2017 LEGO Advent Calendars: Day 12

Welcome to Day 12 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Friends 2017 advent calendars along with commentary from our team.

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If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump and posted in the evening every day, so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. Let’s delve into Day 12!

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We’re going to need a bigger boat

After writing our review of the giant shark-mech 70656 garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! from The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Elspeth De Montes was inspired to transform the shark into the most famous one of all. I mean, of course, the great white from Jaws, and Garmadon’s shark seems well suited to the role once the un-shark-like feet are removed. Add in the the back half of the Orca and some waves, and this vignette already has me humming duuuun dun…. duuuun dun…. duuuun dun….

We're going to need a bigger boat

LEGO Star Wars 75205 Mos Eisley Cantina set revealed [News]

Although most of the major LEGO themes for January 2018 have now been fully revealed, there are still a few product lines that continue to see a trickle of new sets throughout December. Today’s LEGO Star Wars news brings us, via the Toys R Us website, official images of the latest incarnation of that “wretched hive of scum and villainy,” 75205 Mos Eisley Cantina. Refreshing my memory with the handy LEGO Star Wars reference book that Chris and I wrote (shameless plug), this is the third version of the cantina, though this version is unique in several ways.

LEGO Star Wars 75205 Mos Eisley Cantina box

The set includes 376 pieces with 4 minifigs (Han Solo and Greedo, of course, along with Wuher the bartender and a Sandtrooper. TRU lists the retail price as $39.99, which may or may not be the actual MSRP given TRU’s penchant to jack up prices when they list products first.

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Have you got the space for a tree like this?

In space no-one can hear you sing carols. Miro Dudas has created a different kind of LEGO Christmas tree. Instead of any leaves or wood, thirty spaceman minifigures form the familiar shape. They’re apparently pulling off this feat of agility thanks to a network of sand blue sausages each minifigures is clinging to. Speaking of LEGO sausages, a regular red one was also used to form the familiar Classic Space symbol as the tree topper.

Deck the Space Halls!

LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz 41489 Rey & Kylo Ren Limited Edition Collector’s Pack [Review]

The LEGO Star Wars line is finally getting its own BrickHeadz characters, starting with the NYCC-exclusive 41498 Boba Fett & Han Solo in Carbonite, along with 41485 Finn and 41486 Captain Phasma. While it currently remains a Target exclusive, we recently picked up the double-pack 41489 Rey & Kylo Ren Limited Edition Collector’s Pack, which retails for $19.99 and includes 249 pieces.

41489 Rey & Kylo Ren

Read the full review of LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz 41489 Rey & Kylo Ren Limited Edition Collector’s Pack

Incredible RC LEGO Jeep is motorized, loaded with details and ready for the perfect weekend getaway

There’s nothing as great as turning your wheels off the asphalt, finding a high trail that’s little more than a path, and then driving all the way to the peak for a breathtaking view. This incredible LEGO Jeep Rubicon by Scott is so perfect it leaves me yearning for some true offroading and alpine adventure. One of the most complex models I’ve seen in a long time, this RC offroader features insane details like functioning door locks and a working glove box, plus it’s loaded to the gills with trail gear.

Skid Plate, Exhaust Headers, Grille Guard

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2017 LEGO Advent Calendars: Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Friends 2017 advent calendars along with commentary from our team.

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If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump and posted in the evening every day, so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. Will we be in heaven with Day 11?

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Not even death can save you from me!

Video games are a constant inspiration for LEGO builders, as they are sometimes for me. I do try to avoid pop-cultural inspiration in my builds, striving to keep them as unique and imaginative as possible. But for a game that has been with me for about half my life, Diablo 2, an exception could be made. The build is a somewhat loose recreation of the titular final boss, Diablo – the Lord of Terror. The reason for this looseness of recreation is timing, more about which can be read by clicking on the picture, whose description has said information.

Diablo, Lord of Terror

I am quite proud of the muscular torso design (let us not speak of the back) and the legs look good on some photos in my opinion, but the arms kind of need a rework, which would be done if time permitted so. I wish there were more pieces in dark red (and that I would own them!) so that I could have done a more gradual transition from black to red, because the current situation makes it nearly impossible to photograph, with black claws, horns and spikes standing out so much, that they get mixed up in pictures.

Dashing through the snow

No sleigh required here — aido k‘s LEGO Santa Claus seems quite happy taking a ride directly on Rudolph’s back. This is a fun model, with printed eyes giving Santa’s face a whole heap of character, and nice use of Mixel joints to provide dynamic posing for the dashing reindeer. Santa’s gloves are excellent, and I love Rudolph’s nose and antlers. The white base is a smart touch, giving just enough context to the model, and suggesting a bouncing boisterous progress across the snow.

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Porg: The Other White Meat

Unless you’ve been living on a forest moon, you know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this week. TBB’s own Iain heath takes aim at what some fans are worries might be the next ewoks of the Star Wars universe, the feathered creatures known only as porgs. In this diorama, Iain features a pair of our favorite furry teddy bears hunting an unsuspecting, wide-eyed bird-thing. As always, Iain’s eye for the elemental details in characters remains flawless, capturing the essential form of both creatures.

PORG: THE OTHER WHITE MEAT

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie 70656 Garmadon, Garmadon, Garmadon [Review]

The second wave of The LEGO Ninjago Movie tie-in sets were released on the 1st Dec,  and now we are taking a look at of one of the larger sets, 70656 garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON!  Garmadon Shark Mech set was first seen back at SDCC and the movie version featured in the official trailer, safe to say that this set has been eagerly awaited.  garmadon, Garmadon, GARMADON! has 830 pieces, six minifigures, rated ages 9-14 and is priced at £79.99 / $79.99 / 79.99€ (which equates to 9.6p / 9.6c / 9.6c per piece).

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The Box and what’s inside

The front box art has already been revealed and shows Garmadon Shark Mech moving in on its prey of a hot dog stand with a side of innocent civilians.

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The rear of the box shows the opposite of Garmadon Shark Mech about to munch on the hotdog stall or its vendor, with the play features detailed at the bottom.  In addition, the size of the final mech model is detailed just in case the model is smaller than expected after seeing The LEGO Ninjago Movie (more on that later).

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The probability of you liking this LEGO K-2SO is high... very high

While LEGO itself has taken a crack at making a buildable version of K-2SO with set 75120, some people prefer to do it themselves. Josephine Monterosso has made of version of the droid using only 75 pieces, forgoing the CCBS and specialised pieces all together. A lot of clever (and illegal) connections went into this to correctly capture the shaping. Make sure you zoom in to see them all – my favourites are in the torso where a single piece gives much of the round look, and some black floatation rings are used on the shoulders.

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