Starting today Sunday, 5/24 until Saturday, 5/30, Toys R Us is having a FREE promo for the LEGO Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype (30275) polybag with purchase of $30 or more on any LEGO set. There have been many people who have purchased this polybag in the past couple of weeks for $3.99 which you can probably do during the promotion period if you find a nice employee. Otherwise, the TIE Advanced Prototype (30275) polybag will most likely be available for purchase widely again next Sunday when the weekly promo is over.
Way back in 2011, DK released LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia which featured more than 300 minifigures released for the LEGO Star Wars theme and included many facts about the characters. It’s been four years since the book was published and there are a lot more characters that have been introduced into the theme so accordingly, DK has released the new Updated and Expanded version which includes 72 additional pages of new minifigures. As tradition with many DK books, there is also an exclusive minifigure included with the book which is the White Boba Fett that is based on the Ralph McQuarrie prototype Mandalorian armor used in the 1978 screen test.
LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated & Expanded consists of 288 fully-colored pages and almost everything about the book is overhauled. First off is the new cover design with the title and minifigure window right in the middle instead of in the corner as before.
With the old Character Encyclopedia, the book was broken up into the six movies of the Star Wars saga, the Clone Wars, and the Expanded Universe. Since then Disney has released the Star Wars Rebels animated series and the book is now separated into a continuous timeline starting from Episode I, II, then to the Clone Wars, III, Rebels, IV-VI, and a new category called Legends. This chapter includes all the minifigures that were in the old Expanded Universe chapter who are regarded as non-canon.
Like with the previous version of the Character Encyclopedia, each minifigure is featured on their own page and there are various facts about them. There’s also the Data File box which shows the year they first appeared, first set, the number of sets that particular version of the minifigure has appeared in, number of pieces, and their accessories. The characters are ordered according to the Star Wars property in which they first appeared or featured the most.
A majority of the minifigures’ info was just transferred over to the new book but some existing characters were updated since the last book was released. For example, one of these characters that got updated was Jabba the Hutt so the new book focuses on his new colored mold while also giving information about the original variant in a separate Star Variant box.
The last part of the book is a behind-the-scenes look with some of the designers for the LEGO Star Wars theme. This section touches on how the characters are chosen to become LEGO minifigures for the sets, how the exclusive book minifigures are chosen, an so on. It’s a cool little section but it would’ve been nice to have a few more pages for it.
As mentioned before, the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated & Expanded includes the exclusive White Boba Fett minifigure which also has gotten a facelift comprising of a new design all around. The torso and legs has new printing that’s similar to the concept design. The molding of the helmet is the same one as the recent Boba Fett minifigures. He also has the antenna for the helmet and a white jetpack.
Overall, the Updated and Expanded is a welcome change considering there have been so many new minifigures that have been released since the last book. The updated White Boba Fett minifigure is also a great collectible since this will probably be the only time we’ll see this version of him.
The book does give a wealth of information about the minifigures even though a lot of it was just transferred from the previous book. If you don’t have the first version of the Character Encyclopedia, then this really isn’t an issue.
Again the book is now available for purchase from various retailers as well as on Amazon at a fairly lower retail price.
We’ve reported on many LEGO polybags that have shown up on the Toys R Us website but haven’t seen it actually in stores but FBTB seems to have the inside scoop on a couple of them for some upcoming promotions. First up is the LEGO Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype (30275) which will be part of a promo starting on May 24.
The other polybag that’s been very sought for is the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes The Joker Bumper Car (30303). That one won’t be “available” until the week of August 9. What’s interesting about this one is that I’ve already seen a couple of people in the US who have been able to purchase this polybag from their local store as early as last week and I’m not sure why the promo listed is so far out. I’ve also reported that the Joker Bumper car could be available at Target as well but there hasn’t been any sightings of it over there yet. Of course for people in the UK, it will be be available this Sunday as part of their Daily Mail promo.
As soon as the promotions are over, TRU will most likely sell them for $3.99 each or if you’re lucky with the cashiers, they’ll probably just sell you one individually.
