There’s a coupon code floating out there that can be used at Target.com. It’s TGTKZN2T and it takes 15% off your purchase of toys. Here’s the kicker: it works on LEGO. Here’s the other kicker: Target sells exclusive sets like 21303 Wall-E, 75060 Slave I, 10236 Ewok Village, 76023 The Tumbler. They all qualify for the discount. Add REDCard discount of 5% off and you’re looking at just a hair under 20% discount before any sales tax. I have no idea when the coupon code expires and they may update it to exclude LEGO so don’t hesitate. Those UCS sets rarely see a discount if at all anymore. This might be the best sale for this season.
My commute to work is hell. It’s about 1-1.5 hours one-way, sometimes longer if there’s a fender bender on the side of the road and people are rubbernecking. So anything to take the edge off of the long drive and help keep me awake is welcome. I used to be a Google Maps user but my friend turned me onto Waze. Waze makes the drive a bit more fun and interesting. All of the data (accidents, police sightings, closures, etc) is crowd-sourced and you can earn points by sharing your data during your commute. What makes me want to post about it now though is that they added C-3PO as a voice! So you can have the protocol droid be your navigator during your commute.
Waze is a free download from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or visit Waze.com. Once you have the app, go to Menu > Settings > Sound (iPhone) or General (Android) > Voice Language (iPhone) or Language (Android) and select “English US Star Wars”. That C-3PO man. First thing he said to me was something like “It seems no one requires my services. So I shall assist you.” Gee thanks, Goldenrod, for going out of your way and doing me a huge favor. Seems the time between Episode VI and VII made him a bit sassy. The next few weeks should be fun.
Less than a month away, and they’re still taunting us with new teasers for The Force Awakens. I’m surprised they had any sort of marketing budget for this film. I mean, at this point, who doesn’t know there’s a movie coming out and who didn’t make up their mind to see it or not see it as soon as it was announced. We get a few bits of new stuff here, including what seems to be astromech for “oh… crap.” Oh, and Poe and the reveal that Red Squadron is still kicking, while Blue Squadron has expanded the rainbow fleet (Blue Squadron also made a very short, explosive, appearance as part of the Rebel Alliance in the new comic Vader Down).
A couple of weeks ago, I thought we’d reached max Star Wars when I ran across Star Wars Jelly Bellys while out shopping. There was nothing Star Wars about them short of the picture of Vader on the package. Then, yesterday during the Cowboys game (and I presume all other American Football games), we were treated to the new Kay Jeweler’s Star Wars collection. My friends, I fear we haven’t even glimpsed max Star Wars yet… the Teasers are only here to soften the blow when the first Star Wars blood pressure medication hits the market.
On the other hand, the upcoming movie has also provided an endless source of spoofs, including this one from the crew of the USS Dwight Eisenhower. Look, I’m not saying that I would pay money to watch a movie about F/A-18 Super Hornets fighting a bunch of TIE fighters (complete with flight deck controller’s using lightsabers to bring ships in for landing)… but I would pay good money to watch that exact movie.
Remember that minifig box that came out I think last year at Target? The one that had Super Kid or something like that? There were rumors of a second one in the making and here it is featuring Lightning Lad with 3 other minifigs from Ninjago, Chima, and City. The box is just $9.99 by itself. You can also get it for free with a $50 purchase of LEGO City, Ninjago, or Super Heroes. If you buy online, use the promocode TOYS to get an additional 20% off your order. And RedCard members know the drill by now: get an additional 5% off at checkout when using RedCard.
Thanks to Tohst and Mos Eisley for writing it in.
Toys’R’Us is actually having a pretty decent sale on 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!. The set has an MSRP of $99.99 but right now you can order it for delivery or in-store pickup at 45% off for just $54.99. If you choose home delivery, you’ll also get free shipping as they are currently offering free shipping on all LEGO with no minimum. There is a maximum quantity of 2 per order.
The Force Awakens is just under a month away now, and we’ve already had a taste of the action with the trailers and toys and myriad of marketing tie ins everywhere. One of the first things that stuck out to everyone is how familiar things seemed. The good guys are still flying X-Wings, the bad guys are flying TIEs… but these aren’t your father’s starfighters. These are different. They’ve been upgraded. They evolved.
This was done very deliberately. They want everything to really feel like this is all taking place thirty years after the Star Wars we remember, so the designs are grounded in what we know. But there’s only so much you can do in one movie and even less to show in a few minutes of trailers. We’re left with a universe full of ideas waiting to grow and expand upon, and that’s where you come in.
