Sometimes simple is better. This microscale model of Mass Effect’s SR-2 Normandy spaceship by Sydag doesn’t use many parts, but it captures the source brilliantly and is instantly recognizable.
Micah B.’s (Arkov) beastly villain is a fantastic creature. Titled the Mortal-Foe, it’s a great example of how good posing and careful parts usage can make a model come alive. There aren’t many more parts on display here than in the typical Bionicle/Hero-Factory set, and yet Micah’s fey being displays a great deal more personality and life (and death) than most official sets.
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.
We have previously featured large airliners, but few (if any) of them built to minifig scale (Ryan McNaught’s A-380 is technically only half an airliner). Calum Tsang started designing his minifig scale Boeing 777 back in 2006, shortly after one of the real aircraft set a new long-distance record for commercial airliners. He started building in 2011 and has recently fitted new wings and engines. This dedication has paid of, because it is big and it is beautiful.
The model is a whopping 200 studs long and has a similar wing span. With that size, Calum has had to use wood to strengthen the fuselage spine, as well as a few metal struts to support it, but it’s a very nicely sculpted model. One of my favourite bits is the tail fin, with a brick-built version of the logo that LEGO use for the aircraft in recent City sets.
Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights! Tonight we’re recapping the best of Marchikoma – the yearly think-tank build month. Let’s go to the tale of the tape.
Yes you read that right, Cole vs Blaq, in the first and probably only FNF self contest – Despite my best effort, Cole Blaq’s efforts last month was jaw dropping good. And of course if you missed any Koma’s – you can see an overview of all the builds here.
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this bout by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Micro GARCs, Jacob wins the race 8-5 ! Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
This adorable presentation by Brian Rinker is based off a real piece of architectural genius–the inspiration was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Brian includes a link to the reference in his photo’s description, so check it out!