The toy market often gives the first 360-degree previews of things to come in movies & real life, and in this case Mega Bloks is first to bring us a licensed representation of the Covenant Banshee from Halo 5. This is an evolutionary design that integrates cues from several previous generations. In block-based buildable form it's nowhere near pixel-perfect, but this is a pretty good display model nonetheless.
I think my video of this set covers it well, but viewers have already let me know that my narrative exposes too overtly how little experience I have in the world of Assassin's Creed. This cart is from Brotherhood, and the thing I call a "bomb" is actually supposed to be the Apple of Eden.
The original/official versions of the truck & jet in this set left me unimpressed, and I wasn't satisfied leaving them alone. I got a second set, my wife built it to kit specs as well, then I did as few tweaks as I could to the new copy to get the assemblies to where I'd be happy to display them in my city.
The funny thing is that a number of folks who didn't like my critical feedback in the original review claimed that I must never have seen a long-nose Peterbilt or any other proper classic American semi rig. Quite the contrary, all I wanted to do was add a big heaping scoop of 'Murica to LEGO's design!
One last (though only second) hoorah for the historic flagship of the Ninjago franchise! This video was published to YouTube a night ago and stunned me by becoming the fastest-viewed video I've ever made, drawing 50,000 plays in its first 24 hours. Seems to me the Ninjago theme is as strong & desirable today as it has ever been!
A few days ago I decided to spend a few quality minutes adding some terrain to the Nether table in my Minecraft display. With the blocky design it was quick & easy to use the Duplo trick to add volume, and I posted a couple pictures to my Instagram feed. Then I realized, a lot of folks say "everybody knows this," and those folks were probably 1000% wrong. Wanting to make sure as many viewers of my channel knew it as possible, I threw together a video showing how it works.
This summer 2015 LEGO City set features a pretty odd pairing of subjects, and even its name was confusing before the first pictures were released. Thankfully the components of the finished product are pretty nice.
BAM! From no mention of a release date, to built & reviewed, in an instant! Well, pushing the "publish" button on a video may be rather quick, but bringing this material together entailed 2 hrs. in traffic, 3+ hours of building, 45 minutes of filming and almost an hour of editing. Know what? Worth every second of it.
Sadly many, many of the requests & suggestions I get for changes to my LEGO city layout can't be accommodated because there's either insufficient room or my plans (which already cover 100% of the available space) take things in a very different direction. This week, I was happy to see requests & possibilities actually mesh for a change!
It has been months since I was last able to film trains in motion around all of my tracks. Back when I moved in March, it took just 2 days to go from a completely empty room to about 80% of what's on the layout today. Everything was already pre-built from the old city and careful digital planning let every element fall into its new place gracefully. I just needed to MOC up a way to get my main line over the water by the small marina, and I was ready to run. Unfortunately that took a sizable fraction of forever.
Patience is a virtue, though, right? With all three loops completed (for now), yards & crossovers connected, it was finally time to charge up some battery packs, switch some points, and crank up some rheostats. In this video I pull out all of the stops and run every locomotive and pull every car I currently own, 9V & PF (and both), kit-stock and custom, passenger & freight, standard & narrow gauge.
It's been a long time coming, but I finally got this train, got it built, and got it on video. The length of the video shocked the heck out of me with its shortness, given the hours that went into making it, but I did cover everything I wanted to. I never desire to add length to a video just for the sake of adding length.
Well, it took me long enough to get this done, now didn't it? At least I'm satisfied with the result. My biggest fear was that the electrical connections wouldn't successfully complete with all of the mechanisms installed, but much to my relief, the first 9V train I ran around the loop (ever!) made it past without even a slight stutter.
Here's another readily recognizable ship from the Star Wars universe that hasn't been remade by LEGO in a handful of years. As I cover in the video (though much of the rambling was edited out for viewers' sake), I have a personal attachment to this craft and high expectations for any model of it.
Mega Bloks Halo is back for Summer 2015! Well, sort of. They're working on it. So far, just one small set has been released in the wave, but more are sure to show up soon. This one gets both the speed build and review treatments.
The new release season for Mega Bloks Halo sets has finally begun, and one of the key new arrivals is this completely redesigned elite. It's larger than before and now feature enhanced articulation (including three leg segments) and removable armor like the Spartans and CoD figures before them. In this video I try to cover what all is new, and hopefully improved.
Did you think I'd wait until I'd gone through all of the little Slizers to get to the big one? Nah, I couldn't wait, myself. I wanted to see this assembled! I didn't even know it was a 2-in-1 set until after I completed the first build...
From my earlier to-go box, here's LEGO's latest Star Wars Ultimate Collector's Series set, the TIE Fighter. I expected this to look fairly accurate, but to be fairly boring to assemble and uninspired as a LEGO product on the whole. I mean, a TIE Fighter is just two stretched hex plates with a ball on a stick between them. As it turns out, this was enjoyable to build and I picked up some inspiration & knowledge from it!