Monday, September 1, 2014

FAQ: My simple stance on selling, trading, or giving products to viewers

Time for another frequently asked question!

Q: "Will you sell, trade, or give me one or all of your sets or figures?"
  • No.  Most products get disassembled after they are reviewed, and then I keep the parts to use in custom creations later on.  When I end up with items that I have no personal desire to keep, I sell or donate them in very large lots, very infrequently, and very, very privately. With the rarest of exceptions, these days I do not trade with the public, and I do not make exceptions by request.
P.S.: Yes, I really do get requests to give away all of my sets or figures!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mega Bloks Hierarch's Shadow minor update

Immediately after wrapping up my Hierarch's Shadow Convoy review, I found myself unable to escape a burning desire to see the vehicle with an open cockpit and more substantial turret.  I still planned to quickly disassemble the thing (as usual), though, so I invested only a brief bit of time a desk with a spare parts bin to make just a few small changes to put my curiosity to rest.

Friday, August 29, 2014

JANGBRiCKS City Minecraft corner update Aug. 29, 2014!

New happenings in my LEGO minifig-scale Minecraft corner!  All of the new stuff was done just last night, and as always, when there's an update, I post an update!

The next update will be posted, as always, the next time there's an update! :)

Mega Bloks Halo 97521 Hierarch's Shadow Convoy review

Out of all sets Mega Bloks announced for this year, this one here has generated the very most requests for a review.  Now that I have the thing in hand, my feelings about it are decidedly mixed and sure to ruffle some feathers!

LEGO Classic Town 6627 Cabriolet / Convertible from 1980!

Very old, very small set here, about as basic as you can get for a vehicle offering -- the car doesn't even have a roof!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mega Bloks Alpha Series transparent Active Camo minifigs

I finally made time to film the three candy-styled transparent figures from Mega Bloks' Alpha Series mystery packs.  These are the undocumented "chase" figures that are rarer than the "ultra rare" partial-AC Brute stalker from this series.

Here's a bonus pic of a couple normal figures with some of the new transparent bits swapped on.  Do we call these partial active camo as well?  Or is it energized armor? Something else?

FAQ: Why I say both positive & negative things in reviews

Time to start something new!  I love to harness the always-accessible nature of Internet content.  That's why every one of my videos on YouTube has a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) in the description field, with concise answers. I also respond directly to viewer questions every day, though most folks see little of this because the responses are spread over 1,400+ videos!

The FAQ list in my descriptions is really limited in both breadth and depth, though, because, well, there's a character limit imposed by YouTube.  There are a lot of additional questions that I see pop up recurrently, though, so I'm going to start answering those here on the blog, one at a time.  I'll then begin to compile these together into a mega-page with aaallll the answers.  Do note that this will only be for frequently asked points; it is not a 1-on-1 "Ask JANG anything and he'll answer!" thing :)  (There's no way I can accommodate that -- too many people would attempt to demand my undivided attention.  Been there, escaped that!)

SO, here we go, kicking things off, with one randomly-selected, frequently asked question!

Q: "Why do you do say both positive and negative things in your product reviews?"
  • Because that's what a product review is -- an evaluation of the product in the context of its intent and a report on its good and bad aspects. If I only looked for good things to talk about, that would be an advertisement.  I'd also see it as a disservice to viewers, who deserve balanced & thorough narrative. I, personally, never trust any source of information that is 100% positive (or negative) about things, because I know they're consciously looking for one side of things and intentionally ignoring the other. Now, most of my "JANGBRiCKS" video reviews are mostly positive, because most of the products I review are very good and enjoyable.  When I encounter something that doesn't stand up to the level of quality or value I expect, though, I say so.  If I think something is a really bad deal or poorly made, I say so.  Thus, both positives and negatives are covered in my reviews, as seems appropriate to me. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LEGO Friends 41034 Summer Caravan review!

Here's another LEGO Friends set that's new for Summer/Fall 2014, but unlike most from this season, this one is not from the jungle sub-theme.

Mega Bloks Halo Metallic Series Cobalt ODST drop pod review!

Yet another single-figure set here, a rolling update that actually involves a completely new product with the 2014+ super-articulated figure system.

Mega Bloks Halo Sector 12 NMPD Police Cyclops & Offword Cyclops reviews!

Two new Cyclops videos here for the Mega Bloks Halo fans, one being a completely new variant, just released for the first time, the other being a "rolling update" to an earlier release, now including one of the better-articulated 2014+ figures.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

LEGO Hero Factory Invasion From Below MOC: Shadow Beast

It has been quite a long time since I last found inspiration or motivation to make a custom Hero Factory MOC, but here's one now!  As usual, it's one of those things where I looked at one part, then thought about other parts, then started assembling, eventually leading to... a thing!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

JANGBRiCKS & the Ice Bucket Challenge

"Ice Bucket Challenge."  It's "in" and "viral" right now, and I've gotten multiple "nominations."  I will not indulge any of them.  I support charities with my checkbook and have donated substantially to ones that I have personally sought out and taken the time to actually understand and invest in.  When I want to help someone or something, I do so, tangibly and directly, not because it's "in," and especially not because of peer pressure.

Folks who care about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease (or who are crazy about the "ice bucket challenge" but really don't really know anything about its intended purpose) should visit the ALS Association website for basic learning and to discover some of the options for aiding real care, research, and awareness efforts.