Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I believe just my second-ever LEGO Architecture set, this one is immediately recognizable from quite a distance.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Just one more of the early 2015 Super Heroes sets, this one featuring Superman, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter & Brainiac.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
LEGO has been of lower priority than all the rest of important things in life this past few weeks, but here's a brief look at what's been going on in the city, along with some reminders about what's coming up.
Also don't forget about the list at the bottom of my old queue, which remains valid on the new layout! Pretty much all the stuff I've talked about building for the past couple of years, is still in the plan :)
Friday, March 27, 2015
This set had me repeatedly raising eyebrows, doing double-takes, and thinking, "Huh?" For the most part, it's a basic house build, but it's primarily intended to be a desk accessory for holding writing implements & such. Usually prices for these specialty builds are really expensive, but this one actually comes in waaaay under the average $0.10 USD per part line.
Running out of currently-available sets to review, I'm digging into the full line of Juniors sets I picked up last month. Surprisingly, I'm already finding things that are not only great for the youngest fans, but that I, personally, am really glad to get for my own collection & builds.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Green Lantern vs. Sinestro, plus awkwardly inserted Batman, because Batman!
What do you know, the name is perfectly appropriate. This was LEGO's very first in what would become a long line of fire helicopters.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Finally, my first MOC since the move! It's a funky-looking thing for which I've received the key inspirational parts in a few Bricklink hauls over the past (some number of) months. There's no basis in reality, but I did look at hundreds of pictures of real dual-cab engines to try to put myself into the right frame of mind to create something at least moderately feasible.
With this one done, I find myself already itching to make another function-before-form type of locomotive as soon as possible. Something tells me my switching yard will be filled up before I know it, so I might as well get my under-table overflow yard set up too, huh?
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I'm not a news blogger/re-blogger and I'm not about to become one, but the good folks at Brickset kindly asked that I pass along word of the establishment of the monthly Bricks and quarterly Bricks Culture magazines. These are available in either print or digital forms. As of the moment of this post, their shopping cart isn't allowing checkout from the product pages (try the main/front page instead), but I'm sure that'll be fixed up quite soon, and they promise to deliver worldwide. Check out the full press releases:
Here's my wrap-up of the colorful first wave of LEGO's new Elves theme, featuring all of the initial sold-in-store sets. Polybags are hitting on the streets now, and hopefully there will be more Elves waves to come later in the year.
Labels: LEGO Friends
Friday, March 20, 2015
The last of the first wave of boxed sets for the new LEGO Elves theme. Ready to get everything together for a summary!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
One more major Elves themed set to go (promotional & exclusive polybags not counted) and I'll be ready to wrap up this first wave.
You know, for the most part, I either review brand new sets, or truly classic, vintage sets that are at least 2 to 3 decades old. Something from the second half of the 2000s is going to be out of style & irrelevant for most of today's consumers, but it's not nearly old enough to be considered "classic."
So what?! I'm reviewing it anyway! This thing interested me a little, so here it is now :D
Monday, March 16, 2015
By popular request, I'm going to just continue picking up Exo-Force sets of all sizes from time to time to review.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
In my individual reviews, I wasn't shy about pointing out flaws throughout this series, and in this wrap-up I'm not afraid to repeat these observations, but man, that thumbnail lineup does look sweet...
Labels: LEGO System
At last, my final last Age of Ultron series set review from the queue.
According to Brickset, this transition-period gem was first released in Europe in the birth year of the minifig, travelling across the Atlantic the following year.
With all of the new wave of Pirates sets reviewed, I figured it was time for a quick look at all of 'em together (sans the chess set, which obviously doesn't fit). Recorded just minutes before these were all boxed up to send off to charity.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
This is definitely one of my top two favorite sets of the Elves line so far, the other being the Treetop Hideout, though that's a bit of an unfair competition given the difference in size & cost.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Update time! With this I finally have all of the major stuff I wanted transplanted from the old cities, and now I can turn my attention back towards customization & additions.
This update also shows the fruits of the custom rail work I was doing in the shop earlier in the day, which I previewed on Instagram as it happened!
Another new movie-inspired Marvel Super Heroes set here, nearing the end of this line!
Monday, March 9, 2015
Huge step up in size & function from that 1986 version, eh?
Yes! I've been wanting to get to this set for a long, long time! I really like this type of real-life vehicle. This LEGO version isn't as impressive as the real deal, but it's still a very good toy.
What? Another early 2015 Friends set I haven't gotten to yet? This release season has just been crazy...
Smaller & simpler still...
Check out this little set and compare it to its modern-day analogues such the 2014 and 2011 versions!
Time for some more classic set reviews as I clear out my video queue from before the move!
Saturday, March 7, 2015
One of a number of truly wonderful houses & homes LEGO offered to early minifigure families.
I don't follow DC Comics, but I can appreciate a cool LEGO set anytime.
One last wee set to round out the 2015 Pirates line :)
It's already time for my first actual update on New JANG City! The first phase of lighting is complete, rail yard has been re-optimized to make room for even more custom trains, another big section of custom builds has been added in, and I take time to repeat & emphasize important points I made before, while clarifying some of the more controversial decisions that I'm very happy with & sticking to.
Friday, March 6, 2015
In my last move update I promised a couple of major surprises to come. With the christening of this new city, the first shocker is revealed!
Some viewers will love the vibrancy & life this new decision immediately brings to the table (pun intended). Some will revolt and say I am the worst person in the known universe for the crime I have committed. It's all good to me :) The goal remains to fill up this entire space with a vast expanse of custom creations to include all of the stuff I've promised countless times in the past, but for now we get to enjoy a lot less empty space than ever before.
I still need to put out my motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians after building new sidewalks. The elevated railway remains to be put in. Water & land need to be better differentiated and/or blended, the Minecraft stuff needs to go in and, well, the entire remainder of the (part of a) city needs to be built.
There's much to be done and nothing is finalized in any way, but my motivation & excitement levels are at record highs and the new setup makes it easier than ever to make rapid, visible progress. Follow along as questions get answered, empty spaces get filled in, and skylines rise in New JANG City!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Last of the Speed Champions line for now. Cool LEGO car. Very poor LEGO Ferrari 458, in my opinion.
One more Pirates set down, one more to go!
Complete at last! It only took about 1 1/2 years, but I've collected one of every known publicly-released LEGO Space theme set with the original style of minifigs, not including extra minifig-only packs :) It has been a labor of love and incredibly satisfying ticking the "I Own" boxes in the Brickset master list one by one.
Now I just need to figure out exactly what to do with all of this stuff at the new house! I'm more than 90% committed to keeping it all, but a large part of me wants to work on custom creations to fit with the theme. I don't need to be getting distracted with this now, though; I have a big new city to work on!
So much LEGO, so little time...
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Another modest update this evening, with my main structures re-assembled in their new locations (for now). Doesn't yet include any of the Minecraft stuff, as that'll be added in later.
The next video covering this layout will be much, much more interesting.
Available this month for free with qualifying purchases from LEGO stores, this mask collector's treat includes a trans neon red Hau!
Still more from this series to come!