Saturday, May 27, 2017

LEGO Star Wars First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack review! 75166


The unofficial 'working' title of this set during its development was "TR-8R Twins Transport."  Seriously.  Look it up*.

* You won't find anything, because conspiracy... or bad jokes.

LEGO Batman Movie Two-Face Double Demolition review! 70915


Almost done with the new LEGO Batman Movie sets for now!  It's good to get more substantive sets that aren't dominated by a bat-thing.

LEGO City Sea Plane Rescue review! Coast Guard set 60164


It's hard to believe this has the exact same number of pieces as the last set I posted up, because this one is so much larger when complete.  This illustrates the folly of relying exclusively upon price/part ratios to determine whether a specific product gives you a good value.

LEGO Batman Movie Scarecrow Fearful Face-off review! 70913


Small, inexpensive set from the second LBM wave here, but with some nice parts and two named characters.

Friday, May 26, 2017

LEGO City 2017 Cargo Terminal review 60169


Now this is a wholesome, back-to-basics cargo-sorting set that can hang with the best of all time.  Great play value, easily adds to many other themes of the past & present, modern builds, generic, but good-looking minifigures, and a surprisingly reasonable price to part ratio, to boot.

LEGO NEXO Knights Stone Monster Accessory Pack 853677


I like NEXO Knights.  I like minifig booster packs.  I liked even the last NEXO Knights minifig booster pack from this season, when they brought the number of figures down to 3.  This one, though, doesn't seem worth the price at all.  Even if it was cheaper, it's still disappointing with the stripped-down selection of reused figure parts and basic accessories.

LEGO Star Wars: The Arrowhead set review! 75186


Yeah I don't care if you've never heard of The Freemaker Adventures, or if you have heard of it and/or seen it and dislike it.  This seems like an interesting ship build no matter what the source material.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

LEGO Batman Movie: The Batwing set review! 70916




This is a textbook example of the evolution of LEGO's design standards.  Just a decade ago, a flying craft of roughly this wingspan would have had 400-500 parts, a somewhat janky action/transformation feature and questionable structural stability.  Today we get 1,000+ pieces that interlock on multiple axes in a dense miniature juggernaut with generous greebling and many studless surfaces.  To me it's a clear cut case of a relentless dedication to maximizing quality while negotiating immovable economic realities.

Mega Construx Halo 3 CTF Arctic Warthog set review


Fantastic, this set combines great nostalgic stuff from the past with modern quality and features.  After numerous Mega has finally truly arrived on the Warthog scene.

LEGO City Jungle Exploration Site review 60161



I have not much to say in text about this set, because there's so much covered in the video.  Everything you see above comes in one box, so it's a pretty righteous playset.