In which I see Avengers: Infinity War, build a related set and have the dog eat my homework…
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has been one of the most anticipated comic book related films of recent years: Drawing together threads established over the past decade, the movie is an exciting, emotional roller coaster. Especially if you have been following the long setup that has been put in play. However, as it has only recently been released, I wish to minimises actual spoilage of major plot points. There will some mild spoilers merely in the form of describing the actual builds. I will not actively give away any plot points, if i can help it.
Avengers: Infinity War – A personal reflection
I saw the film the day that it opened, and I was amazed by the part where ******** and ******** did that ******** to ********. I wasn’t expecting ******** to ******** ********. And I loved the way that ******** kept addressing ******** as ********! The final ******** where ******** ******** came as a ********. Make sure you catch the after credit scene where ******** manages to ******** ********* before ********. Of course there was the inevitable cameo by **** ***, just not where I expected it to be.
With such a stellar range of characters, and so much action, there are not many opportunities for them to develop within the context of this film. As such, this might not be the best film for newcomer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, if you have had some prior investment in the characters and their stories, it pays off big time.
I came home from the film feeling inspired and in a mood to build a related LEGO® set. So I broke open 76102: Thor’s Weapon Quest. This is the second smallest of the sets related to Avengers Infinity War, and yet it is full of character, colour and interesting build techniques. With 288 pieces, and three mini figures, this set works well in the context of the film.
Earlier this week, LEGO Rebrick announced the winners of their ‘Decorate the LEGO House contest.‘ Featuring entries focussing on the themes of ‘LEGO Minifigure Interiors’ as well as ‘Nature,’ there are some fantastic models that will be displayed in the LEGO House in Billund for the next twelve months. Take a moment to follow the link and check out some of the winners. The quality of entries was such that the number of winning entries was ultimately doubled from twenty to forty.
I was excited to see one MOC that I recognised make the cut: Jason Cichon’s Honeycomb was on display at Brickvention 2017, and features some immaculately spaced hexagons, and a larger than life Honey Bee. The solid black frame really sets it off.
There are also some beautiful flowers including this brilliant White Flower from Continue reading →
The fairground has become one of the great subthemes of Creator Expert sets over the last few years – Starting with the Mixer, the Ferris Wheel and Carousel. Today we see the unveiling of the 10621 Roller Coaster.
Note: the official photos were released separately to the press release, and they are now attached at the bottom of this article.
This set has been hotly anticipated since the announcement of the new roller coaster system first seen in 70922 The Joker Manor. Initially appearing in purple, we have also seen grey track appearing in Speed Champions and LEGO City sets this year, as well as forthcoming in the Creator 31084 Pirate Roller Coaster. Neither 70922 or 31084 have been motorised, although solutions have been demonstrated utilising Technic chain, catching onto an attachment on the base of the cars. Here, we have the full range of track elements available in Bright red. (Ed: Unlike typical Creator Expert press releases, only a 2 stills have been provided by the LEGO Group. The majority of images have been taken from videos designed to demonstrate the features of the set.)
With 4124 pieces, this set comes with 11 minifigures, and is easily motorised by either Power Functions or Boost. I love that the use of Boost is being encouraged beyond the Creative Toolbox, to add sounds through the tablet, and to potentially increase the amount of control to be had over the system. The Australian Price at Shop At Home is $499.99
I am impressed by the amount of gearing that goes into driving the train, from the trip up to the top, as well as moving the outside bumpers, to ensure that the train is driven around the first corner, before beginning its freefall ride. The use of the cam mechanisms here makes me think that the ride up could be just as clunky for our mini figures as it often is in the real world.
