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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Sun May 17, 2020 11:04 pm

Skyquake87 wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:02 pm
Because I'm rubbish at attaching images, here's a link to the pictures what I took:
https://imgur.com/gallery/iR49gTz
Nicely done. Did you repurpose that skull gate from a smaller set? I think I have that one, including the single gold tooth. I've got dozens of minifigs and kreons I should build homes for.

I still have the Castle set 6081 shown in Denyer's link, mostly assembled. The tree and flags are gone, but everything else is intact. That slanty black brick with a yellow 4 looks familiar; I may have owned and disassembled that at one point.

A few years ago, I remembered a Space LEGO set called the something Dart for it's long nose. So, I looked up the instructions to rebuild it. I thought it had round tiles for a nose, not round bricks, so I had misremembered the only part of the build that I actually remembered. I rebuilt the rest of it according to the instructions, but built the nose as I it existed in my mind.


More recently, I made some progress on my Gladiator Voltron. I went through old builds looking for parts I needed. When I found them, I'd rebuild those old builds with alternate parts, since I still like them. So, scavenging took a while. Some off-brand mechs that use KO Kre-O Optimus heads lost ankle articulation, but everything else I scavenged from is intact.

I'm mostly done. The black bot just needs smooth (studless) tiles for his shins and left forearm. The red bot needs shin tiles, grey wrist tiles, and red connectors to replace the grey clips in his feet. The blue bot needs the most parts: smooth tiles for the shins, torso, and arms, Technic bricks to replace the dark grey ones in his arms and torso, blue clips to replace the dark grey ones in his legs, and grey wrist tiles.

I'd look for sets to buy to finish him, but I mostly need smooth tiles, and there aren't going to be many, if any, sets that focus on those, since you can't build much with studless pieces.


Edit: I was at Dollar General this weekend, and found Classic set 11008, which focuses on tiny houses. There were stickers on the box saying this product was only for sale at Dollar General, with a number to call if it's found elsewhere. So, I guess Dollar General is getting exclusives now, and expect consumers to enforce it?

The suggested builds are an igloo, lighthouse, castle, windmill, and two houses of maybe 10 to 50 bricks each, with a few dozen bricks leftover. There's more than 20 shades of colors, but only a few of each. For example, there's 2 lavender bricks, 4 purple bricks. The last Classic set I bought did something similar. I think I counted over 30 shades in that one, again only a few bricks of each.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Skyquake87 » Mon May 18, 2020 11:28 am

The skull gate thing is from 70411 Treasure Island, which is a good playset, just lacking a bit of something. So I built up around it a bit. I'm happy with it for now, but may I have another go at it.

Loving your Voltrons - they've really got that old-school chunk going on. Impressive :)

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by ganon578 » Mon May 18, 2020 4:25 pm

Inspired by some of Tantrum's recent customs, plus I haven't done any customs myself lately, I've made a couple things. First is Darth Vader's Tie fighter, which I scavenged parts off of my old Tie Fighter 7263 as well as parts I had on hand. I used a basis of the older 8017 set mostly because I had the parts from 7263 and a couple of the old style cockpits for use. The tricky part was the rounded back end; I don't have those big curve pieces, so I made due with what I had. I also omitted the flick-fire missiles, but I may add those back in the long run. I modified the flight controls too, since the 8017 set only had one flat plate of buttons at Vader's feet. Now he has a control stick similar to Major Vonreg's Tie Interceptor 75240 (which is just a Battle Droid torso).

I also wanted to build a replacement escape pod for my Millennium Falcon 75257 from Rise of Skywalker. This makes the Falcon look more like the version seen in the Solo movie, but with an older, weathered look to match the 75257 aesthetic. Looking over other people's customs, I figured I had the parts to do a decent job with some heavy modifications. The back end of mine needed to be narrower than the ones I had seen, and slides in and out on the Falcon's mandible rails with one set of grooved 1x4 bricks. The hinge piece isn't as fancy as ones with Technic arms, but I found Technic would be too difficult with my parts and it would hinder getting a minifig in as well. It can hold a flashlight and a blaster pistol in the compartment with one minifig. Some slanted pieces on the top also make for a great stop for the front lid piece on the Falcon, and it doesn't hinder anything from opening up for play.

