Brickset news archive: December 2010
Update: The Maersk Container Ship set 10155 is now available from LEGOshop.com for customers everywhere !!!
Priced £1.99 and max 16 per customer. However I don't know if that is enforced: I placed two orders each for 16. We'll see if one gets cancelled. Order them here. (thanks kram)
There are a few LEGO bargains to be had in the high street at the moment:
Argos has started its clear-out of old stock before the new catalogue is launched and the Technic Excavator is available for £99, which is £40 off. The Tantive IV is £30 off which returns it to its proper price of £99, and the Slave One is £60 instead of £80. You can check stock at your local branch at Argos.co.uk and reserve before you go! (thanks iso3200)
Tesco is apparently selling some stock at 33% off, but it seems to be somewhat random. Hob found the midi Star Destroyer for £20 and the limo/helicopter for £11.97 in one branch but not in another. If you have a large branch near you, go and check it out...
While a store in Cleveland is clearly news, there is already a store in Denver ... but the job notice says "LEGO is coming to Denver", which implies another store might be opening? We'll keep a look out and let you know if we find out more... if you're interested in either post, you can apply through the links above, noting the minimum experience requirements.
I've heard from someone I trust who was able to buy a box of series 3 figs in the UK recently that the box distribution is not the same as that in the USA. After opening all the bags he found that there were were 4 fishermen and only 3 aliens whereas the US boxes have 2 and 5 respectively.
Now, this could just be an anomaly (but unlikely to be given the consistency we've witnessed in the past) so I'll wait until it's confirmed by others before getting too excited but if it turns out to be the case it's excellent news and will ensure the price of fishermen on the secondary market won't become ridiculous and that you'll get three complete sets in each case.
I braved the shops this morning in Southampton (at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds) and can report that both John Lewis and TRU have most of the Ninjago sets in stock. Bizarrely, they are cheaper in TRU than on LEGOshop.com. The single figure packs are 50p cheaper, £6.99 and lemaskdemasque tells me that others are cheaper as well, by up to £2. Duq reports that Smyths in Ireland has them in stock, too.
I resisted temptation and didn't buy any. The spinner/card packs have the dreaded 'Components made in China...' on the back and peeking through the packaging the minfig legs did appear to be of the tell-tale translucent Chinese type, so that's why I didn't buy those. That's not the case with the boxed sets, though, thankfully, but they didn't really appeal to me, and I'm trying to reduce my LEGO expenditure in 2011 :-)
It can be yours for less than £133! Order it here!
Mkoesel tells us that "Target stores are selling NinjaGo as of today. I picked up the 2257 Starter Set and was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that spinning minifigs at a very high RPM for no other reason than to bash them together is more fun than expected."
I've made a whole bunch of improvements to the site over the last month or so and have now made them live. You can read what's changed on the new change log page. Please let me know what you think in the comments!
These are my way of thanking all of you for clicking through on the eBay, Amazon and LEGO links over the past year.
If you notice any problems of encounter any errors, let me know.
Update: a few people have emailed to say they are having trouble logging in, they attempt to and their password is accepted (i.e. no error is shown) but they remain not logged in. The fix for this is to delete your browser cookies for Brickset.com, which if you have IE8 you can do by pressing F12 then Cache in the menu of the developer tools, then Clear cookies for domain.
At last! You can now order the first wave of 2011 sets in the UK and elsewhere in Europe! They'll take a few days to make it into our product feed, so for now you can see them all on the Products Launched in 2011 page at LEGOshop.com.
There's a couple of very interesting Dacta minifig packs available, Fairytale and Historic Minifigure set and Community Minifigure set which I have not seen before. Basically they are £40 for 22 minifigs and accessories, which is not too extortionate. I'm tempted to buy the former pack right away...
A sale started yesterday afternoon at LEGOshop.com with some 250 items listed both in the UK and USA. However hardly anything decent is actually available and it looks as if it's a bit of a sham. Sets that have long been unavailable like the Grand Carousel and series 1 and 2 figs are listed as being half price but are 'sold out'.
If you're after Duplo or Ben 10 you'll be in luck but all the decent stuff has gone, or was not available to start with in the UK at least. It's slightly better in the USA, however.
I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and I hope all your presents rattle! May I take this opportunity to thank the admins and correspondents for their help on the site over the past year and all of you for being part of the Brickset community. Without you the site would be nothing!
As of now, Brickset members own 1,898,700 sets between them. If you're lucky enough to receive LEGO tomorrow, make sure you add your new sets to your collection here and let's see if we can make it close to 2 million!
To give you something to look forward to once Christmas has passed, today I've been putting the finishing touches on the next batch of site updates which, if all goes to plan, I will launch early next week. So stay tuned!
I visited the LEGO Brand Store in Milton Keynes, UK, this morning for a little last minute Christmas shopping & was delighted to see the new Harry Potter 'Diagon Alley' set on the shelf already. £132.99 in the UK. You can see the photographic proof here (sorry about the camera phone image quality).
