October, 2015

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LEGO Review – 60032 Arctic Snowmobile

This little set packs a big happy punch. The pieces that stood out the most were the snowmobile “feet.” This is a new piece to me, and I really like that it clips on rather than have a stud connection. I also love the large piece of ice. Not sure why. The best detail of all was the pre-printed slope on the front of the vehicle. I’ve noticed lately that LEGO is hit or miss with the stickers, and I was dreading this one. I hate stickers. You know how it is. You eye-ball it, start, then hesitate, start again, and so forth. Then when you finally think it’s right, you notice it’s forever slightly tilted. And don’t get me started on the transparent stickers that retain your fingerprints and look stupid…

I digress. The set is cute and really hits the spot. I was able to put it together in a few minutes, however, I could see a little kiddo having a good time with this one. There’s also a lot of play-ability with this set.

Happy building!!

LEGO Review – 60033 City Arctic Ice Crawler

I had no idea I could love a little LEGO truck this much! I didn’t even resent the stickers this time around. I probably should have read the box a little closer, only 113 pieces. I think this set was so nice because it was a small thoughtful gift, making it that much more fun to build. When looking at the box, I thought the final product would be much larger, mainly in length. Although I was a bit surprised by it’s size, it changed my perspective from “cool truck” to “cute truck,” like, a baby, but in a good way.

I did a slight deviation from the instructions. Rather than have the ice pick on the  driver’s side, I opted to put on the extra long black stick. I felt it gave the truck a baby-Kenworth look, which made it better in my opinion. I then took the ice pick (and the extra one they give you) and added them to the front of the vehicle. They’re hanging inside the front piece, and connected in no way. Even though it’s a little weird, I still like the modification.

The build itself was nice in that it was quick. I had work planned for the day, and then got this little surprise, so I wanted to build it. Given the size of the box, I thought it would take longer, but it didn’t, and that made me quite happy.

The bed of the truck would be the most interesting and creative part of the build. The use of sideways building pieces and small slopes makes it seem more complex. I was quite surprised to see the new (to me) piece that’s used for the back of the cab. It’s almost like a door frame, but not. It’s essentials a sideways door frame but with studs on the right and left and a smooth “non-frame” top. Now I just have to think of a few good reasons to order this on Bricklink because it has so much potential.

If you’re collecting the ice city sets, this is a must have. Even if you never get the big set in this series, get the little ones. They’re proving to be SO worth it.

Happy Building!

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Arctic Ice Crawler

The cool door-frame-like piece.

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Arctic Ice Crawler

Getting ready to explore!

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Arctic Ice Crawler

A view of the back.

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Arctic Ice Crawler

I just really like this set.

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