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'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)!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


When I started this blog, I didn't realize the rather strict rules that the LEGO Company has in regards to the use of the word "LEGO" and the corresponding trademarks.  While my blog is certainly too small for them to care about (for now at least), I want to act in good faith and so I'll be trying to change over any and all instances of poor or unallowed trademark use on my blog.

The biggest change that I have to make is that my blog will now be called Playing with Bricks and can be found at the domain  I hope it doesn't mess up people's blog rolls but if you would, be sure to add the new blog address now!  


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Minifigure Museum: Scarecrow (Series 11)

Scarecrow:  Series 11 LEGO Minifigure
The Scarecrow is an awesome minifigure from Series 11 of the Collectible Minifigure Series.
In actuality, I found most of the Series 11 figures to be quite nice - but the Scarecrow stands out (to me anyhow) as one of the best of the best!  For starters, the front printing on the scarecrow is tremendous - the patches on the torso and legs are great - and there's even arm printing with more patches!

The figure also comes with a farmer's old hat (complete with a crow sitting on it) and a pitchfork.  The pitchfork isn't the most common element (though it has been around for a long time) so it's a nice inclusion as an accessory.

The crow stays on the hat via a small pin sized hole in the top of the hat.  While that makes for a slick setup for the minifigure, it completely eliminates most of the crow's re-usability in other builds or MOCs. 
Overall, I was incredibly excited when I first saw this figure on the initial Series 11 sell sheet and I still like it now that it is in hand.  Other than the crow lacking any real way to be used outside of the figure itself, this figure is perfect.

Ok, there's one more flaw.  I don't think he'll be scaring away any birds from my actual garden anytime soon...

Monday, July 21, 2014

A LEGO Mail Day!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been busy perusing eBay looking for various great deals (and not-so-great deals) on all things LEGO.  Since I'm still working my way toward completing the full run of collectible minifigures (you can see all that I still need here), I decided I should try to whittle down my want list a bit!

My latest acquisition is the Female Scientist from Series 11.

I happen to like the figure quite a bit but I never managed to pull one of her when the blind packs were still in stores near me.  I will be sure to talk more about the scientist when I feature her in my ongoing Minifigure Museum series of posts!

For now though, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the final three figures that I still need from Series 11:

  • Lady Robot
  • Saxophone Player
  • Barbarian

Who knows, maybe I'll have another eBay LEGO mail day to show off in the near future (hint:  I will - but the next one might not involve collectible minifigures)!