Saturday, April 22, 2017
I love it when a plan comes together, but sometimes there's no particular plan and I end up happy anyhow. I had earmarked the windshield of a spare set 1580 for a Rail Rider, but there were no further forethought. An old gray base color seemed like a natural match, and after hours of throwing parts at a 9V train motor, what do you know, a bunch of them actually stuck.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
These were due out May 1, but they showed up all over the US a couple weeks ahead of schedule. It's an eclectic collection with good variety and excellent production values, but a number of these figures are similar to earlier releases.
Finally I have completed my collection of these figures to be able to bring you all a proper review. Of course, finding these to buy at all remains somewhere between tricky and impossible, depending upon what precise micro-region you live in. Online? No luck for me so far. Maybe eBay?
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A brief mental image of a little bit of the front of a non-existant vehicle has turned into something complete! This MOC allows me to kick a non-custom semi out of New Jang City and establishes both an era for the city and a specific vehicle manufacturer brand that I can potentially use again in the future. Win-win-win!
Labels: LEGO System
Monday, April 17, 2017
For a good time, compare this to the previous version. It's a K.O.! Pricey, though, as is the norm for the Architecture line -- price/part ratios are made deceptively reasonable by a preponderance of 1x1 (and smaller) pieces.
It's a mini-me version of 10252, surprisingly offered up as a promotional freebie almost a year after the release of the full-sizer. It has its issues and has received a lot of criticism, but did I mention that it's a freebie?
"Volkswagen is actually pronounced..." rage intensifies in 3... 2... 1...
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I've dropped a couple previews of this on Instagram and now the full build is complete. It didn't turn out half bad. If I did it again, I'd keep the bridge 2 studs narrower, but otherwise it's pretty optimized to maximize the available space. Now I really want to make another, with a different design!
Evidently the Mega Bloks/Construx Halo Heroes series was a commercial success, as they've now extended the idea over to Call of Duty (as well as Monster High), with individually-sould micro action figures with more paint applications & prints than normal.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Inspiration struck, and with nothing else hogging up the MOC-building table, I was able to go for it immediately. This is going to be a series of vehicles, each with a distinct color scheme and style (hopefully), in the vein of my old "Hero Factory Racers" lineup. I think the next one will be yellow & orange, we'll see; it'll depend upon what parts jump out at me first.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
I love it when things go according to plan, even when there isn't so much of a plan as a nostalgia-painted ethereal idea bolstered by some random Google Images action. This older-style, externally braced design isn't intended to replicate any one specific real-life hopper. Rather, it takes inspiration from as many of them as needed to extract something semi-believable out of the very limiting proportions (and color selection) of LEGO parts I had on hand.
I was able to make two of these before running out of 1x2 mod plates. I wouldn't mind having another couple of 'em eventually. For now, though, I'll be turning my attention to something different.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
As promised, here's another LEGO body for a fully functioning 4WD radio controlled drift car, with more shells to come in the future. I hope to push still farther away from the original design with the next one, but it's oh, so tricky!
Labels: LEGO System MOC
Friday, March 31, 2017
I started working on this building over five long months ago, and at last it's able to contribute to New JANG City. Of course it's not complete yet, but it really alters the empty/populated space ratio in this city.
With this off my building table, I can divert focus over to some other projects for awhile. Big sigh of relief here.
Happy Flashback Friday, if you're into that sort of thing :) This is a short video calling a small set from early this millennium. What's up next will be none of those!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Here's another representative from LEGO's favorite theme for introducing new parts & part/color combinations!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Alright! I picked up the Argus Spartan about two weeks ago, Dare shortly after that, and most recently the Wetwork Spartan started rapidly flickering in & out of stock at Amazon and flipping between retail & scalper prices. Fortunately I happened to browse through one of the times it was in stock at a reasonable price, letting me finally finish the collection!
Friday, March 24, 2017
I think official pictures of this ship did it serious injustice. Stand the main mast upright and it's actually quite a nice display piece if you appreciate the art and intrigue of tattered & decayed old things. I say that with no sarcasm or cynicism, believe it or not!
This week I reviewed the last of the whopping three (3!) Marvel GoTG2 sets released for the new movie. It feels like a small amount of product for such a big, expensive film, but I have a feeling LEGO did their homework based upon sales from the first round and made a conservative choice that's smart & responsible.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Some of the most interesting Technic sets of the Winter-ish 2016-2017 season were only released in Europe & Asia so far, even after two major waves of product drops. However, this telescopic handler is a real performer with all of the desired working functions in a modest-sized package.
