Friday, November 17, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Aaron's X-Bow review 72005

Just from the pictures I expected the main build in this set to have scissoring wing transformation, Technic geared rotors with remote activation, and trigger-launched missiles.  Well, it has none of that.  It's evidently... less than meets the eye.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz Finn & Capt. Phasma review

Yep I got a couple more of these little things and I'm not particularly proud of it.  I felt like they had limited potential early on, and the situation hasn't particularly improved with time.  They're not bad, I just think they're not particularly great.

Mega Construx Destiny Heavy Pike Patrol review

While this is technically a Destiny 1 set, most of it is D2-relevant and the part that isn't still looks great to me.  The main build, though, is far too good for its own... good.  Color me impressed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Outback Adventures review 31075

That right there is a really nice, unique, detailed off-roader build with possibly an equally nice doge.  The other two official builds, though?  NO!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Twinfector review 72002

I have no idea what season 5 of the NEXO Knights TV show is going to be like, but the sets sure are shaping up nicely.

Monday, November 13, 2017

LEGO Friends 41325 Heartlake City Playground review

The social media popularity contest that is LEGO Ideas has produced a good number of compelling sets, but to date not a lot of real toys, like for kids.  UK LEGO Friends team to the rescue!  A set contest was run last year, open only to kids 6-12 years old, and the winning entry was used as the starting point to create... this!

LEGO NEXO Knights year 3 Tech Wizard Showdown feat. mech-ception

I felt like NEXO Knights was losing steam in the show and the physical sets alike in season 4, but here it looks like the franchise is poised for a valiant comeback attempt.  This is not just another colorful medium-sized mech.

Another, smaller LEGO Creator 3-in-1

Few people would call this an especially noteworthy set.  However, it costs a mere $10 USD (per build).  No bad, then?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Modular Skate House review 31081

This set has a couple major points of irony that luckily do not prevent this from being a very successful set.  However, do note the price and consider how much value you feel you would be getting.

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Daredevil Stunt Plane reviewed

It begins! Here's my first review of a LEGO set that has "2018" on the box, thus opening the yearly floodgates of viewer questions about how I got a set that's "not out until next year," adding to the normal seasonal "[I wrongly thought] this wasn't released yet therefore you are obviously a shameful lying fraud who sold your soul to LEGO" nonsense.  I will push through the completely unwarranted trash as I always do!  Viva la "block" button!

Mega Construx Halo 5 Grunt Mech set review

Sometimes less is more.  This build is far more compact than expected, and it just works.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

LEGO Ninjago Movie Quake Mech (big version) reviewed! 70632

New release season has begun, in typical roundabout fashion with some products appearing only at the handful of LEGOLAND locations in the world, some only in Asia & Europe, etc., etc.  You know the drill.  With both aftermarket & import prices continuing to balloon year over year, you will see me reviewing fewer & fewer LEGO sets when they hit the market.  I will instead wait for them to become available en masse in my region or at least at regular retail prices online, just like with Mega Construx products.  I can't keep chasing the ever increasing silliness.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Verified JANGBRiCKS accounts

In this post are listed real accounts owned & operated by me. Assume anything else is fake.

These are me:

Don't get fooled!

  • Check carefully for simple spoofing such as:
    • Extra spaces.
    • Dashes & underscores.
    • Substitutions between uppercase 'i', lowercase 'L', and the number '1'.
    • Swapped letters & misspellings. 
  • If you see any unusual content claiming to be from me, always first assume it is fake, then verify.
  • If someone contacts you claiming to me, assume it is fake, then verify.
  • If someone contacts you claiming to be my friend, personal acquaintance, or family member (whether close or distant), definitely assume it is fake; it most likely is.
  • If someone contacts you claiming to have met me, talked to me over the phone, or been messaged by me, you should automatically assume it is fake; 99.999% of the time it is.
  • If someone posts a "screenshot" of a conversation with me or a piece of content I supposedly since "deleted," obviously assume it is fake; that's the oldest trick in the book, commonly referred to as "Photoshop."
  • If you see uncharacteristic content (foul language, insults, xenophobia, etc.) coming from a source that does appear to be a 100% verified account of mine, assume it is fake as the account may have been hacked.
  • If someone tries to impress you with purported "private" information about me, it's either a) fake or b) actually public information copied from a public source. Avoid contact with people who openly represent themselves as stalkers.

Other accounts that are me:


Other websites I own:


Verify, verify, VERIFY.  The Internet is flooded with fake news, fake content, and fake accounts.  This is extremely well known has been well documented by major media coverage almost every single day.  Any random person can sign up for any random site and give themselves an alias that sounds like someone else.  Elevate your awareness and wariness and don't fall victim to the simplest of traps.

Remember the Mega Bloks/Construx Halo line?

We've gone through quite a dry spell when it comes to substantial new releases in the traditional flagship Mega Construx line.  A lot of folks have been wondering why I've not had any relevant content to offer, but the simple fact is, stuff hasn't been released!  That is, stuff hasn't been released anywhere I could buy it.  Some extraordinarily lucky locations got limited quantities of the entire newest Halo Heroes line, for example, but most of us fans just have to sit & wait & wonder.  Heck, some stuff still never really makes it out to the wild.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Starting work on my largest cargo port crane

After over three years of waiting for this moment, I've finally started on my custom ship-to-shore freight dock crane!  This first step involved simply figuring out the dimensions of the thing without any concern for realism or structural integrity.  Next I'll rough out the trolley and figure out a spreader design.

Friday, November 3, 2017

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA review! set 21312

The latest Ideas set has hit the streets and it's another one that I was disappointed to see picked at the expense of, in my personal opinion, more substantive and exciting 10,000 vote winners in its review period.  However, with product in hand, I find this set to be actually really, really nice.  As usual my main interest is in the builds, but I can't help but take note of the excellent design work done on the figures.

There does, though, remain that controversial sociopolitical undertone here, and with an audible "gulp" I made the decision to address it head-on at the end of my review video, with my unfiltered personal feelings.  Surely this will drive my subscriber count down since many people cannot accept anyone else having an opinion, but I think it's very much worth it.  I choose my battles very carefully, but that doesn't mean I don't fight.

LEGO Thanksgiving Harvest set review 40261

It brings me great joy to put up a video about a holiday/seasonal set within the actual month of the holiday.  Product release schedules have become pretty silly with many things these days, with Christmas decorations showing up in stores in September & what not!

Of course now that I say that, I will very, very soon be reviewing a series of Christmas-specific sets. In the first week of November.  Oh, well.  I tried!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

It's finally time to make that cargo seaport

I've of course been looking forward to moving on to my Planetary Defense Force Base forever, but before I start laying its labor-intensive foundation I need to really lock down its dimensions.  There's plenty of room to work around, though, and I'm not married to any specific shape or individual dimension.  Thus, I must defer to its neighbors to really define the constraints, and work backwards from there.

The zoo has much more than enough space for its own planned expansion & revamp, leaving the new cargo harbor with all of the power to determine the fate of this entire end of the city!

Today's progress involved determining and securely building in the foundational shape of the port, moving rail sidings and rotating much of the setup 90 degrees while adding two piers to provide a lot more docking space.  Hopefully pretty soon I can start working on cranes.