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New LEGO Display
I have a LEGO confession to make: I cheated on my minifigure display case. Remember how I bought all of the materials to make a nice one that hangs on the wall? The one from Ikea… Well, I saw someone else found this cool frame at Michael’s, and it’s like it was made for just minifigures. I’m not joking. And it’s a hinged display! It’s called a Memory Frame, but it should be renamed to a Minigifure Frame. I then talked myself into it a little more by saying, it’s better than the Ikea frame because if you want to play with the figure, you can, without having to take down a frame off of the wall. Nonetheless, I really like it, but I will say, it costs more than the Ikea frame. That’s OK. I’ll be buying one here and there until the entire collection has been comfortably situated. I also would like to add that you can have the figures two deep in the frame, so there are plenty of options on how to organize them. As I get more frames, I’ll figure out a system that works for me.
As for the wall frame, I’m still thinking about it. I want to frame minifigures that I won’t want to take funny photos with, or things that we have duplicates of. Yet, at the same time, I want the frame to have a theme. Woe is me 🙂
The Kids Keep Telling Me To Share This MOC
Here it is. I planned this for a long time, and I was so cheap, which is why it took me so long. I lamented about having to pay so much for stupid turtle figures on Bricklink. I was so bothered when the sets first came out by how much you’d have to spend to get all four turtles… I do have a Shredder though, and the Master Splinter as a key chain. We have 4 of those…
I had this in my head for a long time, and when we went to Bricks By The Bay a couple of years ago, someone had paintings as tiles. They were quite expensive if you ask me, but knowing that I wanted to make this MOC, and knowing that LEGO has no painting-looking tiles (I checked, a lot) I caved and bought them. They were worth it in the end.
I was slow to put this together because of the cost of the different parts. One order alone was over $70, but I did go a little over board. You know how it is, if you’re going to order one, you might as well order 4 to have a few extras.
Honestly though, the reason I haven’t wanted to share is because I feel like it’s a little hodge-podge, mainly the brick work. Due to the way I put it together, the corner is poorly built. Part of the problem was having access to the pieces that I needed. I think when I put this together was about the time that I first learned about Bricklink.
Overall, I’m mostly happy with this. It makes me smile, so that’s a good thing. I don’t even mind how much I spent on it in the end. More than anything, I look forward to having some free time to try to fix it up. The kids like to remind me that the Ninja Turtles live underground, so it’s OK that it’s not perfect.
Part of our Minifigure Collection
I think it’s safe to say I have a problem. This is only part of the collection here in the house. I think they’re plotting something… If I had to guess, there’s at least another hundred on the other side of my desk, then the ones in the downstairs collection, then the upstairs collection, and well, you get the idea. I figure (haha), if nothing else, we may be able to help the kids start a college fund.
LEGO Review – Jurassic World Dimensions Pack
This wasn’t as bad as the Doctor Who set. The raptor really saved the day. I was also a bit surprised because I thought the little vehicle would be fully enclosed, but it isn’t. It’s very open. Yup, I don’t like it all that much. Like the other Dimension set, my hopes were just to high to begin with. I did it to myself. I did however manage to score a Chris Pratt minifigure without having to buy a huge set. Considering the price of this one, I’m OK with it. If you’re going to get the game, get this for sure. You will enjoy it the building.
LEGO Review – Doctor Who Dimensions Pack
MAJOR disappointment. A little back story… I really don’t like LEGO video games. It’s borderline hate, and I don’t like to use that word. With the exception of LEGO Universe (which I still miss), I don’t like the games LEGO puts out there. With that in mind, I knew there was no way I was going to shell out over $700 on a game and all the characters. Just nope. Yet, I also knew how nice it would be to have a little Tardis, and a Doctor to call my own. And the sonic screwdriver! Need I say more? I got the set on sale, Target was having a buy 2 get one free offer. Yet, massive disappointment. First off, the box is HUGE in comparison to the 80 something micro pieces you get. Second, the box is HUGE and misleading. Third off, the box is HUGE and a waste of space. OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest… In all the pictures I’ve seen, the Tardis seems larger, so that was my first thing. It’s the size of 2 2×4 bricks. The outside pieces are 2×4 tiles with decoration (no stickers thankfully). However, the build was so simple, and I think I got my hopes up a bit too much for this set. The K-9 build was OK. I liked the use of pieces, and it was somewhat clever. Overall, I regret buying it. Had I really thought it through, I could have gotten the needed pieces through BrickLink and saved money. Hind sight… it’s always 20/20, unlike this set.