Here is the First Video: showing humans interacting with the new set:
There are some interesting additions to this set serving to add life to our amusement park, including the cotton candy stall: the beehive piece (recoloured pink) has been used in conjunction with a head to make a marvellous stick of cotton candy/fairy floss. There is a map of the park, as well as a bench: just the place for a grandparent to take a moment to relax, and consider the wisdom of their choices. If you are looking for a healthier beverage option, there is a juice bar as well! The gates at the entry of the roller coaster are manually operated, and the ride operator has a measuring stick, in case of any small children sneaking onto the ride, past the initial measuring sign!
Here is a stop motion movie , showing life from a mini figure’s point of view…
Here is the Press release:
10261 LEGO Creator Expert: Roller Coaster
Ages 16+. 4,124 pieces.
$379.99 US – $479.99 CN – DE 329.99€ – FR 349.99€ – UK £299.99 – DK 2699DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Take a ride with the ultimate Roller Coaster!
Enjoy the thrills and excitement of the fairground with this chain-lift Roller Coaster featuring a wealth of brick-built details and 11 minifigures. Upgradable with LEGO® Power Functions and LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects!
Capture the speed, thrills and excitement of the ultimate fairground attraction with this incredible LEGO® Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster. This fully functional chain-lift model comes with 2 trains and an array of authentic features and functions, including a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, height marker, and a covered boarding station complete with opening barriers and a control panel. Lower the lap bars to secure the riders into the cars and release the brake to send the train to the foot of the first climb. Then activate the chain lift and enjoy the ride as the gravity-driven cars hurtle through the Roller Coaster’s twists and turns.
Upgrade the Roller Coaster with LEGO Power functions for a motorized chain lift or LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects! This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 11 minifigures.
Build a fully functioning Roller Coaster with 2 trains, lots of big dips and upgrade options
Upgrade with LEGO® BOOST and LEGO Power Functions for an even more immersive experience
Roller Coaster model measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep
LEGO® Creator Expert building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building
Includes 11 minifigures: a cotton candy vendor, 2 ride attendants, 2 grandparents with their granddaughter and 5 riders. 8 of these minifigures feature reversible heads to display different emotions.
Fully functional chain-lift Roller Coaster model features a classic brick-built sign, control panel, 2 trains—each consisting of 3 train cars with low-friction wheels, and a 44-piece track consisting of 7 different rail elements.
Also features a ticket booth, fountain, cotton candy cart, concession stand, waiting area with bench, camera element and a pond with a frog figure.
Buy your ticket at the booth and make your way to the covered plaza.
No cheating at the height marker—the ride attendant has an accurate measuring stick!
Help the riders into the cars and secure the lap bars.
Release the brake to send the cars to the foot of the first climb.
Activate the chain lift to pull the train cars to the top of the first drop.
Move the rails to launch a second train.
Serve refreshing beverages at the concession stand or spin some cotton candy.
Don’t forget to smile as you race past the camera!
Upgrade the Roller Coaster with LEGO® Power Functions for a motorized chain lift, or with LEGO BOOST for automated chain lift activation and realistic sound effects!
Decorated elements include a ticket, money, arrow tiles, pressure gauge, number pad and a ride control panel.
Special new-for-June-2018 elements include a 2x8x6 Rail Slope, 1x2x1 Bow Brick, plant leaves, stalks and flowers.
Other elements include a height checker and 2 cotton candy treats.
Makes the perfect fairground addition to the 10257 LEGO® Creator Expert Carousel and 10247 LEGO® Creator Expert Ferris Wheel
Measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep.
This is a spectacular looking set, and I look forward to seeing it in real life. It is certainly not inexpensive, and has an impressive footprint. This is a relatively simpler design, based on steel frame roller coasters, rather than the old fashions, scary wooden ones of old. It would be relatively some to customise, similar to the pirate theme seen in the creator 3-in1 set coming out later in the year (or indeed with the theme of your choice) Why not use it to reconstruct your favourite ride at a LEGOLand Park?
