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Ryan "chief" Wood | February 3rd, 2012 | Events, LEGO Toy Story

FBTB Parts Draft Five: Pizza Planet Truck Rescue

The next FBTB Parts Draft will take place on Saturday February 18th at 11 am PST.

We’ll be drafting 10 copies of Toy Story set 9598 Pizza Planet Truck Rescue for $18.50 a pop, more than 50% off MSRP! (shipping charges will be calculated later for each participant.) Our very own Don Solo reviewed it on the site here a year ago, and had high praises for it.

You can see the inventory for this set on Bricklink.

The draft will follow the same rules as the last couple drafts, since we seem to have finally streamlined the process enough.

Draft registration will commence on Monday February 6th at 12 pm PST, which you can do in in this dedicated forum topic by simply posting “PIZZA!” Feel free to post any and all questions or comments in the thread; however, anyone posting “PIZZA!” before the clock hits noon on February 6th will be banned from participating. I will then confirm your registration via private message and give you PayPal payment instructions, and our draft order will be decided by the order of payment received from participants.

Pete "bigospedros" Croxson | January 9th, 2012 | Events, LEGO, News

Lego Mania Exhibition in Basingstoke, UK (21st Feb to 15th April)

Thanks to my lovely girlfriend, I’ve been made aware of a forthcoming Lego event / exhibition which will be taking place at Milestones, Basingstoke, between the dates of 21st February and 15th April.  The picture above will link to the event website, but the blurb says the following …

Come and watch 150,000 Lego bricks being placed one by one to create a magnificent minifigure scale model of the great Tudor Palace, Basing House.

But the model is just the focal point for a vast range of fun things to do for children and adults of any age, including

  • LEGO competitions and prizes
  • LEGO models on display
  • DUPLO and LEGO brick play tables
  • LEGO interactives
  • LEGO Brick trail – Activities that explore the connections between LEGO and technologies of the past
  • LEGO Minifigure Hunt
  • ‘Brick Film’ screenings – see famous movies acted out by LEGO minifigures
  • LEGO Wii and Xbox Games
  • LEGO themed Cafe
  • Customise your own LEGO mini figure
  • LEGO workshops, including an expert building class
  • And much, much, more!

There is an admission fee for the venue as below :

Adult £7.90

Concessions 60+, disabled person, student with photo ID £6.90

Child 5 -15 years £4.75, under 5 free

Family 2 adults + 2 children £22.75

 

Sounds like a good day out …

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 5th, 2012 | Events

FBTB Parts Draft Four: Registration

Registration opened today for the 4th FBTB Parts Draft. Chime in soon; there are only 5 spots left as of this posting!

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 2nd, 2012 | Events

FBTB Parts Draft Four: Freeco Speeder

The next FBTB Parts Draft will take place on Saturday January 14th at 10 am PST.

We’ll be drafting 10 copies of Star Wars set 8085 Freeco Speeder for $10 (shipping charges will be calculated later for each participant.)

You can see the inventory for this set on Bricklink.

The draft will follow essentially the same rules as the last draft.

Draft registration will commence on Thursday January 5th at 12 pm PST, which you can do in this thread here by simply posting “FREECO!” Feel free to post any and all questions or comments in the thread; however, anyone posting “FREECO!” before the clock hits noon on January 5th will be banned form participating. I will then confirm your registration via private message and give you PayPal payment instructions, and our draft order will be decided by the order of payment received from participants.

Ace Kim | November 16th, 2011 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Santa Yoda Base Model Revealed

LEGO Santa Yoda

CNET uploaded a picture of the base model that will be used for the LEGO Santa Yoda build happening this weekend. For those of you that never attended a build before, the way it works is that the general public helps build ‘superbricks’ which are 4x the size of regular 2×4 bricks. So each brick on the base model is rebuilt with a superbrick in the 12-foot model. The 12-foot model will be completed sometime around 6pm Sunday evening.

Ace Kim | November 15th, 2011 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

More Details Regarding The Santa Yoda Build in SF

Santa Yoda

I just received additional details regarding the Santa Yoda build at Union Square in San Francisco, CA today. In addition to the weekend-long event, LEGO will be launching LEGOSantaYoda.com. There’s a holiday toy drive benefitting Toys for Tots attached to the site, but there’s only a placeholder image there right now. I’ll try and post details about the site and the toy drive as soon I am able to.

* Who: San Francisco Bay Area Families are invited to Help LEGO® Master Builders Construct a 12-foot tall by 10-foot wide LEGO® Star Wars™ Santa Yoda out of LEGO bricks

* What: Three-day community build where families will help LEGO® Master Builders to create a 12-foot tall by 10-foot wide LEGO® Star Wars™ Santa Yoda made entirely of LEGO® bricks to kick-off a countdown to the holidays found at www.legosantayoda.com. Children and parents will be invited to build a portion of Santa Yoda which LEGO® Master Builders will then add to the larger than life model.

* When: Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th, 10am-6pm daily (or until completed

* Where: Union Square (next to the seasonal ice skating rink), San Francisco

Ace Kim | November 14th, 2011 | Events, LEGO Star Wars

Build A 12-foot Tall Santa Yoda This Weekend in San Francisco

Santa Yoda

By now, I’m sure many of you have picked up the 7958 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar set and/or have seen the exclusive Santa Yoda minifig that comes with it. To kick off the holidays, starting this Friday November 18th through Sunday November 20th, you can help build a 12-foot tall Santa Yoda at Union Square in San Francisco, CA. More info to come, so please stay tuned.

