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# Wednesday, 05 January 2011

It has been around a quarter since I wrote here, my boss's promise to make life easier for us did not come true, in fact, the situation is getting worse, I just bought a number of new Starwar sets during Sunday, including 7868 and 7929, unfortunately lego 7869 Battle for Geonosis was sold out already in that Pre-sales day, but that's all right, I don't have the time to open any of the boxes and build anyway.

By the way, I read about the new Starwars DK books coming in 2011, although they look interesting, all are sticker or reference books without parts, except the Character Encyclopedia, which would include an exclusive minifigure, I guess very likely that this character is going to be Han Solo as many would guess so.

http://www.starwars.com/vault/books/dk_2011/dk_charenc_bg.jpg

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 21:21:14 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 01 October 2010

After I read about the new cool Harry Potter set 10217 and especially after seeing the pictures, I agree with many that this can indeed be the best Lego Harry Potter set ever, I am indeed surprised by the rich details available at http://amodularlife.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/10217-%e2%80%93-diagon-alley/ 

Updated 2 Oct, 2010:

The official information is out: http://shop.lego.com/product/?p=10217

And there are also news from Brickset (http://www.brickset.com/news/article/?ID=914) and Eurobricks (http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=47003)

Friday, 01 October 2010 23:46:21 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 09 September 2010

When I did my review on the Lego DK BrickMaster Star Wars book yesterday, I forgot to mention one thing, there is such an item among the parts!

Since there is no missing item, so this is an "extra", useless and even an indicator of worrying Lego quality, but since there is no lacking parts, there is no ground for complaints, especially when the book itself is good.

Not sure if anyone else experienced the same.

Thursday, 09 September 2010 21:42:25 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

This Starwars Brickmaster book from DK appears much earlier than I thought, and I would say it is the best Brickmaster book, perhaps being Starwars itself is everything, but being able to design 4 sets (8 models) of vehicles out of a fix set of bricks simply isn't something easy, especially when many of the models are great!

So this is a clone trooper vs Battle Droid confrontation, and each of them have 4 vehicles to fight under the following scenarios:

Battle on Christophsis
This set of models uses up all the bricks, you get a AAT Battle Tank and a NU-Class Attack Shuttle. The battle tank is simple but nicely scaled, the shuttle has good playability and looks quite cool, but it is not designed well for stand display though. This set is also not minifig scaled.

 

Ice Encounter
This is a very simple set, not much sophistication on the STAS (Single Trooper Airspeeders) and the LAAT (Low altitude Assault Transport). The LAAT is too much of a toy feel, the quart-circle wings look rather childish.

 

Desert Raid
The Mobile Missile Platform in this set is very interesting and innovative in my opinion, the mountable blaster cannon is very cool. The S-Wing Speeder bike is also excellent!

Forest Fight
This is actually my favorite among 4, the VTS (Varied Terrain Speeder) looks like a firepowerhouse with good agility, while the AT-RT walker is definitely a formidable foe.

But as I also feel about the true value of brickmaster, it is all about packing all these ideas (tank, shuttle, airspeeders, transport, walker etc) into a pack of 200+ bricks, yet with so many good designs among them, and while I got this for around USD 20 only, this is truly a bargain!

The book also has nice content and some cool trivias to entertain the readers.

I understand that it may not be available everywhere yet, but it is definitely worth waiting for.

Thursday, 09 September 2010 02:03:31 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 05 September 2010

Thanks to user wongkw who left a comment in my blog entry on Lego Brickmaster Atlantis review, who shared the link to the online models pdf download:

http://www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk/static/html/features/legoatlantis/atlantis.html

Sunday, 05 September 2010 12:02:20 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 02 September 2010

Interesting to see that the Lego Atlantis Activity Book is now available in 7-11 for HKD 49 only, I got mine a few days ago for HKD 72 at a bookstore...

There are also news about the DK Lego Brickmaster Atlantis book being available in 7-11, but I don't see them in the 7-11 stores I passed by, perhaps only at selected stores along the MTR station line, I remember last year when the Brickmaster Pirates and Castle came out in the market, it was a super hot news and people searching around 7-11 stores to get them, but it seems that it is not the case this time for the Atlantis set, really wondering if it has something to do with the Atlantis theme's attractiveness, anyway, let's see what will happen when the Starwars Brickmaster comes out later this year.

