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  1. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    The BlueBrixx Thread

  2. I was looking forward to the Samson and AMP suit, but neither set appeals. Both are undersized and overpriced, plus Sand Green is an odd color choice for the AMP suit, so an easy pass from me. Will have to wait and see if anything better comes from the following wave.
  3. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    LEGO Star Wars 2022 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    That Kuill head has to be a joke, right? Right?
  4. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    I'm astounded that the JWST didn't make it through. That should have been a slam dunk at the moment. The SR-71 and Soyuz would also have had broad appeal. I think LEGO really need to look at raising the bar for making it to review, as a rejection rate of 97% even after getting the requisite votes seems like it will lead to far more disappointment and frustration than joy for both fans and fan designers alike.
  5. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    10304 Chevrolet Camaro Z 28 Discussion Thread

    Hmm. Custom fender parts. Interesting.
  6. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    New LEGO Speed Champions 2022 Rumors, Speculation

    I thought the Charger looked alright until I saw the lifestyle photo from a low side angle. The car is raked forward with mostly high ground clearance, except for the big blocky plate/brick connectors (65635?) at each axle which nearly touch the ground and look awful. Why not use modified plate 2x2 with pinhole (2444/10247) instead?
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    10302 Optimus Prime Rumors

    Yes, the Instagram link was also posted on the previous page. I did consider swapping the forehead print for a 1x2 grille slope, but now that I have it in person I prefer the print. Some of the suggested head mods reduce structural integrity, so I've opted to keep the head changes minimal. I haven't applied stickers though, so I did also end up adding some 1x2 ingots to the legs and front bumper, as the 2x6 tiles there otherwise end up looking a little plain. One other small improvement worth mentioning is to swap the four blue axle pins in the ankles with black ones, as they can be seen from the outside on the finished build. The TFW thread was very interesting. The knee-joint solutions are good, though I can see why they were left out of the official design. Unless you're actively playing with the model, the improved pose-ability is going to be rather offset by reduced sturdiness. I quite like the white and black recoloured models shown in the thread, and took note of their improved wing mirror design.
  8. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    10302 Optimus Prime Rumors

    Sure. The 'how it's done' couldn't be any simpler, but here's how he looks after replacing the printed 1x2 plate:
  9. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    10302 Optimus Prime Rumors

    Built my Octopus Prime today. Still not happy about the price, though VIP points brought it down to a more reasonable value. But wow, what a great set! The transformation process is straightforward and very satisfying, and for a transforming model the sturdiness is pretty good. The only weak area to be aware of is the hips-to-torso connection. The model is definitely more impressive for display in robot mode, but I love how you can also attach the jet-pack to the rear deck of the truck. The orange axe, pink power cube, and display plaque seem superfluous to me, though I certainly don't mind their inclusion. I did swap out the eyes for trans blue Medium Azure 1x1 round plates, as the print here was the one weak point aesthetically. Other than that though, the prints and metallic silver parts really set if off. 9.5/10 from me, and arguably a better set than the Delorean (which I also thought was superb).
  10. BrickMonkeyMOCs

    10302 Optimus Prime Rumors

    A lot of people have mentioned the eyes, and I agree. I'm thinking that a pair of trans blue 1x1 round plates will look a lot better than the side-printed 1x2 plate there. Possibly also a 1x2 grille slope in place of the forehead print, if that will still fit when the head is retracted.
  11. Looks really good. New wheels, suspension, and differential, though same gearbox and no new engine parts. The door mechanism looks interesting, and I like how the rear engine cover lifts up to expose the engine bay. The lack of any luggage is a tragic omission, but one I'm sure others here will correct :) I will probably get one, though I'll be content to wait a year or so until I can pick it up at 10-15% discount.
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    LEGO Videogame Tie-Ins - Rumors & Discussion

    Did TLG underestimate the interest in this one? The Tallneck's been out of stock on S@H since the day of release here in NZ, but I've finally been able to order a copy from retailer ToyCo. Looking forward to the build. Update: Built it today. Fantastic model, and quite reasonably priced. 9/10.
  13. Agreed. It also looks horizontally flipped from the directionality in the earlier picture from the opposite side, so two different wheel molds. Nice. It looks pretty faithful to the real vehicle, but they'll need to offer something new in terms of functions for me to really be interested, given that I already have the Sian.
  14. I bought two copies of set 8169 back in 2009 when it was released, and it was a great set for its time. But I've long since used the parts in other MOCs and found myself missing the original set. The first step was building it in LDraw prior to ordering parts, but it became clear that the set would need an upgrade. So here is my GT3 version featuring the following improvements. (The LDraw File and XML Parts List are also available for anyone interested.) • Wide-body kit • New wheels (Mustang/Porsche rims) • Front splitter & rear wing • Extended diffuser • Brick-built head & tail lights • Improved seats and new dashboard • New engine