Assassin’s Creed III is actually the fifth major instalment in the Assassin’s Creed series. The game explores the life of an 18th-century assassin in Colonial America during the American Revolution. Boston was an important location to both the American and British armies and Ben Trischler has used this setting as inspiration for his street scene. I love the dark red brick texture Ben has patiently created for the main building (based on the Old State House from the game). The round windows look particularly impressive, while the architectural details around the central windows and doors add a lot of character to the building.
The bustling street scene below has some lovely textures and interesting details that draw the eye, like those Salmon-coloured Scala flower pots and the hay cleverly made from a pile of mop heads.
As a minifigure collector myself, I’ve seen many ways fans display them for the perfect showcase. This build from Letranger Absurde takes the cake! At a glance, it almost seems like an optical illusion with the realistic-looking furniture, making the figures appear larger than life. Or perhaps the minifigures used were their larger LEGO clock counterparts? It’s such a nice scene it took me a moment to notice some of the cool details, including the micro-sized AT-AT and Slave-1.
This must be a good year for grapes as a fine crop of an unusual round, lime green variety are being harvested on Nadine Wölfle’s farm. The farm not only specialises in some fine wine production but also breeds goats to produce and sell goats milk. If you take a look inside the cart, a good stock of goats cheese is being taken to market today. This is a gentle scene that is both attractive and detailed, with the cute little home at the far end, and the vines being harvested at the other. I love the old fashioned method of stomping to crush the grapes before the juice is poured into barrels.
Some added views give us a chance to see those cheeses being transported and some of the details in the front court and house. There’s plenty to love about this quaint scene but my eyes keep returning to the method of crushing the grapes and getting the juice into the barrels. Much as I love it, I’m not entirely sure this would pass hygiene standards nowadays.
A few days ago, we brought you our hands-on review of The LEGO Batman Movie 71017 Collectible Minifigures. These 20 unique figures are due to release Jan. 1 for $3.99 each, but a few lucky fans are already starting to find them on store shelves. Like other Collectible Minifigures, the Batman Movie minifigs are packed in sealed bags so you don’t know which characters you’re buying — unless, that is, you use your dexterous digits to determine the contents by feel.
And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. We’ve stayed up late working our fingers numb sorting a whole case of blind packs, so our Feel Guide is based on actual experience finding and verifying figures. Not every piece is easy to determine by feel alone, and some pieces are easily confused with others, so use this guide to help you find a complete set of 20 figures, or to get extras of your favorite character.
The LEGO Batman Movie 71017 Collectible Minifigures are available now on Amazon and on the LEGO Shop Online.
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In the run-up to the 2016 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Championship, which is to be held in France this Summer, LEGO has officially revealed the new series of collectible minifigures: the German national football team.
Among 16 LEGO minifigures are the head coach Joachim Löw and the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The whole list is the following:
- Manuel Neuer (1)
- Shkodran Mustafi (2)
- Mesut Özil (3)
- Benedikt Höwedes (4)
- Mats Hummels (5)
- Sami Khedira (6)
- Bastian Schweinsteiger (7)
- André Schürrle (9)
- Thomas Müller (13)
- Jérôme Boateng (17)
- Toni Kroos (18)
- Mario Götze (19)
- Christoph Kramer (20)
- Marco Reus (21)
- Max Kruse (23)
- Joachim Löw (Trainer)
The series will be available beginning May 14 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland only, for the retail price of 2.99 Euro.