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Ace Kim | April 29th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

May The 4th Shop@Home Promotion

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LEGO is ramping up awareness for the upcoming, unofficial Star Wars holiday shopping weekend starting on May 2nd. I received this flyer in the mail the other day and just now received the same sort of thing in an email. Here are all of the promotions that I can glean. All promotions are valid May 2-4 or while supplies last where applicable:

  • Free Admiral Wulff Yularen minifig with $75 LEGO Star Wars purchase. If you’re like me and was all like “Who?”, according to Wookiepedia, he plays a major role during the Clone Wars and had a brief cameo appearance in Episode IV, hence why he looks normal and not bug-eyed. He looks like this:
  • A chance to win 1 of 10 UCS TIE Fighter sets signed by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, owner of The LEGO Group. You must be a VIP member and make a LEGO Star Wars purchase from May 2-4, 2015 to qualify for the drawing. Free email entry also available. To secure your one permitted entry per day, please send an email to [email protected], stating your name, VIP number and LEGO Star Wars Sweepstakes 2015 in the subject line.
  • Free Collectible Poster. This should be the Episode IV poster that were also given away at Star Wars Celebration.
  • 75095 TIE Fighter On Sale! LEGO’s newest Star Wars UCS set goes on sale May 2nd for $199.99.

There is also a LEGO video introducing the TIE Fighter set:

If you can make it out to a brand retail location this weekend, the stores will be offering an in-store build session.

Build a LEGO Starfighter and earn your own paper Starfighter helmet that you can decorate with exclusive stickers!

And lastly, there is also word on discounted Star Wars products. While no official list has come out yet for the US, a list for the UK programme has come out. The discounts are only 10% and may or may not be an indication of what the US program may offer. We may be stuck getting clearance keychains again. The UK programme is also slightly different. The May the 4th promotion runs from 2 May through 9 May. And the threshold to get Yularen is €55/£50. Here’s your list of discounted sets for the UK:

I’ll post another update once we know what discounts the US will be getting. Prepare thine wallets!

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Ace Kim | April 28th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SWC] LEGO, Their Booth, Their Exclusives at Celebration – A Recap

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I promise this is the last celebration post.

For various reasons which I won’t get into, I was unable to attend Celebration. I was bummed but such is life. I relied on Instagram and pop culture news outlets to get my fix. However, FBTB fan Mos Eisley was in attendance and I asked him to give me a summary of what he experienced. The reason for this is to see how good or bad a person’s booth experience would be. Their history at San Diego Comic Con has its high points and low points and I, like I do every year, hoped that things improve. This is what he had to say and my reaction and comments follows.

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Ace Kim | April 28th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded Out Today

Today is Tuesday, also known as new media Tuesday except for comic books which are released on Wednesdays. But today is the day that LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded comes out. For those of you who already pre-ordered from Amazon, you should be getting your books today if you haven’t already gotten them by now. For everyone else, you can order it today for the low price of $13.53. The book comes with a McQuarrie concept-style white Boba Fett using the newer style Mandalorian armor. There is no printing on the arms, however.

And if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you can pick up the first volume for $10.22.

Ace Kim | April 27th, 2015 | LEGO Super Heroes, Marvel Comics, News

Winter Soldier Minifigure Promotion Details

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In addition to the Bat-Pod giveaway, the other interesting tidbit ACPin revealed from the June store calendar is the details for the Winter Soldier minifig promotion. Slated for the month of June or while supplies last, purchase at least $75 at LEGO Shop@Home or at a Brand Retail location and you’ll get the above pictured polybag for free. Since this minifigure has printing on his arms, swapping it for a chrome arm will leave him printless. There’s no restriction on what themes you need to buy, so buying anything should net you the figure.

With the Kwik-E-Mart up for general public in May, and the Star Wars UCS TIE Fighter coming out May 2nd, you have a lot of choices on how to get the minifig.

