Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New LEGO Reviews: Coming Soon!

I have a few big sets that I need to write full reviews for - here's a hint as to one of those large sets:

Yeah, stay tuned - I hope to write the review (and take the rest of the photos) in the near future!

Ok, one more hint as to another big set I need to write a review for...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Preview: LEGO Elves - 2015

A few official images have been released for the 2015 LEGO Elves lineup.  I must admit, when I first heard the LEGO Group was returning to a castle theme I was happy - but I didn't realize that the elves lineup was more akin to the Friends lineup (in other words, you better like the minidolls if you want Elves sets).

Despite my initial disappointment, I still think it's worth taking a look at the various sets - maybe the pictures will make me change my mind?

Aria's Creative Workshop:  $9.99
Is that a ruler piece on the side of the stand?  There is an awful lot of purple in this tiny little set (though I do like the bird piece).  I also spy a couple of brown carrot top pieces!

Naida's Spa Secret:  $19.99

I don't think I understand why there is purple dolphin in the jungle?  Otherwise, this is kind of a cool set.  I do think it will a popular set given how many of the purple and pink tree branch pieces there are.  I'm thinking there is some sort of play feature with waterfall but I can't be sure based on the single image.

Naida's Epic Adventure Ship:  $?
I like the sail - it could certainly be used in a variety of sets.  I also like all the light blue elements.  There appears to be a magical clam shell as well - perhaps the clam holds some treasure?


Fairan & the Crystal Hollow:  $14.99

IF this set really ends up only costing $14.99, then I think this will be the best selling of the four sets with images.  You get a bunch of the new colored tree pieces, plus a male minidoll, plus some other good accessories and a cat (I think?).  You also get a catapult and some cool looking brick built crystals.  All told, this set is chock full of cool accessories that a lot of people seem to crave.

Azari & the Magic Bakery:  $29.99

Treetop Hideaway:  $59.99

Note:  I could not find any official images for the final two sets.  All prices are based on a comment thread (plus reasonable guessing based on apparent piece count).  Nothing here should be taken as "final."

Overall:

Based on the four images that I could find, I think the Elves line is a solid addition to the Friends family of sets.  I am happy to see that LEGO is creating sets designed for girls that aren't simply "shopping, teaching, and cruise ships."  I am also happy to see a variety of new elements (or at least old elements in new colors) and I'm sure many MOC builders out there will be keeping an eye out for some of these sets simply for the parts.

The Elves line isn't for me - I don't see myself ever buying them but I am glad the line exists.  I applaud LEGO for continuing to make real efforts to include girls in the building process (and by extension, encouraging girls to join the STEM disciplines)!

Sources:
https://community.lego.com/t5/CASTLE/Elves-2015/td-p/10982567
http://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-elves-2015-official-images-revealed/

Sunday, October 5, 2014

I'm Back! LEGO Minifigures Series 12

It's been awhile since I posted here at Playing with Bricks but I assure you I haven't abandoned the blog.  In fact, I've been steadily adding to my LEGO collection - and I'll have plenty of new (and some old) stuff to show off in the upcoming days.  For now though, here's a look at today's haul from Target:

As of the time of this post, I have only opened up one of the blind packs - a quick inspection of the photo will tell you which figure I landed!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Day, Another LEGO Package in the Mail!

My rate of posting has slowed down rather drastically both here and on my baseball card blog (Nachos Grande) because of my upcoming move to a new house.  That said, I am still adding to my collections here and there, albeit not at a hurried pace.

My most recent addition to my Collectible LEGO Minifigure Series collection is the Disco Guy from Series 2.

The Disco Guy comes with a Brick Fever printed tile which is supposed to represent a vinyl record cover.  He also has a pretty sweet fro that I believe would make for some fun MOCs.

Once I get situated in my new home, I expect posting to ramp back up here at Playing with Bricks.  Even better, I'm hoping to eventually start my own LEGO City layout where I'll get to make use of many of my collectible minifigs!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Very LEGO Mail Day! Adding to my Minifigure Collection!

I'm in the middle of a move - my wife and I are in the process of selling our current home and moving into a brand new home which has definitely taken up most of my free time.  Added to that, my teaching job starts back up in earnest next week as college is back in session.

All of that has meant that I've had little time to devote to my two blogs that I try to keep up-to-date (the other being Nachos Grande, my baseball card blog).  Happily, I did happen to log on to Listia and land another needed LEGO collectible minifigure for my collection (and right before I packed up my entire minifigure collection no less)!

The newest addition?

That's the Lady Robot from Series 11.  I'm now only missing the Saxaphone Player and the Barbarian from Series 11 - coincidentally (or not really) those two are probably my two least favorite figures from Series 11!  Usually it seems like the figure I most want is the final one I get...it's odd having to track down a pair of "meh" figures...but such is the life of a set collector!
When we get all moved into our new place, I hope to get back to more regular postings including more vintage set reviews, new set reviews, and more Minifigure Museum posts.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

LEGO 6009: Black Knight - REVIEW

It's time to dip back into my box of LEGO sets from when I was a kid.  Today's set is one of the smallest sets that I ever owned (it officially contains a mere 22 pieces).  That said, for such a small set it provided a lot of fun play value for me over the years!

