Chibi MOCs have a way of making everyone smile, especially Star Wars chibi MOCs. This awesome speeder bike and scout trooper instantly caught my eye and certainly made me grin. Kevin Ryhal delivers again, just in time for New Year.
Archive for December, 2011
It begins. With the looming release of Hobbit themed LEGO sets, I expect to see many fantastic creations pop up between now and next year’s release and this is a good place to start. Fat Tony 1138 started re-reading the Hobbit and got inspired to build another Smaug and has plans to finish the dragon though I think the presentation of what he’s already finished is great the way it is. The look on Smaug’s face as he lays atop his lonely treasure captures the creature perfectly in a neat little package.
Huw and Kram over on Brickset have managed to scope a couple of images for 2012 Star Wars polybags that will eventually end up in UK newspaper giveaways and/or Target impulse bins. Nothing new or exciting to be sure, I personally see no interesting or rare parts and the models themselves have been done nearly to death. Mini lovers (like me) will probably want them anyway and the rest will cross their fingers and hope for some ridiculous Target clearance, so good luck either way!
Dissatisfied with the Shop@Home clearances today, I ventured out to nearby Walmarts and Targets. Though unmarked, many sets were discounted by 50% at Walmart. Some Star Wars sets were included, along with most of the 2011 Ninjago, Kingdoms, Cars 2, Atlantis, Pharaoh’s Quest, and leftover Toy Story sets. Your mileage will vary from store to store, but be on the lookout for great deals like the Star Wars Advent Calendar or 8097 Slave 1 for half price.
I also hit Target, but found their 30% clearance less than stellar by comparison. However, be sure to keep an eye out as remaining inventory gets deeper discounts. Some Target locations could be up to 75% by the end of the week. 2012 stock is coming shortly, so they need to make room.
Be sure to check the forums to see what people are finding. Definitely worth a venture to the toy aisle this week. Just try not to hog the price scanners too much.
It’s the 26th on the east coast, so it’s safe to post this now.
Numeric values shown are dollar discounts off MSRP. I can’t stress that enough.
LEGO Shop@Home sent over a list of all the items that are discounted for their end of year clearance. Numeric values shown are dollar discounts off MSRP. I can’t stress that enough. The list makes no distinction of what was available or unavailable before the sale started so you may see some items that have been long gone appear below. Prices are good online and in-store so you may get luckier at your local LEGO Brand Retail store. For your convenience, I’ve organized the list according to theme and tried linking directly to the product.
I apologize in advance if the sale prices aren’t as exciting as you were hoping. I didn’t make the sale; I just report on them.
Here’s the jolly old elf himself, Santa Yoda. His picture’s on the box so this is no real surprise, but I love this little guy anyway. I know there have been a lot of detractor’s putting him down, but face it he’s pretty darn cute. At this point he should be FBTB’s holiday mascot. As cool as he may or may not be, does he or any of the other days on this calendar pull enough weight to make this set worth what we paid for it? Let’s take one last look.
You might be thinking “what does this have to do with Star Wars or Harry Potter?” and admittedly, nothing. It does however share a great deal with possibly my favorite cartoon of all time, the 1967 Spider-man series. A large portion of the incredibly talented voice cast worked on both shows. Billy Ricahards who voiced Rudolph was also Lizard Jr. Billy Conners and it also included Carl Banas (Head Elf/Scorpion), Peg Dixon (Mrs. Donner/Betty Brant) and Paul Kligman (Donner/ J. Jonah Jameson). Most inportantly, Paul Soles was the voice of my favourite character Hermey the elf as well as Spider-man/Peter Parker himself from the 67 series. I’ve never been able to watch one without thinking of the other and both shows are always represented on my family tree. Rudolph and Spidey are just a couple of misfits I suppose.
Ever wonder where LEGO gets all the little trees they put in their Advent Calendars? I like to imagine it looks something like this. Another great image from powerpig and even though he skipped his annual documenting of the Advent Calendar, he’s more than gotten himself into the spirit of the season. Happy Holiday’s Chris!
Christmas is almost here and O tannenbaum has arrived to spruce up the joint. See what I did there? I’ve had three different LEGO Advent Calendars now and each one seemed to go out of its way to come up with a different tree design. That’s not a complaint, but this is definitely the Charlie Brown tree of the bunch. I’m just going to pretend that it’s some kind of space tree or something. Well we have the the guests, the tree and a sack full of cheaply made Star Wars toys to put under it. There’s only one thing missing from this little Star Wars Holiday Special theme party and it’s…
Just a few days after the official announcement of LEGO licensing sets based on The Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit, Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for the latter and I’d have to say it is fantastic. Take a look if you haven’t already seen it (several times) and then prepare yourself to wait a whole year to see the full movie. At least we’ll get some LOTR sets this summer to tide us over until next December.