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!