Creating LEGO Stickers

There are quite a number of sticker books around, but in case you want to customise your own LEGO stickers here is a new option:  StickerYou LEGO

Cost is USD $7.49 for 2 pages, and they do ship worldwide and you can have a look at the shipping rates here.  Quality wise, the press release says: “The LEGO stickers from the StickerYou.com website are high quality die-cut stickers that are removable with zero mess left behind. They are water resistant and durable for all kinds of applications.”

Anyway some pics to follow, or you can always check out the StickerYou LEGO site.

Some news round up

I guess most of my fellow AFOLs in Singapore have been busy hunting minifig series 4.  I actually haven’t had time to get any, so that’s a to-do this weekend…

Anyway, taking a break to share some LEGO news that I found interesting.

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1. Picture of latest architecture set Farnsworth House

Toys N Bricks shares a pic of 21009 Farnsworth House taken from the LEGO website.  You can read more from: http://toysnbricks.com/home/21009-official-picture/

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2. Groupon deal: $15 worth of eBay purchase for $7

Toys N Bricks also shared this great deal from Groupon for eBay.  Only valid till end of the month so don’t wait if you want to get some stuff from eBay k?  Before you run off to try and get a few dozen Groupons, take note that it’s limited to 1 per person and 1 per order.  Click here to buy this groupon.

Via: http://toysnbricks.com/home/usa-15-worth-of-ebay-purchases-for-only-7/

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3. Update on charity auction organised by TBB

The Brothers Brick showcases some great donations.  Personally I found these 2 to be the most interesting.  There are many other great creations you can see from here.  Note that shipping is free.

Btw, the ship is 3 metres long!  Do read more from TBB here: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2011/03/28/bricks-helping-japan-update/

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4. LEGO City ideas book

Killyrbf shares info on Sean Kenney’s Cool City.  Looks to have some nice city pics but at only 32 pages, I wonder if it’s worth getting?  Think I’ll hold out till Oct and see if anyone does a book review.  You can read more about the book from Killyrbf’s blog: http://killyrbf.blogspot.com/2011/03/build-me-city.html

The japanese idea book I mentioned previously is great btw.  Thanks to Jonathan who helped to get from Japan. 🙂

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5.  LEGO 3 in 1 Go Glow Light

ToyNews reports on yet another new LEGO licensed product.  Worlds Apart has tied up with TLG to create a 3 in 1 Go Glow Light that consists of a rechargeable night light, torch with colour change disk and an interchangeable Lego Minifigure.  

Those who have kids may be familiar with this product.  I’ve actually handled/played with (?) a Go Glow Light cos my niece and nephew have one.  Think it’s not a bad idea – soft induction to the world of LEGO ‘poison’ for your young one perhaps? 

Drawback tho? Nothing for girls AGAIN.  Geez… I’m sure it doesn’t take a genius to do a pink version with a nice fairy minifig right? (Like the one from the keychain).  Who knows, if TLG provides unique minifigs to Worlds Apart, they’ll even get some cross-over sales from AFOLs who must get hold of those minifigs.  Then again, a wider range is expected next year so there is still hope.

Via: http://www.toynews-online.biz/news/33672/Worlds-Apart-links-with-Lego

Some random thoughts

I’ve actually been feeling kinda guilty about neglecting the blog tho I know I have good reason to…  Apart from work, I’ve been busy with a personal project that is currently taking up loads of my free time. 

As I’ve mentioned before, I still do continue to read  many of the LEGO fan sites and blogs and forums, just that I don’t blog about them as often as I used to.  Come to think about it, I’ve been shopping much less frequently now so that really shows how busy I’ve been… (hey, shopping is a favourite past time for many Singaporeans!). 🙂 

Anyway, a couple of noteworthy reads:

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1. Brickset shares news of another LEGO survey

The direct link is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LEGO_AFOL_Q12011

One nugget of info from the last survey that I found interesting was that “Respondents say they are prompted to collect sets because of the theme or unique minifigures or elements. Less than 10% of fans say they’re prompted to collect sets because of a unique box or a box of a different size. However, when asked if the LEGO Group were to create sets with different box sizes and identical contents would they purchase an additional set, nearly half responded that they would.

