Friday, January 20, 2017

LEGO Star Wars R3-M2 promotional polybag review! 40268

What exactly is this thing?  As of this writing, nobody seems to know.  It exists, though, so I review it!

New 4-wide LEGO car MOCs for New Jang City

It always feels great to eliminate some official LEGO builds from my layout & replace them with custom work.  It just takes so long to build the smallest thing!  I know official LEGO designers spend a lot of time perfecting their projects, but for some reason I'm unable to give any leniency & reasonable patience to myself.  I'm always unhappy with how long it takes to design the smallest thing.


LEGO Creator Seaplane Adventures 3-in-1 review - 31064

Well, this is the last of the medium sized Creator sets for now; just the minis remain.  I can't say I've saved the best for last, but this set does have some nice features with a solid basis for story-building.

Mega Construx Call of Duty Arctic Troopers set review

I am finally starting to get used to the name Mega Construx, and I'll tell you what else, I really like the branding & package design work.  These sets look so much more serious and respectable than before, the consistency is a breath of fresh air for me (as a user experience professional who specialized in standards!), and the slash of orange draws well-deserved attention on store shelves.

A look through a LEGO Idea Book from 1987

This was posted to YouTube for Throwback Thursday, but here I suppose it becomes a Flashback Friday evening tribute :)  Quite a range of brick-built scenic goodness in this one, and another great sticker sheet.

LEGO Star Wars Microfighters Krennic's Shuttle review! 75163

I really appreciate the very existence of these mini-set lines like Microfighters & Mighty Micros because they're priced low enough to allow many more kids to get them than get access to the ever more complex & expensive medium to large sets.  Yet, each of these sets does stand out on its own as a very playable item.  I might not love every single individual set, but the whole series absolutely should be continued.

LEGO Marvel Mighty Micros Wolverine vs. Magneto review! 76073

Sorry!  Sorry.  I fell behind on the blog by a day again, and one day can mean a bunch of videos! Time to get caught up again right quick.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LEGO NEXO Knights Battle Suit Aaron review - 70364

I'm telling you, my skepticism was high when I saw official pictures of these sets last year, but as toys the really work well.

LEGO Technic Stunt Bike review - 42058

Another of the small Technic sets that made it to the Americas this season.  Again, none of the larger/good ones will be available here until March.

LEGO Ninjago Cole Box (stone armor) unboxed

I picked this up practically sight unseen during one of the major shopping cart-filling trips to TRU late last month and now finally got a chance to see what's inside.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

LEGO Star Wars Duel on Naboo review! 75169

Quick! Load up your favorite music player and start Duel of the Fates!  It's time to relive the best part of The Phantom Menace, or to have too much fun failing to do so.

LEGO City Money Transporter review - 60142

Many of you found the police paint scheme of the auto transporter to be a strange choice.  How about a police-themed armored car?

Big LEGO City changes & updates!

Well, now!  It has been awhile since I had anything major to show in the overworld of my city, I think since unveiling of the first skyscraper.  Here, though, I have probably 10 solid hours of planning followed by hands-on execution in the books to make a pretty substantial alteration to fundamental infrastructure of the layout.  It felt like I was taking a lot of risk, but man, am I glad I went for it.  I now have a lot less awkward space and a lot more straightforward, usable real estate within the constraints of my already maximized table arrangement.

LEGO NEXO Knights Ruina's Lock n' Roller review! 70349

I still have a bunch of Nexo Knights sets yet to be reviewed; LEGO definitely kept their committed to the series up for the start of year 2.

LEGO Star Wars Rebels: The Phantom (II) review! 75170

Finally got my hands on one of these hard-to-get sets that keeps selling out everywhere because of the Thrawn figure.  Is the rest of the set worth the price though?

Friday, January 13, 2017

LEGO Creator Assembly Square review is up!

Between the build, filming, editing, about 15 hours of work went into the 20-minute review video alone.  Capturing all of the desired angles with the desired clarity even strained the capabilities of my recently overhauled & reworked lighting & filming setup.  I really went all-in, and I think the subject matter deserved the effort.  Assembly Square is a wonderful tribute to 10 years of much-loved LEGO modular buildings, and yet it has its own fresh & unique feeling and employs some brand new techniques and a bunch of new parts.


