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Tommy "roguefx" Williamson | January 25th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, News, Sales News

Exclusive Anakin’s Podracer Polybag now at Toys R Us

TRU Podracer

This Podracer polybag is exclusively available at Toys R Us and has been spotted in the wild. It’s a bit pricy for the part count, but it has some interesting pieces and it’s a pretty cool little set. Don’t have a TRU near you? No problem, click here to order!

Tommy "roguefx" Williamson | January 24th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight, News

ARC-170 Starfighter By Martin Latta

ARC-170 starfighter

I’m not a huge fan of the prequels, and I’m not afraid to say it. But there are a few diamonds in that rough and this is one of them. One of my favorite ships, the ARC-170. Martin’s version has far better scale and detail than the official LEGO model (which is already a fantastic set). From the brick-built markings to the astromech on top, this is a winner.

Tommy "roguefx" Williamson | December 31st, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, MOC Spotlight

Chibi Speeder Bike And Scout Trooper

CHIBI Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike

Chibi MOCs have a way of making everyone smile, especially Star Wars chibi MOCs. This awesome speeder bike and scout trooper instantly caught my eye and certainly made me grin. Kevin Ryhal delivers again, just in time for New Year.

Tommy "roguefx" Williamson | October 16th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars

Red Brick Saga #4

Death Star corridor

Animator and LEGO fan David Pagano, the creative brains behind Paganomation, has uploaded this awesome little animation to Flickr. It’s the fourth and final Red Brick Saga created for The LEGO Group that originally aired on Nickelodeon on July 25th this year. What is especially cool is all the “making of” shots in the photostream.

Ace Kim | September 20th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News

Walmart Blu-ray and DVD Deals USA, LLC

Let it be known that I prefer referring sales to Amazon if the price for a particular item is the same as another retailer since they offer both free shipping to your home and no charges for sales tax to most states. But Walmart’s affiliate program gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse, so I figure I’d make a post to try and push some sales. So, if you live in a state that doesn’t charge sales tax or you don’t mind paying it to support the state you live in, and you don’t mind supporting Walmart, and you want to support FBTB, and you don’t mind picking up your order with free site-to-store shipping, then maybe there’s a deal or two here for you.

If you haven’t picked up Star Wars on Blu-ray yet, Walmart is offering the complete saga for $79.99. They also have the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy both for $39.99. And lastly, LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace is a Walmart exclusive and can still be had for a measly $13 dollars. If you have little ones that are into LEGO Star Wars, a small investment will provide hours of entertainment.

In Cars 2 news, there is a Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that also comes with a diecast car of Finn McMissile. No details yet if this version of the British spy is any different than the one that’s clogging up the pegs everywhere you go, but if it is we’ll let you know. The combo pack + car will run you $29.96. If you care more about 3D Blu-ray than a collectible, the 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack might suit you better at $31.96. And if you don’t care about either and just want the movie, there’s a deal for that too for $24.96. All of the Cars 2 preorders will ship free to your home on the day it’s released on November 1, 2011.

For all you Pirates of the Caribbean fans, there’s a Walmart-exclusive release of the Blu-ray/DVD for On Stranger Tides that includes a Pirate Tin Bank. The tin bank set will set you back $24.96. This item will ship free to your home on October 18, 2011.

And finally, for you comic book movie fans, there’s Thor on Blu-ray/DVD for $22.96 plus a 3D version for $7 dollars more ($29.96), both with free Site-to-Store shipping. I think it’s funny that Green Lantern on Blu-ray/DVD costs more ($24.96) than Thor considering how terrible Green Lantern was. There’s a 3D version as well for $29.96. Green Lantern stinks up the DVD aisles on October 14, 2011.

Ken Robichaud | September 7th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Sales News

Will The Newest Changes To Star Wars Affect Whether You Buy?

With just over a week left until the release of Star Wars on Blu-Ray the question remains the same, will you buy it? Will you buy it for the prestige of Blu-ray, the deleted scenes and extras, the questionable artwork or the slew of inevitable changes that come with each new release. Will you buy it despite all that?

There’s been a lot of chatter in the forum, but just because you say you love/hate the new release doesn’t mean you will or won’t buy it. Before you sound off with your yay or nay, check out the list of changes floating around the interwebs:

TPM: Puppet Yoda replaced with CGI.
ANH: R2-D2 hides behind magical disappearing rocks.
ANH: Ben Kenobi Krayt Dragon call changed.
ROTJ: Darth Vader yells “No!…Noooo!” as Luke is being zapped by the Emperor.
ROTJ: A Dug in Jabba’s Palace.
ROTJ: Blinking Ewoks.
ROTJ: Jabba’s got a brand new door.

I’ll admit, the thought of Lucas losing sleep night after night for nearly 30 years because his Ewoks didn’t blink is somehow very comforting. Just not a hundred bucks worth.

Nick Martin | July 24th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 7962 Anakin’s and Sebulba’s Podracers

When the 2011 second-wave sets were first leaked, the reactions for most sets was the same we’d felt in recent years: “meh, too expensive.” But then everyone glanced at the revision of the Episode I classic podracers, and what was in there, and the buzz was on. Early previews pointed to a sharp looking, well designed set from an area that didn’t get a lot of love in recent years.

Picture of the full Podracers set, in all its glory

Episode I is rightfully hated by pretty much anyone who’s ever had it inflicted on them, but the podracer scene was one of the highlights. Edit: Okay, I relent. I was apparently confusing Anakin in this with the video game, or the rest of the movie. I stand by the fact that it was too long. Changing it above to reflect what everyone has been telling me, so I don’t have to go watch Episode I again!

But LEGO managed to take a bad scene and make an awesome set in its original run; 7171 Mos Espa Podrace was a great set with good build quality and a lot of parts that had never been seen before (and a few that haven’t been seen since). It wasn’t without its flaws, especially in the minifigure area, but it was a welcome site to see updated. Especially around here, with some of the fun FBTB has had with podracers in recent years.

So, the real question here is, can a set live up to the hype, revisisted 12 years later? Especially when it comes in with (a few) less parts and one less podracer?


Don "Solo" Reitz | June 21st, 2011 | Events, LEGO, LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Days 2011: MOC Roundup


Chibi Slave 1 and McPod

As with each Star Wars Days event at LEGOLAND, fans were once again invited to display their related creations and share them with the public. This year, thanks to some local fans and a few forum members who shipped in their MOCs, FBTB had a few tables with a great spread to show off. Hit the jump for an overview of our booth and some highlights from the rest of the fan displays.


Don "Solo" Reitz | February 8th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, News, Reviews

Review: 7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter

Review: 7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter

Ah, the V-wing. Two seconds of screen time is more than enough to warrant a set, and then apparently a redesign with a different color scheme a few years later…

Ryan "chief" Wood | February 4th, 2011 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 7676 Republic Attack Gunship

7676 Republic Attack Gunship

At long last, 7676 Republic Attack Gunship, we meet on the FBTB review battlefield. Nearly two years ago you came into my life, and I teased and flirted with this review. But no more! A gauntlet was thrown down by my benevolent taskmaster, and I must finally (finally!) step up. Are you awesome, or are you not awesome?