Saturday, January 30, 2016

LEGO Minecraft Snow Hideout

Hello peeps, sorry for the long absence.
I am going to motivate myself for a more frequent upload schedule as I actually want to get somewhere with this Blog :)
Today I got the Snow hideout for you from the Lego Minecraft series.
Minecraft always seemed perfect for Lego and although I was skeptical at first, I do enjoy the sets quite a lot right now.
Here are some facts:

  • Costs roughly 40 euros
  • 3 minifigs per say
  • 327 pieces
Let's look at the set
It is a pretty standard minecraft look but I especially like the use of transparent blue and green pieces. The door looks quite nice as well and this really captures the minecraft essence. 
Here we see the first area of the build with a tree, fence, torch and a water bucket. There is also a special feature for the creeper. Press the white tile and...
BOOM, the ground is blowing up. 
Here is a look at the water area with 2 coal blocks. The light blue tiles are used to represent the frozen water.
Here is the front of the igloo. The door is made very nicely and I also like the front windows. 

The whole igloo opens up but there isn't a lot inside it. There is the typical crafting bench and a fireplace which we will look at in the next picture. Other than that there is a lot of open space. 
Here is the front room again with the fireplace, workbench, shovel and they also added a pressure plate for the door. 
Finally the figures. We get a snow Golem, Steve and a creeper. I think the Golem is the best part about this set and it actually shoots snowballs. 

Here are my final thoughts on this set.
  • Nice figures
  • Captures minecraft as it is
  • The tools and special bricks look great
I really like the minecraft sets and have 2 more I could review. 
Minecraft is easy to represent in Lego and in my opinion they did a great job.

Thank you for reading and much love as always.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

LEGO Star Wars Carbon Freezing Chamber 2016

Hey Guys and Girls, sorry this one took a bit longer as I had some new sets to build ^^

Today we are looking at the Carbon Freezing Chamber from 2016. I am a huge Boba Fett fan so I was looking forward to this set when I heard this but in the end it did not meet my expectations.
Here are some facts.

  • Price: 30 Euros
  • 3 Minifigs with a new one
  • Only includes freezing chamber
Let's jump straight to the pics shall we? (Note: for some of the pictures I had to show my hands to somehow show the actions. I am thinking of adding videos some time in the future to newer posts)
This is the basic view and right from the get go you can see that it does look neat color wise but there is not a lot to this set. Saying that let me show you a closer look.
Here is the back and HELLO, there is Han Solo. The back is very open and you can see a lot of the Technic studs sticking out. This set is what I like to call a one angle set, meaning you can only really display it from one side without custom adjustments. 

The bottom of the right side has a little flap which I never figured out BUT Mr. JangBricks said that this is a place to put or hide solo when you turn him into carbon. If you do not know Jang please check him out he is fantastic. 
Now the hard part, showing the actions. This here is a little lift that is operated by your hand and held in place with the little ball joint. 
The next actions you do by pulling the center ball joint out, then turn it and then push it back in.
This is where my main issue is with this set. From a front view, when Solo goes down it looks neat but one you turn the knob and he is turned into carbon you can see that sticking out quite a bit.
HONESTLY I would have preferred if they stuck with the movie and made it elevator style so that he goes down, spins and turns back up.
FINALLY we have the figures.

  • A standard Boba Fett with not arm or back printing
  • And the first (correct me if I am wrong) Ugnaught figure. He has Star Wars style clothing but the best part is certainly the head mold. Very nice and exclusive figure.
  • Excuse the fact that I forgot Solo
The final Verdict. 
  • The figures are great. I love the Boba figure and the Ugnaught looks fantastic.
  • The price is alright but I feel like Lego is always finding ways to include less for more
  • It is however a good way to get your hands on Solo, Boba and the Ugnaught without spending money on a Slave 1.
  • The set itself is ok, I am not a fan of the transformation or freezing process.
Thank you as always for listening and much love as always.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lego Star Wars Droid Escape Pod 2016

Hello again fellow Lego fans and readers.
Today in the 2016 Lego sets I own I am bringing you the Droid Escape Pod.
Here are some quick facts about this set:

