Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Berserker Bomber review 72003

The value is strong in this one.  I think this is one of the most variably playable sets we've gotten at the $30 USD price point in recent memory.

Mega Construx Halo Spartan CTF Base Crashers review

This figure pack is about as straightforward as they come, with the only really special thing being the active camo figure and his weapon.

LEGO NEXO Knights Axl's Rolling Arsenal review 72006

I went down a bit of a roller-coaster of emotion with this set today, starting out liking & looking forward to it, then feeling really let down after completing the main chassis, and finally returning to a calm state of satisfaction with the removable components docked in place.

LEGO Ninjago "garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON" set review 70656

A little bit of the spirit of Benny from the original LEGO Movie lives on in at least the title of this walking, large, yet miniaturized shark mech set.  This is definitely one of those times I do not envy LEGO designers, the development of this set being plagued by so many battling restrictions & requirements.  Against very difficult odds, I think they did about as good as anyone could reasonably ask.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Drone Explorer review 31071

The word "drone" entered the popular lexicon via early media hype over the rise of military recon & attack UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) around the turn of the millennium.  Originally the term was a reference to the sound and "dumb" flight characteristics of UAVs, which resembled that of male bees.  A decade later, media again mucked with the English language by applying the term to any and all multi-rotor remote-controlled aircraft, including cheap toy versions, regardless of capabilities.  Many ignorant news reports would even call single-rotor RC helicopters & airplanes "drones" and use quadcopter visual references because that's what they had gotten the public temporarily worked up about (with worries over privacy & safety).  Now LEGO has picked up this linguistic misappropriation and applied it to a model of a flying vehicle that's clearly supposed to be operated by an onboard pilot.  In other words, it's just an aircraft.  To be more specific you could call it a twin-rotor helicopter or bicopter, but it's not a "drone" by any stretch.

That concludes today's unsolicited lesson.  For weekend homework, write a 500-word essay on the the legal and ethical precedents for government regulation of remotely-piloted model aircraft for commercial vs. recreational use.  Pass/fail grading will be used.


Mega Bloks Call of Duty Zombies Nuketown set review!

Timestamp 0:00 in this video sums up my strongest feelings about this set: "I can't believe I actually have this!"  High-quality photos of a pre-production version were leaked out in 2014 with an expected release of 2015, but that seemed to be the end of it.  Fast forward to 2016, and a few production sets went out to reviewers, suggesting that a release was actually going to occur, but that seemed to be the end of it, again!

Then, last week, I was browsing Amazon when the myth finally became reality for me, priced at $40 USD, shipped from Amazon warehouses with free shipping for Prime members.  Now, some viewers are reporting seeing this on shelves at Ross.  It's another case of a set that was produced in quantity, but never picked up by retailers as expected, then finally liquidated through clearance channels down the line.

Friday, November 17, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Aaron's X-Bow review 72005

Just from the pictures I expected the main build in this set to have scissoring wing transformation, Technic geared rotors with remote activation, and trigger-launched missiles.  Well, it has none of that.  It's evidently... less than meets the eye.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Finn & Capt. Phasma review

Yep I got a couple more of these little things and I'm not particularly proud of it.  I felt like they had limited potential early on, and the situation hasn't particularly improved with time.  They're not bad, I just think they're not particularly great.

Mega Construx Destiny Heavy Pike Patrol review

While this is technically a Destiny 1 set, most of it is D2-relevant and the part that isn't still looks great to me.  The main build, though, is far too good for its own... good.  Color me impressed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Outback Adventures review 31075

That right there is a really nice, unique, detailed off-roader build with possibly an equally nice doge.  The other two official builds, though?  NO!