Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mega Bloks Star Trek NCC-1701 U.S.S. Enterprise review


I got this new release about a week ago, but factors beyond my control (explained in the video) prevented me from completing the build until now.  Sorry for the delay, but I hope it was worth the wait.

Friday, July 22, 2016

All LEGO series 16 Collectible Minifigures reviewed!


Did it!  I got the last one and completed the collection so I could put together a review of the whole new series.  Lots of interesting stuff here with new part colors, new part molds, and an unprecedented number of dual-molded components.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle review! 10252


Punch-Buggy anyone?  Wait, is that even still a think?

Big stack of new LEGO Series 16 minifigs opened!


Suddenly, a wild new minifigure series appears!  Reports of the sudden and completely unexpected, very early release of this Fall series showed up on Brickset and elsewhere last week, and the wave of sightings swept across the US quite rapidly.  Much to my surprise, they're even in my area!  I never get anything in a reasonable amount of time anymore!  Time to dig in...

LEGO Series 8 Collectible Minifigs from 2012 reviewed!


My quest to get caught up on CMF series from my brick-free days continues, but rapidly nears completion.  Series 11 was the first I did a video on all together.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

LEGO Train Station MOC update #2!


Oh, look what's back!  MOC-making time!  It's truly impossible for me to convey just how much work goes on behind the scenes to deliver reviews, and thus why new release season so thoroughly derails my custom builds and progress on my city.

I've tried going all-out when 30 to 70 new sets hit the streets all at once, doing as many as possible as quickly as possible, but that leads to burnout and generates piles of mess with boxes & trays of reviewed sets needing to be processed, interspersed with other lower-priority products either waiting to be filmed, or needing to be separated & handled in their own ways.  I've also tried pacing myself, doing just 1 or 2 videos per day, but that can still be a full work day worth of effort between building, filming, and editing, all the while comment moderation is ongoing.

At least the slower rate I've tried most recently has allowed me to get caught up on the backlog of behind-the-scenes stuff that stacked up after my failed blitz attempt!  I'll need to try another strategy when the next big insanity season hits, but for now at least, normalcy is returning, and I'm going to take full advantage of it.

LEGO Duplo Big Construction Site review! 10813


Here's the aptly-named largest of the Summer construction-themed Duplo sets.  Works well on its own, but it'd be even better with the backhoe set as then you'd be able to make a ton of different types of vehicles.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LEGO Ninjago Samurai X Cave Chaos review! 70596


Ah yes, the big one that so many were asking for!  Quite a lot to build, quite a lot to cover in the video.  Thankfully, it seems pretty well worth the work & wait.  It's a proper playset!

Monday, July 11, 2016

LEGO Batman: Rescue from Ra's Al Ghul review! 76056


As I've made abundantly clear in the past, I don't follow comics.  Therefore, before reviewing a set like this, I tend to spend entirely too much time doing background research.  Oftentimes said research feels like work that's simply necessary, but not particularly interesting to me, personally.  This time, it was really cool, filling in several important large arcs of Batman & related backstory about which I had absolutely no idea!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

LEGO Spider-Man: Doc Ock's Tentacle Trap review! 76059


Just one more LEGO Super Heroes set to review and I'll be through with yet another theme for this season!  Very excited about that; I'm dying to get back to custom work and I've failed to find time to do both MOCs and dozens of reviews simultaneously.  More on that once my plate clears up a bit further.