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Lego Sopwith Camel Plane Promotions Set 10226

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

NEW LEGO® Exclusive
10226 – Sopwith Camel, Available Now!

Build and fly a huge Lego replica of the famous British biplane loaded with rare bricks and functions to match its real-life counterpart!

You can only get Lego set 10226 from or Lego stores. And man, is it cool.

The details on this replica amaze: realistic rotating propeller and engine cylinders; hinged tail rudder; realistic tension wires; functioning wing ailerons; and tail flaps that can be controlled from the cockpit.

Plus if you order early, you can get a FREE Exclusive Mini Sopwith Camel on $75 or more from The offer is valid June 1-30 2012 (or while supplies last).

FREE Shipping on orders of $75 or more. Offer valid June 1-15, 2012.

FREE Exclusive Mini Sopwith Camel with orders of $75 or more. Offer valid June 1-30, 2012.

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Summer Fun Lego Scene

Monday, September 20th, 2010


Lego scene by son constructed. Summer’s over now . . . better start on the fall scene.  Just got his Legos set up in the Princeton house.

Harry Potter Legos Sets in 2010

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

New Harry Potter Lego Sets Coming

Rumor has it that a half dozen new Harry Potter Lego sets will be coming later this year (2010). We have not seen any Harry Potter sets in the Lego store in a long while, which is shame especially because the Harry Potter sets were one of the few themes that appealed to girls as well as boys. My daughter has a couple of them. Some of the new sets may be mostly be re-working of prior models, but at least it is something on the shelves.

4736 Dobby’s Release

4737 Quidditch Lesson

4738 Hagrid’s Hut

4840 The Burrows

4841 Hogwart’s Express

4842 Hogwart’s Castle

If you hear anything more about the new Harry Potter Lego sets let me know.  Meanwhile, although Harry Potter Lego sets are tough to find in stores, Amazon has a diverse selection.

If you ever buy Harry Potter Legos, or any other Legos for that matter, keep the pieces together and try to keep the box. I’ve found these sets retain their value. If you grow tired of them, you can often sell them for more than you paid (if the set is complete). I’ve never re-sold though, cause they are just too fun, and they are timeless. The kind of toy you can hand down to the next generation.

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Lego Adds Toy Story Lego Sets

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Cute winter village scene at!

Toy Story Legos Review: Fun that Retains Value in More Ways Than One!


Legos are my all-time favorite toy. My sons loves them. And I do not even mind spending a small fortune on them. Legos are well made: they fit together perfectly, rarely break, and last forever. Legos inspire creativity, and more than that, they make kids think. I am always amazed at how my son uses pieces from different sets to engineer something totally new.


On a recent trip to the Big Shop in Legoland I was surprised to see a new genre of Lego sets based on an all-time fav kid movie: Toy Story! How cool is that? Classic Toy Story characters like Woody, Buzz, Jesse and Bullseye, and Stinky Peet, and even the little green army men and Zurg are now minifigs! If you are a Toy Story fan, you are gonna fall in love with them.

Introducing new Toy Story Legos is yet another smart move by Lego Company, which has  flourished despite a down economy. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, Lego has had a sharp revival: in  the first half of 2009, while “jittery consumers sent global toy sales down 5%, Lego increased its sales 23%.”

Another thing I like about Lego toys is that if you keep a set in good condition and keep the box, the toy retains its value.  I learned that when my son wanted Star Wars Lego sets that were no longer in stores . . . and found you could get them on Ebay or a number of specialized Lego re-sell sites, but you would have to pay sometimes double or more the original price.  Even a rare minifigure alone without the rest of the set could go for $50 or more.

Like Star Wars, the 1995 Pixar movie Toy Story is a timeless classic loved by both kids and adults with sequels.  So I would expect that the original Toy Story Legos sets may someday be collector’s items.  Hmmm.  Maybe these aren’t toys, but fun investments?

Some collectors buy two sets: one for play, and one for the closet to be brought out at a later date and sold.  Hey, isn’t selling old toys in original boxes a part of the whole Toy Story theme?

Toy Story 2 came out in 1999 to even bigger success than the original. Toy Story 3 is scheduled to be released in June, 2010.  So I bet more Lego Toy Story sets will be out in time for the movie’s release.

If you have a kid who likes Toy Story, check out the new Toy Story Legos, and if you want one of the original sets, I would act sooner rather than later.  You don’t want to pay more on Ebay because you waited.

Another cool thing about the new Lego sets is that the instructions can be found online at Now that we have Toy Story Lego sets, I wonder if Legos will show up in the next Toy Story movie. If you get a Toy Story Lego set, let me know what you think of it.

My favorite of the new sets is Toy Story Woody’s Round Up Lego Set 7594 as it has Woody, Jesse and Bulleye (the horse) as well as Stinky Pete.  Plus it has a gold mine wired with dynamite, a jail, a sheriff’s office, a safe, and a catapult trap in the sidewalk.

