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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LEGO Star Wars Rathtar Escape review! 75180


What we're gonna do right here is go back.  Way back.  Back into... Wait, SW:TFA wasn't that long ago, I guess, eh?  It just feels like it, to me at least.

LEGO City Fun at the Beach minifig pack review 60153


Here's LEGO's newest 15-person minifig booster pack.  It probably won't garner quite as much positive feedback as Fun in the Park did, but it should.  I mean sure, last year's set came with a mini-baby.  But this one comes with a lobster.  Respect the lobster.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LEGO Minifigure Fidget Spinners MOCs


One of these days, I promise myself, I will stop being such a hard-headed contrarian when it comes to  things I consider to be fads.  Every single time some new concept goes effectively viral world-wide, I avoid it like the plague, for fear of somehow losing creativity and initiative.  That's dumb of me, and I know this, and I've known it for a long time, and yet I continually refuse to change.  Argh.

Thank you all, though, for always trying to motivate me to break down my unnecessary mental barriers and give some of these things a go.

LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Transformation review! 75183


What's that you say?  Bad pun incoming?  NNNNOOOoooooooo.....

LEGO City 2017 Coast Guard Headquarters review 60167


Here's the top-of-the-line representative of this year's Coast Guard sub-theme of City.  Just ignore the name.  The HQ building is tiny, but there's a lot of other stuff to make up for it.

Mega Construx Halo Warzone Wasp Strike review


And now for something... completely different.  Building this set filled me with impetus to break free from my self-imposed confines of normalcy and do my first out-of-studio review in quite a few years.

LEGO Star Wars Bounty Hunter Battle Pack review - 75167


This is definitely a type of set I'd never have expected LEGO to make, with the vast majority of the price and value in the form of named, licensed characters.  Typically every company wants to split up named characters into as many different products as possible to entice people to spend more.  This is the opposite, and I am deeply grateful for it.

Technically this is a Freemaker Adventures (non-canon) set, but who cares?!  The figures are legit!