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Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary!


Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back!

Dart Vader LEGO Ornament

 

 

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Schleich Toy Photography contest


Toy maker Schleich is holding a Toy Photography contest.Ten finalists will get $100 worth of Schleich products. The grand prize is $500 worth of Schleich products. Don’t want to submit a photo, there is also a sweepstakes where 5 people will win $25 worth of Schleich toys. Contest runs till June 2nd.

How to enter Photo Contest

Take a picture featuring Schleich products and upload it to their contest page.

How to enter Sweepstakes

Visit the contest page a do a few actions in the gleam app. This is just visiting some of Schleich’s social media pages.

You have to be eighteen to enter so kids will have to take a picture and get a guardian to upload it. They encourage this in the rules.
Visit Schleich Imagination-Contest for full contest details.

Schleich hired Toy photographer, Mitchel Wu to make images for the Power of imagination program. He has plenty of tips for how to photograph toys. These apply not only to the contest but to any Toy Photography you want to do.
How to Create Winning Toy Photos

DETERMINATION OF WINNER.
Photo Contest:
Ten (10) Finalists will be chosen by a panel of Schleich judges Each of the Ten (10) Finalists wins a Schleich prize package valued at $100. The Finalist photos are then uploaded to Instagram via @SchleichUSA for one week.
The photo with the most “likes” will be the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize Winner receives $500 in Schleich products

Sweepstakes:
Five (5) winners will be chosen at Random to receive $25 in Schleich product.
Visit Schleich Imagination-Contest for full contest details.

Cool Toys

In reading about this contest, I looked through their website. They have some awesome fantasy creatures in their Eldrador line. I’m definitely getting A Kraken and a Lava Scorpion. Schleich has some awesome looking toys I have some of their dragons and my son has some of their animals.

Your Thoughts

Are you going to enter? Does this sound like fun?


R2-KT and The Child challenge coin


There’s a new R2-KT challenge coin on the way. This one uses a redesign of a patch. The coin displays  R@-KT on onside and the child on the other. Sales of the coin benefit the United Way Covid-19 World Relief Fund. 

The patch was designed to show separation by how we positioned the characters, but the coin makes it even more clear: R2-KT on one side, the Child (aka Baby Yoda) on the other. Separated, but never far apart.

R@_KT and The Child with hearts in between them. Text sasy "hug you I can with the force."

 

Order Information

* Coins are 1.5″ in diameter with a silver metallic finish and made to the same standards as all our challenge coins. 

* Each coin is $7 (or $5 each for orders of five or more).

* Shipping is just $4 for every five coins ordered in the U.S.

* International shipping is $8 for up to five coins. For orders of more than five coins, please email us how many coins you want and we can get you a quote on cost of shipping.

* Pre-order now by sending payment via PayPal to r2kt@r2kt.com

* Please use the Goods & Services option when paying (to keep PayPal happy)

* Coins will ship in late June / early July

More patches here https://www.r2kt.com/r2-kt-stuff/

 

I have several of the KT challenge coins. They are well designed and have a nice weight to them.

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Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary!


This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back! Boba Fett made his big screen debut in Empire  so here are a few pic of the bounty hunter. He was in the animated section of the Star Wars special before Empire but we don’t talk about that.

how did fett escape the Sarlacc?
Boba Fett Deaslist Preadator

 

UPDATE: I removed a picture from this post. It was the promo image of the Hallamark LEGO Boba Fett Ornament. I didn’t take that one and didn’t catch it till afterI made the post.

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New series Brick Sketches



LEGO has annoucned a new series LEGO Sketches, These were designed by LEGO artist Chris McVeigh. He’s been making these on his site for years. But now are an official set that you can get this summer.

These first sets are BB-8, First Order Stormtrooper, Batman and Joker. I’ll get BB-8 and Batman.

I like how how designed batman grin.

I’ve admired these since I saw the on Chris’ site. They remind me of the old Toys R US build of Captain America set my son made. I toyed around with building my own character portraits like this but never got far. I bought some plates for it and that;s about as far as I got. The Brick Sketches have a better look that this old kit. The blocky look is replaced by a more in depth look. I can’t wait for these.

 

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Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary!


Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back! Yoda made his debut in The Empire Strikes Back and since he was the focus of this blog in the early days here are some Yoda photos.

Brick built Yoda.

LEGO set #7194 Jedi Master Yoda

 

Concept art Yoda

 

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World Honey Bee Day


May 20 is World Honey Bee day.

 

LEGO Bumblebee woman transformers 4 preview

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More Classic Space


This is Benny’s crew plus the white astronaut gift with purchase and a Pink astronaut from the collectable mini figure series.

 

 

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Mattel Announces Essential Workers Line


Mattel, owner of Fisher Price, has announced Thank you heroes and Little People® Community Champion lines. These new toy series celebrate essential workers in the fight against the Covid-19 virus. For a limited time, the toys will help raise money for equipment for frontline workers.

The Thank You Heroes are approximately 6 in figures for ages 3+ and feature Doctors, Nurses, EMTs, and delivery workers. The smaller Little People toys include a doctor, a nurse, an emergency medical technician, a delivery driver and a grocery store worker.

The Thank You Heroes are $20.00 each with $15 of that going to the #FirstRespondersFirst till May 31, a fund dedicated to providing essential supplies, equipment and resources for frontline healthcare workers and their families. The Little People Community Champions are $20.00 for the set.

Full details at https://www.mattel.com/en-us/playroom-thankyouheroes

These toys are available for preorder now with shipping expected to begin in late December.

Beginning April 29, 2020 through May 31, 2020, $15 from each online purchase of a toy from the #ThankYouHeroes Collection will be donated by Mattel to #FirstRespondersFirst. 

