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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.

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.