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The LEGO Movie: Characters

Posted by xccj , in TV, Review Feb 12 2014 · 151 views

Hey guys so yesterday I finally saw The LEGO Movie!
 
Everybody: We’ve already seen it!
 
Okay, so much for just bragging.  Anyway, I was planning to do a short review of how well the various sets were incorporated in the movie, since previous movie tie ins (Iron Man III) were pretty bad.  But there were so many Lego Movie sets that some would surely get more screen time than others.  Except. . . well, Brickset already posted an article on that.  So instead here’s a not-exactly-comprehensive list of all the characters who appeared.  Wow, that turned out to be quite long. . .  Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, SPOILERS!
 
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Anyway, it was indeed a good movie.  Although if you were like me and watched each and every trailer, than the first half of the movie was kind of. . . reruns.  (I did the same thing when The Legend Reborn came out. . . only that time the previews covered all the good parts.  At least the second half of this movie was relatively unspoiled.)  I did feel that there were some pacing issues in the beginning, but again that might’ve just been because of what I just mentioned.  :shrugs:
 
I also bought the soundtrack (technically before I’d even seen the movie, although I didn’t listen to the full thing before I saw it.)  It’s good, and I have bits of it stuck in my head, which is surprisingly not the “Everything is Awesome” song.
 
I do want to see it again, and I probably will.  (Maybe a matinee 2D showing. . . I’m not sure 3D was really worth it.)  And I will for sure by it when it comes out on DVD.  Heck, maybe even preorder it and get whatever fig it comes with, since I never do that otherwise.  But yeah, great movie, go see it if you haven’t already.
 
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Giddy Giddy Giddy

Posted by xccj , in Review Dec 21 2013 · 152 views

I am probably more excited about these than I should be... but oh well.
 
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These were found at a Fred Meyers, who again released collectible minifigures in December when they're supposed to be out in January.  (Granted, it's late December this time round.)  They seriously must've gone out today.  There were some picked through boxes, but there were also a bunch of unopened boxes in the back.  Now, I could've just bought a full box and then sell the extras online... but I'm not that mean and don't have that much spare cash anyhow.  But I did open a new box in order to find Gail and Abe, so that helps.
 
Now, quick review!!
 
Marsha Queen of the Mermaids: My, my, lots of pastel colors here.  Medium lavender, medium blue (I think) hair, trans pink crystal… she certainly stands out.  And a lovely mermaid design yet again.  She’s rare (2 to a box) but her large tail piece is bulky and easy to feel.
 
Wild West Wyldstyle: This has to be one of my favorites from this batch!  A cool gothic-style dress, and the hair piece is also well designed, although I presume it’s the same we’ll see later on in the official sets.  A fitting alternate version of the female lead!  Moderately rare, at 4 to a box.  The dress is the piece that stands out the most, but one of the lady robots also has a dress, so don’t confuse the two.  Unique to Wyldstyle is the fan piece, and potentially her hair piece.
 
Hard Hat Emmet: Yay, the lead protagonist, although he is kind of lackluster compared to the others.  I initially thought he’d be in every set for the Lego movie, but that’s not the case, so he’s not too repetitive here.  His torso and legs might be the same as the set version, but he has a 1x2 tiles with some interesting printing on it (which includes a shark eating a fig. . . I assume that becomes relevant later?)  The best part is the hard hat, which has a bit of hair included on the back.  Emmet also has a two sided head; one face is happy, and one face is EXTRA happy.  This is a really awesome combo, especially compared to so many of the due annoyed/angry faces in the licensed sets.  Anyway, he’s kind of hard to feel for, since nothing really stands out; I guess check for the 1x2 tile and then verify that he doesn’t have handcuffs, because the policeman also has a 1x2 tile but has handcuffs.  Still, he’s common at 6 to a box.
 
