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Price Saving Discount 60020 City Cargo Truck $26.35 $13.64 34% 70105 Legends Of Chima Nest Dive $10.48 $4.51 30%
The following 2013 sets are discounted by at least 40%:
Price Saving Discount 70113 Legends Of Chima CHI Battles $11.40 $8.59 43% 70109 Legends Of Chima Whirling Vines $8.49 $6.50 43%
Anybody who has purchased a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar in the past will have known it was coming. On the seventh day of this year's calendar we have a weapons rack.
Not a lot can be said about this really, it stores three different blasters, and makes use of dark and light bluish grey pieces for the most part. I quite like the curved style of the rack (more so than in previous years anyway) but the blue hinge piece looks out of place to me and another grey or even a black piece would have been preferable.
While it is far from the most interesting inclusion, this weapons rack will provide arms for some of the Minifigures we have received already or are yet to come in the Advent Calendar, so will be quite useful.
Overall - 2 - This is about as exciting as a weapons rack can get, useful, but not particularly interesting.
Today's City calendar contained a table. A very boring one. Maybe its purpose will become apparent in the next few days.
Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Christmas market action in the winter village sets, the Friends calendar has provided us a pair of market stalls over the last few days. On Thursday we had the one on the left; yesterday, the four items being sold from it; today we had the stall on the right. Perhaps we'll have stuff to sell on it tomorrow.
Jason from Chowren Toys says: "This will be the last promo we will be running for 2013. We want to thank all the Brickset readers for their support and for making all of our promos this year a great success. We especially want to thank Huw for making all of this possible. We look forward to bringing more great deals in 2014 to the wonderful readers of Brickset.
"Our December promotion will be $5.50 for 30167 Iron Man's Fighting Drone. All the readers need to do, is enter promo code BRSET30167 at the check-out to get this price. There are total of 1000 units available and are limited to 30 per customer while supplies last. This promotion will only last until 11:59 pm (US West Coast time) on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Just like previous promotions, Brickset readers will need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code.
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A scan from an Australian 2014 consumer catalogue has been posted on Photobucket showing the 2014 Marvel sets, which I believe are the first official non-watermarked images to surface. They'll be available in March and April in Australia, so probably slightly earlier elsewhere.
Does it look as if they have some exciting minifigs in them?
Thanks Jon Brick for the news.
Our third Minifigure of this year's LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is a Rebel Commando, who has appeared in several sets before, most recently 10236 Ewok Village. This is a highly detailed and useful Minifigure, as it is nice to build a small army of these soldiers for use in Endor MOCs or for display with sets like the Ewok Village.
His helmet has been around since 2009, where it first appeared in 8038 The Battle of Endor, and it looks fantastic, featuring some excellent moulding and highly detailed printing, which comes together to bring astonishing accuracy to the piece. His head is a reuse of Boromir's from the Lord of the Rings theme, and his torso is detailed on front and back along with some sand green legs. Unfortunately he is unarmed, but no doubt some weapons will be provided at some point in the Advent Calendar.
Overall, this is a very welcome inclusion, and it should be quite useful in my opinion, particularly given that 10236 Ewok Village will most likely be at the top of many people's Christmas lists this year.
Overall - 4 - A lovely Minifigure and a useful one for every Star Wars fan.
There wasn't much to write about yesterday so I didn't bother, but today we have our second proper minifig in the City calendar, a 'robber'.
It's rather bizarre that he's drinking a cup of tea and not weilding a crowbar or something. Maybe he's just popped into the station for a cuppa with the policeman from day 1...
It's also bizarre how many spare neck scarves we are getting: 2 spare with the snowman earlier in the week and 2 spare with this minifig.
I have just received my Christmas Special 2013 copy of the LEGO club magazine. It arrived this morning along with a 2014 catalogue and a free Creator set, 30182 Santa (released in 2012).
Thank you LEGO Father Christmas!
On the fifth day of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar we are provided with a Storm IV Twin-pod Cloud Car mini model. This vehicle appeared in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and challenges the B-wing for the most sets created compared with the number of seconds spent on screen, coming in at two so far versus the B-wing's four.
This model is fairly simple, using SNOT techniques throughout almost the entire craft to achieve the rather odd orientation of the vehicle in the film, which I like. The basic shape of the Cloud Car is captured, although the strut which links the two cockpits should be far narrower than it is here which takes away from the appearance of the model in my opinion. I like the inclusion of a trans-blue stud to act as the engine which demonstrates impressive attention to detail, although the shape of each cockpit windscreen is too steep.
Perhaps the biggest issue in my opinion however is the colour scheme, which should be orange. The red shade is acceptable, but the light bluish grey bricks which are the basis of each pod are quite unattractive, and they should have been replaced with pieces of the same colour as the rest of the model.
Overall - 3 - Not a bad model, but the accuracy is lacking in my opinion and I would have preferred the Cloud Car to be orange.
LEGO is making (or is soon to make) a right mess in the centre of Billund while building works for the LEGO House take place.
By way of compensation for local shopkeepers, it seems that it is going to make an Architecture model of the LEGO House which will be sold exclusively in Billund shops. It'll be given set number 4000010 and will be available from March 2014 for 149 DKK.
There's an article and video on a Danish website which shows the set and provides more information, if you can understand Danish, that is...
Thanks to toomuchdew and @Eiker86 on Twitter for the news.