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Ace Kim | September 24th, 2015 | Sales News

Amazon Prime: $67

Update: Sorry about that. The links have been updated. Amazon set up a special Prime promotional page. Please note that it will show up as $99 in your cart but will reflect the discount at checkout. Oh, and Kinja was wrong. You can’t give the gift of a discounted Prime membership. Oh well. Sorry for the confusion, folks.

Amazon Prime’s original tv series, Transparent, took home five Emmy awards this past weekend including one for Jeffrey Tambor for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series, Jill Soloway Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series for “Best New Girl”, and Bradley Whitford for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. To celebrate, Amazon is offering Prime membership for just $67, down from $99, for one day only, Friday September 25th, 2015. The deal starts right now at 12:00am EST and expires at 11:59pm EST. There are a ton of benefits to being a Prime member:

– FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
– Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs
– Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video including some HBO content
– Free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive
– Read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

You also get free one-day shipping on select items and access to Prime Now which offers one-hour delivery on select items in select areas. And every now then, Amazon will offer sale prices to Prime members only. It’s definitely worth it in my opinion.

Already a Prime member? You can still net the $32 in savings with a little extra work. Give yourself a gift subscription. Then you’ll need to stop auto-renewal on your existing membership and once that lapses, apply the gift subscription to your account, and then set up auto-renew again. Boom! $32 stays in your pocket.

Ace Kim | September 24th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, Sales News

21303 WALL•E Now Available Through LEGO Shop@Home

21303 Wall-E Box

21303 WALL•E is now available for purchase in North America. I just ordered mine. We’ll see exactly what the mod is.

Ace Kim | September 24th, 2015 | Sales News, The LEGO Movie

Amazon Discounts The LEGO Movie Sets

I still don’t have a copy of 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP, believe or not. I think I gave my one and only copy away at Bricks LA so I’m going to try and take advantage of this deal. Then I look at all the other LEGO Movie sets I still don’t have and then all of a sudden my bill goes up a couple of bucks. Sigh. With LEGO Dimensions right around the corner, you may be saving your pennies for some of those sets but if you’re like me and need to fill some holes in your LEGO Movie collection, Amazon put some of the sets on discount. The discounts range from 14-24% off. Set name, discounted price, and MSRP are listed below:

The LEGO Movie

Ken Robichaud | September 24th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Alison Brie Gets Angry In New LEGO Dimensions Trailer

I like her when she’s angry. The actress who played the adorkable Annie on Community is the latest actor to appear in one of LEGO Dimensions numerous trailers in the lead up to the game release this weekend. Also, below is a trailer I forgot to post last week that gives you an idea just how much voice talent has gone into this game.

Just three more days ’til bankruptcy…

Ace Kim | September 22nd, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Previewing The LEGO Dimensions 71201 Back To The Future Level Pack

71201 Back To The Future 32

Hello, faithful fubbytubbies! We are bringing you an early sneak peak at what you can expect from the from the LEGO Dimensions line with this, 71201 Back To The Future Level Pack. We won’t be previewing the actual game level, just the LEGO elements you get in the pack so let’s get right into it shall we?

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Ace Kim | September 21st, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts The Ghost by 25%

Newly marked down or something I missed from my earlier post? Not sure but no matter because if you’re looking to pick up the flagship set from the Rebels cartoon, 75053 The Ghost, you can pick one up from Amazon with a hefty 25% discount. Its price tag now reads $67.77, down from $89.99. You’ll also score free shipping.

But wait, there’s more! Act now and you can still get 75048 The Phantom for 24% off at $18.99. The Phantom and The Ghost combine to form The Phost.

Nick Martin | September 21st, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

75101 - FOSF TIE Fighter Full Set

My love of TIE fighters (and Ewoks) is well documented. I’ve owned every version of the ship, minis, Chibis, and the like included, back to that very first TIE Advanced vs. Y-Wing set in 1999 and the first TIE fighter in 2001. I don’t often buy multiples of any sets other than battle packs or clearance unless I have specific projects in mind, but I liked the last TIE fighter enough that I purchased enough that I’ve been able to use them for gifts, mods, reviews, and still keep one tucked away for my daughter. I haven’t quite been able to justify getting the 6″ Black Series TIE fighter yet, but that’s not to say I haven’t been attempting to justify it.

