Sunday, October 22, 2017

More Custom LEGO: Custom Train Car #1 (Christmas Tree Hauler)

I haven't had a lot of time to devote to LEGO lately, but I did manage to squeeze in a bit of time to make a couple of videos.  Today's video highlights my first attempt at a custom LEGO train car for my city.  It's not the prettiest car in the world, but I think it still holds up alright as compared to my newer creations.


I didn't do anything fancy in building the first train car, pretty much anyone can reproduce what I did by watching the short video I would think.  Immediately after filming the above video, I started working on my next custom train car - the oil tank car that I mentioned in the video.  My next blog update should include a look at what I came up with for the second custom train car.  Until then, thanks for reading (and watching my videos)!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Expanding My Minifigure Collection!

I recently completed a trade with Colbey who agreed to send me six different minifigures in exchange for a whole lot of baseball cards (one of my other hobbies).  Now that we have both received our end of the trade, let's take a look at the new LEGO to join my collection.

First up, the prize of the package (for me):  A Series 1 Minifigure of the Nurse.  Thanks to Colbey, I now own four different figures from the first series (I wasn't collecting LEGO back when the first four series were released).  Tracking down the remaining figures will be difficult (because of how long ago they were released) but I'm hopeful I can keep making slow, but steady, progress.  Colbey also sent me a figure from Series 9:  the Battle Mech.  I'm much closer to completing Series 9 - in fact, now that I have the Battle Mech I'm only missing 4 more figures.

And from Series 14, Colbey sent me two figures I needed:  the Banshee and the Plant Monster.  Back when Series 14 was announced (and the figures shown off), I wasn't interested in the Halloween theme and so I decided at the time that I'd ignore the set.  However, the completionist in me got bothered by that decision later on, and so now I'm once again working on a set that was released quite a while ago.  Unlike Series 1 (which was very popular), I don't get the feeling that Series 14 is all that popular which should make tracking down the final four figures that I still need not terrible difficult.

Unfortunately for me, Colbey made a couple of mistakes on a few figures he sent my way.  He said he had the Series 3 Space Villain (which I needed) but instead sent me Space Alien (also from Series 3, but I already owned a copy).  He also said he has the Series 9 Waiter for me (which I need) but instead sent the Series 11 Diner Waitress (which I already owned).  Both mistakes were honest, and since the real prize of the package for me was the Series 1 figure, I'm still perfectly happy with the trade overall.  In this case, I've simply added the Diner Waitress and the Space Alien to my "have for trade" list on Swapfig...hopefully before too long I'll be able to turn each them into a minifigure that I still need!

Thanks again for the swap, Colbey!  And, as always, if anyone else out there wants to trade leave me a comment and we can hopefully work something out.  If you want to see what I have available for trade, check me out on Swapfig.

Monday, October 2, 2017

REVIEW: Build My City Accessory Set (LEGO 40170)

Not all that long ago, I found myself in my local* LEGO brand store and happened to spot the LEGO 40170:  Build My City Accessory Set.  I had never seen the set before, so I added it to my pile of purchases without giving it a lot of thought (or a careful review).

*local being over 2 hours away

Now though, it's time to take a more careful look at this 100 piece set that retails for $9.99.  Is it worth the ten spot or should you save your money for something else?  

Since I always offer up numerical scores, let's do that here as well (not done in the video):

The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  2
Play Value:  4
Kid Value:  5
Adult Value:  4
Overall:  4
The extras included in the set.

This is a tough set to score in the sense that it is clearly marketed as an accessory set.  With no included minifigures, it's tough to say that this set is fun in any meaningful way.  There is a frog, some water elements, and plants so I guess you could play with that if this were the only set you owned.  The value in the set is clearly for those who already own other LEGO City sets.  Even with that in mind, I think LEGO could have done a better job of including more value in the set.  I'm not mad that I bought the set, but I don't think I'll be looking to add another copy of this set to my collection.  I do, however, want to encourage LEGO to keep making City accessory packs every so often - as a kid I used to love these (and while this one isn't the best in my eyes, I know that LEGO can do other similar sets that I'll love).

Monday, September 25, 2017

Two More Collectible Minifigures Join My Collection

Not all that long ago, I showed off some new LEGO Collectible Minifigures that I bought on Bricklink.  Today, I return with a couple more new figures, but this time from a trade over at SwapFig.

First up, from Series 13:  Disco Diva.

The Disco Diva is the second-to-last figure that I needed from Series 13.  Now all that stands between me and a complete Series 13 is the Egyptian Warrior.  That figure isn't particularly rare so hopefully I'll be able to acquire it before long and, in the process, cross of Series 13 from my want list forever!

The other figure that I traded for was Gail the Construction Worker from the LEGO Movie Collectible Minifigure Series.

