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Archive for October, 2011

Nick Martin | October 31st, 2011 | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, Reviews

Review: 4195 Queen Anne’s Revenge

This thing was big, and very hard to photograph. Queen Anne's Revenge

In all the reviews I’ve done, I can be called nothing if not timely. That’s why we’re bringing you the review of the Queen Anne’s Revenge a prompt six months after it came out! I could say that it’s because I was waiting for the DVD release, but that’d be lying. We all know what a stinker the movie was by now, even if you’re like me and still haven’t gotten around to watching it, relying only on Wikipedia entries and the discussions of customers when hiding inside the DVD rack at Walmart.

Let’s not beat around the bush on this review: the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) should be the best of the Pirates of the Caribbean sets, by a pretty big margin, right? Unlike the other sets, it’s a vehicle (of sorts), and who doesn’t like a good pirate ship? QAR is a central piece of the new movie, the ship of the bad guy, and you just can’t help but be awed when you see the movie art or even the box art of the set. You know a few things about Blackbeard right away. First, he liked dark colors, and really likes to decorate with bones. But how does the set hold up when you put it together?

This review will be a bit different than others in the series, since we’ve had two pirate ships in recent years I can compare it too: The Imperial Flagship and Brickbeard’s Bounty. So, impressions of the set are colored by those right away. Let’s not hide it… let’s compare this ship to an average pirates set and one of the greatest sets LEGO has ever made. Should be fair!

Ace Kim | October 31st, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

City 2012 Shows Up At

Toys’R’Us online has some of the new City 2012 sets on sale already. I think this is the earliest account of the January assortment showing up at a retailer. As is customary when mentioning news about TRU, be aware of any potential additional mark up especially the closer we get to Christmas.

Ken Robichaud | October 31st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Happy Halloween from FBTB

Happy Halloween!

This one’s for you Nick!

Ace Kim | October 31st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Dave’s UCS-scale Escape From Docking Bay 327

MOC Pages user Dave aka F2 posted his MOC of Docking Bay 327. It’s built around 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon and is just chock full of details. He’s also integrated about 67 LED lights to make it glow at nicely at night. Check out his full gallery of images for more.

Don "Solo" Reitz | October 30th, 2011 | Contests, LEGO Star Wars

One Day Left to Enter the MOC Madness 2011 Building Tournament!


Today is the final day to submit your entry for our MOC Madness 2011 Tournament. You have until midnight tonight (Pacific timezone)  – that’s 24 hours from the time this post appeared – to post your bounty hunter and ship. After the deadline passes you will not be able to enter, nor will you be able to update your entry or correct any issues. If you’re waiting until the last minute to post please make sure you’ve followed all the rules, and have your three photos ready: one of just your bounty hunter, one to display you ship, and another to demonstrate the prisoner compartment. Also, if this is your first time posting to the forum, try not to panic when you don’t see your entry right after you post it. A staff member simply needs to approve the post but it will be entered into the system as soon as you click submit so the timestamp will remain accurate.

I’m looking forward to the last minute entries and I should be online tomorrow night if you have any final questions.

Ace Kim | October 30th, 2011 | LEGO, Sales News

7498 Police Station 50% Off

Amazon is selling 7498 Police Station for half off, priced at $50.49, down from MSRP of $99.99. The set contians 783 pieces. Seems like LEGO makes a Police Station set every year. When are they going to make a hospital already?

Thanks to hassmyster for the tip.

Ken Robichaud | October 30th, 2011 | LEGO Harry Potter, Sales News

[CAN] TRU Ends Bricktober With Free Potter Lab Set

Toys R Us Canada is capping off Bricktober by giving away a FREE 30111 Harry Potter ‘The Lab’ when you spend $35 or more on LEGO. To help make this an easy task for you, they’re offering 2 for $40 on all $24.99 sets & 2 for $60 on all $39.99 sets. I would suggest you head into a store to score your freebie set because it’s temporarily out of stock online (Sorry folks! I would’ve posted this on Friday when the sale started, but I was busy), but that may work to your advantage. Every week I went into the store they had leftover magnets from all the previous weeks, so you may get lucky. Last year, my local store was out of each weeks magnets by the end of the weekend. I wonder why this year’s were so unpopular.

Ace Kim | October 30th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Commit Highway Robbery: Robie House $136

Amazon continues to slash the price of 21010 Robie House further. It is now down to $135.99 down from $199.99 for a savings percentage of 32%. Finally, a price drop I can get behind.

Tommy "roguefx" Williamson | October 30th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Meet Justin

This is Justin Miller, a not-so-typical kid from Colorado. Sure he does what most boys his age do, but how many seven year old boys do you know that could put together a 10188 all by himself? And in less than two weeks! Oh, and one more thing, Justin has cancer. He has been fighting neuroblastoma since 2006, and lost his sight in one eye due to a tumor pressing on his optic nerve.

He loves LEGO, and told his mom “I only need one eye to build”. As you can see, he’s right.


Ace Kim | October 30th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Site News

Did You Cast Your Votes Yet?

The Bothies

Just a friendly reminder that there are two weeks left to vote for your favorites in the Bothies. We’ve set up a special area in our forums allowing you to vote for your favorite licensed theme sets and minifigs released this year. Poll results will be hidden until we reveal the winners in a special series of articles in December. We have a few more categories to reveal later on so stay tuned.