This is your chance to put your own spin on your favorite craft from Star Wars. You can make it as subtle as the ships they’ve shown so far, or push it well beyond the 30 year jump from ROTJ to TFA. And knowing that contests around this time of the year can be daunting endeavors, we’ve set up an extended build window to accommodate: eight full weeks to work with. You can get the full details by expanding this post or checking out the thread in the forum.
A very kind person over at LEGO sent over this year’s second free-with-purchase holiday set ahead of tomorrow’s start of the promotion: 40139 Gingerbread House. This is a bit of a departure from previous years’ vignette-style sets and is quite possibly the best holiday set ever made, even better than the 40138 Christmas Train released last month.
It’s quite a charming little set with a working door, angled roof top (which must have taken quite a bit of engineering to accomplish given how difficult it was for LEGO to achieve the angled roof in the Winter Toy Shop set), stained glass windows co-sponsored by Microsoft and Google, and candy elements abound. I love it and it’s going right onto the mantle. How much do I like this set? I like it so much I made a post about it.
40139 Gingerbread House is free with a purchase of $99 or more at LEGO Shop@Home during a one-day only promotion tomorrow, which probably means 12:00midnight Eastern/9:00pm Pacific tonight until 12:00midnight Easter/9:00pm Pacific. Also, as part of this promotion, you’ll get free shipping on all purchases with no minimum. And that’s not all! But wait there’s more. You’ll also get double VIP points on all purchases. You can also take advantage of this deal in store and if you spend $75 or more in store, you’ll get the 2016 LEGO wall calendar for free!
Again, these promotions are only good for one day, tomorrow Saturday November 21st. That is until, Black Friday rolls around when the promotion starts up again with additional offers. So please stay tuned!
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow November 21st and Sunday November 22nd, Designer Con is happening at the Pasadena Convention Center. Tickets are oh so reasonably priced at $5 presale and $7 at the door. It is the best value in town for your buck.
And if you guys wanna come watch a bunch of LEGO nerds try and put together a LEGO amusement park as fast as possible, we’ll be doing a speed build of 10247 Ferris Wheel and 10244 Fairground Mixer on Saturday around 3:00pm over at the BrickStuds booth.
Also at the BrickStuds booth will be one of the largest displays of Comic Bricks, a collection of comic book covers recreated in with LEGO. Check out the Comic Bricks flickr group for an idea of what will be on display.
I hope to see you there so come on by and say hi.
With a month to go until The Force Awakens makes all of the money and brings the nerdverse to its knees (out of joy or rage remains to be seen). To build of excitement for their little-known Indie film, Disney has been airing several TV spots that mostly give us bits of the longer trailers, but a few new bits. The most recent was a bit different, putting the focus squarely on Finn and showing us plenty of new stuff, like a practical use for BB-8 and those curved walls in the Falcon or Kylo Ren in daylight.
A recent email exchange I had with a fan pointed out to me that 10188 Death Star was discontinued. Color me surprised because I had no idea. The Shop@Home listing didn’t have the “Retiring Soon” tag. And the last time it was out of stock its flavor text was “Temporarily Out of Stock” and listed a restock date and not “Sold Out”. However, I did notice that 10188 Death Star is not included on LEGO’s Star Wars theme page. So I made a quick phone call to Shop@Home and they haven’t been able to confirm anything other than the set is back in stock. She said to me like five times. “I don’t know but I do know it’s back in stock.” To her credit though, the rep I spoke to said she’d inquire with the product manager on my behalf and ask about it’s discontinued and/or retiring soon status and then get back to me via email. If I get a response back I’ll either update this post or make a new one.
10188 Death Star has the unique distinction of having an amazingly long production run. The set came out in 2008 and is clocking in at seven years and counting! Awesome sets come and go and should this set be sunsetting, it would make me a sad panda. It’s a cornerstone to the theme. Always there. Waiting patiently to be scooped up. Seeing sets come and go. This set is so old it would sit around and say, “Back in my day, snowspeeders and X-wings were gray!” This set is so old it would sit around and say, “Back in my day, the Falcon still had its round radar dish!” This set is so old it would sit around and say, “Back in my day, minifig magnet sets weren’t glued!” If it is indeed coming to an end, I’m going to miss its cantankerous nature. It is still available on LEGO Shop@Home and Amazon for MSRP at $399.99.