Just sayin’, I like me some TIE Fighters. One of things that Star Wars, specifically the original trilogy, did so well, was to break away from the idea that space ships look like planes (and something that the PT did way too much). There were certainly inspirations in there, but that first time you saw a TIE, it looked so unlike standard spaceships that it just stuck in your brain. It also spoke to the nature of the Empire, throwaway, mass-produced ships that won with numbers instead of skill. Plus, there were just so many jokes you can make with a name like TIE fighter.

I was really looking forward to reviewing 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter even after I found out that the 517 part set was going to carry a premium $69.99 price tag along with it. The set is only visible for a few seconds in the teaser, but in those seconds you see it kicking some serious butt. We don’t know a whole lot about the Special Forces, what’s going on (or even if those are Imperials flying it), or how many of this particular TIE exist… we just know it’s got a flashy red and black styling going on and it seats two pilots. I liked Rey’s Speeder well enough, and love the source for this ship, but that price and the fact we’ve had a lot of TIEs lately mean that this ship has a pretty tough hill to climb….

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Ace Kim | September 18th, 2015 | LEGO Ideas, Reviews

Review: 21303 WALL•E

21303 WALL-E 1

When I saw Angus MacLane’s WALL•E project on LEGO Ideas, I had no doubt in my mind that it would be turned into an official set. After all, LEGO and Disney seem to be enjoying a mutually beneficial relationship of licensee and licensor. Angus himself works at Pixar, a Disney-owned company. I would have been more surprised if the set didn’t make it into production. When 21303 WALL•E was officially announced back in September I was excited. After seeing comments online about the crappy neck joint and having built the set myself, I’m pissed. Let me get my rant out of the way and then I’ll sing the set’s praises.

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Ace Kim | September 17th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Amazon Discounts LEGO Star Wars

75055 Imperial Star Destroyer

Amazon is applying a healthy dose of discounts to select LEGO Star Wars toys. Unfortunately, none of the new sets based off of The Force Awakens are included (and they probably won’t see a discount anytime soon) but now’s a good time to fill up the holes in your collection.

Nick Martin | September 16th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Review: 75099 Rey’s Speeder

75099 Rey's Speeder Full Set

When the Force Awakens trailer first launched, and after I’d watched it a few dozen times in a glorious mix of trepidation and fanboy glee, the vehicle that I latched on to more than anything was the ludicrously absurd, yet awesome, speeder that Rey was driving. It was a wonderful mix of Star Wars feel, in a classic-ish setting, and that one absurd vehicle that J.J. Abrams has to put into all of his vehicles (remember that cop speeder in the Star Wars Trek remake?).  It was also nice that we were getting one of the main characters, a woman at that, in the cheapest of the Force Awakens sets. We saw her in the trailer, so I was fully prepared for this to be in a much larger set, or ignored entirely. [Edit. Thanks Gingerbeard Man for pointing out I violated Nerd Commandment #3 and mixed up Trek and Wars when writing this]

At $19.99 (or $21.99 if you pay the penalty for shopping at Toys ‘r Us… don’t judge me, it was less than the gas I would have used to drive to somewhere else for Force Friday), this is by far the cheapest set in the lineup at half the price of the next cheapest set. For our hard earned money, we get 193 pieces and two minifigs, which makes it a bit light, but we get what is already an iconic vehicle. If you’ve seen the trailer, this was the first vehicle we got to see, so it’s the one that was just stamped into our brains. There is something Star Wars about it, that mixture of futuristic and impractical that defined all of their technology (seriously, Speeder Bikes in a giant forest is just an awful idea).

This is also the set that I wanted more than the rest, in part because I wanted Rey, but mostly because I thought it had a lot of promise as a mix of value and pieces. First visual glances says it’s not a prefect representation (what we saw in the trailer didn’t have all those extra tools on the side, let alone the greebling), but still looks like a nifty little speeder. It also helps that reviewing 75099 Rey’s Speeder was made easier by the size and the lack of a comparison set. The closest thing would be the Landspeeder, but we don’t even know how this all fits together at this point.

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