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Nick Martin | November 18th, 2015 | Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Force Awakens TV Spots Throw Gas on the Excitement Fire

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.



Ace Kim | November 16th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

10188 Death Star In Stock

10188 Death Star

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.

Ace Kim | November 13th, 2015 | Events

DesignerCon Is Happening Next Weekend

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!

Ace Kim | November 13th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, Sales News

Amazon’s LEGO Dimensions Deal Is The Best Deal – We’ve Checked

LEGO Dimensions PS3 Starter Pack

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.

Ace Kim | November 11th, 2015 | LEGO Ghostbusters, News

LEGO Ghostbusters 75827 Firehouse Headquarters Interior Revealed


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 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, 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

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved. © 2016 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved

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Ace Kim | November 9th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Reminder: LEGO Star Wars Mini Poe’s X-wing Build-and-Take Event This Saturday


Just a reminder that this Saturday, November 14th, Toys’R’Us stores across the US will be hosting a Build-and-Take event. The model this time around is Poe’s X-wing from the upcoming The Force Awakens film. The event lasts from 12-2pm and supplies will be extremely limited so get there early.

Ace Kim | November 9th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Avanaut Gets A Book: LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy Releases Tomorrow

If you’re at all active in the LEGO community over at flickr, you have no doubt have either heard of or seen Vesa’s work. Better known as Avanaut there, Vesa Lehtimäki teamed up with DK Publishing to publish a book of his photographic works surrounding LEGO Star Wars in a book titled LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy. As an amateur shutterbug and a fan of LEGO Star Wars, I’ve always admired the images he creates since the day I discovered his stream. In fact, two years ago I proposed to LEGOLAND that they expand their repertoire of LEGO Star Wars photography for Star Wars Days and include Vesa’s work. They agreed and his work has been featured there for two years running now. His work is amazing and I am hoping the book will spill the beans on some more of his techniques, tips, and tricks behind the photos because it’s mindboggling to see how much work goes into the process behind the shot. I can’t speak highly enough of him and I highly recommend you pick up this book for yourself or the LEGO Star Wars fan in your life. He elevates this simple toy and theme into an art form that should be appreciated by all.

You can pre-order the book right now from Amazon for $13.74. The book is officially released tomorrow, November 10th.

Here are just some samples of his work pulled from his stream:

A Pilot's Dream Last Ship to Rendezvous Point Silent Night, Hothian Night Breaking in the Tauntaun (Revisited & Rejected)
Ace Kim | November 8th, 2015 | LEGO Dimensions, Sales News

Buy 2 Get 1 Free LEGO Dimensions Team, Level, and Fun Packs at Target

71203 Portal 2

Did you pick up a Starter Pack last week from Amazon’s amazing Prime deal? Well, maybe you need some add-on packs now? Target has you covered with their amazing video game sale this week. Right now through Saturday, Target brick and mortar stores and Target online are running a Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion on all video game items. LEGO Dimensions Team, Level, and Fun packs are included on this deal. Free item is applied to the lowest priced item in your cart so to maximize the savings on this deal, you should check out three of the same type of items, i.e. three level packs, three team packs or three fun packs. Use your Target REDCard for an additional 5% savings on your cart total.

And in case you were still on the fence about picking up the Starer Pack, the Amazon deal is still in effect (use “LEGOMOMS” coupon code at checkout; must be a Prime member; price drops to $69.99).

Nick Martin | November 8th, 2015 | Star Wars, The Force Awakens

39 Days to Go: New TV Spot for Force Awakens

We get to hear a bit more of Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) in this one, and a few shots of Rey kicking some butt. This has a few more worlds on it, like the jungle world we see in the background of 75103 First Order Transporter. I do like that they’re only spoiling tiny little things thus far, and not doing reveals on stuff like what several characters look like or their role in things.

Nick Martin | November 7th, 2015 | LEGO Star Wars, Rumour Mill, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

2016 Star Wars Set Images found in Finn Polybag

2016 Set Images

Eagle-eyed readers over at Brickset came across some pictures of a couple of new Polybags, one featuring Finn in Stormtrooper armor. A couple of days later, a copy of the Finn minifigure was found in the wild, and included an insert with pictures of the 2016 sets. Several of these we’ve already seen in leaked pictures or lists, but this is the first not-at-all-official but not-really-a-leak picture we’ve seen of the sets. The battle packs, in particular, look pretty interesting, and I look forward to torturing myself reviewing all of them next year.