi Starfighter at £23.74 (a 9.5% saving)

8095 : General Grievous Starfighter at £41.69 (a 9.3% saving)

8097 : Slave 1 at £72.26 (a 9% saving)

8098 : Clone Turbo Tank at £90.15 (a 9% saving)

Oh and if you missed it, they have the Midi Scale Millenium Falcon for £20, which is pretty good.

Toys R Us have a couple of savings :

8129 : AT-AT Walker at £79.99 (which they claim as a £20 saving, even though it’s price on S@H is £89.99, so it’s a £10 saving in reality)

8091 : Republis Swamp Speeder at £29.99 (although that just brings their price in line with S@H

Regards the Minifigures Series 2 sets … these seem to be popping up more and more now, including at retailers who didn’t stock them the last time.  Game (a computer games chain!) stocks them … they’re found in the impulse buy bins in the queue for the tills.  Argos also seem to be getting stocks and in some stores, you’ll find them in a similar place.  Both methods make it much easier to search through them to find the ones you want, rather than the behind the till with the stickers location that WHSmiths generally employ.

Most other UK retailers of Lego are now carrying the new lines (apart from Boots.com, although their website is down for a re-vamp, so maybe it’ll be coming soon?!) so I’ll keep an eye out for better deals in the coming weeks!