Dabbling with DOTs II: Bracelet Packs [review].

It’s the start of March. LEGO Dots is officially on the market today. As I recently mentioned, I found some any a local retailer a day or two early, and picked up a variety of the sets.

Today I would like to look at the contents of the 5 wristband packs. Costing AUD$9.99, and allegedly containing 33 parts, these sets come with a wristband, and a variety of tiles – square, round and quarter circle, printed and plain, and, in one extreme situation, a completely new design of element, in a fairly new colour. Allegedly 33 parts? As you will see, these sets tend to contain 40 – 41 parts. About 20% more than it says on the packet.

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We Need a Hero: DC Superheroes Collectable Minifigures 71026 [Review]

We seem to be settling into a pattern in the way that Collectable minifigures are being issued during the year: two licensed series and a generic ‘Series x’ collection. Last year, we saw the first series for the year containing figures from the LEGO Movie: The Second Part, and then finally, series 19. I am uncertain as to when we can expect to see series 20 this year. Or what we might see in the other licensed series (if the pattern of the last couple of years continues). I worry that we might be headed towards the same franchising that we see in the cinematic multiplexes today: Disney 3, Harry Potter/Wizarding World 2, Simpsons 3, LEGO Movie 2 and so forth. Or there might be another theme coming our way… we can only hope.

This time we have a new series of Figures based on DC Heroes and villains, from across the last 80 years. This series features 16 figures, with three complete sets and a few spares available in a box. Fellow LEGO® ambassador, @cheepjokes has shared his minifigures with me. As such, I have not had the opportunity to confirm the distribution of figures within the box myself… but let’s take a look at who’s inside.

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Rambling Brick Turns Four

On January 30, 2016, the Rambling Brick was born. Four years ago, give or take a couple of hours. Please pardon a little indulgence as I take a quick look through some highlights of the last 12 months.

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Back to the Beginning- Backlog Building II: Microfighters 75228

Back when I first saw Star Wars, after the spaceships, one of the things that captured my imagination was the exotic location of Tatooine – a desolate planet, where people survived in an environment where they should not. We had strange indigenous races: the Jawas and Sand People, and exotic reptiles, such as Dewback Lizards. Somewhat restricted in their first cinematic outing, due to desert sand interfering with the animatronic mechanisms, they came back with a vengeance in the Special Edition, as the imperial presence on Tatooine increased with the addition of multiple CGI ships, troops and dewbacks. This is of course somewhat ironic, as they were employed by Sandtroopers as mounts in an environment where their conveyences were unable to work well, due to interference from the sand.

Of course the Sandtroopers are searching for the missing Death Star plans, carried by R2-D2, who accompanied by C-3PO, escaped from the Tantive IV during the opening battle in an escape pod. There have been a number of versions of the Escape pod released over the years, and dewbacks have previously only appeared in sets centred around Mos Eisley.

In 75228: Escape Pod vs. Dewback Microfighters, we have the first brick built version of the dewback, as well as a small version of the Escape Pod. this set has now retired from LEGO.com, but is still available from many retailers around Australia. Your local individual results might vary.

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Star Wars Backlog Building I: 75423 Slave One: 20th Anniversary Edition

I have been feeling a hankering for Mandalorians, following the series finale of ‘The Mandalorian’ on Disney+ last week. Unfortunately, I have been unable to secure either of the sets associated with the series at this time. So I had a look through my shelves and found the next best thing: a set with Boba Fett: the 75423 20th Anniversary Slave I. The LEGO® AFOL Engagement Team sent this set to me last year, along with other sets in the 20th Anniversary range (20th anniversary of LEGO® Star Wars that is). However, by the time I got those sets built, I was a little exhausted by LEGO® Star Wars – and so I put the set on the shelf for a while, awaiting inspiration. And today inspiration had finally arrived, so I opened up bag 1 and started to build . All opinions are my own.

Slave I is one of the spaceships from Star Wars most frequently represented in LEGO® form. Despite having less than 2 minutes of screen time between 1980 and 2000, Boba Fett’s spaceship has appeared in at least 10 sets – 1 UCS, 5’minifigure’ scale and 4 microscale, 2 magazine cover gifts, a keychain and two Advent Calendars. Certainly it has a distinctive shape, and is readily amenable to representation in LEGO bricks, at any scale. That said, none of these representations is perfect.

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Brickvention 2020 – Passes to Give Away.

It’s only two weeks to go before Brickvention 2020. Held at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building, the event’s public exhibition will takes place on the 18th and 19th of January.

Once again, you can expect to see lots of great models by hundreds of LEGO fans from around Australia, New Zealand and around the world. trains, castles, spaceships, the Great Ball Contraption – and much much more,

WIN Tickets!

Once again, the Rambling Brick has been given some double passes and a family pass to the public exhibition on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of January (you choose the day)!

For your chance to win, leave a comment below, or on the post announcing this contest on Rambling Brick’s Facebook Page or Instagram. Tell me what you hope to see at Brickvention 2020 to go into the draw. You need to be able to attend the event in Melbourne on the 18th or 19th of January. I’ll draw the winners at random next weekend- entries close at midnight, 11th January.

If you don’t want to take chances, you can be tickets for your preferred entry time now, RIGHT HERE.

I hope to see you there. I’ll be around over the weekend: if you see me, come and say “Hi!” Until then…

…Play Well!

While you are here…

You have probably heard about the current Bushfire Emergency, affecting the Eastern many of the states of Australia. My friend Jay, of Jay’s Brick Blog is running a fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross, who are helping to provide relief during this time, and in recovery.You can read about Jay’s Appeal Here, and make a donation – he has some great prizes as well. [I have also contributed to Jay’s Prize Pool]