LEGO's on-line store is still quoting availability from 1st Jan 2011.
Prompted by lukehankenobi's report yesterday about the Brighton store, I went there today, on a detour to picking up Granny for Christmas (luckily only about a 10 mile one). I picked up all but one of the Star Wars sets (all but 7869, which wasn't there but I did get the T6 (7931) which was in the stock room) and about 20 series 3 figs. I just grabbed a couple of handfuls from the box at the till. I thought I'd resist buying a box this time because they are, after all, inferior Chinese-made figs, and I don't need a glut of them.
Anyway, back home, I've sorted them out and with the aid of my wife we managed to decipher the dots, which appear to be the same as those on our crib-sheet. I opened one of each different pattern and ended up with 9 uniques, which isn't too bad I suppose. Sadly no fishermen though...
If anyone in the UK's up for a spot of trading, get in touch! I have spare mummies, gorilla guys, snowboard girls and baseball players plus a couple of others.
There was quite a selection of Ninjago out including what I think was the Spinjitzu Starter Set, 2257, for £12.99. There didn't appear to be any sets on sale in the shop, so either it was a short lived sale or they've sold out already.
Update: I'm hearing that Ninjago is available in some branches of Tesco now, too. The starter packs are £7.45 (thanks azzatru)
- 30062: Target Practice - You'll find this wonderful little polybag near the registers.
- 30071: Army Jeep - This polybag can be found in the Christmas/seasonal section of the store.
- 4620157: Target Bulls-eye Gift Card - Target now has its own "LEGO themed gift card" that comes with - get this - a 31-piece LEGO set! You'll find it in card section of the store. You must put a minimum of $5 on the gift card. Consider it free LEGO!
- schvatts and "jwsmart" report to finding Series 3 mini-figures at their local Wal-Marts. They tell us Wal-Mart is retailing them for $2.97 and that you'll find them in the regular LEGO toy aisle.
- KryptonHeidt ('s sister to be specific) found some Series 2 minifigs at his local Wal-Mart recently. So while you're there looking for Series 3, you might be suprised by some Series 2 figures still on the shelves! (Lets hope, right?)
Lukehankenobi visited the Brighton brand store and reports "Pharaoh's Quest, Ninjago and new Star Wars out on the shelves in the Brighton LEGO Store. Star Wars magnets reduced to half price. Other sale items including Space Police and Atlantis."
So the 2011 sets are out, and the sale has started! Why do they leave it so close to Christmas to do this when it's virtually impossible to get anywhere near a town centre car park, particularly in Brighton!
They, along with the sets I listed the other day, are now listed at LEGOshop.com in the USA. They are not available yet, but will be on 1st Jan. However there's been a bit of a price hike: they are now $2.99! There's a limit of 16 per customer too, which is better than the 5 per customer for Series 2 but not enough, obviously, to guarantee getting a full set. Now might be the time to set up LEGO accounts for your wife and kids and parents so you can place more than one order :-)
$6 for Army Men! If I could I'd buy 10-20 boxes, but they won't ship to the UK... (thanks cjg)
Update: as is often the case at Amazon, the prices have now risen again, sorry if you missed out!
I have it on good authority that the Obi-Wan's Jedi Startfighter (10215) will be reduced by 30% tomorrow to a more reasonable £66-ish.
LEGO has come to its senses, it seems, probably prompted by a huge unsold stack of them in a warehouse at Billund! It's an excellent model and a very interesting build, but probably not, if I'm honest, worth £95. But £66 is much nearer the mark and if you've been holding out for its price to drop, well, now you're in luck. It'll be at that price until the end of January.
Update: It being tomorrow now :-), the price has indeed been reduced by 30%...
It appears Toys R Us is extending their current Buy One, Get One 50% Off promotion to all LEGO sets except Pharaoh's Quest this Tuesday (12/21/10) and Wednesday (12/22/10). The email is a bit vague but doesn't say anything about this being In-Store only so be sure to check on-line in the morning. I just got back from my local TRU and was very excited to find the new V-Wing, Jedi Shuttle, Bounty Hunter, and Gungan sets so I will definitely be visiting tomorrow!
Click Here to buy now.
Another bunch of 2011 sets will be available from LEGOshop.com in the USA and Canda tomorrow including Star Wars and HERO Factory. I've posted the full list as a comment to this article.
Click through on the yellow banner and get ordering!
Enter coupon code V9T8A8C at checkout for 25% off one applicable item. Per their email, today is also the last day for free shipment by Christmas. Unfortunately for LEGO fans, it appears this code will only work on the Brickmaster books, LEGO Star Wars Encyclopedia, and the Architecture set Rockefeller Plaza (21007). Click here to buy now.
