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On Sale: Selected City, Star Wars & Friends Sets 20% Off At Toys R Us

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Selected sets are always such a roller-coaster of emotions – you open up the catalogue and get excited when you see LEGO on sale and then there is the slight disappointment when it’s not all LEGO. Luckily, this particular sale is still reasonably exciting – most of the sets on sale are new releases probably on quite a few people’s wanted list.

From today (Wednesday 18th February 2015) until Tuesday 3rd March Toys R US are offering 20% off selected sets from the City, Star Wars and Friends theme.

You can check out the catalogue here, or view a list of included sets below.

Set #
Set Name
Price
Full RRP
Discount
Discount %
60057Camper Van$23.99$29.99$620%
60083Snowplow Truck$23.99$29.99$620%
60082Dune Buggy Trailer$23.99$29.99$620%
60084Racing Bike Transporter$23.99$29.99$620%
60073Service Truck$23.99$29.99$620%
60043Prisoner Transporter$23.99$29.99$620%
60074Demolition Bulldozer$35.99$44.99$920%
60067Helicopter Pursuit$35.99$44.99$920%
60072Demolition Starter Set$12.79$15.99$3.220%
60088Fire Starter Set$12.79$15.99$3.220%
75048The Phantom$31.99$39.99$820%
75040General Grievous Wheel Bike$31.99$39.99$820%
75038Jedi Interceptor$31.99$39.99$820%
41086Vet Ambulance$11.99$15.99$425%
41085Vet Clinic$23.99$29.99$620%
41097Heartlake Hot Air Balloon$35.99$44.99$920%
41094Heartlake Lighthouse$49.99$59.99$1017%

Official Details Of 75095 TIE Fighter

It seems like the UCS Slave I was just released, and already we have details of the next UCS Star Wars model to be released.

The 75095 UCS TIE Fighter was officially revealed at the New York Toy Fair over the weekend, and we have the official press release and designer video below.

We strongly suggest watching the designer video, the picture does not do justice to the size of the model.

There is currently no Australian RRP, but as soon as we know we will be sure to post that information.

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75095 TIE Fighter, 1,685 pieces

US $199.99 – CA $229.99 – DE 199.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1799.00 DKK

Presenting the Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter – the iconic Imperial starfighter!

We proudly present the Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter. As featured in many of the action-packed Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle that led to the destruction of the first Death Star, this large-scale LEGO-brick rendition of the classic Imperial starfighter has intricate detailing, as well as an opening top hatch and an exclusive TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure with a blaster pistol. And when you want to keep it safe from Rebel attack, mount the model on the display stand and keep yourself updated with all the key facts and figures on the included fact plaque. The Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection!

  • Includes a TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure with a blaster pistol
  • Features an opening top hatch
  • Includes a display stand and informative fact plaque
  • The perfect flagship model for fans of Star Wars and LEGO brick building
  • Collect one of the most iconic starships in the galaxy!
  • TIE Fighter measures 18.5” (47cm) high, 12” (30.6cm) long and 12.2” (31cm) wide

On Sale: 20% Off City And Star Wars At Target

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While looking at the Target website after learning they had the Minecraft sets listed, we spotted the latest catalogue. Target are offering 20% off the regular price of City and Star Wars sets.

This may seem a little disappointing considering they just finished a 20% off all toys sale, but this is still better than some of the very narrow sales that are also on.

This offer actually started yesterday (11th December 2014) and runs until Wednesday 17th December.

You can view the catalogue here

Sorry for missing this one yesterday.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 6: Star Wars

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at the Star Wars range for 2015.

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Unfortunately Star Wars Episode VII isn’t scheduled for release until December 2015, so it is too early for sets based on the film. What we do have so far is a collection of sets from the existing parts of the Star Wars universe, including more from the new Rebels cartoon. There is also a second series of Microfighters sets.

