Built by Andrew Tate, this park scene shows off a very unique path style. It's beautiful! The cobblestone effect utilises different shaped blocks all neatly fitted together and is like nothing I've ever seen before. I love it! What a great scene. Andrew says he's keen to try out building the rest of the park. I look forward to that!
New South Wales and Victoria both have some pretty great events tomorrow, so if you're around the Upper Hunter, NSW or Melbourne, VIC areas, check them out!
The Upper Hunter Brick Show sounds like a lot of fun, as does the Brickstameet in Melbourne.
More details for each are available from the Facebook links above. Check them out!
This is stunning, and so realistic! W. Navarre has crafted this incredible model, and it is absolutely perfect. It looks like it's actually falling apart, and not only is the pie LEGO, but the plate and fork as well. I love the latticework pastry on top too. Now I'm hungry...
Here it is folks! To celebrate 10 years of Modulars, LEGO has produced the biggest Modular yet - 10255: Assembly Square, and it looks fantastic! It includes a whopping 4002 pieces, with two buildings separated by an alleyway, as well as a nice little fountain.
The buildings house a bakery, cafe, florist, dentist, music studio, photo studio, apartment and dance studio, amongst the floors. There's a great amount of new parts, including a highly sought after baby.
There's no Aussie price details yet, but it will be released on January 1, 2017. Be careful though, as there's no VIP release for this one.
UPDATE: If you're in Australia, it will set you back $399.99.
There's eight minifigures included, and they look fantastic. There's a barista, baker, florist, music studio assistant, dancer, photographer, dentist, LEGO fan and a baby. I love it that the LEGO fan has a Cafe Corner tile - the first modular we ever got! She's also got a pretty great collection herself, including some modulars and the Eiffel Tower, as well as a train layout.
Not only that, but designer extraordinaire Jamie Berard and his team have thrown in some easter eggs - references to past Modulars. It's pretty fantastic!
Finally, there's a LEGO Designer video below, as well as links to the full press release and list of easter eggs on Brickset, as well as a bunch more images. I can't wait for January!
Who else is excited? What do you like? Anything you don't like? Let me know in the comments!
Theme: Advanced Models
Release Year: 2016
As you're probably aware, I've been hooked on the large scale vehicles lately, and this is the latest addition in LEGO's large scale vehicle arsenal, and it's a beauty. The internet went pretty nuts about this set when it was revealed, as it was a huge change from the last Beetle, 10187.
Inside the box you'll find eight bags of parts, four loose tyres, a sticker sheet and instructions.
As far as elements go, this set is leading the way. There's only one new part, the stunning wheel arches (6x6x2 round brick), but there's a whopping 24 moulds that have been recoloured to medium azure, some of which have more than 20 included. These 24 have never been seen in a set before, and then there's more that have only been seen in less than a handful of others, so it's a stunning parts array.
Some parts are printed, including the VW logo used on the fuel cap and on the bonnet, and the top of the can in the eski, as well as some spares.
Some other noteworthy inclusions are the 1x1 half circle tiles in medium stone grey and transparent orange, the yellow 1x10 bricks with bow that are used at the top of the surfboard, windows, balustrades, towel and tubes to name a few. That colour though! Medium azure is one of my favourite LEGO colours. It's bold, bright and cheerful, and makes for a stunning showpiece.
As with the other large scale vehicles LEGO has produced, these aren't really made for driving across the carpet. The set does however have a fair amount of interactivity, with the doors, bonnet and boot able to be opened, the roof is removable, the seats that fold forward, as well as the full eski and surfboard. It's not a terrible set in terms of swooshyness, because there's heaps to look at when you pick it up. Not ideal for driving, but perfect for display! It would have been amazing to see some working steering, but we don't always get what we want.
The build process for this is really enjoyable. You start with the chassis base and rear of the car. The four cylinder engine goes in first, at the rear, followed by the back seat and rear walls and wheel arches. There are already some pretty great build techniques at play here.
The bags numbered 2 go together to build the front of the car, featuring the fuel tank, spare wheel space, more fenders, and the iconic swooping curve of the front of the vehicle. The front seats are also inserted, as well as the steering wheel, handbrake and gearstick.
Then it's the brickbuilt doors in bags 3. I love how the handles in the interior are phone elements. It's a great use of parts, and even the door trim is neatly executed. The windshield and rear windows have some stickers. The rear stickers are appropriate, and look pretty good, but I've always had a problem with the fake pillars on windshields. The Mini Cooper did it too, and it's ok from a distance, but up close, it looks weird.
The next thing to be added is the roof rack and cargo. It's a pretty excellent addition, and it comfortably carries the eski and surfboard. I love the eski. It's brilliant, and looks spot on. It even has goodies inside, with some drinks, a can, and some ice using trans blue cheese slopes. The designers have even gone to the extent of adding in some rubber Technic elements to stop the eski from moving around too much while driving!
