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Ace Kim | June 24th, 2011 | LEGO Toy Story, Sales News

Shop@Home “Clearance” Sale

LEGO Brand Retail

Shop@Home put a bunch of things on discount on their Sales and Deals page. Considering most of these are end of life, I’d guess they just want to try and get rid of them in order to make room for the summer sets. Either that or they’re just sitting around, collecting dust, and not making any money for LEGO. In any case, if you’re looking to stock up, these savings might be worth it to you. Some discounts are better than others. A few notable licensed set items:

Toy Story:

Prince of Persia:

There are also a couple of keychains on sale if those types of things catches your fancy.

Thanks to that guy from our forums.

Ace Kim | June 22nd, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

8038 Battle of Endor Available, For Now

Well, well, well…. look at what we have here. It seems that a Sold Out set has decided to resurrect itself with a status of Available Now. 8038 Battle of Endor is now available for sale at LEGO Shop@Home. It’s still $99.99. No telling how long it’ll be like this.

Now if only they’d bring back that Venator set.

Thanks to Drock for the heads up.

Don "Solo" Reitz | June 21st, 2011 | Events, LEGO, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Days 2011: MOC Roundup


Chibi Slave 1 and McPod

As with each Star Wars Days event at LEGOLAND, fans were once again invited to display their related creations and share them with the public. This year, thanks to some local fans and a few forum members who shipped in their MOCs, FBTB had a few tables with a great spread to show off. Hit the jump for an overview of our booth and some highlights from the rest of the fan displays.


Ace Kim | June 21st, 2011 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Bothcon 2011 Wrap Up

Bothcon 2011 came and went and a good time was had by all.


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

Dear LEGO, There’s a Typo In Your $400 Set

Ace Kim | June 18th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Technic Snowspeeder

lego technic snowspeeder

From the thumbnail, I first thought of it as a tiled over System-scale T-47, but once I clicked through, I quickly realized how wrong I was. The Technic Snowspeeder was built by Antti Hakala (drakmin), who also built a pretty impressive Technic X-wing.

Ace Kim | June 17th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Official Announcement: 10221 Super Star Destroyer Executor


Unveiled at Brickworld in Chicago, LEGO sent out a press release containing assets for their latest LEGO Star Wars model, 10221 Super Star Destroyer Executor. Weighing in at 3,152 pieces, the set goes on sale on September 1, 2011 through LEGO Shop@Home and Brand Retail for a whopping US $399.99. More pictures below, followed by the making of video, followed by the official press release:

10221_cover-inset 10221_back-cover 10221_func-C 10221_func-B 10221_func-D 10221_func-A 10221_func-CC Card-1 10221_mini-destroy-func-C 10221_vader_alt 10221_ig-88 10221_darth 10221_bossk 10221_dengar 10221_dengar_alt 10221_admiral

Darth Vader gets a LEGO® flagship

The 10221 Super Star Destroyer™ Executor is the latest and longest LEGO Exclusive model to join the LEGO Star Wars™ fleet.

BILLUND, Denmark – One of the largest and most powerful vessels in the Star Wars™ universe has been created as a LEGO® Exclusive model. The Super Star Destroyer™ Executor served as command ship at the Battle of Endor and as the personal flagship of Darth Vader.

It is the first time that the classic dagger-shaped design has been produced as an official LEGO model.

“The thing I was trying to accomplish with this model was to get as close as possible to the original, both with angles and the whole profile of the model from the side,” says LEGO senior designer Kurt Kristiansen.

His biggest challenge with this model was the sheer size. It is the longest Star Wars model made in LEGO bricks, measuring 124.4 centimetres (50 inches). It consists of 3,152 elements and weighs 3.5kg (8 pounds).

“When I was first given this challenge, my first thought was ‘this is going to be a tough one’,” he said. He planned the model by dividing it into separate sections before beginning to build at all.

The build also posed a few problems, though: “When you are developing a model, if you change something at one end of, you have to change it all the way down to make it fit. That’s a challenge on something this big.

“I think Star Wars fans will love this model because it is the first time ever that the Super Star Destroyer has been made as an official model. The thing that makes this model authentic with the movies is the shape, but also the detail on the top. It is like a small city with streets and alleys.”

A section of the top of the model can be removed to show a representation of the command bridge where Darth Vader and the other minifigures can be displayed. The model includes four minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar, Bossk and an extra figure, IG-88.

The Super Star Destroyer is on sale from September 1, 2011 via or LEGO Brand Retail Stores. Find your nearest store here:


10221 Super Star Destroyer™ Executor

Ages 16+ 3,152 pieces.

US $399.99 CA $499.99 €399.99 UK £349.99
• Includes four minifigures: Darth Vader, Admiral Piett, Dengar and Bossk
• Also includes IG-88 figure
• Features over 3,000 pieces
• Measures nearly 50 inches (124.5 cm) long and weighs nearly 8 pounds (3.5kg)
• Includes display stand and data sheet label
• Centre section lifts off to reveal command centre

Ace Kim | June 16th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Toy Story, Sales News

Get Your Toy Story Clocks Via Kids.Woot

Kids.woot is offering maxifig-scale Toy Story clocks of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Anakin Skywalker for $12.99 each. Get one before they’re gone!

Thanks to Don for the heads up.

Ace Kim | June 16th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

8087 TIE Defender For $38 and Free Shipping is offering 8087 TIE Defender for $37.49, down from $49.99, with free shipping. While still not hitting that mythical golden ratio of parts to price, it’s a lot closer to what this set should have been priced at from the beginning

Ace Kim | June 15th, 2011 | Events, News

Bothcon Shirts Hot Off The Presses

Bothcon Shirt Front
Shirt Front

Just picked up the Bothcon shirts today and they look fantastic. Screenprinted on Navy blue American Apparel tees, the Greg Hyland art just pops off the fabric. And the printer did an awesome job preserving all the colors, shading, and gradients of the source material. Above, the front of the shirt, and the back of the shirt is below. Bothcon attendee shirts are exactly like the ones you see; shirts used for contest prizes and ones for sale won’t say Bothcon2011 on them.

Bothcon Shirt Back
Shirt Back