LEGO Brand Retail
Dec 042013
 

I am an admitted brickoholic.

This past month has been a whirlwind of LEGO buying and building. Started with the LEGO store’s annual VIP event. Which is an invitation only event that I have been going to for the past 3 years now (guess because I buy so much from them…if only there was a way to get credit for all the sets I buy from Toys R Us and Target too). In the past we were given a discount at the register, so this year I had planned on buying the two big sets I have wanted for the past year but never got.  So as November neared an end I never got my invite from LEGO. I gave the store a call and I was on their list so they told me when it was and to come on in they would have my invitation there for me. YEAH!

So off I went had a grand time and met some great folks from DelVaLUG and a very nice BrickLink dealer who is starting up a blog. Got me some great LEGO sets and had some fun.

Afterwards I hopped online and joined the online forums for both PennLUG and DelVaLUG. Maybe I will start going to meetings and get to hang out with other AFOLs and learn a few tricks on building. Right now my attention is geared more toward LEGO trains. I have been setting up my 9 volt track under our tree for years and I want to expand it.

I bought my first [amazon_link id=”B003A2JCR2″ target=”_blank” ]remote controlled (power functions) train[/amazon_link] this month too and set it up under the tree at work. So I will have to find a way to work out the battery operated trains into my new train world. But I don’t know if you can do good old fashioned steam locomotives or if it is just new-fangled trains that are big enough to house all the power functions gadgets.

Lego Adventure Vol 2 Also got a pretty cool book: [amazon_link id=”1593275129″ target=”_blank” ]The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More![/amazon_link] Now I need to make me a TRAGON. That’s a train dragon.

But wait the LEGO purchasing madness does not stop there. LEGO.com had a great black friday sale so I scooped up a bunch a storage boxes, a 2014 calendar, and a few sets. They should be arriving soon.

Yesterday, Target.com had a sale on LEGO sets so I grabbed a few there too. Now to find room for all of them and time to build them all!

Dec 022013
 

Luvocracy.com is a Pinterest-like shopping site that’s not all cracked up to be what it sells itself as.

Luvocracy

At first look at the site I cannot even figure out why anyone would shop there. The Pinterest-like layout is confusing and really only works if you aren’t really even shopping. So why not just stick with Pinterest to browse for item you might find interesting and then go buy it from the actual store yourself?

LuvocracyDon’t like the jump from full screen to 4 columns either. 

Luvocracy says it will find the best price on the web for you. Trust me it does not do this. One of the first things I looked up was at full price and I know where I can get the same LEGO set at a huge discount on another site.

Luvocracy LEGO set

You never know where exactly they are purchasing the items for you. That’s right they take your money then go and buy the item for you.

So say you wanted to buy the afore mentioned LEGO set. They take your money and buy it from a store they feel is on the up-and-up. Your card info is never given to that store, but you also lose out on any sales or other rewards that might be offered by the original store. LEGO.com has their VIP program. You get rewards points and they can add up to free LEGO sets. MANY MANY other stores do this as well.

Same Item Cheaper at TargetSame set $73 cheaper.

So Luvocracy says they will reward you too. But how and when?

You know they are making money off of your purchases some how and it is not always through affiliate links, but my guess is that has something to do with why they don’t actually show the cheapest prices across the net. For that you are better off using a shopping comparison site where you actually see the different prices and can make the choice yourself.

So back to my LEGO set. They say the scour the internet for a lower price and then charge you that price (plus tax and shipping of course). So why blindly pay $154.99 for the Star Wars Jabba’s Palace set (#9516) at Luvocracy and hope they will be honest and only charge you the, say, $95 (with shipping) from Target.com when they place the order for you? What rewards will Luvocracy give you that are better than then low price at the other site? Also right now Target is offering 20% off LEGO when you spend $100….would Luvocracy share that discount with you? Does Luvocracy use a RedCard to purchase and get free shipping and still charge you shipping?

I, personally, would prefer more transparency. Heck, I would prefer to just buy from another site instead of this odd Pinterest knock-off marketplace where you don’t know what your getting, how much you’re really playing, where it is coming from or when you will get it. Very odd that apparently hundreds (maybe even thousands) of consumers have jumped blindly onto this bandwagon. Not me.

