It’s holiday shopping time. Can you feel it yet? I’m sure we’ll be seeing more posts like this where etailers try and out-price each other for your hard-earned dollars.
Today’s fight brings us two deals. The first deal is for 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine, aka the Back to the Future set. Normaly priced at $34.99, Amazon and Walmart both have it just $29.97, a 14% discount off of $34.99 MSRP and probably the lowest price we’ve seen on the set.
The other item is 75021 Republic Gunship, the finest gunship to date. Walmart currently has it listed for $79.97! That’s a 33% discount off of $119.99 MSRP! Amazon hasn’t matched that price yet, but it’s just a matter of time so keep checking back.
The results of three review quarters on LEGO CUUSOO are in and of the ten projects in those reviews, the winner of Winter 2012, Spring & Summer 2013 is Peter Reid’s Exo Suit. This is another first for CUUSOO, not being based on a real world model like Shinkai 6500, Hayabusa & Curiousity or pop culture models based on Minecraft and BTTF, but an original model and one created by a well known AFOL. The final model is in development with LEGO designers now so we’ll have to wait and see how it will turn out. Those holding on for Portal’s extended consideration time frame are sure to be disappointed, but Land-Rover Defender 110 fans will be pleased it is still in consideration. Perhaps the next fan driven Technic set? Word on the next review should come in early 2014, so let’s hope there is a sneak peek at the final Exo Suit at that time as well.
Minecraft may not be on that list but they are currently offering a coupon code good for 20% off select merchandise. So if you’re looking for a deal on Minecraft sets you’re in luck. Enter code FRIENDNFAM at checkout to see the discount. Each set’s price drops to $27.96 before any tax is applied and they all qualify for free shipping.
You can zip through the first two series of the hit BBC show Sherlock in an evening or two and then join the rest of us in waiting for the long promised third series of the modern take on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic character. It has built up quite a fan base and has added to the popularity of the already geek appreciated Martin Freeman while helping Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch on his way to being a misspoken household name.
The project was another quick climber and hadn’t even been up for two months when it achieved full support. Personally, I don’t see this being an appealing concept for LEGO to produce and I’m a fan of the show. Either way, congratulations for living the CUUSOO dream Flailx!
The latest project to reach the 10,000 vote support threshold is Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored parts by maxvf1. If you’re a fan of Robotech, or Macross as it is better known, you should get a kick out of maxvf1′s model. Complete with Fast Pack hangar dock, and an Armored Parts hangar dock, the Valkyrie, once built, can transform to all three modes without any disassembly whatsoever. The armored parts also come with missiles and ice cream elements to simulate missile trails. Check out the pics below for more:
I for one would love to see this project become a reality. It’s a shame though that it will never get the green light here in the U.S due to Harmony Gold owning the Robotech license. Still, there’s hope that it may be approved for other markets.
One more project squeaks by for the summer review period as JeremiahKC’s The Road to Oz becomes the seventh to achieve the needed votes. The project actually revolves around the much better known The Wizard Of Oz, which has been public domain for over 50 years, so licensing should not be a huge obstacle on this one at least. If Ghostbusters is considered a classic geek film then The Wizard Of Oz would have to be the godfather of pop culture. Any fan of FBTB should have no trouble seeing how far it’s influenced has spread and I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t popping up in at least one medium. I still have nightmares about the old Canadian made Tales of the Wizard of Oz cartoon that plagued the airways of the CBC when I was a kid, but I’ve still always liked the original subject matter. I wish JeremiahKC luck in the upcoming review and it will be interesting to see how the older property will fair in consideration with all the newer kids on the block.
So who’s in for an Oz themed set? Would you be likely to buy one or would you just stick with your existing LEGO robot, Laval, witch and scarecrow (take your pick) figs and call it a pass?
Two new Minecraft sets are now available: 21105 Micro World – The Village and 21106 Micro World – The Nether. Both cost the same as the original 21102 Minecraft set, $34.99. They each come with over 460 pieces and feature the same quad design as the original where the final model is made up of four separate sections. All of the sections from all of the models can be linked together at the base creating an expanding Minecraft world.
I haven’t seen it popup on Amazon or any other retailer yet but we’ll post once they do.
Update: The Nether is available from Amazon. No sign of The Village yet.
If you’re still jonesing for a DeLorean set, Amazon’s got your back as they’ve restocked 21103 once again. Price is $34.99, with no tax to most states, and the item ships for free! And in case you’re wondering, LEGO Shop@Home has this set listed as “Temporarily out of stock” with no date indicated on when it will restock.
The second Ghostbuster themed project to achieve 10,000 votes is actually the first of the two, posted over a year before Brent Waller’s 30th Anniversary that hit 10,000 a couple weeks ago. TeeKay’s project means that this will not only be the largest review sample so far, but the first time a single theme has had two separate projects in the same review. It could potentially be the last time too for all we know. All I know is that if 20,000 fans (admittedly that could be the same 10,000 fans voting for the same theme twice) doesn’t prove to LEGO that we want a Ghostbusters set, I’m going to be very disappointed. Let’s hope the recent toy releases mean the rights to this property will prove easy for LEGO to secure. I really have to say though, I find it odd that in both projects Ray looks more like Karl Urban then Dan Aykroyd. Does Elwood really look that generic?
If you’re like me, your first reaction was “What the heck is Poptropica?”. It sounds like some carbonated fruit drink, but it is apparently an online game for kids. Well, it has achieved the 10,000 needed votes to enter a future review (the next scheduled review covers projects from the first quarter of 2013, so I doubt this will be looked at before 2014), but I have reservations about this one that are different from previous licensed properties.
This project was submitted by the games creator just like Minecraft, but in that case if I remember correctly the company was willing to forego their cut of the proceeds just to get it made. Makes sense right? Anyone who would design a game like Minecraft is probably a LEGO fan already. In the case of the Popcreators, I’m left to wonder if it was more of a publicity stunt. If the set gets made, you have product on the shelves backed by a huge toy juggernaut and it cost you pretty much squat. If not, you still stand to get some publicity from the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with that per se as it seems like a great business idea, but I wonder how many of the fans would actually buy the product. A set aimed specifically at kids seems like a no brainer, but CUUSOO is a different animal. Limited hand packed runs of special edition sets, only carried by a handful of retailers doesn’t seem like the best option for a set aimed primarily at kids. Previous CUUSOO sets had a far higher appeal to an older fanbase, but I could be way off here and there could be tonnes of teens and adults who love this too and if so that bodes well for both LEGO and Poptropica.
Again though, the vote numbers could be skewed because the pre-existing game users were given actual in game rewards as the project achieved certain plateaus. This Kickstarter like perk system is hardly new on CUUSOO, but I don’t think it’s ever given such a large group outside the LEGO community instant gratification as a project progressed. So how many voters came just for the promise of nifty in game costumes, etc? If I was just to go by the comments on the CUUSOO project, I could assume quite a few. Afterall, the project was started in January, but took seven months to amass 10,000 votes even though it has over 2 million views. CUUSOO will have a lot to take into consideration on this one as always, but at least the hurdle of getting licence approval from the creator is less of an issue. That could put it one step ahead of the Ghostbusters in the upcoming review.
All that aside, would I pay $40 for a pink bunny suited figure? If the parts were interesting enough and/or in the right quantity to offset the price, probably. If the set is too small or uninteresting, then no pink bunny. That’s what it comes down to for me. What are your thoughts?