In Color! 76188 Batmobile ’66 Hands On Review

It was 1977. Already the series was a decade old, and it was screening after school in melbourne. My family had just bought their first colour television, and the theme music started pulsing through the house. The title card promised that the program would be in colour… and it was. I was still of an age where I was somewhat disappointed to discover that the characters were all ‘Live Action’ after the animated titles. But never mind. This was the program that introduced me to the cliffhanger episodeic ending….Tune in Tomorrow: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel. The program was about as serious as eight year old me could deal with.

But there was, undoubtedly, one thing that made this series realy cool: and extended into the world outside the living room: The Batmobile. This modified Ford Futura allowed Batman and Robin to leap over the door, and into their respective sets. Thank heavens it was never raining in Gotham City! But the really awesome thing was the Corgi Batmobile car: gloss black, with small figures of batman and Robin, as well as an image of Batman embossed on the bottom service of the car. But it had other great play features: push on the radar on the hood, and a blade would flick out ( of course, it was not sharp enough to inflict actual injury) and the rocket launcher. I have no idea what the actual rockets were like that came with the toy. My friends had long lost theirs. Instead, we used matchsticks. It was all fun and games, unless somebody loses an eye…

Source: Wikimedia, user PDpH under Creative Commons.

I never owned that car. That’s OK. With Mint in sealed Box versions going for thousands, and well played with, but restored versions selling for many hundreds, I can live with it. However, I’d be lying if I were to say I was not in any way excited when I discovered this set amongst some that the LEGO Group had sent over for me to take a look at.

The Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile has 345 parts, 2 minfigures and will retail for $USD29.99/ €29.99 / £34.99. It will be available from the usual sources from April 26, 2021. Read on after the break to see how the build comes together.

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Extra Pieces Episode One Now Live

Last Thursday, Jay’s Brick Blog and I announced that we are collaborating on a podcast for LEGO Fans – Extra Pieces. Now, in some parts of the world, it was April Fools Day, and some people seemed uncertain as to our actual sincerity.

It turns out that was not a hoax. In our firtst real episode, Jay and I discuss some of the our favorite April fools LEGO gags for 2021, as well as the new Star Wars Helmets, Probe Droid and also discuss the recent challenges faced by LEGO Fans, thanks to the LEGO VIP Program, and how it might change what it means to be a collector of LEGO Exclusive products…

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Facebook Vs Australia

So… very little LEGO® content in this post:

The Australian Government are having a robust discussion with Facebook on the subject of paying charging the platform for distributing Australian generated content. This will predominantly benefit large media organisations such as Newscorp, Fairfax and SevenWest.

As part of upping the ante, Facebook has blocked Australian users from accessing any news sites, as well as blocking overseas access to Australian news sites through Facebook. Facebook’s definitions of news might vary from yours. At times today, it included emergency services and the Bureau of Meteorology.

As such, the typical LEGO Fan’s experience on Facebook is a bit broken.

At present, the following Australian Recognised LEGO® Fan Media Sites have had their Facebook pages blocked. For some of these sites, you cannot even share links from their page on Facebook. This block even prevents these Australian Facebook pages from being viewed overseas. You can read Jay’s take on the subject HERE. Facebook will not let you share, at all.

Australian Facebook users are also prevented from seeing some of the international LEGO® fan media, such as Brickset.com and the Brothers-Brick.com

This may be over tomorrow, or never.

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Facebook’s algorithm seems to approach things in an unpredictable manner: as such, while the Rambling Brick Facebook Page is currently blocked, links to my page can still be shared. For NOW.

Thanks for your time. More great content is being prepared including discussions with LEGO designers, set reviews and some rebuilds and creative projects, coming soon

Until then,

Play Well!

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We Just Click: Little LEGO® Love Stories [Book Review]

Almost 12 months ago, we received a note that Chronicle Books, a boutique publisher in San Francisco, was preparing to release a few books that might appeal to LEGO® fans. Recently, I received a couple of books in the mail to review.

Today, I would like to present one of their 2021 books: We Just Click: Little LEGO® Love Stories. Written by Aled Lewis, who also wrote LEGO®Small Parts: The Secret Life of Minifigures, this book is one of those small books, that makes an ideal gift. Particulary to a loved one, at a time when all of the LEGO Roses in the world appear to be on Backorder!

