Posts Tagged ‘Toys R Us’

Minifig Stationary Set

April 28, 2013

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I was at Toys R Us last night and I saw this. I almost thought about getting it, but the pricey price tag (is that a thing? :D) at $40 USD put me off buying it — that,and my earlier purchase at the LEGO store. Its cute and the minifig clown pen, if totally impractical, is pretty cute.

Update:I’ve now learned the label was wrong. If I’d bothered to look at my own picture, I would have noticed sooner. The price is actually $12.

I don’t know if I like the minifig pens or not. If you haven’t seen them you pull the head off and the pen is in the middle of the body. I have a Ninjago one that I still haven’t decided if I want to use it or not. I like all these new forays into the stationary accessories, and if was a kid going to school I would have loved to have them to use.

My only complaint is the quality of the accesories. The notebooks and journals are okay, but the markers and erasers are lousy. I guess a kid wouldn’t care or notice, but when I write or draw I like to have good quality pens, pencils and erasers. I suppose most themed pens, pencils, etc. that are made for kids are not made for quality, just advertising, but even so it is something to note. So, if you want them for their collectiblity factor or to accessorize your child in proper LEGO writting impliments than go right ahead. But at that price, I’d prefer something that works better.

Series 7 — They’re Here!

April 15, 2012

They're here!

And once again the search begins! Series 7 of the Collectible Minifigures has started appearing in stores. Although the LEGO Store Catalog claims they will be available in May, they are already showing up in Toys R Us, Fred Meyer, and other retailers around the US.

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I know there are confirmed reports in Portland, Oregon and Bakersfield, CA. But of course, at Toys R Us they are over priced and if one is patient, they will show up at the LEGO stores very soon. πŸ˜‰

I certainly am excited about practically the entire line! And I am seriously tempted to get a whole box of this one.

Sadly I don’t have any of Series 7 yet, but I assure you I will.

Why oh why LEGO do you keep producing such awesome stuff! My wallet groans a little every time another cool set comes out — but that’s not to say I won’t stop buying. πŸ˜€

Minifig Talk Bubbles

October 28, 2011

Something new, and a kind of interesting is a product called LEGO Minifigure Speech Bubbles

I’m still not sure what to think of this. At $9.99 its not too expensive and it is available at Toy R US and other retailers.

Here’s the product details:

Create a scene and start a conversation between your LEGO MiniFigures with the LEGO MiniFigure Speech Bubbles. Each set includes 24 Speech Bubbles that can be connected to your MiniFigures to make it look like they are talking. Attach the stickers with pre-printed sayings or use the included stencil to make your own messages. Comes with one Lego MiniFigure to add to your collection!

The LEGO MiniFigure Speech Bubbles includes:
1 LEGO MiniFigure
24 Speech Bubbles in different colors and shapes
12 Pre-Printed Sayings
24 Blank Stickers
1 Stencil to make your own messages

To me it would have been better if they had all been clear and not in red, yellow or blue. I can see uses of it in creating a comic, but you could easily do that on Photoshop. But we will see. Who knows, it may be the next big thing.

Pharaoh’s Quest sets already here!

November 16, 2010

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Although it is no where near January, Pharaoh’s Quest along with other 2011 sets are already starting to show up at stores. The above set was found at a LEGO store.

Alex S. was kind enough to snap pictures of the new elements
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I have also heard that these other sets are showing up at Toys R Us. πŸ™‚
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Unfortunately I when I checked my TRU, I didn’t find any new sets. 😦

Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to wait a little longer. πŸ˜‰

LEGO Wii-mote

October 14, 2010


I have yet to jump on the Wii bandwagon but this might just bring me on board.

This fully functional Wii-mote is officially licensed by Nintendo and features not only the iconically bright Lego colors, but also 37 interchangeable Lego mini-tiles to accent the controller.

It is set to be available at least in the US on October 16th for $40. I don’t know if this will be a US only product or not. It looks pretty cool, but like the LEGO Star Wars and Indiana Jones DS Lite cases from last year, I don’t know how well this will sell.

I did end up getting all three of the DS cases, but I only paid full price for one of them. Toys R Us put them on clearance in August and you still might be able to find them at your local TRU. I only picked up all three for the printed tiles, as I have a DS, but not a DS lite. I’ve since then traded or given away the cases and kept the tiles for myself.

But for the diehard collector out there this might be a must have. Especially because of the red brick separator. I may be wrong, but if you look closely at the picture, it looks like this brick separator might be different from the standard one. Which would make sense given that all the parts with the Wii remote are tiles. πŸ˜‰

Collectible Minifigure Series 2 starting to show up in the US

August 18, 2010

While Europe has had the new Collectible Minifigures for a while now, they are slowly starting to trickle over on this side of the pond.

There has been only one confirmed sighting that I know of so far, at least among my friends. Tony Sava down in Texas found them at his local Toys “R” Us. I imagine that if it is a one TRU, than it will be at many soon.

Like Series 1, this is a small production run. So if you see them, get them, as they will most likely disappear just as fast or faster than the previous set.

I don’t know what will be the “hot” figures from this set. There definitely seems to be more winners than losers in this one. There are so many fun new elements, my favorite being the tiny Minifig trophy the karate master has.

There is a very nicely done review of all the figures on Eurobricks and Tony was nice enough to compile a barcode sheet for the US.

What’s even more exciting is that Steve Witt confirmed LEGO already has up through Series 5 designed and that they will keep making them as long as they are popular.

I look forward to the hunt and good luck at finding your favorites! πŸ™‚

LEGO City late release 2010

June 28, 2010

We are starting to see images of a couple new LEGO City sets that will be released later this year.