As we get closer to the release of the summer wave of LEGO sets, retailers have started to post them online. Amazon has some of the LEGO Star Wars sets listed for pre-order with the official release date of June 1. The only sets that aren’t listed are the store exclusive Sith Infiltrator (75096) and the LEGO Star Wars 2015 Advent Calendar (75097) which will be available around August/September.
Pilot the Royal Naboo Security Forces Flash Speeder with 4-minifigure cockpit, 3 spring-loaded shooters and opening storage compartments. Deploy the Naboo forces into battle with the agile Flash Speeder! As the Battle of Naboo rages on, bring the Naboo security forces and their Gungan ally Captain Tarpals into the action with the maneuverable LEGO Star Wars Flash Speeder. This modified landspeeder has an open cockpit with space for a driver and 3 minifigure passengers, as well as opening storage compartments. When the battle really heats up, man the rotating, spring-loaded shooter at the back and fend off the Battle Droid forces. There are even 2 extra spring-loaded shooters built into the side-mounted engines for extra firepower! Features an open cockpit with space for 4 minifigures, rotating gun turret with spring-loaded shooter, 2 extra spring-loaded shooters and opening storage compartments. Weapons include 2 blaster pistols, 2 blasters and Captain Tarpals’ spear. Also includes a macrobinoculars element. Transport the Naboo troops into the heat of battle. Includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons and an accessory: Naboo Security Guard, Naboo Security Officer and Captain Tarpals, plus 2 Battle Droids.
Own the Naboo Starfighter set with opening cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, eject function, access ladder, fueling station, stand and more. Blast the Droids with the super-sleek Naboo Starfighter! Recreate the exciting Naboo hangar scene from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in which young Anakin Skywalker helps his Jedi protector, Obi-Wan Kenobi, fend off the attacking Trade Federation forces. Open the cockpit of the Naboo Starfighter, position the access ladder and load up Anakin and R2-D2. Then fire the twin spring-loaded shooters to send the Destroyer Droids and Battle Droids flying! As well as lots of authentic detailing and a cool R2-D2 ejector function, this LEGO Star Wars model also comes with a fueling station and a rotating stand to mount the model on. Features a Naboo Starfighter with rotating stand, access ladder, fueling station and 2 Destroyer Droids. Naboo Starfighter features an opening cockpit, spring-loaded shooters and R2-D2 eject function. Weapons include Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber, a blaster pistol and 2 blasters. Also includes a handcuffs element. Jump into the Naboo Starfighter and blast the droids! Trigger the R2-D2 eject function. Includes 3 minifigures with a weapon and accessory: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and a Naboo Pilot, plus R2-D2, 2 Battle Droids and Battle Droid Commander with assorted weapons.
It’s Luke vs. Vader and Palpatine in the throne room with Force Jump function, collapsing stairs and bridge, opening doors and much more. Play out the epic final duel in Palpatine’s throne room! Reenact the epic final duel between Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine from the movie Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. This amazing LEGO Star Wars recreation of Emperor Palpatine’s throne room aboard the second Death Star features loads of great play details, like swing-out side sections for easy play, opening entrance doors, Force Jump function, collapsing stairs and bridge, reactor shaft, and detachable throne section with rotating throne and hidden Lightsaber pop-up function. Can Luke overpower the Royal Guards? Will Lord Vader rescue his son from Palpatine’s deadly Force Lightning attack and send the evil Sith Lord tumbling down the reactor shaft? Only you can decide! Throne room features swing-out side sections, opening entrance doors, Force Jump function, collapsing stairs and bridge, reactor shaft, and detachable throne section with rotating throne and hidden Lightsaber pop-up function. Weapons include 2 Lightsabers, 2 Force pikes and 2 Force Lightning elements. Also includes an authentic 2-part helmet for Darth Vader. Overpower the Royal Guards, activate the Force Jump function and surprise the dark lords! Use the Force to collapse the stairs and bridge. Watch out for Palpatine’s deadly Force Lightning. Includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and 2 Royal Guards.
