Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LEGO Creator Twin Spin Helicopter 3-in-1 review! 31049

You know the drill.  One set.  Three builds. One video.  Go!

This one actually doesn't excite me all that much, though a major feature of the big build was a happy surprise.

Mega Bloks Destiny Atheon set review!

Last of the MB Destiny sets, for now!

Time for a wrap-up or something.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

LEGO Creator Big Ben set review! 10253

Well, this was a rather unique set of circumstances.  This set has over 4,100 pieces, placing it in the uppermost echelon of complexity across the entire history of LEGO. I didn't track my time well, but I'd estimate it took about 5 to 6 hours to assemble.  However, the review video came out to less than 4 minutes, in spite of very casual pacing, looser-than-normal editing, and a generous look at both main sides of the box.  How, and why?  

Well, there's a ton of repetition in the structure, with 3 or so patterns covering at least 80% of the volume of the build.  Building techniques are rather straightforward.  There's really nothing at all to see on the reverse side, and there's no interior to peer into.  There is a geared "action" feature, but it's as straightforward as the rest of the build, and exposing for display requires some destructive disassembly.  What you see is what you get!

I suppose I could have could talked about the build process, but like I said, it's not very complex.  I could talk about the parts, but, well, actually I did, several times and for a substantive portion of the video.  I could have Googled a bunch of factoids about the real building, but you could do said Googling on your own time, if you so desired.  

In short, I covered everything I felt the video needed to, and I had no interest in artificially supplementing the length with extra fluff.  If I had to do it again, I would change very, very little.

Mega Bloks Halo Heroes Series 2 review! All 6 figures

I was finally able to get my hands on the second series of Mega Bloks Halo Heroes figure single packs and instead of a bunch of really short videos, I thought I'd try just one to cover the whole series together.  We'll see how it works out.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

LEGO Ninjago Rock Roader review! 70589

This is another of the sets that got a lot of votes when I unboxed my most recent Ninjago haul and asked which items I should dig into first.

The vehicle looks kind of rough, though that's really by design.  The part selection and features, though, are really extraordinary, especially for a set of this size.

LEGO Paradisa Sidewalk Cafe from 1994! set 6402

Here's a very brief break from all of the brand new stuff I've been reviewing.  I still have a pile of older sets to put together, but of course most viewers are asking for the current lines, so I must oblige!

LEGO Ninjago Accessory Set figure pack 853544 review!

Eyyy, it's a Ninjago battle pack!  Wait, though.  What exactly are we looking at here?  The two Skybound season pirates are recognizable from the show (and exclusive to this pack), but both Nya/Samurai X and Zane are new, and I don't recognize their specific outfits.

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Van review! 41129

Here's the first of my series of reviews covering this Summer's Amusement Park sub-theme of LEGO Friends. Much more to come.

Mega Bloks Halo Wars 2 UNSC Jackrabbit Blitz review

I only got in about 30 or so games of Halo Wars 2 before the beta ended this evening, but it was fun and I really look forward to the campaign.  Unfortunately for Mattel, the in-game appearance of this vehicle here has already changed just a bit since the toys were designed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Killer Croc Sewer Smash review

LEGO Batman with a Bat-Tank and some interesting characters that haven't yet been brought to the silver screen.  Sounds like it could be a recipe for success.  There are some hiccups in the mix, though.