It's about the time of year when I traditionally review the level of traffic over the past year and compare it with previous years. (If you're interested, you can read the 2008 and 2009 news articles). I'm usually prompted to do so by the Brothers-Brick who celebrate their birthday right about now but I haven't seen them post about it yet, so this year I've beat them to it :-)
Anyway, once again, this year we've seen a huge increase in traffic, of about 75%! I usually publish figures from the SmarterStats analytics package that my server provider uses, but as you may remember the site was moved to its own virtual server in the summer and as a result of that I don't have a complete set of figures for the year.
However I do have figures from Google Analytics for 2009 and 2010, so the numbers below for 2009 will differ from those in the 2009 review because they've been gathered by a different method and in many ways reflect more accurately actual traffic levels because the SmarterStats figures include stylesheets, graphics, RSS feeds and so on. More importantly, they can be compared with the 2010 figures to show the increase:
Google Analytics figures 2010 2009 Page views 40,447,000 25,434,000 Visits 7,926,000 4,556,000 Visitors 2,719,000 1,766,000
That's over forty million page views, or just over 1 view per second on average which, when you look at it like that doesn't actually sound much, does it!
Don't forget, if you're interested in web stats (and I seem to be obsessed with them :) ) you can access the publicly available Quantcast figures on the Statistics page.
So, here's to another 75% growth in 2011! But before that I'll post a review of the year at the end of the month and just after Christmas I'm planning to launch some major new features to the site, so make sure you stay tuned!
Yet another great BOGO50% Sale this week at Toys R Us, though this one is limited to just the City sets. If you've been holding off picking up that Garage and Airport or if you're eyeing the new Police Station, this sale is for you. :o) Also, don't forget to pick up the now discontinued Traveller impulse set which pairs nicely with....himself, or maybe the Smart Car. :o)
Thanks to regular contributor Vidiator we now have a near complete set of cartoon-style pictures of series 4 figs. They came from a German toy trade website. Unfortunately the Geisha girl is missing. I've made up the names, since we don't know the official ones yet. If you think I've got them wrong, let me know!
Not only that, he's uncovered pictures of the three Duplo Winnie the Pooh sets which are making a reapperance after a gap of 10 years during which M??ab???ks had the WtP licence and produced some cheap and nasty rubbish. My daughters used to love them and it's worth picking up one of each set just to get Tigger, Eeyore, Winnie and Piglet. It looks as if they are new versions of them, which looking at the old ones is a good thing: they look a bit crude by today's standards.
I think the Games range has been a huge success for LEGO, and I'm sure this next batch will continue to be. I've lost count of the times non-LEGO friends have said that they've had great fun playing them with their kids. Shave A Sheep is a particularly popular one. Unfortunately my daughters are now too old to want to play LEGO games with their dad so I've not played many of them :-(
Which ones have you enjoyed?
Several people have emailed today to say they've found 2011 sets in online shops and in real ones too.
Supertoys.co.uk is listing the Star Wars sets but whether they actually have them, and in the UK is another matter. They are owned by superspeelgoed.nl by the looks of things, who always lists things early. (Thanks burakki62)
Commander-Cody found NinjaGo sets in his local WHS in Poole: "They had the starter arena set #2257, Cole (the Earth ninja) spinner set and one of the skeleton spinner sets. The single spinner sets were £9.99 and the starter set £14.99, although it had no price label. "
And, finally, veron4 found Series 3 minifigs in Fenwicks in Canterbury and bought a box of them.
So if you're venturing out this weekend in the appalling weather we have forecast, good luck tracking them down!
Target has the following sets on sale for 30% Off:
Battle of Endor (8038), Galactic Enforcer (5974), Neptune Carrier (8075), Anakin's Y Wing (8037), Tie Defender (8087), Hyperspeed Pursuit (5973), AAT (8018), Lavatraz (8191), Gateway of the Squid (8061), Pizza Planet Delivery Truck (7598), Gator Swamp (8899), Claw Catcher (8190), Lunar Limo (5984), Undercover Cruiser (5983), Separtists Shuttle (8036), Buzz's Starfighter (7593), Echo Base (7749), Corporate Alliance Tank Droid (7748), Smash 'n' Grab (5982), Magma Mech (8189), Seabed Scavenger (8059)
Additionally, the Venator Republic Attack Cruiser (8039) is currently on sale for 25% Off.
Lastly, don't forget that it's also Buy One, Get One 50% Off on all Prince of Persia sets. This may be your last opportuntity to pick up sets from the now discontinued Prince of Persia, Toy Story, Power Miners, and Space Police themes so don't lollygag. :o) Click here to buy now.
Toys R Us has decreased the price on the the new At-At Walker to $95.99 for this Friday and Saturday, valid both in store and online. While this only accounts to about 13% Off MSRP, a little fuzzy math can get this up to 25% in savings when you take into account the free $4 Stormtrooper polybag and the ongoing 10% back for Rewards members. And for those of us who received "15% Off Any One Item" coupons weeks back, you can piggy back that coupon to end up around 37% in savings. You have to love fuzzy math. :o) Click here to buy now.
