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Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911 Reveal

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Lego Technic 42056 Porsche 911

They teased it yesterday on their Facebook page, but today Lego have given us a PR blitz with information about the Porsche 911 model that’s coming out in the UK on June 1st for £249.

This is a really lovely set, with a huge amount of detail throughout. Which is just as well, considering the high price. They’ve certainly done an excellent job in capturing the curves of the actual car, and it looks quite striking in the orange colouring.

The high price certainly seems to have gone into the packaging and general experience of opening it up and building it, but it would have been nice if some of that money had gone into something like adding real working lights, or perhaps even remote control functions. As an AFOL who buys a fair number of sets simply for their display value, I should hardly complain, but when the price is that high it would be nice to have something fun in there for Noah in there too.

Lego Mixels Series 7 Review and Build of Combined Models

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Lego Mixels Series 7 Review

Lego Mixels are probably the cheapest sets that Lego sell, coming in at just £3 each, for about a 60-70 pieces. They’re aimed at ages 6+, and there have been 7 series so far, with 9 sets in each series. If you can’t be bothered finding them all, Amazon have the full set.

As individual models, they’re bright, colourful, and easy enough to build even for younger hands. Noah managed one of the sets by himself, so the instructions are also easily enough to follow. The series breaks into three groups, police, medieval and music and the sets in each group can also be combined into a larger model. They’re all fun little creatures, with movable mouths and posable arms and legs,

Disappointingly, the larger models don’t actually use all of the pieces in the group, and you’ll still have a fair number left when you’re done. Not only does this mean you’ll miss out on the satisfaction of the table in front of you being empty, but it also means you’ll need to properly store the remaining parts if you ever want to build the separate models again.

Out of the larger models, Noah preferred MCPD Max, because you could open his mouth and put a minifig into the jail within his stomach. He was happy to play with all of them though, and the ball joints holding the limbs in place means that they’re strong enough to handle that.

Ultimately, it’s hard to complain about sets that are this cheap. These are pocket money toys, and far better than most things in that category.

Architect’s Very Organised Lego Room

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Architect's Lego Room

I’m always fascinated to see how other people store and organise their Lego. Whether they’re doing it for their kids or they’re an AFOL, keeping Lego organised, accessible and tidy is almost as much of a challenge as building it.

It doesn’t seem like Sterilite boxes are easily available in the UK, but the Trofast drawers are what I recommended in my previous post about storage.

JANGBRICKS Lego City and never being satisfied

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JANGBRICKS Lego City

JANGBRICKS does great stuff on Youtube and their channel is worth following. Part of that is because of his awesome Lego city…

This is the most recent video showing off what he’s got, and there’s some great detail in there. A good mix of MOC and official sets, and it’s obviously a large layout to have in your house. I especially like the Minecraft and underwater sets being below the tables, lit appropriately. That’s a really creative touch.

What’s also good about this video is that you can hear how disappointed he is with it, how he wants to rip parts of it out and put more effort into it. That’s the problem once you get started building that kind of thing, you’re just never going to be satisfied.

Lego 76065 Mighty Micros: Captain America vs. Red Skull Review

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Lego 76065 Captain America

This is another Mighty Micros set, this time Captain America vs. Red Skull. It is 95 pieces, and RRP’s at £8.99 but is available in supermarkets and from Amazon for only £6.99.

This is very much like The Flash vs. Captain Cold set I reviewed already, in that it’s aimed at 5-12 year old builders, but is probably a bit too fiddly for those at the lower range of that bracket. It is however a great toy for that group, with Noah still playing with The Flash one over a week since we built it.

I personally think that this is a nicer couple of models than The Flash pair, with far fewer small parts that are likely to break off. Captain America’s tank looks especially great, which still makes these a great impulse buy.

Lego Cinderella’s Castle Rumoured

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Lego Cinderella's Castle

A Lego Cinderella Castle could be on it’s way this September, at least according to all the Lego sites that are writing about the rumour today. CM4Sci has been dropping information across the web that 71040 will be a D2C version of Cinderella’s castle from Walt Disney World.

