Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Minor LEGO city update - Mall plazas, more sidewalks


Progress is progress.  Nothing too exciting to see this time, but hopefully enough little details to be worth sharing.

Bye-bye sponsored cards


Some time ago, YouTube introduced a feature called "Cards" to allow supplemental links to be added into an expandable panel on the side of a video.  This was their replacement for the ill-fated Annotations feature that got overused to the point where almost every YouTube viewer disabled them.  I've happily used Cards to link to related or suggested videos that are either referenced in the content you're watching or likely to be of interest to you once you're done & ready to move on.

I don't recall when, but YouTube eventually started sneaking in "Sponsored Cards" that usually point viewers to vendor sites where they can buy the item featured in the video.  Sponsored Cards only ever show when the video owner has not used any regular Cards of their own.  I was okay with some of this at first, as it was very, very contextual, but the algorithms have gotten pretty aggressive and most of my videos now have a whole bunch of scrollable Sponsored Card ads that I had nothing to do with.  The worst part is that the existence of the literal word "Sponsored" within each Sponsored Card sends the occasional, let's just say, contextually oblivious viewer into a real tizzy, leading to nonsense comments the likes of "PROOF! It says you're sponsored! You're a liar and a horrible person, I'm telling everyone on the Internet, unsubbed."  Ugh.

Today I'm happy to kill two birds with one stone (that's a common metaphorical expression, not literal*) by disabling sponsored cards on all of my 3,400+ videos on the JANGBRiCKS channel and all future ones as well.  This will ensure that any card "teaser" icon or text snippet you see on one of my videos was put there by me.  No more unwanted confusion.  The YouTube user experience is becoming too ad-dense anyhow.


* If I didn't clarify that, someone would actually accuse me of murdering birds. Seriously, what has this world come to?

LEGO Ninjago City set 70620 revealed, nearly 5000 pieces!


LEGO uploaded details of the new largest Ninjago set ever (and one of the most complex sets of all time) on Facebook overnight, and Brickset has us covered as always:

I will review the set once it's released.  As usual, I will not do a video that just shows a slideshow of shrunken, twice re-encoded (reduced quality) versions of the pictures.  Hit the links above to see the full original LEGO description and a convenient gallery of full original quality, zoomable photos that you can browse at your own pace!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Thor: Ragnarok Ultimate Battle for Asgard review 76084


Long-winded set names, attack!  Actually a little better toy than I expected it to be and a decent value. Maybe not so great for collectors, though?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mega Construx Destiny Aspect of Glass set review


Mega chose this as their second jumpship to model following the mandatory Arcadia that opened up the theme last year.  I think this was a good choice of basic ship style to attempt, with the pick of specific legendary variant being very debatable in terms of desirability.  Next time, though, they definitely need to break free from the warm-on-gray palette and go for something like Sidereal Rumba or Extinction Event for the sake of contrast.

Custom LEGO classic SUV MOC


Oh look, a new... thing.  My first 5-wide build.  Very imperfect. Oh well.  It's going in my city and I'm happy about that.

Friday, June 16, 2017

LEGO Minecraft The Mountain Cave build & review videos 21137


Largest. LEGO. Minecraft. Set. Ever.  Well, technically I believe The Village had a wider horizontal spread, but the height, man, the height...

Plus, this Mountain Cave is more than just a pretty face.  Around the back where you normally expect limited access for a handful of minifigures to just barely fit into some narrow floor spaces, we instead get a proper, cavernous, cave, with room for two human hands to reach inside and manipulate a very satisfying number of details.

Videos:

LEGO Elves Rosalyn's Healing Hideout review 41187


Have dragon, will review.  Wait! There are two!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Haz Peoples


As I started working on one of the plazas next to my mall in its new location, I found myself needing people.  Lots of people.  I started out assembling 20, remembering the last time I tried adding just 10 to my city and barely noticed them at all.  Feeling the momentum, I pushed for 50, but ended up near 60.  Seeking a more round number, I targeted 75 before finally giving in to the tantalizing appeal of the double zeros.  Hopefully this is enough to have a visible impact.

Mega Construx Call of Duty Arctic Recon Armory review


This is a fairly insignificant set, but one I was looking forward to nonetheless.  I really like the 20 ft. intermodal containers as they look fantastic on display in person, much better than on video. I have a stack of 4 now with the 3 different colors.