Archive for April, 2013

Minifig Stationary Set

April 28, 2013

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I was at Toys R Us last night and I saw this. I almost thought about getting it, but the pricey price tag (is that a thing? :D) at $40 USD put me off buying it — that,and my earlier purchase at the LEGO store. Its cute and the minifig clown pen, if totally impractical, is pretty cute.

Update:I’ve now learned the label was wrong. If I’d bothered to look at my own picture, I would have noticed sooner. The price is actually $12.

I don’t know if I like the minifig pens or not. If you haven’t seen them you pull the head off and the pen is in the middle of the body. I have a Ninjago one that I still haven’t decided if I want to use it or not. I like all these new forays into the stationary accessories, and if was a kid going to school I would have loved to have them to use.

My only complaint is the quality of the accesories. The notebooks and journals are okay, but the markers and erasers are lousy. I guess a kid wouldn’t care or notice, but when I write or draw I like to have good quality pens, pencils and erasers. I suppose most themed pens, pencils, etc. that are made for kids are not made for quality, just advertising, but even so it is something to note. So, if you want them for their collectiblity factor or to accessorize your child in proper LEGO writting impliments than go right ahead. But at that price, I’d prefer something that works better.

LEGO Birthday Party

April 25, 2013

Wow, sorry for no posts, I’ve been in a non-posting mood.

Well any how, since it was my birthday yesterday I thought this video was rather relevant.

Two Different Islands

April 15, 2013

Iron Builder is at it again. Two builders enter, only one leaves.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But so are these two models by
Chris Maddison
and Bruce Lowell
Castaway

Sunset

I love Chris’ palm trees and the tiny sailboat in the distance. But the sweet serene sunset that Bruce has created is also awesome.

If Iron Man 3 were in LEGO…

April 13, 2013

This is what the posters would look like

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You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

Picture Perfect

April 10, 2013

Camera

Its not often you take a picture of your camera, but RGB900 made one out of LEGO. πŸ˜‰

I like all the details such as the strap, flash and display screen.

Behind

Its hard to tell in the picture, but I used the very same technique for the strap of the guitar hero controller that I made several years ago.

Sometimes Small is Big

April 10, 2013

Lil' Big Wheel

Remember the Lil’ Big Wheel? Well here’s one that you can hold in your hand. πŸ™‚

Matt Armstrong has done it again, building in unconventional ways to create familiar things. And its so darned cute!

This Fett means Business

April 7, 2013

Boba Fett (Midi-Mood Scale) 2

Kevin Ryhal has created a Midi-Mood Scale Boba Fett that is fully pose-able.

Boba Fett (Midi-Mood Scale)

Pretty darned awesome!

Gingerbread-y goodness!

April 4, 2013

If you’ve been watching online, you might have seen this:

Pigs vs Cows is now LIVE on Kickstarter

Guy Himber, aka V&A Steamworks, has a project on Kickstarter. I posted it originally on my Facebook page (which you should totally follow if you aren’t already πŸ˜‰ ) but I never got around to posting it here.

And in quoting myself —

If you’re going to BrickCon, the epic and endless battle is on — Pigs Vs. Cows! And Guy Himber want to make this the most epic of epicness with his own custom pig and cow heads. If you want this to be more than just a bacon and milkshake dream, support it on kickstarter!

Now there is an even more epic reason to support it —

Gingerbread Man Limited Edition figure - available to Pigs vs Cows pledges.

Hello Pig and Cow fans!

EXCITING NEWS!

I have recently confirmed the particulars to make the Gingerbread Man available as an ADD-ON to Pigs vs Cows supporters!

This limited edition custom Miniature Figure will have a unique Gingerbread Man injection molded head form, custom printing on the head, legs and torso in special ‘puffy’ style ink ( to create a 3-D icing effect ) and two custom Circus Animal Cookie inspired BRICKARMS weapons!

This very, very limited edition figure ( less than 250 will be made ) is going to be available to Pigs vs Cows supporters BEFORE anyone else! If they sell out as part of the Kickstarter campaign then that’s all she wrote.

Pricing details coming soon, shipping is free with your PvC pledge.

Ginger-Power!

What Gingerbread men have to do with pigs or cows I’m not all that clear, but who cares! With his Circus Animal inspired guns he can take care of his own bad self. πŸ˜€

This is a very, very limited run so if you aren’t already supporting the Pigs vs. Cows movement then I suggest that you do so. There’s still 13 days to go, and with just a little over $500 left to the pledge goal I have a strong feeling that this just might get funded. πŸ˜‰

LEGO Batman Movie Review at WonderCon

April 3, 2013

The LEGO Batman Movie may not be out on DVD till May 21st, but I got to see the West Coast preview at WonderCon! Not only did they show the movie, but there was a Q&A afterward with the director Jon Burton of TT Games and several of the voice actors.

