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Not sure which LEGO sets to pick up for yourself? Need ideas for that LEGO fan who already has more LEGO than he or she can possibly build with in a lifetime? Nervous about the quality of the custom accessories that tempted you at your last LEGO convention? Read our reviews of LEGO sets, books, accessories, and more right here on The Brothers Brick.

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.

Lego Star Wars General Grievous’ Wheel Bike 75040 [Review]

Lego Star Wars General Grievous’ Wheel Bike is one of the new Star Wars sets released in March 2014. This set retails for $24.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • Low price-per-piece ratio for a Star Wars set
  • Both minifigs are unique to the set
  • Includes 17 sand blue cheese slopes
  • Wheel bike is sturdy and can be rolled


Cons:

  • Despite having lots of parts, the finished model is rather small

This is well-rounded set in terms of minifigs, parts, looks, and playability. The model captures the gritty look of General Grievous’ wheel bike yet rolls easily. The parts selection is average, but the high parts count helps sell the set to builders. The new white version of General Grievous will surely be popular and is guaranteed to be popular among collectors. It’s one of the best Star Wars sets in the low-medium price range.

Lego Star Wars Vulture Droid 75041 [Review]

Lego Star Wars Vulture Droid is one of the new Star Wars sets released in March 2014. This set retails for $24.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • Includes two spring-loaded shooters
  • All 10 sand blue parts are unique to this set.
  • First minifig-scaled vulture droid by LEGO, and a pilot droid fits inside the cockpit


Cons:

  • Only one unique minifig
  • High price-per-piece ratio

After 3 renditions of the vulture droid, LEGO finally made one to minifig scale. It features a sturdy and simple transformation feature and can hold a pilot droid. The spring loaded launchers add great playability to the model. Unfortunately there aren’t notable minifigs in this set if you’re looking for non-generic characters from the Star Wars universe. As a parts pack, it is not the best due to the higher than average price-per-piece ratio. There are a few sand blue parts, but they can be obtained on Bricklink once they become more prevalent.

Lego Star Wars Battle on Saleucami 75037 [Review]

The Lego Star Wars Battle on Saleucami is one of the new Star Wars sets released in March 2014. This set retails for $14.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • Includes a unique BARC trooper, 3 olive green grass stems, and a spring-loaded launcher
  • The set is built like a target practice range, and it’s fun to shoot at the droids


Cons:

  • Comes with only one unique minifig

This set is essentially an upgraded battle pack with the added feature of a target practice playset. This is currently the cheapest set to get the spring-loaded shooter, which is one of the coolest bricks that Lego has released. The speeder is well-designed with the skis/fins contributing to the more dynamic look of the model. The olive green grass stems are exclusive to this set, and it’s useful in many creations that need foliage. If only the set had more than one unique minifig, then it would make this a true gem. Nevertheless I still highly recommend this set both for the great play feature and useful parts.

Doc Ock Truck Heist 76015 [Review]

Doc Ock Truck Heist is one of the Lego Super Heroes sets released in March 2014. It retails for $19.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • The exploding safes is an interesting play feature
  • The design for the armored truck is decent and includes a unique green train window


Cons:

  • Besides Doc Ock, the other minifigures are not unique to the set
  • Spider Man’s web catapult does not work

This set has the potential for higher marks from me, but the lack of more than one unique minifig and the default suboptimal design of the play features are setbacks. In order for the exploding safes to eject from the truck, you’ll have to switch to frictionless technic pins as I’ve shown in the video. There is unfortunately no fix for the web catapult, so it should just be regarded as decoration. Otherwise, I like the design of the truck despite an overall average selection of parts. Judging from trends on other older Super Heroes sets, I expect Amazon will have discount the set by about 25% after several months when fall is here.

Captain America vs. Hydra 76017 [Review]

Captain America vs. Hydra is one of the Lego Super Heroes sets released in March 2014. It retails for $19.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.


