With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow, and Target having their exclusive version that comes with an exclusive Bilbo Baggins minifigure, and with the announcement of the exclusive Special Forces Commander Clone Trooper minifigure included with The Yoda Chronicles book, I figured now would be as good of a time as any to make a checklist for all the exclusive minifigs that came with a book, video game, or Blu-ray/DVD release.
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For those lucky enough to live near a Five Below store, they seem to have -lots- of set 30211 Uruk-Hai with excuse to call it a set and not just a minifigure. These sets are priced at $3.99. For those of you not lucky enough Five Below is a discount store where everything costs below $5. Clever, eh?
They also had a couple of Harry Potter Polybags; 30110 Trolley and 40028 Hogwarts Express.
Oh, and if you couldn’t tell from the picture, the new 30 pack boxes of CMF series 9. I’d not seen them before and there were a dozen sitting by the cash registers. The nice check out lady opened one up for me and counted to makes sure all 30 were there. I’m told the figure distribution is exactly the same as the 60 box only halved. I haven’t opened mine up to count partially because I’d get depressed at all the Cyclops and Knights balanced by only one Forest Maiden.
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.
Browsing through the Walmart.com inventory, they have a number of large discounts on the larger Star Wars sets, as well as various other $100+ items. Here are some notable deals:
>>10188 Death Star is $357.89 ($399.99 MSRP)
>>10221 Super Star Destroyer is $335.99 (MSRP $399.99)
>>10225 UCS R2-D2 is $151.19 (MSRP $179.99)
>>10217 Diagon Alley is $125.99 (MSRP $149.99)
>>Modular Building Series is around $120 range ($149.99 MSRP), though most are sold out online.
>>(10224 Town Hall is $161.97 (MSRP $199.99).
>>10231 Shuttle Expedition is $78.27 ($99.99 MSRP)
>>10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper and 10219 Maersk Train are $99-100 (MSRP $119.99)
All of these qualify for $.99 Shipping or free Site-To-Store Shipping, though I’ve heard some troubling stories about Walmart’s shipping quality. Amazon.com has already price-matched some of these like 10231 Shuttle Expedition, 10224 Town Hall, and 10225 R2-D2, and they also qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping.
Remember 40058 MINI Hogwarts Express? It was a promotional item you get for free if you bought 10217 Diagon Alley. If you never got one, or didn’t want to buy Diagon Alley to get the set, you’re in luck because you can buy one right now direct from Shop@Home for just $4.99. You may want to get more than one or pad your order with other things since shipping starts at $4.95. Tack on tax and you’re looking at a $10 dollar order for a $5 polybag. Throw in a LOTR set and you’ll get a free LEGO LOTR poster. That should make it worth it then.
25% off Cars
8486 Mack’s Team Truck- was $39.99, now $29.98
Video Games- were $29.99-$49.99, now $8.98
>>Harry Potter Years 5-7 (PC, DS/3DS, PS3, PSP)
>>LEGO® Star Wars™ III: The Clone Wars™ (PSP)
>>LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean™ Video Game(PSP)
There’s also some Hero Factory, Alien Conquest, and assorted odds and ends. This stuff tends to sell out fast, so jump on anything that catches your eye while you can. Once these sell out, odds are they won’t come back. On the other hand, waiting might lead to deeper discounts, if you want to risk it.
Word on the street is that the new Lord of the Rings and Monster Fighters sets are hitting shelves. Stores need to make room, so be sure to keep an eye out for clearance sales for older inventory. So far we’ve heard about Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean hitting 30-50% off at Walmarts, along with K-Mart clearance including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Cars 2, and more.
As always with big chain retailers, your mileage may vary. But these super savings are always worth stopping in for a peek. Be sure to check the forums to see what people are finding.
Thinkgeek.com has decided to clearance out a couple of sets.
>>9490 Droid Escape – $14.99 (25% off MSRP)
>>9676 Tie Interceptor & Death Star – $7.99 (20% off MSRP)
And here are a couple of coupon codes, to help offset shipping.