Really? Half? I thought most people bought LEGO for the contents and not the boxes? Anyway to find out what the other results are, do visit Brickset’s post here.

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2. Toysnbricks reports on sets discontinued in 2011

If you have been holding out for whatever reason on these sets, wait no longer cos you know the prices will rise once the stores are out of stock.  And, these sets are really among the better ones.  I think MMV and Emerald Night are destined to be instant classics.  As for Star Wars… well, we know how sky-high prices can go right?

  • Castle Medieval Market Village (MSRP: $99.99)
  • Creator Emerald Night (MSRP: $99.99)
  • Star Wars Death Star (MSRP: $399.99)
  • Star Wars Battle of Endor (MSRP: $99.99)

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3. Charity drive for Japan’s tsunami victims by The Brothers Brick

If you would like to do something for the tsunami victims in Japan, you may like to have a look at TBB’s charity drive.  They have requested for donations in creations and for support in the auctions.  (Note: Having grown up hearing and studying WW2 history, I find the logo used quite disturbing tho…)

If you are more practical like me… cash is king, especially when multiplied.  I’ve heard of firms (like mine) who are matching dollar-for-dollar any donations made by staff.  If not, you can also visit any local Red Cross to make a donation.

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4. Singapore Only: Service Pack for 10213 Shuttle Adventure

I found out about the service pack for Shuttle Adventure some time back (thanks to an email from TS), but never managed to find time to go down to the LEGO Singapore office to collect it. 

Luckily, Toy Station/Brickstation now has them in store for those who bought them from TS when it was 1st brought in (like me).  So if you are one of those who bought from TS, you may like to pop by the store when you are free. Perhaps to coincide with the expected new stocks coming in next week or the week after? If you are not on TS mailing list, you can follow their blog, facebook or twitter (yeah, very well-networked store) (Side note: Yay, store goodwill index up)

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you may like to read Smashing Bricks’ post here.

Kinky LEGO Minifigs

Remember those great tattooed LEGO minifigs used to advertised some fine-nibbed pens I blogged about a few months back? 

Wanted your own tattooed minifig but not sure you can draw like that?  Well, you can now order them from Citizen Brick.  Or how about the autopsy one for your CSI set-up?  Or the zippered leather mask, studded thong ‘shame’ one for… erm… hmm… 

Yeah, for the alternative life-stylers out there.  😛

Here are some that caught my attention:

Found out via Ugly Duckling, who had also shared that new customers can save 20% with the promo code ‘Citizen20’. Great huh? 🙂

No more BN Bargains?

The 30% Kids Club coupons cannot be used on LEGO in BN… but then again even at 10% off prices I think some sets are worth ordering from BN.

Read this off HWZ thread and just wanted to share what ‘delay’ shared from his correspondence with BN on the use of the 30% discount code on LEGO:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your email.

We apologize for the difficulty you encountered when attempting to apply
coupon T9F9D8N
to your Barnes & Noble order.

Please be advised that the terms and conditions of this promotion
indicate that this coupon cannot be applied to “LEGO Star Wars ™
ARC-170 Starfighter ™ 8088” (UPC: 673419129053).

On this item’s product page, it clearly states:

Note: This item does not qualify for coupons or promotional discounts
unless expressly stated.

We apologize for any misinformation that was given previously.

The product page also states that this item is eligible for the Kids
Club Program, which means the purchase of this item will count towards
the $100 needed to earn the Gift Card reward.

Please note the terms and the conditions of the promotion as follows:

Store Coupon and Online Coupon Details:

For each new B&N Kids’ Club Participant, this coupon can be redeemed
once at any Barnes & Noble retail store and once per billing address
online at BN.com. To redeem the offer in Barnes & Noble retail stores,
the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Club Participant must show the BookSeller their
valid B&N Member card or B&N Kids’ Club loyalty card with the printed
e-mail featuring the Welcome Bonus coupon code and corresponding card
number on display. To redeem the offer online, enter the coupon code
during Checkout.

