About Nannan

Nannan became involved with the online LEGO community in late 2004. He has been a builder for as long as he can remember. Nannan builds in a variety of themes that often overlap with the science fiction universe; other times they are purely made up ones. You can see his creations on Flickr, MOCpages, and Brickshelf. In real life, Nannan is a medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Posts by Nannan

Lego Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush 79008 [Review]

The Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush set came out last August. It retails for $99.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • A good lineup of minifigs including 4 that are exclusive to the set
  • Include unique elements such as the cloth sails, dark bley wings, and 14 printed shields


Cons:

  • High price-per-piece ratio
  • A pretty straightforward model, no real surprises in buildings techniques or play features

This set has a decent balance of minifigures, parts, play and display value that will suit fans with different plans for what to do with it. Surprisingly there are no spring-loaded cannons in this set, and the flick-fire missiles are not a good substitute. The major drawback is the heavy price tag. Around the holidays last year many people were able to buy this set for 40-50% off from retailers like Amazon and Target. If you don’t have this set and want it, it’s probably better to wait for a while for another round of discounts.

Simpsons collectible minifigs revealed

LEGO has posted images of the upcoming Simpsons collectible minifigs on Facebook. They will be available in May, and the lineup includes Chief Wiggum, Scratchy, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Marge Simpson, Milhouse, Maggie Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Itchy, Homer Simpson, Grampa, Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Bart Simpson and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Lego Star Wars Corporate Alliance Tank Droid 75015 [Review]

The Lego Star Wars Corporate Alliance Tank Droid was released in August 2013 and contains 295 pieces. It retails for $19.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.

The tank droid is a decent Star Wars set. It contains 60 tread pieces, which is the best way to get them other than Bricklink. Jango Fett is the only unique minifig in this set. Unlike the previous version of LEGO’s tank droid that retails for $25, the new version costs less and includes more parts. The only drawback is the lack of printed dish part, but an unprinted piece will provide more options for building. This is a good pickup especially when it is on sale.

Lego Star Wars Homing Spider Droid 75016 [Review]

The Lego Star Wars Homing Spider Droid was released in August 2013 and contains 295 pieces. It retails for $29.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.

There’s not much to be said about this model and it’s a very straightforward build. There’s only one unique minifigure, Stass Allie, and 3 are generic figures for army-building. The droid itself has flimsy legs as shown in the video and needs to be repositioned each time you pick it up. The head rotates, and that’s the most prominent play feature. Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of interesting parts to make up for its other deficits. Overall, this is a filler in an army of battle droids.

Lego Batman The Penguin Faceoff 76010 [Review]

Lego Batman The Penguin Faceoff is one of the Lego Super Heroes sets released in March 2014. It retails for $12.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.

This is a wonderfully unique set for the Lego Super Heroes line. It includes a beautifully designed scuba Batman whose head can be used in custom sci-fi minifigs. The variety of individual models and above-average number of parts makes it fun for the kids and useful to builders. The unique minifigs from this set will help boost its collection value. It’s overall a great set.