Friday, July 21, 2017

Music shop MOC update

As I squeezed just a tiny bit more MOC work into my schedule I found myself lamenting the shortness of "custom building season."  The last big LEGO new product release season ended just over a month ago for me, but the downtime was also abridged by the arrival of the entirety of the latest NEXO Knights series, a number of important Mega Construx releases, and the significant effort that went into the i-Brix engagement. Already the next string of major reviews is due to start any day now.  I thought I had adjusted my workload & priorities sufficiently this past season, but LEGO's ever-increasing rate of product development & production is outpacing my ability to adapt.  I'm going to have to cut deeper.  I must do more custom work.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LEGO Creator London Bus speed build & review videos 10258

Here's the latest large-scale vehicle from the Creator line in all of its bright red glory.  Though it has nearly 1,700 pieces, its scale proportional to the source material is much smaller than most (if not all?) of its modern "advanced model" peers.


Mega Construx Halo Wolverine Charge review

The Mega Bloks Halo line, as it was then known, started out licensing designs from the original Halo Wars game of 2009.  Here we are eight years later, Halo Wars 2 is out, and Mega Construx, as it's now known, continues to cover the RTS side of Microsoft's stare sci-fi franchise.

I got something related to the LEGO Ninjago Movie!

In spite of LEGO's completely wack release schedule decisions (which I rant about at the end of this video), I have in my possession an official Ninjago Movie item!  Take THAT, LEGO!  You think you can keep 99.999% of the world's population from having a fair opportunity to purchase your merchandise when you first officially release it?  Ha! Your Grinch-like plans have been foiled!

LEGO Power Miners Thunder Driller from 2009! set 8960

It's not Thursday for a properly timed throwback, nor Friday for a flashback, but my complex video prioritization algorithm (in my head) put a set from a popular discontinued theme in the queue, leading to many bursts of nostalgia among viewers!

LEGO Creator Mini Piggy Bank 3-in-1 promotional set review 40251

It's a pig, or a rat, or a raccoon!  No?  Check out the video to see what I'm talking about.  Whatever this thing is and can be, it's a free promotional item, and it's cute & fun.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Why I'm Not Quitting YouTube

Earlier this year YouTube lost one of the nicest, most mature, genuine, & original LEGO-related channels as a result of, as I understand it, uncalled-for drama & betrayal by members of "the community."  A couple weeks ago, quite by chance, I learned of yet another YouTuber in my previous hobby calling it quits due to the never-ending tide of random anonymous commenter ugliness and an atrocious work-to-reward ratio.  Then came the whole sudden announcement of that 12 million subscriber channel owner calling it quits because, as it turned out, he had been hating what he was doing for a long, long time.

It's Rough Out There...

This kind of stuff sucks.  Especially the first example above.  There's a lot of it going on, too.  YouTube/Google itself, like nearly every company that profits off user-generated content, has done a horrendous job of fostering even the most basic semblance of humanity on its platform.  It has, however, done a fantastic job of funneling viewership away from hard-working independent producers who make quality content and towards a mix of heavily corporate-sponsored media groups and channels based on what most fully-functioning adults would consider senseless lunacy.

Staying relevant as a video-maker on YouTube today requires, on the whole, either more work or more luck than ever (or both).  It's still possible to put out low-effort and/or non-unique content and get tons of viewership if the secret algorithms magically decide they want to recommend you all over the site or to notify more than 1/40th of your subscribers when you upload a new clip.  However, there's simply no reliable way to earn that sort of privilege.

...But I'm Okay

In the face of all of the bad stuff that's so easy to dwell upon, I find myself more thankful than ever for my YouTube situation.  Viewership numbers are well off the highs of The Good Old Days (TM), but still fantastic. Bored, bratty trolls & perpetually, senselessly angry haters still exist, but my skin is thicker than ever and the overwhelming majority of commenters on my videos are cool people.  Let me just drag that last point out a little farther.  The LEGO & brick-built construction crowd is, on the whole, one of the coolest groups I've seen in my 25+ years online.  There's just a tremendous amount of what I consider normalcy, which is particularly unusual on the Internet today.  I see people who can give constructive criticism, disagree with each other with civility, and recognize that toys are just toys & not sacred religious artifacts to war over.  I see young kids, teens, and adults alike sharing their enjoyment of a hobby equally, letting their imaginations wander, being silly, and getting into character in the fanciful worlds of their favorite themes.

