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Ace Kim | January 20th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago January 28-30

Next weekend, from 10am to 7pm January 28-30, LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago, IL will be hosting Star Wars Days for the second time. Planned activities include:

  • Star Wars themed Model Builder Workshops where visitors can build an exclusive Slave I designed by LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s very own Master Model Builder. While supplies last.
  • Opportunities to assist the Master Model Builder in an R2-D2 group build.
  • Life-sized LEGO Darth Vader and LEGO R2-D2 models that give guests the best photo opportunity in the galaxy.
  • 500 clone trooper and battle droid minifigures that are set for battle in MINILAND, a LEGOLAND Discovery Center exhibit featuring Chicago’s most iconic buildings recreated using LEGO bricks.
  • A scavenger hunt to find ten characters hidden throughout MINILAND with the chance to win a family four-pack of Annual Passes.
  • A Star Wars Speed Building Competition rewarding the fastest and most accurate builders.
  • The 501st Legion
  • Discounts in our Retail Shop.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is located at Streets of Woodfield 601 N. Martingale Road (Intersection of Higgins Road and Martingale Road near Woodfield Mall) in Schaumburg, IL 60173. For more information, visit their website.

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 19th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

First SW Miniland Models Arrive at LLCA!

The first Star Wars models have begun to arrive for installation at Legoland California!

Love the shot of the Falcon flying over Washington DC :)

Ace Kim | January 18th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Site News

Set Guide Updated: 2011, User Comments and Ratings

I just updated the LEGO Star Wars set guide with the January assortment of 2011 sets. Some images and data are still missing which I’m working on obtaining. But now that 2011 has been entered, I’ll be working my way backwards and adding previous years of sets and some other licenses.

In addition to the new catalog entries, there are two new features announced on the forums a few weeks ago that I’d like to share with you here:

  • User Comments: User comments have been enabled allowing registered forum members to give a brief review of any set. The comments are moderated but once given the green light, the latest 5 comments will appear in the set guide. An example of the user comments in action can be seen on the 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder page. You can leave a rating on its corresponding forum topic.
  • User Ratings: In addition to comments, registered forum members may also give a numerical rating to a set and all ratings will appear on the right hand column of the entry page. Again, I point you to 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder page as an example. You can leave a rating on its corresponding forum topic.

I’ve read many comments that the set guide was one of the first pages that users encountered on FBTB. I’ve put a lot of work into its resurrection, and still have some features I’m working on that I can’t wait to release. It’s my goal to make the set guide the best it can be, and I can only accomplish that goal with your help. It’s my hope that you, the community members, will take a few moments to leave some comments and rate some sets to really strengthen the set guide. See some errors? Have suggestions? Use the contact form or leave a message on the set guide forum.

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 12th, 2011 | Community Project, Events, Forum, LEGO, LEGO Prince of Persia, Parts Draft

FBTB Parts Draft: PoP Edition- Tonight’s Game Plan

Tonight we will undertake the first official FBTB Parts Draft! Will it be a huge success, or will we be crushed under the weight of an idea too awesome for it’s own good?

Parts Draft: PoP Edition- Sorting Completed!

Whether you are one of the 10 draft participants or just want to spectate tonight, everyone needs to know the game plan:
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Ryan "chief" Wood | January 11th, 2011 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

MacLane’s CubeDude Speederbike (w/ Scout Trooper)

MacLane is at it again, this time delving into the world of CubeDude vehicles!

CubeDude Speeder Bike

Also check out his revamped Stormtrooper and Kenner Greedo!

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 10th, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

[UK] Parts Galore! 700 piece Brick Box for £7.13 at Asda … a 67% discount!

Set Number 5487 Bricks & More parts box, containing 700 bricks, is reduced to just £7.13 at Asda at the moment.  With an RRP of £21.99, that’s a whopping 67% discount!  You’ll probably see that the shelf price is £14.25, but it rings up at £7.13 price at the till.

I believe they also have a few other old sets for a similar discount (i’ve heard rumours of the 3221 Lego City truck for £7-ish!), but stock may vary depending on your local Asda store.

Ace Kim | January 8th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Star Wars On Blu-Ray Up For Pre-order

Amazon.com recently posted Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray] for pre-order. If you’ve never ordered DVDs from Amazon, they have a pre-order price guarantee. If anytime between now and when the movie ships, the price drops, you will be guaranteed the lowest price no matter when you ordered. It’s currently listed $89.99, down from the list price of $139.99. It is scheduled to be released this September.

One can only hope Lucasfilm will include the original theatrical releases as a bonus or easter egg. If not, this will be, like, the 19th time the films will be altered beyond recognition as Lucas tends to do enhancements with every release.

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 7th, 2011 | Events, Forum, LEGO Prince of Persia

Official FBTB Parts Draft: PoP Edition!

You followed the discussion. Now’s your chance to take part in the first official FBTB Parts Draft! We’re going for an ambitious start, a 50% off double draft of 7571 Fight for the Dagger and 7570 Ostrich Race!

Official FBTB Parts Draft: PoP Edition!

Interested? Keep your eyes peeled on this topic on the forum: sometime today, Friday January 7th, I will unlock it. The first ten forum members who respond to the topic are eligible to be participants in the draft. You can continue to add feedback in this topic here. Good luck!

Ace Kim | January 6th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Star Wars Miniland Coming To LEGOLAND California

Star Wars Miniland Announced!

I attended a press event today at LEGOLAND California. It began with the president of LEGOLAND giving an update on the parks attendance, the plans for 2011 for new areas of the park, etc etc. It was all very ho hum until he was interrupted by the lights going out, and the Star Wars theme music blaring out of the speaker system. Finally, I thought, he’s going to announce what I was waiting for the whole morning, that Hero Factory was getting a new area in the park that Miniland would get a new, permanent Star Wars themed area. Scheduled to open March 31, 2011, LEGOLAND California will be the first theme park to feature a Star Wars theme miniland area, to be followed by LEGOLAND Deutschland and LEGOLAND Billund.

Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the actual models on display, so I snapped some pics of the promotional posters that were on stage during the event that had some of the models pictured:

Poster Art 5
Star Wars Miniland Opening March 31 Poster Art 1 Poster Art 2 Poster Art 3 Poster Art 4

R2 and Chewie were there:

R2-D2 Statue Chewbacca Statue

The press kit has some promo pictures of the model builders building some of the… models… :

LEGO Press Photo - Star Wars Miniland - 1 LEGO Press Photo - Star Wars Miniland - 2 LEGO Press Photo - Star Wars Miniland - 3

Afterwards, I was lucky enough to enter the Model Shop that’s adjacent to Miniland and Gary McIntire showed a few of us a model of miniland Han on Tauntaun and a miniland Boba Fett that Gary designed:

Gary McIntire with Miniland Tauntaun 2
Gary McIntire Is Awesome by fbtb Miniland Boba Fett 2 by fbtb Miniland Boba Fett 1 by fbtb Miniland Tauntaun 3 by fbtb Miniland Tauntaun 2 by fbtb Miniland Tauntaun 1 by fbtb Gary McIntire with Miniland Tauntaun 1 by fbtb

Excited? I frakkin’ am.

You can read the official press release after the jump.

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Ace Kim | January 6th, 2011 | News

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California Announced

Star Wars Days June 18-19 2011

I also received word today that Star Wars Days for 2011 has been dated: June 18-19. Hope to see you there!