I’m a fan of seeing new concepts in Lego creations such as a working zoetrope by Ian Spacek. The viewer rotates the cylinder and peers through the slots to see the sequence of animated images.
The latest issue of the HispaBrick Lego fan magazine includes coverage of BrickCon 2014, review of the upcoming UCS Slave I, interviews, instructions and much more. Take a look at the table of contents or download the magazine for free.
LegoJalex built an elaborate kid’s room from the 80’s featuring many iconic toys from the time. How many do you recognize?
This Lord of the Rings themed creation by Grant Davis (Takkata1) features a battle between the orcs and Uruk-hai inside an underground mine. I admire the complex rock work that uses both studs up and SNOT orientations for finer texture.
The Lonely Mountain is currently the largest set in the Lego Hobbit line. This set was released this fall and retails for $129.99 on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.
- All 5 minifigs are unique to the set
- Smaug is a well-designed dragon with Lego’s first collapsible wings
- Good source of sand green bricks
- Very high price tag
Overall this is a great set for parts, minifigs, and Smaug is an attractive beast to most fans. A decent number of play features mark this as a good playset, and the sand green bricks make it stand out among other less brightly colored sets from the same line. My only complaint is the huge price tag, which is largely a result of including Smaug, whose new parts drive up the production cost. Ultimately I’d like to see this set discounted to $80-$100, which would be a reasonable purchase. I recommend holding off on buying the set unless you absolutely love the new Smaug.
Check out this Lego version of the latest Star Wars trailer by FinalFeature.
The 2014 Creations for Charity fundraiser is ending on November 30th, and now prices are at their absolute lowest. This is a great time to get a custom creation donated by Lego fans with all proceeds going to buying Lego sets for underprivileged children. Check out what’s for sale before it’s over.
There is also a 24-hour live stream taking place on 5pm EST on November 28th. It is open to the public and hosted by Beyond the Brick. For each man-hour spent on air by any participant, LEGO will donate a set to Creations for Charity. You can learn more and sign up to participate or pledge a donation on creationsforcharity.org.