 

Mar 312010
 

Series 1 Series 1 Series 1

I absolutely need to have these! They should be available in June. The 16 different minifgs will be individually bagged in blind bags so you won’t know what you are getting (unless you are like me and can feel what the hair/hats feel like through the bags. In any case I am going to need several of most of these so if you see them when you are out and about please pick a bunch of them up for me okay? You know I am good for payment, right?

 

  1. Crash Test Dummy
  2. Zombie
  3. Robot
  4. Astronaut (with ray gun)
  5. Cheerleader
  6. Magician
  7. Clown
  8. Caveman
  9. Wrestler
  10. Skateboarder
  11. Nurse
  12. Archer
  13. Ninja
  14. Indian
  15. Diver
  16. Adventurer
Dec 242008
 

I talked about my Lego trains in my post yesterday, but I did not share them with you. While I was setting up the tree and trains I had a little help as you’ll see by this photo. Remember the scene in Harry Potter where Hogwarts was attacked by the giant dragon? Me either but that’s the game we were playing. 🙂

Boris train conductor

As you can see Boris decided to sit his little butt down right in the middle of the tracks and proclaim himself official Lego conductor. We both agree the 9v electric trains are sooooo much better than their new remote control trains.

When he was done playing with the trains (while they were running he was outside the tracks carefully watching as they went by him), he helped with the tree.

Boris helping get the tree out. How do we put this together again?

Okay, so maybe helped is not the right word to use. In any case we had fun getting the tree up. What more could one ask for?

Aug 162008
 

I stopped by Toys R Us on Friday to see if there was anything new or some toy I just couldn’t live without. As I walked in they ahve their big display for Star Wars right up front.  As I walked up I heard this young boy ask his mom how much Star Wars did one store need. He continued to look around and walked over to the LEGO AT-TE and said, “Hey here’s the AT&T walker”. I had to hold in a giggle. As he walked away he told his mom, “these are not the legos I am looking for” in  a very Obi-wan Kenobi sort of way. Even though I know he did not mean it in a Star Wars quote kind of way it was still rather funny. I did not get anything on this TRU trip but at least I was entertained.

Jun 252008
 
I Want It Wednesday: Lego Deathstar

The Lego Star Wars Deathstar has reached new heights with the new Battle inside the Death Starâ„¢! This is not just a Lego model it is a playset to beat all playsets (and maybe it should at a $400 price tag). Look at everything this cool Lego set has to offer.    Includes 25 heroes, […]

Jun 182008
 
I Want It Wednesday: LEGO Mindstorms

I love robots and I love Lego. So what better combo for me than a Lego Robot? I have the first version of the Mondstorms system and really need to get myself the new one. I love the new functionality and the new look (not such a fan of the technic sets so I was […]

May 132008
 

I noticed the scale of action figures seems to be going back down in size. Instead of all the hulking, big seven inch pieces of plastic we are once again seeing smaller three inch scale figures in the toy stores. Since plastic is basically a petroleum based product do you think the trend in smaller […]

May 072008
 
Indiana Jones Lego Sets Keep On Coming

May 1st brought a slew more Indian Jones LEGO sets.  We already had the The Temple Escape ($60),  Race for the Stolen Treasure ($30),  The Lost Tomb($20) and the Motorcycle Chase ($10).  the only one of those three I still need to get is the Race for the Stolen Treasure set and I might have […]

Aug 102007
 

If Family Adventure Has a Name, It Must Be LEGO® Indiana Jones: The Videogame LucasArts and TT Games Don Their Fedoras for the Next Great LEGO Gaming Experience SAN DIEGO, Calif. — July 27, 2007 — LucasArts and TT Games today announced that LEGO® Indiana Jones®: The Videogame [working title] will whip onto game consoles […]

May 132007
 

I am working on a big [big for me] LEGO project. I have purchased the instructions for some really cool Star Trek sets from BaronSat. And these will be really cool once I get all the pieces and can start building. I spent all day saturday digging through my lego pieces and got maybe 50% […]