Happy New Year! and New Lego Sets!!

It’s 2015. Where’s my hoverboard?

There’s a whole lot of Lego Sets becoming available today including the new Modular Building 10246 Detective’s Office all the way down to the 70818 Double Decker Couch!!

And here are the new Lego Batman sets avaiable – something we’re very excited about here at Brickknight.

I’ll be making a trip to the Lego store later today and hopefully buying the Detective’s Office with my multitude of VIP points. Then after much building I will have a review for you.

Happy New Year!

Whats new at the Lego store?

Well not much as usual. I stopped in last night among the throngs at the mall and they did have about 5 Research Institute sets. They also had more UCS Tumbler sets on display than usual. I didn’t buy the Research Institute because mine came in the mail from Lego Shop@Home. Other than that, nothing exciting, even the sets that are on sale online right now did not appear to be on sale in the store.

Lego Photography – Upgrades?

I added a new flash to my set-up for taking photos. Previously I just had one flash that was off camera by means of a cord. That is the set-up that has been used to take all the photos for the site so far, including this one:

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

Compare it to the newest photo below, where there are two flashes, wirelessly, though close enough to the camera that using cords would have been possible – note that these were taken days apart, so the set up and framing is different:

These still aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

I’m frankly surprised at the lack of difference, I had thought I’d be able to get rid of more of the shadows with the second flash. The only real difference I discern is the shadow under the engine of the speeder and the two flash reflections on the dome of the cantina compared to the one in the first photo. Both photos had flashes shooting through umbrellas. I’ll have to continue to experiment with the placement to see if I can eliminate the shadows more.
For those interested, this is the new flash, which has finally dropped in price after being out for two years – and it’s got so many features: Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash (Black)

Lego Talk Like A Pirate Day

As you may know – today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day – so what better than a trip down memory lane to the good old “classic” Lego Pirates sets of yore.

The origin story of Lego Pirates apparently.

As you can see the Legend of the Lego System Pirates was written on the inside flap (weren’t the sets with flaps so cool?) of set 6267 Lagoon Lock-Up. It reads as follows:

The Adventures of the Lego Systemâ„¢ Pirates of the Sea
Lagoon Lock-Up

During the 18th century, a peaceful colony of settlers enjoying the island treasures they discovered, suddenly had their serenity interrupted. The invaders were those who called themselves the LEGO SYSTEMâ„¢ Pirates of the Sea! For years, the Pirates had been searching for the same buried treasures that the settlers were now claiming as their own. This, of course, disturbed the Pirates, as they knew the doubloons (Spanish gold coins) the settlers found had belonged to their ancestors.

Gold seeking Pirates had become such a problem for Governor Broadside and the other settlers that they were forced to strengthen many of their existing settlements. One such fortified settlement was the Lagoon Lock-Up. Prior to the invading Pirates, this peaceful establishment was an inn of sorts for the settlers to grab a bite to eat and relax. It has now been fortified to protect the lagoon and to hold captured Pirates for questioning.

Governor Broadside is determined to protect the gold which he and the settlers have hidden at the Eldorado Fortress and Sabre Island. The Pirates, however, have their own plans for the gold and they don’t include sharing it with the settlers!

Use your imagination to continue the adventures of the LEGO SYSTEM Pirates of the Sea!

Now if only I could get Rob Brydon or the guy from Warcraft II to read that. I find it most impressive that even in the 18th century, the Pirates were very careful to use Trademark symbol.

Smuggler’s Shanty – Lego Set 6258

Notice that both of the Pirates in Smuggler’s Shanty have unfortunately lost the use of their left eyes, which probably explains the lack of intimidation of the Imperial officer even though he’s got a revolver trained upon him. He seems much more concerned with the shark. If you want to view the images in all their glory or read from the box yourself, head over to Flickr – the link is always on the sidebar as well.

Lego 2015 Set Images Leaked

UPDATE: The photos have been taken down but are now available through this Gizmodo link.

These appear to be quite preliminary photos, I’m hopeful that they will end up a little more creative. They do confirm that the Elves sets are going to be for girls with minidolls like the Friends line. Ok so they’re not specifically for girls but c’mon Lego. I’m not a fan of Friends – the whole idea that the sets for girls should be specifically “different” seems stupid, without minifigures, seems quite stupid. Additionally they have the Hulk in a Justice League set, which is what all of the DC sets appear to be, no specific Batman sets in this wave of sets. I like the Batman Mech suit – that’s definitely better than another lame flying vehicle. It also appears the Batman figures will have some sort of “Super Jumper” functionality attached to them. We also appear to be getting Wonder Woman’s invisible jet and a Supergirl. The Pirates sets sadly look like they are made for smaller children – which is great for the small children but they are nothing in line with what Lego made “when I was a kid.” (Did I really just say that? Wow.) They also have branded the plain pieces sets and the “new” baseplate as Lego Classic. The Star Wars sets are all based on the prequels or TV shows – so as someone saying things like “when I was a kid” obviously I have little interest in them. I do find it depressing to see that Disney is now printed on the box of all the Star Wars sets. I would guess that the next wave would be based on the new film, probably some early spoilers about the film will be from leaked pictures of the toys that they produce. Anyway have a look and leave your thoughts in the comments here.