Gail the Construction Worker: I image Gail to have a crush on Emmet in the movie and him being totally oblivious to it… but maybe it’s the other way around?  Anyway, I am really impressed to see a new torso mold and everything for a standard city position in a female variety.  (The Lego Movie sets seem to include a lot of females, with a ratio that might even surpass city sets.)  In addition to a feminen torso print (front and back) Gail also has her own special hard hat piece with a ponytail.  I thought they’d reuse Emmet’s helmet, so the new mold is welcome.  Oh, and she has a jack hammer, which is the piece to feel for.  Sadly, she’s rare at only 2 to a box.
 
Panda Guy: Seriously, I’ve been expecting this since we got the gorilla guy.  He totally reminds me of the mascot you could hire in the original Roller Coaster Tycoon.  The head piece is totally awesome with some great printing and molded nose.  The front of the torso / legs is kind of basic, but there is a zipper printed on the back, which is cool.  The teddy bear / panda is also lovely, and my favorite iteration of that toy mold.  And the minifig face behind the head piece is sticking his tongue out and sweating a bit, so that adds some character!  When feeling for him, you could try to locate the large head piece with the ears, or the obscure shape of the toy panda.  Although this fig is common at 6 to a box, I expect him to fly off the shelves.  (I helped someone at the store today locate one. . . after I had secured my own, of course.
 
Abraham Lincoln: One of the first named historical figures, and already a hit after his one line in the movie’s trailer!  I sure hope he has more of a role than just that one scene, but I guess that would still be enough to justify his existence here.  The top hat and beard are all one piece, so no customizing head gear for him, and he comes with a 2x2 tile that starts off with “Four score and seven years ago.”  Nothing Lego related in that, but it’s still awesome.  To find Abe, you could locate the 2x2 tile, but two other figs also have one, so also check for the tall hat to verify.  He’s only moderately rare at 4 to a box.
 
Given time, I will probably buy the full set of these, but honestly I got the ones I wanted most right off the bat.  The rest are good, but I can wait until after the mad rush to pick them up.  (And there’s only one dud IMO… the bearded robot.  The rest are certainly on my want list, just not at the top of said list.  :P )
 
And if you’re near a Fred Meyers, it wouldn’t hurt to check them out.  But not all of them release the sets early; I know DeVee’s said his store didn’t have them, but they had the Ninjago sets earlier this month when my stores didn’t, and given how many rabid fans there are in this area, they might not last long.
 


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Spoiler: Smaug Eats Everybody

Posted by xccj , in TV, Review Dec 15 2013 · 183 views
andthengoestobed, withafulltummy
Wow, Hobbit II AKA Desolation of Smaug was amazing. Like, really good. Sure, it wasn't exactly like the book... but it was better.
 
One thing I can say that's spoiler free was that the IMAX 3D showing was good and almost worth the money. (Almost... it was very pricy!) Since they filmed at a higher rate than normal, the movements were supposed to be more "natural" but last year I found them rather jerky and bothersome, and at points in detracted from the movie in general. But maybe that's just me, because most 3D has never impressed me much either when I can thoroughly enjoy the same movie in 2D. But last year I watched Hobbit I in SD, and so this year I can say that the quality improved with the IMAX 3D.
 
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Anyway, those are some of my views, and it’s late at night and all, so I’m just gonna post this and check for errors later.  In short, you should see this movie.  I’m sure if you’re a strict Tolkien fan, you’ll be disappointed that it doesn’t follow the book exactly.  But honestly, parts of the Hobbit were boring IMO, and I’m very impressed with how the second movie remained things.
 
You should go see it anyway.  Right now.  GIVE PETER JACKSON ALL YOUR MONEYS!
 
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Skunk vs Fox

Posted by xccj , in Review Dec 05 2013 · 151 views

I got my Chima Speedorz sets from my black Friday purchase. So I thought about a little comparison review of the two of them. No pictures tho; the sets weren't THAT worth it.
 
So there's Skinnet the Skunk and Furty the Fox. They each come with a speedorz cart, an obstacle, and some cards.
 
DESIGN: Furty has some sort of swamp field goal that he's got to jump, while Skinnet needs to hit the target over a wolf head. The swamp bit is very, very basic, but the wolf head is an excellent design and looks very much like what it should be. Why it's a wolf head and not a skunk, I dunno? Maybe Skinnet doesn't want to face off against his own kind? WINNER: Skinnet.
 
