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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:
-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.
-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.
LEGO MOC, Sort Of
A long time ago, we got a little car poly bag, and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to create a whole bunch of them. It took time here and there to collect the pieces, and when I realized that I only had a few more pieces to go, I took to Bricklink to get what I needed. At last, my collection of cars is complete!
Kid Two even got to make one, but he’s so funny. He’s spent so much time trying to convince me to change the spoiler on the red car to red, to match the rest. I keep telling him no, because it’s the original car and that’s how it came, and that’s how I’m going to keep it. It really bothers him, hehe.
I’m SO happy with how these came out, and the pictures are way cool too. I may make some in more colours if I ever have a little free time (yeah right).
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 – 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.
LEGO Review – 10246 Ferrari & 75899 Speed Champions
Here are two sets that I just think are wonderful. However, let me warn you, the Ferrari box isn’t kidding when it says it’s expert level. I had to redo several things, and even had to have someone else be a second set of eyes at one point. On to the reviews.
Let’s start with the Speed Champion set first. The only reason I bought this was for the minifigure. I thought it would be cool to have it in the large car, not thinking about the scale thoroughly before making the purchase. Oh well.
In terms of the build itself, I was quite satisfied with it. The car is nice, but I feel like it could be smoother? I don’t know… I did like some of the new (to me) pieces in the set. It did make me wonder if I’ve been missing out on a lot of things as I feel like there are a lot of new things lately.
On to the Ferrari, the real reason we’re all here.
This set is so cool, and yet, difficult to build. It didn’t help that I have to have the word LEGO going in the same direction. My first mistake happened early one. I was one stud off with the foundation, and it led to strange things, and I had to go back and redo it. I was happy I caught it early on, but this particular mistake was HARD to take apart.
Things continued well, and along the way, I was so appreciative of all the little details. The interior and seats are very well put together. However, on some of the items, I would wonder why it was being built that way, thinking there may be a better way, but it would later serve as “help” for another element later down the road.
The angles on the doors and just behind the doors are very well created. It’s a bit cumbersome to build, but in the end, it’s so sleek that it’s more than worth it. I did opt to leave out the stickers because I was afraid of ruining the perfect line they created with the black bricks.
The interior of the door was simply stunning. I felt like I was building the real deal. I did however have a problem with one of the doors. It took about 30 minutes to figure out what on earth was wrong with it. The same thing happened with one of the headlights. In that case, I had to take apart the center section and work back to one little mistake pagggeeesss ago.
Although there isn’t much play-ability in this set, I can still say it’s a good purchase. I personally don’t like technic, and for a long time, I felt like they were getting all of the best high-end car models. Well this time, we got one, and oh how good it is. The way the back window is constructed is creative, and more than anything, I really enjoy how accurate this set seems to be.
Love all of these pieces, especially the yellow ones, which are new to me.
LEGO Review S.H.I.E.L.D. Carnage Attack
I love love loved the characters. There seems to be a new (to me) piece that connects Carnage’s tentacles to the post on his back. I can see this piece having a lot of potential in MOCs. As for the rest of the build. eh. The mini S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle is neat, and in my case, I plan on adding it to the Helicarrier, now that I have finally gotten around to building it. Beyond that, I wasn’t too impressed? There are the newer guns on the ship (that were released for the Agents line) and I do like the joint on the front of the ship. The expression on the pilot’s face is priceless. In terms of price, this set is at the sweet spot. 3 characters that are licensed and a vehicle for $12, count me in, anytime. If you have a child under 10, they would LOVE this set. For the rest of us, I think it’s really about the characters. Happy Building!
LEGO Reviews 31027 & 31030 Blue Racer & Red Go-Kart
Race cars anyone? Kid Three loves all things cars and vehicles. When these sets were first announces, I knew we had to have them. I know, it’s so childish, but have you seen how cool these look?
31027 Blue Racer
I had to build the mini go-kart. I just couldn’t help myself. I have to admit, I almost bought two of these so I could also build the blue racer. Since I also purchased the Red Go-Kart set, I felt these two would work well together. At some point, I’ll probably take some funny pictures of a Mario and a mini Mario together with the vehicles.
As strange as this sounds, I felt like I sped through this build. For some reason, I was expecting more. I’m not saying I’m disappointed, rather, maybe I should have bought two of them.
For the price point, I feel this is a solid set. It doesn’t have as many details given its size, but it would be a great stocking stuffer or small gift for someone. Like the Red Go-Kart, one could easily go wild and purchase a ton of these just for the fun of it.
31030 Creator Red Go-Kart
Seriously, buy a fleet of these things! By far, this set was one of my most favorites in a very long time. What stood out the most to me was that I was able to create something with decent functionality in a small amount of time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my giant sets like the next guy, however, sometimes you just want to build something simple. In this case, I didn’t have a lot of time, and my stock pile was getting WAY out of control. I believe right now there are about 20 sets waiting to be put together.
OK, back to the Go-Kart. LEGO really hit the nail on the head with this one. I can’t stress how much I love that there’s a working gear mechanism that allows the front wheels to turn. I could be wrong, but it seems like as of late, you have to spend a bit more to get entry-level movement.
I truly cannot wait to think up clever things to do with this in terms of photography. I’m still smiling at this set…