Lastly, I have to mention the front hood and the bumpers. The hood (or bonnet here in Oz) is absolutely gorgeous. It completes the shape of the car, and fits really well - a truly brilliant design. The bumpers are great too, as well as the diffrent number plates. The improvement here over the Kombi is that there are even extra plates, not just surplus stickers with nothing to stick them on. You get plates from California, Germany, the UK and Australia. I of course went with the Aussie plates. The final step is the wheels and iconic dome hubcaps, and you're done! Time to marvel at the finished product.
Design / Appearance: 20/20
This set is spectacular. It draws the eye to it straight away thanks to the colour, and the details, even the shape are near perfect. It's tough to get the right curvature for a Beetle with LEGO, but they've pretty much done it! The functionality is a great addition - I change my display pretty regularly now to just keep it fresh, and the inclusion of the eski, towel and surfboard add that little bit extra.
Value for Money: 10/10
This set is still available from the LEGO Shop Online, for $149.99, and it is well worth the money! It's a beautiful set, and I honestly thought it would be a little more expensive, so for $150 it is very good value for money.
I've been hitting the large scale vehicles pretty hard lately in order to properly compare them, and this one is a must for your collection. Great parts, a fun build experience, and a beautiful end result means the collectibility of this set is through the roof. It's definitely worthwhile getting this set.
No review next Monday as I'm away for work all weekend, but I'll still be posting a few things! Stay tuned...
Bricktober Perth is over for 2016, and it was a brilliant event, with a record number of attendees, and some seriously amazing displays, all held at the Cannington Exhibition Centre. There were two halls full of LEGO, with an outlying tent for the Interactive Zone and the Brick Pit, as well as a huge amount of stalls with purchase options including Rebel Bricks, Toy World Wangara, I'm Rick James Bricks, and more!
Running an event like this one takes an army of volunteers and I was lucky enough to be one of them! I got a great amount of access to behind the scenes areas, and got to get up close to a lot of the displays. The fine folk that had displays were super friendly, always keen to chat about LEGO and their work, and being there all weekend was great fun. Rotary Club of Ascot also played a big part, with raffles being run, and loads of Rotarians running around making sure everyone was being looked after.
As I mentioned before, the displays this year were large and varied, with inclusions from City, Pirates, Technic, Architecture, Mixels, Marvel & DC, Friends, Bionicle, Vintage, Elves, mosaics, vehicles, microscale, and of course, trains and Star Wars!
Every year there's a People's Choice vote, and this year was a pretty amazing display of a Pride Parade walking down William Street in Perth, complete with recognisable buildings, and over 1000 minifigures. It was highly detailed! Some other of my favourites were a huge Technic display with some amazing MOCs, two massive City layouts, trains galore, a pirate cove, and two beautifully intricate micro cities.
There was so much to look at, it was a good thing I was there for the weekend, as I managed to fit everything in, and take photos of pretty much everything! You can have a look at the photos I took all weekend on my Flickr account - they're all separated out by display, as well as a general album for everything else.
Over the last week, each night I've been compiling a virtual tour. I took my 360 degree camera with me and took a bunch of photos so you can walk through the event from the comfort of your own couch. All the displays have links to the photo albums too, so it's all contained in the one tour.
Finally, a huge thanks to the Kendalls and Rotary, and the army of volunteers for putting this show on. It's a great weekend out for the family, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Bricktober Perth 2017 is going to be brilliant!
Did you make it to Bricktober Perth 2016? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
During the week, LEGO released this on the LEGO Ideas website, and isn't it pretty! It comes with all the minifigures, plus Jeremy, the weird thing from the 1968 movie, and they look great.
The box art is stunning, and we should see them hitting shelves on November 1, 2016. You can read more about it on the LEGO Ideas blog.
Another set has joined Boat Repair Shop in the next stage of the LEGO Ideas process - this one, by Savath_Bunny. It looks massive, and extremely cool! I really like the minifigures in this project, so here's hoping it goes somewhere after last round's surprising result!
In case you're wondering where I've been for the last few days, I'm busy chipping away at a pretty massive virtual tour of Bricktober Perth 2016. It's huge, but it means you'll be able to (virtually) walk around the entire venue, and have a look at some of the photos I took over the weekend. A review is planned for the next few days as well, so once the tour is done, I'll be working on that!
Sorry folks, I've been at Bricktober Perth all weekend, so I didn't get a chance to finish off this week's review! It will be ready to go next week, I promise. I'm also working on a detailed review of the brilliant event, as well as a virtual tour of the entire show! Stay tuned, because you'll see it here before anyone else.
In the mean time, have an awesome E.T. build by LegoJalex! Apart from the stars, everything in the image is LEGO!
Bricktober Perth is on again this weekend at the Cannington Exhibition Centre, and I've just spent a brilliant day at the show. It's a great day out for the whole family, and it's still on again tomorrow!
There's heaps of incredible displays to look at, interactive sections where you can drive a train or control a Technic vehicle, build competitions, a brick pit, and more!
More photos and a full review will be available next week, but for now, get your tickets and come and say hi!