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LEGO Review – 76040 DC Comics Brainiac Attack

Do you remember waaaay back when, when there was a “contest” that when you purchased a DC item you were entered into? It was through LEGO. I can’t remember the details anymore, but needless to say, I didn’t win. I also found out after the purchase that you could enter for free, online, daily. I did for a few days until real life got the best of me.

I finally had some time to open the set and build, and it wasn’t all that bad. I think I had a little resentment to it simply because I didn’t win 🙂

Let me start by saying there were several really cool pieces that I was exposed to, pictured below. I don’t think of them are new and fancy, but I still like them. I think what I also like is that you get them in a low priced set.

Constructing the skull was so interesting. I opened the set without thinking about what I was making, and as the white pieces were being put together, I was thinking, where are they going with this? When the final piece was complete, it was way cool. Beyond the white skull, there wasn’t anything else to spectacular about the build. I find lately I think my hopes are too high when it comes to these super hero sets. Rather than have builds that are nice and solid, you have sets that seem more hollow, for lack of a better word. This is one of those sets. I think it’s easy to forget that when you include licensed figures, and have a low price point, something’s going to suffer.

If you’re a huge Superman fan, then I think this is a great set. If you still have your old Alien Abduction sets, this would be a great one to add to it. Happy Building!!

 

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Ignore the sticky notes please.

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Brainiac Attack

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Brainiac Attack

These are the cool looking pieces if you ask me.

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LEGO Review – 76025 DC Comics Super Heroes Green Lantern vs. Sinestro

There are so many pros, and only one con about this set:

Pros:
-The kids really enjoyed playing with the new jumper, using a non essential minifigure of course (I’ve read things online…)
-I LOVE the Batman in the white suit!
-I really appreciate the pre-printed logo.

Con:
-Maybe the plane is a little small?

I have to say, this is a great build. LOVE LOVE LOVE the missiles. The method to deploy them was well thought through, and just so much fun to play with. I also like the new pieces for the little gun-stud firing “thingy”.

I was a little disappointed by the overall size. I did see a post online where someone purchased two of these sets to make a beefier set. For as much as I like the idea of that, I wouldn’t do it because then it would defeat the purpose of having such a cool set (and characters) at such a great price point. I can say that’s something I was quite surprised about this time. You get 3 figures and a decent amount of pieces for about $20. Totally worth it. Let me say that again: TOTALLY worth it.

I’m not a huge Green Lantern fan, but I really liked the way the plane came together, and the build for the lantern holder. Truth be told though, I’m still trying to figure out why Batman was there, not that I’m complaining about the white suit, because I’m not.

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Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Green Lantern

Getting ready to build. The Batman cape is sorta weird?

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review Green Lantern

I really like all of the little details the camera was able to pick up.

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.

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Not too bad of a set.

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.

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My own little Doctor and his LITTLE Tardis.

LEGO Review – 31014-1 Power Digger

This thing is just too cute. I have another little yellow construction vehicle on my desk, so I was happy to add this one. It’s like they’re cousins. If you like construction vehicles, this is a great set to have. If you have a little kid, this is a great set to have. If you’re an adult that likes LEGO, this is a great set to have. I think you get the idea. Overall, the build is REALLY fast, and if you’re not careful like me, you’ll miss a step towards the end and proclaim that it’s an illegal connection. Then you’ll quietly realize that you’ve made a mistake, fix it, and go about your building whilst pretending that didn’t just happen. Have fun!

LEGO Review – 40139 Limited Edition Gingerbread House (& MOC)

So, as you can see, I was greedy. I got 2 🙂 I started by following some of the framing instructions. I didn’t want to deviate too far from the original house in that regard, mainly because of the limited number of pieces I was dealing with. From there, I had to add some pieces from our collection. Mainly, I had to being in some 6×8 plates for the base since the original is rounded on all 4 corners. I used the extra rounded ones for the roof.

Once I had the base in place, I did the windows with a little difference from the original, and also had to pull out the last bit of mason bricks that I had in this colour to fill it out properly. Once the building was complete, it was on to the roof. I followed the original design, but added the rounded pieces leftover from the base. I also added extra icicles. For the top with cupcake swirls, I added extras of those as well. You’ll notice that the roof is extended past the edge of the house. There’s an extra 6 studs on the roof, and I love the way it turned out.

