January’s Chibi Fighter contest is nearing a close. There have been some fantastic entries and the field’s been narrowed down to the top five you see above. The finals round of voting is now up, each entry vying for your vote. Winner will be announced in about a week. Good luck to all!
Archive for February, 2011
Forum member HoosierZephyr discovered a sale on Star Wars sets over at Toys R Us. Looks like it’s good in-store and online.
>>7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter $16.49 (MSRP $19.99)
>>7929 The Battle of Naboo $20.24 (MSRP $24.99)
>>7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship $39.74 (MSRP $49.99)
>>7931 T-6 Jedi Shuttle $47.24 (MSRP $59.99)
The other Star Wars sets are 10% off. As always, keep in mind that the actual discount is less than advertised when you compare to MSRP. Even so, the larger sets do have a pretty decent sale price.
Sale ends February 19th.
In the wake of Toy Fair, I just received these clean images of the Cars 2 sets including clearer pictures of Spy Jet Escape and Flo’s V8 Cafe. No pics of the Big Bentley Playset but there are some newcomers in the form of Ultimate Build Mater and Tokyo International Circuit.
In addition to the above sets, Take5ADay.com also lists an Ultimate Build Franceso. Hit the image for more:
More details to come.
You might have heard by now. There’s a new line of toys preparing to transform and roll out to construction toy aisles from #2 US toy maker Hasbro. The line is called Kre-O, and it’s debut theme is Transformers.
At the American International Toy Fair this weekend in New York, Hasbro debuted their new line of brick-based building sets. Although security was pretty heavy in Hasbro’s venue for the press event, extra care was given to Kre-O: segregated from the rest of Hasbro’s offerings, surrounded by security guards and behind an extra set of doors and with strict no photography rules (the exception being one media outlet given the chance to shoot some exclusive video) Ace and I got to spend a good half hour with the first wave of sets that will launch this fall.
Every year at Toy Fair, the attendees of the Collector Event each get a goodie bag filled with press releases, a retailer catalog, and, of course, the premium giveaway. For this year’s premium item, the focus is on the Star Wars Miniland area debuting at LEGOLAND CA next month on March 31st. You get this box:
StarWars.com is reporting that Old Ben Kenobi will be making an appearance in Traveller’s Tales upcoming game LEGO Star Wars III. You can also play him on the official LEGO Star Wars III website by entering the code MYONLYHOPE.
In addition to Old Ben, both Strategy Informer and gamershell.com are reporting that both Han Solo and Princess Leia will also be making appearances in the game. You can unlock those characters on the website by entering NERFHERDER for Han, and YOURWORSHIPFULNESS for Leia.
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will be arriving on every major console this March 22nd.
LEGO has launched their LEGO Cars 2 website. It’s a little bare bones right now with just a video of a LEGO insider trying to smuggle video out of the new Cars sets. Since it’s marked as Video 1, there is sure to be more. Will Maarten succeed in smuggling top secret information out of the office?
I get that it’s a spy video since Cars 2 is a spy movie, but in light of the whole crackdown by LEGO on leaked images, it’s a bit of a mixed signal.
We finally finished uploading the rest of the sets from our Toy Fair coverage what seems like a mere few hours ago. Many thanks go to Ryan and Anonymous Tipster for staying up late to clean up a few of the miscategorized videos, duplicate pictures, etc. Despite those minor issues, our coverage is now complete. Each picture below links you to the collection for that theme, and each collection has all the sets for that theme. I’m also including everything that was posted yesterday for easy navigation. And finally, there’s a set for LEGO Licensing to give you a sneak peek at the upcoming licensing line including books, bins, and storage media. Enjoy!
Pirates of the Caribbean
A few notes:
- For LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, the Black Pearl set was missing from the show floor and there was no picture of it in the catalog. It’s not scheduled for release until November, so there might be a reveal at San Diego Comic Con if not through some sort of MTV posting.
- For LEGO Star Wars, the advent calendar was also pulled from the floor with the intent of a big reveal at San Diego Comic Con
- For LEGO Cars, the sets designed around the movie Cars 2 were pulled, just like last year with Toy Story 3 sets. And the wall for Cars 2 Duplo sets was also blank.
- For Harry Potter, there’s still some debate whether or not The Forbidden
TreeForest set has a Bellatrix minifigure or not.
The biggest let down? Pricing. It seems that the pricing per piece ratio is getting worse and worse and the trend is spreading beyond Star Wars into other non-licensed themes, namely City.
The biggest surprise? The minifig cases shown at the LEGO Licensing booth. I hope to get some more information and materials about those in the next few weeks.
The one set I personally am looking forward to is 7962 Anakin’s and Sebulba’s Podracers set. The clear Technic bricks were a huge surprise and the redesigns of the two podracers are just gorgeous, especially Sebulba’s. The price for the set is very reasonable by today’s standards. All in all, it’s the clear winner for the August LEGO Star Wars lineup.
It’s been a full couple of days here in NYC for me and Ace as we’ve been making the Toy Fair rounds. On Saturday we attended Hasbro’s special presentation where we saw upcoming products for Marvel, Transformers, GI Joe, and of course Kre-O, Hasbro’s new construction building toy line. More on that later.
The main event for us was Lego’s Collector’s Event before the Toy Fair doors opened today. Ace and I woke up at the buttcrack of dawn to get there on time before the 7 am door opening to bring you the very best coverage of upcoming Lego product, covering Lego original themes and licensed lines.
Here’s what we’ve got for you so far:
Much more still to come including Ninjago, Alien Conquest, and the ever-important Star Wars! Keep checking the Flickr page here as we continue to update!