What’s a wampa?

What’s a gal who is not a star wars fan but a Lego star wars collector have to do when new sets are released?  Research of course. 

This time for the 8089 Hoth Wampa Cave.  I really want the wampa.  But I have no idea why.  Something to do with possessing strange alien creatures I’m sure, but before I do that, some background info so I can decide how many sets I need…

According to the Star Wars Wiki:

Wampa ice creatures were carnivorous predatory reptomammals indigenous to the Outer Rim Territories ice planet Hoth. The bipedal beasts stood over two meters in height with shaggy white fur constantly stained by the blood and guts of slaughtered prey. Wampas were armed with jagged yellow teeth and deadly claws. Primarily solitary hunters, wampas occasionally hunted in packs, preferring to ambush their prey from the camouflage of Hoth’s snow banks and blizzards. Stunned victims were carried back to the creatures’ lairs, typically large ice caves, where the wampas ate at their leisure. The planet’s omnivorous tauntauns formed the bulk of the wampas’ prey…

See, that makes me want it more. See how shaggy and bloody it is?

As for the particular scene depicted in the Hoth Wampa Cave set,

Skywalker, however, failed to report in from his scouting work, as he was attacked by a male wampa while astride his tauntaun. The wampa landed a crushing blow to Skywalker’s face with a swipe of its powerful claw, knocking him unconscious and opening up a gash on the side of his face. His tauntaun was killed instantly with a crushing grip that snapped its neck. When Skywalker awoke, he found himself hanging upside down, his feet frozen to the ceiling of the creature’s cave, and another wampa eating the corpse of his mount.  Using the Force, Skywalker was able to escape the wampa, cutting off the creature’s arm with his lightsaber before it could attack him.”

Interesting factoid: “In the winter of 1977, Mark Hamill was in a serious car accident that left him in need of reconstructive facial surgery. Many believe that the wampa attack on Skywalker was included in the film to explain Hamill’s residual scarring and slightly altered facial features.”

So, are you getting the Hoth Wampa Cave set? 

I know I am, just a question of when… and here are some pics to tempt you before I log off for the night…

and the wampa waves goodbye…

Why TRU Singapore sucks

I’ve just read about the TRU Hong Kong pre-launch offer and now I really think TRU Singapore sucks…

Yep, 150 lucky HK fans got a white Boba Fett.  And a PAB bag as well.   What’s more, their sets are cheaper than in Singapore!  And, they also get to participate in a lucky draw!  With prizes being the full assortment of SW, Kingdoms & City sets respectively…

Grrr… anyway, if you wanna feel depressed, you can check out the TRU site here and the blog here for 1st hand account of the pre-launch.

On pre-launch day, with purchase of LEGO® Star Wars new products at or over HK$1,000, customers can get a free pack of Collectable Star Wars Boba Fett.
* While stocks last. (150 Packs Only)On pre-launch day, with purchase of Any LEGO® new products at or over HK$300, customers can get a free LEGO® Pick a Brick gift pack.
* While stocks last. (250 Packs Only)

Toyshunt July stocks and collectible minifigs series 1 (8683)

Update on 1 July: The July releases are supposed to arrive in Bricksworld & Toystation on 2 July too.  And, BW & TS also stock the superpacks.  More in this post.

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Yep. The collectible minifigs series 8683 are back in Toyshunt and arriving this Friday, 2 July along with the other July Star Wars, Kingdoms & City sets.

While ‘reservations’ is allowed, TH policy is basically on first-come-first-serve basis so unless you pay upfront, the store won’t actually set aside the set for you.

While the minifigs are only in on Friday, the rest of the familiar superpacks from the Robinsons sale have re-surfaced in Toyshunt (yep, I was there today).  Nope, no hospital pack tho.

As usual, happy shopping! 😀

 
66321 Dulpo Big City Zoo Value Pack 66320 Dulpo Feeding Zoo Value Pack
66321 Duplo Big City Zoo Value PackNormal Price:  $290.80Sale’s Price:  $179.90 66320 Duplo Feeding Zoo Value PackNormal Price:  $229.70Sale’s Price:  $139.90
66306 Coast Guard Value Pack 66307 World City Value Pack
66306 Coast Guard Value PackNormal Price:  $100.70Sale’s Price:  $69.90 66307 World City Value PackNormal Price:  $72.90Sale’s Price:  $39.90
66329 Police & Fire Value Pack 66318 Technic Value Pack
66329 Police & Fire Value PackNormal Price:  $60.90Sale’s Price:  $39.90 66318 Technic Value PackNormal Price:  $208.90Sale’s Price:  $129.90
8683 LEGO Minifigures Vol 1
Back in Stock8683 LEGO Minifigures Vol 1Only available on Friday (2 July)