75073 Vulture Droid

75073 Vulture Droid
75074 Snowspeeder

75074 Snowspeeder
75075 AT-AT

75075 AT-AT
75076 Republic Gunship

75076 Republic Gunship
75077 Homing Spider Droid

75077 Homing Spider Droid
75078 Imperial Troop Transport

75078 Imperial Troop Transport
75079 Shadow Troopers

75079 Shadow Troopers
75080 AAT

75080 AAT
75081 T-16 Skyhopper

75081 T-16 Skyhopper
75082 TIE Advanced Prototype

75082 TIE Advanced Prototype
75083 AT-DP

75083 AT-DP
75084 Wookiee Gunship

75084 Wookiee Gunship
75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier

75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier
75088 Senate Commando Troopers

75088 Senate Commando Troopers
75089 Geonosis Troopers

75089 Geonosis Troopers
75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike

75090 Ezras Speeder Bike

Via https://www.youtube.com/user/just2goodEurobricks/videos

On Sale: 20% Off Star Wars & City Sets At Target

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It looks like this is the last of our school holiday sales, and unfortunately it’s not quite as good as some of the others.

From Thursday 18th September 2014 until Wednesday October 1st Target are offering 20% off Star Wars and City sets.

There are also two Friends sets listed at a discount in the catalogue, but the 20% does not appear to apply to that theme more broadly.

You can check out the catalogue here, or view a list of the highlighted items below.

Theme
Set #
Set Name
Sale Price
Discount
Discount %
Friends41032Jungle Bike$19.00$5.0021%
Friends41038Jungle Rescue Base$59.00$20.0025%
Star Wars75053The Ghost$103.00$26.0020%
Star Wars75049Snowspeeder$47.00$12.0020%
City60035Arctic Outpost$47.00$12.0020%
City60034Arctic Helicrane$30.00$10.0025%

Review: 75038 Jedi™ Interceptor

  • RRP: $39.99
  • Parts: 223 ($0.18 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure, 1 Droid

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As I mentioned in my last Star Wars review, I don’t usually buy sets from this theme. I also said that I was a Star Wars fan, but this set certainly tested my Star Wars knowledge. I mistakenly assumed that it was based on something from the Clone Wars cartoon series, but after looking it up this is actually based on Episode III. I actually quite enjoyed episodes II and III so I am a little disapointed in myself for not recognising it.

First Impressions

Just from looking at the box you can tell that this is going to be a good play set. It’s got things to shoot at bad guys (or your siblings) and the overall design looks like something that is fun to swoosh around. That makes sense, because this set is not a difficult UCS model designed for display.

The Build

On opening up the box you will get three numbered bags and the sticker sheet. As a small set the sticker sheet is not packaged with cardboard, but luckily my sheet was not damaged at all. You will notice in the photos that I have not applied the stickers myself.

This is a sequential build, so let’s kick off with Bag 1. This is where you will find the new spring loaded missile firing parts. These aren’t your regular flick-fire missile; they actually shoot quite a good distance. Follow the rules in the instructions and never aim these things at faces.
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We also get our only minifigure in bag 1 – A new version of Anakin Skywalker. The torso printing is quite detailed, and he comes with two different hand colours to represent Anakin’s robot arm. The head features a double sided face print with an angry expression and a happier one.

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By the end of bag 1 we have the bulk of the central cockpit area completed. There is still a canopy to attach, but that shows up later.

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Bag 2 consists of the parts for the first of the wings. There were a few steps in this section where it can be difficult to distinguish correct placement of a part; there are a lot of overlapping flat plates  of similar colour and upside down assembly. It’s not difficult, but I found myself double checking the instructions more than I usually do for a small build.
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Bag 2 ends with the wing being attached to the main body of the ship.
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Bag 3 contains everybody’s favourite astromech droid – R2-D2. This is actually my first LEGO version of R2, and I was impressed with the printing. If the box is to be believed this is a new version for 2014.
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With the mainly symetrical design of the ship, bag 3 is constructed in much the same way as bag 2. The main difference between the two wings is the cut-out for placing R2-D2.
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The Final Verdict

I didn’t exactly have the highest expectations going in to this set. For me the Jedi Interceptor is not a classic Star Wars vehicle (such as the Millennium Falcon) and doesn’t hold a lot of appeal. Having said that, I actually quite like the finished model.
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If you are looking for a display piece, then this set is probably not going to be at the top of your list. If what you are looking for is a fun set to fly around and shoot stuff with then this hits the mark.

I have the same gripe with this set as a I do with most Star Wars set, that being the higher price per part compared to other themes. As always, if you are interested in this set I would hold out for a sale.

So should you buy this set? This is a more difficult one to answer than our last review. That set was under $20 and was a classic ship recognisible to not only Star Wars fans. 75038 on the other hand is $39.99 set based on the prequal trilogy. If you like the idea of this set, then you will not be disappointed with the final product. If howerever you don’t particularly have any interest in it, then I don’t feel there is anything here that will bring you around.