I received an email from tayweijin in Australia today. It seems that the figs are becoming available around the world now, although none yet in the UK. He confirmed that the box contents are as follows, based on analysis of 2 boxes:
- 5 per case - Sumo Wrestler, Alien, Mummy, Race Car Driver
- 4 per case - Pilot, Samurai, Gorilla, Baseball Player, Tennis Player
- 3 per case - Indian, Elf Bowman, Cyborg, Rapper, SnowBoarder, Hula Girl
- 2 per case - Fisherman
What really made me chuckle was how he found out: "I used a dental digital X-Ray to confirm the packs - I work in a dental surgery so was fortunate to be able to use this method." That has to be the ultimate way to find out what's inside! Shame there's not a portable x-ray machine you can take into TRU with you :-)
He goes on to say "The crib sheet is very unreliable - the heights of the 'raised dots' are not always consistent, and sometimes there are 'glue tracks' going across the same areas as the 'raised dots'. Some 'dots' are also extremely faint and ambiguous."
How have you found the dots? Are they readable in the shop?
John Lewis has three PoP sets at half price. Unfortunately the Battle of Alamut, the only one I didn't manage to get for half price from the Disney store earlier in the year is out of stock. (via fbtb). They also had the Winter Toy shop for £20 but that's sold out too... :-(
There's some deep discounts to be had at Amazon.co.uk at the moment: 25% off sets such as the Harry Potter train and several Technic sets. (Thanks princeofgonville)
The winners of the Brick Comic Network Advent contest are being revealed a day at a time until Christmas. We're now half-way through the month so the models are getting really good now. If you entered let us know if you've won!
Thanks to relatively new Brickset member Liam who attended a LEGO Inside Tour this year, we have an excellent image of the exclusive set that was given to attendees.
For those that don't know, LEGO run the 'Inside tours' a few times a year. They consist of a "2½ day’s tour to Billund, Denmark, where you will meet designers, see the factory, visit the archive, receive a unique LEGO gift ... just to mention a few of the highlights. " and are a dream come true for LEGO fans. They are expensive, partly because you stay in the LEGOLAND Hotel, but given the uniqueness of the experience, they are worth every penny. There are three running in 2011 and you can find out more on the LEGO website.
Anyway, back to the sets. This year's 'Cars' model was limited to just 33 sets, and last year's to 32, so they must rank as the rarest sets ever. BrickLink has the 2005 and 2009 sets listed, which I have added here, but there were presumably ones made for the intervening years. If you have been on a tour and have one, do send us a picture, and let us know what you thought of the tour, too.
Update: Brickset lurker minicoop4 has provided information about the sets that were given on the other years:
- 2005: LECA Automobile
- 2006: LECA Automobile
- 2007: Market street, with a special sleeve around the box with pictures and text.
- 2008: LEGO Town Plan, LEGO 50 years, special designed sleeve around the box, interview with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and the designer who made the box
- 2009: Ole Kirk's House
- 2010: LEGO Cars, contains 3 cars, two made by KKK when he was young and one made by our designer.
So, as he says, we have pictures for the three unique sets.
A couple of people have emailed to say there's a voucher available which'll give 25% off purchases over $50 of LEGO. It's valid today and tomorrow so if you still have stuff to buy after all the recent sales, get down there quick! (thanks Luke and bmwlego)
It also says you get a 'free limited edition minifigure with purchases over $30' Anyone know what that is?
WorkerJoe went to one of the events yesterday and sent this picture of the promotional polybag that was given out to attendees. As well as the cool looking 'sword on a stand' (which probably has a name) there was also a card inside which reads "Come to Toys "R" Us, your official Ninjago headquarters, in January and receive a limited edition Ninjago Battle Card with any Ninjago purchase between the dates of 1/2/11 and 1/29/11. While supplies last."
The actual sets were not for sale but several were there on display. (Thanks Joe!)
Here's a roundup of news we've received by email recently:
- Most of the first wave of 2011 sets are now listed at ToysRUs.com in the USA (thanks everyone who told us about this)
- All NinjaGo sets are available in Belgium in Dreamland, Bart Smith and Intertoys, but the prices are shocking: the small sets with one fig, spinner and a few cards (e.g. 2111) are €9. I suspect that'll translate to £9 in the UK! (thanks Darth Brick)
- The Pirates of the Caribbean sets are due out in May and the sets are, with UK prices, as follows: (thanks legoc10)
- 4181 Isla De La Muerta - £ 21.99
- 4182 The Cannibal Escape – £ 30.99
- 4183 The Mill - £ 40.99
- 4191 The Captain's Cabin – £ 10.49
- 4192 Fountain of Youth - £ 21.99
- 4193 The London Escape – £ 49.99
- 4194 Whitecap Bay - £ 71.99
- 4195 Queen Anne's Revenge - £ 102.99
Australasia's premier AFOL event, BrickVention, is now open for Registration. If you haven’t already started planning your trip, now is a good time. The organisers have informed me that if you wish to register for a T-shirt and brick badge, your registration needs to be in before the 14th of December 2010.