PIECES: Skinnet has some okay gray pieces to build the wolf head, including those new large spikes in light gray. But nothing too rare or anything. Furty has a bunch of long plates in green, brown, blue, and tan, some curved slopes in green, and hinge plates in green. (I had one of the latter from some set, so it's nice to get two more.) Nothing too outrageous from either, but I'm always tempted by relatively uncommon green elements. WINNER: Furty.
 
CHALLENGE: Skinnet has to jump a separate ramp and hit a 4x4 round target to open the wolf's mouth and grab the blue zamor. My experience has the ramp getting thrown off every time I aim for it, so Skinnet less hits the target and more crashes into the entire head, if he even strikes it at all. Furty, however, had a ridged setup that holds together the spiked planks he needs to jump over. While his jump is still hard to catch, at least it stays together better. (I've had more luck with him ducking under the bars than actually making it over them. WINNER: Furty, but both are pretty lame. Still, more interesting that Ninjago spinner sets!
 
CARDS: There are five cards for each character; a character card, a chi power up card, two action cards, and a weapon card. IMO, the coolest for each are the chi power up cards, which shows a glimpse of what the characters would look like as Ultra Builds. (Unfortunately, I'm guessing they're not going to release the Skunk and Fox construction figures.) However, Furty's action cards look kind of boring with him just racing through a swamp, whereas Skinnet is blasting around fellow Chima residents. They're not quite as entertaining as some of the Ninjago cards, but they're okay. And I guess they're part of a game too?? WINNER: Skinnet.
 
MINIFIG: Really, the stars of both these sets are the fig. Both have the same helmet mold and even the same tail mold, but the coloring and printed detail on both are excellent. I really like the tails, even if they don't technically connect at the hips. I kind of prefer the overall color and appearance of Furty more, but Skinnet has a unique goofy look on his face compared to the rest of the stern looking battle-driven characters in the theme. WINNER: Both, but if I had to choose, Furty.
 
I wouldn't necessarily suggest picking either of these up unless you REALLY want the figures or can find it on a good sale. 50% off from Lego was enough to entice me, but I know that Furty was already sold out last weekend, but they may restock. (I don't know if the discount still holds after the Cyber Monday deals, and I'm too lazy to look myself.) But yeah, Chima has some great figures, and it's cool to get these two who aren't associated with any of the warring tribes.
 
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Series 11 Collectible Minifigures Reviews

Posted by xccj , in Review Nov 06 2013 · 134 views

So I posted a short review of some of these figs a month ago, but that entry has been lost. So instead of trying to find and repost it, I'm just going to rewrite it, and include the rest of the series, since I just finished my collection. (Won't be as comprehensive as a front page review, but whatev.) I'll order em basically in the order I picked them up.

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Gingerbread Man

Such a cool idea. Good frosting printings on arms, legs, and torso, and the "Dunk Me" cup is great. The head is the most unique piece here, and it's just wide enough to fit on the neck connection. (Although I wish it came in a non-smiley version; I want a fearful Gingerbread man about to be dunked into a life-sized cup. :P )

To find him, I would try to locate the cup via the handle, but if you can identify the solid round head, that works too. He comes 4 to a box.

Yeti

Oh man, one of my favorites from this series. The light blue printing and detailed molding are all excellent, and his overall appearance can easily swing from the cuddly snow beast to the ferocious monster of the Himalayas. The trans medium blue popsicle is also a nice touch, and glows nicely under a black light. I would say he's a must have!

To find him, you could try feeling for the big body piece, which is the largest single element in this series. But locating the distinct shape of the popsicle can also help. He's common at 6 to a box.

Female Scientist

People like that we got a female fig in a non conventional female job. I enjoy the torso printings is great, and it's always nice to have a new female face with glasses. Colored flasks are cool too, and the blue one is currently unique to this set.

To find here, try to feel for one of the two flasks, which with have a distinctive cone-like shape. They could be confused for elements, like the goblet or cone element, but she has two of them, so if you find both, you know it's her. She comes 4 to a box.