I'm pretty happy with the way both have turned out:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/dJQivREYLKKRxai86

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Tue May 19, 2020 2:07 am

Thanks, guys. Reading the discussion of Multibot in another thread got me thinking about making him with Bionocle. I'm trying to decide if the pieces should simply separate by removing the ball from the socket, or using those little ball pieces with the cross-shaped hole so the ball remains with the socket. That'd be more complicated to build, but I've had a socket snap while removing the ball, so it'd be safer. It'll probably depend on how I do the Y-pieces.

I tried to remember how many pieces Multibot (and Modulok) split into. I was pretty sure it was 22 each, and tried to make a list. I came up with 20 each, but only because I thought there were only 3 Ys in each kit, not 5.

Really, though, my next project should be cleaning my building area. I've got some unsorted bricks on the floor, along with a bunch of builds I haven't found shelf space for. Plus a lot of instructions I don't need, like for Classic sets, or small off brand kits.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Fri May 29, 2020 2:12 am

Got 76141 Thanos Mech at Dollar General. Like the Classic set I mentioned above, it has a sticker saying it's only intended for sale at Dollar General. I find it hard to believe that DG would get not only a LEGO exclusive, but a Marvel exclusive.

Most LEGO mechs with fingers have 4 on each hand, articulated only where the fingers meet the palm. This guy's right hand is like that, but the left has 5 fingers, each with an articulated knuckle, to hold the Infinity Stones. The 6th stone stores in the back of the hand.

I don't even care about the Avengers franchise. I just thought it looked cool. And he's one of those kits I can build without instructions, so I feel smart. Maybe I'll build an Oppenheimer minifig and recreate one of my favorite Epic Rap Battles of History. Or, I'll have him fight...

...Princess Morbucks' mech from 41287 Bubbles' Playground Showdown. I picked this up from Marshall's. I had another set with Blossom and Buttercup. Now I have a complete set of minifigs for a show I didn't watch when it originally aired, and whose reboot was OK. Morbucks' mech is just a little smaller than Thanos', and has the benefit of ranged weaponry, so it's a fair fight.

I also got 11006 Creative Blue Bricks which is one of those 50 brick Classic sets, and 31100 Sports Car, which I haven't opened. It's one of those 3 in 1 Creator sets where the main build looks good, but the others don't. I just threw out a bunch of instructions for builds like that.


I made some progress on my Voltrons. I replaced some of the studless blue tiles on Vehicle Voltron's legs with rounded tiles (for the one with the red top) and angles tiles (for the one with the yellow top). This makes those vehicles more distinct from each other while following the one-side-rounded, other-side-edged motif that Vehicle and Lion Voltron use for their limbs.

Plus, I used those studless blue tiles to finish Blue Gladiator's chest. He still needs studless tiles for the legs, arms, and waist. But, in combined mode with the blue legs in the back and black torso on top, he looks done. I also completely finished the Black Gladiator.

The Red Gladiator still needs studless tiles for his arms and legs. If I can finish the legs, the combined form will look complete. The studs on the Red and Blue arms will still be visible, but will mostly be blocked by the arms above.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by ganon578 » Fri May 29, 2020 9:50 pm

Tantrum wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 2:12 am
Got 76141 Thanos Mech at Dollar General. Like the Classic set I mentioned above, it has a sticker saying it's only intended for sale at Dollar General. I find it hard to believe that DG would get not only a LEGO exclusive, but a Marvel exclusive
Unless there's something special about that particular mech, like a color variant or something, I just saw it at Target yesterday while shopping. Seems like a misplaced sticker. The Target one was $9.99.

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