Master Builder Academy - available for pre-order (US Only)

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The Master Builder Academy (MBA) is now up for pre-order on the US LEGO Shop on-line site.

There are two options available at the moment -

- MBA Kit #1 is available to order at US $29.99
- MBA Kit #2-#6 is available as a subscription for US $69.99

No confirmed dates, but we believe Kit #1 will ship later this month (May) and, if you take up the subscription, the other sets will follow at roughly two monthly intervals (i.e. Kit #2 in July, Kit #3 in September, etc.)

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By in Germany,

I saw the MBA Kit #1 picture here before the article got posted, and it looks cool! HOWEVER... $30 for Kit #1, and $70 for MBA Kits #2-#6. Is it good value-for-money?

EDIT: Hm, the sets DO look nice! Will we have less horrible "Cool Creations" featured on the LEGO Club Magazine, then? I hope so...

EDIT 2: The set pages have links to this page: http://mba.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx It's still unfinished. You CAN, however, view some videos.

EDIT 3: Woah, it has been finished! In an instant!

EDIT 4: Parents, look here: http://mba.lego.com/en-us/parents/default.aspx

EDIT 5: If you're on the English LEGO.com and the links above mess up the page, change to the American site!

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By in United States,

When I spoke to the lego rep on the phone, she said the sets are around 200 pieces each. Directions to make 3 different sets.

The first comes with a special minifigure, I'm using the idea of what does a set around 200 pieces sell for in a store? Around 20 to 25$? If so this isn't bad for exclusive sets.

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By in United States,

just checked out the links and glad I joined.

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By in United States,

Im comfused. Do you have to buy the sets than subscribe to the magazine to get instructions?

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By in Germany,

@Carnigee: No, Kit #1 has a handbook with 2 techniques. If you want to continue, you have to subscribe.

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By in United States,

Pretty cool stuff. Definitely interested in Kit #1 at the least. Are these going to be available at local lego stores?

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By in Germany,

@vamproe: Joined what? :P Brickset? :P Or the MBA? :P

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By in United States,

The MBA. Was glad I joined brickset allloooong time ago :)

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By in Germany,

@vamproe: So you BOUGHT the sets?

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By in United Kingdom,

Please keep it on topic people, thanks.

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By in United States,

They should make it at least $30 for all of them not $70.

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By in Canada,

The MBA looks nice... but (again) since I'm in Canada I have to say no. The first one would cost at least $40 and with shipping and taxes I'm paying more than $50! The only way to take less damage would be to order it in the states. That kind of defeats the purpose since I'd only ever get them in bulk (when my aunt goes into Canada). I'm not ignoring the fact that it would still cost $100 in the US, it's just that after thinking about Canadian pricing I don't care what Americans have to pay.

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By in United States,

$100 for six kits does not sound bad ($30 for #1, and $70 for #2-6), that is less than $17 each. If they have 200+ pieces than it is a bargain. Do you think they will ever have a MBA for modular buildings?

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By in Canada,

I thought this program would be available worldwide, not only in the US?

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By in Germany,

@brankell: Me too!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ the intention is to release it worldwide, but not right away. It will be launched in the US first and then rolled out worldwide. I guess there's the chance that if it doesn't sell well then it won't launched in other countries.

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By in United States,

@atkinsar - But if lego was made in Denmark, shouldn't it be in Europe first?

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By in United States,

@awesomestudios - My guess would be that they are releasing it in the US first because they already had Brickmaster, and it makes more sense to make the shift between Brickmaster to this than it does to just stop Brickmaster and start something new somewhere else.

Kit #1 looks kinda cool. The other ones, not really.

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By in United States,

@Jayr17 - If you look through the slide show / movie already on the mba site, there is a kit that address micro buildings. Not sure if that's what you're looking for or not...

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By in United States,

I will probably buy the first kit to see how it is and if I like it I'll wait a while to see how other people take in the subscription before I give Lego another $70 of my money.

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By in United States,

My son will only be 7 in July but hopefully it will till be of value if we do it together. We were kinda bummed when they did away with brickmaster it was like christmas getting a lego set in the mail every now and again!