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Diner Waitress

As cool as this concept is, I think they made a terrible color choice. Technically, her torso is light yellow, but it's too similar to her yellow skin tone, and just doesn't look right. She has a two sided face: one happy, one "oh, that's how much you're going to tip." She has a new hair piece, which has a ponytail and swish in the front. She also has roller-skates in dark pink and an ice cream element in light pink, both unique colors. (Also a tray piece in white and a clear goblet.) Everything about her is great except for her color choice.

To find her, I would try for the roller-skates, which are small but have a distinct feel. You might also find the round tray or the goblet (but don't confuse it for a different piece.) She's rare, coming only 2 to a box.

Pretzel Girl

A female variation of the S8 Lederhosen Guy, but she's a great cultural fig. She comes with a cloth skirt, which actually has some decent printing on it, compared to most other skirts. She also has a new hairpiece with two ponytails on the back. (Similar to the Cowgirl of S8, but without a hat built into the mold.) And she comes with a pretzel.

To find her, you could always try for the pretzel. Another would be her hair piece, which is slightly rubbery and has a distinctive split between the two ponytails. She's also rare and comes 2 to a box.

Scarecrow

It's nice to have a realistic scarecrow, instead of multiple Batman villain types. He has decent tattered clothes printing, and a new tan stray head. The hat is a new mold, and comes with a hole to pin in a crow bird, which is the same one that appeared in the Lone Ranger sets. He also holds a pitchfork, which is kind of rare.

To find him, the best piece to identify would be the pitchfork, which will have a long handle that ends with the wider bars. You could also try for the hat, but it's similar to some other hats (saxophone player and constable) so be careful there. He's rare and comes 2 to a box.

Saxophone Player

Blues Brothers, no doubt; even has the sunglasses. The torso is a basic black suit, and the hat is just the black fedora that we've seen many times before. But the saxophone piece is new and really detailed! My only issue is that it's hard for him to hold it in a way that looks like he's playing it. I guess it's bound to be awkward for any blown instrument, but I wish they would've detailed the mold so it could be played better.

To find him, you should try to find the unique shape of the saxophone. Or the hat, but it's similar to other hats (scarecrow and constable) so I wouldn't use just that. He's rare and comes 2 to a box, meaning that it could be hard to pick up two of them, but I have found quite a few in my local stores, so maybe he's not in as much demand as I predicted?

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Evil Mech

Who doesn't like an evil mech? He has great printing on his legs, arms, torso (even though most of that is hidden), head, helmet, and armor. It even has a Blacktron I logo on the armor, so a good calling to classic space sets! Unlike the good Mech of S9, this robot comes with a weapon; a classic blow-dryer with a trans neon green cone! Hope he can use it better than those old Lego Stormtroopers. ;)

To find him, you could feel for the armor, whose shoulder blades should help set it apart from other elements. Also the blow-dryer piece with its handle can identify this set. He comes 4 to a box.

Island Warrior

We've got another islander fig, and the Tiki mask is really awesome and detailed, although it is rubbery. And since it fits via a neck bracket as opposed to just a mask, it lets the figure also wear the classic island hair piece, complete with a bone attached. His face and torso have some blue body paint on them, and his legs have a grass skirt printed on. (Which is interesting because last time they went with a cloth skirt for the S3 Hula girl.) And he wields a spear.

To find him, you would think you would try to find the Tiki mask, but you're wrong, because it's fairly flat and doesn't have a distinctive texture. Instead, I would look for the small bone piece, which has a distinct shape and is easy to isolate. The spear is another good one to find; just make sure you don't mistake it for the Scarecrow's pitchfork. The Island Warrior only comes 2 to a box, and he's also very popular, so it was really hard to find him. (Brickthing was actually the one who identified him at the Lego Store for me, so I can't even claim that I found him. :P )

Lady Robot

This is an interesting idea; a female variation of the S6 Clockwork Robot. She has some nice pink robot detailing, as well as the wind-up key on her back. I don't know what else to say about her; she's robotic. She's not the most exciting of figs, but you can't say no to another robot? (At least she doesn't appear quite as evil as those in the upcoming Lego Movie.)

