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…

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

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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