Monday, August 31, 2015

Mega Bloks Terminator Genisys Prisoner Transport Attack review!


This is the big baddie of the small Mega Bloks Terminator line, featured not for long on film, but involved in a very pivotal (seeming) event.

Mega Bloks Terminator Genisys Time Machine set review!


It's the official Mega Bloks Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator micro action figure at last!  Oh, and there's a time machine in the set, too.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

LEGO Minifigures Online - Pirate Trials & "Epic" Kraken!


Let's call this bonus footage.  It's more straightforward gameplay from the initial Pirate World of LEGO Minifigures Online, but I've edited it down significantly to focus on primarily the highlights & special encounters along the way, culminating in a big boss battle against the evil one-eyed Crikey the exceedingly purple Kraken monster.

Friday, August 28, 2015

LEGO Minecraft custom layout update Aug. 28, 2015!


Updates are posted when there are updates. The next update to the city/hospital/anything will be posted the next time the city/hospital/anything is updated enough to warrant an update video ;D
Update: Thank you all for your overwhelming support, making this my most popular video over an initial 24-hour period, ever! Wow!

LEGO Star Wars Sith Infiltrators compared! 1999 - 2007 - 2011 - 2015


I promise this'll be the last comparison video for today :)  Here I share my promised side-by-side look at four generations of the same craft in official LEGO form, set numbers 7151, 7663, 7961, and the latest 75096.

Terminator mini-figures compared Mega Bloks vs. Best Lock


Yep believe it or not, I saved the figures from the atrocious Best-Lock Terminator set I reviewed in 2014.  Finally, their destiny has been fulfilled, as they have been put to use!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LEGO System Sting Ray Explorer from 1997! set 6442


This set takes me back to my beginning -- my second beginning, that is.  Around 1999-2000 I was coming out of my first LEGO dark age and a couple of the first brick-based sets I purchased were from this theme right here.

WWE Stackdown Raw Ring Set review!


If you don't know about WWE professional wrestling or think it's just a big, fake joke, you're missing out on a very real industry stalwart and one of the consistently most-watched forms of spectator entertainment in North America (and it's quite popular many other places in the world as well).  C3 Toys is the official manufacturer of licensed WWE brick-based construction sets and the figures that go with them.  I've shown some of the figures & smaller items before, but here's my first review of one of the core ring builds.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LEGO Series 14 minifigures - ALL 16 monsters up close!


It's Halloween in August!  The latest LEGO collectible minifigs line is all about scary monsters... and/or people in costumes of scary monsters.  See the full series of 16 in my latest video.

LEGO Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu video build & review! set 70751


Final Flight of Destiny's Bounty was the biggest LEGO Ninjago set of all time, but only for about 3 1/2 months!  Behold the new king, the Temple of Airjitzu + Blacksmith's Shop + Smuggler's Market with over 2000 pieces and a full ninja team contributing to a 12-count of minifigures. It's a thing of beauty.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LEGO Minifigures Online - Intro & Pirate World gameplay!


Alright, I'm coming towards the end of my planned content for one LEGO-based video game, now I'm starting up a new series.  LEGO Minifigures Online by Funcom recently went full release after a long, long testing period, and in this video I begin my journey through some of its worlds.

As the name suggests, this is an always-online game.  It's available for the PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android, and players from all platforms actually play together with nearly identical experiences, save for input device adjustments.

Onward!

LEGO Architecture United Nations Headquarters review - set 21018


I feel like I'm beginning to better understand the LEGO Architecture line.  When it comes down to it, some of the models aren't exceptionally interesting to me by way of the build or their finished forms.  Others excel at one or both.  This one here nails the build side of things, and I feel you really need to experience it to understand.  The visual impact of the completed model is good, but the complete package is very satisfying to me.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LEGO Jurassic World game - All vehicles demoed!


Here's a look at all of the unlockable, purchasable vehicles in the LEGO Jurassic World game, covering all three campaigns.  Warning: Some digital minifigures may have been hurt in during filming.

Mega Bloks Terminator: Genisys Spider Tank review!


The MB Terminator sets came out after the buzz of the movie had mostly dwindled away, and a shipping delay even further pushed back the larger sets.  Let's see if this one was worth the wait.

LEGO Star Wars Twin Pod Cloud Car from 2002! set 7119


Here's another set from the early years of LEGO Star Wars that they have yet to remake.

Mega Bloks Halo figure collection update for 2015!


You know me, you know the deal.  "Updates are posted when enough is updated to warrant an update" and all that.  My Mega Bloks Halo micro action figure collection is something that gets updated quite regularly, but only slightly so.  It's an insidious infection, a slow, but relentless growth.  The last time I did one of these videos, there were about 460 figures.  Today it's nearing 600!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LEGO Slizer / Throwbot 'Blaster' from 2000 - set 8523


Here's finally the other of the two biggest Throwbots / Slizer characters from the short-lived theme.