To find her, the best bet would to be to feel for the wind-up key piece, which should be easy to identify and have a distinct feel. She comes 4 to a box.

Holiday Elf

This is a cool idea, just in time for the holidays. He comes with a 2x2 bricks, a printed present tile, a teddy bear with a bow tie, and a new pointy hat with elf ears. Plus, a decent torso printing and a goofy face grin. Not the most exciting fig, in my opinion, but a classic character. My main problem is that the hat and legs are in bright green (that new slightly-off green shade) while the body is classic green. I wish they had been more consistent.

To find him, I would try to feel out the 2x2 brick, which is more square-ish than any other part in the set. You could also try for the bear, but that's a weird mold to feel for and can confuse you. The 2x2 tiles could also help, or if you can verify that you've found the short legs instead of any bendable legs. He comes 4 to a box.

Grandma

Hey, an old lady fig! That's good for some variety, especially with the S10 Grandpa. I don't remember if her hair piece is a reused mold or a new one that's similar to some older ones... but either way this is its first time in gray. Her torso and arms are in lavender (a first, I believe, although I wish it had been medium lavender) and her legs are in light aqua, which is also a first, I think. She also comes with a cool new cat mold, which I totally approve of. It's more similar to the standard dog molds, and not quite as cutsie as the Friends animals. Oh, and a basket, the same as carried by S7 Grandma's Visitor AKA Little Red Riding Hood. Coincidence? (I hope we get the Wolf in a future wave, and aren't forced to use one of the Chima figs.)

To find her, I would go for the rubbery basket element. Even that one isn't super distinctive, and the cat is kind of hard to identify as well. So this one is kind of tricky to find be feeling. She's also rare, and comes just 2 to a box.

Mountain Climber

I think this is a really cool fig, and the red and black stand out. True, he could've had one of the smaller ice picks instead of the giant pick axe, but I can stand that. He also comes with a new rubbery loop or rope. (Which, coincidentally, is just wide enough to fit around the center of a minifig head.) I know some people would call this one a dud, but I like him.

To find him, I would try to locate the pick ax, which has a long handle that's Ts out on the top blades. It's not quite as long as the pitchfork or spear, so it should be easy to identify. He's also common, at 6 to a box, so there's bound to be lots of extras.

Constable

Okay, yes, this is another policeman, but distinct enough that I think he's worth it. Plus, he has cultural relevancy! The helmet with printing is nice, but for the face I wish the strap hadn't been printed on. (Same issue I had with the S5 Royal Guard.) But my biggest gripe is his baton. It's so tiny, and it hardly looks like a threat at that size! (Okay, maybe the size is accurate for real life, but I still think it looks puny.)

To find him, you should try to find the abnormally short baton piece, which has distinct ridges around the handle. You could also go for the helmet, but don't confuse it for other hats (scarecrow and saxophone player.) Luckily, he comes 6 to a box, so it should be easy to find him or build up your historic police force.

Welder

This is a cool working class fig. He comes with a unique helmet piece and welder piece, as well a back-and-front torso printing and a grimy face. Plus, a 1x1 round brick with a fire symbol printed on it. The welder piece has the torch on one end that the fig can hold, and then a wire that connects to the cap, which attaches to the round brick via a short rod, which is a stronger connection that just a stud, which is what I thought it was at first. I do kind of wish that the helmet faceplate has a trans black visor, but I guess that would be too unsafe. :P

To find him, the best bet is to go for the welder piece. It's a very weird shape to feel, and it's bendy and has the rod-cap attachment. It's hard to recognize at first, but once you get use to it, it becomes easier to identify. But be warned; the welders helmet is also a piece that could easily be confused for various hair pieces. (It nearly tricked me a couple of times.) And the welder is common, at 6 to a box, so there'll be quite a few extras of him in most boxes.

