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Don "Solo" Reitz | July 13th, 2011 | Contests, Forum, LEGO Star Wars, Site News

Alphabet Fighter Contest Reminder

The Alphabet Fighter Contest
The Alphabet Fighter Contest is in full swing and we’ve seen some really great entries so far. Check out the forum thread for the rules and submissions. There’s still two and a half weeks left before the deadline is up though -  plenty of time to design and build a ship of your own to compete. Entries must be posted in the contest thread by 11:59pm Pacific Time (UTC -8) July 31, 2011 if you want a shot at the great prizes.
Ace Kim | July 6th, 2011 | Site News

Amazon Is A Go!

FBTB is now, once again, a part of the Amazon Affiliate program. I don’t want to get into details on what I had to do, but needless to say it’ll be worth the trouble. If you haven’t already done so, right click on the banner above, and “Bookmark this link” and use it every time you shop online.

I’d like express my thanks and gratitude for all the kind words and advice that people have given me and this site. It means a lot and rest assured, we’ll be around for a long, long time. Not that we were going anywhere; I’m just saying.

Thanks.

Ace Kim | June 30th, 2011 | Site News

No More Amazon Affiliation

Thanks to the shortsightedness of our elected leaders in Sacramento, Amazon has terminated FBTB’s affiliate relationship due to California legislature attempting to collect tax on online sales. Warning: Political rant ensuing.

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Ace Kim | May 9th, 2011 | LEGO Cars, Site News

New Site Theme: Cars

Cars Theme Logo

With Cars 2 sets available around the corner, I figured now would be a good time to announce our latest site theme. Hit up our theme chooser page to select the new stylesheet. As always, if you find any bugs or flaws post a message on the forum thread to let us know (click on the comments link below). We hope you enjoy it.

Ryan "chief" Wood | January 27th, 2011 | Events, Site News

Let’s Talk: FBTB Star Wars Days Event

At BrickCon in 2008 FBTB held its first event, a small gathering of members and friends we called BothCon.

In 2011, we’re planning something bigger in correlation with Legoland California Resort’s Star Wars Days on June 18-19th. But we need your help brainstorming and providing feedback if we’re going to pull off a successful FBTB mini-convention.

We’re conducting a poll to gauge interest in and potential attendance for this special event. Your vote and feedback will help us determine if this idea has legs, or it’s destined for the Death Star trash compactor.

Head to the forum here to vote in the poll, and join in the discussion about activities, locations, pros, cons, and everything in between.

Ace Kim | January 18th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Site News

Set Guide Updated: 2011, User Comments and Ratings

I just updated the LEGO Star Wars set guide with the January assortment of 2011 sets. Some images and data are still missing which I’m working on obtaining. But now that 2011 has been entered, I’ll be working my way backwards and adding previous years of sets and some other licenses.

In addition to the new catalog entries, there are two new features announced on the forums a few weeks ago that I’d like to share with you here:

  • User Comments: User comments have been enabled allowing registered forum members to give a brief review of any set. The comments are moderated but once given the green light, the latest 5 comments will appear in the set guide. An example of the user comments in action can be seen on the 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder page. You can leave a rating on its corresponding forum topic.
  • User Ratings: In addition to comments, registered forum members may also give a numerical rating to a set and all ratings will appear on the right hand column of the entry page. Again, I point you to 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder page as an example. You can leave a rating on its corresponding forum topic.

I’ve read many comments that the set guide was one of the first pages that users encountered on FBTB. I’ve put a lot of work into its resurrection, and still have some features I’m working on that I can’t wait to release. It’s my goal to make the set guide the best it can be, and I can only accomplish that goal with your help. It’s my hope that you, the community members, will take a few moments to leave some comments and rate some sets to really strengthen the set guide. See some errors? Have suggestions? Use the contact form or leave a message on the set guide forum.

Ryan "chief" Wood | December 29th, 2010 | Community Project, Events, Forum, LEGO, Site News

Let’s Talk: FBTB Parts Draft

On the forum we’re discussing how an FBTB community Parts Draft might work. Join the conversation and let us know if this is something you’d like to be a part of!

Ace Kim | October 12th, 2010 | Site News

I Think We’re On Facebook

FBTB on Facebook

Someone told me this Facebook thing might take off and that I should get in on the ground floor, so if I did things correctly, you should see the FBTB Page on Facebook. If not, then someone tell me what I’m doing wrong cause this whole internet thing is new to me. So become a fan, poke me, and trash my garden or whatever “facebooking” means.

Oh, I also updated our Twitter icon on the right there ====>

Ace Kim | July 5th, 2010 | Site News

Site Maintenance 7/6

The site will be undergoing maintenance tomorrow night July 6th at 9pm PST to address the recent performance issues. The outage will be site-wide and should last about an hour. Thank you for your patience.

Ace Kim | April 11th, 2010 | Site News

Forums Are Back, Sorta

Forums are back, but I had to revert back to an earlier backup. Some posts, topics, and possibly private messages may have been lost. I apologize for the collateral damage, but things are back to being stable and right. If you see any funkiness, please post a comment on the forum thread.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.