Archive for December 2015

LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

We thought we won’t be getting the Ghostbusters Headquarters. We were wrong. The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) is official and will be available from January 2016. This is not a LEGO Ideas set. The LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters HQ was rejected even though it reached 10k support.

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You can recreate iconic Ghostbusters scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit etc. Slide the Ghostbusters minifigs down the fire pole into action. Turn the librarian old lady into a scary ghost with the double-sided face and extra wig. Suspend ghosts around the building’s exterior with attachable transparent arms.

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The Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters is huge. The entire HQ measures 36cm high, 25cm wide and 38cm deep. It has to be so big because it is designed to fit the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (21108) inside. Yes, you heard me right. The Firehouse Headquarters doors can open to fit the Ecto-1.

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Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost. It also comes with Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.

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Accessory elements include an alarm bell, fire extinguisher, computer, phone, toolbox, tools, jars of slimes, magnifying glass, camera, camera rolls, arcade game, toaster with slime, fridge with frozen pizza, milk and cheese, and much more

The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) contains 4634 pieces and will be available from January 2016 at US$$349.99.

Funan DigitaLife Mall to be closed for 3 years for redevelopment

Funan DigitaLife Mall will be closed for 3 years from the third quarter of 2016 for a major redevelopment.

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Located in North Bridge Road, the mall specialised in electronics and IT-related goods. CapitaLand Mall Trust had hinted in the past that Funan might be sold or redeveloped. More details on the redevelopment will be announced at a later date. But from the length of the redevelopment, it seems like the building will be torn down and completely rebuild. According to the press release, Funan will be redeveloped into an experiential creative hub within the city that engages communities to incubate new ideas and passions, and enables shoppers to enjoy retail in a technology-enabled environment.

Although we all expect Funan to be redeveloped in the near future, it still saddens me when I heard about the news. I have so much memories of the place. The mall gone through several renaming in the past but most people still call it by its original name, Funan Centre, when it was open in 1985. It was renamed Funan The IT Mall in 1997 and Funan DigitaLife Mall in 2005.

Not many people know about this but I used to work part time there in 1997 as a salesperson at the Compaq Store while waiting for my Polytechnic admission. I still visit the mall at least once a month during my Poly days to check out the latest in tech. After my army, I started joining the Singapore Palm User Group and we hang out at Funan almost every Saturday. We would spend the afternoon chatting at McDonalds, exchanging tips and tricks on Palm OS. We started hanging out lesser and lesser with the decline of Palm OS. But I still visit the mall frequently even till now. In fact, I was there just 2 weeks ago.

It is sad to see Funan go. But I guess this is inevitable. With the growth of online shopping, it is tough for small IT retail shops to survive. Bigger IT retail shops like Challenger have moved to the heartland malls or gone online. So it is just a matter of time before a IT mall like Funan go the way of a CD shop.

Goodbye Funan. You will be missed.

Apple release iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

This comes as a surprise. Apple just released a iPhone 6s case with battery. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s increased the iPhone talktime up to 25 hours or LTE Internet usage up to 18 hours.

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The soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect the iPhone, while the soft elastomer hinge design makes it easy to put the case on and take it off again. On the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand.

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The battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Centre so that you know how much charge you have left in the Smart Battery Case. The Smart Battery Case uses Lightning cable to charge and works with the iPhone Lightning Dock. Comes in Charcoal Grey and White. Retails at S$148.

No words on iPhone 6s Plus version yet.

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GoPro drop price of HERO4 Session

When GoPro just launched the cube-shaped HERO4 Session camera, it was priced exactly the same as the HERO4 Silver. Naturally a lot of people did a side by side comparison review between the 2 and found the HERO4 Silver being the better one in terms of video and image quality.

But don’t get me wrong. The HERO4 Session is a great action cam too with the small form factor. It’s just that at US$399 (and later price drop to US$349), the GoPro HERO4 Silver seems like a better choice.

Well, GoPro just dropped the price of the HERO4 Session again. The HERO4 Session is now retailing at US$199. Yes, you heard me right, US$199. In Singapore, the GoPro HERO4 Session will retail at S$300.

With the new price point, it suddenly make sense for everyone to get the GoPro HERO4 Session. Yes, the controls isn’t as good as your normal GoPro. Yes, the GoPro HERO4 Silver has a slight better video and image quality. But all that doesn’t matter anymore because the GoPro HERO4 Session now retails at US$199. AND that’s a huge selling point.

Singapore’s fifth LEGO Certified Store at Jurong Point

Good news to all the LEGO fans staying in the western side of Singapore. The fifth LEGO Certified store is now open in Jurong Point 2, #B1-86. This is the first LEGO Certified Store managed by The Brick Shop. (Previous 4 LCS are all managed by Bricks World)

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Every aspect of the LEGO Certified Store is designed and made by The LEGO Group, including one of the most popular features, the Pick-a-Brick Wall. The LEGO Certified Store also features an interactive play area called “The Living Room”, and a display of fully assembled LEGO models. The LEGO Certified Store in Singapore has exclusive sets released at the same time as in the US and Europe. More offerings from the LCS will be available in Singapore in the near future.

All customers who spend $120 or more on any LEGO products in a single receipt on 5 and 6 December 2015 will be entitled to enter into a lucky draw to stand a chance to win 1 of 100 new and exclusive miniature LEGO Store (40145) sets.

There’s also other lucky draws and family gift with purchase lucky dip. For more info, visit The Brick Shop Facebook page.