Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Almost Time: LEGO 2014 City Advent Calendar!

Tomorrow is December 1st which means I can officially start opening up my LEGO 2014 City Advent Calendar that I received as a birthday present from my younger brother.

Tonight, I cracked through the tape in order to unfold the front cover - and in the process reveal the 24 different numbered tabs which all hold a small build behind them!

What will day #1 bring?

I don't know - and I've been very careful to avoid any spoilers!  Hopefully I will get a chance to both open the cubby AND blog about day #1's contents tomorrow!

I will say that this is my first ever LEGO Advent Calendar - so I was happily surprised when I unfolded the cover and realized that there is a small, printed play scene on the reverse side of the cover.

The entire thing folds down so that you can have the little cubbies upright while the play mat is down on the table top.  It will be fun to add the various mini builds to the play scene as the month progresses!

Monday, November 24, 2014

LEGO 40106: Toy Workshop - REVIEW

I decided to try a video review for LEGO 40106:  Toy Workshop.  I actually filmed (and posted) this review a few days ago on my YouTube Channel (so be sure to subscribe so that you can see posts before everyone else)!

Anyhow, here's the video review:

I hope to do more video reviews in the future - and while this one wasn't perfect I do think it's better to see a review in video format rather than in photo format.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Birthday Goodies (Winter Village!)

Today is my birthday and I'm happy to report that my younger brother bought me a sweet new LEGO Advent Calendar.  He got me the LEGO City Advent Calendar which will serve as a perfect addition to my rapidly growing Winter Village.

I'm going to wait to open the Advent Calendar until December, but until then here's a peak at my Winter Village so far...

My hope is to create a full Village next year, complete with streets but that'll take a lot of extra bricks that (for now) I don't own.  Even so, I'm happy with what I do have - and the Advent Calendar gift will definitely help out as well!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LEGO 10246: Detective's Office - A First Look at the Newest Modular Building

I first saw this image of the newest LEGO Modular Building over at Brickset and thought I'd offer up my initial reactions here.

I have five* of the modular buildings in my collection currently (Palace Cinema, Town Hall, Pet Shop, Fire Brigade, and the Grand Emporium).

*As I write this post, I realize that I still haven't written reviews for two of the Modular Buildings - shame on me!

Based on the five modular buildings that I own, I would say that the Detective's Office seems, at first glance, to be most similar to the Pet Shop in that you actually get two different buildings.  However, looking at the side image where it shows you that you can lift off each floor to see the inside of the building, you'll notice that the two buildings are actually one large brick structure.  As such, I think the Detective's Office actually fits in with the Palace Cinema better than any of the other Modulars!  Both the Cinema and this set have a certain old time feel to them - something that the Fire Brigade also attempted but didn't quite pull off in the same way.

As for the building(s) in the set, I like them both!  The Barber Shop is a nice surprise - and it's great to get some more small shops for you LEGO Modular street.  I'm also happy that the LEGO Company decided to keep including the same light poles - something that the company didn't do with this year's Winter Village set.  The scissor pieces are new (at least to me) and I like that you get two - one for the barber and one for the sign.  I also like the bench out in front of the barber shop, it will certainly help to make the street scene feel that much more "alive."

The Detective building seems to also house a pool hall.  The photo from Brickset isn't clear enough for me to be able to read what is on the downstairs windows (but no matter what it says I'm hoping that it isn't a sticker)!  I do like the newspaper stand out front, but other than that I will have to wait and reserve judgment on the Detective building until I see better images.  Given that the Detective building is the set's namesake, I'm hoping for a highly decorated interior with lots of cool things!

All told, I think this is another great looking set - and one that I'll definitely be adding to my list for purchase next year.  I can't tell yet where the set will rank as compared to the other Modular sets that I own - but I will say I'm happy that there aren't any more cars in the set...the fire truck (Fire Brigade) and limo (Palace Cinema) are actually more annoying than useful when it comes to displaying the sets.  At least the fire truck can be parked inside the Fire Brigade...

If I had to guess, I would say this set will be released in January - at least that is what the LEGO Company did with this year's Parisian Restaurant Modular set.  I don't get the January release date though since most people are probably tapped out of cash thanks to all the holidays that happen around the month of December!

Monday, November 10, 2014

LEGO Mail Day (Plus another Collectible Minifigure Pack Rip!)

It's been a busy week or so for my LEGO Collection.  First up, another eBay purchase arrived at my house that was chock full of bricks for my soon-to-be-started custom LEGO City.
 I'm still in the process of acquiring lots and lots of bricks (of all shapes, sizes, and colors).  If you know of a good place to get lots of "building" bricks (1x2x4, 1x2x6, 1x2x8, etc) please let me know!

In addition to acquiring assorted bricks, I also found myself in front of a nearly full Collectible Minifigure Series 12 display case at Target.  I couldn't help myself and bought a pack despite me only missing six figures from the set.

How'd I do?  Well you could watch the video...

...or check my want list and see that I am now only missing five figures!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My New LEGO City MOC: It Has to Begin Somewhere!

I mentioned this the other day but I have decided to create my own custom LEGO city now that I have a large "man cave" of sorts in the basement of my new house.  In order to begin working on a custom city though, I first need a large collection of LEGO bricks to choose from.

Thus, it was to eBay!

Yeah, that's a medium sized flat rate box full of assorted LEGO bricks.  I actually have no idea what bricks I got as I simply won a pair of auctions for "single color" bricks.  Hopefully, sometime soon, I'll do a video unveiling of the box itself since it's still sitting on my desk unopened!

Once the box is opened and the bricks are sorted, I'm hoping to begin construction on something related to my city.  I also still need to acquire a large table before I can move too quickly ahead...and I'd like to get a LEGO train soon too!