D2C sets are those exclusive ones that Lego sells directly to consumers through it’s own stores and website.

As a Lego fan and a fan of WDW, this has the potential to be an interesting set. But the problem with Cinderella’s castle, especially the one in Florida, is that it’s huge. There are smaller versions at other parks, but that’s seen as the definitive version, built when Disney was flush was cash and building something that size was much cheaper. Doing that justice in Lego is going to be tough, especially considering the poor showing of most of the D2C sets we’ve seen so far this year.

Can Lego pull this one off, and if they can, would you buy it? Comment and let us know.

Giant Lego Technic Excavator 2016

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My love of Lego increases almost in line with the size of the model, and if you’re calculating a price to size ratio, Technic sets will often feature as some of the best value. Later this year Lego will be releasing this monstrosity, the Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator. Unfortunately they don’t seem to actually demo it actually excavating anything, but with the combination of motors, buckets, switches, wheels and conveyors this thing has going for it, I expect it to be chewing through my garden later this year.

This is a 3927 piece set for £179.99. Bargain!

Lego 7 Cyclops

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Much like the Sisyphus model I linked to yesterday, I like Lego which has real character. Where you can see something beyond the fact that it’s made out of plastic bricks. These Cyclops models from Lego 7 are a great example of that, where not only does the model have character, but it also looks like there’s real sense of motion in his positioning.

One day, I’ll work out how to build that kind of model myself.

Adam Savage Builds Lego Sisyphus

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If there’s something I love watching on Youtube, it’s videos from Tested. I especially enjoy Adam Savage’s one day builds, where he uses his formidable skills in design and fabrication to produce something cool in his amazing workshop.

So when I looked tonight and found that his latest build was one made out of Lego, I just knew I had to mention it here.

In this 22 minute video, he completes the build of a MOC set from Jason Allemann, it’s a Sisyphus Automata, and it’s a really lovely model of Sisyphus pushing a stone forever, with Technic and motor internal to make him move.

The finished build is a really lovely model, with an impressive level of humanity, and a great example of what Lego is capable of in the hands of a talented designer.

Storing and Organising your Lego

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As my collection has started to grow, displaying it all has become impossible. What you can see behind me in the videos is barely scratching the surface of what I have displayed elsewhere in the house. I’ve reached the point where the last big build I did, the Brick Bank, doesn’t actually fit next to my other modulars because there’s simply no more room on the table. That’s lead me to the conclusion that I’m going to have to start breaking apart older builds so that there’s room for new ones.

But how do I organise all the pieces that will be left, in a way that I can easily use them for my own custom builds?

After a lot of searching, there are three solutions that I think fit the bill, and seem to be the most common pieces used by Lego fans.

1. Draper Drawer Storage

Draper Drawers

For small amounts of pieces, these are your starting point. They come in various shapes and sizes, with differing numbers of drawers depending on how much you’re willing to spend. But overall, they’re cheap, and the different sized drawers means you have somewhere to put the larger pieces or pieces you have more of. Plus, they’re super easy to access around your build space.

2. Really Useful Boxes

Really Useful Boxes

For the next size up, Really Useful have a whole range of boxes with lids which you can stack. That means you should be able to provide a size that meets whatever you need. But the ones I’ve linked to here come with 3 layers of trays, each of which has a number of slots in different sizes. That means you can organise everything by type or colour, and easily access whatever you need. Since they’re strong and stackable, you can probably keep on going however height allows, or place them on shelves.

3. Ikea Trofast

White Trofast

Finally, for the larger pieces, or pieces which you have a lot of, or complete sets organised into ziplock bags, we have the Ikea Trofast system. Trofast comes in lots of different shapes and sizes, and you can mix and match the 3 different drawer sizes as you need them. The added advantage is the flat top, which means you can also use them as display space for completed builds.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration of how to store your Lego pieces/parts.