Balancing Multiple Balancing Acts

One of the big risks for YouTube stress comes from over-eagerness to please fans or to focus on whatever type of content will generate the most views.  Thankfully I do not suffer from either of these.  If I did, I would have a huge permanent Star Wars layout, 1/4th to 1/3rd of my city would be discarded to put in a giant airport runway, half of my videos would have titles beginning with "TOP 5," and I would shove my face in the camera incessantly while making exaggerated expressions of awe and narrating in kind.  "Awesommmmme!"  Of course I pay plenty of attention to viewer feedback as it'd be crazy to not do so, but I don't stop doing things I enjoy to start doing things I hate just because one person suggests it and a handful of others hit thumbs up.  If I find myself doing something I don't like, I just stop.

Another thing that leads to content creator burnout is acting.  Specifically, I mean acting out a manufactured, usually over-the-top persona for the sake of entertainment.  Some YouTubers enjoy acting, and I see nothing really wrong with it.  Others hate it, hate themselves for it, and hate the trapped feeling of building up a fanbase that expects you to constantly be something that you're not.  I, myself, don't have a YouTube persona.  I'm just me.  Because I know JANGBRiCKS in particular is watched by an extraordinarily wide range of ages, I do take extra care to avoid language that kids & parents alike have said they find inappropriate.  However, that's a simple matter of showing basic respect to my audience. Staying away from a word for poo that starts with a 'c' doesn't change who I am.  I don't fundamentally try to act how I think anyone wants me to.  I don't try to act "cool."  If I say something in a video that makes you cringe because it's not in line with this instant's fleeting guidelines for what people of my exact age and position are supposed to say, according to a specific online clique you associate with, well, so be it.  I guarantee I didn't say it just for that video, and I guarantee I would and do say it in real life among actual, real-life, friends and family.

Personal Demons

Speaking of friends & family, over the years (JANGBRiCKS isn't my first solo gig) they helped empower me to combat the single biggest risk to my online ventures, which is my own work ethic.  I'm what many would call a workaholic.  When I'm not doing something productive, I start to feel guilty.  I'm readily willing to sacrifice sleep and general physical & mental well-being to get a job done.  It's not noble.  It's unhealthy and unsustainable.  Thanks to my support network, though, these days I'm able to simply take a break  when I need to, without beating myself up about it.  It's a novel concept, but important.

The biggest struggle that I've not been able to overcome is a lack of enough hours in a given day.  There's a lot that I want to do that I'm not reasonably able to, and that always bothers me.  It's one problem I don't think I'll ever be able to fix, but at least it's manageable.  I might not be able to create time out of thin air, but of course I can always shift priorities around and get creative with my schedule.  When really needed, pulling an all-nighter isn't such a terrible thing, just as long as long as I don't make a habit out of it.

A Good Place

Ultimately, I'm happy with who I am and what I do, I have a lot to be grateful for, and the biggest threats to the YouTube channel you all know me for are presently well managed.  For now at least, it's full steam ahead with no major obstacles on the horizon.  Of course, I'd really appreciate it if someone could invent an affordable time dilation device, but if nobody does, I'm still not quitting YouTube.

Monday, July 17, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights - The Heligoyle reviewed 70353

Here's something you've heard me say plenty of times in recent memory:  This is the last set in the theme, for now!  I tried to get ahead of the August 1 major release explosion by ordering NEXO sets from the UK (at great shipping expense, of course) where they actually came out about a month ago.  I've also previously and regularly expressed my displeasure over the extreme irregularity of the releases and distribution of new sets, yes?  Yes.  Okay good.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

My i-Brix wireless LEGO (compatible) lighting odyssey

Two years ago, a campaign showed up on Kickstarter promising a way to deliver lighting into and/or onto LEGO models without attaching any wires, flipping any tiny switches, or ever replacing any batteries.  Sadly, it did not receive enough backing and failed to fund, but the creator returned for a second round with a more polished product, and this time it's a success!  After emphatically pleading "help me to help you," I was able to get a two-day loan of a prototype unit, and I dedicated the entirety of those two days to nothing but testing, photographing, filming, and posting about i-Brix, because I believe in it that strongly. It was a busy & stressful couple of days, but well worth it.