Unlike previous events, Brickvention 2011 will be held in the Melbourne Town Hall due to the enormous crowds at last year's event.
From the Brickvention website:
- What is Brickvention?
Brickvention is the premier convention event for the Australian LEGO® Community.
Brickvention is a two day event for AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO®). Like other conventions, it offers workshops, presentations, special events and challenges.
Guest keynote speaker at the Saturday convention will be Jim Foulds from the LEGO Community Team.
Saturday the 15th and Sunday 16th January 2011.
The Saturday is for registered attendees and is aimed at Adult fans of LEGO®. Sunday is the Public Day where everyone is welcome. Saturday the 15th includes sessions intended for AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO®) 18 years of age or older. Younger convention attendees are welcome to come with a registered adult, but keep in mind many of the activities outside of the Public Expo are targeted toward adults.
Sunday the 16th is the Public Expo, allowing the general public of all ages to watch LEGO® builders at work and view LEGO® creations and displays. Registration is not required for the Public Expo.
Brickvention 2011 will be located at: Melbourne Town Hall, corner of Swanston St and Collins St, Melbourne.
Convention: $50 for full registration (over 15), $25 for under 15 registration. Children under 15 attending the 2-day convention must be accompanied by an adult.
Public Expo: Sunday the 16th from 10am – 5pm is the Public Expo, allowing the general public of all ages to watch LEGO® builders at work and view LEGO® creations and displays. Registration is not required for the Public Expo. Adults – $6 Children – $3 Family – $15 (2 adults and 2 children).
- What is Brickvention?
- Valid 12/10 thru 12/11 - In-store only and with coupon, save $10 on any LEGO construction set purchase of $50 or more (excludes Pharaoh's Quest).
- Valid 12/10 thru 12/11 - Receive a LEGO Minifigure 2GB Flash Drive with $75+ LEGO purchase.
- Valid 12/10 thru 12/11 - 50% off LEGO Bionicle sets.
- Valid 12/12 thru 12/18 - Receive a Stormtrooper polybag (30005) set with $30+ LEGO purchase.
- Valid 12/10 thru 12/11 - Wampa Cave (8089), Gateway of the Squid (8061) and Passenger Plane (3181) each 32% off; most other Atlantis, Star Wars, and City sets 10% to 15% off.
- Valid 12/12 thru 12/18 - Buy One, Get One for 50% off all World Racer, Duplo, and Prince of Persia sets.
- Valid 12/10 thru 12/11 - Tri-Fighter Droid (8086), Freeco Speeder (8085) and Plo Koon's Starfighter (8093) each 20% off.
- Valid 12/12 thru 12/18 - Buy One, Get One for 50% off all Atlantis, City, and Hero Factory sets.
Eurobricks has uncovered new hi-res pictures of the first six 2011 Star Wars sets at amazon.de and amazon.fr.
I've added the main images here but if you head over to their gallery you can see close-ups of various figs and set details.
(Thanks Cygnet for the news)
Cygnet, the Ugly Duckling tells me the Minifigures microsite at LEGO.com has been updated today with mini-bios of the figs so I've taken the opportunity to add images here, and also update the series 1 and 2 images with those on the bio pages. Hopefully we'll see them in the shop at LEGO.com soon but if you can't wait, there's always eBay...
Just a little reminder that that the new Copenhagen LEGO Brand Store opens next Monday, 13th December. From LEGO.com -
"The LEGO® Store København (Copenhagen), Denmark
Vimmelskaftet 37, 1161 København, Denmark
13th – 16th Dec: 10:00am to 7:00pm
17th – 23th Dec: 10:00am to 8:00pm
24th – 26th Dec: closed
27th – 30th Dec: 10:00am to 7:00pm
31st Dec: 10:00am to 2:00pm
The doors of the LEGO Store will open on Monday, 13th December at 10am and visitors could win up to 50% off the price of their purchases with a LEGO scratch card given to the first 500 visitors to reach the checkout. The scratch card promotion will be repeated on Saturday, 18th December.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3pm to 7pm kids can build an exclusive LEGO mini model and take it home – for FREE.*
*Quantities are limited and the offer is only valid while supplies last. Recomended age for the building event is 5-15 years."
I am indebted to member David Q in Australia who reminded me about an article we published back in the summer about LEGO jewellery. He points out that the range is now available from Selfridges in the UK and you can see most of it in their online store.