Build the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium with folding wings, landing gear, opening cockpit, access hatch, spring-loaded shooters and more. Speed to the aid of the Rebels in the Imperial Shuttle “Tydirium” Board the stolen Imperial Shuttle Tydirium, set the wings for flying mode and race to Endor with Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the Endor Rebel Troopers. As featured in the exciting scenes leading up to the destruction of the Empire’s second Death Star in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, this impressive LEGO Star Wars starship features folding wings for flight and landing modes, retractable landing gear and an opening cockpit with space for 2 minifigures. There’s also an opening access hatch, opening centre section with space for more minifigures and 2 cool spring-loaded shooters to fend off any pursuing Imperial starships! Features folding wings for flight and landing modes, retractable landing gear, opening cockpit with space for 2 minifigures, opening access hatch, opening centre section with space for more minifigures and 2 cool spring-loaded shooters. Includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons: Han Solo in Endor outfit, Princess Leia in Endor outfit, Chewbacca and 2 Endor Rebel Troopers.
Release the TIE Fighters with the Imperial Assault Carrier featuring lifting handle, twin shooters, rotating gun turret, extra ammo and more. Take the battle to the rebels with the Imperial Assault Carrier! Transport TIE Fighters into battle against the rebels with the LEGO Star Wars Imperial Assault Carrier. Open the cockpit, load up a minifigure and then grab the lifting handle ready for flight. Push the triggers to release the 4 mini-scale TIE Fighters and join the battle with the twin spring-loaded shooters and rotating gun turret with dual stud blaster. Access the missile storage bay and ammo cargo boxes when supplies run low, and once the rebels have been defeated, reattach the TIE Fighters and get ready for the next exciting mission. Features a lifting handle, opening cockpit with space for a minifigure, lift-off fuselage with detailed interior, missile storage bay with extra missiles, cargo box with extra ammo, twin spring-loaded shooters, rotating gun turret with dual stud blaster gun, and 4 mini-scale TIE Fighters with release function (cockpit does not fit minifigure). Weapons include 3 blaster pistols, Sabine’s 2 Mandalorian blasters and Kallus’ weapon. Astromech Droid features a clear dome element. Load up, grab the handle and take off! Launch the TIE Fighters and engage the rebels. Includes 5 minifigures with assorted weapons: Agent Kallus, Imperial Officer, Sabine Wren in Mandalorian outfit and 2 TIE Pilots, plus an Imperial Astromech Droid.
If you’re a polybag hunter, it’s time to keep your eye our for the LEGO Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype (30275) polybag at your local Toys R Us stores soon. This polybag was first reported being seen at a Canadian Toys R Us and now it has been listed on the US website for $3.99 each so we can assume that the polybag will be in stores here soon. Employees can enter the item number 238677 if you can’t find it at the LEGO section.
The TIE Advanced Prototype (30275) contains 47 pieces and is pretty much a smaller version of the 75082 set that was released earlier this year.
You may have already watched this but yesterday, many LEGO fans saw something Wired did to the now retired LEGO Star Wars Super Star Destroyer (10221) to celebrate Star Wars Day. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can experience it below. I think Sir Alec Guinness said it best as Obi-Wan Kenobi, “There was great disturbance in the Force. as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror.”
Since Star Wars fans are celebrating May the 4th worldwide today, we have a fairly new minifigure to review, the White Boba Fett from the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded by DK Books. This version of Boba Fett is based on the Ralph McQuarrie prototype Mandalorian armor used for a screentest in 1978.
The White Boba Fett minifigure itself is highly detailed with printing that is very accurate to McQuarrie’s concept design in all aspects from the helmet with the red triangle above the visor, to the torso and the legs which also has a pouch printing. There are also some accessories included with him such as the antenna for the helmet and a white jetpack.
Overall, the White Boba Fett is a great addition to any collection. He’s a very popular character in the Star Wars Universe and it’s a nice update to the 2010 version. Again, this White Boba Fett is only available with the purchase of the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded.