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# Sunday, 26 July 2009

It is rather strange that no one from Hong Kong has posted a review on this yet (Correct me if I am wrong), are they all planning to keep this as a souvenir? (I do have such a thought) But since I did blog about it and many friends are asking what are the content inside, I decide to sacrifice and open a set!

Well, another reason that prompt me to open this set is the condition of the packaging:

A torned plastic bag, that's why it looks like some content is missing from outside

 

But nevertheless, at HKD 99 (around USD 12.70), it is a good deal, you got over 140 bricks and 2 minifigs, and a very nicely printed instruction book, which contains ways to use this set to build 6 different models! And there are also quite a number of good parts!

 

As a book,this is a very nicely printed high quality instruction book (no Lego manual have such printed quality), and in the spirit of BrickMaster, a single set of material can be used to build different models!

Seeing this marked as "to be released on Aug 31,2009" on Amazon, I am not sure if this can be found else where, but here in Hong Kong, they can be hunted down with luck at some MTR station's 7-11 stores, see my previous blog on how I got these, beware though, availability seems to be subject to luck and there is NO guarantee that they can indeed be available at a specific 7-11 store.

Sunday, 26 July 2009 14:44:06 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

Just read about the fourth anniversary of The Brothers Brick, they shared a lot of interesting figures and stats, one thing that caught my attentions is that Hong Kong is in the top 20 countries where Brothers Brick readers are coming from, and they specifically mentioned that "Hong Kong jumps nearly ten places"!

I am glad to see that Hong Kong readers contributing to Brothers-Brick, and specifically mentioned. Personally I check the blog a couple times every day, it has been a source of inspirations!

Sunday, 26 July 2009 13:16:55 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 24 July 2009

Truly unexpected, these two sets of BrickMaster items (are they sets or books?) appear on shelfs of local 7-11 stores, they are NOT widely available but seems to be appearing and disappearing in some 7-11 stores in some MTR Stations, I heard that they have been seen in Kowloon Tong, TST, Central, North Point, Taikoo and Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport.

These items look special, at HKD 99 each, it is around USD 12.70, a little less than the pricing in Amazon (and Amazon says "released on Aug 31st"?) and no need to pay for shipping, I heard that many local Lego fans ran from one 7-11 store to another, and many were disappointed. Personally I am not especially excited about these two sets, but today I got passed a 7-11 store in MTR Central station, and decided to take a look, and found 2 boxes there (they are sold along with books and magazines), so I just bought it, well, the price is kind of ok indeed, nice to have if you don't need to run around in hot weather in order to buy.

In case you would travel to Hong Kong in the next few days and you truly want these two sets, may be you can check casually in the 7-11 stores that you would come across "naturally".

Friday, 24 July 2009 19:08:38 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 23 July 2009

My obsession on Hoth seems to be driving me nuts, I am not a skilled lego player (it should be obvious) but it is fun to build (which all of you should agree), so here comes another Hoth related MOC, a bloody one as I am trying to illustrate how unfortunate the Hoth Rebels have been.

I wonder what would be the best way to create a "bloody" effect, it would be great if someone can point me to a better example. I have also seen some great work recreating the icy/snow landscape, but unfortunately I don't have the necessary bricks and decided only resort to what I have onhand, may be I should really sort out more money and do a serious purchase at Bricklink.

Would welcome any comments :-)

MOC
Thursday, 23 July 2009 10:04:28 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 22 July 2009

I went to the 2009 Book Fair in Hong Kong today, held in HKCEC (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre), not too crowded yet during this first day (I arrived at noon time), I was not expecting to see any Lego related product there, but to my surprise, they are some!

So are there lego sets on sale? No, not Lego sets, but something else, see what I found:

An Lego ExoForce Sticker Storybook!

So it is interesting to see these Lego books as I have never seen any of these before, there are also some similar publication for Racers but I did not get them, I think the Exoforce storybook is far more interesting, not intended to play with the stickers actually, I'll just keep them as souvenirs.

