Archive for September, 2006
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Perhaps Michael Jasper is showing us what Saint Nick does while he’s on vacation. But it’s September, you’d think the old elf would be busier at this point:
Kevin Blocksidge presents a batch of Victorian crime fighters:
And the heavy artillery:
Jack the Ripper better keep a low profile now that the Steam Squad is on the case!
A retailer in Great Britain has included 2007 LEGO Star Wars sets in its inventory, along with pictures and prices (in GBP). Those pictures have been popping up all over Brickshelf in the last 24 hours.
What I like about these sets is that two of them amount to “minifig packs” — 7654 Droids Battle Pack and 7655 Clone Troopers Battle Pack — much like 7020 Army of Vikings with Heavy Artillery Wagon (those are Brickset links — not much there at the moment).
The droids set isn’t much to look at (picture), but the clone troopers set will be a cheap way to get a bunch of Episode III troopers:
Another set that excited me was 7659 Imperial Landing Craft:
Notice the new blasters the stormtroopers are carrying? Awesome.
The main reason I stopped buying Star Wars sets a couple years ago was due to the color changes — the new grays and browns, plus the new flesh-colored minifigs. Another reason was that many of the new sets were re-releases and redesigns of existing sets. Looking back, I’m glad I got out of Star Wars LEGO, because I started building other stuff. Still, I’ve gotten used to flesh-toned minifigs, and I have to admit that the redesigns I didn’t buy are substantially better than the original versions I own. One of my least favorite sets was the AT-ST — it was flimsy, and it came with yet another Chewbacca.
That’s why I’m also excited about the new AT-ST, AT-ST:
Much better, and it comes with an AT-ST pilot! Very cool.
And my absolute favorite (though it didn’t end up in the final voting)…
Eurobricks is often the first place one sees pictures of upcoming LEGO products. Apparently these pictures showed up on Amazon.com’s German site. (Amazon is famous — not just in the LEGO community — as a source for upcoming product information.)
So, today’s news post included several shots of the box art from a new theme called Aquaraiders, new Exo-Force sets, and a new City fire boat. Head on over to Eurobricks for all the pictures, but here are a couple of my favorites:
Nice to see a return to underwater sets:
And I’m diggin’ the new dark green Ryo minifig:
I think garden gnomes aren’t half bad. I got one recently for my wife (and not one of those nasty resin ones either). Anyway, Bill Ward puts little plastic bricks to good use in his own garden gnome:
Love the belt!!!
Brickshelfer Helico has posted a nice series of philosopher minifigs, but without individual shots or keywords, I don’t know who all of them are — though I have my guesses. Okay readers, try and name ‘em all! ;-)
Brickshelfer and Classic-Spacer Jerac posted something so cool I can’t help posting it. (Sorry Linus!)
Jerac calls it a “Corviwurm,” but it looks very much like a Zerg Mutalisk (which he acknowledges in his CSF post):
I’m declaring arvo the Master of Everyday Objects.
I said in my most recent post about his mini Nord Lead synthesizer that it’s harder to make big things small than it is to make big or life-size versions of big things.
This is certainly true of arvo’s latest creation, which looks like a real-life typewriter until you realize it’s made from LEGO bricks, and then you realize it’s a teeny tiny LEGO typewriter (look at the studs) less than six inches across:
Well, the real Tool lyrics say “rebuild,” but that was too perfect for a LEGO post not to tweak. I managed to skip Izzo’s Maynard James Keenan, but when Steve Vargo uploaded minifigs of the whole band, a Tool post was unavoidable.
Izzo’s Maynard James Keenan (the lead singer of Tool):
Anyhoo, I guess robots and other stuff pop out of this kid’s head:
Weird. But it’s a cool robot, Lukas! Nice use of BrickFA arms and T-pipe thingies.