Found in the Netherlands no less, assuming these Bricklink listings are accurate. Which means they’re out in the wild and should be hitting other markets soon. 2 down, 1 to go.
Thanks to murphquake for the tip.
All the info you need on how you can participate in this year’s Star Wars Days held on March 7th and 8th at LEGOLAND California is right here. It’s about 95% complete with a few loose details to come later with the sign-up sheets. There is a ton of info, so please read the post carefully and post or email any questions and/or comments you may have.
Amazon is listing 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship! for $80. I don’t think I’ve seen this set go for cheaper and if it had I totally missed it. It’s a great value for the price.
This set seems to be perma-discounted at this price over at Walmart, so you can pick it up there instead if you wish. No doubt Amazon’s price is in response to Walmart’s online store offering it up for sale again without having to do the store pick up deal. Both sites offer free shipping.
And the very first winner of 2015, winning the above pictured polybag set of Electro, is…
Congratulations, Andres! You’re the big winner! And to everyone else, next month’s giveway starts in just a few weeks.
Oh, and one small note. I’ve thrown out about 100 entries or so for not following the rules. I both laughed and cried with every click of the trash can button. Come on, people, these giveaways aren’t a race. First one in doesn’t mean you win. Just take the two minutes to read the rules and you’ll vastly increase your chances from a definite 0% to something greater than 0 but less than 1.
Get ready for round 2 of the Research Institute madness. Alateriel, creator of the most difficult Ideas set to get 21110 Research Institute, has done it again. Sometime yesterday, January 9th, her latest project dubbed Science Adventures received the final 10,000th vote to enter the review phase. The current review phase will close on May 1 and will consider all projects that reach support between January and May.
Given the popularity of Research Institute, I have no doubt Science Adventures will be approved. I just hope LEGO has learned their lesson and will produce copious amounts of the set for sale on Day 1.
This year, the event is a full three weeks earlier than last year. This year Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California will be held on March 7-8, 2015. FBTB will be there again hosting the event. I will be updating the Bricklandia site this weekend with details on participation and incentives, and of course, will keep you posted here on this site as well. The format of things will be slightly different but we will be posting details soon, so please stay tuned.
These images were emailed to me over the break and since I was on full on vacation mode, I got lazy and sort of forgot about them. This is the upcoming promotional polybag figure promoting the upcoming theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie. I’m kidding. I know the movie came out last year. But man, LEGO is TIMELY with their licensed tie-in’s aren’t they? I kind of thought that it might have been a cross promo for the rumored UCS Helicarrier set, but I’m pretty sure that’s coming in March (with VIP Early Access set for late December) with Winter Soldier poly on the slate for… I want to say June. Don’t quote me on that though. I’m just taking some wild guesses. Cue fake cough.
Anyways, Winter Soldier dude has what looks like a metallic silver arm. If you have an spare Chrome Stormtroopers laying around or TC-14’s, an easy parts swap should make it nice and shiny. Though, you do lose the arm printing by doing that. He also has a double-sided head with the other side having the eye mask. My guess is that he will be a free-with-purchase gift with a $75 dollar purchase.
Right now, both Amazon and Target are selling 76028 Darkseid Invasion for $10 less for $59.99 instead of what LEGO Shop@Home is charging, $69.99. I’m pretty sure that Amazon’s price was in response to Target’s price as that is Target’s everyday price. It could just be a pricing error so I’m not sure how long that price will last before Mama LEGO calls them up and says, “Dude.” Order from Target with your REDCard and save an additional 5% on top of that.
Sometimes, it feels like LEGO is all about the remakes, but when you take a step back from the rabid fan base ledge (a locale that I keep an apartment at), it’s the kind of thing that makes sense in a licensed theme like Star Wars. The reality is that there is a finite amount of things they can make, and even when there are certain ships or vehicles that get the short stick, the reality is that the majority of their customers, kids, never had a chance to own the earlier version of a particular set or ship. Unless it’s a Jedi Starfighter, since it feels like they release ten of them a year.
And no matter how we old farts feel about the PT, younger audiences, and, honestly, even adults that are in their 20s by now, identify with those movies just as much as we identify with the original movies. I have a (somewhat notorious) history of ripping on Episode I in some of my reviews, because that movie just stunk out loud, but one thing you can really say about it, much more than II or III, is that the vehicles that came from it were quite a bit more memorable than some of the later stuff. The AAT, Pod Racers, Naboo Fighters, Vulture Droids, and the Gungan Sub were all visually distinct and interesting vehicles.
Yet none of those sets ever got me quite as much as the MTT (Multi-Troop Transport, though since it carried droids, maybe it was a Multi-Toaster Transport). Part of that is because it was one of the most notable parts of the trailer that built up all the excitement going in to Episode I (before those hopes were just destroyed)… the doors opening, droids going down, and the sound of them standing up was shudder-worthy back in the day. Yet more than that, 2007’s 7662 Trade Federation MTT of this particular vehicle was just a fantastic build. It was itself a remake of the original 1999 set, and LEGO came a lot way between that official wave and the middle of the 00s, and it delivered some serious bang at $99 by delivering 1330 parts (including a mess of brown slopes) and 21 Battle Droids.
I actually own a few of the 2007 version after stumbling on a great clearance sale, and it’s one of the sets that I keep perpetually built and sitting on a shelf. It was going to be hard for LEGO to actually top that build, but they’ve been able to surprise me before on some remakes.
The chances of that took a pretty huge hit when the first images of this set, and the pricing details, first surfaced. It was a TRU exclusive, which meant it likely had the TRU markup (though right now it’s SRP on their website… YMMV in stores). The price was $10 less, which is actually a bigger gap when you look at general inflation of LEGO price points ($89 now is basically the $69 price point then… while that $99 in 2007 is a $130 set now), but worse, when you looked at the set, it just looked all sorts of wrong. Small, ugly, and seemingly a step back, the set was going to have the deck stacked against it for anyone who owned (and loved) the previous version.
Yeah, these are all gone. The AT-DP sold out on like the second day. The others were still there as of Saturday when I last checked. Of course, that’s when I should have placed my order because sometime between then and this morning, they were no longer showing up in my cart. I emailed my affiliate rep, and he has confirmed that they are out and will no longer be available. If they happen to find any stashed away in some dark corner of the warehouse, it would be a miracle so I wouldn’t count on that happening.
If you’re still desperate, there’s always your local Brand Retail locations but I would call to make sure they have any left before making the drive as supplies at stores vary from location to location. Even if you’re not near one, most if not all stores should be able to do a phone order and have it shipped out to you. No free shipping though so be aware of that. And if you’re truly desperate, there’s always (fl)e(a)Bay and/or Bricklink.