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Brickvention Online is Now Live

It has been a busy week. But not for the reasons it might normally be at this time of the year. Normally, I’d have been busy putting together last minute touches for my creation at Brickvention – Australia’s Premier LEGO® Fan Event. The reasons that my week has actually been busy don’t really matter right now. What does matter is that Brickvention 2021 has gone the way of the pandemic, and is a totally online event. The great news is that you can experience all of the activities for the weekend for free.

There will live streams, and a variety of tutorials going live on YouTube over the course of the weekend. Tomorrow, there is a full lineup of Special Guests from around the world.

You can find full details of the the online event at http://brickvention.online.

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2020 LEGO® House Fan Day: Now Online. Registrations Open.

At the end of September, the Annual Skærbæk LEGO® Fan Weekend was to be taking place. In conjunction with this, there was to be a Fan day at the LEGO House. It was at this event in 2017 that the house was officially opened.

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Q&A with the LEGO Covid Face Shield Team

Back in April, we reported on the LEGO Group producing eye shields for health care workers, looking after patients with COVID-19 in Southern Denmark. In my ‘day job,’ I work as an anaesthesiologist. The availability of Personal Protective Equipment for health workers has been a topic of conversation amongst my colleagues for a few months, and I was excited to hear of the development. While we have had little to worry about in Australia, I realise that PPE remains an important issue in many parts of the world, as supply chains get re-established.

A group of Recognised LEGO Fan Media – including Brickset, New Elementary, Hispabrick Magazine, Brickfinder, as well as myself – had the opportunity to put some additional questions to the team responsible for the production of these face shields….

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CheepJokes Talks To Brickman about Series 2 of LEGO Masters Australia

Our Friend, Andrew over at Cheepjokes, had the chance to catch up with Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught, the Judge for LEGO Masters Australia, in time for the series premiere this weekend.

The interview is now online on his Youtube channel – read on for more

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Building the Theatre of Dreams. Are My Dreams the Same as Yours? [Review Old Trafford 10272; LEGO House 21037]

Earlier this year, the AFOL Engagement team ysent me a copy of Old Trafford for review purposes. This felt pretty great. But I have a problem. I don’t really engage with soccer, or football…or any other team based sporting codes, for that matter. So, when confronted by a set that would have the potential to give a Manchester United Fan goosebumps, I was worried that I might be left cold. How could I possibly hope to recreate the passion of a die hard fan with an epic Creator Expert Set?

Apparently people like football. Or soccer, depending on where you are. Some of these people are LEGO Fans as well. LEGO have taken a punt on the fact that, probably, there are some Football fans out there who would not mind building an iconic stadium out of the plastic bricks they loved as children.

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HispaBrick Magazine 034 is Now Available.

The world has become a bit of a crazy place since the arrival of the pandemic. But some people seem to be getting more and more chances to explore their hobby, and spend a bit of time with their bricks. And it is in this setting that I have received notice the HispaBrick Magazine 034 has been released, and is mow available for download from https://www.hispabrickmagazine.com/downloads/

What can we expect this time?

With a bit of a delay… HispaBrick Magazine 034 is here! It took longer than usual because we have a new member on the team. She is a BFOD (Baby Fan Of Duplo) who prefers her father plays with her rather than allowing him to prepare the magazine for the whole AFOL community 🙂

The cover of this issue is very special. It is a tribute to the mother of Luigi Priori, one of our contributors, who passed away recently. This cover is a heartfelt tribute and a show of support to our friend.

During this time of confinement, we’re delighted to show you Antha’s models, and you can see how the Star Wars Boost Droid Orchestra was made. Although we can’t travel, we will do a virtual tour of the LEGO Store in Shanghai and relive the emotional moments of Christmas with a proposal by StuckInPlastic.

We also have our EV3 Programming tutorial, we’ll see another analysis of the Friends minidolls, and we’ll analyze a lot of sets from 2019, but providing extra information about the apps that control them. And of course, the number 034 of our comic strip, “Desmontados”.

And as we are in the time of being at home, we have a special offer for you: All issues of HispaBrick Magazine FREE! Of course, they always are, but it’s a good excuse to sail through 12 years of LEGO hobby if you haven’t done it yet.

Enjoy!

I always enjoy spending a bit of time reading through HispaBrick Magazine. Why not take a look (it’s free) and leave your thoughts below.

In the mean time, the #Ramblingherohabitat competition is still open, with another 2 weeks before entries close. Keep your pictures of minifigure heroes in habitats coming in – there is such great variety coming through. You can read all the details here.

In the mean time, stay safe, and until next time…

Play Well!