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Archive for September, 2012

John "jallenuk" Moore | September 11th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Lego Star Wars – The TV Series

If this video preview for the Cartoon Network is to be believed a new Star Wars Lego TV series is coming to our screens very soon.

Ryan "chief" Wood | September 11th, 2012 | Events

FBTB Draft 7: C-C-C-COMBO!

Here’s your early “Save the Date” announcement for the next FBTB Draft. Our 7th(!) parts draft will be on Saturday October 20th.

This time we’re not only drafting TWO SETS, but we’re also going green – dark green.

Click here to see the Bricklink inventory for 7930 Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship and 7978 Angler Attack.

10 participants will be drafting 20 sets total (10 each of both sets.) The draft fee is $40, which covers the 50% off cost of the two sets plus tax. There will be an additional nominal charge after the draft has been completed which will cover your exact shipping and packaging cost.

Registration will open on Monday September 24th at 4 pm PST. I’ll post a followup item closer to registration day with the full lineup of draft rules so you know what you’re getting yourself into. A good primer would be to catch up the forum thread from our last draft.

Ace Kim | September 11th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, News

Oin Minifig Revealed

Oin

According to this forum post on theOneRing.net, John Callen of The Hobbit trilogy posted the above picture to his Facebook page. I have no way to verify that since I can’t seem to find him on there but thanks to him, we now have a sneak peak at the Oin minifigure.

Sets based on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit store shelves on December 1.

Ace Kim | September 10th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, Sales News

Someone Hide My Wallet: 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep Breaks $100

Amazon has discounted 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep to just below the magical threshold of $100. It is listed at $99.69, a 23% discount, as of this writing. I can’t take any more of these sales. My wallet is hurting right now.

Ace Kim | September 10th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 10188 Death Star, 10221 SSD by 10%

Amazon chases down Toys’R’Us’s discount prices once again and offers 10188 Death Star at a 10% discount, down to $359.99. They are also offering a similar price break on 10221 Super Star Destroyer for $359.99. These sets typically don’t see much of a discount, if any at all, so picking it up from Amazon is definitely the way to go right now. Free shipping and no tax to most states including California, at least for the next 5 days, will net you an even bigger savings.

Thanks to ufjason for the tip.

Ace Kim | September 9th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

9500 Price Continues to Plummet

For those of you keeping track at home, 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor is down an additional $4 at Amazon from our last mention which was just yesterday. It is now $65.75, a 27% savings. That’s low enough for even the most discriminating penny pinchers to take action. I realize we sound like a broken record at this point with all the sales news on the 9500 set, but it’s a great set at a great price and well worth picking up at least one.

Ace Kim | September 9th, 2012 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, Sales News

LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary Now Available

LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary (LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes)

Amazon now has the LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary (LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes) available for immediate shipping. It’ll run you $14.20 and it comes with an exclusive minifig, Electro Suit Batman, pictured below.

Electro Suit Batman Electro Suit Batman

Since this book is for LEGO Batman and has the DC Universe designation, will we see a Marvel Universe edition? I can only hope so…

Ace Kim | September 8th, 2012 | LEGO Lord of the Rings, LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor Drops Below 70

Amazon’s current price as of this writing for 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor is $69.25, beating out our last mention by a dollar. That’s a 22% savings. This is the third time this set has seen such a nice mark down in a few weeks.

Also, still looking to get 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep? That’s been discounted too, down to $103.00, a 21% drop. I’m waiting for the day the most expensive sets, Helm’s Deep, Malevolence, Palace, etc, drop below $100. It’ll happen some day…. some day….

Rick "GIR3691" Theroux | September 7th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News, Reviews

Review: 9677 X-Wing Starfighter & Yavin 4

9677 9678 9679 boxes

Series 2 of the Planets went classic, with each planet representing one of the three movies of the original trilogy. As an OT purist, I had to pick up the lot. For the record, so far they’ve made three planets, two moons, and a moon-sized space station. Maybe we actually shouldn’t refer to these as planets.
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Ace Kim | September 6th, 2012 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Update on Avengers Collection

Amazon posted the following on the pre-order page for the Avengers 10-disc Blu-ray collection, and the news is not good:

ITEM UPDATE: The “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One–Avengers Assembled Collection” will not be released by Marvel as we originally expected. We know this delay is disappointing, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes. Marvel is planning to offer a similar collection in new packaging. The new collection will include the original titles offered with the first version of the item, and we expect it will be available in the spring of 2013. Additional information will be available on our website and via email when available.

Spring 2013 is a long time to wait. I was hoping Disney would do what Pixar did when they released the Luxo Jr. lamp and just come to a settlement. It could be that the luggage company’s demands were too high so I can’t blame the big D entirely. They’re going to miss the holiday sales rush though, and that can’t be good for the bottom line. Maybe they’ll release the movie back in theaters again to make up for it. Who knows…