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By in United Kingdom,

*Crosses fingers for something train related*

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By in United States,

This seems like a fine replacement for Brickmaster, but going from $40 (officially $80) to $100 is a big jump, and I am not sure I would spend that on a maximum of 2 exclusive minifigures.

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By in United States,

$100 for 1125 Pieces total, plus the curriculum and the sorting tray, etc. - works out to about 9 cents/piece

We loved Brickmaster, but we'll definitely try this out the first year. I wish they had a free shipping offer.

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By in United Kingdom,

If the Lego group is launching the MBA in the US first, does that mean that the rest of the world will miss out on Levels 1 & 2?

This Master Builder Academy is a great idea except that the "exclusive minifigures" just have a different printing on the torso which, in my opinion, is not worth spending $30 on :-(

Another issuse (and a very big one) is that most serious Lego fans already know all of the techniques used in MBA.

Oh well, I live in the UK anyway...

EDIT: The sets do look alright though :-)

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By in Japan,

Website says kit 1 ships in June, kits 2-6 start in July.
If you are VIP member, look for an email with a code to get a free Pick a Brick box with your preorder of kit 1.

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By in Portugal,

I actually think all known kits are quite cool. Definetly looking forward for this to cross the seas into Europe.

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By in United States,

@spacysmoke - Okay, I will! Yay more PaB!!!!!!

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By in United States,

If you guys order these today or tommorrow you will get free shipping.

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By in United States,

The shipping for this item is only $6.95. And you can't get the VIP free Pick-A-Brick box with it along with the Star Wars deal. It's in the fine print at the bottom.

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By in United States,

US Customers only: If you pre-order Master Builder Academy today 5/3/2011 through tomorrow 05/04/2011 (23:59 EST) you can get Free Standard Shipping on orders over $75.00. Preorder Item #20200 Space Designer (LEGO® MBA Kit 1) for $29.99 USD
https://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=20200
Preorder Item #4659018 LEGO® MBA Kits 2-6 Subscription for $69.99 USD
https://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=4659018
If you are a VIP customer (and who isn't?) at checkout, remove any other promo codes (only 1 code allowed per purchase, the May 3-4 Star Wars deal will not apply to this) and enter source code: "2KM9" to receive the promotional product LEGO® Pick A Brick Box Item #: 2856747 you can view the item here: https://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=2856747 but cannot add it to your shopping cart and it will not appear in your shopping cart at any time, but if you applied code properly you will receive the promotional Pick A Brick box with your order. After placing your order, check "Order Status" located at he the top right corner of the S@H web page, click on your order and it should show "Backordered - Will ship in 30 days 2856747 LEGO® Pick A Brick Box 1 USD 0.00 USD 0.00"

"FREE Pick a Brick box offer valid in the US only, on #20200 pre-orders, 05.01.11 - 05.20.11, for US LEGO VIP Members only. The source code displayed in the email must be entered at checkout at shop.LEGO.com. The box is good for a one-time use only at any LEGO Store in the United States. This box may be filled with the loose bricks and elements of your choice from the Pick a Brick wall. Box must close completely by inserting handles into box sides. Offer cannot be redeemed prior to June 1, 2011. Offer expires August 31, 2011. Box has no retail value and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Offer is not valid at LEGO.com, LEGOLAND Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. For a full list of LEGO Stores, please visit stores.LEGO.com. Code 4556658."

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By in Canada,

The Lego Shop says that it isn't available in the Canadian store. Too bad, my son would have love it.

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By in United States,

so does that mean any bricks you put in the box are free?

WOW.....that seems better good!

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By in United States,

@VAMPROE no you take the box to a lego store and fill it from pick a brick wall
before august 31

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By in United States,

right, I understand that, but is there a charge for the bricks you put in the box? to me it almost sounds like the bricks I put in the box are free.

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By in United States,

@vamproe yes everything that fits in the box (and it closes) is yours at no cost.

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By in Italy,

Noooooooooo! I am moving country tomorrow!

Well, I was just joking. Internationality would help.

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