ThinkGeek now has the LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett minifig alarm clock in stock and ready to ship for $29.99. They also have Darth Vader and Stormtrooper clocks available for the same price in case Mr. Fett doesn’t do it for you. These make great gifts for the LEGO-obsesed loved one in your life.
Archive for October, 2011
There’s a lot of reasons to hate George Lucas. He gave us Jar Jar Binks, tweaks to the Star Wars movies, midichlorians, etc. The problem is, we keep throwing money at him. At its core, it’s a love-hate thing really and there’s a DVD being released today exploring and maybe even celebrating that twisted relationship we have with Mr. Lucas. Below is the filmmakers’ excerpt about the documentary:
They gave him their love, their money and their online parodies. He gave them…the prequels. The passion the original STAR WARS trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes to George Lucas himself, many have found their ardor has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship. This hilarious, heartfelt documentary delves deep into Lucas’s cultural legacy. Utilizing interviews taken from over 600 hours of footage, and peppered with extraordinary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES re-creations lovingly immortalized in song, needlepoint, Lego, claymation, puppets and papier-mâché, above all this film asks the question: who truly owns that galaxy far, far away—the man who created it, or the fans who worship it?
The DVD also has some notable extras such as an interview with Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, and another feature called The People vs. Star Wars 3D. You can learn more about the film from the website: PeoplevsGeorge.com
The current price for the DVD is going for $20.99. If the extras don’t interest you, you can purchase a digital copy from Amazon for $9.99, or a 24 hour rental for $2.99. iTunes also has the movie with a myriad of purchasing options as well, including HD.
A little while ago, we hosted probably our most ambitious and whackiest contests ever, the 2011 Podracer Challenge. The contest had two winners: the fan favorite determined by popular vote and the race winner or what I like to call last man standing. Before he became a staff writer, Tommy “roguefx” Williamson took top honors as the fan favorite with his McPod racer above. One of the prizes in the prize package was a mini model of the winning podracer as a trophy. Well, Ryan was finally able to put this together in time for Brickcon to personally hand deliver it to Tommy:
Pretty nice, huh? We may deliver prizes late, but we deliver them. We are still working on Fatyankee’s trophy and will feature it here soon.
Just in case you don’t read the review for this set, Amazon.com is offering 8426 Escape At Sea for $15.00 with free standard shipping, meaning you don’t have to add any odds or ends to push your cart total to $25 for Free Super Saver Shipping. At this price, it brings the price per parts down to the golden ratio.
Also, Amazon is offering the same 25% discount with free standard shipping on a few other similarly priced sets, including 7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter.
Priced at $19.99, you get 159 pieces for your hard earned Jackson, so it might be a tough pill to swallow for some. It’s got two large hull pieces that most likely contributed to the seemingly high price point. You do get three movie characters out of those pieces, though, Submarine Finn McMissile, Professor Z, and Tony Trihull, without many extras. In fact, the only extras you do get are two buoys.
As soon as we got proper pictures of this set, I knew I wanted it … and as soon as it became available, I ordered it (in the process getting some money off and a free Atlantis set).
This review is brought to you with the assistance of “cool” surfers Brad and Deborah … with Sally the Lifeguard on hand to ensure safety
This is the last week of Bricktober and while the Buy-2-Get-1-Free sale never materialized, Toys’R'Us is offering dollar discounts: spend $50 or more on LEGO construction sets or games and receive a $10 discount or spend $100 or more and receive a $25 discount. The catch is that it does not apply to LEGO Star Wars sets, but Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter are fair game. If you need a small LEGO set to tip the bill over the threshold, the stores are awash with Collecitble Minifigures Series 5 right now. Beware of any potential TRU mark up that may affect your potential savings. This offer is good both online and in-store. They offer free shipping on orders $75 or more, so it might save you a car trip to order online. And finally, you also get a free “Astronaut” magnet with a purchase of $20 or more.
Update: I’ve been told that in order to get the dollar discount to work online, you have to delete the free promotional items in your cart since the online system won’t allow promotions to stack. You didn’t want a glued minifig magnet anyway.
Update: That 30055 Vulture Droid set we reported on earlier? While they were physically at Toys’R'Us retail stores for a few weeks now, they were unavailable for purchase until now. You can buy them individually for $4.99 or if you spend $30 or more on a LEGO construction or game set, you can get it for free.
Also, there’s a 25% off Cyber Week promotion going on at the website. It says “up to 25%” on LEGO. The selection isn’t very big, but 7965 Millennium Falcon is priced at $112.49, down from TRU price of $149.99, regular MSRP is $139.99. The funny thing is, despite the discount saying that LEGO Star Wars is excluded, if you remove all the promotional items, the $25 dollar discount applies automatically, for a net price of $87.49 and you still score free shipping. That’s about a 40% savings off of MSRP. There are a few other sets on sale as well such as 7962 Anakin’s and Sebulba’s Podracers for $71.24, 7964 Republic Frigate for $97.49. For the Republic Frigate, you can add 1 Collectible Minifigures Series 5 to bring your total up past $100 to trigger the $25 dollar discount. Again, this particular deal is only available online and ONLY for today, Sunday October 23rd.
The first wave of DC LEGO Superhero sets may not be what everyone hoped for, but the anticipation is still brewing. There are at least two builders other than me that I’ll bet want the Superman VS. Lex Luther set if for no other reason except finally getting an offical LEGO Superman. Andertoons microscale Fortress of Solitude is a simple yet striking little model of the Man of Steel’s home away from home, away from home, away from home… phew.
While the title of this post comes from Fat Tony 1138 who LITERALLY built this setup to display his fig, once the last son of Krypton finally arrives.