You see, back I first bought my house I had track lighting installed over what would be the LEGO city.  At that time I invested heavily into expensive Philips Hue app-controlled color-changing LED bulbs to enable time of day lighting effects throughout the room.  What I didn't have a plan for was how to light the city, itself.  DIY LED lighting with countless wires having to be routed through every structure seemed like an absolute nightmare.  I tried a handful of battery-based systems made specifically for LEGO use and those were also no good for me as having to flip a ton of little switches everywhere just to capture a brief video would be a maddening chore.

i-Brix is the solution I needed, and with it, I hope I'll be able to mostly achieve my original goal of lighting up all of New Jang City.  Skyscrapers will still require some additional work, but most of my requirements will be covered.  Now I just have to wait for the funding phase to close and for the final product to be produced!

Friday, July 14, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Macy's Drop Bot Dragon review 70361

I feel like my opinions about this set have taken a major yo-yo ride since months ago when this vehicle/craft/creature/thing was first revealed.  One moment I'm eagerly awaiting its release, the next moment I'm completely over it.  With the physical product now in-hand, I can at last make a truly final determination.

All Mega Construx Pokemon Series 1 Pokeball figures reviewed

From what I've seen at local shops and from what I've heard online, Mega Construx's just-launched Pokemon line has been selling better than any other theme, by a long shot.  I personally contributed to this in my own small way by buying up one of each of the single-figure packs, and I decided to just review all of them in one video.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Axl's Rumble Maker review! 70354

This one has some very unexpected features and one particularly smooth action feature, but overall I think I have to give it a "Nice try, but nope."

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Custom LEGO music shop MOC progress continues

I've forgotten about all of my MOC projects!  No, I've given up on all of them!  No, I've given up doing MOCs forever!  I only ever do... wait, let me see what my very last video was... I only ever do NEXO Knights reviews anymore, and absolutely no other types of videos!  Oh how I've changed.  My channel has really gone downhill.  I've totally sold out, to the LEGO NEXO Knights... company.



Friday, July 7, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Knighton Castle review 70357

Ah yes, finally something NEXO to make the original Fortrex look dainty!  Lots of figures here and a larger structure than it appears to be at first glance.  I have to also say, the main build here is about 10x more playable than the beloved classic castles of the 1980s.

LEGO System McDonald's Restaurant from 1999 - set 3438

Happy Flashback Friday.  If you follow my haul videos you've recently seen me get a sticker sheet for one of these sets, but what I didn't show was that I also bought a complete set before that to review.  Honestly it's not a great set, but it has a tremendous amount of charm.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More onboard video from trains around New Jang City

This is I believe the 4th or 5th time I've published footage of a camera riding around on my train tracks, but the first time I've done a video with nothing else.  I experimented with a brand new simple Power Functions-based servo turntable (shown at the end of the video), but rotation cannot be fluid because the PF system deals in distinct steps of input and power.  I may discard this whole concept and stick to the far more stable static mount I used previously and in the inner loop segments in this video.

A POV drive through New Jang City

In recent months I believe type of video most requested by viewers is a minifig-view drive through the streets of my main layout. I believe most folks asking for such a thing had an RC car with a camera on it in mind.  However, RC cars sufficiently small and yet well-controlled at very slow speeds are surprisingly rare.  Even more critically, RC cars can't handle the extremely tight turns of LEGO road baseplates unless you take them extremely wide and just right, which ultimately leads to awkward multi-point turns.  After carefully researching & ruling out every single wheeled option I could find, I turned my attention to tanks, since they are generally slow and can spin within their own length.  Here again I found a shocking dearth of qualified candidates, with just two options passing cursory inspection.  This video here is taken with the second option, the initial design intent of my most recent Planetary Defense Force utility vehicle.

