Toys’R’Us is actually having a pretty decent sale on 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!. The set has an MSRP of $99.99 but right now you can order it for delivery or in-store pickup at 45% off for just $54.99. If you choose home delivery, you’ll also get free shipping as they are currently offering free shipping on all LEGO with no minimum. There is a maximum quantity of 2 per order.
The Force Awakens is just under a month away now, and we’ve already had a taste of the action with the trailers and toys and myriad of marketing tie ins everywhere. One of the first things that stuck out to everyone is how familiar things seemed. The good guys are still flying X-Wings, the bad guys are flying TIEs… but these aren’t your father’s starfighters. These are different. They’ve been upgraded. They evolved.
This was done very deliberately. They want everything to really feel like this is all taking place thirty years after the Star Wars we remember, so the designs are grounded in what we know. But there’s only so much you can do in one movie and even less to show in a few minutes of trailers. We’re left with a universe full of ideas waiting to grow and expand upon, and that’s where you come in.
This is your chance to put your own spin on your favorite craft from Star Wars. You can make it as subtle as the ships they’ve shown so far, or push it well beyond the 30 year jump from ROTJ to TFA. And knowing that contests around this time of the year can be daunting endeavors, we’ve set up an extended build window to accommodate: eight full weeks to work with. You can get the full details by expanding this post or checking out the thread in the forum.
A very kind person over at LEGO sent over this year’s second free-with-purchase holiday set ahead of tomorrow’s start of the promotion: 40139 Gingerbread House. This is a bit of a departure from previous years’ vignette-style sets and is quite possibly the best holiday set ever made, even better than the 40138 Christmas Train released last month.
It’s quite a charming little set with a working door, angled roof top (which must have taken quite a bit of engineering to accomplish given how difficult it was for LEGO to achieve the angled roof in the Winter Toy Shop set), stained glass windows co-sponsored by Microsoft and Google, and candy elements abound. I love it and it’s going right onto the mantle. How much do I like this set? I like it so much I made a post about it.
40139 Gingerbread House is free with a purchase of $99 or more at LEGO Shop@Home during a one-day only promotion tomorrow, which probably means 12:00midnight Eastern/9:00pm Pacific tonight until 12:00midnight Easter/9:00pm Pacific. Also, as part of this promotion, you’ll get free shipping on all purchases with no minimum. And that’s not all! But wait there’s more. You’ll also get double VIP points on all purchases. You can also take advantage of this deal in store and if you spend $75 or more in store, you’ll get the 2016 LEGO wall calendar for free!
Again, these promotions are only good for one day, tomorrow Saturday November 21st. That is until, Black Friday rolls around when the promotion starts up again with additional offers. So please stay tuned!
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow November 21st and Sunday November 22nd, Designer Con is happening at the Pasadena Convention Center. Tickets are oh so reasonably priced at $5 presale and $7 at the door. It is the best value in town for your buck.
And if you guys wanna come watch a bunch of LEGO nerds try and put together a LEGO amusement park as fast as possible, we’ll be doing a speed build of 10247 Ferris Wheel and 10244 Fairground Mixer on Saturday around 3:00pm over at the BrickStuds booth.
Also at the BrickStuds booth will be one of the largest displays of Comic Bricks, a collection of comic book covers recreated in with LEGO. Check out the Comic Bricks flickr group for an idea of what will be on display.
I hope to see you there so come on by and say hi.
With a month to go until The Force Awakens makes all of the money and brings the nerdverse to its knees (out of joy or rage remains to be seen). To build of excitement for their little-known Indie film, Disney has been airing several TV spots that mostly give us bits of the longer trailers, but a few new bits. The most recent was a bit different, putting the focus squarely on Finn and showing us plenty of new stuff, like a practical use for BB-8 and those curved walls in the Falcon or Kylo Ren in daylight.
A recent email exchange I had with a fan pointed out to me that 10188 Death Star was discontinued. Color me surprised because I had no idea. The Shop@Home listing didn’t have the “Retiring Soon” tag. And the last time it was out of stock its flavor text was “Temporarily Out of Stock” and listed a restock date and not “Sold Out”. However, I did notice that 10188 Death Star is not included on LEGO’s Star Wars theme page. So I made a quick phone call to Shop@Home and they haven’t been able to confirm anything other than the set is back in stock. She said to me like five times. “I don’t know but I do know it’s back in stock.” To her credit though, the rep I spoke to said she’d inquire with the product manager on my behalf and ask about it’s discontinued and/or retiring soon status and then get back to me via email. If I get a response back I’ll either update this post or make a new one.
