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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Warcry » Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:25 am

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I generally have more nostalgia for the toys than the show, and have been kind of bummed that the Jetfire toys homage the latter. Even when they have the masked face, they still have the wings out Seeker style instead of folding away G1 toy style.
I'm not sure if I would agree with that. The most recent Jetfire is the only official figure that really seems to give much attention to the animation model. The few before that mostly seemed to be aiming for "Valkyrie knockoff", though they wound up missing the mark because Hasbro was afraid of rousing Bandai's legal wrath.

What amazes me is that no third-party companies have tried to make a toy-based Jetfire. It's not like they have any qualms about "borrowing" other companies' character designs...

Your Lego version is pretty damned cool, though!

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:39 pm

Thanks, Warcry.

I got a Barnes & Noble gift card for my birthday last month, since it's one of the only stores I'll still go to. I wanted to get out of the house, so last night I took a walk there just before they closed, and scored a couple LEGO sets.

LEGO Creator 31112 Wild Lion - I've only built one of the alternates s far, an ostrich. There's also a boar in addition to the titular lion. It's one of the few Creator sets I've seen in a while where I like all 3 builds. The lion is accompanied by a tiny vulture. Since I was able to build the vulture and the ostrich, I assume some of his parts are used in the boar. The boar's tucks aren't used in the lion, so the lion also gets a bloody rib cage made of the tusks and some red bricks.

LEGO Classic 11013 Creative Transparent Bricks - About a third of the 500 pieces are transparent. Like most Classic sets, there's some simple builds shown on the box, with instructions for littler kids. They're little animals and a wizard, similar to other Classic sets, but with some transparent bricks. There's a solid green turtle with a clear blue shell, and a solid yellow lion with a (mostly) clear orange mane. Unfortunately, the bottom of the lion's mane is solid orange. I don't know if this was an aesthetic choice, or if they just don't make that brick shape transparent.

This is the first Classic set I've seen with parts in numbered and unnumbered bags. The numbered bags contain parts for the suggested builds. Bag 1 contains the parts for the lion and duck, bag 2 the turtle and robot, etc. The other pieces are in the unnumbered bags. This is probably to make building the things on the box easier for the little kids this kit is intended for. But, it kind of goes against the build-something-out-of-a-pile-of-bricks vibe other Classic sets have had, and more towards the these-parts-are-for-this-those-parts-are-for-that that single build sets have.

Also, there may be too many colors of LEGO now. 500 pieces divided over 20-something solid colors and another dozen clear colors mean you only get a few pieces of most colors. There's just over 20 regular blue pieces. Then, 2 light blue 2x1 tiles, 3 round tiles in a different shade of light blue, 4 bricks in a third shade of light blue, and 4 teal bricks. It's hard to build much when you run out of your chosen color almost immediately.

Usually, when I get a Classic set, I build the stuff on the box, then get inspired to build at least half a dozen other things with the remaining pieces, then put whatever's left in my LEGO bins. This time, I built a walrus, and am pretty much out of ideas.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:28 pm

Aye, I kind of wish they made the Classics sets like those old '80s Basic ones - three, maybe four colours, plus wheels and other specialised elements, that built in a multitude of decent sized models. Then, whatever you can come up with. The rainbow you get in these brick boxes nowadays does feel a bit limiting.

I'm trying to steer clear of Lego nowadays, as I really don't have space for even the stuff I've got, but I couldn't resist:

76173 Marvel Spider-Man and Ghost Rider vs. Carnage
I love Ghost Rider, so I was on it with this set. Which gives us the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider (fun fact: he's possessed by the spirit of his murderous uncle) in his Hell-Charger. The build itself is good fun and has some nice techniques. I'm not 100% sold on the end result. Like some of the old Speed Champions designs, it feels a bit pinched and narrow. The use of stud shooters for the raised engine block (I don't know cars) is fun, but doesn't do wonders for realism. But then this is for kids. I think Mr Hyde would have been a better inclusion as a villain, rather than Carnage. Overall, good set, just not as lively as the earlier GR one.

60287 CiTY Tractor
The red tractor came out in 2009 was the first set got me back into collecting Lego as a grown up, so this seems a fitting capstone (he says). The main build is excellent; surprisingly involved and unexpectedly so, given the general drive towards simplicity and lower part counts this year. The new Technic chevron tyres are used to great effect and the scoop works well. In addition to the farmer and a couple of bales of hay, the set also throws in a crate of farm produce, rabbit and a child minifigure, which honestly it didn't need (and would have shaved about £5 off the RRP). One of the better larger CiTY vehicles that's come out this year, if not the best. Recommended.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Sat May 22, 2021 11:11 pm

LEGO Classic 11016 Creative Building Bricks - As with the previous Classic set I bought, the parts for the builds on the box are in numbered bags, separate from the rest of the bricks. There's only 7 builds, and they're pretty simple, even by Classic box standards. And as with the previous Classic set, I felt uninspired by the remaining bricks. I think having to dig through the various bags to assemble the box builds in previous Classic sets helped me get into the mindset of poring through all the parts to create something.

The remaining parts are bagged by color, and distributed somewhat consistently. That is, all the colors that come with 2x2 bricks come with exactly 10 of them, the colors that come with 3x1 bricks come with 3 of them, and so on. That's not to say that there's equal numbers of each color, though, since many colors skip some shapes entirely. There's one odd shade of blue that only has the 3 3x1 bricks.

