Posts Tagged ‘2012 LEGO sets’

Classic Castle Contest X

November 8, 2012

CCC X

Classic Castle is holding its annual contest.

Hey all,

The admins at Classic-Castle would like to invite all members of the larger LEGO community to participate in our signature annual event, the Colossal Castle Contest. Our tenth CCC challenges builders with 14 categories ranging from the size of a custom minifig to a full castle covering multiple baseplates, so there’s room for everyone to play. Please see the contest page and forum discussion for details.

With 14 categories, lots of great prizes and bragging rights for the winners its time to dust off your castle building skills and create some great models!

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Boo!

October 31, 2012

Boo!

Found this awesome picture by Walter Benson that’s just perfect for Halloween night.

Its a modified version of the polybag set that was available at Target.

Even without the scary lighting, the model looks pretty cool
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Just the thing to add a bit of LEGO fright on this spooky night. Happy Halloween! πŸ˜‰

LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game out Nov. 13th

October 28, 2012

Here’s a look at the LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game play. Its now slated to release November 13th, two weeks later than originally. But, now that I’ve watched the video, I’m not as excited as I was about this game. I personally am not a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I much prefer the Hobbit, as its more adventure and less darkness. And I doubt it will be as fun as LEGO Batman 2, as that went above and beyond my expectations on the coolness factor.

But don’t worry, I will be getting it and reviewing it, once it finally is out. I’m just less excited than I was. We’ll see how it actually plays once I’ve got it.

LEGO Haunted House 10228 Set Review

October 24, 2012

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I can’t let October pass by without reviewing the largest Halloween themed set ever. At $180 USD and 2064 parts it is hefty in both parts and price point. Yes its expensive, but with all the sand green goodness that comes in the set, I’m willing to forgive LEGO for it. πŸ˜‰

As I’ve mentioned previously I’ve wanted a Haunted House model since I was a little girl and even though I could easily create my own, this one is very satisfying as a set.

I have to admit, I get bored with a lot of smaller sets now a days. There’s nothing wrong with them per se, its just that after building models that are several feet long, I look at very few of the sets as more than just parts packs that haven’t been broken up yet. Okay, I’m not that bad, but I do have a tendency to only build the set once and then part it and any multiples of the same set I get.

So, onto the review —

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Here’s what all the parts look like in their packages. Not that exciting, but its fun to go from this to a completed set.

There are two #1 bags and 3 instruction books.
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The first step is naturally to build all the figures.
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The the next step is to build all the furniture:
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You will probably notice that I won’t have any stickers on my model, I normally don’t use the stickers. Although I am very tempted with this set, as they are pretty cool.

The #2 bags is where we start the actual building.
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Now with all large builds I normally sort the parts out before I start to build. It makes it a lot more orderly to build and although it takes time at the start, it saves time in the end.
DSC03046 And this way you can see how much of each part there are πŸ˜‰

Here’s what it looks like after all of the #2 bags are used
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Here’s what it looks like after #3
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And here’s midway through #4
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Here’s the mostly finished model, with only the roof top and gate to be built.
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Somehow I didn’t take a picture of the model finished, but trust me, it looks like the one on the box πŸ˜€

The model took me about 4 and a half hours (build time will vary depending on person and circumstances). πŸ˜‰

My take on the model — AWESOME!!! It was a great build and it has some excellent parts, so much so that I’m really, really tempted to get a second one. My only criticism is that it needs more ghosts, but I can fix that.

It is a definite must buy for any LEGO, Halloween, or Haunted House enthusiast!

A Vampire is Born (Built) in New Orleans

October 1, 2012

I posted earlier about the building event that happened this past weekend. Well, here’s some pictures for those of us who couldn’t make it down there.

Its looks pretty cool, but you don’t really get the true scale until you see Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi building it.

And here’s an awesome time lapse video of the whole thing being put together.

This particular building event held its own set of challenges —

1. It was outside at night, in the rain! Those lightening flashes aren’t special effects added to make the video more dramatic, it really was a dark and stormy night πŸ˜€

2. The fact that it was an all night event finishing at 6:15 am in the morning. I’ve done these types of events many times, but never over night.

Great work from Erik and LEGO for pulling off this impressive model!

Update:If you are able to go to LEGOLAND California this weekend October 6th and 7th you too can get a chance to build Lord Vampire with Master Model Builder Ryan Ziegelbauer.

Micro Modular Haunted House

September 28, 2012

Jens Ohrndorf has created this awesome micro version of the new Monster Fighters Haunted House set.

It is packed full of techniques, especially for its size. It would have been nice to see it in sand green, but in a mix of dark grey and dark bley (new dark grey) its more like what I would picture a haunted house to look like. πŸ˜‰

New Orleans All-Night LEGO Vampire Build

September 27, 2012

If you are in the New Orleans area you just might want to check out this building event.

This spooky celebration is open to the entire family and features something for everyone, including performances from New Orleans Saintsations and community costume contest.

WHEN: Saturday, September 29th to Sunday, September 30th
Saturday:
12:00 PM-5:00 PM: Open brick building for Lord Vampyre model
5:00 PM: Lord Vampyre assembly begins
6:00 PM: Costume contest (for children up to age 14)
9:00 PM & 10:00 PM: Monster-inspired Saintsations dance performances
3:00-7:00 PM: LEGO Club Kids Activities
Sunday:
6:00 AM hour: Master Builder, Erik Varszegi, will place final brick
WHERE: Washington Artillery Park Amphitheater
750 Decatur St., between St. Peter and St. Ann Sts.
New Orleans, LA 70116
COST: FREE

Based of Lord Vampire from the new Monster Fighters sets this model will be 10 feet tall when completed. I know I’d be there if I lived closer. This is the first time that I know of an all night build. If you get to go, I’d love to see pictures. πŸ˜‰

Miniland Bag End

September 20, 2012

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Although this model was created about a year ago, I just recently discovered it. Now if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I love Miniland scale, so this one got me extra excited because not only was it the Hobbit, but it’s a Miniland Hobbit

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I love how well both Gandolf and Bilbo are characterized so well. It only makes me more excited for the official sets that will be available later this year.

“What is this?”

September 19, 2012

What is this?

With Halloween just around the corner and Christmas not far behind (okay not really πŸ˜‰ ) Matt Armstrong has created Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas.

Of course after he’s built it its obvious to use the new decorated face element from the The Ghost Train as Jack’s face, but then Matt has a talent for using parts in interesting and awesome ways.

BrickCon 2012 is around the corner

September 11, 2012

This is the last week to register for BrickCon and be guaranteed an engraved brick badge and all the goodies in the swag bag. This is the last full LEGO Con of the year and one that I look forward to going to every year.

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You can bring a model to display on its own or join one of the collaborative displays like last year’s Cube Dude display.

If you’ve never gone, this is definitely one of my favorites and the largest one on the West Coast.

Hope to see you there! But for all of you who can’t make it, I’ll do my best to cover all the BrickCon fun.