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# Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Several years back I had seen the 10152 Maersk container ship at some local store at around USD 150 to 170, it was quite high compared to the original price of USD 75, although this pricing was not the main reason that deterred me from getting it, I did not have it after all, and I did regret for that.

So it is really a great thing to see Lego re-issuing the Maersk vehicle in form of 10155, despite at a higher price (the price in Hong Kong is even much higher than the US pricing at more than USD 200 per set!), I did not hesitate to grab one, and not sure if it is due to the pressure of 10155's appearance, a few 10152 sets show up in the market, and I was able to grab one at near the same price of 10155!

But for box opening, definitely it is going to be 10155 as it is still available on the market, I'll keep the 10152 as collector MISB.

The size of the ship is not as big as I once thought, the design is quite straightforward and is crafted with the help of a number of special parts, aside from the legend like Maersk blue bricks that some would focus on this set, I think the dark red bricks that forms the base is very useful too, especially for building other ships such as aircraft carriers, I am not really after the Maersk Blue but just cannot deny that its rareness does mean a lot for any lego collectors.

The stickers are kept in a plastic bag, which is not usually done for stickers but perhaps a norm for models with that many stickers, the containers form an important part of the overall body, since you have stickers for both side, there are 60 gray and 28 white stickers, plus two big ones on the hull, one on the top of control tower, and one at the front.

The Cargo control room or control tower is also a key structure of the ship of course, the pair of boat windows make the ship more realistic. Overall building the ship is not difficult, building the containers and applying stickers to it can be boring, but it is worth the effort, by looking at the finished work, I think this is a good spending.

Although I have 10152, but it is MISB and not opened and built, so I cannot make a comparison, but based on many info I got, the two are very similar and the difference is mainly on the stickers, in 10152 it was "Maersk Sealand" while in 10155 it is "Maersk Line" now. A few people also mentioned about brick quality, which I tend to believe but cannot make conclusions based on the suspected blemishes I observed as they can be subjective.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011 23:12:50 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 17 April 2011

It has been a long while again since I made a post here, but this local lego exhibition in Hong Kong (復活節太古城樂高展覽) definitely is worth reporting, the event is being held until May 2nd in Hong Kong Tai Koo Shing plaza, if you live in Hong Kong or plan to travel here during this period, don't miss it!

Lego Shaolin Temple!

Kudos to the lego masters who produced these wonderful art of Lego!

Please also check out my Flickr album for more photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/parchioso/

 

 

Sunday, 17 April 2011 23:07:57 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 05 February 2011

When someone is seen buying this Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter set, many would think that they are targetting the R8-B7 astromech droid and the Tactical Droid TX-20, yes, these two items are bringing values to the set, but I got this set for simply what it is, the Starfighter.

While the Plo Koon's Starfighter was a little disappointing, the color combination makes this Starfighter looks better, though the use of stickers is still a bad thing for me (despite being a better sticker set), the movement of the wings in this Starfighter seems to be rather limited, and the vehicle is poorly armed, with only a missile launcher at the bottom of the cabin.

Another feature which is highlighted in the manual is the placeholder of the lightsaber, but in two pieces, which is a strange idea.

But after all, it is a good looking Starfighter, plus the R8-B7, TX-20, a nice Separatist speeder, and two STAPs (Single Trooper Aerial Platform), it is a good value set to get, and a must get if you a Starfighter fan.

However, this set is another sign that sticker wedges for Starfighters is the norm now, I understand that stickers are common in lego, but for Starfighters, they should really consider a printed wedge as it is the essence of the vehicle.

The ironic part of this set is Mace, despite being a wonderful character, the minifig is also available in 8019, so I am not sure if the minifig would become the focus of the set.

Saturday, 05 February 2011 21:13:08 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 04 February 2011

I got a copy of the DK Lego Starwars Heroes Sticker Book a few days ago, not bad for a collector item, and it can be a fun book for your kids, as they can match the pictures to the sticker page, it is also a helpful resources for you to know some of the less popular characters in the starwars saga.

There are 8 sticker pages:

Heros
The Jedi
In Trouble
To the Rescue
Super Speed
Rebel Power
On Ice
Ultimate Duels

And there are 7 pages of large stickers and 1 page of small size stickers

There is definitely no wow for this item, but if the price is right, getting a copy is fine as it won't occupy too much space, but it can come handy if you suddenly got a wierd idea, for example, using them in creating a lego red pocket (樂高利是) like what I did before?

Friday, 04 February 2011 20:47:47 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 28 January 2011

Here is my tabulated summary of the 60 pcs of 8803 minifigs I purchased over a month in many occasions:

  My Total Standard
Hula Dancer 5 3
Elf 3 3
Sumo Wrestler 8 5
Space Alien 2 5
Mummy 4 5
Tennis Player 8 4
Baseball Player 5 4
Gorilla Suit Guy 2 4
Tribal Chief 3 3
Samurai Warrior 3 4
Pilot 6 4
Fisherman 2 2
Space Villain 1 3
Snowboarder 3 3
Race Car Driver 3 5
Rapper 2 3

Do I get better value out of this? With the standard number of minifigs for Elf and Fisherman, I have to say I am not in bad luck, but obviously I do not gain much really.

The consolation is that I got more on low value preferred minifigs, such as sumo wrestlers vs Space Alien, and I would be very disappointed if I got many Race Car driver, I am not particularly interested in Gorilla Suit Guy though I must admit that it is a very interesting one.

But I am also doubtful too, is Tennis player a good minifig that many wants? Do you like Hula dancers? Having 5 instead of 3 would create a more dynamic dancing group.

In Hong Kong many are cherry-picking the box, I don't do that, so I think I am already very lucky, with the good value ones being taken away, I could easily getting all those unwanted ones in my collection.

 

Friday, 28 January 2011 22:29:04 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 21 January 2011

Just read the BrickSet news on the availability of DK Star Wars sticker books at amazon.co.uk, I guess they may be available at some local stores in Hong Kong now, as my experience tells me that some local stores are quick to get the DK books on shelf.

Just like the BrickSet review mentioned, these are not must-haves, but nice to keep one set as souvenir and another one for play.

Friday, 21 January 2011 23:35:46 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 12 January 2011

I purchased 5 pieces of 8803 minifigs today during lunch break, and really a lucky day as I got an Elf and Fisherman, not bad for a 5 pieces deal, it seem to me that I'll end up getting a much better deal in such random purchases over time instead of buying a big box, let me tabulate after I got 60 pieces.

And let me assure you, I pick by random without trying to check the patterns even if I had the chance, so the result is really random. Lego is doing the right thing by removing the barcode, allowing people to identify the bags is unfair for others, although I can understand the frustration of getting a bunch of unwanted minifigs in a batch, making it to happen to others is not something nice to do either.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:03:27 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 10 January 2011

So what do you get out of a few random purchases of 8803 minifigs? This is what I got in 30 minifigs, do you think that's a good stat?

Hula Dancer 3
Elf 1
Sumo Wrestler 3
Space Alien 1
Mummy 2
Tennis Player 4
Baseball Player 2
Gorilla Suit Guy 1
Tribal Chief 2
Samurai Warrior 2
Pilot 2
Fisherman 1
Space Villain 1
Snowboarder 2
Race Car Driver 1
Rapper 2

Monday, 10 January 2011 21:16:03 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# 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)