Monday, January 31, 2011

SALE: Winter Village Bakery

If you haven't all ready picked up this years new seasonal set 10216 - Winter Village Bakery, do it now.

I was just at my local Lego store and it is on clearance at the price of $38. Regular price is $55. This is great set and is really fun to bring out for the holidays. It also has some great parts. The new 8x8 trans blue plate and some of the new nougat colored bricks.

Also being liquidated are the Star Wars magnets at $4.30 down from $15. These are the magnets that can be separated from the figures. 3 different sets:

C-3PO, Princess Leia & Admiral Ackbar
Chancellor Palpatine, Nute Gunray and Onaconda Farr
Han Solo, Paploo and Biker Scout

The magnets are also on sale at Lego shop@home for the same price, but the bakery is still regular MSRP.

I'm assuming this will follow at all Lego stores, but I have only been to mine which is the Hillsdale store in San Mateo, CA. My store had plenty of everything but act fast if you want these sets.

Have fun!

Edit: Looks like Lego shop@home only has C-3PO, Princess Leia & Admiral Ackbar left. So if you want the other two make way to your Lego store.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Collectible Minifigure Series

Look a new post all ready!

I want to talk about the new Collectible Minifigure Series that Lego has out. These are sets of 16 unique minifigures that boast new figure designs and at least a new element. The torso, hair, faces and accessories can only be found in these sets. The fun little gimmick is that these minifigures are sold separately in opaque mylar bags. The idea is that you are not supposed to know what figure you are getting and can lead to multiples of figure before you complete the set of 16. Of course there are ways around that.

I think this is a great idea for Lego. You know there will be people out there trying to complete the set of 16 and buying as many as they need to do it. Lego fans have also been buying complete boxes of 60 just to get as many as they can.

Currently these are on the third series. I first got to see these at last years BBTB convention. I wasn't too into them at the time. So series 1 and 2 went by and I didn't jump on them. When series 3 rumors started showing up and what new figures were going to be in it, I got excited. Mainly because of this guy:

I am a fan of all the Lord of the Rings books and a huge fan of the castle/ Forestmen themes that Lego has. So this dude was a must for my future mocs. So how do I get these? Luckily I have a coworker who is into collecting these figures. So when he got the option to pre-order a box of 60 for series 3 I went halfsies and am now the proud owner of all 16 figures plus 3 elves!

Pictures of series 4 are out and they look even better then previous series. My coworker has all ready placed an order for the box of 60. Again, I might go halfsies to get this. I'm still mulling over it, though that hazmat suit guy is very tempting.

Series 4

I highly recommend these awesome figures. If you can get your hands on some, go for it.

Nearly A Year!

Wow! Nearly a year has gone by since my last post. My last post was about the first Bay Area Lego convention, "Bricks by the Bay". And now that convention is coming up again in March! Sadly I won't be attending due to the good news in the next paragraph.

Since my last post my life has changed dramatically. Shortly after posting about BBTB, my wife and I got the great news that we will be expecting our first child in late December! We started planning and preparing for our new addition. We ended up moving to a larger apartment to have more space for our baby at the end of August. We are really happy with our new place and are even more excited for our baby to come.

Our daughter was born a week late and has been the greatest joy in my life since then. I'm glad to say that both my wife and my baby are doing great! Now when she is older I have a great excuse to go to Legoland and hopefully the MMB at the Lego store.

Enough excuses all ready. Back to posting about everyone's favorite hobby, Lego.

I have still been adding to my collection. Albeit more slowly then before (baby stuff is expensive). The two biggest additions to my collection are the most awesome 6295 - Black Seas Barracuda (picked off eBay for little more then MSRP, w/ box) and 10179 - Millennium Falcon UCS (picked up during the clearance on Lego shop online). Both of these sets have been something I've been wanting for a long time now. 6295 - BSB was a set that I drooled over as a child and never got my hands on. I have yet to put together the 10179. I opened the box and was overwhelmed by the size of this thing. It may be something that I put together in the future with my daughter or I just might get the building itch and spend a week or two building it when I get off work.

I haven't been building too much lately. Time has been a precious commodity and even though we moved to a larger place I still don't have an optimal Lego building area. I did however get more storage and re-organized my parts. I have been seeing a lot of great MoC's lately and I have been wanting to get building. Do you think my daughter will mind if I take up part of her room for Lego? I am going try and make it my resolution to build more with Lego and post more about it. There are just a few other hobbies I need to kick out first. I see that at this point in my life I need to focus on a couple things rather then half ass'ing many things.

So hopefully you will be hearing from me more often. Until then, Keep Bricking.