Month: November 2014
Hot Dog Guy!!! I can’t wait.
Here’s the sets I’m watching on Amazon. I wouldn’t go near a brick and mortar store on Thursday or Friday. Lego will apparently have some sets on sale as well along with another chance to get the Holiday Exclusive set #2 Ice Skating. From my understanding they will go live on the site at Midnight Friday morning, which most people would refer to Thursday night at midnight.
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Pieces: 231 Minifigures: 1 Retail Price: $29.99 Price I Paid: Retail
One of my favorite sets as a kid was a Lego Space Shuttle, specifically 1682 Space Shuttle Launch. Lego has made many Shuttles since, but this is the latest one. Unlike 1682 you don’t get the launch pad, you just get the shuttle – with landing gear attached.
You only get one minifigure – an astronaut – and I am a big fan of the gold space helmet/visor. The astronaut also comes with a more regular helmet, not the standard helmet, one with a lip around the bottom.
Note that isn’t the correct minifigure head, I changed it for an Interstellar picture – the original was a guy with orange glasses. Which doesn’t make much sense to me why he’s wearing sunglasses under his space helmet.
It is a pretty good sized set and unfortunate they couldn’t at least fit another minifigure in the cockpit. Just like 1682 it has a satellite to launch from the payload doors.
In the end, this is really a pretty basic set but at the same time it is a set of the most complex machine ever made. So on the one hand I like it because it’s a Space Shuttle and on the other hand it’s not a sub 300 piece City set. As you can see I didn’t apply any stickers. Let’s hope a new shuttle comes out soon in a slightly bigger set. There have been 9 proper shuttle sets since 1990 – but of course, there are no more active shuttles so it’s hard to say what will happen. I think it’s still an iconic image and shape and would be worthwhile – and kids need more space toys to play with!
In the end I think I have to give this set a 4. It’s just not that compelling when you really get around to it. Also I want to apologize for the poor colors of the photographs – photographing large white Lego with yellow light around (like daylight) presents some issues with color and I’m not a big enough photoshopper to start major tinkering.
It’s Lego Black Friday preview day for VIP members. And the “deal” is this: Double VIP points on all purchases, free shipping on any purchase and the Ice Skating Holiday Set #2 if you spend $99 or more. And that’s it. Some countries get sets % off but not the good old USA. I don’t think I really need the holiday set. It’s probably a good day to order from Pick-A-Brick though. You could order literally one piece and get free shipping and double points.
Full Press Release:
10246 Detective’s Office
Ages 16+. 2,262 pieces.
US $159.99 – CA $199.99 – DE 149.99€ – UK £132.99 – DK 1399.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Discover hidden clues and surprises at the Detective’s Office!
Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the awesome LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office, featuring unique elements and surprises.
Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office! Step through the open archway and into the barbershop, where seated customers are pampered in the reflection of a large wall mirror, while next door, competitors play pool and darts beneath the comforting whir of a rotating ceiling fan. Venture to the first floor and you’ll find the detective’s office, his desk strewn with clues, a safe containing valuable evidence and a concealed wall compartment.
Then visit the adjacent bathroom, featuring a classic pull-chain toilet, before taking the stairway to the well-equipped kitchen, from where you can access the roof terrace, complete with large water tower. This latest addition to the LEGO Modular Building series is packed with unsurpassed detail and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove roof and ceilings provide access to the delightful interior, while the exterior of the building features a decorative roofline and a beautifully designed façade. Can you solve the smuggling mystery? Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Detective Ace Brickman, Al the barber, dart player, pool player, police woman and a mysterious lady in red.
• Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Detective Ace Brickman, Al the barber, dart player, pool player, police woman and a mysterious lady in red
• Features a pool hall, barbershop, detective’s office, bathroom, kitchen, water tower and a cat
• Detective’s office features a desk, assorted clues, brick-built lamp, filing cabinet, fan, safe, painting, concealed wall compartment, newspaper, menu, wanted poster and a wall lamp
• Pool hall features a hinged, rotatable ceiling fan, pool table, printed dartboard, pool cues, pool balls and a drinking glass
• Barbershop features never-before-seen scissors and reflective mirror element, 2 wall lamps, barber’s chair, hinged cabinet, 2 mannequin heads and a broom
• Bathroom features a detailed pull-chain toilet
• Kitchen features a stove, barrel, table, cabinet, refrigerator, wall clock and a rolling pin
• Accessories include Ace Brickman’s brimmed hat, briefcase, magnifying glass and a police hat
• Detach the roof and floors for easy access
• Search for hidden clues
• Help Ace Brickman solve the mystery!