LEGO Star Wars V-19 Torrent from 2008! set 7674


About halfway between the beginning of LEGO's licensed theme experiment and today, this gem hit store shelves, and I've finally gotten a chance to experience its very interesting design first-hand.

Monday, August 17, 2015

LEGO Architecture Trevi Fountain review! set 21020


This set came out last year, but is naturally still in stores.  I'm very glad I got it, as this to me is the epitome of how the Architecture line should look & work.

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Sidecar Pursuit review!


Small one-figure, one-vehicle set with great colors, lots of matte finish, nice scaling, nice realism.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

LEGO 2015 Classic Pirate Minifigure promotional set opened!


The timing of promotions always varies from region to region, but this is LEGO's official throwback promo for 2015, and it's quite a nice little gift.

Mega Bloks Halo Outlands Skirmish figure pack review!


This set is ridiculous.  As of the time of the set's release, it's going for $25 USD brand new, that's just over $1.50 per figure, and you can consider the display stand a freebie.  How?!

Mega Bloks Halo ODST Troop Pack review!


Mega Bloks Halo summer wave 2 came around pretty quickly. Here's one of the handful of newest sets.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Slowly Rotating LEGO: Ferrari F40


Ten months after its mysterious debut, Slowly Rotating LEGO is back with the same calm reverence, but a markedly different subject.

Monday, August 10, 2015

LEGO Technic 24 Hours Race Car review! set 42039


I bought this set probably two months ago and only just got around to building & reviewing it this week!

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Mega Bloks Call of Duty Legends Battle Tank (Sherman) review


Here's the last of this season's big Mega Bloks Collectors series vehicle/craft sets, at least for now.  This one seeks to replicate the historic M4 Sherman tank series, achieving varying levels of success, depending upon what part of it you look at.  Overall I think it's an excellent toy, but as a display model & war replica it suffers a bit of an identity crisis.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

LEGO Jurassic World game - ALL dinosaurs demoed!


Here's an earlier-promised look at all of the unlockable normal dinosaurs in the LEGO Jurassic World game.  I'll do a separate video showing the dinosaur customizer system.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Atlas Mobile Turret review


Largest of the CoD Advanced Warfare sets they made this round.  As I was finishing up the build of this set, it finally dawned on me what a cool thing Mega Bloks is doing with this entire CoD series.   In the lead-up to a game's releases a lot of fans get excited by the teasers & trailers, but then many of the most interesting vehicles & craft included in the games are only player-usable once or twice in the campaign, and that's the end of it.  With these sets, we get to take representations of those fond, but all-too-brief experiences out of the game and hold onto & display tangible representations of them for as long as we want.  As you frequently hear me say, "I appreciate that" :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LEGO Star Wars 2011 Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator build & review


Yet another LEGO Sith Infiltrator model iteration, this one courtesy of a good friend who lent it over for viewers to enjoy.

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Mega Bloks Call of Duty Combat Fighter Harrier II set review!


Yet another excellent military model from the Mega Bloks Call of Duty series, that I don't want to take apart.

Mega Bloks Terminator Genisys T-800 mini-figure pack review!


The first time I tried a Terminator-themed set from a brick-based construction brand, it was not pretty. I think Mega Bloks has a better shot at doing some justice to the franchise.

Mega Bloks Monster High Vamptastic Room set review


Here's another of the smaller buildable sets from the same-company crossover Mega Bloks Monster High line.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Combat Vehicle Attack BTR-80 build & review!


Finally, it's out!  I don't know if I'm ready to call this the best Mega Bloks set ever, but it's definitely one of the very best.  Amazing, advanced build, great realism, great parts usage, good playability & display value.  Fantastic stuff all around.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

COBI Scooby Doo Mystery Machine set & LEGO comparison


Viewers have asked me to check out COBI sets for awhile, so a few weeks ago I ordered up a few of their sets from Amazon to check out.  Here's one that I was able to directly compare with a LEGO version of the same thing.

Let's talk about "early" releases

This year casual complaints about stores getting new products "early" have become incredibly commonplace.  What does "early" really mean, though, and does what happens in the retail chain warrant the term?

From what I've seen, people speaking on this topic use the word "early" as a shortened form of "before they were supposed to."  This often stems from the contractual embargos that manufacturers sometimes pass down to individual stores, prohibiting them from selling certain items before a specified date.  From what I've seen, different stores handle this in slightly different ways, but there's always something clearly written to communicate the information to the people in charge of unpacking crates of products in the back room and placing them on shelves on the sales floor. I'm going to cover some examples I've personally witnessed surrounding the release of LEGO products in the United States.

Mega Bloks Call of Duty Rocket Turret set review


Another of the new MB CoD small & inexpensive figure + something releases.

Mega Bloks Call of Duty UGV Drone set review


It's not one of the highly-anticipated Advanced Warfare building sets (seriously, where are those already?), but it's new, so I got it, and I reviewed it. Oh, and I like it.