 

 

See the entire collection here.


Kidrobot at Sonic


Sonic now has Kidrobot toys in their Wacky Packs. The toys are Sonic themed Dunny figures featuring fruits, Sonic red dot, peppermints, Sonic menu items, and a sonic uniform.

Sonic kidrobot toys

No designer toy collection is complete without exclusive Kidrobot SONIC® Edition Dunny toys—only available in the Wacky Pack® Kids Meal. Come to SONIC today to get special SONIC Dunny figures and customizable Dunny clip-ons!

–from Sonic

During May participating Sonic’s are offering wacky Packs for $1.99. Check your local Sonic for details.

Kidrobot Dunny Series

Sonic Drive-in

 

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of KIdRobot and I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I am not a Sonic affiliate I know there are some Sonic Fans out there. Also with the shut down if I can help restaurants here I will.

Here are some other Dunny toys.


Crow’s Nest


LEGO Fabuland  Crow in realbird nest.

A LEGO Fabuland  crow is peering out of it’s nest. Fabuland was a LEGO Theme that ran from 1979-1989. It was for the age group transitioning from Duplo to LEGO. It featured animal characters instead of traditional mini figures.

 

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If a tree falls in the woods does Groot hear it?


Groot is upset about a fallen tree.

Groot action figure standing on storm felled tree.

 

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If you are at home, what are doing to pass the time?

 

We have opened an online book store. Any sales from the store will help support us and keep our site running. The site is here on bookshop.

 

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LEGO Batman PSA



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May the 4th be with you!



Quarantine Build #6


Since I having to stay at home, I’m building some of my sets I haven’t had time to build. Here is build #6. Benny’s Space Squad from The LEGO Movie 2. This is a small set just 68 pieces, It more of a mini fig collection with 4 minifigures, a robot, and two small vehicles. The astronauts are Kenny in yellow, Benny in blue, Lenny in pink and Jenny in white. Jenny looks identical to the Classic spaceman from a couple days ago. That was part of a gift with purchase a few years back.

lego astronauts.

 

 

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Extreme Social Distancing


More than six foot of space


Toy Photography Book on sale!


With the shutdown, comic books aren’t being delivered to stores.  Comic and their distributors are closed. To prevent fan boredom Dynamite comics is running an indiegogo champaign with on hand books. They are discounting graphic novels and comics that they have in stock so won’t be delayed waiting for publication.

One of the books is Ten Seconds Per Frame by Johnny Wu. He has some amazing Toy Photographer. The book is only $6.00. Other books include Red Sonja, The Romita Legacy, Art of Alex Ross, and mystery boxes of comics and graphic novels. They’ve already sold out of the Art of Atari book, I would have bought it if they still had any.

Supplies are limited to what is on hand and the sale ends at the end of April. Shipping is expected to start as soon as indiegogo releases the payment.

 

 

 


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Time to build.


while we are safer at home, we can finally get to that backlog of LEGO. This is The Lego Store VIP Set 40178 from a few years ago.

LEGO minifig in LEGO Store. caption reads Time enough at last.

 

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If you are at home, what are doing to pass the time? Are you building with LEGO?

 

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Happy Birthday Shakespeare


It’s William Shakespeare’s birthday!

lego shakespeare minifig


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Isolation Champion #2


nessie toy/

 

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Quarantine Build #5 Ship in a Bottle


Since I have to stay at home, I’m building some of my sets I haven’t had time to build. Here is build #5.LEGO Ideas 21313 Ship in a bottle. This Ideas set was released in 2018. It was designed by a LEGO fan, other fans voted for it. and LEGO decided to make in into a actual set. It has 963 pieces and retails for $69.99.

It is a challenging set suggested for ages 12+, There a lot of repeated steps, While building the ship you have to flip it from side to side to build. The ship builds rather quickly.

LEGO Sailing ship.

I really like the cannons. They are with only three pieces and are clearly cannons sticking out of a gun port.

LEGO Shipsdie view close up of cannons.

Building the bottle base was challenging cause it’s all clear pieces. I worked on some construction paper so the pieces would stand out against my white desktop. The parts reminded me of shattered safety glass. Safety glass breaks into chucks rather unlike normal glass that breaks into shards.

pile of clear LEGO bricks.

The bottle base took the longest time to build if you don’t get it right, the bottle sides wont fit right.

You build the boat then build the bottle around it. After you build the bottom half if the bottle you attach the ship to it. Then add the sea, which is made of single stud pieces. All of bag 3 is small translucent light blue pieces. There are two  #3 bags. Just dump them into the bottle, On LEGO Masters, Team unicorn used single pieces to make water and the judges didn’t like it. But here it is in a set.

The bottle cork is beautifully designed. The wax seal is very cool. Add the top half of the bottle.  The directions say add the 4 pieces that make up the bottle top to the neck one at a time then connect to the bottom half of the bottle. I found it easier to add the top panels to the bottom them add the neck to the top.

The base includes a compass, 2 globes and a name plate. The base is beautiful, Kind of a shame of it to be hidden under the ship.

Initially I originally thought the ship was too small but once the bottle was built, I realized the bottle was in 1:1 scale of real bottles. With that in mind, he ship was the correct size for a bottle.

 

LEGO ship in a bottle.

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Stay Home


Doctor Strange with a reminder.

dr strange saying stay home.

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Stay back


LEGO Elrond from preorder lotr lego game


Quarantine Buddy


LEGO Deadpool has bobo

 

Due to corvid-19 some comic publishers are delaying releasing new issues. I’ll try to make posts to help entertain fans. I am also posting what I am building while I’m stuck at home. If any of this brightened your day please drop a tip in my Ko-Fi or Venmo accounts. Link in bottom of page.

 

How is safer at home affecting you?

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