Why not leave you thoughts and special project ideas in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out the Rambling Brick on Instagram. Until next time,
In which I explore the ever evolving structure of the basic minifigure over the past 40 years and realise that there are a remarkable number of variations on the seemingly ‘normal’ elements, that many of us take for granted. There may be some obsessive measurements taken.
The LEGO® Minfigure turned forty years old this month. You may have heard about it. You might have purchased a celebratory Collectable Minifigure. Or seventeen. During the course of following up on some classic sets from both my own, and other people’s childhoods, I have come across signs of possible deliberate reimagining of some classic sets in the City range. While looking at these sets, I have found myself looking at minifigures from different eras. Much to my surprise, the differences between this figures are significantly more than skin deep.
While discussing these things with one of my suppliers, she pulled out her box of minifgure heads, pointed to some old smileys and asked ‘What do you think of this?’ If I didn’t know better, I would have said that some of these heads seemed a little more square than others. Now, BrickBunny has been around the traps a bit longer than I have, so I am not surprised that she knows about these things.
Intrigued, I returned home, full of investigational vigour, and got out my trusty loaned Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 macro lens, and realising the need to go further with attention to detail, attached the extension tube for life size conversion. We were going in close. Really close.
The recent paucity of original content on this blog has been contributed to somewhat by picking up LEGO Friends: Heartlake Rush and allowing it to distract me from writing for a week or so. In return for this, I feel obliged to review it.
Inspired by the ‘Design a Friends Go-Kart’ competition running on LEGO Rebrick, I downloaded Heartlake Rush, an endless runner game. Here, you can take the residents of Heartlake City out for a drive: dodging obstacles, accumulating studs and gathering prizes to complete missions. Heartache Rush is available on both iOS and Android platforms for free. As a bonus to parents being nagged to the point of exhaustion, there are no in-app purchases!
You start the game by selecting your character: there is the range of the five friends: Andrea, Stephanie, Olivia, Mia and Emma, as well as Liam, Stephen, Ethan, Daniel (trapped here in his Hot Dog Suit) and Emily jones, on sabbatical from Elvendale! Each character has their own specific car. The figures depicted are shown following the 2018 design update.
Further characters can be unlocked after gathering an ever increasing number of studs. You can take any unlocked car out with any unlocked character, and apply any set of decals. Unfortunately, this is the extent of customization.
This month sees the 40th Birthday of our favourite plastic persona, the LEGO® Minifigure. The Series 18 Collectable Minifigures celebrate this occasion with a costume party, and we see some of the best costumes for our figures yet. I am yet to track down the Policeman: a printed modern representation of the policeman that came with set 600, one of the first Town Sets released back in 1978. As part of the ever circling self referential tips to the past ( in a year when too many historical references are barely enough…), the policeman has a printed tile, with the box of set 600 printed on it.
By now, I suspect you have located a ‘feel guide’ to help identify each figure inside its foil bag, and read the opinions of others about this great series.
Every set has its highlights and lowlights. For this series, I have presented an image of every figure that I have, along with the highlight of the figure for me. There will be things you prefer. That’s okay. Who is your favourite?
I love many of the accessories and head pieces included with this series, but my favourite would be the tile that comes with the young boy: it is printed with as small a representation as you could come up with to be a representation of the packet that the series one figures appeared in years ago. Also up there would have to be the balloon animals. As for my favourite figures? it is a toss up for me between the cowboy, the dragon and the two figures dressed up as LEGO Bricks!
What about you? What do you love about this series? Who is your favourite? If you could only choose one element from this series, what would it be? Why not leave your comments below.
The Bendigo LEGO Users Group are preparing for their annual exhibition ‘Bendigo Bricks’ this weekend. Around two hours drive from Melbourne, this show is one of the largest LEGO events in the regional Victoria.
Running from 10 am on the 14th and 15th of April, funds raised from the event will, in part, help support the 1st Bendigo Scout Group send a number of youth members to the Australian Jamboree in South Australia next January.
With over 60 exhibitors attending from around the country, the best travelled model on display has come from the Netherlands.