Ace Kim | April 27th, 2015 | Contests, DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Limited Edition LEGO Bat-Pod Giveaway

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ACPin on flickr has discovered the Brand Retail store calendar for the month of June and boy does it have some goodies! Pictured above is a snippet of the calendar detailing a unique giveaway. LEGO Shop@Home is giving away 750 limited edition LEGO Bat-Pods. It’s unclear if it’s a set you build or a pre-assembled sculpture. To enter, simply make a DC Super Heroes purchase through LEGO Shop@Home or at a Brand Retail location with your VIP card during the month of June. Alternatively, you can also enter by email. To enter by email, send an email to [email protected] with your name, VIP number and “Bat-Pod” in the subject line. Winners will be announced mid-July. You can enter once a day for a total of 30 possible entries. This giveaway is ONLY open to VIP members so you will need to use your card when you make your purchase. Also, it is ONLY available for VIP members in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Ace Kim | April 23rd, 2015 | Events, LEGO, News

Deadline To Register For Bricks LA Is Tomorrow

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Update: We are sold out of VIB registrations. But don’t let that stop you from visiting the show during public hours! We hope to see you there!

The last day to register for Los Angeles’ first AFOL convention, Bricks LA held at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 16th and 17th, is approaching fast – it’s tomorrow! Friday will be the last day to register as a VIB (Very Important Builder) and participate in the show as a builder and show off your latest, greatest, and best MOCs. Registration fee is $45 and includes:

  • Access to all Bricks LA attendee events throughout the weekend (keynote, giveaways, activities, games, etc.)!
  • Bricks LA brick badge including two custom printed bricks just for you!
  • Bricks LA swag bag full of fantastic brick goodies!
  • Ability to register MOCs to participate in the public exhibition and theme contests!

We have a lot of stuff to giveaway too either in the swag bag or as prizes for the theme contests.

Not attending as a VIB? Come as a guest and check out the public exhibition! Public hours are Saturday May 16th from 9am to 6pm and Sunday May 17th from 9am to 5pm. Admission is just $5 and children 12 and under are free! Tickets are available at the door.

Got questions? The Bricks LA website has a ton of information so check it out and we hope to see you there.

Ace Kim | April 22nd, 2015 | DC Universe, LEGO Super Heroes, News

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Launch DC Super Hero Girls, LEGO Is Involved

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This press release just came in. In a nutshell, DC Comics is launching an initiative called DC Super Hero Girls aimed at girls to build character, confidence, and empowers them to find their true potential. Sign. Me. Up.

They’ve partnered up with Mattel for product tie-in and will also be partnering with LEGO. Here’s the bit from the press release that’s relevant:

The LEGO Group will also be key to building the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGO® building sets designed to inspire girls’ imaginations.

After reading that, I immediately thought of Jon Lazar’s Super LEGO Friends Project. Related? Inspired by? Who knows. Who cares. I just want it now. We’re going to have to wait until the fall of this year though before anything comes out. DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel were named in launching something by then. LEGO products might come out a little later. Dare I say possibly during January 2016 product cycle? Also, it’s not rocket surgery to think that this new line will use the Friends-style minidolls and, for better or for worse, color palette and be separate from the existing boy-oriented DC Super Heroes sets we already enjoy. I can’t wait!

Now, Marvel just needs to get on board.

Read the press release

Ace Kim | April 20th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars

[SWC] The Jango Figure WAS At Celebration

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I guess Jango did make an appearance at Celebration after all. FBTB Fan Michael sent in the above picture. Those display cases that LEGO uses are just terrible, unless of course you like looking at things as if they were enshrouded with fog. I’ll see if LEGO can send me some official pictures.

And I take back what I said: he doesn’t look that great. Something seems off about him. Maybe he just looks really spindly….

Ace Kim | April 20th, 2015 | LEGO Jurassic World, News

New Jurassic World Trailer

Universal Pictures released what I think is the final full length trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World movie. Dare I say it looks good? I absolutely loved the first movie. It had great effects and some genuinely scary moments and still holds up well to this day. So far, to me it looks like Jurassic World will carry on that tradition. And yes I am conveniently ignoring the train wrecks knowns as Jurassic Park 2 and 3.

Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12.

Ace Kim | April 20th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

[SWC] Droid Tales Panel Now Online

If you’re like me and missed the Droid Tales panel at Celebration on Friday, then have no fear, YouTube is here! LEGO posted the entire panel over on their YouTube channel. The panel is about an hour long and unfortunately because of work, three kids, and other real life obligations, I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet so I can’t say whether or not it’s worth sitting through.