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Lego Engineering Summer Camps, presented by Play-Well.org, and Salt Lake Count Parks and Rec

This Summer Play-Well.org, has teamed up with the Salt Lake Parks and Rec to Offer Some Engineering Summer camps for Kids.
According to the Play-well.org website the courses are designed by engineers to build upon the math and science skill kids learn in school to solve real world problem, while bringing in the fun and enjoyment associated with LEGO Bricks.

If you’ve got a youngster who loves LEGO, and aspires to be an engineer or your looking to add a little more structure to your child’s LEGO play this may be the opportunity for you.

There appear to be 2 course offered at various places in the valley geared to students ages 5 to 7, and 6 to 12. If you are interested in learning more click over to Play-well.org

NOTE: this is the first of what We hope become more common posts about LEGO related events in Utah. So if you are aware of other Lego realted events, please send us an email to webmaster at UtahLUG dot org replacing at and dot with @ and . respectively

Chrome TC-14

I am late, late, late to the posting party about the upcoming May the force be with you (May 4th and 5th) Promotional Mini-figure that will be available from Lego.com.

Yes, new has begun to circulate about the release of the Promotional TC-14 mini figure. New of the release appears to be accidental, in that the source of the now ubiquitous mini-figure, has come form Flickr USER ACPin, who uploaded digital copies of the May 2012 Lego Calendar. So other than the official calendar, there is no official word on the release from LEGO, or shop.LEGO.com!

For those who are unfamiliar with this promotion, LEGO traditionally, has had a May the 4th (get it may the fourth – May the Force? any way), Where many Star Wars sets are discounted, and an exclusive promotional mini-figure, or set is given away with each purchase that exceeds a specific dollar value.
in 2011 it was The ARF Shadow Trooper, but this year it is a Chrome TC-14 protocol Droid.

Exclusive figs are a great investment, and Chrome Figures are generally exceptionally rare as LEGO figures go, Usually commanding premium prices when production and distribution ceases. Just look at the current Bricklink prices for past promotional Figs:
2011 ARF Shadow Trooper Avg US$ 27.82
2010 Chrome Storm Trooper Avg US$ 23.52
2009 Chrome Black Darth Vader Avg. US$ 48.62
2007 Chrome C-3PO Avg $US 348.30

While is is unlikely that TC-14 would hit the insane prices of the Chrome C-3PO, the 25 to $27 of the Chrome Storm trooper or ARF Shadow Trooper, seems a reasonable expectation. So come May 4th Head on Over to shop.LEGO.com! and buy yourself US$ 75 worth of LEGO Star wars sets.

NEW Marvel LEGO Super Heroes sets are now available!

If you happen to be a fan of the Marvel comic universe, or eagerly awaiting the release of the New Avengers Movie, then today is a good day. LEGO shop at Home has just released the first of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Sets based on the new Avengers Movie due out on May 4th. These are excellent sets with great colors, and amazing Minfigs for both the Heroes and the villains:

  • The Hulk
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Hawkeye
  • Wolverine
  • Loki
  • Magneto
  • Deadpool
  • LEGO-The-Avengers-Movie-Poster

    In related News, Lego and Disney (the owners of marvel comics) have announced that they will be giving away 2 million copies of the LEGO Avengers Movie Poster on opening day. Just another reason to get out to the movie in May. If however you are unable to make it on opening day, you can click through the image and print out your own low-res copy.

    ULUG Building Challenge
    Since I first learned about ULUG, and LEGO, I’ve wanted a LEGO store in Utah, and rumors have come and gone telling of a great future where a LEGO store will come and my savings will be completed, but so far nothing. ULUG has gone so far as to ask LEGO if there are plans to bring a store to Utah, and the best answer we’ve gotten was an email about how that information is treated as very sensitive, and is not released.

    So Here’s what to do, Visit this facebook page and add your support to the petition for a LEGO Store, and then while We’re patiently waiting for news, or a confirmation, break out your LEGO Bricks, and has decide to host a mini model building challenge, where you are to build a model that could be given away as part of a LEGO Store opening when one does come to Utah.

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    This Year, The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is Coming to Utah. And it promises some great excitement, and fun for the whole family.
    The Show will have an indoor ride on Thomas Train, Model Railroads from many local railroading clubs, Trains that both adults and kids can control, and Coming in at 20′ x 30′, Utah’s Largest (and to my knowledge only Public Lego Train display) . So whether you want to see our Lego display again, or are looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour promises to be a great time for one and all.

    Here are the Details:
    World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour
    South Town Expo Center (9575 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070)
    Registration — Registration purchased at the show (cash/check only)
    Adults: $10.00 (good for both days)
    Kids Under 16: FREE! (must be accompanied by a parent)
    Saturday February 4th 10am to 6pm
    Sunday February 5th 10am to 5pm