Today is Tuesday December 9th, also known as Guardians of the Galaxy day. And yes I realize it was released digitally a few weeks ago but some of us still like buying tangible media. Besides, buying a hard copy usually nets you a digital copy as well. Anyways, it’s out today on disc. There’s the Blu-ray combo pack for $19.99 on Amazon which includes a Blu-ray disc, 3D Blu-ray, and a digital copy. And I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a combo pack for a major release not include a DVD copy. You can buy it separately for just $9.99. I guess it was inevitable as more people adopt Blu-ray and head toward the eventual 4k standard.
If you live near a Best Buy, are lucky, and like having special packaging, Best Buy has a steelbook version of the Blu-ray combo pack. It’s designed to look like a (GIANT) walkman with the Awesome Mix tape visible in the faux cassette window. It’s $19.99 and supplies are limited. It’s sold out online and only available for pick up in-store at this point. If anyone happens to grab an extra copy…
I was browsing Shop@Home yesterday and noticed that a fair number of LEGO Star Wars sets are now listed as “Sold out” and, typically, when that happens, it’s a sign that the set is discontinued and will no longer be made available through LEGO Shop@Home or its Brand Retail locations. If you do manage to find them at a LEGO store it is probably the last remaining stock the store has. If you’re like me you probably do the year end scramble trying to fill the holes in your collection before it’s too late and you’re paying out the nose for some set you saw go on sale a long time ago but was too lazy to pick it up right then and there. God only knows how many times that’s happened to me.
Fear not, for this year I’ve decided to do something about it. I have assembled a list of the discontinued sets and links to where you can still purchase the item from a retail establishment at MSRP, sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more (but not too much more). Some locations may involve a purchase online/pick up in-store one-two punch to get it.
The following sets aren’t listed as “Sold out”, instead they are labeled as “Call to check product availability” which means that the product is discontinued and that they have really low stock and don’t want to oversell.
I think this is news but only because Shop@Home is telling me it is but right now all four of the sets based on the upcoming Hobbit movie, The Battle of Five Armies, is now available for purchase. I’m confused because I’ve seen some of them already on the shelf at Target stores in my area. I guess they aren’t sticklers for street dates like some other retailers. Potential spoilers in the sets so be be warned: I’ve posted the box art with each listing so avert thine eyes.
If you keep missing Amazon’s restocks on Benny’s Spaceship, you might be able to score one from Walmart.com. They currently have it in stock for immediate shipping to your home or pick up at local store. Obviously the free shipping to your home would be the better deal but maybe you have a car battery, a fishing rod, bullets and some underpants on your shopping list as well, so a trip to the store may not be such a waste. Act fast, cause these will likely sell out.
It’s that festive time of year again, with too many bargains, music that you get sick of too fast, and the urge to smack anyone with a bell (or is that just me?)… and that means it’s once again our annual gift exchange. This is an official, but mostly unofficial, thing that’s put on by members of our forums, and is open to any registered members. Like anything that goes on in our Buy/Sell/Trade forum, we don’t take any responsibility for things that went wrong, but generally, we have good members and there have been a lot of decent stuff swapped over the years. We’re a bit slow on the ball getting this out, but there are still a couple of days to sign up if you’re interested.
Full details are below!
Details and conditions
1) Deadline is DECEMBER 6 at 11:59 PM Central time to participate, then I figure out who sends to whom and I post it here.
2) To participate, simply post in here. Please specify: a) the country you live in; b) if you will ship within your country or internationally. And please, try to be logical about where you’re willing to ship. If you live in the USA, shipping locally won’t cause that much of a problem for the drawing. But if you live in Greenland, you might end up shipping something to yourself .
3) Once the drawing is done and you know who you’re sending to, you must send a set, a MOC or parts worth approximately 10-15 $/£/€ to that person. Please don’t go all cheap and dump off your stash of say, unused Battle Droids on an unsuspecting person. Instead, look at the posts of the person and figure out what he/she is in to and what might make your gift really special.
4) Expect the same from the person drawn to send to you.
5) Ideally, since it’s a X-Mas exchange, everybody should be getting a package in the mail by Christmas, but experience tells us that it is not always possible. I will follow up with all participants to check if items have been sent and/or received.
6) Don’t put your name down if you cannot afford to participate or are just trying to score free LEGO without sending some out too. Anyone who participates but doesn’t send their side should expect to receive a negative feedback on the Straight Shooters list, with all the consequences that might result from this.
On the flip side, all who do receive their gifts are encouraged to post positive feedback on the SSL, as this exchange is considered by all means a trade made through this forum.
In other words, be a responsible adult about this, even if you’re not there chronologically.
7) People who agree to participate and then wuss out or don’t send their side will be publicly called out on here. I also reserve the right to give them silly nicknames and virtually laugh at them whenever I get the chance.
8) When you do receive your gift (and you will ), please post here so I can keep track.