10246 Detective’s Office

boxThis is the first modular building, and the largest set (2261 parts), I’ve ever put together. It was a complete joy – both in the novel and imaginative parts use, and in the unfolding story as the set came together.

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75886 Ferrari 488 GT3

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Christina Nielse

As part of my tour of some of the LEGO themes, I’ve just built the Ferrari 488 GT3 from “Speed Champions”.

The Speed Champions theme was launched in 2015 and sets in the line reproduce real racing cars from a variety of motor sports at minifig scale. The sets come in boxes with a black background (a little like the Architecture theme) that sets them apart on the shop shelves, suggesting they are a bit classier or aimed at a slightly older audience. This box was marked with a holographic sticker, identifying it as an official Ferrari product.

IMG_2060This incarnation of the 488 GT was driven by Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen. Although none of the LEGO marketing mentions Christina, it’s probably not a coincidence that the set includes a blonde female driver wearing her racing livery.

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71214 LEGO Movie Classic Space Man

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LEGO Dimensions is a “toys-to-life” video game wherein you build some LEGO and play in-game with those characters. Although, by most accounts, it was a solid game, with some of the trademark LEGO sense of fun, it was discontinued in 2017.

Although sad, this means that a lot of the existing add on packs are available at clearance prices. Many of them contain desirable mini-figs from licensed IP. In this case it’s LEGO’s own – the LEGO Movie Classic Space Man.

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WeDo 2.0 First Impressions

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TLG currently have three different robotics lines currently available. The well known Mindstorms, WeDo 2.0, and Boost.

WeDo (currently in version 2.0) is aimed directly at the educational market, in particular tapping into the ongoing hype about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).  I’m amazed how simple it was to get set up and use to its full potential! Continue reading

41308 Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes

So, a slight departure from my usual builds today. I’ve been thinking a lot about scale in Lego, and how the rise of the minifig has created something of a standard. I was aware of the Friends theme (especially all those delicious colours) and knew they had figures (called mini dolls), but I had no idea of their size. I popped into the local toy shop to grab one in a polybag, they didn’t have one, and I thought it might be interesting to look at a “some kid in my kid’s class’s birthday” price range set from the Friends theme. Hence I am now the owner of “Stephanie’s Friendship Cakes”.

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