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Review: 60287 Tractor
xccj posted a blog entry in J.A.F. TeamSo back in January this year, I was getting into the groove to start doing mini blog set reviews again. I had figured out the best way to deal with the pictures; cover shots saved on BZP, the rest linked to on Instagram, ext. Whole deal figured out, just needed to build, photograph (with mixed results, to be honest), and write. But then, my computer of 7 years crashed. After two months of trying to fix it with mixed results, I got a brand-new computer, and then I was busy setting up stuff on it, which meant reinstalling software, transferring files, ext. Well, then after almost exactly a month, that went down. Since it was brand new it was still under warranty so I was able to ship it off and have them fix it, but it was a graphics card issue, and of course graphics cards are in short supply thanks to stupid bitcoin mining stuff, so that was another two months wait before I was able to get my computer back up. (Which involved trying to organize a quick group mosaic organized without Photoshop to help me out, still glad we got it done in time for BrickFair.) This essentially shut me down from doing these mini reviews (and even a front page review too). I’ve still collected sets and taken pictures, so now it’s time to do a rapid fire posting of various opinion pieces of sets from 2021! Anyway, boring buildup explanation aside, onto my review ramblings!! 148 Pieces, $19.99 Instagram Photos This was one of the first sets I got at the beginning of the year. Honestly, I mostly got it for the pieces, but it has a solid build as well. Farming has been a Lego subtheme for a long time; I think even some of the pre-plastic Lego toys were tractors. (There was even an article about that recently.) Although it’s not quite as prevalent as Police or Firefighters, it’s a fun theme to revisit. (And better to have more farmers than a Lego City Police State.) You get three characters; the farmer, his daughter, and a bunny. Both figs reuse generic overall torsos, but it’s fitting here so I’ll allow it. The bunny is also fairly uncommon, and this is one of the cheapest sets it’s in. Plus, you get some carrots, an apple, and a pumpkin, so some neat food items. In terms of actual pieces, this set had a few new ones that caught my eye, particularly the 2x2x2 brick element with ridges on the side. The ridges match with the standard modified brick, but they’re on all four sides so it would work well in corners, and the 2 plate height allows for some new versatility. You get four of these pieces in black (used in the tractor’s interior) and four in tan (to represent hay) so that’s a good supply of a new element in a fairly affordable set. There also the new technic brick element, which I’m sure will have its uses. It’s mostly remarkable here because this is the first set it appeared in. The big back tires are also rare, only appearing in a large technic set. I guess the new 2x6x1 bracket in black was also rare, and the bucket element appears to be exclusive too. Like I said, a bunch of fun pieces, especially for a City set. The tractor itself is a satisfying build. The back area has some blue detailing in the interior, but the outside shell is predominantly red. The front loader has a simple but effective mechanism to scoop up stuff. There’s even a trailer hitch on the back to hook up more stuff. And the shaping makes it quite distinctive with a good flow using the curved slopes and arches. It’s a fun little set. I got it for the parts but still haven’t taken it apart yet, heh. Worthwhile for a City vehicle.
