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Ryan "chief" Wood | May 7th, 2011 | Contests

Race Delay – UPDATED: 5:30 PM PST

We’re, uh, cleaning Bantha poodoo off the track. The race will commence at 5:30 pm PST. Sorry folks.

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | May 7th, 2011 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

[UK] Free Lego in The Sun newspaper (starts Saturday 14th May)

Starting next Saturday (14th May) The Sun / The News Of The World (on Sunday) will be giving away free Lego.  As usual, they’re collectable from WH Smiths / Toys R Us.  The sets in the deal are :

30051 – Mini X-Wing
30131 – Jack Sparrow in Boat
30130 – Mini Black Pearl
30080 – Ninja Glider
30081 – Skeleton Chopper
30083 – Dragon Fight
30091 – Car

As with previous promotions in The Mirror newspaper, these are bound to be popular so get down there early.  It’s believed you can collect tokens and send away for the sets too.

Ace Kim | May 6th, 2011 | LEGO, News

New Book: Minifigure Customization: Populate Your World!

For all you custom minifig fans out there, Jared Burks of FineClonier.com fame has authored a book titled Minifigure Customization: Populate Your World!. Published by Twomorrows Publishing, the book is at the printer getting boxed and should be shipping out any day now. You can order the book directly from Twomorrows’s website, $8.46 for a print edition with a free digital copy, and $3.95 for a digital version only. There’s a flash preview of the book in case you need convincing, but the book is a steal at $8.46.

Ace Kim | May 6th, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

10218 Pet Shop Revealed

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Update: I always forget to post the video:

Shop@Hom is also posting another video on their new Facebook page

LEGO has officially unveiled today their latest addition to their Cafe Corner style of building sets, 10218 Pet Shop. The press release says it will be available “at the beginning of May” but the Shop@Home website currently has no listing for the set. Word on the street is that the official on sale day is May 10. Pics follow the official press release below:

10218 Pet Shop
Ages 16+. 2,032 pieces.
US $149.99 CA $199.99 DE 149.99 € UK 119.99 £

Continuing the LEGO® Modular Buildings series, this highly detailed, 3-story Pet Shop building and townhouse with full internal and external detailing is the perfect addition to your LEGO town. Greet customers with a menagerie of pets and let them treat them with a selection of toys and supplies. The pet shop building features a hinged staircase for easy access, upper apartment with kitchenette and upper loft overlooking the open plan interior below. To the side, the tastefully appointed townhouse features a detailed ground floor with accessories and spiral staircase leading to the upper floor. The attic space features storage boxes and French doors leading out to an elegant front balcony, while the rooftop garden, complete with fresh vegetables, brightens up the rear of the building.
• Includes 4 minifigures with accessories: pet shop owner, girl on bicycle, painter with paint roller and woman!
• Pet shop includes dog, cat, 2 parrots and fish tank with goldfish!
• Also includes 3 dog bones, ball, frog toy, birdhouse, bucket and brush!
• Kitchenette features stone fireplace, stove, sink, coffee maker and small table and chair!
• Upper loft features skylight, bed and lamp!
• Townhouse features ground floor with mailbox and mail, hat rack, couch, telephone, toilet and access to basement crawl space!
• Measures 11″ (25.5cm) wide and 10.5″ (26.5cm) high!
• Combine with other modular buildings, like 10197 Fire Brigade and 10211 Grand Emporium!

Ryan "chief" Wood | May 6th, 2011 | MOC Spotlight

Transforming Bumblebee

See Kreo? You can have it both ways.

MOCPages builder Wes Pitter spent months lovingly crafting the transforming model of Transformers’ Bumblebee and his Camaro disguise.
It’s not the first Lego model to actually transform (Wes himself has a half dozen or more great examples,) but the level of detail here is amazing, and really drives the point home how frustrating Hasbro’s new line seems to be.

It functions and tucks away very similarly to the way the actual toys do:

Ryan "chief" Wood | May 6th, 2011 | Contests, News

2011 Podracer Challenge: The Big Race

2011 Podracer Challenge

Greetings, programs! You might remember: our weeklong poll ended dramatically with a 3-way tie for the 24th spot in the race. After giving our brave pilots (and their podracers!) some cooldown time, we’re ready for the main event: the podrace itself!

When: Saturday May 7th at 4pm PST / 7pm EST
Where: UStream channel Podracer Challenge 2011

The Race is a 3-Lap video broadcast of those 26 racers each getting a turn to roll a die, which has blue sides and red sides. Red sides are bad events, blue are good. You roll blue, you draw a card from the Good Event pile; red from the Bad Event pile. These events will consist of some action and a point modifier, for example: “dodge a stalagmite. Well played. +5 pts” or “you failed to dodge that stalagmite. Joker laughs. -5 pts.” Your points at the start of the race equal the number of votes you got in the poll. Points will be modified as each event dictates during the course of each lap and will change the positions of those 26 racers, and after all 26 have had an event drawn, the lap is over and the lowest 14 will be axed from the race. Lap 2 will feature the remaining 12 racers rolling the die again, and Lap 3 will be the final 6 racers battling it out in the same process. The racer with the most points at the end of Lap 3 is the Race Winner.

I’m estimating this whole race will take between 45 minutes and an hour. For those who can’t be there live, we’ll be posting the video on the site afterwards.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Ace Kim | May 5th, 2011 | Giveaways, LEGO Star Wars

April’s Battle Pack Giveaway Winners Announced

April’s Double Down giveaway has come to a close, and I’m happy to report that the random number generator has sealed the fate for the above two battlepacks. And the winners are…

James Whitbord
Scottsdale, AZ

and

Jake Zucker
Brighton, MA

Congratulations you two! Your randomly selected prizes will be on their way.

And if you were one of the unlucky ones, fear not as May’s giveaway is right around the corner.

Ace Kim | May 5th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

You Too Can Build An Awesome Snowspeeder

Defending Echo base

Thanks to Larry Lars, you too can build an awesome T-47 snowspeeder. Larry posted a few more pictures on his take of the vehicle along with photographed instructions in his flickr stream. The world thanks you, Mr. Lars.

Ace Kim | May 5th, 2011 | LEGO Harry Potter, News

LEGO Harry Potter Book

Following in the footsteps of their successful LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary book, DK Publishing is releasing LEGO Harry Potter book titled LEGO Harry Potter: Building The Magical World. The book is going to be released in 11 days on May 16th and can be preordered from Amazon for the low, low price of $12.93 as of this writing. And like the Visual Dictionary book, it, too, comes with an exclusive minifigure of Harry Potter, pictured below:

And in even more LEGO Harry Potter goodness, DK is also releasing an “Ultimate Sticker Collection” book on the same day. Price is $10.39.

Thanks to that guy for the heads up.

Ace Kim | May 4th, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

10213 Shuttle Adventure Almost Sold Out

Update: According to this forum thread, it seems that the set is indeed discontinued but will be re-released under a different number (10231 vs. 10213) with changes to improve stability. For those with the old set, you can call Shop@Home Customer Service and request a service pack for the stability upgrade.

Shop@Home status for 10213 Shuttle Adventure changed recently to “Sold Out” which typically means that the set is no longer in production and the supply chain is drying up. But, have no fear, Amazon is here. If you’ve been procrastinating on picking up quite possibly the best shuttle set ever made, now is the time to strike.

Thanks to pacific493 for the heads up.