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  1. makoy

    VIDIYO - Universal Music 2021

    I'm glad for those people who really do enjoy this theme... You see, Singapore and Malaysia (and large majority of neighbouring countries here) don't even have this theme officially.... which is very odd. Now, we need to rely on grey market resellers and importers. TLG not sharing any information about it, and just forgetting about an entire market really annoys me. Not too excited about.... just because it's not available locally
  2. makoy

    [REVIEW] 40451 Tatooine Homestead

    Ooof! That's a mod anyone can easily do. Paints a different picture on this rather 'a day in life' vignette. This vignette is really a good way to learn uncommon slope techniques and for its size, it has assortment of parts that you can repurpose for MOC. If you can't get one now, later on you can easily get the instruction online and rebrick it, less the printed parts. Thanks for sharing. You're welcome. Glad that this review is useful and helped someone like you.
  3. makoy

    [LEGO Ideas] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Congratulations @Itaria No Shintaku All the best for the selection period, whenever that may be.
  4. makoy

    [REVIEW] 40451 Tatooine Homestead

    It's because I thought I praised this cute Sandcrawler enough that people will look more into it... And glad that you noticed them from my photos. It means you're paying close attention. Thanks for sharing here, and welcome too! 🍻
  5. makoy

    [REVIEW] 40451 Tatooine Homestead

    :) you put it so eloquently... and I agree! One thing to note about the landspeeder is that you can't lift and play like that, as there is no connection between the two piece. On the otherhand, you can totally remove the Sandcrawler and swoosh it around. Ooops... not my watermark's fault. The tile got in the way. Thanks and bless you for getting a copy soon! The design has been pretty consistent since the one released in 2019. Indeed, a good micro scale diorama to collect and display.
  6. makoy

    [REVIEW] 40451 Tatooine Homestead

    For the small amount of parts used, I agree. You can build one now, from your collection of 1x1 round plates and make an army of Aunt Beru Hahaha.. I knew I am going to get something wrong somewhere.
  7. George Lucas founded Lucasfirms in 1971 and it had created one of the most beloved franchise in the history of entertainment and toys. Fast-forward, and it is the year 2021 -- the year Lucasfilms celebrates its 50th anniversary. So naturally, there has to be a 50th anniversary Star Wars products. This is a nice little gift that would come along with it... Thanks for TLG and Jim to making this review possible. Now let's jump into my 34th RA review, 40451 Tatooine Homestead. Overview Name: 40451 - Tatooine Homestead Theme: Star Wars / Promotional Year: 2021 (1H) Pieces: 234 pieces Minifigures: 0 Price: FREE Gift with Purchase (GWP) -- Qualifying purchase: $85 / €85 / £85 threshold for all Star Wars purchases The promotion would run from 1st May to 5th May 2021. Do check with your local shops for details. Introduction So right off the bat, this is not a set for sale. It is a gift with purchase which you can get from qualifying amount of Star Wars sets purchase as written in the overview section above. Its packaging looks about the same as the other vignette promotional sets released so far. Let's check the details. Front view Front side of the box pretty much over everything it has to show, including the sand of Tatooine, which is coarse and rough, and irritating ...and we all know how the line goes on as Anakin complains. This is the first time that we actually see Luke's childhood home in microscale. If you revisit what was released back in 1999, most of the Tatooine references are just vehicles. There's Landspeeder, Podracers, Desert Skiff, Droid Escape Pod, Watto's Junkyard and so on. There is nothing about Owen and Beru until the Sandcrawler came out in 2014 (actually 2005 as pointed in later in the comments) -- but only with special appearance of Owen Lars trading with the Jawas. Unfortunately, aunt Beru is still missing in action. Back view At the back of the box, we can see how the memorable scene is depicted as it is in the set, with stills from the movie as reference. Those round studs are representing the characters present in that scene. Let's see if you can figure out who is who later Side view Pretty standard side view with that single piece for 1:1 ratio picture. Perhaps that done is chosen to remind us that it represent the actual homestead in Tatooine. Now let's slowly see what's inside. I really like the way this opens like IDEAS set even if it is only a promotional set. Don't you wish all sets open this way? What's inside the box? We get 4 clear plastics bags without any number and an instruction booklet. Build I enjoyed arranging the parts this way... simply because I have nothing else better to do. Right? Right. Just want to appreciate the tan colour this way... there are really great parts included here. Slopes, slopes.... SLOPES! Putting them together.. So, when you build this set, it appears that you are building it sideways. Then, as I complete sections of the build, indeed, I am building sideways. You can see how the SNOT techniques are used to squeeze the centre piece in between the left and right side of the vignette. And as you put the sub-assemblies together, they fit nicely together. And so, it looks like this at the end -- So from this view, let me try discerning who is who. From left to right. The single piece brown studs are obviously the Jawas, so... white stud on top and dark tan bottom - Luke. two-layer gold studs - C-3PO (obviously) silver stud - R2-D2 tan top and dark brown bottom - Lars Then, at the centre of the build you'll see a medium azure stud on top of a dark orange stud. Guess who is it... That is aunt Beru! Aunt Beru appeared in this microbuild set... but only as 2 studs.... Next to them is the cute build of Sandcrawler which is very "playable" on its own because it sports 4 black roller skates as continuous track wheels. Apart from the skates, one of the notable part usage in this microscale is the use of white lipstick as one of the towering moisture vapourators. Also, not forgetting that this set includes a 2x4 black tile with "Star Wars 2021" printed on it. This side is the not so camera-friendly side of the build. Here is another angle to appreciate the smoothness of this build. Now for the extra pieces, this is what you are left with after completing the entire build... and it's pretty generous for the amount of small pieces here. Conclusion Pros: Very iconic scene preserved in a vignette display set. Tan parts! Printed 2x4 tile "Star Wars 2021" Cons: Generally not for sale, unless you get this "ala carte" somewhere else. Aunt Beru only appeared as 2 studs! So as I ponder on who this set is for, it is hard not to think who this set is NOT for. You see, this is the first scene where Luke, C-3PO and R2-D2 actually bumped into each other, and they stuck to each other for a really long time. Not only it is an iconic scene, it is also very nostalgic. So, for what it is -- every Star Wars fan should be able to appreciate this in one way or another. I can't think of anything negative for this set except the silly reasons I have written as "cons". But then again, we do not have Aunt Beru minifigure yet, so we may have to wait for quite sometime before we finally get a system scale Lars homestead with those "missing minifigures". For now, enjoy this microbuild. Review summary Playability: 5/10 - This little vignette isn't meant to be played but the Sandcrawler is so cute to play with! Design / Building Experience: 7/10 - Very satisfactory build for what it is supposed to be. Slopes are everywhere and it's tan so it's insta-like for me. Price / Value for money: 10/10 - If you get this as a gift with purchase, this is naturally a perfect 10. Overall: 7/10 - It is a cute small vignette that all Star Wars fans should be able to appreciate.
  8. makoy