• Special elements include never-before-seen scissors and reflective mirror element, printed dartboard, wanted poster, 1×1 round plate with hole in black, painter’s roller in black, designing element 1x2x2 in dark gray, 1×2 bricks in light blue, 1×3 tiles in brown and a 32×32 base plate in brown
• Detective’s Office measures over 10” (27cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep
• Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series: 10232 Palace Cinema and 10243 Parisian Restaurant
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
January 2015 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores
Pieces: 690 Minifigures: 5 Retail Price: $69.99 Price I Paid: ~$50
The Batcave is probably the quintessential Batman set other than the Batmobile. This set came out in 2012 and is still available today. It used to be discounted frequently though as now it appears it is nearing the end of it’s life it isn’t. (It is supposed to be on sale for $42 at Target on black Friday – hopefully this goes online or is price matched by Amazon.) It’s a pretty cool set – the 6864 Batmobile fits right through the doors of the Batcave (as it should).
The Batcave comes with 5 minifigures, the highlights being Bruce Wayne and Bane. This is so far the only set with Bruce Wayne and was the first appearance of Bane until the Lego Dark Knight Rises set was released. This is the comic book version of Bane (ok, so they’re all comic book versions) from Knightfall. Notice the nice hairpiece on Bruce Wayne, unlike most Lego hair it isn’t symmetrical.
There’s plenty of gear and tech in the upper part too:
The set comes with two minor vehicles, a Bat Pod, which Lego has released way too many of at this point.
And Bane’s tunneling vehicle, which is pretty cool and relevant to the set. The drill bit turns when the treads move – pretty neat.
Probably the coolest feature is the Batpole like conversion from Bruce Wayne to Batman. You place the Batman figure in the enclosed area behind the BatSuit decal and place Bruce at the top.
Then pull out the rod holding Batman in place…
And Bruce drops and Batman comes out the other side!
As you can see you also get a Poison Ivy cell – which I didn’t attach the decals to, because I want the cell to be used for anyone who might be captured by Batman. Although if you recall, in the Adam West tv show, they rarely brought anyone back to the Batcave.
I really do enjoy this set. In my mind the Batman with the blue suit on is the Adam West iteration but that’s what is great about this set, whichever Batman you want him to be, you can bring those elements to it. The figures are good too – I’d love to get a Dick Grayson figure sometime though. I’ll give this set a 9. It’s almost a 10. Hopefully this set will get discounted widely one more time, I’d like to pick up a second to have a spare Bruce Wayne and build two “Batpoles” so Robin would have a place to change as well. LEGO Super Heroes The Batcave 6860
It’s coming. Don’t panic.
I thought I’d try to be a voice of reason for the upcoming holiday shopping craze that the stores are mostly successful in implementing. First of all, on black Friday, don’t leave the house. In the age of the internet, you can always find a better deal online and you don’t have to subtract the cost of gas from the amount you saved. It doesn’t really appear that there are that many good deals, I’ve seen mention of maybe 5% off from the Lego Store if you spend $100. There should be VIP deals this weekend. Of course there is the second free holiday set, but it is really quite weak. The two minifigures in it are about as far from exclusive as you could get. So, sit back, relax, and pick out the good Lego deal here and there from Amazon or Lego or Target and don’t try to buy every set. Some sets just aren’t that good. As a rule, if you’re not setting out to get the set or were never interested in the set until you saw it on sale, don’t buy it unless it is 50% off or more. You’ll be a lot happier this way – trust me.
Pieces: 278 Minifigures: 3 Retail Price: $34.99 Price I Paid: ?
This was one of only two sets to have the Joker when the DC Superheroes line of Batman sets first debuted. I suppose it seemed more important then than it does now. It was the first of what became many of what I call the “Bat-vehicle” sets – the only other Bat-vehicle at that time was the proper Batmobile. And the well-defined nature and quality of this Bat-vehicle, helped in opposition to the Batmobile led to the disappointment in the future Bat-vehicles.
The Batwing is quite well thought out and everything the Batmobile is not – namely a flying vehicle. The sleek design and folding wings are what you would expect and what I came to expect from future Batvehicles. The sleek looks have been largely absent in the more recent Batvehicles.
And of course it has the obligatory flames coming out of the back.
The Joker’s vehicle here is nothing to be sneezed at either. We have the ever present Lego helicopter – this time with 3 rotors, which seems to fit the Joker’s nature, odd. The henchmen with painted face is great. And who doesn’t love the grinning Joker bomb that launches from the helicopter. And the Joker swings from the rope ladder so he can cackle at the poor helpless folks of Gotham while he terrorizes them – until Batman shows up in his Batwing of course. The Batwing I believe appears in one of the Lego Batman video games and also looks a bit similar to the vehicle in the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton.
In the end I have to give this set high marks after praising it, so I’ll give it a 9 overall. It was a little pricey when it first came out but as we saw that became the new normal for the lower piece count Super Hero sets. It was frequently discounted and if you got it then you got a good deal.
And here is the back of the box – you get a much better view of each level. Coincidentally, the three modulars displayed there together are the three I’m most interested in.
Interesting how they don’t dedicate the entire back of the box to the one set and just put in the vignettes.