Pros:

  • Very sturdy vehicle with suspension on the wheels
  • Includes 3 unique minifigures with new printing for Captain America
  • A modest selection of olive green parts


Cons:

  • Low price per part ratio
  • Very simple build, no noteworthy techniques to highlight

This is a decent $20 Lego Super Heroes set. The battle vehicle is great for play, but among adult builders and collectors there’s little value to it other than the olive green parts and the minifigs. This is one of the easier sets I’ve built and takes very little time. Judging from trends on other older Super Heroes sets, I expect Amazon will have discount the set by about 25% after several months when fall is here.

Lego Star Wars Utapau Troopers 75036 [Review]

The Lego Star Wars Utapau Troopers is one of the three new battle packs released in March 2014. This set retails for $12.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.

The design of the tri-droid is very simple, and in my opion not suitable for incorporating into an army. It has a decent selection of parts that I’ve shown in the video and also includes 4 of the new functional blasters. The minifigs seem to be popular as this was the highest selling battle pack on Lego Shop at Home before it temporarily sold out. I would prefer plastic kamas on the airborn trooper rather than the cloth ones, but this is just a personal preference.

Lego Star Wars Kashyyyk Troopers 75035 [Review]

The Lego Star Wars Kashyyyk Troopers is one of the three new battle packs released in March 2014. This set retails for $12.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.

This is my favorite of the 3 battle packs. The swamp speeder is the highlight of the set and includes a surprising number of new and hard-to-find parts as I have mentioned in the video. The speeder itself is also well-designed for its size and is acceptable for army-building. The set also include 4 of the new functional blasters.

Lego Star Wars Death Star Troopers 75034 [Review]

The Lego Star Wars Death Star Troopers is one of the three new battle packs released in March 2014. This set retails for $12.99 and is available on Amazon. Below is a brief video review and my remarks regarding the set.

The set features 4 new minifigures. The Royal Guards come with dual-colored capes and the death star gunners have different head printings. The turret has a flick-fire missle but is otherwise unremarkable and not so useful for army-building. Parts-wise, it contains an ok selection of brackets but nothing that makes it outstanding. I think this is an average battle pack.

LEGO Space: Building the Future [Review]

We had previously mentioned the release of Peter Reid & Tim Goddard’s book, LEGO Space: Building the Future, published by No Starch Press. Well it has been a few months since the book was released, and I finally got around to finish reading it with my son and felt it was time for a review.

Lego Space: Building the Future

Let me start by saying that this has to be the highest quality fan-created LEGO book I have yet to lay my geeky hands on. From cover to cover, the quality of photography and overall style is absolutely top notch. You really can tell that this was a labour of love for everyone involved.

I actually had pre-ordered the book on Amazonso received it as soon as it was available, however, I purchased it to give to my 6 year old son for Christmas. I didn’t want to read through it before he got a chance so reluctantly put it away for almost 2 months. I think I was just as excited as he was about opening it up Christmas morning. For the week or so following Christmas, I would find Tate flipping through the book quite often. He is reading now on his own, but the amount of text in the book was a bit overwhelming for him. However, that certainly didn’t stop him from staring in wonder at all the beautiful photographs. He even promptly built his own turtle from the instructions provided (and added some spacemen with laser snowboards for good measure).

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The thing that sets this book apart for me is that it reads as a fantastic story throughout the history of space travel, and far into the future. It’s a science fiction novel illustrated with rockin’ LEGO models. Throughout the telling of the book, photographs of LEGO spaceships, alien landscapes, and space stations illustrate the story. And instructions are included for many of the models so the reader can build their own. I found it incredibly entertaining and inspiring to read through, and Tate even more so. As a family of LEGO spacers, I know this book will be read and re-read for years to come. The pictures on their own would inspire any right minded LEGO maniac to build SPACE!, but when coupled with the fantastic story it kicks that inspiration to a whole other level.

So needless to say I highly recommend this book whether you are a 30 something man-child like myself, or need a fantastic and inspiring gift for a child in your life.

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