Build Your Own Dwarven City of Erebor – All You Need Is 80K LEGO Pieces

With the Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug opening this past weekend, my wife found this LEGO re-creation of the Dwarven City of Erebor on YouTube. If you’ve got 80 thousand spare LEGO pieces hanging about, and have the talent of LEGO enthusiasts Jack Bittner and Blake Baer, then you too may be able have your own Gimli-sized Erebor. I was most amazed by the waterfall and lake below it. And then there’s the giant Dwarven statues adorning the gates to the inner city. Fantastic!

I don’t know if Desolation revisited Erebor in its glory, as we saw it at the beginning of the Unexpected Journey – I haven’t seen the movie yet. But I’ll guess that there’s at least a glimpse of it again, if Peter Jackson stays true to the pattern of repetitive flashbacks he used in the LOTR trilogy. Have you seen the movie? If so, please let me know how you liked it.

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Weekend Toy Run: LEGO Buy One Get One Half Off at Toys R Us

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Not sure how long this is going to last, but right now LEGO sets are BOGO50 – buy one, get one for half price at ToysRUs.com. This covers almost every set, including those in Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Marvel, DC, Lone Ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more – even their girlie Lego Friends sets if pastels are your thing.

There’s a handful of sets that are already deeply discounted so those won’t count, but there’s still big sets like the Millennium Falcon and Jabba’s Palace that you could combine for some pretty big savings. I’m not sure if these qualify for the free shipping for purchases over $79 deal, but if they do, that wouldn’t be that hard to do with LEGO. 😀 Happy shopping!

Win Hobbit Movies and Toys from The Bridge Direct

Hobbit DVD Giveaway from The Bridge Direct

If you’re a fan of The Hobbit, here’s an easy contest to enter from the action figure licensee, The Bridge Direct. Up for grabs is a grand prize that includes the Blu-Ray of the movie, the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Bilbo from last year, and 2 figure packs from the 3.75-inch line. A few runners-up will get the Blu-Ray.

Just send email to [email protected] with the subject “Hobbit DVD Giveaway” and you’re done! Contest entry ends on March 26. Good luck!

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BBTS Sponsor News: GI Joe, Mass Effect, Diamond Select, The Walking Dead, Arkham City, Transformers & More!

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NEW PREORDERS

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GI JOE BASIC FIGURE SERIES 01 – SET, SINGLES
This new assortment includes new decoes of Cobra Commander, a Cobra Trooper and Storm Shadow, along with Snake Eyes, Duke and Shipwreck.  We have them listed as singles at $3.99 – $11.99 each, and as a Set of 6 at $31.99.
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MASS EFFECT SSV NORMANDY SR-2 18″ SHIP REPLICA
This new 18″ version of the SSV Normandy SR-2 rests atop a specially-designed base.  It is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide and is priced at $239.99, saving you $60 off of the MSRP.
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WAR LORD UT-W02, UT-W03 – WAR RHINO, WAR BISON
The second figure in Unique Toys’ War Lord release line is War Rhino.  He includes a pack with two independently movable cannons that becomes the foot of War Lord, and is priced at $84.99.  Like War Rhino, War Bison will include a cannon backpack that becomes a foot for War Lord, and he is priced at $84.99 as well, saving you $15 off of the MSRP.
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MASS EFFECT ALLIANCE NORMANDY SR-1 SHIP REPLICA – REGULAR, SILVER
Dark Horse is also releasing 6″ versions of the Alliance Normandy SR-1.  We have the regular version priced at $29.99, and the Antique Silver version (limited to 1500 pieces) at $49.99.  Each version comes with a display base.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/search.aspx?search=Normandy%20SR-1

DIAMOND SELECT MUNSTERS SERIES 02 FIGURES
The second wave of Munsters figures includes three family members dressed up for a ride – Hot Rod Herman, Hot Rod Lily and Hot Rod Grandpa – as well as visiting family member Uncle Gilbert (the Creature from the Black Lagoon).  Each figure is listed at $21.99, $3 off the MSRP;  each also comes with a part of the build-a-diorama of the Munsters’ staircase, complete with openable trapdoor and Spot.
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The Bridge Direct Hobbit 6-Inch Thorin and Tauriel

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson, is almost upon us, and The Bridge Direct’s first wave of figures have finally started showing up at Toys ‘R’ Us stores in my area! I collected the old Toy Biz The Lord of the Rings trilogy figures, and I could not help but pick up some of Bridge Direct’s 6-inch line to see if they complement my LOTR collection.

Showcased today are the elf, Tauriel, and the dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield. On to some pics!

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