Check out the full build gallery below

Review: 75030 Millennium Falcon™

  • RRP $15.99
  • 94 Parts ($0.17 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure

75030 Box

I am going to start this review with a confession – I am an AFOL that does not buy Star Wars LEGO. From what I have seen it appears that this is actually quite rare. When I got back in to LEGO I was tempted because I do like Star Wars. There were a few reason why I decided not to buy into the theme; Star Wars sets are generally more expensive per part than other themes and the Star Wars range covers 6 different films, so I knew I’d never have a complete collection.

Hopefully you’ll have a better sense of where I am coming from with this review. I am a Star Wars fan, but not exactly the biggest Star Wars LEGO fan.

First Impressions

As part of the Microfighters range 75030 is certainly one of the smallest versions of the Millennium Falcon that has been produced by LEGO. This Star Wars sub-theme replaced the Planet Series as LEGO’s low-cost Star Wars range. The Microfighters sets are essentially the novelty go-kart version of classic Star Wars vehicles.

When I first received the box I couldn’t help but think that the set was cute. There is something adorable and funny about seeing tough guy Han Solo sitting in a tiny Millennium Falcon.

The Build

This is a small set, so there aren’t really any surprises when cracking open the box. Parts are divided between two bags, with one bag containing all of the smaller pieces.

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The build starts off with the assembly of the Han Solo minifigure. As somebody who doesn’t have a Star Wars LEGO collection I was impressed with the minifigure, but I’m not sure how we compares to previous versions. I always appreciate the added detail of leg printing, which is present on this minifigure. Han also comes with a blaster, which is handy for those times when you have to shoot first.

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Once you have put Han together you start on the Falcon, and I was surprised by how quickly it becomes a recognisable shape. Within just a few steps you are looking at something that is clearly going to become the Millennium Falcon.

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LEGO have done a great job of capturing the lines and curves at such a small scale.

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There are also slide shoes added to the bottom of the set, which helps it glide around. This inclusion is obviously more for the younger fans, or as LEGO calls them “the target market”.

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I appreciate the inclusion of a printed brick to capture the cockpit. It may sound strange but without that little extra bit of detailing I think the set would lose some of it’s overall resemblence.

Speaking of the overall look – I am not a big fan of the two flick-fire missles added to the top of the set.

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The Final Verdict

I was really impressed with this set. The final product is quite a solid little build, something that would handle being played with well. The only complaint that I do have is very minor (the flick-fire missiles) and does not really have that much impact.

I also feel that the RRP is just a little to high for this set. Yes it does have 94 pieces, but all of those pieces are on the small side. It’s definitely a set that I wait to get on sale. At 20% I think this would be better value for money.

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So should you buy this set? This is a small, quick and simple build but the final product has a lot of charm to it. I think whether you buy this set really comes down to what you think of the style. If the pictures of this set have you interested then I do recommended it. If you have a huge Star Wars collection and find this set to be a bit unimpressive then I don’t think there is anything here that would change your mind.

Check out the full build gallery below

Check Out The World’s Largest LEGO Darth Vader

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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the event themselves LEGO has just posted a video of the giant LEGO Darth Vader and Yoda models.

In case you missed the news about the event; these models were built by LEGO Master Model Builder Dan Steininger with help from Ryan McNaught (and a whole heap of Australian LEGO Fans) to celebrate Star Wars Day yesterday.

When we heard they were building a 4 metre Darth Vader we had no idea just how huge that actually was.

For those of our readers in the Penrith area – the models are still on display. You may have missed out on the build but you can still enjoy the finished product.

May The 4th Be With You – Happy Star Wars Day!

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A very happy Star Wars day to all of our readers!

Be sure to check out all of the Star Wars offers currently available at LEGO Online 

 

Those readers in the Penrith area may want to go help build the worlds biggest LEGO Darth Vader

If you see any great LEGO Star Wars offers let us know in the comments!

Interview With Dan Steininger – LEGO Master Builder

This weekend is Star Wars day, and as we previously reported LEGO Australia is going all out with a record breaking Star Wars event in Penrith.

As part of the event Bricking Around was given the chance to chat to LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger. Dan is one of only 7 master builders in the world and is clearly living the dream of any AFOL.

Our chat with Dan covers a heap of topics including Star Wars, new LEGO themes and even other building block brands.

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Check out the interview below.