Vlad Lisin ([Rhymes_Shelter]) once again wows us with an incredibly realistic Bionicle creation, this time depicting the characterful Rafiki from Lion King.
This alien landscape of a cavernous marshland by Raoul Baldwin features many exotic elements. There are so many aspects of this creation I like, including the color texturing with olive green and dark tan, the vertical raised dark tan baseplate, the rocks in the foreground to add perspective and depth, and the integration of elements of technology and nature. Don’t forget to check out the details of the organic looking alien walker.
The Croc Swamp Hideout 70014 is one of the Lego Chima sets released in August 2013, it contains 647 pieces and retails for $69.99. The set is currently available on Amazon. Below is my review of the set.
- An above average selection of olive green and earth-toned parts
- Decent number of play features
- No unique parts or minifigs (unique means exclusive to the set)
- Not a good-looking model to display
This set is clearly meant to be a playset and has little value outside of this. It has a variety of play features as I’ve shown in the video, but most of them are standard except the rapid-fire shooter, which I think is the most well-designed functional feature of this set. The other aspects of the set are not so appealing, especially the lack of unique minifigs for one of the largest Chima sets. As for builders, there aren’t any unique pieces to the set. Taken together with the minifigs, this set seems like a remix of existing Lego parts and figures, which doesn’t add much to the its novelty. I would not recommend buying this set at retail price unless someone really wants a croc base to play with.
Just recently, Guy and I hosted the live kickoff of the latest Iron Builder competition between Siercon and Coral vs Legohaulic and Littlehaulic. Joining us were some other staff members of the blog (Chris, Caylin) and other builders (Bruce Lowell, Nick V, Andrew Lee). The video below contains the entire live-recorded broadcast, which features the following:
- The unveiling of the mystery part
- A 10 miniute build-off between the contenders
- A long Q&A session where we answered questions from the audience on anything from the state of the Lego community to whether I was wearing pants.
The Lego Star Wars AT-TE was released in August 2013 and contains 794 pieces. It retails for $89.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.
- Has a handle to pick up the model, fits with the dropship if you have one from years ago.
- Includes 4 unique minifigures
- No extraordinary play features besides standard adjustable legs and cannons
- Not significantly different from the 2008 version of the AT-TE
This is a set of a popular model from the Clone Wars, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the 3rd time LEGO produced the set. Unfortunately it does not have significant play features or include many minifigures. However, fans of the series will probably still be interested in obtaining a copy as it make for a decent display model. If you’re a builder, then this set does not have much to offer in terms of part variety besides the standard grey parts. Overall, I don’t recommend getting this set at MSRP, but Amazon currently has it for 25% off, which I think is an acceptable price to buy it at.
Amazon currently has the following sets on a notable discount which I think are good buys. Please keep in mind that prices can change anytime.
LEGO Chima 70009 Worriz Combat Lair $33.59 (52%)
LEGO Castle Forest Ambush $7.49 (38%)
LEGO LOTR 79006 The Council of Elrond $22.09 (26%)
LEGO Star Wars Jabbas Sail Barge $88.41 (26%)
LEGO Star Wars AT-TE $66.31 (26%)
LEGO Friends 41026 Sunshine Harvest $14.99 (25%)
LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser $52.49 (25%)
LEGO Ninjago 70724 NinjaCopter Toy $44.99 (25%)
LEGO Disney Princess 41050 Ariel’s Amazing Treasures $10.39 (20%)
LEGO Disney Princess Ariel’s Magical Kiss 41052 $23.99 (20%)
LEGO Disney Princess 41051 Merida’s Highland Games $15.99 (20%)
LEGO Friends Downtown Bakery $23.99 (20%)
LEGO Friends 41037 Stephanie’s Beach House $39.99 (20%)
LEGO Friends 41035 Heartlake Juice Bar $23.99 (20%)
The latest issue of HispaBrick features an amazing technic snowspeeder, interviews with builders like Nathan Sawaya, photoediting tips, a feature article on the minifig, and much more. As always, you can Download the magazine for free. Check out the table of contents to see more of what’s in this issue.
This scene by Lukasz Wiktorowicz shows a warrior training in a beautiful nightscape built entirely out of Lego. There are multiple layers to this work and they all stack together to create a well-composed scene.