Barnes&Noble.com has a one-day Buy One Get One 50% off sale on all LEGO. Free shipping kicks in if your order total is $25 or more. Be aware that some items are offered through their marketplace and will thus be priced higher and will not be eligible discount. Obviously the deal works best when you can buy two items of the same price to maximize the discount. After spending a few minutes searching, their selection for licensed sets is pretty slim. The only big ticket item I was able to find was Lord of the Rings 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep for MSRP. Getting two of them totals out to $194.92, or just $97.46 each before any tax and you’ll score free shipping. And I believe that members will also save an additional 10% off on top of that.
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This is one of those sets that’s kind of a hard sell. It’s basically a glorified battle pack with enough building elements to extend your Helm’s Deep wall, but the $30 price tag makes it an easy pass. It hasn’t seen any signficiant discount but today’s price on Amazon makes it a bit more attractive. It’s down to $24.74, an 18% drop. You can pick up four of them for less than a $100 assuming you live in a non-taxed state. It goes perfectly with the sale price on 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep, which is still holding steady at $98.80.
Toys R Us CANADA’s second week of Bricktober sees a 20% discount on all Lord Of The Rings, Technic and Dino sets so now would be the time to pick up these sets if you’re looking to hit the $75 treshold and score the second Vintage Minifigure Collection. The freebie at this weeks $35 mark? The Monster Fighters Ghost Polybag that I heard was a Target exclusive. Guess not. Keep in mind these offers stack, but get there quick if you want them.
This would be the perfect time to get that Triceratops to complete the “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” vignette you’ve been working on…
Amazon has discounted 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep to just below the magical threshold of $100. It is listed at $99.69, a 23% discount, as of this writing. I can’t take any more of these sales. My wallet is hurting right now.
Amazon’s current price as of this writing for 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor is $69.25, beating out our last mention by a dollar. That’s a 22% savings. This is the third time this set has seen such a nice mark down in a few weeks.
Also, still looking to get 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep? That’s been discounted too, down to $103.00, a 21% drop. I’m waiting for the day the most expensive sets, Helm’s Deep, Malevolence, Palace, etc, drop below $100. It’ll happen some day…. some day….
Still looking to complete your LEGO LOTR collection on the cheap? I know I am. Amazon currently has 9474 The Battle of Helm’s Deep discounted by 22%, down to $101.14. And of course, there’s no tax to most states and free shipping, so you’ll be saving even more.
It’s been a while since I’ve given an update so this is going to seem like it’s coming out of left field, but in case anyone was wondering, I am no longer unemployed. About a month and a half ago, I started working full-time for a (semi-)local hospital in SoCal helping manage their intranet. And the only reason I bring that up now is because ever since I started working full time again in an office, I appreciate more and more the time, energy, and money saved by ordering stuff online. I was telecommuting at my previous job and it was easy to just pick up and go do a Target run or whatever. Not so much anymore these days. Amazon is pretty much my go-to site to order stuff and with Amazon Prime, getting things quickly is soooo convenient.
And since I’m giving way long overdue updates I might as well give this one. My wife and I are expecting our second baby in mid-October. We’re having a boy and no his name is not going to be Luke. Time is such a commodity these days, if you don’t have kids, you have no idea. Anyways, enough about me….
Update: 9473 The Mines of Moria is discounted 23%, down to $61.91. That Uruk-Hai army set is still at MSRP. Expansion plans will have to wait…
LEGO is a building toy, not an action figure line. It’s hard to tell with recent sets, but it’s true. One of the most difficult things for licensed LEGO sets is to capture the where and what just as much as who. Star Wars was the low-hanging fruit… there are so many things to capture. Vehicles like the X-Wing and Jedi Star Fighter have a certain look that give something to build. Some places, like Jabba’s Palace or Cloud City can provide a very solid where, in some ways as iconic as the ships.
While characters are important, capturing these other things really makes it feel like Star Wars (maybe in part because that’s the cool thing in a sea of sub-par acting, who knows). When it comes to a license like Lord of the Rings, movies that are so intrinsically character-based, building sets that are anything more than glorified battle packs becomes much tougher. There are a limited number of places that can be done and really capture the “where,” and pretty much no vehicles to do what (catapults don’t really count in my mind).
A few scenes in the movie that could be done up well, and a lot of them showed up in the first wave: Weathertop, The Elven Council, Moria, Minis Tirith, and Helm’s Deep. The Battle of Helm’s Deep is the climactic battle of the second movie, and a place where the where was just as important as the who. LEGO chose to capture the battle as their top-tier set in the first wave… so how does it do that at $129.99? (more…)