Barbarian

Honestly, this was my least favorite fig, since this theme has already been played out with the S5 Gladiator and S6 Highlander. He has decent printing on his face, torso (back and front), and legs, but again to me it's nothing we haven't seen before. Even his two swords are fairly common now, having appeared a bunch in the LotR/Hobbit sets. But while I originally thought his Dastan hair was in dark brown and thus boring, it is actually in black. While that piece exists, it's only in expensive sets, so it's nice to get a cheap version. I guess he's worth something after all!

To find him, look for the swords, which have a pretty distinct feel to the blades. He comes 4 to a box.

And that's all of em. Now I'm eagerly awaiting Series 12. (If Series 13 is the Simpsons, then it might be the first one I skip entirely. But all, ALL, the ones in 12 are on my want list!)

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OMG SO AMAZING AAAAAAAHSDGFZXXV

Posted by xccj , in Review Oct 12 2012 · 130 views
Helms Deep
Just finished building the LotR Helm's Deep Set.

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Oh man, oh man, oh man, such an awesome, awesome set. Love the curved walls. Love the many pieces. Love the minifigs! If anything, I'm sad that it's so large and full of awesome because I don't have a shelf large enough to display it on. :(

I also added by Legolas fig (traded from Swert's boss) and my Eowyn fig (custom made by Nuju Metru) to make the castle even more awesome. Since the orcs were getting outnumbers, I also reinforced their ranks with Serpentine. :P But still, the set as a whole is so... SO FULL OF WIN!

Worth not buying any more Lego for the rest of the year? Totally!!

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Series 8 Collectible Minifigures Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Sep 20 2012 · 212 views

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Whew, did it again. Collectible Minifigure review. All 16. This time with more pictures too per fig... added some "group" shots with each one comparing it to a similiar fig. Lots of writing to make this happen. Lots of picture taking, picture editing, ext. (Thank goodness I learned some of the batch features in photoshop, would've been a pain to each one individually instead of the whole group automatically.) Also, a good bit of coding too.

But yeah, there's Series 8. Now for Series 9... :drool:

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Series 8 Minifigs

Posted by xccj , in Review Aug 18 2012 · 174 views

Hey, it's that time again. I heard internet rumors that series 8 figs were popping up in stores around the US, so I checked out my local Fred Meyers where I can usually get some good deals. And they had four boxes! Woot! (Actually, it sounded like they had 10+ as of a few days ago, but now they're down to four. There's a rabid AFOL crowd around here, I guess.) I helped some less-obsessive-than-me people find some of the figs they wanted (specifically, a fairy) and then I looked for some of my own. Since I really don't have lots of moneys, I limited my take to 6 figs, although I could've probably found a whole batch if I wanted. (Plus, 20% off coupon for toys... glad I checked the coupon booklet!)

So here's a quick glance at some of the ones I got. Might do a full review later, depending on if I can collect all of these.

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Man-Bat: Pretty cool. The new arms are awesome, although more of a pain to pose than regular arms due to their angle. I guess that's a sacrifice to make for the wings. Yes, I realize it's almost a copy of the ones from the monster fighter sets, but that theme ripped off the Collectible figs pretty badly, so it's payback for Series 8. :P

Diver: OMG SO AWESOME. Printing on both front and back of torso, and 2 1x1 tiles on the feet to represent boots. But the helmet... oh the helmet. So detailed, and so LARGE. And I was surprised that there was a glass screen and not just an opening. Best part; the screen actually magnifies the minifig's face. I wouldn't say no to getting a couple of duplicates of him. I expect this one to be the star of the series.

DJ: Detailed tiles are neat. Although the lettering on the album is pretty illegible, IMO. (Also, records? They're certainly appealing to the AFOLs on this one. Heck, they're even too old for me... a classic would be a cassette tape.) Hair with headphones is win. Gonna make a self-fig to represent my sign-off now. ;)

Conquistador: Another historical fig, and ideally it could be as big as the Spartan or Roman. But he seems just a tad boring. Printed armor is great, but the only new mold is the helmet, which isn't super amazing. Don't get me wrong; its not a bad fig, but I don't think it'll be as popular as the Spartan or Roman. (See, I guessed that the Gladiator would be the biggest hit and I was wrong, so I don't think this guy will be either now.)

