Saturday, April 22, 2017

LEGO Rail Rider Blast - Classic Space inspired locomotive MOC

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

LEGO CMF Series 17 review with all 16 minifigures

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.

Mega Construx Halo full Warrior Series review with all 8 figures

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

Custom LEGO near-future cabover semi truck MOC

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!

Monday, April 17, 2017

LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (ver. 2) review

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.

LEGO Creator Mini Volkswagen Beetle review - 40252

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

Custom LEGO Push Boat MOC

Don't call it a tugboat, as it may get offended and go off on a long, rant-filled lecture.  This thing came into existence in quite the roundabout way, but at least I'm happy with the end result!

LEGO Friends Tic-Tac-Toe polybag 40265 review

It's an epic battle between the cute little bunny rabbits and the cute little hamsters with magenta noses & smiles.  Such a risque theme for morally conservative The LEGO Group!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

LEGO Container Ship MOC complete

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!

All Mega Construx Call of Duty Series 1 figures reviewed

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

LEGO Rail Rider RODd - Racing train MOC #2

...And then there were two!  Of course you know what that means.  We need a race!  Not to worry; for this video I've figured out how to make that happen.

Friday, April 7, 2017

First in a new LEGO racing MOC series: Rail Rider "Azul"

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.

Mega Construx Halo UNSC Fireteam Shadow review

Hey!  Look what showed up on Amazon at non-scalper price... for a few hours :)  Still no sign of it at physical stores in my area.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

New custom LEGO Covered Hopper MOCs hit the rails

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

My "Nemesis" now has its own arch-rival

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!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Octan Factory MOC: Roof on & in its new home

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.

A look through a LEGO Idea Book from 1985

Here we go, something more properly "vintage."  I'd never seen the inside of this one before, but it still managed to trigger a lot of nostalgia for me with its contents.

LEGO Island Xtreme Stunts Air Chase from 2002! set 6735

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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 4 Dare, Wetwork, Arestor & summary

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

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Silent Mary review - 71042

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!

LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 Ravager Attack review - 76079

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

LEGO Technic 2017 Telehandler review! 42061

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.

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Blue Express review! 31054

Yes!  Finally I've finished up another full LEGO theme from the early 2017 release season.  I certainly did not save the best for last, though.

Airfix Quick Build F-22 Raptor model review

These things will never stop being deceptive at first (and second) glance, as technically, they're almost 100% LEGO-compatible.

LEGO City Police Helicopter polybag review

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

LEGO Batman Minifigure Plush toy review!

Does this set a new mark for the most unusual review on the 'Bricks channel?

Mega Construx Halo Swords of Sanghelios Combat Lance review

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

Proof of life video

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

LEGO Star Wars original Landspeeder from 1999 reviewed! set 7110

Happy Throwback Thursday!  Here's a wee one from the first year of LEGO Star Wars.

Halfo fo Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 4 reviewed

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.

LEGO Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 Ayesha's Revenge review! 76080

I like 2.5 of the these figures and the middle build.  The main thing is very visually loud & funky though!

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari FXX-K & Development Center review! 75882

Last of the first wave of 2017 Speed Champions here, pretty large & expensive for a single-car set.

Mega Construx Kubros: Alien Ripley & Xenomorph reviewed

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

LEGO City 2017 Hot Rod polybag review! 30354

This appears to be a Target retail exclusive in the US, but hopefully it'll be made available through other channels in more countries.  I like it for the price.

LEGO Star Wars Imperial Landing Craft 7659 review

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.

LEGO Speed Champions 2016 season Ferrari Formula One car review

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.

Four more LEGO BrickHeadz figures reviewed

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

I had a weekend!

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?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

LEGO BrickHeadz Captain America & Black Widow review

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

LEGO Speed Champions Mercedes-AMG GT3 review! 75877

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!

LEGO Elves The Goblin King's Evil Dragon review - 41183

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

LEGO Speed Champions Ford GT street mod

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!)

LEGO Dimensions Knight Rider Fun Pack toys review - 71286

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.

LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Set review! 853651

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

LEGO Minecraft The Witch Hut review! 21133

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).

LEGO 2017 Easter Egg Hunt set review - 40237

Happy Easter everyone!  Wait, what's that?  More than a month too soon?  Shrug...

Monday, February 20, 2017