The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #13

Following on from yesterday’s Christmas Ornaments, I thought I would survey the other sets that used the 2×1 printed white ‘Santa Head’ element.  This print is not listed in the LEGO inventories on Brickset, and results in all of these sets appearing to be slightly incomplete in that database.

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An AFOL’s Guide to Overwatch I: Tracer vs. Widowmaker [75970]

When it was recently announced that we were getting a  forthcoming range of LEGO® sets based on the Overwatch Video Game, I was a little intrigued. A game that I perceived as a shooter becoming a licensed line of LEGO sets? While it may not be entirely my thing, it is a game that has occupied many of my son’s off hours over the last year or so. I thought “Terrific – a chance for us to bond and for me to get to understand this thing a bit better.”

As a newcomer to the world of Overwatch, I found myself confronted with a wide variety of what appeared to be confusing information. I am an AFOL, not an Overwatch Player; and it is from that perspective that I write.  I have asked my son, Harry, to provide some commentary on the game and characters, so that we might better understand the sets that are available.

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #12

We finally got around to decorating our Christmas tree last night. As we unpacked our decorations we found these great baubles, Holiday Ornaments 852744 from 2009. Released as a set of three, we have several different renditions of Santa Claus: one wielding a sack, another with a present, and finally one on skis! I think we found them when we visited the USA around that time.  Based around a printed white brick for Santa’s head, each of these models is subtly different. As a group, they provide an interesting look in our tree.

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Congratulations Frostbricks on gaining 10000 supporters on LEGO IDEAS.

Congratulations to my friend Frostbricks who gained his 10000 supporters on LEGO Ideas earlier today for his submission ‘Food Stand Diners.’  Initially entered on LEGO Ideas in November 2017, it has taken a little over a year to reach this milestone. 

I asked Kale about his thoughts on reaching 10000 supporters:

FrostBricks: Thank-you. Just thank-you. The support it has received is overwhelming, and none of it could have happened without the wonderful support of the community.

What inspired you to build this model?

Frost Bricks: The model was inspired by my love of food.It began with making life size food, in LEGO, that was realistic as possible. Something that could fit on any Foodies mantlepiece. But I also wanted them to feel like they belong in any LEGO city,cos I love minifigs and creating small worlds, which is where the Foodstand aspect comes from; so the merging of those two things really.

Do you have any advice for other builders aspiring to make a successful Ideas submission?

FrostBricks: Just build. Build because you love it. Build because you’re passionate about it. And as you do, always ask “how can I build to my best?” Because the secret is just to practice. To keep on trying. And do do your best in all things. That’s it really. And I know it sounds so simple, that many might disregard it, so I’ll add one thing – keep a record of the things you create, so that you can go back every now and again and see just how far you’ve come. Because success is a ladder, but practice are the steps that help you climb it. And I think that applies to anything worth achieving in life.

Thanks for those words of wisdom, Frostbricks, and I hope the review process treats you well!

You can check out the original LEGO Ideas submission here. This entry will go into the LEGO Review process with recent 10000 club members in the near future, including submissions based on the international space station and Space-X projects. What do you think of this submission? It’s a bit different to many of the recent projects to gain 10000 supporters. We wish Frostbricks all the best with the review process, which we expect to take until sometime around the middle of next year. Until next time, Play Well!

The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #11

Today, we continue our Advent-ure: exploring past and present seasonal LEGO® sets released over the years.

Time for something we just have hanging around…

I am preparing to decorate my Christmas Tree. I suspect there might be some LEGO® based decorations to go on it this year. One, we picked up while travelling a few years ago, and was sitting close to the top of our box of decorations: 851358 – Holiday Bauble with White Bricks.

In a day or two, this bauble will be just hanging around…

The name is somewhat of a misnomer: this bauble also contains a selection of transparent clear and transparent light blue bricks, for an appropriately icy effect. Did I mention that it is now summer in Australia?

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #10

Ten days into Advent and here at the Rambling Brick, we continue our investigation of ways that the LEGO® sets have been used to specifically celebrate the Christmas Holiday season, in light of this being the 20th anniversary of the first LEGO Advent Calendar.

The Christmas Build Ups: 40222 and 40253

Today, I thought we would take a quick look at the Christmas Build Up sets – 40222 and 40235, seen in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  Both sets have a range of about 250 elements, and were available as gifts with purchase from shop.lego.com and LEGO Brand Retail stores of their respective years.

These sets involved a series of Advent builds (24 in total), but unlike the standard Advent Calendars, the expectation is that each day’s model would be dismantled before attempting to construct the new one.  Most of the elements are readily available. 

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #9

We continue looking at LEGO sub-themes and sets released over the years, celebrating the holiday season, as part of recognising that this year is the twentieth year since the release of the first LEGO Advent Calendar. Before unveiling today’s Friends Advent Calendar minibuild, I would like to look at the Belville Advent Calendar 7600, from 2007.

In world before the introduction of LEGO Friends, but after Scala, Belville was a theme directed primarily at girls.  With larger figures, and brighter colours than the majority of regular system sets, Belville sets were in production from 1994 to 2008.  While the sets over the years covered a variety of themes: home, farm, horses and fairy tales, this was the only Advent Calendar released.

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