This was literally my first attempt at this style of video and there is much obvious room for improvement. Getting to this point has required a pretty crazy amount of research & experimentation, though, dating back long before the RC search began.  Everything always seems so simple & obvious until you try it!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Custom LEGO military utility vehicle MOC

Hooray, Planetary Defense Force!  I definitely didn't realize early on that I'd enjoy making non-combat vehicles for this theme, but thus far they've been my favorites.  The base of this new thing is intended to be what PDFers would call their "standard tractor," an easily reconfigurable mobility & power platform that can serve all manner of different roles.  I'll definitely make more attachments to use with it over time.
While building this I found myself faced with an significant excess of large wedge plates in LBGray, so I definitely need to make something larger for the PDF, soon-ish.

Mega Construx Destiny EV-30 Tumbler & EV-38 Laurelbearer Sparrows reviewed

Summer Mega Construx sets have been showing up on Amazon generally one at a time and in tiny quantities, but last week saw a whopping two put up for sale.  I know, I was in disbelief, too.  Not knowing how to handle the influx, I decided to take the safe route and still do just one video.

Friday, June 30, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Aaron's Rock Climber review 70355

Aaron lost his original crossbow-inspired flyer very early in the beginning of year 2, dropping down to a smallish bike.  Now the balance of power & vehicle size has shifted back in his favor a bit.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Music shop MOC interior build begins

Sweet, I think this is one of the best parts of this project, especially the two major wall displays that go up quickly.  I'm already starting to get excited about the second floor, but I mustn't get ahead of myself.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Custom LEGO music shop MOC update

I got a little more work done on the new building today, the later part of which is good preparation for the next session's initial mocking up of the first floor's interior space.

Mega Construx Halo Blue Team in-hand review

Nearly 9 months after this set first looked like this was on the verge of being released, it's finally trickling out to the market in small quantities.  Was it at least worth the wait?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MOC season continues, new build commences!

I only recently moved the mall & created new empty spaces next to it, and already one of those spaces is getting filled in with a fresh structure build.

Mega Construx Pokemon Charizard set review

I expect this to be one of the best selling wave 1 Pokemon sets from Mega.  The box looks good on the shelf, the finished model looks good on a desk.  The price is pushing the upper limit of reasonability, though, I think.

Monday, June 26, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Stone Colossus of Ultimate Destruction review 70356

I went ahead & spent the big bucks on shipping to get some season 4 Nexo sets imported, hoping to find some gems among the stones (because Stone Army, right?).  This titan build is more impressive to initially behold in person than it appeared in pictures, yet for its large size it somehow feels a bit underwhelming to me.  Ironically, my favorite elements of the set are two of the little normal-sized minifigures.

LEGO Thor vs. Hulk Arena Clash set review 76088

This is the second of only two Thor: Ragnarok derived sets released earlier this month in Europe & Asia.  I think most people, myself included, were expecting this to be a pretty poor value.  Having gotten it in my hands, it seems a little better than I expected, but only just.

Mega Construx Halo Fireteam Dagger set review

The conflicting cosmic powers of Luck and Amazon met for just long enough recently to allow me to get my hands on one of these newer troop packs at last!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Here come the drones!

Indoor aerial videography, anyone?  Sounds contradictory!  This is something I've been looking to try for awhile, and the release of the very interesting new DJI Spark mini multicopter gave me a good excuse to take the plunge.

I've hardly flown anything in the past 1/2 decade so I'm terribly rusty at the controls yet, but that will change with practice.  I've also quickly learned that in spite of the small size of this new multicopter, prop downwash is significant (even after removing the prop guards).  I will need to secure my vehicles to keep them from occasionally being nudged forward or back by the torrent of air.  An easy problem to fix!  I look forward to capturing & sharing some much nicer footage in the future, but I had to start somewhere.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Minor LEGO city update - Mall plazas, more sidewalks

Progress is progress.  Nothing too exciting to see this time, but hopefully enough little details to be worth sharing.

Bye-bye sponsored cards

Some time ago, YouTube introduced a feature called "Cards" to allow supplemental links to be added into an expandable panel on the side of a video.  This was their replacement for the ill-fated Annotations feature that got overused to the point where almost every YouTube viewer disabled them.  I've happily used Cards to link to related or suggested videos that are either referenced in the content you're watching or likely to be of interest to you once you're done & ready to move on.

