Out of the sixty four contestants who signed up all but one of them submitted their ships on time, so a great turn out for the opening round. Unfortunately two more were DQ’ed on technicalities but that’s still a very promising start. Loads of fantastic builds to sort through means some real tough choices for voters. The polls are now open to active forum members. They’re each in the same threads where the builders posted their photos, and you can sign in and see a quick list here. The poll only last 48 hours, and time is up around 9:30PM on Tuesday night.
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Updated: Thursday 2:23am
Like last year, I’ve taken the time to compile a list of all of the Black Friday LEGO deals from most of the major retailers.
There aren’t a lot of great deals to be had. Most of them revolve around the LEGO video games and the deals that are available as of this writing are almost not worth leaving the house for in my opinion. There is one notable exception to this list and that is LEGO Shop@Home’s deals which haven’t been communicated yet. I’ll be updating this post throughout the week though as more retailers publish their deals, so bookmark it or keep checking back.
Just a quick heads up to all you procrastinating builders: you now have less than five hours remaining to submit your models. Anything submitted after 8PM Pacific Time tonight will be too late and you will forfeit your position in the tournament bracket. So far forty five out of the sixty four have posted. If any of the remaining nineteen miss the deadline their opponent will automatically advance to the next round while the polls will determine the rest. As far as the polls themselves, they will take a little bit of time to set up but I should have them ready within a few hours after the deadline at most. Stay tuned!
Amazon has put up for pre-sale all but one of the newest sets based on The Hobbit. The missing set in question is 79013 Lake-town Chase. I’m pretty sure it’s not an account exclusive, and the listing on Amazon has a third-party seller selling it for 2x MSRP (and also mistakenly uses images from 79014 Dol Guldur Battle on the page) but once the listing becomes legitimate for the set sold and shipped by Amazon, I’ll update this post or the forum thread with a link. All sets are marked to ship on December 1, 2013, just in time for Christmas. Anyways, here’s the other three sets:
While we wait for Exo Suit, the latest CUUSOO project to pass the review phase, to become a reality, the The OFficial LEGO CUUSOO Blog posted an interview with its designer, Peter Reid. It’s a quick read, no pun intended, but is quite encouraging for projects not based on an existing property to make it through.
Thanks to ninnymuggins for the heads up.
LEGO Shop@Home is kicking off Black Friday deals early this year. For today only, 11/23, you can get triple VIP points by shopping at LEGO Shop@Home. This deal is good only online and for today only until 11:59pm EST. As a bonus, you can get the second holiday set for this year if you spend $99 or more. Happy shopping!
Thanks to banthafodder for the heads up.
Now tell me, who didn’t see this coming? A lot of video game related sites are pointing to this post on All Games Beta as their source, even though AGB hasn’t sourced the picture themselves, but Tohst assured me that there were advertisements like this included in the newer Hobbit sets. This game is coming on the heels of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, so it has a lot to live up to and will probably be disappointing in the end.
A new polybag set has been spotted in the wild, the UK wild to be exact. Twitter follower @MickGreek tweeted us that he’s found the above polybag. Unfortunately, there are no other details, like where, but I assume the price is in line with what other polybags go for. We’ll update the forum thread once we get more info.
image via Brickset