So I visited the LEGO Store today and made some purchases, in which I got a Martian Manhunter fig. The fig itself isn't that interesting to me (I'm not that big a fan of MM) but I figure there'll be others out there clamoring for him, so I could trade him for another rare figure that I would want.
But the highlight of my purchase was the 21103 Cuusoo Back to the Future Delorean. I finally committed on my purchase after I voted for that model... what, two-three years ago? I've been keeping an eye out for it in stores but never saw it, and I never really wanted to pay shipping for it, so I never got it online. But today I was ready for the purchase (having a gift card and VIP points) and was delighted to find two left in stock. And it's a good thing I grabbed it too, since the other one got snagged minutes later.
As for the model, it's delightful, with some very fun designs. My model does come with the misspelled brick, but whatevs. The only thing I don't like about it (which has been mentioned in like EVERY review I've read on this) is that Marty and Doc can sit inside together, and there's no easy modification to remedy this. But either way, this is going on my desk at work for display first thing tomorrow!
The other set of interest, surprisingly, was the Friends Life Guard stand. (I wanted the penguin set, but they didn't have any in stock.) It comes with some nice colors, from medium lavender (my new favorite Friends color) and trans medium blue cheese slopes (the color that glows well under a blacklight!!) But the dolphin is such an excelent mold. Like all Friends animals, it has a pin hole on the top of its head for bows and whatnot, but the hole is perfectly placed for a blow-hole, which is super amazing. (And borderline animal cruelty by putting a bow piece there.) It has a stud connection in it's belly which is a little weird, but what I wasn't expecting was the stud connection on its tail, so it can be placed over the blue plates in mid-leap. Such a great animal mold... now I want more to create my own pod!
I didn't get any Hero Factory tho, but not thru lack of trying. Their selection was rather sparse; they had a few of the humanoid mechs (I already got one), the Splitter beast and flying beast (not interested) and the Evo XL Machine (too expensive for me.) And, with the exception of the flying beast, there were only a few left, and absolutely none of the purple beast, which I wanted. I talked to one of the store employees, who said that they've been selling pretty well, and the purple ones just flew off the shelves. (I went to a retail store later in the evening and they were also out of all Hero Factory models too.) So say what you want about Hero Factory, but this is not a dud theme by any means, since people are buying it out. Maybe I'll go back in April, when they'll have double points, and see if their selection is any better.
Also MIXELS but that's another blog entry...