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Archive for March, 2011

Ace Kim | March 31st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

April Fools': Lifelites’ LEDSaber: A Self-Contained Light-Up Lightsaber

You had me at self-contained. Rob Hendrix, the master craftsman behind has come up with a product that everyone and their sister will want for the Star Wars minifigs: a completely self-contained light up lightsaber. He’s sourced a manufacturer to create special batteries to his specifications to fit inside a standard LEGO lightsaber hilt. Simply plug in a lightsaber blade and voila! You have yourself a glowing lightsaber. No more wires, no more unremovable lightsabers, simply the best solution that everybody’s been waiting for. Rob says that the batteries should last anywhere between 8-12 months depending on usage. No word on cost yet as that has yet to be determined. For more information, hit up his site. I can hear the lightsaber sound effects now…

Ryan "chief" Wood | March 30th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Legoland California’s Star Wars Miniland: Caught on Webcam!

First SW Miniland Models Arrive

Legoland California Resort’s Star Wars Miniland opens tomorrow! FBTB will be there with the press to cover all the events of the day. However, if the article and photos later in the day can’t satisfy you, LLCR has set up a live webcam to broadcast right from Miniland! (If you’re having issues with the cam not loading on that page, try this direct link.)

Thanks to Collin and mrschief for the heads up!

Ryan "chief" Wood | March 30th, 2011 | News

TBB’s “Bricks Helping Japan” Charity Auctions

Help Japan

Following their successful two-year old Creations for Charity, our fellows at The Brothers Brick have turned their attention toward Japan and helping the relief effort after the devastating disasters that began there almost 3 weeks ago. Bricks Helping Japan is their latest effort, and you can read all about it here.

In a nutshell, here’s how it works: AFOLs voluntarily donate a model (of all sizes, shapes, and genres) and all the models are put up for auction. 100% of the winnings go to the Red Cross, who are heavily involved in humanitarian relief in Japan. Buyers get original Lego creations from our awesome building community, and the money goes to a worthy cause. You can donate a MOC, bid on the auctions, or donate money straight to the Red Cross here.

Help Japan Charity Auction! HELP JAPAN: Purchase Sand Bat 7
Cardinal Steam Fighter Probe15

More models are being added to the auction page every day, so keep checking back for updates! MOCs donated include cupcakes, CubeDude Porkins, steampunk, Keith Goldman originals, and even giant spaceships. I’ve also donated the Power Miners podracer from the 2009 Podracer Challenge, and which we continue to feature in our current banner for this year’s contest.

"I've got a problem here." Charity Auction: Power Miners podracer

Please consider donating a MOC or bidding on these fine items. Also, please read the auction descriptions fully: some of the items were erroneously entered as US only, but most if not all of the items are available to be shipped internationally!

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 28th, 2011 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Toy Story, Sales News

[Toys R Us] Free Promotional Set With $20 Purchase

skeleton chopper Alien ship Republic mini shuttle

Toys R Us is offering a free polybag promo set with $20 purchase while supplies last. The store may let you take your pick, but the idea is to spend $20 on Star Wars, Ninjago, or Toy Story, and get the promo set from whatever theme you buy.

    >>Ninjago Skeleton Chopper ($3.49 value)
    >>Toy Story 3 Alien Space Ship ($3.99 value)
    >>30050 MINI Republic Attack Shuttle (TRU-exclusive, $3.99 value)
Ryan "chief" Wood | March 26th, 2011 | Contests

2011 Podracer Challenge: Bad Luck Events Poll

2011 Podracer Challenge

We forgot to put up a post when the poll was started on the forum, but there’s still time to cast your votes for the top 42 Bad Luck Events we’ll use for the big race in our second (quasi)annual Podracer Challenge. Vote on your 10 favorites! Check the forum thread for more information and to choose your favorites. Remember to click all 10 of your chosen events before hitting the submit button! Once you hit that button your vote is recorded and unchangeable regardless if you’ve chosen ten or not!

This is also you reminder to finish up your podracer entries! You have until Midnight PST on March 31st to submit your entry to the contest thread! Make sure you follow all submission guidelines: we’d hate for entrants to miss out because of ignoring or forgetting a requirement!

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 25th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News $59.00 8097 Slave 1

8097 Slave 1 has 8097 Slave 1 back in stock for $59.00 (MSRP $79.99) and free shipping. No sales tax either, unless you have a distribution center in your state.

On March 7, it was $58.27, then it sold out the next day. Now it’s back. If you like that price, grab it now before it’s gone again.

Thanks ufjason and TooMuchDew.

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 24th, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

Collectible Minifigures Series 1 BAM Spotted

Series 1 BAM

Forum member JAYMATIK found Series 1 Collecible Minifigure parts in the build-a-minifigure tubs at a LEGO store in California. This was advertised on the April LEGO Store calendar, but this is the first sighting I’ve come across.

The calendar included a picture of the caveman and robot. This tub had the forestman and clown, along with mermaid parts (pictured above). No accessories or stands though.

The build-a-mini can have some great random parts in it. Sometimes you can strike gold amongst the tubs, so it’s worth a peek. At $9.99 for 3 minifigures, however, it’s a bit steep for the more common parts.

Thanks for sharing your find, JAYMATIK!

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | March 21st, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

They’re Heeeeeeere… Collectible Minifigures Series 4

Collectible Series 4

Hello all. Hope you’re enjoying the first day of Spring. I looked out my window this morning to see a nice snowfall. Lousy New England…

Anyway, Series 4 of the ever-popular collectible minifigures have been spotted in Toys R Us, Fred Meyer, and elsewhere. Price is still $2.99 apiece.

According to the LEGO Store calendar, the official release is April, so all these stores would appear to be breaking the release date agreement. TRU doesn’t seem to care though, since they also have Series 4 online as well. So far no one has found them at a Target yet.

We’re also hearing reports of Toys R Us imposing limits on the number you can buy and Fred Meyers marking up the box UPCs to prevent buying entire cases. The dot codes are back, but no cheat sheet yet.

MicroJow has shared some helpful info to help find them in stores:
Series 4 UPC: 673419144995
Toys-R-Us SKU: 578074
Target DPCI: is 204 00 0463

Thanks to everyone who have chimed in with reports.

Ace Kim | March 18th, 2011 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Sales News

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Exclusive Pre-order Bonus

Gotta catch’em all? If it’s one thing LEGO knows about it’s customer base, it’s that they go nuts for minifigs. And as if including a different version of Jack Sparrow in every upcoming LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean set wasn’t enough, they’ve tilted their unscrupulous meter another notch by offering an exclusive version of Jack as a pre-order bonus of the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean video game through Gamestop. The game will be available for every major platform including the Nintendo 3DS on May 10, 2011.

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | March 18th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

[UK] Toys R Us 3 for 2 on Star Wars Toys

Toys R Us stores in the UK are doing a 3 for 2 deal on Star Wars Toys this weekend, from today until Sunday.

Not sure if it’s in store or only online.

Click the image to take you direct to their webpage.