As well as over 70 tables of exhibits featuring hundreds of thousands of LEGO Bricks, there will be over twenty thousand bricks for visitors to play and build with.
There will be local, as well as international landmarks build from LEGO Bricks. Why not read about the model of the Bendigo Joss House temple in the Bendigo Advertiser here. There will also be models that move and models that amaze!
All exhibitors are volunteering their time to share their love and fascination of what can be done with LEGO Bricks. There will also be the opportunity to purchase examples of LEGO photography, as well as old and new sets.
This is a great example of different groups in the community working to gather to support each other. If you are in the area, why not come and see the show, and help the Bendigo Lego Users Group support the 1st Bendigo Scout Group. Are you looking forward to your community’s LEGO exhibitions this year? why not leave a note about them below. Until next time,
Just as Minifigures (Happy fortieth birthday for last weekend folks) bring life to a LEGO® Town layout, so do vehicles. Sorry for the use of a dodgy segue there. And the only thing better than a LEGO set with a vehicle to build, is a LEGO set with two vehicles to build!
Today I would especially like to look at the helicopter transporter truck. Just why a highly manoeuvrable flying vehicle needs a truck to take it from Point A to Point B, unless it has broken down, and managed to land in a somewhat controlled fashion without dismembering all on board, in such a circumstance, I am not entirely sure. However, I am going to jump past that flaw in logic to examine this special class of set, which not only celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year, but also has its tenth representation in a LEGO Set. Continue reading →
It is little more than a month out from May the Fourth, and the LEGO Group have officially unveiled the 75181Ultimate Y-Wing Star Fighter. It goes on sale May 4th at LEGO Brand retail and shop.lego.com. The Australian price will be $299.99.
This will be the second UCS Y-Wing fighter to have been released, the previous being 10134 in 2004, which had 1473 pieces. This is the 10th minifigure scale Y-Wing Starfighter to be released to date… press release after the images.
75181 LEGO® Star Wars UCS Y-Wing Starfighter
Ages 14+. 1,967 pieces.
US $199.99 – CA $279.99 – DE 199.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1799.00 DKK
Collect the ultimate long-range Rebel starfighter!
This LEGO® Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series model has an amazing level of detail, including an opening minifigure cockpit for the included Gold Leader minifigure, wheel-activated rotating ion cannons on top, retractable landing skids and space for the R2-BHD astromech droid. This fantastic Star Wars toy also comes with a tilting display stand and informational fact plaque, making it the perfect centerpiece for your collection.
Includes a Gold Leader minifigure and an R2-BHD droid.
Features highly authentic detailing, opening minifigure cockpit, wheel-activated rotating ion cannons on top, retractable landing skids and space for the included R2-BHD astromech droid.
Also includes the Gold Leader’s blaster pistol.
Display the model on the tilting stand with informational fact plaque.
Makes the perfect centerpiece for any LEGO® Star Wars collection.
Part of the Ultimate Collector Series.
Measures over 2” (7cm) high, 24” (61cm) long and 11” (30cm) wide, and over 9” (24cm) high mounted on stand.
Whether it’s because it played the underdog at the Battle of Yavin, or merely because it was far easier to fly than the X-Wing in the LucasArts ‘X-Wing’ game in the early 90’s, the Y-Wing has always held a special place in my heart. It may well be the set that finally triggers the purchase of a UCS set for me.
How about you? What do you think of this latest LEGO Star Wars UCS set? why not leave your comments below.
THE LEGO Group announced today that as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the release of the now classic 6357 Helicopter Transport, we will see a Jack Stone Commemorative Helicopter Transport as an extremely Limited Edition.
Loosely based on 2001’s 4607 Copter Transport, this will be a limited edition of only 10000 worldwide, and available exclusively at shop.lego.com
Speaking from Billund, company spokesman Itsaj Okesen revealed that they had been listening to consumers: Continue reading →