Much like Series 13, I'm rapidly closing in on this set as well (in fact, I am now only missing two figures:  William Shakespeare and Martha Staplebot).  The LEGO Movie figures are bit tougher to find (at least it seems that way) but I'm still optimistic that I'll finish off the set sooner rather than later.

That does it for the SwapFig trade.  I definitely like how easy SwapFig makes trading.  The only downside to the site is that it is still quite small in terms of active users.  I find it difficult to find willing trade partners that match up with both my wants and my haves.  Still, when it works, it works well - and this trade is an example of the site working well for me.

Curious what other figures I still need?  Check out my full want list here.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Improving the Blog (and Whittling Down My Want List)

Over the past couple of months, I have made some nice gains in terms of my LEGO Collectible Minifigure want list.  And for all my readers, I have also (I hope) made some nice gains in terms of my blog post presentation from here on out.

Before I get to some of the newest LEGO Collectible minifigures to join my collection, I want to show off something else:

That's my new "light box" which should allow me to take much better photographs of my LEGO figures (and sets).  I am looking forward to doing more reviews (and hopefully better reviews) now that I have the nice set-up.  It is my hope that I will be able to make my blog a bit more professional looking (in terms of blog posts) thanks to the new camera set-up.

Since I did just get the light box, I figured that it was high time to practice with it...and what better way to practice than by showing off three new collectible minifigures?!

I landed all three of the figures from a single Bricklinks order.  Two of the minifigs are from the Series 14 set which consisted of the Halloween costumes and other related minifigs.

When I first saw Series 14's sell sheet, I decided that I wasn't going to chase after the set.  However, a couple of years later I felt the urge to try and complete ALL of the "regular issue" Collectible Minifigure sets of which the monsters fell into.  Thus, I've been diligently tracking down the various figures from the series ever since...and now I can cross two more off of my want list.

First up, the Monster Scientist.

The Monster Scientist was one of the few figures from Series 14 that I originally thought I may eventually track down (the others being the Plant Monster, the Gargoyle, and the Skeleton Guy).  What I didn't realize about the Monster Scientist figure was that his "head" piece is actually more like a weird hat...and underneath the oversized head is a rather normal looking old man!

The other figure from Series 14 that I bought was the Wacky Witch.

This figure is perfectly nice, but LEGO had already released a witch in a different series (which I own) and so I didn't feel the need to have another witch in my collection.  However, any completionist will tell you that since this is a different figure from a different set, I needed to eventually own this one too!

I do like getting the black cat figure, even if I'm not a cat guy seeing as how I'm mildly allergic to cats.

The final minifigure that I bought from the Bricklink seller was probably the most boring figure (and yet, most exciting purchase).  The figure in question is the Jewel Thief from Series 15.

Now, I have way more robbers (and cops) from the basic City sets than I know what to do with...and so I most definitely did not need yet another robber in a collectible minifigure set.  In fact, I was so uninterested in this figure that I never bothered to track it down...and only when I got down to needing just this figure did I buy it.  That's right, the Jewel Thief was the last figure I needed to complete Series 15 (which is super exciting).

By my count, I have now completed ?? sets.  Those include:  Series 5, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, along with the Disney series and the LEGO Batman Movie series.  Of the remaining series, six of them are down to me needing four or fewer minifigures before they too will be complete.

I'm definitely pleased with my progress...and with my new light box!  I hope to have even more LEGO related content on the blog soon (and hopefully some more minifigures as well)!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Building a Brand New (and Much Improved) Custom LEGO City

Last week, I decided it would be a good idea to completely tear down my old LEGO City and redo the entire thing.  I bought a couple more tables, completely redid the overall layout, and started laying the train track down.


...it's still very much a work in progress, but at least I've made good progress!  I hope to have more updates to share before too long.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Custom LEGO MOC: Suspension Train Bridge & Crook's Hideout

Throughout this past summer, I kept busy with a whole bunch of LEGO-related projects.  I built myself a new wooden display case for my LEGO Batman collection and I built a new, custom Grocery Store for my rapidly growing LEGO City.  I also had the chance to visit an official LEGO store and, while there, picked up a bunch of pieces plus some sets (none of which I've built yet however)!

In addition to all of that, I also found myself at my local Wal*Mart a few weeks ago when the big box store put a whole lot of LEGO sets on clearance.  For me, the only set of interest was the Spiderman Bridge Battle set - and I was able to grab two copies for under $60 total!  That was clearly the "steal" of the summer in terms of LEGO value...and once I had two bridge sets in my possession I simply knew I had to make a proper suspension bridge.  Three Bricklink orders later (so much for the "steal" of a deal), I had my completed bridge.

If you'd like to see the bridge in a bit more detail, I made a quick video showing off the major parts of the structure.  


My next order of business ought to be to finally get around to rearranging my LEGO City (with the goal of adding in the two tables I bought though fitting everything into the available space may prove to be overly difficult).  Hopefully I'll have more progress to show off before much longer!