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Dec 052013
 

My normal collecting mania is Star Trek, but lately I have been sticking to just getting LEGO stuff instead. Then of course Hasbro came out with the Kre-o Star Trek line and I had to have it all!

Look at all this cool stuff! (Some of which Target has on clearance…I almost wish I had waited. But maybe now I can get doubles of everything.)

 

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 remote controlled (power functions) train 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: The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More! 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.

 

Jul 312013
 

This set has been a long time coming. It was a fan made set presented to LEGO via the site CUUSOO. Where you can submit your sets and if they follow the guidelines and get enough support they can be made into a real LEGO set as is the case with the cool Delorean Time Machine set. Sadly I have to wait until tomorrow to actually buy it at LEGO.com though.

 

Back to the Future LEGO

 

Check out the original Back to the Future LEGO CUUSOO project to compare the fan model with the LEGO model.

The official announcement and news about the project are available over at the LEGO CUUSOO blog.

Dec 192012
 

Here is my review that Yelp.com seems to have flagged/filtered/removed for their own stupid reasons.

Five Stars ***** for 1Up Collectibles

This is the best comic shop in the area hands down!

I have had issues with other shops giving you attitude (think Comic Book Guy in the Simpsons). NOT HERE.

The owner is super friendly and knowledgeable about his products (and customers). I went in looking for back issues because my previous store had screwed up my subscriptions so bad I was missing loads of issues. When they did not have them in stock he went out of his way to find them for me and I have been a regular ever since.

Since I have started getting my subscriptions here there have been a few hiccups but every single one of them was dealt with promptly and with superior customer service.

For one of the best in shop comic book experiences around head to 1Up Collectibles.


I feel censored by them when I come in and give a good review only to have it disappear because they feel my review (my thoughts, my opinions) are not valid. Instead of removing these supposedly bought/paid for reviews why not simply require us to put in a FCC disclaimer at the end of every review (we have to do it for blog posts why shouldn’t they have to do it as well?) Then the world could judge for itself if the review is valid or not.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: I was not given anything in exchange for this review. Unless you count the bag full of comics I come home with every time I visit 1Up Collectibles, but I pay for those…oh yeah…I do get a discount but that’s part of my subscription service (anyone will get that if they subscribe), so I don’t think that counts as a gift. Besides it was not in exchange for this review.

Dec 052012
 

Win Toys For Helping Tots with Geeks for Tots! Geeks for Tots is back once again to promote giving this holiday season. Geeks for Tots is a contest that encourages donations to the Toys for Tots. There are far too many kids that won’t get gifts this holiday season and the Toys for Tots program [...]

Mar 222010
 

Growing up we did not have the game Kerplunk. Our cousin, Carla, did. So it was a fun thing we got to play whenever we went over to our Aunt’s house as kids. I remember going up to her room and pulling out the game, putting it together and playing it (and probably losing  — [...]

Feb 252010
 

I know I am a day late…but better late than never (and it almost felt like I would never feel like writing on my blog again…but thanks to some meds, my friends, my cat and whoring myself out with sponsored posts I am back and I want stuff!) Check this sweet (and very expensive) Forbidden [...]

May 092009
 

The fine and rather sarcastic folks over at Pophangover.com must have been hungover when they reviewed the Spock action figure on their site. Take a look at the picture to the right. As you can see they are clearly talking about the NEW Spock action figures from Playmates Toys, but are comparing it to Leonard [...]