Huge LEGO sale at Amazon!

Right now is the perfect time to get the perfect LEGO set for the LEGO fan on your Christmas list.  There is a huge LEGO sale at Amazon right now.

Many sets are +30% off!

LEGO Star Wars Imperial Shuttle Tydirium 75094 – 36% off!

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LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel 75093 – 37% off!

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LEGO Star Wars Carbon-Freezing Chamber 75137 – 33% off!

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LEGO Star Wars 75095 Tie Fighter Building Kit – 30% off!

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Go get’em while you can!

Beautiful LEGO Star Wars Battlefront Diorama!

I love the Star Wars Battlefront franchise, so I really appreciate this LEGO Star Wars Battlefront diorama!  It is as beautiful as it is huge!

Star Wars - Battle on Rhen Var (Battlefront I&2)

As soon as I saw this creation, I new I had to share it.  It has everything!  I was disappointed to learn that the Battle on Rhen Var was in an earlier version of Battlefront.  I was really hoping it was new content!

LEGO Star Wars Battlefront brought to life!

I love this choice of locale for this MOC.  I see a lot of Hoth recreations.  And I’ve seen LEGO Star Wars Battlefront recreations in rocky areas.  This combines both beautifully.

Star Wars - Battle on Rhen Var (Battlefront I&2)

I love all the iconic vehicles that are packed into this battle scene.  We get to see representations of an AT-AT, AT-ST, X-Wings, Y-Wings, and snowspeeders.  What more could we want!

Star Wars - Battle on Rhen Var (Battlefront I&2)

If you like this model, check out more awesome work by markus on Flickr.

LEGO Batman Movie CMFs!

Looking forward to the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie? I know I am! The trailers look fantastic. You know what else looks fantastic? These newly announced LEGO Batman Movie CMFs! This series has 20!!!
LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures

So many interesting looking characters. I can’t wait to find out the story behind them all.

LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures

And oh yes, I shall have them all!

LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures

With 20 minifigures in the LEGO Batman Movie Series, I wonder if we can expect three full sets in each case? Assuming the standard 20 CMF cases, that is.

LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures

To see more, check out my Flickr feed.

LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures

Which one is you favorite?

LEGO Storage Unit

Wow.  I didn’t realize I’ve been away for a month and a half!  I know I’ve said it before, but I vow to change this!  No more long gaps in posting.  So.  What brings me back today? I thought I’d tell you about my LEGO Storage Unit.

What’s more important than LEGO?

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Diving into a Large LEGO Lot

I have a LOT of LEGO.

Let’s just get that out of the way. I have more LEGO than most toy stores.

And you know what?

I’m always looking for more! This is what led me to the recent purchase of a Large LEGO Lot* (LLL). Two purchases actually. Well, it was the same collection broken into two LLLs purchased a couple days apart. But I digress.

When this lot came up, I wasn’t thrilled with it, but thought I’d give it shot. I wish I would have saved the pictures in the first ad so you could see what I mean. It was a big bin filled with LEGO and partially built models. And there were four boxes in the background. Everything was priced at $250. I figured I’d ask what the boxes were, and then make them an offer. At this point I was thinking more like $150. When they responded, I was happy to hear one of the boxes was for the 75021 Republic Gunship. Sweet! I love that model.

The next box sealed the deal.

A 10228 Monster Fighters Haunted House. O. M. G. I reply immediately, “What’s your address? I’ll be right over.” At this point, I’m totally fine paying their asking price. No way am I missing this set on price. I get to their house, and as we’re talking, I peek inside the 10288 box. (It was opened) I was jumping up and down inside when I saw it full of sealed bags full of sand green bricks. I can’t get out of there fast enough. I handed over my cash, and they helped me load up. Then I was on my way!

I immediately started giving everything a once over. I was seeing tons of Star Wars stuff, but very few Star Wars minifigs. Weird. I saw The Batcave, but no Batman. Well that’s disappointing.

Oh well. You win some, you lose some. Or do you…

The next day at work, I see another ad for a large LEGO lot from the same city. Could it be? I quickly email the seller.

“Did you happen to sell another thing of Lego the other day?”
“Yes”
“Do you live at XXX?”
“Yes, I do”
“Perfect! I bought those, and would love to buy these.”
“You got ’em.”
“I’ll be over after work!”

No way was I going to miss this. I was hoping the missing minifigs would be in there. Here’s a picture of the second LLL.

Large LEGO Lot

I was was right. This large LEGO lot was packed full of more Star Wars sets, and a load of Star Wars minifigures. As I go through things, and re-built sets, I’ll post my progress.

After a quick scan of the second lot, still no Batman.

*Did I just coin a new phrase?  I think I just did!

LEGO Master Model Builder Competition

This weekend, I attended the LEGO Master Model Builder competition at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  This competition was actually a job interview.  The winner would be named the official LEGO Master Model Builder for the new Michigan LEGO Discovery Center set to open this Spring.

This was the first LEGO competition I’ve ever attended, and I was glad I went.  It was cool to watch.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Review (SPOILERS)

Today, I bring you something only slightly LEGO related.  Star Wars is my other obsession, so of course I saw Star Wars The Force Awakens on opening night.  It was so good, I saw it twice this weekend.  If the originals were 10’s, Star Wars The Force Awakens is a solid 9.  I had made up my mind that I probably wasn’t going to bother getting the new LEGO sets, but this movie changed my mind.  At the very Least I will pick up Poe’s X-Wing Fighter 75102 and the First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter 75101.

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If you have not seen Star Wars The Force Awakens, stop reading.  Spoilers ahead!

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LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon update

Hi everyone. This is just a quick update on my LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon project. I have gone through roughly 25%-30% of my collection, and have amassed just over 40% of the parts I need for this beast!

LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon

Bricklinking the LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon is a big project!

While I look forward to getting this build started, it also has another unintended outcome. It is forcing me to comb through my collection, allowing me to remind myself what I have. I am also taking this opportunity to refine my sorting strategy. As I go through my parts, I am grabbing certain types of pieces (SNOT bricks for example) and putting them off the side for further refinement down the road. I also have a few other 2016 builds in mind (more on that later!), and as I see parts I think will be useful, I set them to the side as well.

Have you tried building any large, iconic LEGO sets using parts in your collection?  What was the biggest one you undertook?

DSO LEGO Display – 12/9 – 12/20

Last night, I helped setup the DSO LEGO Display with MichLUG. The DSO is the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and it is a beautiful venue. Our display will be there form 12/9 – 12/20 and it is located on the 3rd floor.

Pictures of the 2016 MichLUG DSO LEGO display

This is only the third time I’ve displayed any of my models in a MichLUG display, and my first time at the DSO.  I provided a block of modulars and a bunch of LEGO Movie sets and created scenes from the film.

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DSO Lego display street scene

As you can see, MichLUG displays are packed with details like sidewalks, trees, street lights, people, cars, etc.

DSO Lego display Detroit icons

There are even a few iconic Detroit buildings in this display.

Have you ever displayed your LEGO models in a public display?  How did you like the experience?

LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes From A Big Galaxy from DK – Review

I had the honor and the privilege of receiving an advance copy of the new LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes From A Big Galaxy book from DK Publishing.  Sadly, it came at a very busy time for me, and I am just now finding the time this book deserves for a review.

I have been a fan of the author, Vesa Lehtimaki (better known as Avanaut), for quite a while.  That’s why I was so thrilled to get this book in the mail.  I hadn’t heard anything about it!

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