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Lego City 60085 4×4 with Powerboat Review

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Lego 60085 4x4 with Powerboat Review

I have a soft spot for Lego City vehicles, because I think they’re a great way for younger kids to get started with Lego. They’re often quite cheap (this one is £24.99, but you can easily get it for less than £17) and they never have too many pieces for small hands to put together (this one has 301).

The 4×4 with Powerboat is the latest in a long line of vehicle/boat combinations in the Lego City range, and this one comes in a very natty orange and black colour scheme. There are three separate models, and three instruction booklets. First you build the 4×4, which has some really nice chunky wheels, then the trailer, and finally the powerboat itself. There are also two minifigs, male and female, one of them to drive the car and one of them to pilot the boat.

None of these are particularly complicated builds, there’s not enough pieces involved for them to be. The car isn’t a whole lot different from any other recent Lego City car, but it rolls well and has room for a minifig inside. The powerboat also has room for a minifig inside, and is largely made up of a single piece orange hull, onto which you stick various other pieces to add some detail on the top. I know that the aim here is that it can actually float, but it does seem a bit of a cheat when a Lego piece is literally the shape of a boat.

Everything is covered in stickers of various shapes and sizes, including details on the roof of the car, on the sides of the trailer and all over the boat. I don’t think these stickers look like they’re going to be waterproof, so if you do take Lego at their word and play with the powerboat in the bath or sink, you may find it’s not long before you’re covered in the shredded remains of a number 21.

But let’s not be too harsh. This is a cheap toy designed for kids, and Noah is going to have great fun playing with this for a while before it gets recycled for parts. It’s unlikely to be the kind of set an AFOL is going to put on show, and it’s not designed as such.

It’s easy to scoff and say that Lego could do something more interesting than the endless array of boats and cars, but I have no problem with them. Boats and cars are the staple diet of Lego lovers of all ages, and this one can be loved by your kids just the same.

Lego Cover for Apple Laptops

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BrikBook

As an Apple laptop user and a Lego fan, the Brik Book is the perfect laptop case. It clips (no glue) on to the back of either a Retina Macbook Pro or Macbook Air and gives you a standard Lego studded surface that you can then build on. The cover is $49.99 and does ship to the UK for about $20, so you’re looking at less than £50 if you want one.

As well as selling the cover, they also sell ready made designs and packs of 100 single stud bricks in various colours so you can make your own.

Very cool.

UCS Assault on Hoth Hatred

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Lego Assault on Hoth

The Assault on Hoth (75098) is one of the most hated sets in a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many scathing reviews of what should have been another flagship set in the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series.

At £219.99 and just 2144 pieces, this is an incredibly expensive set at more than 10p per piece. And what you get for that is what looks like a random collection of Hoth related elements, without an AT-AT, or any Imperial forces that would make it possible to use this as a playset and make it more recognisable as the battle from the movie.

Jangbricks have done a video detailing the set, including the reasons why it’s been the subject of such disdain…

Lego Ideas First Review of 2016 – The 9 Qualifiers

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The Lego Ideas blog has announced that 9 submissions have qualified for the first review of 2016. These are the models that were submitted to the Lego Ideas website in the hope that they would be turned into actual sets, and which received 10,000 votes between January and May. Which of these should Lego release?

The models are Particle Accelerator (meh)…

https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/1-blog/post/64

Jurassic Park Visitor Center (not bad)…

Jurassic Park Visitor Center

Jedi High Council Chamber (meh)…

Jedi Council Chamber

Fossil Museum (meh)…

Lego Fossil Museum

Rolling BB-8 (cool just because it rolls)…

Lego Rolling BB-8

Gingerbread House (would be cool at Christmas)…

Lego Gingerbread House

Old Fishing Store (love this)…

Lego Old Fishing Store

Modular Train Station (my love of modulars means I want this too)…

Lego Modular Train Station

Johnny Five (playing to my nostalgia, but I’ll bite)…

Lego Johnny Five

They also announced that the results of the third review of 2015 should be coming out soon. The one I hope they make out of those submissions (although I doubt they will) is the Victorian London Christmas

Lego Victorian London Christmas

Lego Disney Minifigures are Here

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Lego Disney Minifigures

The latest series of Lego Minifigures is here, and this time around they’re all Disney themed. Released on May 1st, there are 18 to collect and each one retails for £2.50. They’re blind bags, which means you have no idea which one you’re getting until you open the bag – unless you can work it out from standing in the shop and giving them a good feel.

