70708 Hive Crawler is the largest insect vehicle from the Galaxy Squad line. It will be released in June of this year and contains 560 pieces priced at $59.99.
Here is my summary of the highlights of the set, which are elaborated in the review videos of the parts and the model.
- The crawling legs are an awesome play feature.
- The catapult is well-designed and fun to launch.
- New parts include the transparent pink pods, insect spawns, olive 1×2 curved slopes, and new/hard-to-find lime green and dark red parts.
- Sleek speeder design.
- Only 3 minifigs included and none are unique to the set.
- Colors look jumbled on the insect, I’m not a fan of the design of the middle section.
Overall, the Hive Crawler is a surprisingly fun set to play with despite not having the best looks. It is also a great parts pack for sci-fi builders with a satisfying array of new elements. Similar to other Galaxy Squad sets, it falls short in the number of minifigs included although it is the cheapest set to get the new 4-eyed alien commander. It is not a bad buy at $60, especially if you want to start building with the new parts right away or can’t wait to have a crawling menace to combat the space marines.
Beyond the Brick would like your support on Kickstarter to fund a DVD compiling a series of interviews to take place at this year’s Brickworld in Chicago. You can pledge $20 for a DVD or give more for unique incentives such as a custom creation by Tyler (Legohaulic). Check out the details on Kickstarter.
ZCerberus built this LEGO Castle scene for the Guilds of Historica challenge over on Eurobricks. Orcs defend their home against a marauding human army (or something like that).
ZCerberus built quite a few motorized elements into his diorama, including a whirlwind, battering ram, and catapults. Check out the video for the action.
79110 Silver Mine Shootout is the second-largest set from the newly released LEGO Lone Ranger theme. It contains 644 pieces and costs $69.99.
Here is my summary of the highlights of the set, which are elaborated in the review video below.
- Includes lots of tan and dark tan bricks and slopes useful for landscape builders.
- Notable unique and rare elements include dark tan BURPs, boulder, transparent clear 1×4 tiles, transparent green bottle, and a cattle skull.
- A surprisingly large number of play features (see video below)
- All 5 minifigs are unique to the set.
- Model has a non-rectangular footprint and thus has a more natural look.
- Price is a bit steep, but it could be worse.
- Hardly any new part molds besides the cattle skull.
- Standard building techniques with exception of the mine cart.
Overall the Silver Mine Shootout is a decent set worthy of addition to your collection. There’s hardly any sets out there with so many desert landscape elements, but even if you’re not ready to cannibalize the set for parts yet, there’s still display value in its natural appearance and fun to be had in all the play features. Buying this set at retail price is an ok deal, but finding it at a discount would be really worth it.
79110 Silver Mine Shootout is out on Amazon.com and the LEGO Shop online.
Check out our reviews of other LEGO Lone Ranger sets including 79108 Stagecoach Escape and 79109 Colby City Showdown.
Hamster Productions made this short little video that mashes up PSY’s “Gangnam Style” (which is so 2012) with The Hobbit. We think you’ll like it.
Antonio Toscano has created a stop-motion animation LEGO version of the trailer for the upcoming J.J. Abrams sequel to his Star Trek reboot.
Thanks to reader Andrea via our Facebook page.
Watch the latest video from BrotherhoodWorkshop for another funny installment of life in Middle Earth beyond the books and movies. In this video, the Goblin King from The Hobbit takes on one of those nasty cave trolls from Lord of the Rings. You get to decide who wins this epic battle.
Be sure to watch both endings.
Whoever does Gollum’s voice is a dead-ringer for Andy Serkis. Wow…
Unless you’ve been living deep in the Forbidden Forest, you’ve already seen the awesome pictures of Alice’s LEGO Hogwarts here on The Brothers Brick. Several thousand more of you got to see it in person this past weekend at Emerald City Comicon here in Seattle. But I suspect many of you wonder how Alice Finch transports and assembles her masterpiece. Wonder no more!
The video doesn’t include the six SUVs that hauled Hogwarts to and from ECCC…
We’ll have more ECCC coverage here on The Brothers Brick shortly.
Daniele Benedettelli was inspired by The Invention of Hugo Cabret to build a working automata that draws portraits. His Legonardo is powered by MINDSTORMS and custom software Daniele wrote himself.
Watch the video of Legonardo in action here:
Harlem Shake. Apparently, it’s a thing. I suspect this will amuse many of you.