7848-1: Toys R Us delivery truck

8404-1: City Public Transport

Both of these sets would be wonderful additions to any LEGO collection. πŸ™‚

The Toys R Us truck is really cute. Granted it is almost identical to the LEGO City Truck. But even so, it can add a touch of realism to any town layout. πŸ˜‰

The City Public Transport has a whole bunch of fun details that make this worth while. Postcards in the shop, a green bicycle, and all those fun vehicles make this a very desirable set. You can see more images of this set at Eurobricks.com

No word on when they will be released or how much they will be so stay tuned.

LEGO A Love Story — Book Review

May 19, 2010

Now I normally don’t review books on this blog, but then this is no ordinary book. πŸ˜‰

When I met Jonathan Bender at BrickCon in 2008 and he said he was writing a book about LEGO I thought it was a pretty interesting idea. He even did a mini interview with me amidst the hustle and bustle that is BrickCon and all I remember thinking after it was over was “I might be mentioned in the book.”

Jonathan was nice enough to send me a copy of the book and I received it a few days before the official release date. For me reading this book was very different than it would be for someone not already inducted into the world of LEGO fans. 90% of the people he mentions are friends, former coworkers and colleagues of mine. Reading this book was like peaking over Jonathan’s shoulder over the year or so that he spent researching the LEGO conventions, LEGO company, and the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community as he went from a relative newbie to hobnobbing with Master Model Builders. And seeing the LEGO world through his eyes was interesting.

Like most AFOLs Jonathan had a “Dark Age” — the time period when you stop playing with LEGO as a child and then rediscover the little plastic bricks as a hobby when you are an adult. I never had a Dark Age, being one of a rare few who have played with LEGO continually my entire life. So seeing what it felt like for Jonathan to be embarrassed about purchasing LEGO sets and wondering nervously what people will think about him when they see it as his hobby was a novel (pardon the pun) experience. πŸ™‚

Even with all my knowledge (some have called it encyclopedic) of LEGO, both the product and the company, I learned quite a lot I didn’t know. Of course I never really did “research” on LEGO per se, I’ve just acquired it over time. Of the various travels and meetings Jonathan went on the only thing I haven’t done yet is travel to Denmark itself. That is still an as yet unfulfilled dream of mine.

I am mentioned in the book, in fact there are a whole 4 pages that mention me (pgs 247-250 if you’re interested) and there is an obscure reference to this very blog involving the Castle Advent calendar. I only know that he’s talking about me in the book because he emailed a complaint about the daily posts of each mini set while I was doing them. πŸ˜€

So, what do I think of the book? A definite read, for both you and your non-understanding non-LEGO friends and family. This isn’t really written as an information book, but more as one man’s journey to reclaim a piece of his childhood and redefine him as person. He didn’t really go into this project planning on turning into a LEGO fan, but he sure came out of it as one. Seeing what LEGO can do through his eyes might open up your friends and family to better understanding why we do what we do. πŸ˜‰

LEGO City Fireman Model

April 15, 2010

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Today I got quiet a surprise when I visited my local Toys “R” Us. There was a life size model of a Firefighter made out of LEGO bricks.

Being the picky Master Model Builder that I am, I couldn’t just look at and admire it, I had to study how it was built.

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The first thing I noticed was that it was very round. Now as I know a little about LEGO building and how many of the models are done now I figured immediately that it was probably designed with Brickbuilder, the internal LEGO computer program that takes 3D computer images and turns them into LEGO models. There a subtle clues that the average non-Master Builder would never recognize.

Here’s a Model Building Tip for you. If you notice the gray stripe right under his belt in the front the way the brick layers curve tell me that this was originally designed by a computer. Why? Well if the model had been designed by hand the curve would have been smoother. A computer doesn’t have the “artist’s eye” so it doesn’t see the abrupt curves as a problem. When Brickbuilder was first used this problem showed up a lot. Over all the model looked impressive, but there were all these funky curves per layer that didn’t make any sense. My guess is that the model designer fixed most of the curves on this model but either didn’t notice the one I mentioned or didn’t see it as important enough to fix.

I encountered that problem myself when I was building my giant lady bug. Transferring the half-dome to make the shell only took a few minutes, but fixing all the funny curves took three days. I also added the black dots at the same time.

Erik Varszegi, Master Model Builder extraordinaire, truly is a master taking Brickbuilder to the next level. He uses it as it is meant to be used, as just one more tool in the Master Builder’s bag of tricks.
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In fact there is a great article about designing with Brickbuilder that Erik wrote in Issue 9 of the BrickJournal Magazine

Just because many of the LEGO models start out with a computer designing them doesn’t mean that Master Model Builders will disappear. The Master Builders still have lots of steps to do before it can go from computer screen to actual 3D LEGO model. πŸ˜‰

So if you get a chance to see this at your local Toys “R” Us, take a moment to look and admire it.

LEGO Toy Story 3 7599 Garbage Truck Getaway

March 22, 2010

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Toys R Us will have a LEGO Toy Story 3 Exclusive, the Garbage Truck Getaway. The price will be $44.99 for 402 pieces and from the looks of it, there are a lot of good elements in this set. πŸ™‚

New toy alien minifig, “dirty” Buzz, purple bear, and Jessie. Not to mention the garbage truck itself. The design is excellent and all those fun dark green elements make it that much more cool.

There are small images popping up on Eurobricks.com of the rest of the LEGO Toy Story 3 line including the first images I’ve seen of the Toy Story Duplo sets. I generally stay away from Duplo (other than promo bricks) since I don’t have any kids, but for these I might make an exception — especially for the LGM (Little Green Man) Alien. πŸ˜€