I don't recall when, but YouTube eventually started sneaking in "Sponsored Cards" that usually point viewers to vendor sites where they can buy the item featured in the video.  Sponsored Cards only ever show when the video owner has not used any regular Cards of their own.  I was okay with some of this at first, as it was very, very contextual, but the algorithms have gotten pretty aggressive and most of my videos now have a whole bunch of scrollable Sponsored Card ads that I had nothing to do with.  The worst part is that the existence of the literal word "Sponsored" within each Sponsored Card sends the occasional, let's just say, contextually oblivious viewer into a real tizzy, leading to nonsense comments the likes of "PROOF! It says you're sponsored! You're a liar and a horrible person, I'm telling everyone on the Internet, unsubbed."  Ugh.

Today I'm happy to kill two birds with one stone (that's a common metaphorical expression, not literal*) by disabling sponsored cards on all of my 3,400+ videos on the JANGBRiCKS channel and all future ones as well.  This will ensure that any card "teaser" icon or text snippet you see on one of my videos was put there by me.  No more unwanted confusion.  The YouTube user experience is becoming too ad-dense anyhow.

* If I didn't clarify that, someone would actually accuse me of murdering birds. Seriously, what has this world come to?

LEGO Ninjago City set 70620 revealed, nearly 5000 pieces!

LEGO uploaded details of the new largest Ninjago set ever (and one of the most complex sets of all time) on Facebook overnight, and Brickset has us covered as always:

I will review the set once it's released.  As usual, I will not do a video that just shows a slideshow of shrunken, twice re-encoded (reduced quality) versions of the pictures.  Hit the links above to see the full original LEGO description and a convenient gallery of full original quality, zoomable photos that you can browse at your own pace!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Thor: Ragnarok Ultimate Battle for Asgard review 76084

Long-winded set names, attack!  Actually a little better toy than I expected it to be and a decent value. Maybe not so great for collectors, though?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mega Construx Destiny Aspect of Glass set review

Mega chose this as their second jumpship to model following the mandatory Arcadia that opened up the theme last year.  I think this was a good choice of basic ship style to attempt, with the pick of specific legendary variant being very debatable in terms of desirability.  Next time, though, they definitely need to break free from the warm-on-gray palette and go for something like Sidereal Rumba or Extinction Event for the sake of contrast.

Custom LEGO classic SUV MOC

Oh look, a new... thing.  My first 5-wide build.  Very imperfect. Oh well.  It's going in my city and I'm happy about that.

Friday, June 16, 2017

LEGO Minecraft The Mountain Cave build & review videos 21137

Largest. LEGO. Minecraft. Set. Ever.  Well, technically I believe The Village had a wider horizontal spread, but the height, man, the height...

Plus, this Mountain Cave is more than just a pretty face.  Around the back where you normally expect limited access for a handful of minifigures to just barely fit into some narrow floor spaces, we instead get a proper, cavernous, cave, with room for two human hands to reach inside and manipulate a very satisfying number of details.


LEGO Elves Rosalyn's Healing Hideout review 41187

Have dragon, will review.  Wait! There are two!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Haz Peoples

As I started working on one of the plazas next to my mall in its new location, I found myself needing people.  Lots of people.  I started out assembling 20, remembering the last time I tried adding just 10 to my city and barely noticed them at all.  Feeling the momentum, I pushed for 50, but ended up near 60.  Seeking a more round number, I targeted 75 before finally giving in to the tantalizing appeal of the double zeros.  Hopefully this is enough to have a visible impact.

Mega Construx Call of Duty Arctic Recon Armory review

This is a fairly insignificant set, but one I was looking forward to nonetheless.  I really like the 20 ft. intermodal containers as they look fantastic on display in person, much better than on video. I have a stack of 4 now with the 3 different colors.

LEGO City Coast Guard Starter Set review 60163

Yet another theme completed for now!  A lone straggler, Sailboat Rescue has not been released for sale on this side of the Atlantic (or Pacific!), so I won't be reviewing it until that changes.

Monday, June 12, 2017

LEGO City Jungle Starter Set review 60157

This should be my last LEGO City Jungle theme review until the Air Drop Helicopter is made available on my side of the world (it's one of many sets released in Europe & Asia months before the Americas this year, following LEGO's standard rotation of distribution).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

LEGO city layout plan & queue (updated June 10, 2017)

The core elements of my plan for my LEGO layout were formulated in 2013 when I began.  When I moved in 2015, I gained some space and added a handful of items to the list.  If you look at my layout in a photo or video and think you see some empty space, pretend it isn't there. Every area the size of a baseplate or larger is already reserved, as are nearly all smaller areas as well.