My official Set list
Vezok's Friend posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_809Heya! It's been a while, huh? January marked my 4 year anniversary here at LEGO. It doesn't feel like that long at all. Everything is still awesome and so the list grows: 60222 - Snow Groomer This one is very dear to me. When I was a kid, my family would often go skiing for the winter holidays and inevitably, I would try to build the snow groomers I saw out on the slopes once we got back home. So you can imagine the excitement when it was decided to have one in our 2019 great vehicles lineup. The design itself was straightforward, but it is always a challenge to make tracked vehicles that don't use the rubber treads for younger kids. We also decided to use the six stud shooter as a snow cannon, since we rarely get to use them in City and this was a good opportunity. I also got to use some brand new pieces for this one: Prominently the new upwards 1x1 brackets for the lights on the roof and out of sight the new Lego Movie 2 tire to help drive the tracks. 60208 - Parachute Arrest A police chase involving a fast jet? Sign me up! The brief was simple: Design a jet with the means to capture a crook trying to escape via parachute. Getting there was a bit more tricky. Some sort of hook was needed, but where to put it? How long does it need to be? Which shape should it have to make sure the parachute stays hooked once you catch it. And once you catch it, how do you make sure neither the model nor parachute gets damaged if it gets snagged on something like a door handle etc. How easy is it to play with in general? There was a lot of iterating needed. A police motorbike and ATV with room for both crooks round out the story. Added a bar to the back of the ATV so that can be caught via jet as well, just for good measure! 60196 - Arctic Supply Plane Summer 2018, the City explorer returned to the arctic. Considering how ridiculously hot that summer was here in Denmark, that's no surprise. And they found many things in the ice: Ancient frozen dragonflies, sabre-toothed cats and wooly mammoths. Problem is, how do you get them out of the ice - and once they're out: How do you get them back to the city? Designing this set was a lot of fun: using the new smilodon, making sure it and all the other small things could be loaded onto the cargo plane by gratuitous use of SNOT in the back and a new saw piece for the tracked vehicle. Speaking of tracks: The 3-wide technic ones are always a little tricky. They were designed to be driven by small gear wheels and often don't work to well on smooth surfaces. So it was time for a new approach: 61254 tires instead of using technic wheels to drive the tracks. This way, there is enough friction to ensure a smooth ride, even on smooth tables. The original idea came from back in 2015 when we were developing the volcano explorers, but it finally found a use here. It worked so well in fact, that my colleague in Star Wars used the same method on the 75217 Conveyex Transport. 75886 - Ferrari 488 GT3 Scuderia Corsa That's a mouthful of a name for a set but another fun one to work on. The big challenge as with every model of an actual car is to capture the icons. On the 488 there's quite a few, but the biggest one in terms of the build was the large air-intake above the rear wheels. Originally the intention was to have 1-plate thick gap and then use the new 35787 triangle tile, but then the 1x2 bows with cutout came along and as you can see the intake got a lot more prominent than a 1-plate gap. The trickiest bit on this one was actually the front bumper. It involves both sideways and upside down building and had to maintain enough ground clearance to not scrape the asphalt. What a drag that would be. My favorite small details would be the espresso machine head plates representing the support struts for the front diffusor and the 1x1 quarter tile used as rearview mirrors. We don't get to include those that often. A big shoutout to my colleague in the graphics design team who made the stickers line up really nicely on the final model. 75887 - Porsche 919 Hybrid I got the opportunity to help out Speed Champions with two sets for this year. This was a really exciting model to work on, since the actual car had not been revealed at the time yet, so we were among the first to get a look at it. The concept models for the 919 that we had built before were all based on previous years versions, but Porsche changed the design quite a bit for the new one, which brought about some challenges. The square road sign in combination with the new-ish 1x2 bow w. cutout recreate the aerodynamic shaping on the body. And using the classic doors and new wheel arches allowed me to build this one as low to the ground as possible. This wasn't the only Porsche I had my hands on in Speed Champions though, I helped to design the back of the 911 RSR in 75888 as well. Fun Trivia: The stickers originally had the number 1 printed on, but then Car #2 won the LeMans race, so we quickly went back in and changed it. 60177 - Air Show Jet Kicking off 2018 with a fast little jet. Jets are cool. The longest discussions were actually about the color scheme and stickers. 