Finally, there was the chimney and decorations. I felt that 2 ice cream pieces looked too wimpy, so I went a little over board. What can I say? I love ice cream. For the outside decorations, I only added a few printed cookies from our collection, and extra green ice creams as well as orange-yellow ones.

I think I am willing to give up a few of my toes in exchange for a modular sized gingerbread house. Oh how amazing that would be…

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

The front view. You can’t see it in this image, but there’s a really nice stain glass effect on the inside.

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

My little slice of gingerbread happiness!

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

A shot of the roof.

 

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

The back side.

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

The other side of sweetness.

 

2 More Christmas Reviews

40124 Winter Fun

LOVE IT! It’s cute, it’s small, it’s everything that expresses the joy of snow… The mini snowman was just right for the set, and I like it better than the big snowman. I will admit, it lacks details like the large one, but, I don’t know what it is about it. The brick facade on the building is lovely, and I wouldn’t mind building out the house a bit more. It’s just so quaint. I will say that the snow on top could use a little work. It’s a bit too flat for my liking. I love that I get a little Christmas tree, but I felt that the wreath on the door was unnecessary. Maybe because it’s strangely put together? I’m not sure. Overall, I would rate this set a 8/10. Yes, it’s up there with the big sets only because of how well put together it is.

40125 Santa’s Arrival

Like 40124, I just love this set. The details are all there. The beautiful chair that swivels, the cookies, the fireplace, the tree. Could I ask for anything else? My only complaint with the set would be the “stockings” hanging over the fireplace. I know this sounds strange, but I would have preferred to see LEGO create a custom piece for this. It’s something that could be used in other holiday sets, so it would pay for itself. And considering they made a mould for the hotdog guy, this is so worth it. There’s just something so unnatural about the L piece being a hanging stocking. From a distance, it’s not such a big deal. However, up close. eh. Also, I don’t know that I needed the cat. I could see a little kid loving the cat. Maybe it’s because I’m allergic to them? Like 40124, the wreath wasn’t too necessary for me to like the set. Overall, I would give this set a high rating because it’s small and quick, yet detailed and full of joy.

Time For Christmas Reviews!

40093-1 Large Snowman

The SNOT (Stud Not On Top) building techniques used on this set were nice. I also really liked how the scarf comes together. As I was building, I was wondering why there was a red piece in what seemed to be a random place, then it hit me. Overall however, I wasn’t in love with this set. I actually preferred the look of the mini snowman in 40124. Truth be told, I bought this set because I got the reindeer, and they just seemed like a pair. I think this would be a great build for a little kid, and I must say, it makes an excellent addition to Christmas and winter-land displays.

40092-1 Large Reindeer

This reindeer is simply cute. There’s a hidden cross piece that allows it to hold the present, and well, it’s just cute. The antlers, the feet, I just love this little thing. What more can I say? It’s great to add to your winter and Christmas displays, and people of all ages will enjoy this one. In fact, I wouldn’t mind making another one from spare parts so the extra present isn’t just sitting around. I will say however, the party hat seemed a bit out of place for me.

LEGO Review – 75900 Mummy Museum Mystery

LOVED this build. Overall, I was a bit saddened by the Scooby Doo sets that have been released. I think I was expecting more, especially out of the Mystery Machine and the Haunted House. The Car doesn’t even hold all of the characters without modification 🙁

For a set of this size, I felt like it brought a lot to the table. You get 3 characters, well, 2 and Scooby, as well as a golden mummy tomb (great for part harvesting). There’s a little functionality in the set which is so simple, yet so much fun. The burger as the handle for the lever is cute as well. I can easily imagine a kid having hours of imaginative play with this set, and therefore, I rate it 6.5/10. I give it a somewhat low-ish rating because there wasn’t much pizazz. Buuuut, I still like it. It’s cute. And it comes with gems. Happy Building!

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Shaggy and Scooby are at it again.

 

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Shaggy is trying to warn Scooby to look out!

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!!

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