All the images are here.

Let’s hope these are as preliminary as the watermarks indicate – the odd assortment of figures in the Pirates sets seems to indicate that the figures aren’t decided on yet at least.

October- A reason to shop at the Lego store

I just took a look at the October Calendar for the Lego store – there will be double VIP points for the month as there usually are. Additionally, the newest Creator Winter Village set will be released on Oct. 1 and if you spend $100 you’ll get the first free Christmas set. The Winter Village Set – Santa’s Workshop is only $69 this year, but the new minifigures – Series 12- also come out in October (and the majority of the figures this time are good ones). So it should be easy to get to the $100 threshold. The only problem would be if Lego releases the minifigures in the stores early and they are all sold out by Oct. 1. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. Here’s a link to the PDF of the calendar.

A trip to the Lego store

Even though there is a Lego store in our local mall – (Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA), ever since Lego put an end to Grab Bags I seldom go there. Even less frequently do I buy anything, especially now that they don’t even send out a 10% off coupon every quarter. Today was an exception however, as I recently went to Ikea and bough a Ribba frame and am going to attempt to make a minifigure display. So I needed a big gray baseplate – which I have been wanting for a long time anyway. They had quite a few new things – I saw the Tumbler in person for the first time and it is definitely bigger than I thought it would be, even though I’d previously looked at the measurements. They also had the new Lego Fusion sets, which seem like a good way to pay even more per piece. They also had a damaged box Batcave for 10% – whoa, easy there Lego. But they did have new items on/in the Pick A Brick wall, including horses! So I figured since horses are usually expensive through the online PAB, it was worth getting a large cup, which is now $15.99, up a dollar from about a year ago. (And I just checked, brown horses are going for $5 each online through Lego, but are currently unavailable). I was able to fit 9 horses in the cup, and I probably could have gotten another one or two in but bought some other various pieces, including some bright blue Friends pieces just for the heck of it. They also had red chairs, and I love buying Lego chairs so I got some of those as well. You can try to pick out what else I got in the photo below. The moral of the story though is that I wish they had never gotten rid of grab bags, it was the best way to get various pieces and good various pieces at that. The Classic Spaceman promotion is going on right now, I didn’t ask if they had any left, but I would have needed to spend $70 more to get a mninifigure, which is not worth it.

I just noticed the Lego horses have no personality from the front.

Lego Collecting – My Thoughts Part 1

This is part one in the sense of it being the first part, but I don’t have a predetermined number of parts planned out.
I’ve been collecting for about 3 years now, not counting my childhood when I had a fair amount of Lego but didn’t collect it specifically. When I was a kid there was no internet, so you really wouldn’t even have an idea of what sets were out there, other than the one your parents would buy for you or you came across at the toy store.
Anyway, shortly into my adult collecting I discovered Brickset, which in my realm appears to be the gold standard for a Lego website, with its archive of set images and instructions. I think it was a search for instructions for one of my old sets that brought me there in the first place. With resources like this it was easy to get sucked in to feeling like I needed to collect every set out there, giving in to my OCD tendencies and somehow making up for lost time (i.e. all the sets I’d “missed”). After about a year and a half of feeling this way I was able to start being a bit more rational – the reality of how expensive this hobby is also pushed me in that direction. I decided the only sets I would try to buy every one of was the Batman sets. I’ve bought some Star Wars sets against my better judgment because that puts you on a slippery slope (“I need a Lando, etc.”) and I’ve also been able to relax if I miss a promotional polybag at the store. I have a pretty good collection (I think) but I’m not interested in completing it to 100% (let’s be realistic, that’s not possible). So basically, I just want to say, it’s ok if you miss a set, because the resellers will always sell you one for 3x the price, no in reality the way Lego produces sets, they’ll probably remake it within the next 5 years anyway. It’s a hobby – it’s supposed to be fun, not stressful.

Does it come in black?

Hello there- I’ve been an AFOL for a few years now and have had thoughts of making a LEGO blog or website. Now is the time to finally do it. I wanted to focus on the Lego Batman sets especially since that is the one line I try to collect every set of and when brainstorming for a title I discovered that BrickKnight was still available – that’s with 2 Ks. So now I can easily shift the focus to Lego Castle which is a good bit of fun as well. In reality, I’m not going to limit myself to just discussing Lego Batman sets, or even Lego, maybe I’ll touch on Batman pop culture items or comic books as well. As with every blog (especially at the beginning) there is no one reading this right now, but hopefully in a few months after a few hundred posts there will be some readers and this site will be a positive addition to the Lego internet. Until the next post – happy building!