Saturday, September 13, 2014

LEGO Batman Arkham Asylum Breakout review!

Not a new set here, but one a lot of viewers have asked me to check out!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

LEGO Destiny: Arcadia Jump Ship

I happily played the Destiny beta for the brief time it was available, but it wasn't until the end of my first day playing the full release that it dawned on me, "I should build that," while looking at my entry-level Arcadia Jumpship on the screen.  I know it's always difficult to hear this, but I was once again severely handicapped by a lack of parts, but I was determined to get this thing done without hitting up Bricklink.
The result is very, very far from perfect, but it makes me happy.

Mega Bloks Assassin's Creed 94305 Pirate Crew Pack review

Here's yet another popular game-based franchise Mega Bloks is taking on, introducing still more mini-figure advancements while maintaining compatibility with items from other themes.

Tenkai Knights Tenkai Dragon 2-in-1 review! set 13001

With the Tenkai Knights series continuing on Cartoon Network, a new extra-large set is now on shelves, and this one impressed me.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bandai Sprukits Halo Spartan Thorne buildable figure review

This was a bit of a stretch for me and perhaps a tad bit out of character amongst my primarily brick- & block-based content, but I've reviewed other buildable figures, so why not try one of these?  This is more of a display model than action figure, but it has some pretty realistic articulation in spite of its modular, snap together construction.

LEGO 2014 Advent calendar videos! Star Wars, City, & Friends!

The LEGO advent calendars just keep getting released earlier & earlier!  Last year they came out in September.  This year?  August!  Well, I've now reviewed all three!  If you don't want to see their contents, don't watch these videos :D

Mega Bloks Halo Pelican Dropship from 2010 + comparison videos

Back when I reviewed the 2013 Pelican Gunship shortly after its release, a bunch of folks asked me to compare it to the original version.  Problem was, I didn't have the old one to compare it to, it was long discontinued, and I didn't have enough confidence in Mega Bloks to commit to buying older sets at marked-up prices.  All of that has finally changed, so here I present my review of the oldie, with the long-ago-requested comparison with the ironically now-discontinued 2013 version!


Friday, September 5, 2014

FAQ: Tips for new YouTube channels

It's frequently asked question time again, already!

Q: "Do you have any tips for making a new or smaller YouTube channel a success?"
  • My top tips sound simple & obvious, but to me, they really are the most important things.  First & foremost, you have to enjoy it, yourself.  Don't try to only do what you think viewers want you to do.  Make sure you stay true to who you are and what you like to do & share. People will hear that in your voice and appreciate that you're being genuine.  On a related note, be original!  The secret to success is not copying the video style, naming convention, and tag keyword strategy of one of "the big guys."  It's good to learn from other successful video-makers, but if you try to pick who you think is best at it and emulate every last thing they do, you'll end up a copycat and viewers will see right through you.  Carve out your own space and find a style that's uniquely yours.

    Now here's something I must tell you that you don't want to hear or believe.  When you start out, you will be bad.  Really bad.  Trust me.  Just a little over 1 1/2 years ago when I first started LEGO System reviews, I positively sucked at it.  I was inexperienced with the material. I was inconsistent in video structure. I rambled. I was boring.  Seriously!  This isn't being humble at all, this is being brutally honest. Go try to watch my a review of mine from really early in 2013, beginning to end.  It's not enjoyable.  What changed?  Everything did, but it happened very, very slowly.  I regularly self-critiqued, and gradually worked to correct things I did that I did not like.  Even to this very moment, I'm continually looking for (and implementing) ways to improve, and that statement holds true no matter when you happen to read this.

    Don't obsess over subscriber & view counts.  Focus on making your work the best it can be, and you will rightfully earn fans & viewership. If you enjoy what you're doing, believe in it, and continuously and intelligently work hard to improve while staying true to yourself and your viewers, you will see success.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

LEGO Mixels Series 3 MAX combinations!

Mixels Series 3 Max combinations are go!  Unlike the past two series, this set of builds were delayed and made from the official building instructions LEGO freely published on their Mixels sub-site awhile back.  I have to say, building these from instructions was a very underwhelming, almost disappointing process.  The end results are very cool, but in comparison to the challenge and excitement of figuring them out from a small preview picture for each, it just wasn't nearly as fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bionicle 2015?! My thoughts.

(Lorne, my original Bionicle self-MOC)

(Originally posted August 1, 2014. Moved to the forefront due to daily questions about this very subject.)

For at least a month now, rumors of LEGO's Bionicle theme returning in 2015 have been gaining significant steam with the help of a series of pictures of a picture, with a list of possible set names thrown in for extra flavor.

(UPDATE:  Confirmed, September 8 per official image upload on, Bionicle is returning.)

Read on for all of my thoughts at this time.

Updated parts collection videos!

I'm taking full advantage of the off-season respite to refresh some aging content, and most recently I've captured the latest state of my parts bins.  What previously was accomplished over 11 videos (back when there was a lot less to show), I now present in two :)


My full Mega Bloks Halo minifig collection as of Sep. 1, 2014!

Enough time has passed since my last Halo minifigure collection update and I've been receiving requests for a new one for months, so here it is, with now over 460 distinctly different, official Mega Bloks figures on display.

Do note that the video has three errors, which were quickly corrected afterwards:

  1. My articulated (Broadsword set) Master Chief was absent, posing for his armor lockup photos.
  2. During a quick cleanup, Spartan Davis and the yellow articulated Mk. VI Spartan got swapped.
  3. There are two 2014 UNSC Marine figures on display that should be considered identical.  One has a new leg pouch and the brown colors on the helmets are divergent due to production variance, but these are really supposed to be the same figure, so I've removed one.