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Ryan "chief" Wood | October 13th, 2010 | MOC Spotlight, Off Topic

Precious Moments

Father & Son

Consider this dad’s heartstrings tugged. Flickr user Pedro Venzini snapped this shot of a father and son settings their weapons down and spending quality time together.

While I head off to play with my boys this would be a great time for you, dear Bothans, to check out more Star Wars Lego photography by Pedro!

Ace Kim | September 26th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Off Topic


LEGO Star Wars Character Cupcakes


via The Cupcake Blog.

Ace Kim | June 13th, 2010 | Off Topic

And Now For Something Different…

Was cruising around the intertubes and ran across this comic. Gave me chuckle so I thought I’d share:

Ace Kim | May 20th, 2010 | News, Off Topic

End of an Era: Star Tours Closing July 27

It’s the end of an era: the Star Tours ride is going to be closing its doors for good on July 27th at Disneyland and September 8th for Disney World. I remember going on Star Tours a long time ago when I first moved here to L.A. It was AWESOME. And every time after that whenever I went to Disneyland, I made sure it was the first ride we went on. The ride is being replaced with a Podracing ride which is just not epic enough in my opinion. I’m going to try and go one last time. Too bad LEGO didn’t make a Starspeeder 3000 set. Wouldn’t that have been awesome?

Anyways, if you’ve never been on it, you can enjoy it through the magic of Youtube. There’s a bunch of videos of the ride on there, one is embedded below.


Ace Kim | March 15th, 2010 | Off Topic

Congratulations To Ryan!

Big heartfelt hug to Ryan and Katie for delivering their second child, Connor, yesterday in the a.m.:

Ace Kim | March 10th, 2010 | LEGO Star Wars, Off Topic

This Tastes Pointy

This defies explanation, so I’m just going to point you to the video:

I should note that FBTB does not condone the eating, tasting, licking, biting, or swallowing of minifigs. Not without a nice Teriyaki sauce.

Via BoingBoing

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2010 | Off Topic

Forum Upgrade Installed, Bugs Imminent

I just upgraded the forum software to the latest. So if you see a few things out of whack, let me know

Ace Kim | January 24th, 2010 | Off Topic

Testing Something

I apologize for this, but there was no way to test this without posting a news item. Thank you for your patience.

Don "Solo" Reitz | November 18th, 2009 | Off Topic

Kids Build a BMW X1 Replica for Charity

I know this may be a bit outside of our usual scope, but it brightened my day too much not to post.

800 kids from ages 5 to 13 who visited the BMW Welt in Munich a few weeks ago built this full size car in four days with approximately 165,000 LEGO bricks (under the automaker’s supervision of course). For every LEGO block used BMW made a donation to the “Die Arche” children’s foundation.

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More images and original story via Carsoop. Best picture though? This one right here. That’s one satisfied kid!

Ace Kim | November 4th, 2009 | Off Topic

Why Toys’R’Us Sucks

It’s no big secret that the site makes money from our affiliate links to Amazon, LEGO Shop@Home, Target, etc. And believe me when I say that every click that leads to a penny is fully appreciated. So it should come to no surprise that I prefer linking to products and deals from our affiliates before non-affiliated companies. Toys’R’Us is an exception in that does not have an affiliate relationship with them yet I will still report sales and deals regardless. I believe by not doing so, it would be a disservice to our readers. I have applied to their affiliate program many times. Try as I might, and as often as I apply, I have always been rejected. Now before you think I’m just whining, okay, so maybe I am a little bit, allow me to state why Toy’R’Us sucks. The reasons they give me, EVERY SINGLE TIME, why I am not approved for their affiliate program are as follows, and this is copied directly from their rejection email:

* inability to access Web site
* Web site not yet live
* traffic levels too low
* inappropriate material on site

Allow me to deconstruct each point.

* inability to access Web site – I’m on the site every day and every night, pretty much every chance I get, monitoring the forums, checking messages, coding features, etc. Our uptime hasn’t been better. Sure there are a few hiccups now and then, but I find it hard to believe that someone from the affiliate approval department would not be able to access the site.

* Web site not yet live – Hello? If you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure we’re live.

* traffic levels too low – FBTB’s traffic may not compare to some other heavy hitters, but hey, we get pretty good statistics according to Google Analytics.

* inappropriate material on site – Now that’s a first. LEGO Star Wars is inappropriate? Better warn the parents. Sarcasm aside, how would they be able to make that judgement if a) they are unable to access the site and b) they believe the site is not yet live?

I have a feeling Toys’R’Us just rejects every applicant and checks off every reason why without really bothering looking at applications. That right there is a sign of incompetence. Providing reasons that not only contradict each other but also contradicts the truth is proof that no effort is made in reviewing applications. And if that’s the case, then TRU has no real intent on approving any applications. If TRU does not allow affiliates, they should just cancel their program and withdraw from Linkshare completely. ‘Cause seriously, what’s the point?

Regardless of the above rant, I will continue to report sales and deals from Toys’R’Us as I believe it will benefit our readers.