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.
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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
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.
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?”
· 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.
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:
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.
If you’re looking for something to do next Saturday November 5th, and you live in, around, or near the Los Angeles or Pasadena area or somewhere in between, come check out Designer Con at the Pasadena Convention Center from 10am to 5pm. “Now in its sixth year, Designer Con, is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art!” If you’re into vinyl art toys, this is a show you can’t miss. FBTB will be there with our giant Star Wars Celebration IV LEGO Star Wars mural along with members of OneLug and their Last March of the Ents display. Other fellow LUGOLA members will also be present showing off their latest and greatest MOCs. FBTB will also be sponsoring a speed build event of 10221 Super Star Destroyer at 1:00pm. Tickets are only $5 online or $7 at the door. Just look for the giant tower to find us. Stop by and say hi! For more details, check out the Designer Con website.
This gigantic Pirates of the Caribbean mosaic made an appearance at Steam: The Great Western LEGO Show held in Swindon UK. You can head over to TBB and check out the recap posted by guest reviewer JasBrick. I find it interesting that some folks from the UK still managed to make it to Brickcon last weekend despite an event taking place in their own backyard. I really must check out Brickcon one day, but Steam definitely wins for the better name in my book.
I finally got around to uploading my pics from the exhibit hall at Brickcon 2011. You’ll have to pardon the lack of description or appropriate titles. Unfortunately my camera battery ran out before I could finish and stupid me left my battery charger at home. D’oh. Anyways, I had a blast and am looking forward to next year’s event. Though mind blowing, the exhibit hall was such a minor part of the whole experience. I found the building competitions, panels, and after hours get togethers to be the most interesting and fun parts of the con. If you want to take a peek at all the awesome that was the exhibit hall, there’s a set for that with 275 pictures for you to browse through. For even more pictures, there’s a group for that.
This weekend, starting Thursday September 29 going through Sunday October 2, Northwest Brickcon will be in full swing in Seattle, Washington. This will be my first AFOL convention and I’m pretty excited about attending. If you plan on going as a registered attendee, Andrew over at Brothers Brick posted this handy dandy article about how to prepare for the trip, everything from packing your MOCs to the cheapest way of getting from the airport to the convention hall. If you plan on going for the exhibition, the public days are Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm.
If on Sunday you find yourself looking for something to do, join me and Andrew as we will be co-hosting a panel. On Sunday October 2, from 2pm to 3pm, we’ll be hosting “LEGO Blogging with FBTB & TBB”. The full description reads as follows:
Join Ace Kim of From Bricks to Bothans and Andrew Becraft from The Brothers Brick, along with their crews, for what is sure to be a lively panel discussion about running two of the most popular LEGO fan sites on the web. Learn how the sites got started and some of the things they’ve learned along the way, from how to pay the bills to moderating an ever-growing community.
Yeah, I’m pretty nervous. So come out and learn all our secrets. Ask a question and you may walk away with a T-shirt. Look for us in Orcas aka Classroom A.