Brickset news archive: March 2009
This neat tow truck, which looks to be the same scale as the equally neat Garbage Truck will be "exclusive to order for LEGO Club Members in Germany in the next issue of the club magazine" says Brickset member gansweith, and I believe it'll be available similarly in the UK.
The set was officially launched this week and there's a posted a cool video introduction to the set made by LEGO on YouTube.
I have mine in hand and construction is now complete! I've posted pictures in my flickr gallery taken as building progressed.
Brickset and Eurobricks member starstreak is also photographing the build and you'll find more pictures and a review at Eurobricks.
So, what do I think of it? Well, building it was a pleasure. Apart from the 8 legs of the AT-OT there is little repetition and as always the instructions are clear and thorough. There was one tricky step -- attaching the cockpit to the dropship -- but other than that it was an easy build.
The AT-OT is an excellent model and looks good once finished, full of clones and legs posed as if walking. It really looks like a great big lumbering beast!
The dropship is an impressive size, about 20" long and 10" high. It attaches and detaches to/from the AT-OT easily and has a neat folding handle mechanism to make it easy to swoosh about. On its own the dropship looks a bit 'empty', but put the two models together and they look great!
Anyway, take a look at my pictures, read the reviews here at Brickset then come to your own conclusion whether it's worth $250.
Fellow Brickish Association member William has scanned the appropriate pages and you'll find them here and here. However, as you'll see, the prices of the battery and charger are astronomical! Let me know what you think: Would you pay more for a battery and charger than for the train itself?
You can now order the AT-OT for immediate dispatch.
If you're in the USA use this link: Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker . The price is $249.99.
In the UK for once we have a reasonable exchange rate, better in fact than that quoted at xe.com at the moment (1 USD = 0.690784 GBP) so use this link Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker to order it for £166.35 before LEGO see the error of their ways and increase the price.
Note: ordering through the links above helps me to run this website. If you like what I do, please show your support!
I've added a couple of new features to the site relating to minifigs. When you're logged in, go to the 'My sets' tab and you'll see a new box for 'Minifigs I Own'.
The first time you look it won't show much except for a link to 'Update my minifig collection'. When you click on that it analyses the sets you own and generates a list of the minfigs you own.
When it's done, after 20 seconds or so, the box will tell you now many minfigs you own and will show a link to 'View my minfig collection'. Click on that and, well, go and see for yourself what it does :-)
You'll also notice that minifigs are shown with a green background if you own them when you're viewing sets or the minifig browser.
Because of the amount of data involved and the time needed for the query to run, your minifig collection is not automatically created for you, and not automatically updated when you add sets to your collection. So, you'll need to periodically click on the 'Update my minifig collection' link.
Another thing I've done is produced a print stylesheet which makes pages print better, without the sidebar, header and footer. If you're using IE7 enable the 'Print background colours and images' in the Tools | Internet options menu, Advanced tab and you'll then see the green backgrounds on your printouts.
I still plan to add more minifig-related features including the ability to record ones you own that are not in sets, loose ones you've bought from BrickLink, for example.
I hope you like this new feature. It's certainly helping me keep track of my collection and I hope it helps you too. As always I look forward to your feedback.
The Factory fan-designed Space Skulls set is now 75% off at LEGOShop.com! It's now priced at just £13.99 in the UK and $19.98 in the USA. At that price it's a bit of a bargain, so click through on the image and buy a few today!
I don't like to regurgitate news articles from Eurobricks but a recent one about new DK books warrants doing so. Anyone who has their Ultimate Lego Book will know how good they are. The pictures in thomasdavi's flickr gallery show three new books:
Two are 'Brick Master' books, to be released in August, which come with 'up to 130 bricks' and presumably instructions for building many models from them.
The third, out in October priced £25, is probably more interesting to AFOLs: 'The LEGO book' which consists of 2 books in a slipcase one of which is titled 'Standing Small': A celebration of 30 years of the the LEGO minifigure'
I for one can't wait...
The Canadian Toys R Us website has the first six Space Police 3 sets available for pre-order. They claim they'll be shipping on the 1st June which is slightly earlier than I had expected. It's still unclear exactly which countries these will be available in, I believe that UK shops, for example, won't be getting them but they might still be available from LEGOshop.com in the UK -- we'll have to wait and see...
Thanks to iPod and mmgamg for the news!
A reader contacted me today asking why I hadn't written about the chrome Darth Vaders that are appearing in sets, and on eBay, yet. Well, I guess I didn't think it particularly newsworthy as they've been around for a while.
But if you haven't heard, 10,000 chrome Darth Vaders have been inserted randomly into 2009 Star Wars sets and it seems people are now finding them. There's quite a few on eBay but they are going for high prices. If you're not lucky enough to find one and don't want to take the chance of not getting one you're going to have fork out a hefty sum, I'm afraid!
Chris Doyle has blogged that he found 8031 and 8033 in his local Target's Easter toy section, so if you have one near you go and grab a few. And if you can get some to ship over to me in the UK, get in touch!
What with this, and the new battery and remote controller for the RC trains, it's finally looking like the system might have potential.
It may not be the best Clone Wars set but as of today you can pick it up half price at LEGOshop.com for £34.29 in the UK and $50 in the USA.
If you need Ahsoka and Anakin minifigs, this is an ideal opportunity to pick them up.
I hear these are selling like hotcakes so if you're in the market for one I suggest you get your order in quickly. You can do so through these links:
Someone in the Czech Republic has got hold of an Emerald Night before its widespread release. He's posted loads of detailed pictures on this Czech website. I can't read a word if it, but I understand the pictures and it looks like a neat set with some interesting building techniques.
(Thanks Tim D)
They've taken a while to appear but at last you can order the farm sets from LEGOShop.com in the UK, and probaly the rest of Europe. Until they appear in our product feed you can order them through this link. I'd be quick if I were you, as they are sure to be popular!
The remote control racers have also turned up today.