Alien Queen: OMG, so awesome. Okay, to be fair, no new parts, but lots of new colors. 1x1 round stud in trans pink, which is new to this year (found in a Friends set and a SW set, that's all). Purple capes, rare and a plus. Lime alien head has new printing, and the trans skull piece is in trans pink this time. Plus, solid pink minifig head, first time. Parts are awesome. Oh, and I guess the fig looks cool too. It'll certainly fit in with Alien Conquest.

Fairy: Well, I thought she was most light blue, but here color scheme is closer to medium green. Cute female face, and I love the trans wings. Still not a fan of the hair element, but it's in a nicer color this time. Also not a fan of the skirt, would almost prefer it printed on as opposed to the swimsuit print we get instead.

Anyway, I was able to locate these 6 to 100% accuracy so far, so yay for that. During my search I also located the evil robot (by his laser bar), pretzel boy (by the pretzel), football player (by his visor), businessman (by his suitcase), cheerleader (by her hairpiece... the pom poms do throw me off), Shakespeare (by the 2 heads and collar), and the pirate (by the feather and cutlass.) I didn't manage to locate the cowgirl, santa, or the skier (who I want).

Still, I must say that I am impressed with this series. People seem to complain that it's not up to standards as some of the other waves, but the new parts in the Alien Queen an Fairy plus the amazing details on the conquistador and diver show that this isn't a push-over series. Sure, some people complain about the repeats. (Why would you need a second cheerleader... unless she's rooting for the opposing team?) Some collectors might not want another skier, but people who missed out on the first one or who appreciate the same idea done in a different style can still enjoy it. And there are still rather original designs like the diver or pretzel boy that continue to make this a cool line. I'm not going to say it's the best, but I'm far from disappointed with it.

Anyway, I still want the cheerleader, skier, and Shakespeare figs, and then maybe the rest to complete the collection. I wouldn't say no to a second diver or alien queen either, and I might pick up some extras for trading later on. (I have a small collection from series 5, 6, and 7 that I've set aside for trades) Or maybe I'll only get the ones I really want because I am kinda broke right now and should be saving up for Helms Deep instead.

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Review: Lasha's Bite Cycle

Posted by xccj , in Review, News, MOCs Jun 17 2012 · 596 views

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Yay, another Ninjago Review! Last one from me (for this year at least.) Unless somebody wants to send me the Ultimate 4-Headed Dragon Battle set to review (and keep.) That is such an epic set and I want it but I don't really have money and if I do buy a large set this year it's going to be Helms Deep.

Also, with this set I now have Cole ZX, which means that I have a complete set of Ninja. (Well, missing the green one, if you count him, but I'll grab his spinner pack when it comes out.) Now... well, I'm kind of eager for a snake army. Anybody have lots of snake figs they want to get rid of / trade. And I don't mean a bunch of Rattlas or Snappas... ideally I'd like one of each character, especially the generals, but I'm not willing to buy all the sets or pay the fig prices on Bricklink... so yep, if you have cool snake figs (and maybe want some series 6/7 figs, since I have extras) let me know! :P (Yeah, this is being hopeful.)

Also, tomorrow, I'll take pictures of and enter my BBC Contest fiery creature. I'd post WIP images, BUT that would get me disqualified and also require the effort to take said picts. It is a rider and a steed, so hopefully it'll be allowed. (I asked like 4 days ago in the contest topic and have not received an answer yet, so if I get disqualified it'll be because of a last minute rule clarification... seriously last minute, since tomorrow is the last day to enter.)

Oh, and also read / view the Lasha's Bite Cycle review. It's even been Velox-approved! How many reviews can boast that!? (None of my other ones, so this is a first for me!)

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Review: Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape

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So... I have a couple of sets to review after my spending spree at Bricks Cascade, and here's the first. This has pretty much been the one Avengers set I just had to have, and it turns out the truck is just as cool or cooler than the figs! And you can read all about it on the front page... or rather, just briefly scroll through all the picts. :P

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