This is LEGO's March 2017 "qualifying purchases" promotional item in North America, and I think it's quite nice as a freebie.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I've yet to see this set near me, but while I was on the road very recently I stopped in a Walmart store over an hour away (by freeway, when there's no traffic) and they had two of these! Plus, it showed up for sale on Amazon for a brief moment before it re-engaged active camo.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sorry I've been a little less active lately. Non-LEGO life has taken an excess of precedence, but all is well and my plan & motivation remains the same. "I'll be back" ASAP.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Happy Throwback Thursday! Here's a wee one from the first year of LEGO Star Wars.
I felt quite happy & lucky to be able to get some new Mega stuff on Amazon, but it was a very limited release of just these three figures (as far as I saw) and they disappeared quickly. As for the rest? Well, we shall see.
I like 2.5 of the these figures and the middle build. The main thing is very visually loud & funky though!
Last of the first wave of 2017 Speed Champions here, pretty large & expensive for a single-car set.
These are sold separately as usual, but I put this season's the two figures from the same theme into one video for a little more bang for your metaphorical viewing buck.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Here's a throwback from a full decade ago, not far from the middle of the evolution of LEGO licensed builds to date. It shows a sea change in complexity versus the first years' products, yet lacks the sturdiness and detail of the latest offerings. Seems like a reasonable candidate for a remake, actually.
The existence of this single-car set just makes me happy for all of the folks who want a nice LEGO F1 car, but lack the desire or means to buy one of big team playsets.
This wraps up my coverage of LEGO's answer to Funko Pop! for now. I wanted to give the new line a good chance and a fair overall evaluation by going through a whole series. Feedback from the majority of you has been markedly indifferent. In the future I'll probably only get the figures I'm personally interested in collecting/displaying (or that my wife is; she grabbed the B&B figures almost before I could turn off the camera).
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
For the first time in some number of months (I honestly can't recall how long it's been), I took the majority of a day off. Then I pushed things to a whole new level, probably not attempted in years, and took the majority of a second day off! Granted, there was some studio work done as well as a noteworthy amount of behind-the-scenes cleanup & general overhead, plus plenty of non-brick-related activities, but all things are relative, after all. Relative to the well-established norm, I had myself a real slacker of a weekend, and what's more of a surprise is that I don't feel too guilty about it. It's not that I needed any extra R&R -- I rather enjoy being continuously productive and do work well under pressure -- the pieces just happened to fall into place, and I went with it.
It felt... neat. Perhaps I can try it on a regular basis. Once every 3-4 months sounds reasonable, I think?
It felt... neat. Perhaps I can try it on a regular basis. Once every 3-4 months sounds reasonable, I think?
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Black Widow's belt buckle is done wrong here (see the box). Serves me right, I suppose, for not re-checking the build before going through the nearly 2-hour production process. Grr. Argh. Too small of a thing to warrant a scratch re-shoot, re-edit, re-render, and re-publish. My apologies. I'm taking another step to try to avoid this sort of mistake.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Another little masterpiece (in my opinion) of durable playable, easy-to-follow real world-inspired LEGO building. It's easy to imagine something looking more realistic. Actually making it happen with genuine LEGO parts, built to even a fraction of the constraints of a sellable mass-market product? I'd like to see it!
So. Much. Spring. Green! The number of parts they brought over to this color!
I continue to be a strong fan of the Elves line, but even at that, this set surpassed my expectations at every turn. The dragon is sufficiently strong & stable, but has excellent posing possibilities, and even the tiny terrain side-build is meaningful.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
This is not a MOC, it's just a mod. A nearly 5-hour, hair-pulling mod that had me several times checking Bricklink and Brickset to confirm whether certain needed parts were ever even made in the needed colors. It all looked so simple & obvious, until I started the actual work. Fortunately I'm no stranger to this phenomenon.
(Edit: As I published this post I noticed a build error in the photo! Cheese slope behind the side window is facing the wrong way!)
It's The Hoff & K.I.T.T. in official LEGO form, but yet, I don't feel excited about it like I was for E.T., the A-Team, and even Gremlins. I fear this lil' set doesn't capture enough of the essence of either character.
Wait, didn't I say I was done with LEGO Batman Movie sets for "now" a week or so ago? Sorry. This was sent via economy shipping, so it's been off my radar for awhile. Surprise!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Just like that, another theme bites the dust; review queue-wise, that is. This is the last 2017 LEGO Minecraft set so far, with of course more to come later in the year (the Ocean Monument coming the soonest).
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The movie's not out until the month after next, but the (few) sets are on store shelves. Here's the largest.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Very nice price/part ratio on this set & feels like a good value for its low price. Just don't expect anything especially awe-inspiring in the build.