This coupon is valid from February 15, 2011 to May 3, 2011 at 2:59 a.m.
Eastern Time and entitles Barnes & Noble Kids Club Participant to 30%
off the List Price on any one (1) of the following qualifying Kids’
products: (i) Children’s Books located within the “Barnes & Noble
Junior” section of all Barnes & Noble retail stores or navigable from
the Kids section of Barnes & Noble.com (excluding all teen books
navigable from the Kids or Teens sections), (ii) Toys, (iii) Children’s
Games, (iv) Children’s Puzzles, and (v) Children’s Workbooks. The 30%
discount will be applied to the most expensive qualifying product in the
order. At BN.COM, simply look for the “Kids’ Club Eligible” message or
the following icon:

We regret any inconvenience this matter may have caused you. 

Singapore Only: Update on March & April Arrivals

Hey, thanks to Alvin n Rekseah for the heads up. 🙂

March Arrivals

So the sets have already arrived or are arriving in Singapore stores this week depending on the usual delivery schedule, so you can head over to your favourite stores this week for some retail therapy.  Here’s the full list of March arrivals taken off ToyStation’s email:

LEGO City

  • 3365 Space Moon Buggy
  • 3366 Satellite Launch Pad
  • 3367 Space Shuttle
  • 3368 Space Center

LEGO Games

  • 3852 Sunblock
  • 3853 Banana Balance
  • 3854 Frog Rush
  • 3855 Ramses Return
  • 3856 LEGO Ninjago

LEGO DUPLO

  • 5945 Winnie The Pooh’s Picnic
  • 5946 Tigger’s Expedition
  • 5947 Winnie The Pooh’s House

LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest

  • 7305 Scarab Attack
  • 7306 Golden Staff Guardians
  • 7307 Flying Mummy Attack
  • 7325 Cursed Cobra Statue
  • 7326 Rise Of The Sphinx
  • 7327 Scorpion Pyramid

LEGO Technic

  • 8070 Supercar

Quick computation n the LEGO Games pricing is fairly reasonable after 20% discount off local price.  SunBlock n Banana Balance is a little pricier, but not worth the trouble of shipping in & risking damaged boxes.  Supercar is still a shocking S$36 more even after 20% discount locally tho…

So far I’ve heard that the sets are already at BricksWorld, ToyStation & Metro (dunno which branch tho). 

And BricksWorld’s member specials for March/April are:

  • 3368 Space Center @ $103.90 (20%)
  • 5947 Winnie The Pooh’s House @ $55.90 (20%)
  • 8099 Midi Scaled Imperial Star Destroyer @ $77.31 (10%)
  • 8864 Desert of Destruction @ $187.11 (10%)

Don’t understand the last 2 since members get 10% off anyway, so what’s so special about the pricing??

Ok, and on to….

April Arrivals

Some good news and some bad news here.

The good? 10217 Diagon Alley and 8804 Collectible Minifig Series 4 are arriving in April! Yay!  And no price increase in Series 4 figs, so it’s S$3.90 each or $234 for a box of 60.

The bad? The price for DA is shockingly disgustingly bad. So bad that I feel like boycotting getting any sets locally. It’s S$319.90 vs US$149.90.  Before discount, the diff is like S$125!! S$125???! It’s like… WTF… (hey, I assume you are all adult readers and I’ve had a pretty crappy day at work… if you are offended, pls stop reading)

Even after a 20% discount, the price is still a weltering S$255.92, or S$61 more… considering that I need like 2 more… may even work out cheaper shipping in from the USA.

Singapore Only: March Arrivals

Thanks to UltramanBC from the S0937 forum, we have the prices for the March arrivals (dunno when is the exact arrival tho).

Hmm… you can see the comparison and judge yourself… makes me glad I’d already ordered from BN at 10%/30% off US prices for some of the larger sets.  I’ve a feeling this makes for a very expensive month for the army builders. 😉 

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