 

Thursday, 02 September 2010 21:49:19 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 30 August 2010

Got a copy of this Lego Atlantis The menace from the deep Activity book from LadyBird, it is a nicely printed book, there is no bricks like the Lego Brickmaster Atlantis book, but it comes with a Squid Warrior, I got it for HKD 72 (USD 9.2), quite expensive, but for a single copy for collection, it is fine.

The book also provides some knowledge learning on sea creatures, so it can actually be used to let kids know more about things such as Squid size, and information on Sharks, turtles. The knowledge content is simple but there is a underwater quiz for fun.

Monday, 30 August 2010 23:59:08 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 29 August 2010

With my past experiences on the Lego BrickMaster Castle and Pirate book from DK, I was having high expectations on the Atlantis version, this time the local supply is rather limited, and the pricing is not very nice either, and after getting it, I think it is not as good as I expected.

The parts list is nothing surprising, from the set you got Bobby Buoy and a Manta Warrior

One key thing I notice about this brickmaster theme is the emphasis on vehicle and rather limited focus on structure, and the book content is less appealing too. The so called models are also very monotone in design, perhaps partly due to the limitation of the theme itself.


Some of the models that I do not have strong motivation to build

But I need to say that some of the vehicles are quite interesting, especially the Explorer Submarine, it must be fun to be maneuvering a real underwater vehicle like this in the deep ocean.


DEEP-SEA DASH (scenario) represented by the Secret Chest and the Scorpion Submarine


Scorpion Submarine and the Hammerhead Shark

Ridiculously, some local book stores are charging customers HKD 296 (USD 37) for this book, I paid at around half of that price but still consider it a little overpriced, the pricing range of DK books is quite wide open and as a consumer, I would tend to think twice even if I see an interesting product from them.

Additional models available online: http://atlantis.lego.com/downloads , but I can only locate the PDF for Drum Sub and evil bug only, and the DK site seems require username/password for access.

I think this Brickmaster Atlantis book would still be worth getting, but there is less excitement and I wonder how the upcoming Brickmaster Starwars would be designed, it may not be an easy theme to come up with flexible designs.

Sunday, 29 August 2010 16:46:07 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 08 August 2010

I did not buy many Lego sets in the recent 2010 ani-com in Hong Kong, but there was one that I got without much hesitation, mainly because it is not official available locally yet, but after building it, I think that was really worth the money.

8128 Cad Bane's Speeder is a unique vehicle, although the color is a little dull, the design is quite interesting, I ususally would focus equally on the vehicle and minifigs, but I have to say that the bounty hunter is really a cool villain, as well as Shahan Alama, the Senate Commando Officers are nice but somehow I do not like the blue color much.


Come and get me, huh


Senate guards Duo on patrol



Parts list


Some interesting parts


Technic Brick Liftarms


The new 2010 2 x 4 tiles

When it comes to parts, there are quite a lot of new ones, including the new 2 x 4 tiles, and others, one observation is that there are more technic 2 x 6 plates used than actually needed, perhaps Lego designer just do not want to include one more part type when the technic counterpart can also fulfill.

The vehicle has some playability, the rear end compartment can be opened, but moving the propeller along with it seems to be a little wierd, missile launchers have not been my favorite, but the real nice thing is the six seaters, and the driver cabin is quite cool

8128 pricing is quite high, a little overpriced but tolerable, but since this is the only set to get Shahan Alama I believe, and you also get Cad Bane and the senate guards, as well as the cool vehicle, it is worth collecting.

Sunday, 08 August 2010 14:36:43 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 07 August 2010

Aside from the work of the finalists of the local Hong Kong Lego competition, there were actually other very impressive Lego arts being displayed in this year's Ani-Com.

I had actually tried on the Lego Mah-jong idea before but was not able to complete it, obviously this is an excellent work that I can learn from! I wonder if it is feasible to come up with a Lego mahjong set that can be played with.

Saturday, 07 August 2010 00:10:27 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)