Now that the videos are done, I need to figure out what to actually do with the set!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Custom 4-wide LEGO (bodied) RC drift car

The world of radio-controlled cars was another fun thing that piqued my interest in the latter half of my childhood, though I only ever owned one cheap one.  Fast forward to the year 2000 and I had dove head-first into both LEGO and RC for the first time as an adult, overwhelming my limited free time and forcing the decision to put one of them back on the shelf.  Over the course of the next decade I would purchase & operate over 450 RC cars, trucks, helis, quadcopters, planes, boats, and hybrid oddities.  Circumstances beyond my control eventually pushed me out of my deep involvement in that hobby and back to LEGO (yay!), but I'll never, ever stop liking remotely-controlled... stuff!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LEGO 2017 Romantic Valentine Picnic set review

Looks like we've gone back to minifig-scaled seasonal sets for awhile, and thankfully so.

LEGO Star Wars 2017 Desert Skiff Escape review

Another day, another skiff, it seems.  This actually has a very smart, displayable & playable main build, more accurate than earlier attempts and yet very playable.  The Sarlacc, though... hmm...

LEGO Technic Ultralight Helicopter 2-in-1 review

North America has to wait a few extra months to get all of the nice medium-sized Technic sets for the season, but here's another of the wee ones that did make it to these shores.

Monday, January 9, 2017

LEGO City 2017 High Speed Chase review - 60138

Early posting of a new review here as a "thank you" for following the blog!

LEGO City update - Water, dinos, trees & more

First New Jang City update of 2017 here!  This will show you where some of the pieces from recent Bricklink hauls went, in addition to revealing the temporary fate of more 2017 sets than you can see in the preview image above :)

LEGO NEXO Knights The Three Brothers review! 70350

At first glance this was another visually boring blob of gray & purple, but the vehicle actually has some very redeeming qualities.  Oddly in spite of the name, though, only two "brother" minifigs are included.

LEGO Creator Beachside Vacation 3-in-1 review - 31063

This is one of the less-substantial structure-based Creator sets in recent memory.

LEGO Batman Movie Killer Croc Tail-Gator review! 70907

Another very odd & very interesting from the LEGO Batman Movie series, introducing an obscure, but relevant rendering of Killer Croc and one ridiculously oversized truck with awesome detail throughout most of it (with the remainder being pretty terrible).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

LEGO Star Wars Yoda's Jedi Starfighter review! 75168

Clone Wars is back! Some will probably accuse LEGO of milking a dead sub-franchise but I'm personally glad they released this model and included versatile figures that aren't in an awkward CW-specific style.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

LEGO Batman Movie Arkham Asylum review! 70912

Pretty nice build here with two heaping handfuls of minifigs, and at a very price, to boot.  Not entirely flawless, though.

LEGO Ninjago Vermillion Attack review

Whoops!  Looks like I've reached the end of the line for this wave of Ninjago sets!  There are a couple of polybags due to show up somewhere, in some way, but I've reviewed all of the boxed items for now.

LEGO Marvel Iron Man vs Thanos Mighty Micros review

Last season I donated all of my wave 1 Mighty Micros at once, but I actually bought two of this set here to make sure I'll keep one for myself because I love the classic model 2 or 3 style Iron Man!  He may even find a home in New JANG City at some point in spite of my extreme hesitation to include anything superhero-related, or any of the top licensed themes, for that matter.

LEGO City Dragster Transporter review

I'm trying to spread the review love as fairly as I can between all of the themes with new sets this season.  There's not too much more to cover in the City line, though.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

LEGO Star Wars Rogue One Battle on Scarif review! 75171

Wow, this is so very different from the usual types of LEGO sets.  If you're not yet familiar with this one, what you see in the image above is the whole set -- I didn't hide away an armored transport, gunship, walker, or other vehicle.  This is just a terrain & door set.

LEGO NEXO Knights Clay's Falcon Fighter Blaster review! 70351

The process of making this review started out quite average, but by the end it was getting pretty rough.  This is one of this season's bigger NEXO Knights sets, so it was especially important that I maintain balance & fairness.

LEGO Batman Movie The Penguin Arctic Roller review! 70911

Did I mention it's new release season? I'm cranking out the reviews at a feverish pace!  No surrender!

LEGO Star Wars Rogue One battle / troop pack reviews

I think one of these is alright, while the other is pretty perfect.


LEGO Ideas Adventure Time set review

Adventure Time!  C'mon, grab your friends, we'll go to very distant lands.  I love the show, and I love that there's another official LEGO AT product.  However, I feel like something significantly more desirable could have been produced for the theme, for the development investment, and for the ultimate retail price.

LEGO Batman Movie The Scuttler set review! 70908

Out of all of the giant 4-legged bat mechs LEGO has made, this is my favorite.  Wait...