Saturday, September 26, 2015
Picked up a couple of these this month with LEGO Shop orders, and they're great!
Here's a quick step back just a half-decade with a little polybag I picked up in a Bricklink haul quite some time ago.
Friday, September 25, 2015
It's part 2! My TIE Fighter comparison was well-received, so here's another from the same line, with more to come in the future. Eventually I'll do some of these for non-Star Wars subjects as well.
My first review of a set from this unique LEGO System sub-theme, and it probably won't be my last.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Early public comments on this set, immediately after its announcement, were horrible, with every possible form of the tired "designers getting lazy" and "corporate greed" arguments being sung in a deafening, shrieking chorus in blog & news comments around the globe.
My review offers... a different view.
Some manufacturers may explicitly avoid real war related themes, but Cobi dives into WWII head-first and carves out a comfy little nook for itself with the "Small Army" theme. This is not the first Cobi set I've reviewed, but it's definitely the best in terms of quality.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Now for another little diversion from the norm. I believe this truck is a M35A3, one of two similar vehicles commandeered & used by The Governor in the AMC hit series.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Yet another highly popular licensed subject made it through the LEGO Ideas system to become a real set. I'm not mad at it, though; this was a perfect thing to LEGOify!
Hey! I haven't abandoned the Exo-Force theme yet :) I won't commit to making it through the entire line, but from time to time it's nice to take a peek at one of these well-liked sets.
Friday, September 18, 2015
A little troop builder pack from back when LEGO's Star Wars line was primarily focused on Clone Wars.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Another LEGO Mars Mission review for the feels.
Oh, snap! I went there! I feel like this needed to be done, and needs to be done more in the future. I very much understand & appreciate brand loyalty to LEGO or any other manufacturer of quality products, but I feel it's valuable to look around at other things from time to time for the sake of reference. It's easy to compare different brick-based construction brands, but in this video I go well outside many viewers' comfort zone to consider the relative playability, durability, and overall value of a traditional non-buildable toy.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I believe this is the second set I've reviewed from LEGO's mid-90s Launch Command theme of real-world-inspired space sets.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
More LMO gameplay here today, this time moving forward into the Medieval World based on previous LEGO Castle & Kingdoms themes and culminating with a big red dragon boss battle.
This one was a pretty strong seller over the past 2 1/2 years or so.
Monday, September 14, 2015
I've done some LEGO Mars Mission reviews (with more to come), but here's my first personal taste of its predecessor, Life on Mars.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
At first glance I thought I was going to hate this set, but by the time I bought it I felt it'd have some redeeming qualities. My final verdict is more positive still, though not completely glowing.
Another of the standard-size sets from the series that ultimately morphed into Bionicle. This one is sort of like Mata Onua with Tahu's element.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
I first did a LEGO Halloween display at the last minute in 2013, but had to skip last year due to time constraints. For this year I've been able to leverage existing builds to quickly form a larger themed display, and I've added an extra trick (or treat?) with a lot of blacklight-activated colored transparent elements.
Back to more important work I go!
Labels: JANG's LEGO city
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Here are my overview videos summing up my final overall thoughts about the first wave of SW:TFA sets. It felt right to split it into two so I could look at similar types of things & not get bogged down with the bundling.
- LEGO Star Wars Force Awakens Ships & Vehicles summary!
- LEGO Star Wars Force Awakens Minifigs summary!
I could not bear to have this ship sitting on a shelf for days with the "wings" rigidly straight up like tall walls, when it has been confirmed that they should elegantly and/or menacingly angle out into a 'V' shape in flight. However, I obviously need (and want) some real quality time to work on my city & MOCs again, so a proper redesign of this official LEGO set was not in the cards. Thankfully, I was able to commandeer an existing pivot point in the design and make some quick adjustments to enable some glory to ooze out of the pores of the model.
Because I've undone some of the structure, the ship can't be played with really rough in this form like it could before, but it's far more than sturdy enough to display in any available form, and I discovered during the video, it can be securely displayed wings out or in, without an added stand.
Simply put, there's no substitute for a ground-up redesign, but this here satisfies my needs and I'm very happy with it for my personal purposes.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
It's the end of the line at last, or should I say already? Here's my final first wave Force Awakens review. The next wave will probably drop very late in December. Probably.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Any new LEGO product that isn't 100% new & different from the ground up receives its share of online hate, much like any new LEGO product that isn't 100% identical to a decades-old nostalgia-enchanted version. I personally think the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mantra applies well to construction sets, and I'm glad that this set builds (ha) upon a good design rather than throwing it away & starting from scratch.
Last of the first wave of LEGO's CCBS-based Star Wars figures. More to be released later.
Another well-done figure even though I have trouble with the visual style of the head.
Friday, September 4, 2015
The Force continues to Awaken here as Force Friday fades into memory!
Nice looking set with a small, but conspicuous design miss and an unrealistic price, in my opinion.
Here's the other smaller (though part-dense) set of the Force Awakens line so far, and yet another gray geometric blob.
As previously promised, here's a wrap-up of my opening of a full box worth of new LEGO Series 14 Monsters minifigs. I suppose the preview image spoils the most important bits of the video :)
Now for a smaller, simpler LEGO Star Wars action figure with a more standard build.
I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank you all for your positively overwhelming support of my content. As I write this, it's still the same morning as the Force Awakens sets were released, and already you all have thrown over 100,000 views at my first videos. Never, would I ever have thought I could reach such an incredibly large and enthusiastic audience. This is incredible. Again, thank you.
(Update: At the 24-hour mark, the total came to over over thrice that on only the 15 videos released within that same 24-hour period. Lots of positive feedback, lots of sharing, what a day. Soon I'll be done & back to MOCs & the city again, until next time!)
This time I bring you a look at the largest (by far) of the new buildable LEGO Star Wars action figures.
LEGO pulled out all the stops in this set, doing their best to make a big gray geometric blob actually interesting.
Last time, my timing was terrible. Hopefully this time some folks can actually benefit from a little look at this festive & reusable item.
When I was at the midnight release at my local Toys R Us, this new Darth Vader figure was selling like hotcakes, leaving all the others in the line in its dust. By the time I left the store, all of the shelf stock of this one figure was cleared out, while others like Luke were still there in masses. With all of the interest, I figured I'd put this one first in the review queue for y'all :)
Thursday, September 3, 2015
This pleasant surprise showed up in a very small LEGO order I placed a few weeks ago. It's an 8 1/2" x 11" DC Comics Super Heroes comic compendium with high-quality printing and a thick, two-texture cover. Stapled into the center fold is a roughly 16" x 19 1/2" double-sided poster with Batman vs. Superman on one side, and the LEGOized classic first Superman comic cover from 1938!
Labels: Super Heroes
Here are the final two, smallest sets from the Terminator Genisys line (for now, at least). They leave me wishing there was more.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Here's my final gameplay from the starting Pirate World of LEGO Minifigures Online, including the final battle with Dreadleg (for real this time).
I also today got an email noting that the price of the game has been halved to $15 US for the full PC or Mac versions, and they're giving out a random digital series 14 Monsters minifig to every player, current or new.
This is a fairly embarrassing situation I'm sure Mega Bloks will be happy to get past, but fans have taken note, and I wanted to share my own thoughts on the matter.
Nice little nod to a game that was fairly short-lived (in its official capacity), but also a cool basic figure in its own right.