10188 Death Star has the unique distinction of having an amazingly long production run. The set came out in 2008 and is clocking in at seven years and counting! Awesome sets come and go and should this set be sunsetting, it would make me a sad panda. It’s a cornerstone to the theme. Always there. Waiting patiently to be scooped up. Seeing sets come and go. This set is so old it would sit around and say, “Back in my day, snowspeeders and X-wings were gray!” This set is so old it would sit around and say, “Back in my day, the Falcon still had its round radar dish!” This set is so old it would sit around and say, “Back in my day, minifig magnet sets weren’t glued!” If it is indeed coming to an end, I’m going to miss its cantankerous nature. It is still available on LEGO Shop@Home and Amazon for MSRP at $399.99.
Happening in just one week is DesignerCon! DCon will be held once again at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 21st and 22nd and putting together some of the best urban, underground, and pop independent artists in one room. There will be over 300 vendors, artists, and designers along with shows, demos, and other activities. FBTB will be there along with Brickstuds and BrickNerd featuring a large gallery of original MOCs. Comic Bricks will once again be showing this year taking some popular comic book covers and turning them into real-life LEGO models. On Saturday afternoon, the BrickStuds booth will also be doing a speed build of 10247 Ferris Wheel and as a bonus add-on event, we’ll also be speed-building 10244 Fairground Mixer.
Entrance fee is one of the best values in town: just $5 pre-sale or $7 at the door. Honestly, it is one of my favorite shows to go to. If you have any interest in urban art, this is the show to go to. Bring the kids along and enjoy one of the last few warm days out of the house before El Niño hits.
All the information you need to go to the show can be found at the DesignerCon website. I hope to see you there!
So we’ve posted this last week and mentioned it again since then, but it bears repeating: you know that coupon code on Amazon? LEGOMOMS? That nets you an additional $15 off the reduced price of $84.99 for a LEGO Dimensions Starter Kit making it just $69.99? That’s the best deal for the starter kit right now and maybe forever. It is essentially 30% off of MSRP of $99.99 and it’s good for the starter kit for all systems. I’ve been monitoring Black Friday deals that are coming up leading up to the big holiday weekend, and this is by far the best deal on the system. Not only is it the best deal, you can knock it off your list and not have to worry about it on Black Friday saving a little bit of your sanity. And really, you can’t put a price on that. I have no idea when the coupon code expires but as of this writing, it still works. You must be a Prime member to take advantage of the coupon code. You can sign up for a free trial if you haven’t already and then cancel before you get charged.
Well what about Level, Team, or Fun packs? Well Target’s Buy 2 Get 1 free video game deal is still going on and expires on December 25th. LEGO Dimensions is included in the offer. If you get three of the same kind of pack, you’ll essentially be netting a savings of 33% off. Wave 2 came out early last week adding the Doctor Who Level Pack along with a new Unikitty Fun Pack.
The price points were one of the main reasons that I held off on diving into Dimensions. Time being the other reason. But with these deals, I couldn’t pass it up. Now I just have to find the time.
LEGO has released images of the interior of the LEGO Ghostbusters Ideas project 75827 Firehouse Headquarters. With a selection a great looking minifigures and and unique way of opening up into a large L shaped playset, this beast looks like it should please collectors, MOCers and those that just like to play with very expensive toys. It’s funny, but when I first saw the Ninjago ghosts I thought they looked stupid. That opinion has softened since seeing them pop up here. That pole though!
The set releases on January 1 for the low, low price of $349.99 USD. Here’s the press release in case you missed it previously:
75827 Firehouse Headquarters
Ages 16+. 4,634 pieces.
US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – DE 349.99€ – UK £274.99 – DK 2999.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Get ready to bust some ghosts at the Firehouse Headquarters!
Recreate iconic Ghostbusters™ scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit and much more. Capture the ghosts with the proton packs and restore order, or solve other supernatural cases!
• Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost.
• Also comes with Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.
• Slide the Ghostbusters™ heroes down the fire pole into action.
• Chase the ghosts and secure them in the containment unit.
• Turn the librarian old lady into a scary ghost with the double-sided face and extra wig!
• Run tests on Louis in the lab to see if he’s possessed!
• Suspend ghosts around the building’s exterior with attachable transparent arms.
• Dodge the slime oozing up through cracks in the pavement.
• Accessory elements include an alarm bell, fire extinguisher, computer, phone, toolbox, tools, jars of slimes, magnifying glass, camera, camera rolls, arcade game, toaster with slime, fridge with frozen pizza, milk and cheese, and much more!
• Features opening walls for easy play access.
• Ghostbusters™ minifigures come with decorated arms.
• Measures over 14” (36cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep.
• With walls opened out, measures over 14” (36cm) high, 18” (46 cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep.
• Firehouse Headquarters doors can open to fit the 21108 LEGO® Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1 inside!
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
January 2016 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:
US Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (English) Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (French) Contact Center 1-877-518-5346
European Contact Center 00-800-5346-1111
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