March was great for Mini-fig collectors. There were two dvd releases that included exclusive min-figs. Target had an exclusive Bilbo Baggins mini fig with the Hobbit DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. Plus the Cartoon network LEGO Star Wars special, The Empire Strikes Out had an exclusives Darth Vader mini-fig. I’ll tell you about my experience with each.
I’ll start with The Empire Strikes Out DVD cause it a shorter story. The special aired on Cartoon Network last September. Last time there was a Star Wars:LEGO special the dvd release was announced right after wards. This time it took a while for the announcement. Speculation was what would mini-fig if any, would be included in the dvd release. This time it was Darth Vader with a medal.
The figure looks pretty cool and an alternate Darth Vader is always cool. The dvd retail for $14.99 but Amazon and Target have it for $9.99. It was easy to find on the shelfs at Target unlike the Hobbit dvd. The dvd was released on March 26.
When it was revealed that Target would offer an exclusive mini-fig with the purchase of The Hobbit dvd/Blu-ray combo I was eager to shop at Target. I decided to pre-order the set. I was afraid the store would sell out before I could get there. So I ordered from target.com, the delivery date was a few days after the date the dvds would be in store. I didn’t expect to be able to watch the movie that night anyway so it wasn’t that big of a deal. But I remember the days when you could pre-order a dvd or game and it would be delivered the same day it was in the stores. I had the same problem with the LEGO:Lord of The Rings Game.
The Sunday ads were released and the in store price was two dollars cheaper than the online price. Did Target guarantee and match prices like amazon did? No. The day the dvd came the online target.com listed the set as unavailable. I was worried they’d sell out. But They tell me if they were out right? I thought about going to the store but didn’t. The next day still no shipping notification. the set was still listed as unavailable online. I had to run some errands and went to Target. They still had about four sets with the mini-fig so I grabbed one. Turned out to be a good decision. This was on Wednesday.
The expected delivery date was between Friday the 22-tues 26. I thought about cancelling the order but I knew some birthdays were coming up and that make a good gift. Finally they send a shipping notification on Saturday. But the pic they sent with it was of the regular DVD/Blu-ray set sans Bilbo. But when I clicked the link in the email it showed the set with Bilbo. And the expected delivery date was changed to March 30. a week after the original expected date.
Finally on Saturday I open the mailbox and inside in a small package, It’s thin so I know before I open that there is no figure in the set. It was a holiday weekend so I waited till Monday to return the dvd to a Target store. The Hobbit dvd was released on March 19 it arrived on March 30. From the time it was released and arrived i had gone to Target bought the Hobbit dvd, made another trip to Target and got the Star Wars special. So lesson learned don’t preorder from Target. get out there and fight the crowds.
The Bilbo figure is very well done. He has blue jacket, a vest and an ascot. His head is double-sided. You will see him in this blog again.
Groove Bricks reports that Target will have a Hobbit DVD/blu-ray pack with an exclusive Bilbo Baggins mini-fig. So I know where I’ll buy my Hobbit Blu-Ray set. Now do I wait and buy in store or preorder? The release date is March 19. A week later the Empire Strike Out Dvd will be released with an exclusive Darth Vader mini-fig.
Groove Bricks post.
Also this week Target has a few LEGO sets on sale. The Spider-Man’s Spider-Cycle set, Superman vs. Power Armor Lex Luthor set, Batman Arctic freeze set, and Star Wars AT-RT set are $18.00 each. These sets are usually 19.99. It’s only 10% off but since I was already there so I picked up a set rather than use my LEGO VIP card. There maybe other sets on sale. When I checked the weekly ad online they didn’t show up. But they showed up on a Google shopping search.
I checked Target’s Easter section. Their seasonal polybag is the same as they had for valentine’s day. It is Winzar’ pack patrol from Legends of Chima.
The mini-fig was posted here, Winzar’s Pack Patrol
Updates: The Droid Escape set also shows up as a temporary price cut.
I just got back from Target the temporary price cut sign on the sets said 3/3-3/16 so there’s a little time to grab some of these sets. Now I just need to sell a bunch of prints so I can get these sets and DVDs.
There was a 19.99 LEGO City fire truck for $18. The Easter section had a Friends polybag and the KRE-O GI Joe figs.
last year’s LEGO Star Wars special, The Empire Strikes out, will be released on dvd March 26! The trailer shows a mini-fig with the dvd.
Who would have thought blowing up the Death Star would come with consequences? It seems that while Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker attempts to embark on his next mission, he discovers that his new celebrity status can be a double-edged lightsaber when he’s constantly mobbed by fans in LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out. Available on DVD March 26th.
After a record-breaking debut on Cartoon Network, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm announced today that LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out is coming to DVD on March 26, 2013. The 22-minute original standalone special will bring the same tongue-in-cheek humor fans know and love in a brand new epic adventure featuring everyone’s favorite LEGO Star Wars characters. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the DVD will include an exclusive collectible Darth Vader LEGO mini-figure and is available now for pre-order at http://www.foxconnect.com/awesome.
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In LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, the original Death Star has just been destroyed, but Luke, Han, Chewie, and Leia can’t celebrate for too long — a new Imperial threat has arisen. And while Luke has become a household name as “Death-Star-Blower-Upper,” he finds that not even the Force can protect him from a new menace: crazed fans! Things aren’t looking so good for Darth Vader, either, who finds himself locked in a hilarious “Sith-ling” rivalry with Darth Maul. LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out is an action-packed, comedic romp, perfect for fans of any age.
When LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out premiered on Cartoon Network, it became the number-one telecast of the day with kids ages 6-11 and boys ages 2-17. Written by Emmy Award-winner Michael Price (The Simpsons), the special features many of the beloved Star Wars voice actors fans know and love, including Anthony Daniels, Sam Witwer, Ahmed Best, and more.
LEGO has posted a trailer for Yoda Chronicles a new LEGO Star Wars special to be released hopefully soon. I’ll be watching it.
Appearing in this scene LEGO Deadpool (6866), Thor, and the street from Catwoman Catcycle City Chase 6858
The Star Wars blog has listed several May the 4th sales. Amazon.com has a sale on the blu-ray set plus several lighting deals during the day.
Hasbro.com has a 20% sale on all star wats toys.
Lego had a free TC-14 minifig with purchase of $75 of Star Wars Legos.
you can download the Pit Droids game for free all weekend.
Join the Forcecast and watch Star Wars Tonight.
With mere hours left in the year 2011 (“twenty oh-eleven,” as Jimmy would say), we’re getting ready for our annual New Year’s Eve tradition: watching our copies of A New Hope (now available on Blu-ray!) to ring in 2012 and say goodbye to 2011. Let’s start the new year off right by watching the original Star Wars movie and destroying the Empire’s super-weapon at the stroke of midnight!
After the Cartoon Network debut of their first-ever original television special, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will join forces once again to bring LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace to Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Launching on September 16, the 22-minute original standalone special will feature the charm, action and irreverent humor that have become the signature style of LEGO Star Wars animation collaborations and will include five LEGO Star Wars shorts, as well as an exclusive, collectible minifigure.
LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace BD/DVD combo pack is available now for pre-order exclusively at WalMart.com.
Featuring situations, characters and locations from throughout the entire Star Wars Saga, the original adventure is written by Emmy Award winner Michael Price (The Simpsons) and produced by Oscar-winning Animal Logic, the production company behind Happy Feet.
See Star Wars.com for full announcement and box art.