Ace Kim | November 9th, 2011 | Events, LEGO

LEGO Brick Friday Event

Did you get one of these in the mail?

Yeah, me neither.

LEGO sent out invitations to a select few VIP members to partake in a special pre-Black Friday shopping event. Forum member that guy received such an invitation and posted the following details:

Not sure if this was posted here yet but I got a special invitiation in the snail mail that said I was number 1 of ‘xx’ people (less than 30 but I prefer not to say exactly lest I be pointed out at my particualr location) chosen to attend a before hours event on the 19th. No mention of the actual discounts yet but it said I had to RSVP before the 17th. Here’s what the note said.

“As one of our most valued LEGO VIP Members, you are cordially invited to an exclusive Holiday shopping event just for you at the LEGO Store! We are opening your local LEGO Store early for an invitation-only event that will allow you and one guest the opportunity to take advantage of all of our extraordinary “Brick” Friday offers before they are available to the public!”

The card says the VIP Card and photo ID are required for admittance. One free limited holiday set per person with $99 purchase. Spending limit is $5000 pre sale prices and may not purchase more than 5 of one item.

When I called to RSVP they wouldn’t give me really any more info than that but I got the feeling they really didn’t know yet either. They said they just got their list of VIPs a few days ago. I guess we will wait and see.

If you weren’t one of the fortunate few to get the invite in the mail, fear not, for there is some reprieve in the shape of an online sale. This was passed along in my LUG’s mailing list:

Good Morning LEGO Fans,

Please allow me to provide a bit of information and clarification on the upcoming LEGO Brand Retail “Brick Friday” VIP Preshop event. As some of you are aware, a handful of fans who are in close proximity to our stores have received invitations to attend an exclusive “invitation-only holiday shopping event.” I have reached out to the Brand Retail team here in Enfield in order to obtain and share the following information to help clarify why some received these invitations and others did not:

Q: How were the VIP members chosen?

A: They were selected on the basis they were in the top 25 VIP members for their local store based on engagement and purchases since joining LEGO VIP and part of the top 5% of VIPs globally.

Q: What about VIP members who didn’t get an invite?

A: All LEGO VIPs will be allowed early access through Shop.LEGO.com on Saturday, November 19th so even if they did not receive a LEGO Store invite, they will still be able to shop early and receive all of the Black Friday deals and promotions.

Q: What type of specials are the LBR Stores offering for “Brick Friday?”

A:
· 10% off of all purchases over $149.
· Free Gift with Purchase Holiday Set 2 (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=3300002-1) with purchases over $99‐ Limit one per person.
· Free Holiday Pick-a-Brick Box with purchases over $75.
· Pull Cards (scratch cards) for all guests, increments of 10%, 25% & 50% off entire purchase.
· The Holiday Gift with Purchase Set 1 (http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=3300020-1) on sale for $9.99 during the event.

Please feel free to share this information amongst your groups. I hope this helps provide better clarification, but please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Obviously if you shop online you won’t be able to get the scratch card. The one question I have is if the scratch card discount stacks with the 10% off all purchases over $149, effectively making it a 20%/35%/60% discount. My guess is no.

Ace Kim | November 7th, 2011 | Events

Designer Con Wrap Up

Update: Due to a gross, gross, GROSS typographical error, I had to reupload the video.

Designer Con came and went this past weekend. It was a great show as it is every year with some of the most diverse art under one roof. I was part of the Studs group that had a large booth presence that featured OneLug‘s Last March of the Ents, Brandon Griffith‘s Star Wars Chess Set Trilogy, FBTB‘s LEGO Star Wars mural, and host of other MOCs by Tommy Williamson, Guy Himber, Remi and Alyse Gagne, Matt Armstrong, Gary McIntire, Ryan Wood and Bruce Lowell.

One of the highlights of our booth was a speed build of 10221 Super Star Destroyer. I shot a time lapse video of the build at 1 frame per second and stitched it all together in the video above. This was the first known attempt at a speed build for this set. We set the world record at 1 hour, 31 minutes, and 38 seconds. The table we were building on was not ideal. So we had to borrow some space from another table, that’s why the main build of the ship disappears off camera for a few minutes. In hindsight, the main build should have been on the side of the table closest to the camera for a better view of the progress. Oh well. There’s always next year.

I took a handful of shots of other merchandise at the show, choosing to focus on Star Wars themed items. But now that I think of it, I should have taken more photos of other products. It’s really a great show, centered around the artist and the art they create. I highly suggest making an effort to go next year. We’ll be there again for sure.

More pictures below:

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Ace Kim | November 4th, 2011 | Events

Reminder: Designer Con Tomorrow

Designer Con

Just a friendly reminder that Designer Con is happening tomorrow at the Pasadena Convention Center from 10am to 5pm. You can buy tickets online for $5 bucks or pay $7 at the door. FBTB will be there hosting a speed build of 10221 Super Star Destroyer at 1pm. OneLUG will also be there with their Last March of the Ents diorama which has to be seen in person. Pictures do not convey the scope of the project at all. Other members of LUGOLA will also be in attendance showing off various MOCs. Come by, say hi, and check out the rest of the designer art toy show while you’re there.