Now, unless I'm missing something, the prices of these would seem to be astronomical. £16 for 2 pieces of LEGO? No doubt they come in a fancy box but even so... Clearly the rings come with a functional jewellery element: the ring, which is silver, which might justify the £50 asking price but the rest just seem to be charms that you can 'Attach to your favourite necklace for a playful addition to your look this season' so how they differ from something you or I could make with a few parts is not clear!
Googling the designer's name (Lisa Taylor) I found her website which has a few more pictures, but no more details to justify their asking price. There is however a competition that might be worth entering!
Would your wife or girlfriend be pleased to receive one of these at Christmas? Or would she be just as happy with something you'd made yourself?
Brickset member bigmike2K3 (and julencin2000, who tweeted me) found this gallery on Brickshelf which appears to show a new set, of a submarine, in the Architecture number series. Unfortunately the pictures aren't too good but it seems to have the traits of the Architecture sets: high quality box, glossy brochure and detailed model. All the writing on the box is in what looks to be Japanese, which doesn't bode too well for those of us that might hope to buy it elsewhere in the world.
Interestingly, the 'Discovery' section of LEGO's Architecture site disappeared recently, so maybe the sets live but the name doesn't.
Though not as good as their advertised "25% Off Your Entire Purchase" sale, Amazon has indeed corrected their system and the sale is now basically "Buy One, Get One 50% Off of Select LEGO Sets." But seeing as how there are some great sets listed, many already at a discount, a few LEGO Direct sets offered, and free shipping on qualifying orders, this is a pretty awesome deal. Thanks again to Brickset member neoroark for the heads-up yesterday. There are some catches to the deal. The discount only applies once per order and to the cheapest applicable set, so be sure to buy two similarly priced sets.
To buy (and support Brickset), please click here and then manually add to your cart any 2 of the following 43 sets (or Qty 2 of one set where allowed). The discount will show up at checkout and prior to finalizing your order. Don't dilly dally as I'm not sure how long this deal will last...
UPDATE: Some of the individual set discounts are already disappearing but the BOGO50% still works. Better hurry!
- 10197 Fire Brigade
- 10198 Tantive IV, 8037 Anakin's Y-Wing, 8085 Freeco Speeder, 8036 Separatists Shuttle, 8087 Tie Defender, 8086 Droid Tri-Fighter
- 7569 Desert Attack, 7571 Fight for the Dagger, 7573 Battle of Alamut, 7572 Quest Against Time, 7570 The Ostrich Race
- 8061 Gateway of the Squid, 8075 Neptune Carrier, 8059 Seabed Scavenger, 8060 Typhoon Sub, 8057 Wreck Raider
- 7595 Army Men on Patrol, 7593 Buzz's Star Command Ship, 7789 Lotso's Dump Truck, 7597 Toy Story Train
- 4736 Freeing Dobby
- 8864 Desert of Destruction, 8899 Gator Swamp, 8190 Claw Catcher, 5983 Undercover Cruiser, 5982 Smash 'n' Grab, 8189 Magma Mech
- 5548 Building Fun, 8871 Power Functions Extension Wire, 8884 Power Functions IR RX, 8870 Power Functions Light, 5506 Duplo Building Set, 5497 Duplo Learning, 5507 Duplo Deluxe Brick Box, 8411 Ben 10 Chromastone, 8517 Ben 10 Humongousaur, 8211 Brick Street Getaway, 7136 Skrall, 7160 Hero Factory Drop Ship, 5549 Building Fun, 5893 Offroad Power
All LEGO construction sets (Yes, ALL!!!) BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF this Tuesday (12/7) through Thursday (12/9) with coupon.
#### MIX AND MATCH #### Star Wars! Pharaoh's Quest! Harry Potter! City! Kingdoms! Creator! Atlantis! World Racers! Bionicle! Technic! Pirates! Space Police! Minifigures! Toy Story! Prince of Persia! Duplo!
Valid in store only and Toys R Us reserves the right to limit quantities. And don't forget, you also still receive a LEGO Minifigure 2GB Flash Drive with a $75+ purchase! I can't recall the last time TRU ran an unrestricted sale like this. Here's hoping the shelves will be restocked to the max tomorrow! :o)
We don't get sent many press releases here at Brickset Towers and those that we do aren't usually worth passing on. This one, however, looks as if it is:
COMCAST BRINGS CUSTOMERS POPULAR DESTINATION FOR LEGO ENTHUSIASTS: LEGO TV
LEGO Fans Can Catch Tips, Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Movies, Competition & More
Comcast announced the new season premiere of LEGO TV, an On Demand destination dedicated to the world-renowned LEGOR brand, featuring building tips from LEGO Master Builders, how-to videos starring LEGO characters, LEGO-themed animations and behind-the-scenes access to the family theme park that celebrates it all, LEGOLAND California.
