Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Star Wars’
We are not very good at highlighting other fansite or their promotions. I hope this is a step in the right direction:
Lowlug.nl, a Dutch AFOL fansite, is hosting a large Star Wars contest with a variety of categories like Land Vehicles, Air Vehicles, Mini MOCs (sized 16×16 or smaller) and even a category for showing off your collection!
Check out all the details here. You’ve got till December 1st to enter!
PS: I hear they got some awesome judges for the contest
Thanks to forum member LL918 for sharing this tip from down under.
If you happen to live in or are visiting Australia, check out their Toys’R'Us stores for a decent deal on the TRU exclusive 7754 Home One Mon Calamari set. The set is on sale for $140 through Christmas Eve. This is $40 off the MSRP and $60 off the TRUP. Get one while you got the chance!
Below is the list of MSRP and piece counts for LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Toy Story January 2010 assortment along with reported Toys’R'Us prices:
LEGO Star Wars
- 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter – 396 pcs – MSRP: $59.99 – TRURP: $65.99
- 8085 Freeco Speeder – 177 pcs – MSRP: $24.99 – TRURP: $28.99/$29.99
- 8087 TIE Defender – 304 pcs – MSRP: $49.99 – TRURP: $54.99
- 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Pack – 79 pcs – MSRP: $10.99 – TRURP: $12.99
- 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Pack – 74 pcs – MSRP: $10.99 – TRURP: $12.99
- 8086 Droid Tri-Fighter – 268 pcs – MSRP: $24.99 – TRURP: $29.99/$31.99
- *8092 Luke’s Landspeeder – 163 pcs – MSRP: $24.99
- *8091 Republic Swamp Speeder – 176 pcs – MSRP: $29.99
LEGO Toy Story
- 7595 Army Men on Patrol – 90 pcs – MSRP: $10.99 – TRURP: $12.99/$13.99
- 7590 Woody and Buzz to the Rescue – 92 pcs – MSRP: $19.99 – TRURP: $21.99
- 7592 Construct-a-Buzz – 205 pcs – MSRP: $24.99 – TRURP: $25.99
- 7593 Buzz’s Star Command Spaceship – 257 pcs – MSRP: $29.99 – TRURP: $32.99
- *7591 Construct-a-Zurg – 118 pcs – MSRP: $24.99
- 7594 Woody’s Roundup! – 502 pcs – MSRP: $49.99 – TRURP: $54.99
* – items marked with an asterisk are store exclusives.
As you can see, the markup TRU places on top of MSRP is pretty significant once you add it all up. Out of the Star Wars sets, the Droid Tri-Fighter seems to be the best value, while Luke’s Landspeeder seems to be the worst, but honestly, the rest are all pretty bad. Toy Story sets seem to be a better value overall, with Woody’s Roundup hitting that golden ratio of about 10 cents per piece. Woody and Buzz to the rescue is the sore spot of the group however, but since you get RC with a pullback motor, it doesn’t seem so bad.
Pepa Quin found the entire 2010 LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Toy Story line up at his local Toys’R'Us, and it’s not looking good:
PepaBroke: Freeco Speeder – $29.99
PepaBroke: for 177 pieces
PepaBroke: TIE Defender – $54.99
PepaBroke: for 308 pieces
PepaBroke: ARC-170 – $64.99
PepaBroke: for less then 400 pieces
PepaBroke: what a ****ing rip off
PepaBroke: (I may not have remembered the piece count exactly)
PepaBroke: got the two battle packs ($12.99) and the tri-droid fighter ($29.99)
PepaBroke: they had RC ($21.99), army men (12.99) Buzz Statue ($25.99) and Woody’s Roundup ($54.99)
Mind you these are TRU prices, which tend to be higher than actual MSRP. Take for instance the TIE Defender set. TRU Price: $54.99, actual MSRP: I would guess to be $49.99. Still, with the markup in mind, one has to wonder how much more fleecing the fan base can take. With what we had to endure from the outrageously, and I mean OUTRAGEOUSLY, and you know I’m being deadly serious when I use caps, overpriced MINIFIG packs that were this year’s San Diego Comic Con exclusives, I guess LFL and TLG are expecting everyone to just bend over for next year’s assortment.
This is getting ridiculous.
My only hope is that the LEGO Toy Story release is a lot closer to something called reasonable. When Woody’s Roundup was exposed at TRU.com for $49.99, it later rose to $54.99, leading one to believe that the first price tag was actual MSRP. And for just over 500 pieces, 3 minifigs and Bullseye, it really hit the sweet spot, something the LEGO Star Wars line has been lacking for a long time. As soon as more real data becomes available, it would be interesting to see which would be the better value for the money. But I’m placing my bets on Toy Story.
RIght now through December 12 or as long as supplies last, you can score a 7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon for $25, down from $39, at Walmart. It’s sold out online, so you may have better luck at retail locations. If it pops back up online, I’ll update this post. For yourself, or better yet, as a gift, it is an excellent set, and at $25 bucks, how can you not pick one up?
Thanks to Casey for sending in the tip.