    BAM Exclusive Parts Index

    Yes. I have the blue pug minifigure already. I will just need to take some photos and add it here.
  9. Just a thought... with the size of Tweety's head and the special mould used on his head, I am sure it would be cheaper to make a smaller mould to make his size proportional. You know, make it about baby minifigure proportion even without articulation. I think that would work. Personally, I don't mind the size difference but I understand why some people are upset about it ...
  10. makoy

    Random people keep following me?

    Hahaha! This is so funny, I was thinking the same thing, but obviously who are we kidding.... the bots?
  11. My key take away from this series is that they did justice for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. These 2 matters to me the most because if they can't do this right, I don't care about the series as a whole. Now, for the missing important characters... The omission of Bugs Bunny's nemisis, Elmer J. Fudd is a bummer. I hope this is a strong indication that there is plan for another follow up. Thanks for the review Fangy.
  12. makoy

    Cedrica City Block(Picture heavy(A))

    Really like the inspiration here from Ninjago City/Dock/Garden. Does not feel cobbled up randomly, but instead really feel and look integrated.
  13. makoy

    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    I think that's because she was on private settings. Didn't realise this until I switched on to my personal account. Thanks for the heads up. I would love to directly post the image here but with respect to her IG being private, I think that only means you need to be following her to see the link. https://www.instagram.com/p/CM8Ez8jpfBf1WaQw0Q0E4KFW59I01QG4LrjH-Q0/?igshid=1aackxq1ier5n
  14. makoy

    LEGO Store "Build a Minifigure"

    In reference to the chatter here: This is what I know about: https://www.instagram.com/p/CM9Kft6Jr91/ @Vindicare what about Jay’s hair in Dark Orange? Can you share reference here? Thanks.
  15. makoy

    We want the amazing 60278 Crook's Hideout Raid!

    Similar hideouts had been released in the past, just in a different setting, so I am not sure what changed. Probably just remove the unnecessary gigantic bomb, then spin it off as another set in the future?