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Friday, February 27, 2015

LEGO Elves - Naida's Epic Adventure Ship review! set 41073

Still more of the Elves sets to come!

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder review! set 75910

New release season continues with more, more, more Speed Champions cars!

LEGO Marvel Age of Ultron Iron Man vs Ultron review! set 76029

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren P1 review! set 75909

Ah, one of the truly great supercars of the modern era.  Mostly very good as a LEGO model, with one small, but significant aesthetic miss.

LEGO Blacktron Message Intercept Base from 1988! set 6987

Spacebase!  The largest vintage LEGO space set I've reviewed to date, no?  I'm definitely going to get more of the first Blacktron series sets in the future.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Packing & moving update Feb. 25, 2015 -- the city is gone!

Behold the emptiness!  It's glorious!

LEGO Speed Champions new parts -- a casual view

Rather than repeating all of this in every SC video, I figured I'd do it just once before I got too far into the series.

Long day, good outcome

My memory is already fuzzy on how I managed to get the Quinjet review rendered & published early this afternoon, but the focus of the day was managing contractors at the new house, a task which turned into acting as an apprentice electrician when one team showed up short-handed.  The good news is that we have completed the installation of a positively glorious lighting system for the new main LEGO layout room.  The buildup was frustrating, but the end result far exceeds expectations & desires and has me considering stepping up my lighting game in the recording studio as well.

At the end of the first full workday at the new house, I picked still more new sets from Toys R Us, recorded a few videos this evening and got a couple of them rendered & edited.  Tomorrow will include (hopefully) another long recording session or two to help refill some of the buffer queue of uploaded, but unpublished videos, while also pushing out some more 2015 stuff.  After that break from work, to work, I'll be working on the new house some more :)

What's really great is that the successful light installation means I can start transferring tables & setting them up.  I have some from Mellemby plus some spares ready to go, and the main (old) layout is very nearly clear, with an update video coming pretty soon.  Once tables start moving, you'll see the new layout get populated with stunning rapidity since I've been able to pack up almost everything with minimal disassembly and the overall new layout has been planned out on the computer.

I can't wait to move forward on these next few big steps!  I wish there wasn't another batch of LEGO releases that just hit the streets; I want to bring The Layout to life, right now!

Bionicle MOC: Chibi Lord of Skull Spiders!

Heh heh.  Sometimes bad things come in small packages ;)

LEGO Marvel The Avengers Quinjet City Chase review! set 76032

Another long day (more on that in the next post), but I did get this Marvel Super Heroes / Age of Ultron set uploading during a brief & artificial break.  I'm very pleased with the ship, and you should check out at least the first half of this moderately succinct video to see why :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I can has Vines?

There's a first time for everything...

THANK YOU for 300,000!!

It happened so fast, I didn't even see it.  Viewers like you fortified your support past the 300,000 subscriber mark, nearly making it 301k before I could even get this video out.  You've also made JANGBRiCKs the #1 most-viewed narrative LEGO & construction toy review channel, by a large margin*.

Ultimately, though, numbers are just numbers, and you all give me far more important reasons to work ever harder to entertain and inform.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Packing & move update Feb. 20, 2015

Another long, tiring day, and when I set this one to upload, I told it to go public as soon as it was ready, and I've barely seen a computer since then, much less had time to sit down & write a blog post.

Friday, February 20, 2015

LEGO Bionicle Toa Chibi Onua!

Here's something you don't see every day: A video that went up on YouTube before it went up on the blog.    Right after hitting the "publish" button I was about to rush over here to post up about it, but then (everything else in) life happened :D

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Hulk Buster Smash review online

I got lucky & found this LEGO set for sale already, had to jump on the review for all of the fans out there!
The set comes with 248 pieces, Mk. 43 Iron Man, Ultron Prime, Scarlet Witch, and The Hulk and is based on the events of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.  I usually focus more on LEGO City and unlicensed lines, but the minifig selection and Hulkbuster mech build (which holds the Stark figure fully inside of it) struck me as a great package for a modest-sized set that won't break the bank.  Leave a comment if you have any thoughts about it, yourself!