60174 - Mountain Police Headquarters Building a police station is a bit of a rite of passage in City so I was very excited to get asked to do it only in my 2nd year. It's an important set in the lineup and it's pretty big and gets a lot of attention from marketing, so the team has a big interest in getting this one right. The general layout with the three levels of garage/prison/office was already decided when I started on the model. The big challenge lay in how to connect those three levels in a stable way without over-complicating the build. And yes, police is a theme we do frequently because - well, there tends to be a new generation of 5 year olds every couple of years. The fun part for this one was to mix it up a little bit - most obviously with the crooks helicopter. Some fun trivia: I chose the tail-fin of that helicopter because it was also featured in Onua Mistika some ten years ago. During development I came upon the issue of using a door-frame as a structural support in the back of the station - which left a pretty big hole from the garage leading directly to the cougar's cave. That's why there is a door now with a "keep out" sticker. The graphic designer also came up with an awesome little joke with the master crook having a framed picture of his pet piranha in the cell - the same fish that the police are holding in the small aquarium in their office. 60162 - Jungle Air Drop Helicopter This technically isn't my set, since one of my colleagues was responsible for it, but in order to meet deadlines, we tag-teamed on this one. Obviously I only did the really cool stuff in this one: The tower with the crane and the jungle ruins. But that's what's great about working in a team: Everybody gets to suggest ideas, doesn't matter if you do graphics and have a good idea for a model or if you are a model designer with a good idea for a TV spot. Which also leads to everybody being able to have a little personal touch in the sets. Fun trivia about this one: We were never quite sure what the statue outside the cave was supposed to represent, so in the end it was dubbed "Bear-Hamster". 60138 - High Speed Chase One of my favorites that I worked on so far. Building vehicles is fun, so to get to do three in one box was awesome! And it also marks the return of Chase McCain who's back on duty in LEGO City Undercover. 60136 Police Starter Set This wasn't originally my assignment but a change in the assortment happened and I was asked to take over. The idea behind the starter sets is to pack a lot of characters and story into a small box so it can be a good first set for younger kids. Very happy that the little police car could be big enough to fit both the dog or one of the captured crooks. One of my colleagues came up with the brilliant little exploding function for the ATM. 60121 - Volcano exploration truck My first boxed set. It was super-exciting to play around with the then-new new bar connector pieces and bull bar on the front of the truck. The biggest challenge was to figure out the correct order of the build of the rollcage. 11911 - LEGO City build your own adventure book My first official model, though not in a box. My brief was a small firefighter's car and a scenario. This being the first model, I was surprised to find how much thought goes into something just this small. Probably had a dozen or so different variants lined up on my desk at one point of just the car. I keep some of them in a drawer still, as a reminder.
Kepora's return to plastic bricks!
Kepora posted a topic in System-Based CreationsSo, as some of you may know, I love Lego. I loved it as a kid, and to be honest my love for it hasn't diminished whatsoever with age (in fact, as an adult, I feel like I actually have a bit more admiration/respect for the set designers' creativity). Sadly, a few years back after an incident involving vehicles, I was guilt-tripped into selling off my old collection (which weighed in total around 300 pounds) for a measly...$600. THOUSANDS of dollars' worth of sets for a $600 that barely lasted anything. So, for a good while, I fell out of it. Then the Lego movie came out. The rest, well...I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Sadly, I don't have much to show just yet - but lately I've been getting the creative juices flowing again, so hopefully I'll have more to show in the near future! Refitted Rebel V-Wing: Micro-scale Mechs Corellian Tanker & Imperial Corvette concepts WotLK-inspired Chima weapon/scenery build TIE Advanced/Interceptor Prototype
My first official SET
Vezok's Friend posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_809Super Excited to finally show y’all my first official LEGO Set! Our LEGO City Volcano Explorers need to go places, so they need a big truck to get there. Worked on this for about 6 months last year. Still doesn’t feel quite real that this little thing I was brooding over on my desk is now shipping worldwide!
Information Central [Modular MOC]
Ayliffe posted a topic in System-Based CreationsInformation Central [Modular MOC] As part of the great Mayhead City redevelopment, the town's old, dated information centre was completely renovated to provide a better experience for tourists wishing to find out more about the local area. The new building both manages to maintain the iconic interior of the old information centre and project the centre's design into the future with a state-of-the-art viewing platform. Thanks for looking!