The 18 figures are…

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Daisy Duck
  • Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland
  • Peter Pan
  • Captain Hook
  • Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
  • Ariel and Ursula from The Little Mermaid
  • The Genie and Aladdin
  •  Stitch
  • Mr Incredible and Syndrome
  • Buzz Lightyear and Alien

We managed to get a hold of 5 bags a day early, and did a video of us opening them up and discovering what we got.

The Mickey Mouse figure was disappointing because he seems lacking in an detail at all, having a completely bare chest, but the rest of them were nice. We were unlucky to get two Alice’s, but that is the first time I’ve seen a skirt on a minifigure before (I’m sure it’s not, but they’re obviously rare enough that I’ve not had one).

Not sure we would attempt to collect the full set. At £2.50 each, you could buy 18 of them at £44 only to find you had a whole bunch of doublers and have to go back and buy more. But I have no doubt these will fly off the shelves.

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

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Freemaker Adventures

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a new Lego cartoon series coming to Disney XD in the US on June 20th. And since Disney XD is also available in the UK, I assume on there too sometime thereafter (I tried to find a date but couldn’t find one).

The video below gives you an introduction to the Freemaker family including some of the voice talent in the show. I’m pretty sure this is one Noah is going to enjoy.

From the press release announcing the launch date…

The series stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (“Glee”), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (“Arrow”), is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family.

Spotlight on Brotherhood Workshop

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Today I’m going to introduce you to Brotherhood Workshop, a group that makes great little short films with Lego, often based on Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. They’re not only very well designed, with great models, but they’re also well directed, funny, and usually have an additional layer of special effects to really make them pop. You should go watch their channel, but start with this…

Lego Store Star Wars Week

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Lego Star Wars Day

Lego’s online store and shops are celebrating Star Wars day on May 4th with a week of special deals between Saturday April 30th and Saturday May 7th. They’re offering…

May 4th also sees the launch of the new Assault on Hoth set…

I don’t think that looks like a very good set though, so you probably don’t want to buy that. Buy one of the good ones.

Lego 76062 Mighty Micros: Robin vs. Bane Review

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Lego 76062 Robin vs Bane Review and Timelapse Build

Another Mighty Micros set for you today, this time it’s the Robin vs. Bane set from the DC Super Heroes side. This is a 77 piece set which has an RRP of £8.99, but is currently selling at Amazon for £7.95.

This is the smallest Mighty Micros set we’ve come across so far, and those pieces snapped together in just a couple of minutes with very little fuss. From the point of view of a kid building them, this has certainly been the easiest and least fiddly. If you’re buying this because you enjoy the building stage, then you’re probably going to be disappointed with a build that is so quick.

However, it’s not a very stable final model. The nose cone on the Bane tunnel digger is especially shaky, and it fell off a few times as we were trying to record the end of the video. This is certainly something we’ve started to discover with all the Mighty Micros as Noah continues to play with them. They’re great little toys, but the small size limits them to being connected by single blocks and small connectors, making them quite brittle for kids at the low-end of the 5-12 age range they’re targeted at (and to be honest, those are likely to be the age range most interested in them).

I still can’t find too much fault at this price though. Noah continues to love them, and is still playing with all of the other sets we’ve done videos for. I don’t think you can have a better recommendation than that.

High Noon City by Monstrophonic

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Monstrophonic's High Noon City

I love a good Lego city, and I especially like those that are very highly detailed, and those which really feel like a real place. The more you can tell see the story within the layout and design of the buildings, the better.

Which is why I’m especially drawn to this Flickr set of High Noon City, built by Monstrophonic, which I saw thanks to The Brothers Brick. A small slice of the old west, rendered in perfect brick detail, from the winding river, to the train tracks, train and mountains in the distance, this is expert building at work.