  • 179 Pieces
  • 4 Minifigs including a new R2-D2 look
  • About 30 Euros
At first glance this set looks for me personally much better than the old escape pods because it feels more stable and looks bulkier. So lets take a look at this set from other angles.
Again above you can see that there are about 2 layers added at the front and believe it or not you can see through the small transparent brick in the front. 
A lot of stickers around this set making you have to chose as to how to put them on and where you want to leave the gaps between each sticker. 
The back looks compact and neat which is perfect for the escape pod look.
Now the inside. It blew me away because of how great it looks. Of course more stickers. The bottom one shows the impact zone and the top one shows a nice small view of the Star Destroyer. 
The console also has a sticker and a little surprise which I will get to in a bit. I do not like the speeder bike handle as controls but I can live with it. The 2x2 space is for C3PO and the back 2 studs for R2-D2.
As promised here is the console and yes I see the Sticker is a bit crooked. God I hate stickers. 
The console pulls out to reveal the Death Star plans that everybody is looking for. 

My final Thought. 
  • Nice looking set
  • A bit to expensive
  • Great figures
  • The interior looks great
  • Finally a cheaper set to get Jawas in
So there you have it. It is a great and cheaper way to get the new R2 figure and some more Jawas and a 3PO. Star Wars is and always be more pricey but sometimes it is worth the money and in this case id say it is. 
Alright the last set I have from 2016 is the carbon freeze chamber which is next and then I think I will go for something not Star Wars unless there is a request. You can see my lego collection here: My Collection.
For now have a nice day and much love as always.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lego Star Wars Obi Wan's Interceptor 2016 Review

HELLO, as promised I am doing the 2016 sets first that I know have not been released in the US for my US readers.
Today I will be starting with the Starfighter of Mr Obi Wan Kenobi.

  • The set costs ap. 30 euros
  • Has 215 Pieces
  • Comes with R4 and Obi Wan

Sleek and compact design 
The Canopy is printed but the foils of the wings have 2 stickers each.
Lets look more closely at the set.
The back looks a bit open imo you can really see the minimalist approach to this build. 

The inside of the cockpit is a bit disappointing as we do not even get one console and there are more exposed Technic pieces here as well. 

The bottom of the ship is pretty basic with the spring loaded shooters visible but nicely integrated. Please note that the lightsaber "compartment" or holster if you will was added by me as there is no good way to store Obi Wan's weapon in the cockpit. So I decided to add this in the place where you notice it the least and it works quite well. 

A final view at the ship in flying formation. From the front it looks less exposed as from the back and actually looks very neat. It is a bit hard to set up a stand for it as the wings go diagonally down but I made it work.
Now that the ship is out of the way lets look at the figures.

Obi wan looks pretty solid and I like this figure quite a lot. No print on his sides though and no print for R4 on the back. 
The new R4 looks nice and is glossy and I am equally a fan of this figure. 

My Final thoughts
  • The price is alright given it is a star wars set and those usually cost a bit.
  • The figures look great. 
  • The ship itself is partially too exposed and to minimalistic especially the cockpit.
  • It is a nice small set for your collection and Id recommend getting it if you have the money.
Thank you as always for reading and I hope I helped a bit with your set buying decision today.
Much love as always. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Bricklink Haul # 3 January 2016

Hey guys and girls. I have been sick the past few days so I got another Bricklink Haul for you.
This time I spent a bit more and got an actual set in my haul. Plus 2 plastic bags of pieces.
Some clear column pieces again to do more stands and some 4x4 black plates to stand the clear pieces on :)
Apart from that I go the V-19 Torrent Starfighter Polybag as I love miniature star wars sets.
Anyhow here are the pictures.
Also quickly, I will be doing some of the 2016 Star Wars sets very very soon as soon as my motivation goes up since I know they haven't been released in the US yet.

Thank you all for reading and much love as always.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Bricklink Haul #2 December 2015

Hey guys as promised here is my second Haul post.
These are 2 orders from December.
They focused mainly around a small speeder I had to build and an enhancement I wanted to add to Obi Wans Starfighter.

I did buy extra pieces just for the sake of it. And the stone wall is for some background display which will be built up over time.
This is all but another haul will come next week I think once the delivery arrives.
Thank you for reading and much love as always