When looking at Thorsten Bonsch’s (Xenomurphy) MOC of what I am sure is a McFarlane-era Spider-man, it’s amazing how he was able to capture the essence of ol’ webhead using LEGO elements to form the mosaic. Look a little closer and it’s even more mindblowing to realize that the pieces are just scattered on a black dropcloth and then photographed. It definitely showcases how LEGO can transcend from toy to art.
Archive for December, 2012
LEGO Shop@Home now lists 10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout as available and ready to ship a few days earlier than their January 1 date announced previously. As rehashes and redesigns go, this set looks to be a fantastic upgrade from the previous version. It’ll set you back $159.99, but you’ll get 1,619 pieces and 8 minifigures. I’m going to see if I can pick up this set this weekend. I can’t wait!
I was more or less offline the past few days enjoying the holidays with the family, so I don’t know exactly when this happened but LEGO Shop@Home now has almost the entire January 2013 assortment online for LEGO Star Wars; no sign yet of the Planet Series 3 sets. Looking at the list, only one set hits above $50 and that’s 75005 Rancor Pit. Everything else is $49.99 or less. Dare I say that this wave seems affordable? Of course, that’s not taking into account the price/piece ratio, but that’s a whole other argument.
Now I know why 75013 Umbaran MHC (Mobile Heavy Cannon) never showed up at Amazon: it’s listed as “Hard to Find” which means it’ll either be a Walmart or Target exclusive set since 75014 Battle of Hoth is exclusive to Toys’R'Us. My money’s on Target for this one.
Santa Yoda was better, but at least now the Force is closer to being balanced and isn’t that what Life Day is all about? Maul’s a pretty popular guy right now, so I can see the appeal in giving him the starring role in this year’s calendar. If I can put in my order for next year now, how about a red Santa Vader building a Snow 3PO? Pretty sweet right? Or how about a Luke and Leia as elves building a Snow Vader? Either way, this year is now complete and it’s time to look to 2013 and all the good things the theme will (hopefully) have in store for us. First though, a quickie recap.
Amazon Gift Cards! Like, duh. Was there anything else I could have possibly suggested? I suppose you could hit up a big box store and deal with parking, the crowds, the long lines, but is it seriously worth your time? I ended up having to go to Toys’R'Us yesterday to pick up some diapers (and space marines *cough*). I consider myself lucky that I was in and out in 45 minutes from the time I entered the lot to the time I left. 45 minutes. For diapers.
Amazon has a variety of delivery methods for their gift cards: Facebook, email, even print and color your own. With crayons! And the gift card recipient can turn around use that gift card to preorder the newest LEGO sets or whatever else catches their fancy.
Do I love Amazon? Yes I do, I link to them a lot. And I was totally ready to write up this whole other paragraph about how LEGO Shop@Home Gift Cards would just as nice of a last-minute gift idea, but their site only lists physical gift cards even though their ‘Redeem Gift Card‘ page alludes to the existence of an e-gift card. Confusion abounds! Maybe they exist in another country.
Oh well. Hit up Amazon and you can call it a night.
Hallelujah! See, that’s more like it. Rusty the Snowdroid here makes the craptastic models that make up nearly half of the micros in this calendar dang near forgivable! The inclusion of a base is a nice touch because it’s really not necessary, but it drives home the “snowman” aspect. I’ve always loved R2 (certainly not as much as some folks), but have never felt compelled to obtain all the different astromechs in LEGO form. Until now that is. I have no issue with the spacing of the top hat either, though I may or may not try to straighten that out later if it begins to bother me. Easily my favourite day of both Star Wars Advent Calendars thus far. They’re going to have to really pull out something phenomenal to top this!
*SPOILER* They won’t.
To Be Concluded…
Update: ninnymuggins reports finding these at the LEGO Brand Retail shop in Schaumberg, IL as well.
For all you Canucks in the house, you should be aware that the Toys’R'Us exclusive 75014 Battle of Hoth is now available for purchase online. You’ll get free shipping once you hit a threshold of $75 or more. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get it in time for Christmas. Asking price is $64.99 which I imagine includes a $5 markup over MSRP.
Thanks to roflfant for the tip.
Still need 30212 Mirkwood Elf Guard? Toys’R'Us online has finally put these up for sale. Price is $4.99 and there’s a limit of three per order. You can also get one for free if you spend $20 or more on LEGO today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, you can’t order 3, add something like Riddles for the Ring, and get a fourth. The maximum of three still applies whether or not one is free. Since the website is selling the polybag individually, you may be able to just buy them, three at a time, at your local store assuming your store has any. You can pick up in store if you store does. You’ll hit free shipping once you get to $59 or more. And with TRU’s price gouging, you should hit that no problemo.
Thanks to shoggoth666 for the tip.
LEGO Shop@Home has released their post-Christmas clearance set list. Discount amount for the items listed is 20%, with only a handful of non-set items set at 50%. I organized the list and provided links below. Some of the links I was not able to verify, mostly the miscellaneous items. No prices, you’ll have to click through for that. All prices are good starting on December 25th. No exact time was given but historically all clearance items would reflect their discount starting at 12:01am EST December 25th/9pm Pacific December 24th. Discounts should be good for all regions as well. And finally, all prices are good in store as well. Many items are already in “sold out” status online, but if there are things you’re definitely hankering to pick up and have a LEGO Brand Retail store near you, it may behoove you to visit a store the day after Christmas.
Wondering what Friends sets are on clearance? You’ll have to visit Heartlake Friends for that list!