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# Thursday, 24 December 2009

Just found out that the long awaited lego 2010 sets will be sold on Jan 3, 2010, through the ToysRUS store in TST here in Hong Kong, these new sets have been available in US and other countries for awhile, and many local Lego players are anxious to get them, I personally would be happy to pay a little more to be the first few locally to get the Starwar sets, but it seems that no local lego shops in Hong Kong are importing and selling them yet, not sure if they are under pressure from someone and prohibited from doing so before the "official launch".

This kind of first-day selling offers many promotional goodies, for example, the first 100 customers who will purchase more than HKD 800 will get a gift pack worth HKD 400, and there will be raffles too, but there are also dark sides in such activities - aside from spending time to fall in lines, I have heard about cases of unfriendly competition for items on shelf, although I have not seen that in person, but I did experience chaos in such kind of events before. I am not sure if the HKD 400 gift pack is all worth that effort, my only concern is that, would some of the hot items being sold out and swept by lego shops/vendors before the real users come in?

The starwar sets will be key targets for many, I read that 8083, 8084, 8085, 8086, 8087, 8088, 8091 and 8092 will be available, all of them are attractive and I may get each one of them, hope that there will still be inventories left that day when I get there.

By the way, the location of ToysRUS TST can be found here: http://www.toysrus.com.hk/inside/location.htm, perhaps to avoid affecting the Christmas sales of old Lego Stock, there is no information available in their web site yet.

Thursday, 24 December 2009 17:43:31 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 20 December 2009

I remember I was able to complete wave 50 solo in Gears of War II Horde Stasis quite sometime ago, but I did not take any evidence picture at that time, and I was trying to do that again just for "Picture taking". But that turned out to be a nightmare, I cannot describe the level of frustration this attempt gave me.

Stasis is a very tough map, a small area with no good hideout, and Bloodmount attack seems to be much furious than what I experienced in Day One, and the most annoying thing was, the location and timing of the spawning of opponents seems to be so harsh and damaging, I once even become doubtful on how random that is.

Good that I finally figure out a new variant of the strategy I used before to complete wave 50, and get it done after all.

But this map and the way the program executes it is very disturbing to me, I doubt if anyone else is willing to spend time to try it out my way, it could be a waste of life.

By the way, if you read my blog and willing to try and know how I overcome it, please leave a comment here.



Sunday, 20 December 2009 00:58:43 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 14 December 2009

Sometimes people tend to think that it must be costly to build Lego MOCs, as evident by the many great creations that we've seen in Flickr and BrickShelf, but in fact, it is possible to have fun with limited number of parts as well. The small set Lego creator products such as 6741 Mini Jet are not really that hot, but I think it contains a good combination of parts that can be useful for building mini Starfighters, so I just give it a try.

First, let me introduce the three officlal models that comes with the set, they are all nice but honestly not extraordinary attractive, when I purchase the set, I was actually after the parts:


Model 1


Model 2


Model 3

Well, here comes my MOC, I used up all the parts and only parts from 6741:

Would welcome any comments.

Monday, 14 December 2009 17:56:07 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 12 December 2009

After I blogged about 9286 last time, I actually bought another set of this Large LEGO Baseplates in order to have another blue 32 X 32 baseplate in my Lego Inventory, at USD 40, this is actually very costly as the 2 green baseplates and the old gray 48 X 48 are not really of big practical value. But the blue base plates are really too useful for oceanic MOCs, I thought the spending would be worth it, until now.

I just read about an upcoming Lego set 620 blue building plate (http://brickset.com/detail/?Set=620-3) from a Eurobricks thread, although I am not sure how much this one would cost when it is available, it is definitely a much better (and targetted) option to get the blue baseplate, well, just like buying stocks, what have been invested is already done, I have to look forward, after all, it is a good thing that the supply of blue base plates would be better soon, and it can really help a lot of Lego players.

One question remains though - How much is 620 going to cost?

Saturday, 12 December 2009 14:55:53 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)