Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A New Project Here at Playing with Bricks!

Now that I'm all moved into my new home, I'm ready to get back to blogging full-time.  In fact, my new home offers me a great "man cave" of sorts where I can keep all of my baseball cards AND all of my LEGO bricks.  Even better, I have decided to begin a new project - my own City creation!

I've been inspired by a few other YouTubers out there - and while I don't necessarily expect my city to always have the same level of detail and sheer awesomeness as some, I do hope to create my own thriving LEGO world!

I thought it would be sort of neat to catalog the entire experience of creating my own LEGO city on the blog since I'm literally starting with nothing at the moment.  In the near future I will need to get a table, a plan for the city itself, and of course, tons and tons of LEGO bricks!

Since the bricks are the most important element (and the most expensive), I grabbed a few with a recent LEGO Shop at Home order from their Pick-a-Brick site.  It's not a lot of pieces but I have to start somewhere.

Want to know what I got?

 I hope this is a fun exercise - and I hope it grows some interest in the blog as the city progresses!  Stay tuned for more - I have another order (this time from eBay) on the way soon!

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)!