And at one store some Lego Bionicles sets were on the table, but seems are used for promotion instead of selling:

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 21:58:04 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Hard to imagine that a gigantic structure like the Olympics 2008 Bird's Nest in Beijing can be recreated on a 32 X 32 stub! This great work from our Hong Kong Lego Ambassador Tsang Yiu Keung challenges the microscale limit, and may be at the same time, inspire us to find a way to keep a good souvenir in the lego way.

Picture Source: minifigs.net

Tuesday, 21 July 2009 10:41:33 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 18 July 2009

I found this wonderful MOC which is also featured in Brothers-Brick (http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/07/12/professor-eggplant-goes-small/), the beauty of this work is a strong sensation of peaceful mind it creates for the viewer - it makes me to imagine a lone but peaceful castle on a small island in the middle of the ocean, how refreshing for people who lives in the hassles and troubles of big cities.

The use of bricks to create the transition is obviously the magic of this work, from the discussion related to the flickr photo, someone pointed out on the rareness of the transparent light blue 1x1s, so it is not easy (or just costly) to recreate a work with this feature. A quick research reveals that the Tr LightBlue 1x1s seems are not contained in any set.

From Eggy Pop's photostream in Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38840828@N08/

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38840828@N08/3715031879/

Saturday, 18 July 2009 13:09:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 17 July 2009

I live in Asia (Hong Kong) and we don't have a lego store locally, being able to visit one is an exciting thing indeed, but even when travelling abroad and visiting a city where Lego Stores are available, getting to the store amidst the original trip plan can always be a challenge (I don't think many of us would travel solely for visiting a Lego Store).

This store I visited last year was quite convenient, especially for people like me who do not drive.

And I am wondering, could this probably be the most convenient Lego Store in the world?

Would you like to guess which city this Lego store is located? The low resolution picture below is a hint:

Add another hint on 2009-07-20:

Another hint, this one should be obvious...

Some friends in a forum got it!

Here are the clearer pictures of the hints, plus more... I think the answer is now more than obvious...

The Store is in Hillsdale Shopping Center at San Mateo, California, only a few stations away from San Francisco via Caltrain!

Friday, 17 July 2009 21:57:44 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 16 July 2009
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The local HD TV channel is showing the Star Wars Clone Wars annimation series every Saturday, last week's episode features Luminara Unduli. I first notice the lady Jedi character from Lego set 7260 Wookiee Catamaran, but found the face of Luminara not well designed.

Yesterday, I noticed a custom Luminara minifig on Flickr and was pretty impressed, I hope Lego will come up with a set containing a Luminara minifig with this quality! Perhaps with her and Ahsoka fighting side by side against Ventress, just like what I saw in the past episode! 

Source: J.P.s CUSTOM MINIFIGS's flickr album: http://www.flickr.com/people/jps-custom-minifigs/ (thanks for sharing these photos)

Picture Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jps-custom-minifigs/3721418913/

Thursday, 16 July 2009 10:28:03 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 15 July 2009

I read a Chinese blog entry talking about Lego 21003 Seattle Space Needle, and little surprise to find out that a scissor is needed for doing this set, so could this be the start of something even worser than stickers?

http://www.wretch.cc/blog/whatsthejob/11146822

You can check out the Official Lego instruction at Page 12 of the document

Cutting this seems to be simple, just hope that no complicated cutting will be introduced in future sets.

By the way, it is also a surprise that The Seattle Space Needle is made into a Lego set, the place is nice, but not really that special, if not because the local vendors charged HKD 269 (around USD 35!) for this set, I may get one as this is a place I visited a couple times after all.

Seattle is a wonderful city, and being close to Vancouver (where a lot of Chinese immigrants live) is a good thing to me (it is only a few hours away via Amtrak), only caveat is that the Chinese restaurants there are mostly terrible (let me know if you have tried a good one).

I do NOT own this set, but I can share some photos on the Seattle Space Needle:

What you can see on the Seattle Space Needle, nice view!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 11:56:38 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)