The Black Knight's instruction manual probably wasn't ever necessary - you can simply look at the photo and see exactly how to build the entire set!

The Black Knight set is basically exactly that.  A knight from the Black Knight's guild.  The set comes with a horse, the knight, a plethora of weapons (2 swords, a crossbow, and shield), and small weapon rack.  That's it.

As a kid, I always loved the knight's helmet and armor.  I never had any other minifigures quite like this one which made the Black Knight feel more special to me than probably a set this small ever actually deserved!

The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  2
Play Value:  3
Kid Value:  3
Adult Value:  4
Overall:  3

While I enjoyed the set a lot as a kid, it was only because I also owned plenty of other Castle themed sets (including other Black Knights sets).  If I only owned this one Castle set, it would have been quite lame indeed (you don't even get another "bad guy" for the knight to go up against).  Even worse, the set was originally $3.25 which doesn't really even seem like that great of a deal today (and the set was released back in 1992)!

Monday, July 28, 2014

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 12: First Look & REVIEW!

The image for the entire set of the LEGO Series 12 Collectible Minifigures has been making the rounds on the internet which means it's time for a first look and review!

Here are the 16 figures in all their (non-licensed) glory:

The list of figures along with my initial review of each:

Battle Goddess:  The goddess is rocking an awesome shield with a Pegasus on it (a must have for me) and I really like her helmet/hair piece as well as the toga-esque dress.  Notice the bottom of her feet even have a bit of printing to indicate sandals.  This is a must have figure for me!

Dino Tracker:  Another female figure (the LEGO Company has been doing a better job of evening up the gender gap a bit in the Collectible Minifigure Series).  I like the Dino Tracker's crossbow but I wish that sleeping dart (tranquilizer) could clip to the bow somehow.

Fairytale Princess:  I guess the green frog is nice enough but honestly this figure doesn't excite me much at first glance.  It could be fun to play "damsel in distress" with your Kingdom/Castle sets but even that is considered chauvinistic these days I would assume.

Genie Girl:  Was there an overwhelming need for I Dream of Jeanie figurines that I missed?  I don't mind strange and goofy figures (in fact, I often love them) but the Genie Girl seems unnecessary considering we've already gotten a (male) genie in a previous series.

Hun Warrior:  Each Collectible Minifigure Series seems to have at least one army-type figure.  For Series 12, that figure is definitely the Hun Warrior.  While the figure is nice enough on its own, the figure doesn't really have any other LEGO branded sets to fit in with...maybe Castle, maybe Lord of the Rings...but basically he's a homeless Warrior.

Jester:  Pretty colors and a fun figures - I definitely want one of this guy.  Unfortunately, I have no idea what I'd do with more than one so hopefully he is a rare figure.

Lifeguard:  Does LEGO City need even more lifeguards?  It feels like this figure could have had some many other professions to better populate a LEGO city (think along the lines of the previous plumber and judge).

Piggy Guy:  LEGO has a long-standing tradition of including a dressed up or costumed figure in each series.  The Piggy Guy is hilarious - and a definite win on the design front (the green apple prop tops off the figure for sure)!

Pizza Delivery Man:  Believe it or not, the Pizza Guy is one of my favorite figures in the series!  This is the type of figure that LEGO needs to do more of in the Collectible Series - useful figures for a LEGO City that might not necessary fit into popular selling sets.

Prospector:  The prospector has a kind of creepy looking grin to him and he has boring accessories (pickax, really?).  I can't say I find this guy too exciting.

Rock Star:  The Rock Star figure is nicer than some of the previous, but again I find this particular subtheme annoying...  Do people create minifigure concerts?  Is there a LEGO-a-palooza out there somewhere?

Space Miner:  The requisite space figure is a pretty cool miner - something different on the space front is always appreciated (and with the success of The LEGO Movie and Benny in particular, I expect we will see a return to more Space themed figures and sets in the near future).

Spooky Girl:  I have no interest in goth, nor this figure.  This is an easy choice for my least wanted figure in the series - and frankly, one of my least wanted figures in the entire collection.  That said, if you make a custom mall or shopping center for your city this figure would fit in perfectly in a Hot Topic type store.

Swashbuckler:  He seems too happy to be a proper swashbuckler but it's still a fun figure.

Video Game Guy:  I would think the cross between video game players and LEGO fans is fairly high which should make Video Game Guy a popular figure indeed.  His Player 1 shirt is funny and I like the printed video game controller a lot.

Wizard:  Last but certainly not least, the Wizard is a nice looking figure (and you could use it as a substitute Vitrivious if you didn't get a chance to track down one of those figures in the past).  For pack searchers, the Wizard and the Princess will feel pretty much the same except for the Wizard's staff (telling the difference between the frog and gem could be possible as well but probably tricky).

Overall, I think this is a solid Series of figures with very few truly boring/bad characters (the life guard and the Spooky Girl are my two least favorites).  On the other hand, there aren't a lot of "must have" figures for me either (besides, you know, one copy of each since I like to collect full sets of the figures)!