Reader submission time! FBTB fan Robert writes in to let us know that Argos in the UK is now selling 6869 Quinjet Aerial Battle for almost half off the list price. It is now £39.99, down from £69.99, a savings of £30!
Archive for February, 2013
Forum member NickBrick reports finding the above polybag at his local Walmart store. This coincides with a store report we’ve received from an internal source. Out of the four new Star Wars polybags we reported previously, the retail channel has been determined for three of them. Only 30243 Umbarran MHC has yet to be seen. Considering we’re still in the first quarter of the year, it’s anyone’s guess if we’ll see any more for the rest of 2013.
If you haven’t been keeping up with this interesting thread, Recreating expensive UCSset by purchasing individual pieces?, it discusses exactly what the title suggests, recreating UCS sets by sourcing the parts individually. Forum user jmfbtb has done just that for 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon. But he’s not done with it just yet. He’s doing what I’m sure many of us have considered doing: building a special display case for it. And not just any old display either. It’s a display recreating the escape from the Death Star scene from A New Hope. The render you see above is from LEGO Digital Designer and he has plans to build it and put that here:
It’s still a work in progress and you can follow his progress in a dedicated thread here. I have plans of my own to build a special table for mine, low profile, and one that I’d like to put in the living room to use as a coffee table. We’ll see if I ever get off my lazy butt to do it.
It’s funny in a way. Some items seem to be on perma-discount on Amazon, like 9496 Desert Skiff. That thing will not budge past $16.97. Others seem to fluctuate with no rhyme or reason. 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor is a perfect example of this. Its price is now at $65.90, a 27% discount off of MSRP. It might be the best price we’ve seen on this set so far.
The other notable mention is 75002 AT-RT. I’ve personally been waiting on this set to see a price drop and 15% isn’t too shabby of a discount. It’s now $17.00.
A few years ago when I attended Brickcon up in Seattle, I think it was 2011, there was this gigantic Hogwarts display built by Alice Finch. At the time, the roof on the main spire wasn’t complete, instead having a sand green paper roof in its place but despite that, it was really, REALLY impressive. Alice has finished the castle now and won both Best in Show and People’s Choice honors at Brickcon 2012, a rare feat for one MOC to win both. It is just now making its official debut online and The Brothers Brick has an in depth interview with Alice. I invite you to read up on the interview and check out the flickr set for all the professional quality photographs. There’s a ton of details, and I don’t think Alice has left anything out.
I feel bad for anyone who’s building a Hogwarts layout of their own. As this is sure to kill those endeavors. Sorry, Tohst.
Did you miss out on 7877 Naboo Starfighter from Target stores when they clearance priced them up to 75% off in store a few months ago? Well Target.com still has a healthy supply and this will probably be your last chance to pick up the ship and at a discount to boot! They are selling it for $40.00, 20% off MSRP of $49.99. Item ships for free. Got a REDcard? Save an additional 5% off your order, which is about $2 bucks per set. If you buy 50 sets, you’ll be saving $100! Order now!
So, yeah, I’m really enjoying the new TMNT cartoon. And when I ran across the above MOC (thanks to ninnymuggins), I was thrilled. M.R. Yoder (yoderism) is reconstructing the underground turtles’ lair in the sewers of New York along with a section of the city above ground all the way up to April O’neil’s apartment. It’s a work in progress, but even at this stage, it’s coming along rather nicely. Check out the full flickr set for more pics.
Earlier tonight I attended the the one-night-only An Unexpected Art Show with my family. The Tower of Orthanc was there in all its imposing glory. But that wasn’t all. The members of OneLUG debuted new art pieces at the show, a series of three builds depicting different symbols from the Lord of the Rings. In order from left to right in the picture above: The White Tree of Gondor by Brandon Griffith, The Horse of Rohan by Remi Gagné, and The White Hand of Saruman by Bruce Lowell.
It’s Friday night and if I know anything about LEGO nerds or family men, it’s that we have no plans tonight! That is unless you’ve already bought your tickets to tonight’s An Unexpected Art Show going on at Lot 613 at 613 Imperial Street, a blank-canvas special events space in the Historic Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The show is one night only, tonight, and runs from 7pm to 1am. You’ll get to meet members of OneLUG who created the 7′ Tower of Orthanc featuring 23 Ents, over 100 orcs all on an 8′ diameter base surrounding the imposing Tower. This will most likely be the last time the Tower will be shown publicly and it’s really something that should be seen in person to fully appreciate. Oh, yeah, there’s an art show too or something. Tickets will be $20 at the door, or you can print out this flyer and get in for $10.