Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More major city progress already

For the first time in what feels like forever, I was able to dedicate time to work on the city without having to film a highly-anticipated build or review.  It was nice while it lasted.  Back to total dedication to building & reviewing for another day or two, before getting back to what I really want to work on for a handful of days before the September 1 Star Wars deluge.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Big changes to the LEGO city begin!

I told you all I'd start tangible work on this big quickly, and here we go!  I'm pretty confident things are going to end up looking much different than this first video suggests.  I never expected to make as substantive of a change to this layout as has just begun to unfold, but it's going to make so many things, so much better, in so many ways.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mega Construx Halo UNSC Marines Customizer Pack review

This little set is so plain, so basic, and yet so perfect.

COBI Small Army M1A2 Abrams Tank review

Every time I review a COBI set, viewers ask for more.  Everytime I go a few months without reviewing a COBI set, viewers ask for more.  Hmm, what to do, what to do.

LEGO Friends Heartlake Frozen Yogurt Shop review 41320

This is an eye-catching set, for better or worse, with a delicious premise.  I'm not sure it fully delivers on its potential, though.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls review 70608

I've become so accustomed to LEGO's inclusion of transformative play features in nearly ever set that when there are none, I almost don't know how to react.  Is this real life?

LEGO Disney Cinderella's Enchanted Evening review 41146

It's hard to believe it has been almost 4 years since I reviewed the last version of this set, back when I was still a total newbie with a poor handle on audio EQ and hadn't yet figured out how to film white sets against a white background :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

LEGO Juniors Ninjago Movie Shark Attack review 10739

I would expect a Juniors set for a LEGO movie to mostly recycle existing elements & themes with really simple builds, but this one introduces some pretty nice prints and has a decent amount of play value.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Spinjitzu Training review 70606

The LNM theme needs more truly small, impulse buy style sets like this!  Well let's be honest, every theme does :)

LEGO Technic Air Race Jet 42066 review

This build too much longer to complete than the parts count would suggest.  Each moving part inside seemed to be connected to at least 3 other moving parts in convoluted chains of beams & adapters.  Most of the mechanisms actually remained incompletely & only partly testable until very late in the assembly when vanity panels were being introduced.  Definitely not for novices.

LEGO Technic 2-in-1 Container Yard review 42062

This 2-in-1 set actually gives you the option of two pairs of builds, each being functionally similar, though quite different in overall design.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

LEGO Ninjago Movie Manta Ray Bomber review 70609

This set left me with the most unusual feeling that LEGO included too much and would have been better trimmed back with less details & features.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Lightning Jet review 70614

This is nice!  A different look, a different build, very high swooshability, a feature-rich compact bad guy vehicle, and a good selection of figures.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

LEGO Ninjago Movie mini Ice Tank polybag review! 30427

This thing is like high art for the incredibly restrictive constraints placed upon polybag set design, with a low part count and extreme ease of assembly required.  I definitely could not have done better, myself.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Garma Mecha Man build & review 70613

They should have released a puppymonkeybaby set instead.

See the video.

It'll all make sense.



LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny's Bounty build & review 70618

Bravo, LEGO, bravo.  With the notable exception of one missing type of detail, this is close to perfection for a set that has to be buildable by the mass market.


Friday, August 4, 2017

LEGO Justice League Battle of Atlantis 76085 review

More sand green, a few new part colors, one more over-achieving Parademon.  How I mention to spend 8 minutes looking at this very small set, I may never understand.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

LEGO Ninjago Movie Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon review 70617

Here's another of the larger sets from the first wave of the Ninjago Movie theme.  Its aspect ratio is completely different from what I was expecting based on the box art!  One dimension is much greater than anticipated, but another is disappointingly average at best.

DK Books LEGO NEXO Knights Build Your Own Adventure set

I've not tried out any of these Build Your Own Adventure books prior to this week, but they're really, really good.  I bought mine for the included figure and build, but was impressed by the main content.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017