Available On Demand under "KIDS" > "LEGO TV," viewers can choose from more than 90 individual LEGO TV segments, which run three to eight minutes in length, including tips from LEGO Master Model Builders on how-to build boats, planes and cars to the exciting adventures of LEGO Harry Potter, where fans can unlock the mystery of the Sorcerer's Stone. For those read y for fast-paced action, jump onto the brick-covered slopes with LEGO Skiing or all-out champion soccer match with LEGO Soccer. LEGO enthusiasts also get the chance to go behind the bricks of the Toy Story movies with Pixar animator Angus MacLane and take a look at the new LEGO store in New York City's Rockefeller Center.
LEGO TV On Demand is just one in a long line of signature programs available to Comcast digital video homes such as Activity TV, 4Kids TV, Kabillion and more. Catch exciting videos starring your favorite LEGO characters, learn the best tips and go behind the scenes with Master Builders all with a click of the remote under "KIDS" and then "LEGO TV."
I guess this is pretty exciting stuff if you're in the USA but it doesn't mean a lot to me: I've never heard of Comcast and we don't have it in the UK so someone'll have to explain it, and whether this is a big deal or not.
It's drifted around the calendar a little bit, but they have now settled on this Friday, 10th December 2010, as the opening date for the new LEGO store in Cardiff, Wales. You can find the opening hours listed here.
As with the recent Westfield, London, opening, this is a 'soft opening'; the Grand Opening event will be early in the new year. The "exclusive LEGO mini model" mentioned at the link above will likely be this months "Monthly Mini Model Build", the Christmas Tree.
Thanks to 'Jabba the Taff' for emailing in the revised link above. Happy shopping!
I have an email alert set up at Google News to keep informed of articles being published with the word 'LEGO' in them. As you'd expect there are quite a few, but only a few that are actually interesting. This one at The Independent (a UK newspaper) today caught my eye as it mentions AFOLs and for once is not condescending towards the hobby. It even quotes Warren, organiser of AFOLcon and Brickish Association Chairman.
Check this out: an official un-watermarked image of the series 4 figs! I haven't even seen any official images of series 3 yet (but I have asked LEGO for some). The cartoon-ised group picture is also available. These are expected to be officialy launched in April (so expect to see them in the usual places (TRU, et. al.) from late Feb/early March onwards).
So, (here we go again...) which are the Crash Test Dummies and which are the Spartans in this series?
Thanks to brickset member R4-G9 who found them in Kevin1990's Brickshelf gallery.
Update: it looks as if LEGO is asking for these images to be removed, they've gone from their original source at http://www.superspeelgoed.nl and fan sites may be asked to remove them too. I'll leave it here until asked otherwise...
Update 2: LEGO is cool with it, it can stay...
Another excellent LEGO-related app has turned up in the AppStore. Bricasso is similar to LEGO Digital Designer in that you can create virtual models from a wide range of parts and colours using just your finger.
What sets this apart from many similar apps both on the iPhone and other platforms is the user interface. A lot of thought has gone into it and it really is very intuitive and easy to use and you'll be building great looking models in no time at all.
This really is a very impressive piece of work and while there's a lot of functionality in this first version, future versions will undoubtably add to its feature set to make it even better. In fact the developer tells me there's an iPad version in the works which will really up the ante and make it a truly useful piece of software for virtual modelling, rather than the 'fun toy' that is it now.
It's available from the AppStore for the princely sum of $0.99 or 59p, however the developer has given me 15 promo codes that I can give out to the first 15 of you to contact me! Note that these are only good for the US iTunes so you'll need to be resident in the USA to use them. [Update: all codes have now gone]. All I ask in return is that when you've installed and played with it you leave a comment here to let us know what you think of it, and maybe also rate it in the AppStore.
Here's a great idea... Cygnet at The Ugly Duckling at BrickLink has created a Google Map to track series 3 availability across the USA, and eventually the world. Everyone is encouraged to contribute, so why not head over to the map and add a pin to where you've found them.
Merely 6 weeks since it was launched, the LEGO Universe DVD is now half price at £14.99 until 19th December, which is a more reasonable entry-price for the MMOG, particulary since you also receive the 55001 Universe rocket which costs £7.99 in the brand stores so you're effectively getting the game for £7. I haven't played myself but at that price I'm tempted...
One could draw conclusions from this reduction, and a similar one in the USA over Thanksgiving, that it's not selling too well.
Have you played it? It it worth the initial price and subsequent subscription? Are there many other players online when you play? (Can you tell?)
Please find below a list of several noteworthy current and forthcoming sales:
- Valid through ?: Undercover Cruiser (5983), Wind Turbine Transport (7747), Undersea Explorer (8080), Shadow Snapper (8079), Wreck Raider (8057), and Seabed Scavenger (8059) each 20% Off; Obi Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) 25% Off.
