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Ace Kim | June 26th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Walmart’s Bundle Deals

Walmart.com is currently offering some bundle deals that are worth mentioning. All include their exclusive and excellent 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder and one of the following:

The net discount is about 20%. The worst deal is probably the Jedi T-6 Shuttle offer. They can’t discount that set deep enough to make it worth while.

Shipping is free to a store or 97 cents to your house.

Ace Kim | June 26th, 2012 | LEGO, News

Build By Google Chrome and LEGO

From the I-didn’t-see-this-coming news desk, if you’re a Google Chrome fan, you may want to check out Build. Build is an experimental product born out of a collaboration between Google Australia and LEGO Australia allowing you build with LEGO virtually right from your browser. You start with a map of the Australia, are given a plot, and build right on top of it. Build was built for Chrome but it seems to be working fine on my copy of Firefox. The selection of parts is pretty limited sticking to tried and true blocks, plates, and slopes. There’s also a door and window element to complete that house that everyone is going to build. After you’re done constructing your architectural masterpiece, you can publish it allowing you share with friends and eventually have it show up on the overhead map so that the general public can gaze at it in awe, pending moderator approval of course.

Ace Kim | June 21st, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes Review Round Up

LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes Xbox Box Art

In case you have haven’t pre-ordered/ordered/bought LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes yet, I’ve compiled a list of reviews the game is receiving from various outlets. So far, it looks like TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive have another hit on their hands.

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Ace Kim | June 20th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Superman Soars Over London

Don’t let the still image fool you. At first I just thought it was some person holding the plastic arm and extending the Superman minifig over the city from a rooftop. Boy, was I wrong. To promote the release of LEOG Batman 2, the Superman minifig was attached to a remote control helicopter and flown around the city of London over 500 feet in the air. This makes me wonder how they managed to get Supes to flatten out like that. An articulated arm would have been cool to see the minifig roll while in midair. Now we just need one of him flying around New York City.

VG247

Don "Solo" Reitz | June 19th, 2012 | Contests, DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics

Wings of Justice Contest Winners!

The final round poll ended last night and revealed the ranks for the winning entries to the Wings of Justice Contest. Coming in first place is zhouston’s Gamma Raider, piloted by The Incredible Hulk. You just can’t go wrong with a gamma radiation powered flying battering ram:

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In second place, and runner up by only a single vote, is madLEGOman’s Psionic Wave Glider flown by Psylocke. Wickedly creative design that matches the hero fantastically:
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Third place turned out to be a tie between Si-Mocs’ BAT-Rotor, a nice spin on the ever popular and constantly changing fleet of Batwing variants Bruce Wane manages to build in his spare time:
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…and sparkart’s W.A.R.B.I.R.D. – a decidedly hard to overlook new method for Wonder Woman to get around:
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Now, normally when we wind up with a tie in the final round we make a staff poll to decide how to make the call… but this time we were feeling indecisive and generous, so both third place builders will be receiving prizes! Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who participated. This contest was a blast. Every contest we come up with pulls out all kind of creativity from everyone who joins in. You guys seriously rock. We already have a contest in the works for next month so stay tuned for the official announcement at the start of July.
Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | June 18th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News, Sales News

[US] Reduced Prices on Amazon.com

X-Wing

Amazon.com has a few good deals on various sets. They’re eligible for Free Super-Saver Shipping too, which is always nice. Here are a few highlights:

>>9493 X-Wing$44.28, was $59.99 (26% off)
>>9474 Battle of Helm’s Deep- $104.74, was $129.99 (19% off)
>>6868 Hulk Helicarrier Breakout- $44.18, was $49.99 (12% off)
>>9471 Urak-Hai Army- $26.95, was $29.99 (10% off)

Helm's Deep

Ace Kim | June 18th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts Imperial Shuttle

Did you miss the Target sale last week on 10212 Imperial Shuttle? Right now Amazon.com has it on sale for the odd price of $206.21. With no tax in most states and free shipping, this can actually net you a better deal depending on where you live. Price is expected to fluctuate so act fast.

Ace Kim | June 18th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

Hands-on Gameplay with LEGO Lord of the Rings

Wired Magazine’s Geekdad had an opportunity to play the upcoming LEGO Lord of the Rings game while attending E3. He was only able to play a small portion of the game, when the fellowship entered the Mines of Moria to be exact. The gameplay is a little different from TT Games previous offerings from other franchises. For starters, it’s a little more linear than the usual hub-centric approach due to the fact that it is following a storyline. There is also dialog in this game, with audio lifted straight out of the films. And finally, there will be a local multiplayer aspect for Nintendo 3DS owners (and presumably Playstation Vita) assuming each player has a copy of the game.

LEGO Lord of the Rings will be available for all current systems starting on October 1, 2012. Pre-order from Amazon.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2012 | Site News

New Site Sponsor: Brian’s Toys

Brian's Toys

Back in the day when I first started collecting Star Wars action figures, Brian’s Toys was one of the few well known stores for Star Wars collectibles. My impression at the time was that they were one of the few specializing in vintage items, which wasn’t really my cup of tea. My memory may be a bit fuzzy on that one. Anyways, fast forward a few years later and I’m actually glad to see that they are still around and going strong considering how many other stores I’ve seen shutter their doors due to the economy. With that being said, FBTB would like to officially welcome Brian’s Toys as a site sponsor! It’s a bit of a full circle moment for me. So if you take a look over at the right hand side bar, you’ll see an animated gif linking you directly to their site. Brian’s Toys sells new toys as well as vintage collectibles from your childhood. So hop on over and check them out!

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars in Space!

Star Wars

How incredible is that image, huh? Just seeing it makes me giddy. JPAerospace is an independent space program empowering students to run their own space missions. The program is run by volunteers who assemble weather balloons and other craft to launch ping pong balls into space. The ping pong ball satellites, or Pongsats, are actually the experiments run by students. Anything that can fit inside a ball can be launched. Last month, one such launch included microscale versions of a TIE Fighter and an X-wing Fighter attached to wires that were then attached to a motor that simulated a chase.

You can check out this image and more on the JPAerospace blog post, and find out more info about the program on their main site.

Thanks to John for writing it in.