Update: I added the Toys’R’Us retailer exclusive below.
Cars 2 will be released in less than a week on Tuesday November 1. And since its the norm lately to offer highly anticipated releases in multiple formats, I thought I’d make a post on the different options available to you.
There isn’t much to this review so I won’t bother with the more link.
30130 MINI Black Pearl is a Target-exclusive in the US and is only available pre-packaged with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D Blu-ray Limited Edition 5-disc set. In the UK, they were given away earlier this year as a Sun newspaper promotion. Free is about the right price for this set. By itself, it’s a terrible representation of the iconic pirate ship. Since I am not a big Pirates fan nor do I have a 3D television, the only reason I bought it was to do this review and hopefully save a few of you readers out there from making a terrible purchase.
What I liked: Nothing. Since technically it’s ‘free’, it’s a neat little bonus to get some extra LEGO bits
What I didn’t: It’s a terrible model. It’s obvious just by looking at the sails how inaccurate the model is. Adding a few more plates and clips and a longer bar for the center could have easily remedied the inadequate number of sails. The MINI model also has an inverted brown cone which I believe is supposed to represent a Crow’s Nest which the Black Pearl doesn’t even have. A 1×1 clip plate could have replaced it and represent the flag. And the bow of the ship? Hideous. I mean, who the heck is designing this thing and what are they basing it off of?
Verdict: Save your $30 bucks and put it towards the System scale 4184 The Black Pearl. Unless you’re a hardcore Pirates fan that has a 3D home theater system and doesn’t mind ugly LEGO sets, you’re better off spending your money on something else.
Target.com is offering the exclusive LEGO Star Wars set 7877 Naboo Starfighter at a discounted price of $39.99, down from $49.99 netting you a savings of 20% off MSRP. Target will charge tax where applicable, but they are offering free shipping on this item with no minimum order. The offer is also good in-store if you’re out and about. The weekly ad also shows 7958 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar for MSRP: $39.99.
In all the excitement of the 2012 pictures, this one pretty much flew under the radar. But in addition to 4184 Black Pearl being available at Target stores, Amazon.com (linked above) also has this set for sale. Priced at $99.97, you get free shipping and no tax to most states. LEGO Shop@Home also has this in their inventory for $99.99. You pay for shipping, but since October is double VIP points, you’ll get 199 points credited to your account. There is also a report of this set showing up at Costco at a discounted price of $79.99. Lots of buying options if you’re hankering for the ship from the first movie which also happens to be the best Pirates movie.
Forum member doodlebird reports finding 30052 MINI AAT at his local Target store in the seasonal section that’s currently set up for Halloween. Price is $3.99. If you can’t wait/don’t want to pony up the money/want to build it yourself, you can download the pdf instructions directly from LEGO.
Target stores currently have a buy one get one free offer for Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Ninjago sets. People over in the forums are reporting that this promotion varies by store, so you may end up with a buy two get one free or a BOGO 30% off in your area. The online deal is BOGO 50%.
Online prices for the most part match MSRP, so 30-50% off is a good way to snag the new Harry Potter summer sets at a discount. You could even buy two Knight Buses and get a bunch of sweet purple elements.
Tahrbow lets us know that Target is selling 8039 Venator-class Republic Attack Cruiser for $89.99. Shipping starts at $7.84 and you pay tax. You can also order the set from Amazon if that makes things any easier, but you’ll still pay tax and shipping since Target is the reseller on that item. There appears to be a 6 per order limit, unless they really do only have 6 left.
Also, Target’s ad this week shows a Buy One Get One 50% off on all World Racers, Duplo, and Prince of Persia sets. PoP is on sale everywhere it seems (though, if PoP is what you really want, you’re better off picking stuff up from Amazon). This offer is good through Saturday Dec 18 and only valid in stores.
Target has some amazing deals this week only. All of the following are priced at $27, that’s 32% off MSRP, and all are eligible for free shipping online. Just click through the image to order. Deals are also good in-store if you happen to be making a Target run this week. Good luck!
Update: It appears that 8061 Gateway of the Squid does not qualify for free shipping.