Sunday, November 30, 2014

LEGO Technic Snow Groomer! set 42032 alternate build


This here is the official alternate build of the Compact Tracked Loader.  LEGO usually forces us to go online for secondary build instructions for Technic sets, but this time they included both manuals right with the set.

LEGO City Coinbank set review! set 40110


This is a little different from the norm; it's scaled for both minifigs and hugefigs (like you & me).

Official LEGO 2015 Calendar!




When I went to the LEGO store to get the first batch of 2015 sets, they gave me this 2015 calendar!  Since I had it, I figured I'd show it!

Another work in progress...

What's it look like to you? Follow little progress updates on my Instagram feed since it's quicker for me to post photos there without interrupting the process :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

JANGBRiCKS on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Folks who use the so-called "social media" sites, you can follow me (if you want to) in these three places:

On Instagram I've begun posting quick pics of things around my custom city, works in progress, and sneak peeks of things coming up.

Liking me on Facebook will bring mostly blog updates to your FB feed, including occasional early access to videos that haven't yet been made public on YouTube.

Twitter is now primarily shooting out updates of new videos the moment they're published, giving you another option to stay on top of what's new without having to check your YouTube subscription feed.  It's also more reliable than the YT feed, which sometimes misses some new content!

LEGO Creator Red Go Kart - all 3 builds! set 31030


This one's not my favorite of the first wave of Creator 3-in-1 sets, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

LEGO Technic Record Breaker review! set 42033


Land speed record-attempt vehicle from the 2015 Technic line.

LEGO Technic Quad Bike review! set 42034


Interesting design strategy on this one -- big tires and a lot of open space on the inside make for a pretty sizable creation for the parts with which it's built.

LEGO Creator Cargo Heli - all 3 builds! set 31029


I love the consistency with this 2015 series mini set.  Every single build looks good to me.

LEGO Creator Sea Plane mini - all 3 builds! set 31028


The main build is far & away my favorite of these three!

LEGO Creator Blue Racer, all 3 builds reviewed! set 31027


A little delayed posting here -- this video went online yesterday, sorry :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

LEGO Creator Vehicle Transporter review with all 3 builds! set 31033


My first 2015 season LEGO Creator set review!  Three different builds and all of them are covered in one video!

LEGO City 2015 4x4 With Powerboat review! set 60085


Again nothing too special or fancy here in my opinion, just a respectable (if slightly oversized) pickup, sleek boat, and effective trailer.

LEGO City 2015 Dune Buggy Trailer review! set 60082


Ah yes, 2015 mania continues!  I really love the fact that this one includes a clear replica of a modified VW Bug (Beetle), even if it's not officially licensed.  Cool car ;)

LEGO City 2015 Snowplow Truck review! set 60083


Snowplow?  Snowplough?  However it's spelled in your region, here's the review of the set!

LEGO City 2015 Excavator & Truck review! set 60075


It begins!  Here's my first "2015" LEGO set review!  This is in stores now :)

LEGO Planetary Defense Force Shuttle Launch Pad MOC


Ah, one of my favorite things -- working on custom creations.  I'm calling this one done "for now," because I'm absolutely positive I'll add more detail at a later date.  I'm satisfied with how it turned out for now, though, and I'm happy to move on to another project (or two, or ten).

LEGO Gold Bricks Holiday Bauble Ornament opened - 853345


I eyed this thing for the past two holiday seasons, but didn't bite.  As it turns out, it was released all the way back in 2011!  Well, I finally took the $7.99 USD plunge, or should I say, the $15.98 plunge for two, and in this video, I show you why.

Monday, November 24, 2014

LEGO TMNT Karai Bike Escape review! set 79118


Here's one of the smaller LEGO Ninja Turtles sets from the year that's based on the Nickelodeon animated series & came before the live-action movie!

LEGO Friends Andrea's Mountain Hut review! set 41031


Another of the smaller Friends sets that came out in the 2nd half of the year here.

JANGBRiCKS on Instagram!


I just found out that there were some fake accounts of "me" on Instagram, so I decided it was time to help prevent confusion by finally making a real, official account:

http://instagram.com/jangbricks4real

I'll try to post some exclusive photos & peeks at stuff I'm working on there, since it's so quick & easy to do!

PS:  Yes, the photo above is flipped :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

LEGO Snowman 2014 set review! 40093


This may be a fairly recent release, but on LEGO's online store it has already sold out!  If you want one of these for the holidays, find it soon before it melts!