Toy Story Woody and Buzz Rescue Lego set 7590 has both Woody and Buzz Lightyear. There’s also a car with pull-back motor.

Toy Story Army Men on Patrol 7595 has little green army men minifigure that are too cute.

Lego has put out 6 sets so far, and more may be on the way. All are available on Amazon and some purchases may qualify for free shipping.

You can also find these sets at toy stores, the Lego Store, or

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Lego Rock Band Review

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Lego Rock Band Review


Legos, rock music, and video gaming, what more could you ask?

The new Lego Rock Band videogame works with your existing Rock Band instruments. In the minifig version of the rock band, those cute little Lego minifigs rock out with you as you strum along on your guitar, beat the drum or sing as notes fall down from the top of the screen. The game features an eclectic list of songs, a charming story and loads of fun gameplay. You can play on your own or with up to three friends.

Lego Rock Band is kid friendly, and even includes a super-easy mode for younger players. You can turn off the kick pedal for drummers for beginners or even play a shorter version of any track. The 45 songs are fun, but you cannot expand Lego Rock Band’s catalog through the Music Store, nor does the game have an online play element. My kids have been playing this since Christmas, and they love it. One thing I like: the songs are good, so I do not even mind them playing it loud.

The minifig characters charm, just like they do in other Lego video games.

Well worth the money.

The game runs about $50, but you need to buy instruments separately. If you do not already have instruments, you might buy Rock Band 2 Bundle. Although this special edition is in short supply, Amazon does have it in stock for about $140 for the Wii version. You might also consider Beatles Rock Band Bundle, although that is pricier.

Amazon sells Rock Band 2 as just the game or as a special bundle. Check out the Amazon link below, then choose your platform and then and choose “special” to order the bundle. I would order it soon as it is sold out in most stores now and may sell out on Amazon as well.

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Lego Stars Wars The Visual Dictionary Book Review

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Just Out: A Must-Have Book for Every Star Wars Lego Fan!

This book is sure to become a collector’s item . . . and it comes with a special mini-figure!

Just out in time for the holidays is a new visual dictionary of Star Wars Lego. My son’s room is filled with Star Wars Legos sets, and he is going to love this book when he unwraps it.  The book has lush photos of all the Star Wars sets and mini-figures.

I got mine at the Lego Store the day it came out and was very impressed. The store had promotional games and even people dressed up in top-notch clone trooper costumes. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Lego Store nearby, but it also at bookstores, and Amazon. If you know a kid who loves Star Wars Legos, get this book and get your holiday shopping done early. The book is reasonably priced as well.

The book comes with a cool mini figure. The mini figure and the book itself are bound to become collector’s items.

Product Description
In true DK style, LEGO® Star Wars ™: The Visual Dictionary elucidates, illuminates, and
excites even the most discerning LEGO Group, Star Wars™, and minifigure fans around the
world.. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and more are brought to life with
dozens of little-known facts and hundreds of photos, as are accessories, vehicles, weapons,
and even the Death Star! Learn about the history, manufacture, and construction of the
minifigures of the Star Wars galaxy, and come away a LEGO® Jedi Master.

Product Details

* Reading level: Ages 4-8
* Hardcover: 96 pages
* Publisher: DK Publishing (October 5, 2009)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0756655293
* ISBN-13: 978-0756655297
* Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10 x 0.9 inches

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book, Love it!, October 7, 2009
Very nice hardback book with lots of stunning pictures of what else? Star Wars Legos!

We are big fans of Legos in general and this book did not disappoint. It came with a bonus Luke Skywalker mini-figure. As with all DK books, you get great pictures, thorough descriptions, and just a generally enjoyable book to collect or read.

I bought 2 copies of this book, one to read, and one to collect.

The only thing that bothered me a (very tiny) little bit was how the Luke Skywalker mini-fig was packaged. At first glance it looks like a much thicker book, but about half of the thickness is a spacer placed inside the book to make room for the mini-fig, so it lays flush with the front cover. I posted some pictures on the main item page if you want to see what I mean. Nothing that I would knock a star off for though.

Overall, we are VERY happy with this book. Great price for a quality book that will not disappoint young and old!

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Lego Star Wars Fans and Collectors, October 7, 2009
By Wendy Woudstra “” (Ontario, Canada) –
My son adores Lego, and the Star Wars sets in particular. When this book arrived in our mailbox, he was gone for hours, hiding in his room poring over all the sets he has, the sets he wants, the sets he missed out on, the evolution of the various mini-figures, everything else included in this volume. While this book would NOT be appreciated by someone who isn’t a die-hard fan of the LEGO series, for those who collect, play with, and love the sets, it’s a great book at a great price.

The only problem with the book is that it will be out of date as soon as next season’s Lego Star Wars sets are announced.

On a final note, I didn’t realize when I ordered that it also came with a unique minifig, which is already selling on Ebay for more than the discounted price of the book.

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