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.
Archive for the ‘LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean’ Category
Amazon has a steady stream of LEGO set lightning deals today. As of this posting, here’s what’s coming up:
>>4194 Whitecap Bay is next at 9am PST.
>>4202 Mining Truck is at 10am PST.
>>7956 Ewok Attack is at 11am PST.
>>7962 Anakin’s & Sebulba’s Podracers is at 12pm PST.
>>8486 Mack’s Team Truck is at 1pm PST.
>>4538 The Hulk is at 3pm PST.
>>6134 Duplo Cars Siddeley Saves The Day is at 4pm PST.
>>7942 Off Road Fire Rescue is at 6pm PST.
See all the lightning deals HERE. Good luck!
Thank you ufjason for posting this in the forum.
Amazon has discounted 4184 Black Pearl to $76.46, down 24% from $99.99. It’s been hovering around the $82 dollar mark, but finally has dropped down a considerable amount. The Black Pearl is the best set to come of the POTC line. The Davey Jones minifigure alone should be incentive enough to pick up the ship. Just go hit up Bricklink to pick up some more cannons since the Pearl only comes with two.
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.
Walter Boy is playing pirates again and this time he’s tackled the humble abode of the witch doctor Tia Dalma. The shaping is fantastic, does a great job capturing the different parts of the run down swamp dwelling and is really accentuated by the mixture of different browns and the lush greenery. The base is also a nice touch, getting the look of the dark water across sharply while remaining even and understated.
Remember when I said in my review of the Queen Anne’s Revenge that I always tried to make sure my reviews were prompt and timely? Yeah, I’m not even going to pretend I was going for that here. Ace has been asking me to get this done for months and months, and I haven’t. After seeing Pirates sets on clearance at one of the local Walmart’s, though, I figured maybe it was time to cover the last set we haven’t reviewed.
So, here we are, the last set in the lineup of reviews from the PotC line. I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty harsh on the other sets in the series; in part because most of them just stunk, but in other parts because they didn’t capture either the history of the Pirates line in LEGO or the PotC franchise. Most felt like glorified battle packs, and some didn’t even manage to do that. So how does Whitecap Bay line up to that less-than-storied history?
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.
Amazon seems to be clearing out some inventory to make room for new stuff. Two price drops you should be aware of: first up is the UCS 10212 Imperial Shuttle for $182, down from $269.99. This is the best price we’ve seen on this set, even better than the Gold Box deal from a few weeks ago. They also have 10198 Tantive IV for $116.99, down from $149.99, a 22% discount. And finally, for LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean fans, 4183 The Mill is more than half off, $17.99, down from $39.99, a 55% discount.