LEGO Elves: The Elves' Treetop Hideaway review! set 41075

New LEGO theme, new video!  As expected, some shops across the country are putting these up for sale earlier than expected, and I'm scooping them up as I can get 'em to bring you all some detailed views of the sets and their very useful new parts & colors.

JANGBRiCKS move update Feb. 15, 2015!

Check out how I'm packing smaller items from the city and see how much of a difference just removing trains & street vehicles makes on how the layout looks!

LEGO Classic Town Motorcycle Shop from 1984! set 6373

Stepping up in the world of vintage LEGO bike-related sets :)

Mega Bloks Halo Fireteam Eagle set review

Finally this has become available!  Man, it feels like this figure pack was announced ages ago!

LEGO Classic Space custom Orbital Escort ship

It doesn't matter that my entire life is being uprooted and turned upside-down.  It doesn't matter that I've made more phone calls, appointments, and home improvement store visits in the past week than I have in the past year.  When the inspiration to make a MOC strikes, I just have to go with it.

LEGO Technic mini Tow Truck - set 42031 alternate build!

Yep, yep, I definitely like this secondary build better than the main one on the front of the box!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Second LEGO city layout "Mellemby" FINAL update!

Yep, another one bites the dust.  While the first will rise triumphantly from the ashes, though, this layout's future is... debatable.

Friday, February 13, 2015

FINAL update to my all-custom LEGO city layout

This is not a cruel/lame joke.  This city is going to cease to exist.  The whole thing.  In fact, by the time you read this, part of it will already be gone.  Took me by surprise as well.  All is explained in the video.
Update:  Link fixed! Oops!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LEGO Bionicle Toa Chibi Lewa!

Yeah, I'm glad I started doing these.  Because of the limitations of parts colors, this one will probably be the least accurate of all.

LEGO Classic Town Cycle Fix-It Shop from 1987! set 6699

I've had my eyes on the bike-related Legoland sets for awhile now, and finally I pulled the trigger.

LEGO Classic Space Sonar Transmitting Cruiser from 1988! set 6783

This was a long time coming.  As far as I can tell from information floating around in the Interwebs, this here is the last full set to be released with the original solid-color astronaut minifigs.  Ten years is quite a long run for a specific sub-theme!

Monday, February 9, 2015

LEGO Bionicle Toa Chibi Kopaka!

Chibi Tahu was fun, so I tried another!  This was a little more complex, and combined with the fact that it's based on my favorite full-sized Toa of 2015, I ended up enjoying this one even more.

Rare LEGO Classic Space set #1968 from 1985 -- Unnamed!

Some unverified references call this the "Space Express," but they also say it was a McDonald's fast food chain promotional item, which is ludicrous.  Brickset reports this having been available at two toy store chains in Germany.  How and where ever the thing was sold in 1985, here it is 30 years later in full HD quality.

LEGO Classic Town Stunt Copter 'N Truck from 1988! set 6357

The marathon of classics continues!

LEGO Classic Space XT Starship from 1986! set 6780

Ah, my eyes!  It's so... bright!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LEGO Bionicle Toa Chibi Tahu!

My last Bionicle MOC was kinda big.  Shades of 2006, this time I've gone tiny!

LEGO Classic Space Mobile Command Trailer from 1986! set 1558

Aaaand here's the second!

LEGO Classic Space "Scooter" from 1986! set 1557

The first of two sets that were bundled together in a multi-pack.

LEGO City 2015 Demolition Driller review! polybag set 30312

Here's the first little polybag for 2015's Demolition sub-theme.

LEGO Chima Sabre Tooth Tiger Pack review! set 70232

Finally, the last of these little troop builder Chima packs for the first wave of 2015.

LEGO Friends Olivia's Garden Pool review! set 41090

Another of the small & cheap Friends sets for early 2015, not my favorite though.

LEGO Classic Space Modular Space Transport from 1986! set 6892

Check it out -- this one floats on air!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A look at a LEGO catalog from 2000!

Turn of the century, turn of the millenium!  Check out what was going on in the official world of LEGO in the year of the Y2K bug.