>>MOARSTUFF to get $5 off $30/ $10 off $60
>>THANKS55 to get $10.00 off of $50.00.
via starfailure at Brickset.com
Tesco have knocked 25% off 3 of the larger sets from the Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean ranges, but are also offering £10 off any £75 or more spend, thus reducing the sets prices further. Use code TDX-7PKF. Links are below :
4195 : Pirates Of The Caribbean Queen Annes Revenge (sale price of £66 after the discount code)
7964 : Star Wars Republic Frigate (sale price of £69 after the discount code)
4842 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (sale price of £67 after the discount code)
So, here I will try to sum up everything else I saw. My focus really was on the licenced themes, but I did try to take in as much else as I could too … apart from Friends, which I didn’t see due to a lack of time.
Quite an interesting theme … it was described as a battle between good guys and monsters, whereby the monster in the set is after a crystal and if they get them all, they can collect them together and unleash hell. Most of the monsters are new, although some do lend themselves to the Colletable Minifigs line. The sets are due out in August, but with a particular marketing push around Halloween, for obvious reasons.
I quite liked the 9466 Mad Professor and His Monster set, as it featured a light brick, which was used to show electricity being fired at the lifeless Frankenstein as it laid on a bed. Very effective I thought. The 9467 Ghost Train set also had a nice feature where the bat wings moved as you pull the train along.
There were some nice new moulds for some of the figures, including the vampire bat minifig and a new glow in the dark ghost, with a tuft of the sheet on the back of the head. The Good Guys and vehicles have quite a classic 1930s style design.
The Summer wave here revolved around an expansion further into the wilderness with a mining theme … featuring dumper trucks (with a brick built dumper bit, rather than a one piece mould), trucks, diggers, cranes and a mine set featuring a drilling machine, conveyor belts and mine train. The minifigs seemed to have new helmets (at least to me) which used the 1×1 tiles for a light on the front of the helmet.
Quite nice sets really and it’s good to get some variety from the usual sets found in the city line.
The new City Advent Calendar has a fire theme in 2012 and veers away from creating a bigger build like the prison from this year. The little builds feature a new modified 1 x 2 brick with an actual brick pattern. These were pretty cool and will no doubt be sought after pieces.
Nothing new on display, although the dealer catalogue I got shows mock ups for the packaging for series 7 and 8, with release dates of May and September respectively.
Highlights for me were 7347 Highway Pickup, which featured nifty light bricks which could be used for indicators or headlights and the 7346 Seaside House, which had 2 decent alternate builds.
Expect these in August.
9398 4 x 4 Crawler was an extremely cool model … with full RC controls and 2 motors allowed independent & power 4 wheel steering. There’ll be a competition to customise these apparently. The 9396 Helicopter set was absolutely massive and had a lot of play features. No motorisation, but as usual, there was space for this if you have the skills to add it.
Not really a line I know anything about, but there were some really cool looking new models, especially 9448 Samurai Mech, which reminded me of all the mecha’s I see posted in the MOC section and the 9450 Epic Dragon Battle set just blew me away with how it all sprang into action when you pick it up. Nice sets, if you’re into this theme. Lots of new snake-like minifigure moulds here too, in a variety of colours.
Dino & Cars
Nothing new that we don’t already know about
Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and Alien Conquest
Nothing new and all sets due to exit in July 2012, so get in there soon if you want any of these sets.
Other themes (Friends, Hero Factory, Duplo, Bricks and More)
Didn’t have time to look
Whilst killing time waiting for my appointment, I found the Re:Creation stand who make things like the minifig display cases, head shaped storage bins and torches. It looks like we’re getting some new Star Wars torches (Vader, Yoda, Stormie and Darth Maul – although I overheard someone saying this might not make it to market). There’s also a pretty cool looking Darth Vader desk lamp.
Regards the minifig display cases, which I’ve yet to find in the UK … these are coming to Argos and Amazon by the summer.