- Valid through 12/4: King's Castle (7946) and Toy Story 3 Train (7597) each 30% Off; All Other Kingdoms & Toy Story sets 10% - 15% Off ; Lunar Limo (5984) 20% Off; Plo Koon's Starfighter (8093) and Deep Sea Striker (8076) each 25% Off; Hyena Bomber (8016), Tank Truck (3180), Jagged Jaws Reef (8897), Smash 'n' Grab (5982), Super Speedster (5867), and Magma Mech (8189) each 15% Off.
- Valid 12/5 through 12/11: Wampa Cave (8089), Gateway of the Squid (8061), and Passenger Plane (3181) each 32% Off; All other Atlantis, Star Wars, and City sets likely 10% to 15% Off
TOYS R US
- Valid through 12/4 with coupon: All Star Wars sets are Buy One, Get One 50% Off
- Valid through 12/4: All Lego sets (except Harry Potter, Star Wars, Pharaoh) are Buy One, Get One 50% Off
- Valid 12/5 through 12/11: Free Mini-Figure 2GB USB Drive with any $75+ Lego construction set purchase
A surprise to see this on discount already, but #10215 "Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter™" is being sold via the US & Candian LEGO Shop online websites with a 25% discount - click here to go straight there!
Thanks to 'natro220' for the heads-up!
A few years ago, LEGO started an initiative called the 'Ambassador Program', with the aim of improving the communication between the LEGO company and the adult fan community. Originally, a small group of carefully chosen fans helped LEGO to better understand the adult fan community. It also worked in reverse, to help the adult fan community better understand the LEGO company. You can read more about the Ambassador program and the closing 2010 round here. Huw was one of the 'carefully chosen fans' during the early years of the program, before he chose to stand down.
Over the years, the program has grown & changed; now it is less about individuals and more about fan organisations. LEGO have also recognised the importance of the web-based communities, and for the latest round (the 8th round, covering the 1st half of 2011) the eligibility conditions have changed, and Brickset (along with many other web-based LEGO- communities) now qualifies for an Ambassador post.
To cut to the chase, Huw nominated me to be Brickset's Ambassador for this round, and LEGO have accepted. So as of now, we have a direct conduit into the heart of LEGO. Each round has been run in a slightly different way, so it's not clear exactly how this one will operate; I'll let you all know as things become clearer. I've already been passing some of your feedback on the "Magnet-Gate" situation to LEGO, and will carry on passing information both ways as it emerges.
For the future Ambassador rounds, we may look into opening up the Ambassador role to other members of the Brickset community; we can't promise this will be possible, and there are very strict conditions (for example age) which means that most people won't be eligible, but we will seriously look into it.
From my perspective, my role is to represent your views & also the views of Brickset as a resource for LEGO fans everywhere.
This coupon is open to anyone and is only valid In-Store this Friday (12/3) and Saturday (12/4).
The LEGO Ambassadors have been told: "All Extended Line minifigure magnet sets will as of Jan 1st 2011 be glued.
"Based on new requirements, the magnet base and the minifigures will have to be permanently fixed together on LEGO Star Wars magnet sets. To ensure a consistent consumer experience across all LEGO minifigure magnet sets we have chosen to permanently fix the minifigure to the magnet base on all magnet sets moving forward from Jan 1st 2011 (incl. Pharaoh’s Quest launching Dec 1st). This decision has been carefully considered and was not taken easily as we know that many consumers will obviously not like this change."
The Brick Comic Network Advent countdown has begun today. Over the next 24 days a runner up will be revealed and on Christmas day the overall winner will be announced. As you know, I was a judge and it was great to see so many entries to the contest, some of which were very good indeed. You can see the winners revealed on the BCN website.
I just received an email from Toys R Us indicating that for Today only (Wednesday, 12/1/10), the Indiana Jones Venice Canal Chase set (7197) is on sale again for 40% off the TRU price (32% of MSRP). If you can still find it, this is a pretty cool set and pairs up somewhat nicely with the new Log Cabin (5766) and the ongoing BOGO50% sale.
Well, it didn't take long for Series 3 minifigures to reach the East Coast. I've just got back from our local Toys R Us (Northern Virginia) where they had a couple of picked through boxes. I managed to get one of each figure and can confirm that each packet does indeed have identifying dimples on the bottom flap. However, the dimples are very difficult to differentiate even at home, let alone in the store. Additionally, the inital cheat sheet, so to speak, is helpful but in my opinion, incomplete. It will probably be a good idea to put together a revised one. It's also disappointing to note that you don't receive any spare pieces, unlike with the first two series (e.g. syringe, maraca, pistol, feather(s), ski pole, microphone, sword, etc). I would say the Elf, Rapper, Hula Girl, and Fisherman are definitely the best of the bunch. :o) Lastly, with LEGO raising the price of impulse sets to $3.99, and with Series 3 starting out at $2.99 at both Fred Meyers and Toys R Us, is it possible that this will be the new MSRP for the collectible minifigures?
UPDATE: I've created a new Series 3 Cheat Sheet that I think is more accurate. Let me know what you think!