Mega Bloks Halo Blue Series ODST pack review - set 97284


Lightning strikes twice!  Another set that was supposed to be released in the US, but never was.  Viewers are saying this and the blue Honor Guard are available in the UK and Mexico.

Mega Bloks Blue Series Elite Pack w/ Honor Guard! set 97285


For folks in the United States, this here is a unicorn set!  Many thanks to eBay for providing a service where stuff like this can be occasionally purchased in regions where it's not normally sold!

LEGO The Hobbit - Witch King Battle review! set 79015


Here's one more Battle of the Five Armies set currently on shelves ahead of the release of the movie.

LEGO Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush review! set 79008


A little late to the party on this one, aren't I?  Well, it's still in stores for now, so better late than never, I hope!

Mega Bloks Assassin's Creed Da Vinci's Flying Machine review! set 94302


Another of the Mega Bloks Assassin's Creed sets has hit store shelves.

LEGO Atlantis Mini-Sub review! set 30042


Here's a tiny little blast from the not-too-distant past.  You may have seen me unbox this from a Bricklink haul in recent memory.  It's a polybag set that was produced back in 2010, and I have to say, I quite like it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LEGO Star Wars Imperial Shuttle review - mini polybag version 30246


An "impulse buy" style set if ever I've seen one!

JANGBRiCKS LEGO Minecraft mini-layout update Nov. 18, 2014!


It's hard for me to believe it has been over a month since my last mini-update to my Minecraft corner, but time flies when you're having fun!  I've finally gotten in the house on the hill and added some additional small terrain details and addressing the issue of mobs in a post-official-set world.

The next update to my [anything] will be posted the next time [that thing] is updated enough to warrant an update video, no sooner, no later, and not based on any schedule of any kind!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mega Bloks Halo 2 custom M274-M Gungoose


My timing with this MOC is terrible and there are now at least three other renditions of this concept out there, but oh well.  I've been working on this thing in my spare time all week, I got it done, and now here it is, my take on a Halo 2 Anniversary "Gungoose" based 90% on the official Mega Bloks Mongoose set.

LEGO Minecraft: Crafting Box custom build


This here is just one of many thousands of custom possibilities available with the parts included in LEGO's Minecraft Crafting Box set.  This was slapped together very quickly and in linear fashion and almost no adjustments, so it ain't great, but it's something.  If you like the LEGO Minecraft theme and get this set or otherwise have or acquire compatible parts, be sure to use your imagination to make your own custom creations!

Friday, November 14, 2014

LEGO Technic Container Truck review - set 42024


The last time I reviewed a Technic set it was a little one, so here's a bigger one to help with the balance of things!

LEGO Minecraft: Crafting Box official builds 6, 7, and 8 (set 21116)


Finally this completes the list of official Crafting Box builds for which full instructions are included with the set.  There are also a bunch of other complete builds that LEGO shows as "inspiration," and of course there are thousands upon thousands of additional possibilities with all of these parts.

Videos:


Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Series 1 individual packs reviewed


I previously reviewed the 8-in-1 "super" pack of these, now here are the cheap & grabbable individual sets.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Customized Mega Bloks Halo Cyclops - Close Fire Support


I've taken a lot of jabs at the ever-extending Mega Bloks cyclops rehash family, and decided it was time to balance things out a bit by showing the mech some love. Almost all of the bulk of this thing consists of original, specialized parts, so I can't call it "custom built," but I figured the word customized would fit the bill.

LEGO Minecraft: Crafting Box Build 4 of 8 (set 21116)


I'm at the halfway mark!  This build has its share of unrealistic features and also leaves a lot of the available parts behind, but I still think it looks good.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

LEGO Minecraft: ALL 2014 Sets Together!


Here's something I've been looking forward to presenting since the LEGO minifig-scale Minecraft project was first announced many moons ago!  In this video you'll see The First Night, The Farm, The Cave, The Mine, The Ender Dragon, and components of one of the official Crafting Box builds, all together at once.  I also summarize my overall feelings about the theme.

Friday, November 7, 2014

LEGO Minecraft: All official Minifigs & Mobs - a close look!


As promised, here's my look at all* of the official LEGO Minecraft minifigs & mobs at once, along with more of a deep dive into their features and the exclusive new parts.
* Except I seem to have left out the Mooshroom, because I haven't gotten that far through the Crafting Box builds it yet.  D'oh.