Another shade of blue, maybe teal, only has 2 4x1 arches. Plenty of basic blue and red, though. I wish they'd do Classic boxes that flip these ratios. Give me dozens of teal, aqua, and lavender and just a few red and blue. I have plenty of red and blue, already.

In fact, as I was sorting these bricks to add to my bins, I was wondering if I'd ever actually use most of them. I have plenty of red 2x4s already. Would I even notice the 8 more this set gives me? Or would they just sit in my red bin, unused, for the rest of my life? It's not like I've ever been close to running out of red 2x4s. Or most other red bricks. Or blues, yellows or greys, which is the lion's share of what they gave me.

I know LEGOs are fungible, that just about every set I've bought for quite some time has been redundant. Still, having a fresh pile of bricks in unique color ratios, with a few odd eye or wing pieces, usually inspires me to create something I otherwise wouldn't. But not this time. Did I really spend $50 just to spend an hour or two sorting bricks I'll never use? Have I nothing better to do with my money? Or my time?

Then I found the teeth pieces, and made a head with a gaping maw and pink mohawk, which I attached to a 4-armed, 4-legged humanoid body, which I call octo-punk.

1,200 bricks for $50 and a brief existential crisis is a pretty good deal.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:03 pm

76199 Carnage - I bought the Maximum Carnage video game back in the 90s because Green jello did the soundtrack. I don't actually have much for Carnage comics. $60 for 546 pieces is a bit more than average. I didn't like the look that much until I put the stickers on. When applying stickers to the eyebrows, do the rectangular ones first, then line up the black on the triangular ones.

10281 Bonzai Tree - 878 pieces for $50 is a much better deal, even though 200 of those pieces are just round studless 1x1 tiles used as gravel. step 55 on the instructions is just pouring the entirety of bag 3 into the structure you made with bags 1 and 2.

There's two sets of branches, one a typical green set, the other white branches with pink frogs used as cherry blossoms. They both look good, but are pretty repetitive to build. There are 100 frogs to apply to 10 identical branches. Maybe that's part of the zen thing?

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Sades » Thu Aug 26, 2021 8:05 am

Ooh, the bonsai tree. I love the concept of the bonsai tree, mainly for the creative use of the frogs but putting it together looked like torture.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Denyer » Thu Aug 26, 2021 11:38 am

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1,200 bricks for $50 and a brief existential crisis is a pretty good deal.
Do you use https://www.bricklink.com/ ? Now officially owned by LEGO. You can upload part lists (and those can be exported from LDD etc or some third-party instructions come with them) and it'll help break them down into orders with different sellers, which is rather handy if you're planning to build something specific.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Tantrum » Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:45 pm

Denyer wrote:
Thu Aug 26, 2021 11:38 am
Tantrum wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 11:11 pm
1,200 bricks for $50 and a brief existential crisis is a pretty good deal.
Do you use https://www.bricklink.com/ ? Now officially owned by LEGO. You can upload part lists (and those can be exported from LDD etc or some third-party instructions come with them) and it'll help break them down into orders with different sellers, which is rather handy if you're planning to build something specific.
I've used that (or a similar site) to look up kits I already own to cannibalize for parts I need for a build I'm working on. But, that's generally the opposite of what I buy Classic sets for, a bunch of random parts I hope will inspire me to build something I hadn't thought of before. I did find around 3,000 cubic inches of bricks for $65 at a flea market a couple weeks ago.

I used to just keep all my bricks in one giant tub. Pawing through that would sometimes inspire new ideas. But, It would then lead to searching through every brick I own looking for parts I don't have. Keeping my bricks sorted at least allows me to determine how many 2x1 curved red tiles I own for certain in a few seconds, instead of an indeterminate amount of time to not know if I missed any.


I also got the Ghost Rider/Spider-Man/Carnage set Skyquake mentioned. I put the flame effects on the car per the instructions, but have 2 rods left over. Any idea what they do?

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Denyer » Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:27 pm

I roughly sort into boxes to keep less useful pieces out of the way: minifigs, "classic" bricks and bases that don't get used much unless it's for functional things like risers, castle, and everything else (mainly small elements, which is what I tend to use). Similar parts might get stacked together if that's practical.

I don't "build" build very often, it's more finding pieces to customise/improvise things with, so even with a not particularly large collection I tend to just order more bits as and when rather than get frustrated trying to find the last few of something or need a wall-sized sorting unit.

Somewhere on the project list is an Original Series Trek star ship bridge or interior, but that's been there as an idea for about a decade. The improvements in part colour availability (but keeping a Classic Space aesthetic) might be what tip it to actually getting tackled. TBH, the planning is more therapeutic than doing a complex build.

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Re: General LEGO discussion (inc. collectible minifigs)

Post by Sades » Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:05 am

Stopped in at the LEGO store this afternoon- just passing through. It was the first time we've been able to go inside without pre-booking since it opened so we wandered and took some pictures because they have some crazy LEGO works up-

Crazy Lambo sitting at the entrance:

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Interior:

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Rear:

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Detail:

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Baby Lambo locked in a case:

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Sir, stop searching, the treasure's under your feet:

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Millennium Falcon:

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Heist in progress:

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Plane:

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Helicopter:

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