Lego City Undercover Discussion
Lyichir posted a topic in LEGO DiscussionSince someone recently started a topic about The Lego Movie Videogame, I figured it'd make sense to have a topic about this underappreciated gem as well! This is the place to discuss Lego City Undercover or its handheld prequel, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins. Feel free to share your own comments and perspectives about these games! I bought Lego City Undercover before I even had a Wii U, and when I finally got the console this past Christmas I took an instant liking to the game. I had felt a bit burnt out by the repetitive movie licenses that made up the majority of recent Lego video games, so Undercover, with its own original story and amazing open-world gameplay, was a breath of fresh air. Before long I had reached 100% completion on it—the first time I've done that with ANY game in a long time. I haven't played The Chase Begins yet. While the Wii U title definitely left me anxiously awaiting more from the franchise, I was turned off by reviews of the 3DS game, which I've heard lacks the snappy dialogue of the Wii U title in addition to the graphics being heavily compromised by the system. If I'm wrong about either of these assumptions, please feel free to correct me! Anyway, I'm hoping we haven't seen the end of Chase McCain and his supporting cast yet. I'd love to see him appear in Lego Dimensions (or even Smash Bros.—a guy can dream). And I'd love to see a sequel to the game on whatever Nintendo's next console turns out to be, particularly if it can support co-op multiplayer (one of the most glaring omissions from the original game).
Batman: Arkham Series - Topic
K0DIAK posted a topic in Completely Off TopicPlease use this topic if you want to talk about the Batman: Arkham Series. The main trilogy of games are Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), Batman: Arkham City (2011), & Batman: Arkham Knight (2015). However, there are other games like Batman: Arkham Origins (2012) & Batman: Blackgate (2013). As Batman: Arkham Knight came out this week on June 23rd & after I completed the main story, I thought it would be good to make a topic about the series in order to see if other people on BZPower have ever played ANY of the games. Please talk about ANYTHING related to the game, whether it be favorite characters, what your favorite Arkham game is, cosplay, favorite boss battles, & anything else that I could not think of while typing this. ENJOY! I apologize if a topic has been made of the game already, or if I am doing anything wrong.
Your Own BIONICLE Kingdom
Tahu's Courage posted a topic in Bionicle DiscussionPicture yourself as the ruler of a piece, or pieces of land in the Matoran universe. Do you rule over an island? An island chain? A continent? What is the kingdom's geography? Is it a barren desert? A place filled with jungles? Is it a city? What is the name of your kingdom? And the islands inhabitants? What are they? What does your kingdom pay allegiance to? Yourself? The Great Spirit? Do you have your own agenda? And does your kingdom have an army to enforce, protect, or carry out these agendas? What are the soldiers of your army if you have one? What weapons do they use? What place does your kingdom have in the story? Use your imagination here in this topic.
Chols posted a topic in System-Based CreationsFlickr | Brickshelf I've been working on this project for a while since the boards went down. This is a set of thee LEGO Bookends, each representing a classic LEGO theme: [*]Left: Town/City[*]Center: Castle[*]Right: Space (specifically inspired by the Spyrius subtheme) The bookends function pretty well. The textbooks on my shelf are quite heavy and fall over easily, but the bookends have managed to support them. Each bookend has a large gray plate in the back to provide extra support. So yeah comments/criticisms appreciated and all that good stuff.