Here's how the queue looks as of the date in the title of the post...

I will include:

  • Metro area (with very tall office buildings)
  • Freight harbor with ships, containers, crane, trucks, etc.
  • Industrial area with factories, etc.
  • Residential neighborhood with houses and possibly an apartment complex
  • Planetary Defense Force base (above and below ground)
  • Second elevated narrow-gauge passenger train stop
  • Small city maintenance crew yard
  • Pet store
  • Chinese restaurant
  • Night club
  • Cars, Trucks (passenger and commercial), other normal vehicles you'll find in any city
  • People (kids, men, women)
  • Trees & plants
  • And much more!

Already added:

  • One skyscraper (the first of at least 4)
  • Police station
  • Fire station
  • Shopping mall
  • Small marina
  • Zoo
  • Gas station with car wash and adjacent repair/service garage
  • Arcade
  • Ice cream shoppe
  • Two 9V rail loops
  • Elevated narrow-gauge rail loop
  • Large passenger train station with elevated rail connector
  • Large train yard (which I want and will not remove on request)
  • Stand-ins for residential area
  • Stand-ins for harbor
  • Planetary Defense Force base with large army & some vehicles & craft

I will not include:

  • Airport.  NO AIRPORT, PERIOD!  An airport would ruin the plan for the entire city by taking up an absolutely enormous amount of space (if done to my satisfaction, and everything in my city must be done to my satisfaction).
  • Heliport.  Same as above, just smaller (but equally undesirable)
  • Above-ground parking garage.  Again, tremendous waste of incredibly valuable space (would need the area of at least 3 modular buildings to be even halfway decent).  Maybe an underground one some day way, way, way off in the future?
  • Super Heroes area
  • Ninjago area
  • Star Wars area
  • Race track
  • Minecraft End realm/city

Saturday, June 10, 2017

LEGO City Update! Release season winding down

I've wasted no time getting back to the fun stuff.

Mega Construx Halo UNSC Gungoose Rampage set review

With my last large set out of the way, I can finally get to some of the little things that have been sitting in the queue for awhile!

LEGO Creator 2017 Carousel build & review videos 10257

The huge box for this set has been sitting in my physical to-do-queue quite menacingly for awhile and I could hardly be more relieved to have finally gotten it processed.  What a good day it is.


LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Turbo Track Racer review 31070

This set has a nicer 3rd/smallest build option than usual, but the front-of-the-box build is significantly smaller than... the front of the box.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

LEGO Creator Modular house Super-Build - 31067 + 31068 + 31069 combination

Here it is, the ultimate test of this modular thing.  In this video I show, from good angles & bad, the two official super-combinations of the main builds of the Modular Poolside Holiday, Modular Modern Home, and Modular Family Villa.  With this many assemblies to swap around, quickly coming up with new structures is actually a lot of fun.  It's like building with LEGO, but using pieces that are each made of a bunch of LEGO pieces.  LEGO-ception.  Expensive, though!

As I bought three of each set, I hope to make 2 or 3 fully-enclosed semi-custom houses to add to the residential neighborhood in New Jang City, using only the official modules.

Mega Construx Call of Duty Urban Assault Copter review

This is a replica of the Eurocopter EC-635 featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts.  I feel like the subject matter may limit the appeal of the set, but the designers did their job pretty well (with a couple of minor exceptions that I point out in the video).  Missing parts? Zero.  Malformed parts? Zero.  Am I seeing a trend here?  Please be "yes."

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Modular Poolside Holiday review! 31067

Just as my faith in this little "modular" experiment was fading to black, this little thing came along and restored my faith.  Here, the system works, by virtue of a foundation of good basic design of the structure first, to which the extra element of interchangeability is then added.

LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran review 41317

This season it's readily apparent in the numbers that fans of LEGO Friends have migrated away to more girl-focused channels, but I will continue to review products from the "pink aisle" that I find interesting.  For example, this catamaran here, surprisingly, is one of the more spacious and playable boats LEGO has ever made, period.  It's a really good toy.