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If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is:

I’ll get back to the Q&A part in a minute. Now for the review — if you haven’t played LEGO Batman 2 yet, or don’t want to know what happens, you might not want to read this review. Spoilers ahead —

If you have played LEGO Batman 2 like I have, read my review of the game here, and read the description of the movie you would think what I thought — that the LEGO Batman Movie is basically the cut scenes from the game.

That is both true and not true. The story line is the same, but an interesting fact that I discovered from the Q&A is that the game is based off the movie!

According to Jon Burton, the director, they were working on the movie and then realized it would be a great game. But the game took less time to make than the movie and that’s why it came out first.

So in watching the movie, the plot is not really a surprise for those of us that played the game. Even so, this is worth watching. I have to admit I enjoyed it a lot more than any of the latest LEGO Star Wars mini movies. It was cute, fun and funny.

And watching a Gotham that’s built of LEGO is just plain cool. One of the coolest scenes is something that isn’t in the game — Lex’s airship. Its massive, shiny and “built” of over 20,000 parts. Like Jon Burton said, all the models in the games and the movie can be built in real life. TT Games actually has LEGO Master Model Builders on staff to ensure this.

What I like about the movie is that you can just watch it, you don’t have to do anything like in the game, and when you get the DVD you can pause it to look at the models more closely.

If you want to watch the Q&A here it is: (more spoilers)

After the panel I was able to meet both Jon Burton and Christopher Smith (the voice of the Joker)

Here’s a picture of Christoper
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It was awesome seeing it on the big screen and meeting some of the talent behind it. I highly recommend it!

And don’t forget that you get this awesome minifigure with the movie πŸ˜‰

Overall 5 out of 5 stars! Fun movie, and I’ll be wanting to watch this one more than once.

WonderCon 2013 and mini set review

April 3, 2013

I’ve done it again and been gone from here for the past week or so. Lack of an internet connection and my third convention in March kind of took the writing wind out of my sails. This month I’ve got a little bit of a break from Cons, which frankly I needed it.

I will be going back in time and writing about both Emerald City Comic Con and BricksCascade, but as WonderCon, my latest convention, is still very fresh in my mind, I’ll focus on that one first.

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This was supposed to be my “fun” Con. I wasn’t planing on working really, just going and hanging out with friends and my brother. But I seem to find LEGO and LEGO related items everywhere, and its really not a stretch that would find it at a comic convention. πŸ™‚

The Nintendo booth had a giant picture of the new LEGO City Undercover game.

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I would like to review it, but I can’t (at least currently) justify buying the WiiU just for one game. And I would have tried to play it at the show, but unfortunately there were way too many people trying to play it. That went for the 3DS game “LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins” too. But as I actually have that game system, I’ll be picking it up when it comes out. GameStop does have the Chase McCaine figure if you preorder it, but as he’s also in a set and let’s face it, he’s just a cop figure, I’m not as focused on getting one.

I went slightly to the dark side and picked up the Character Building brand Doctor Who Tardis set. I normally stay away from non LEGO brands but this was the Tardis after all.
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There’s not all that much to the set at 53 parts considering the price (I paid $15)
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The interesting thing is that the Amy figure is basically naked under her skirt which is a separate piece. Why they didn’t make the hip part white or some other color than skin tone is a curious decision to me. Both figures are kind of like hybrids between minifigs and Friends figs. They have the more human shape of the friends fig, but they have the rotating hands of minifigs. I still wish that friends figs had rotating hands.
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The disappointing thing to me is that all but the doors are large panels (you can see it on the left of the picture). There is very little building, just the bottom, and top of the model for the frame.
One interesting thing is that they give extra stickers, like they expect you to make a mistake or that they will eventually come off. And there’s a cardboard insert for the “inside” of the Tardis.
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I do have to admit that there was a pretty cool 4×4 grey tile for the floor of the model and the 1×6 tile with 2 studs for the doorway (there’s two in the set, one for the top and one for the bottom). The roof was disappointingly one part, but the tiny light at the top is a separate part.
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For some reason I didn’t take a picture of it built while I was at lunch (yes I built this while waiting for my order) but here’s it almost completed
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Was it worth it? Not really. The plastic is clearly inferior and the figures aren’t all that great, which is why I didn’t buy their version of collectible minifigs. They did have a set with all 11 Doctors, but as I only like 9-11 and the cheapest I saw it for was $45, I couldn’t justify buying it — I’d rather spend that on a LEGO set! πŸ˜€

Most of the rest of my WonderCon experience had nothing to do with LEGO, that is until the last day. But that will be a post all its own. πŸ˜‰