Normal Price:  $3.90

Member’s Price:  $3.51

 
8098 Clone Turbo Tank 8089 Hoth Wampa Cave
8098 Clone Turbo TankNormal Price:  $279.90Member’s Price:  $251.91 8089 Hoth Wampa CaveNormal Price:  $109.90Member’s Price:  $98.91
8093 Plo Koon’s Starfighter 8095 General Grievous Starfighter
8093 Plo Koon’s StarfighterNormal Price:  $55.90Member’s Price:  $50.31 8095 General Grievous StarfighterNormal Price:  $109.90Member’s Price:  $98.91
8096 Emperor Palpatine Shuttle 8097 Slave 1
8096 Emperor Palpatine ShuttleNormal Price:  $159.90Member’s Price:  $143.91 8097 Slave 1Normal Price:  $199.90Member’s Price:  $179.91
7946 Kings Castle 7948 Outpost Attack
7946 Kings CastleNormal Price:  $219.90Member’s Price:  $197.91 7948 Outpost AttackNormal Price:  $40.90Member’s Price:  $36.81
7947 Prison Tower Rescue 7949 Prison Carriage Rescue
7947 Prison Tower RescueNormal Price:  $109.90Member’s Price:  $98.91 7949 Prison Carriage RescueNormal Price:  $19.90Member’s Price:  $17.91
7950 Knight's Showdown 7953 Court Jester
7950 Knight’s ShowdownNormal Price:  $13.90Member’s Price:  $12.51 7953 Court JesterNormal Price:  $6.90Member’s Price:  $6.21
7955 Wizard 5893 Off Road Power
7955 WizardNormal Price:  $6.90Member’s Price:  $6.21 5893 Off Road PowerNormal Price:  $159.90Member’s Price:  $143.91
7566 Farmer 3221 City Truck
7566 FarmerNormal Price:  $6.90Member’s Price:  $6.21 3221 City TruckNormal Price:  $50.90Member’s Price:  $45.81

Some research on the new 10212 Imperial Shuttle

I was curious about Dmac who was credited in the official TLG video as being a source of inspiration/design for the new UCS Imperial Shuttle (10212).  So here’s what I found…

(Apart from him being a very talented AFOL, obviously)

His design, and brickshelf link:

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His statement on Eurobricks forum about his MOC being used by TLG as reference: Link to Eurobricks

And finally, some info on the shuttle from the SW series: Link to wiki

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Link to Imperial Shuttle TLG Press Release & Designer video: Link

Star Wars UCS Imperial Shuttle 10212

Lego fan sites and forums are all abuzz about the SW UCS Imperial Shuttle 10212 & I decided to join in the buzz…

Video of interview with the set designer first, followed by TLG’s official set description and then the pics (cos there are a lot of pics!).  Wonder how much it’ll cost when it arrives in Singapore? I’m guessing S$499?  Or we could get lucky and it’ll be S$399.  At S$399 it’ll fly off local shelves and at S$499… actually, given how hardcore SW fans are, it’s hard to predict. 😛

Do refer to my next post for more info on this set (background on AFOL who helped with the set design and actual SW ship pics).

Video:

TLG official press release:

10212 – Imperial Shuttle™, Ages 16+. 2,503 pieces, US $ 259.99 CA $ 309.99 UK £ 239.99 DE 259.99 € 

The elegant Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle™ transports the Empire’s elite and the occasional secret strike team of Rebel commandos all across the galaxy. Now you can build this huge and iconic Star Wars™ vehicle in true minifigure scale for the first time ever! The Imperial Shuttle is authentically detailed with rotating double laser wing cannons and a four-seat cockpit. This Ultimate Collector’s model features an opening canopy, detachable landing gear, a stand for display in flight or landing modes, a labeled display plaque, and gear-driven folding wings with removable activation keys. Completed model measures 28″ (71 cm) tall on stand and 22″ (57 cm) wide with wings deployed. Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Imperial Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker™.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: Darth Vader™, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper™ and Luke Skywalker™.
  • Features rotating double laser wing cannons!
  • Open the cockpit roof to access the interior and seat the minifigures inside!
  • Wings fold up and down by turning 2 keys on rear of model!
  • Model can be displayed on landing gear or landing gear can be removed to display in flying mode!
  • Includes display stand, name plate and label sheet!
  • Measures 28″ (71 cm) tall on stand and 22″ (57 cm) wide with wings deployed!

 

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All pics credit to Grogall from Eurobricks.

USA Discounts on SW and Toy Story 3 Sets

Sigh, I wished I started collecting Lego when I was in the USA… apart from not having one or two advent calendars, I think the USA is the best place to be for an AFOL. Prices are cheap, they have Legoshop.com, prices are cheap, they have Lego stores that have pick-a-brick, prices are cheap, they get sets ahead of other countries, prices are cheap… you get the idea…

Case in point: Toysrus US is now having 25% off new Toy Story 3 and all Prince of Persia sets and free shipping on purchases over US$100… there is more… shop.lego.com is having discount on several Star Wars sets too…

Unfortunately, still not worth the effort to buy in US and then ship over to SG… so…

Anyways, prices below for easy reference, and pics are links to the sites.  Grab them before they are all gone!

From Toysrus:

  • Toy Story 3 Garbage Truck (7599) – now $33.74 (List Price: $44.99)
  • Toy Story 3 Trash Compactor Escape (7596) – now $37.49
    (List Price: $49.99)
  • Toy Story 3 Western Train (7597) – now $59.99 (List Price: $79.99)

  • Prince of Persia Desert Attack(7569) – now $8.24 (List Price: $10.99)
  • Prince of Persia Quest Against Time (7572) – now $37.49 (List Price: $49.99)
  • Prince of Persia Fight for the Dagger (7571) – now 22.49 (List Price: $29.99)
  • Prince of Persia The Ostrich Race (7570) – now $14.99 (List Price: $19.99)
  • Prince of Persia Battle of Alamut (7573) – now $59.99 (List Price: $79.99) 

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From shop.lego.com:

  • Home One Mon Calamari Star Cruiser (7754) – now $76.98 (List Price: $109.99)
  • Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker (10195) – now $187.48 (List Price: $249.99)
  • Ultimate Collector’s Millenium Falcon (10179) – now $374.98 (List Price: $499.99)

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Update:  Missed this earlier. There is a shop.lego.com offer only for 3 & 4 May –

– FREE Shipping on all orders over $75*
– Receive an exclusive LEGO® Star WarsTM sticker sheet with any LEGO Star Wars purchase on May 3rd and May 4th!

– Every purchase enters you for a chance to win a solid bronze Boba FettTM minifigure!

Buy ’em all!

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