LEGO 2015 Pre Black Friday VIP Invite Sale Items

I got an invitation to the Lego Store for the first time in 2015 and wanted to post the items that were on sale for VIPs, nothing too special, I didn’t buy any of the items on the list. I was interested in the Town Square but settled for the Cinema Modular with more pieces and less of a play set feel too it. The freebies were the ones everyone can get, the calendar and the Lego Gingerbread House. So here’s the list:

2015 VIP Invitation BF Pre Sale Items

Lego Pirates and Inflation

As you know Lego used to make some really awesome Pirates sets. Now they are releasing some again after 5 years of no Pirates sets. I was wondering how the new sets compare price and piece wise to the classic sets and the 2009 era sets. All inflation calculations were made with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Inflation Calculator and the prices listed on Brickset.

I thought I’d start with a ship and an entry level set from each era to compare.

From 2015’s new collection we have:
70409 Shipwreck Defense 84 pieces and $12.99
70413 The Brick Bounty 745 pieces and $99.99

From 2009:
6240 Kraken Attackin’ 78 pieces and $9.99 [$11.02 in 2014]
6243 Brickbeard’s Bounty 592 pieces and $99.99 [$110.34 in 2014}

From 1989:
6260 Shipwreck Island 71 pieces and $12 [$22.91 in 2014]
6285 Black Seas Barracuda 909 pieces and $110 [$210.01 in 2014]

The piece counts vary but all three of these ships are your standard double masted schooners.

As we can see, compared to 1989, Lego Pirates has become a lot cheaper. I believe this is true for all Lego from the early days. More recently though, the price inflation has been turned on for the little sets. I think everyone who collects Lego will not be surprised by this. With the bigger sets it seems it could depend. A 745 piece ship for $100 beats a 592 piece ship for $100 in 2009 (or $110 in todays dollars). In 1989 none of the pieces were Made in China though and I would assume worldwide distribution was not even close to what it is today.

I think the next question to be asked, at a later time, is whether it’s worth buying basically the same set over and over…

New Pirates (and other) Lego Sets Available on Amazon

Click the picture above to see the listing on Amazon.

Scheduled for March 1st release, some of the new sets are already available on Amazon.
Along with the newest Lego Pirate sets are the Elves sets which could be cool, but because they are based on the Friends line and have “minidolls” are automatically not cool.

These are the first Pirate Lego sets in five years, so welcome back Lego Pirates (and Imperials).

A Trip to the Lego Store

I made a quick trip to the Lego Store yesterday to find the Hot Dog Guy Series 13 minifigure. It was pretty easy to find him quickly given his large “exoskeleton” – anyway there wasn’t much else of interest since the last time I went on Jan 1. They have all the new sets obviously but nothing too exciting on the Pick-a-Brick wall. They did have one copy of 10223 Kingdom’s Joust on the shelf for the sale price. The box was a little dinged up so maybe they’d give extra VIP points if you buy it. This is the Northshore Mall, Peabody, MA store I’m referring to if anyone is looking for Kingdom’s Joust. Ok, that’s all for now. Look for the final review of the Detective’s Office tomorrow or Monday.

Happy New Year! and New Lego Sets!!

It’s 2015. Where’s my hoverboard?

There’s a whole lot of Lego Sets becoming available today including the new Modular Building 10246 Detective’s Office all the way down to the 70818 Double Decker Couch!!

And here are the new Lego Batman sets avaiable – something we’re very excited about here at Brickknight.

I’ll be making a trip to the Lego store later today and hopefully buying the Detective’s Office with my multitude of VIP points. Then after much building I will have a review for you.

Happy New Year!

2015 Lego DC Superheroes Pre-orders (might be) available at Amazon

A little Batman discussion among all this Lord of the Rings.

UPDATE: For now – you can access the link above and see the other sets in the related items area and just click “Pre-order” without actually viewing the item. So you can put the item in your cart and checkout even though the page doesn’t come up.

I was just able to pre-order all of the sets except for Braniac Attack, so 4/5 new sets for next year. The estimated arrival is Jan 6 (with Prime shipping) – I’ll update the links as the other sets links become active. Here’s hoping for a price decrease that results in a “Pre-order Price Guarantee” !

As a fun exercise here is a list of all the minifigures the four sets contain.

76025 Green Lantern vs Sinestro
Sinestro
Green Lantern
Space Batman

76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas
Gorilla Grodd
Captain Cold
Truck Driver
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Batman – Grey Suit

76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike
Black Manta
Aquaman
Batman – Grey Suit
Scuba Robin – very exciting

76028 Darkseid Invasion
Darkseid
Green Arrow
Hawkman
Cyborg
Superman

The Braniac Attack is set number 76040 so maybe this set is coming out later in the year. This is a set I’m keen to get because it has Supergirl. So far Space Batman and Scuba Robin are the most exciting. We have a kind of a Scuba Batman from Penguin Set. Now if only we could get the Penguin Submarine from the original Batman movie…

Whats new at the Lego store?

Well not much as usual. I stopped in last night among the throngs at the mall and they did have about 5 Research Institute sets. They also had more UCS Tumbler sets on display than usual. I didn’t buy the Research Institute because mine came in the mail from Lego Shop@Home. Other than that, nothing exciting, even the sets that are on sale online right now did not appear to be on sale in the store.