Set Review : 7553, City Advent Calendar
Kaxix posted a topic in LEGO DiscussionCompleted! Christmas is slowly arriving but before it there is the Advent Calendar!I chose the classic Lego Advent Calendar, the City one.This year the set is number 7553.The box The Advent Calendar boxes are all more or less the same. There is a wintry landscape with Lego characters that are having fun. This year Santa isn't on the front anymore but we can find him on the back. At the top of the box there is the list of the pieces.Again on the back there is also a picture showing something new about this year's advent calendar: a little building and a small vehicle.Other pictures: 1 2 3As the other past ones, the set doesn't have any instruction booklet.You musn't open the box as you regulary do, but you have simply to cut two tape pieces.The opened box shows a view of a lego city and a snowy park where you are going to pose your characters.Other pictures 1 2Now let the fun begin!Day 1Today's present is a lego thief minifigure with a black hat and a red scarf. He also has a white piece (a bottle of milk? a snowball, thanks Xalen) Other pictures 1 2 3 4 Day 2 Now our dear thief has a catapult to play with! Not much to say about it. It works fine but it is quite boring to play with. Other pictures 1 2 3 (extra pieces) Day 3 A policeman with handcuffs. He has a white hat and the usual black uniform. Other pictures 1 2 3 4 5 (extra piece) Day 4 The first part of the small building. It looks ok but it early to judge the building. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (extra piece) Day 5 Another part of the building. Same colours, almost the same pieces however there is a police tile on it. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 6 The Christmas tree! Even if it isn't as good as the previous one it still looks cool. The lights are ok but I wasn't expecting anything more. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (extra pieces) Day 7 Presents, presents! Two Christmas presents ( one red-green and one yellow-green), a blue skateboard and a grey helmet. They all look perfect under the little Christmas tree. I guess a little minifigure is coming soon... Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (extra pieces) Day 8 A desk for the little police station. Simple but it is enough for our policeman. I didn't have the red version of the cup before. Other pieces: 1 2 3 4 (extra pieces) Day 9 Directly from the arctic expedition serie we have a new minifigure!... Actually no, but he has similar clothes and more common sunglasses. He has got also an axe probably for wood. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (extra pieces) Day 10 What about fishing in a city park and then roast your prey in the same park near the police station? (Is that even legal???) Lego City seems to have its own laws. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 11 The entrance of the police station! Our policeman is glad to see it. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 12 Finally the last part of the police station. Another wall with a window to complete it. I can't really say that I like how the white flat pieces are positioned on the "roof". I would have liked to see them cover over the parts of the "roof". Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (no extra pieces today) Day 13 Another policeman joins the team. His clothes are the typical ones from the newest lego line in particular he's wearing a white cap, smaller compared to the old lego caps He has got a black radio (the walkie talkie, a piece created back in the 80's) Anyways our favourite policaman now has someone to talk to. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 14 A new accessory for the police station: a table with a lamp and a magnifying glass. The lamp is just perfect but the magnifying glass looks way too big for the table. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (no extra pieces today) Day 15 A little car for.... actually I don't know. I think he/she will be revealed in the upcoming days. All the pieces used are quite old. The black piece was first used back in 1987. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 16 More pieces for the car! Today we get white pieces for its frame and its headlights. I must admit that the its colour scheme (blue-white) looks good so far. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (extra piece) Day 17 Now the car is completed! It doesn't look like a police car to be honest but policeman#2 can use it anyways. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (no extra pieces today) Day 18 Help!! A burglar!! He has got a red pry! Actually he seems quite innofensive. He has got the same hat of the first minifigure of the Advent Calendar, the thief, but it is grey. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 19 A safe containing two gold ingots. The wheel piece is useless but it is appropriate. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 20 I am very pleased to see an orange snowmobile. It is pretty simple and cool at the same time. This vehicle belongs to the burglar. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra pieces) Day 21 A sled with a wooden box on it, for presents...or maybe for the safe ^^. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (no extra pieces today) Day 22 Another snowmoblie, different colours but same pieces. Whose vehicle is this? Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 (extra pieces) Day 23 A brown dog with a bone. I don't know who does he belong to but I have placed it near the police station for now. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 (extra piece) Day 24 What a surprise! Santa and ... a fireplace?! Santa has some presents as usual and I guess they added the fireplace in order to recreate the scene of Santa's arrival. I placed the fireplace in the police station. Other pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (extra pieces) The scene is now completed. These pictures were taken with a difference of one "lap". Oh well, Merry Christmas! If you want any kind of additional pictures just ask!
City Advent Calendar
Kaxix posted a blog entry in blogs_blog_1442Wow, it has been a long time since the last I posted something on my blog! D: I'm doing a review of the newest Lego City Advent Calendar! If you are curious visit the topic.