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  1. VBBN

    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Hey all, As Captain Nemo mentioned a few days ago, in the interest of mitigating spoilers related to Spider-Man: No Way Home, this thread will now be locked until December 20th, upon which we will kickstart the 2022 themed discussion. Thanks everyone!
  2. Great review of a pretty meh set. It's unfortunate that after so much growth with 2021's Mclaren that we take such a severe step backwards in engineering for this year's releases at this scale. As far as pullbacks go, I do think it's nice to have a launch control feature here and does increase the playability surrounding such a set, and likely is something that'd be more difficult to implement at the lower price range. With that said, I think ultimately they should have endeavored to include these functions in a creator expert car - the looks of this set are okay, but as always they suffer because of the limitations of technic shaping, yet we don't have the features to excuse such a car being build with those limitations. it's quite unfortunate to not even have the "mini" piston builds that previous sets in this scale have utilized, especially in conjunction with the pullback motors.
  3. Have you tried visiting the accessory section of their website? They have a bunch of elements available to purchase individually and tailor to your set or MOC however you'd like. In my opinion part of the price is definitely in the convenience/ease of putting the elements together. I've dabbled with LEDs for other non-LEGO projects and those typically involve wire twisting, shrink wrap etc, which are cheaper on an individual level but aren't quite as user friendly as I found these kits to be. Value is always up to your own preference but that's personally where I found some of the justification myself.
  4. I am happy to present that this review is now live for viewing!
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    Decal Wish List

    Not sure if it exists or not, but a decal set on my wishlist is for the Zebra Batman minifigure (based on the comic con version). Shouldn’t be too bad overall, if I ever do it myself I’ll update this post. I figure I’d have to customize a white cowl and would need to use an alternate material cape, other than that it’s pretty basic I’d think
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    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    That iron man buildable figure definitely interests me - I’m curious to see what else this spawns. More buildable figures in a similar scale? More Iron Man suits?Also wasn’t that rumored UCS Hulkbuster supposed to be massive, maybe this will integrate with it? I can’t say I love how it looks, but will be interested to see what the intentions are with this one. I agree with others that I would LOVE to see a Sentinel based on this platform, I would absolutely ride that wave. (also, is that a 4th gen ball socket piece that I spy? Is that new?)
  7. Hello everyone and welcome to a special review of a Lego-compatible product! Today, we will be looking at two of the hundreds of products available on www.lightailing.com, Lightailing sells a wide selection of LED lighting kits that are specifically created to work with Lego sets from a variety of different themes, sizes, etc. They were kind enough to send me some kits to review (though as always, any product I review is of my own opinion.) In particular, I wanted to take a look at two kits for some of the modular buildings series, as I believed these have quite a bit of lighting elements to take a look at given the size & complexity of these sets. The two kits in particular can be found at the below links: Light Kit For Assembly Square 10255 Light Kit For Bookshop 10270 Also, Lightailing has been generous enough to provide us with a discount code! If you use the promo code "eurobricks" at checkout, you will get an additional 20% off! Boxes As you can see, we will actually be looking at two different brands of kits in this review; BriksMax LED kit for the Bookshop, and Lightailing's own kit for Assembly square. Both sets come in a similar style box that is easy to open and can be used to store items later on. BricksMax Contents Upon opening the BricksMax kit, you can see the instructions, a user guide/warranty card, as well as a bubble wrapped package containing the various LED elements. Instructions The instructions for this kit are very clear and easy to follow. The instructions show you when pieces need to be removed, they call out specifically what elements you need for that particular step, and they use icons to help you understand the action that is taking place during that particular step (such as if you are being directed to insert the write though a Lego piece, as exemplified in this photo. Contents This kit contains 10 smaller packets, each containing a variety of elements from wires to connectors and adhesive strips. Some Lego elements are also included such as 1x6 plates and 1x1 studs that assist with the build process, these pieces are legitimate Lego brand elements. Also included are two large packages containing a replacement street lamp (more on this later) and the battery pack. Tree Lighting I won't go over every single element included in these kits as that would take far more than a simple review can show: but to show you some examples, here you can see the lighting elements needed for the tree. The LEDs are connected to wires with a connector at the end. Again, the studs were included with the kit. Lighting the tree is a simple process: you fish the wire though and open stud, and then cap it off with one of the 1x1 trans studs to hold it in place. It's very easy to do, and the results you will soon see are very bright and effective. Each wire eventually plugs into a power strip, as you can see here. The strip uses two small adhesive tiles to stick on to the back of the tree. it's worth noting that the entire system of lights for this kit are all linked together. So you can see here that the end result of this system is one single wire coming from the tree... ...which travels under the street and into another panel within the building itself. The circuit then continues from here. I am sure that my photos will only demonstrate a portion of this process, but again it's really quite clear to follow and will make sense in-hand. Room Lighting Here is an example of how the interior rooms of the building are lit up. As mentioned, the kit includes some 1x6 tiles, these are what the adhesive LED strips will be mounted to the underside of. Here you can see the completed unit mounted. Again, the circuit that started with the tree is connected though to here in one end, and the other end will go upstairs to to the next floor. Once you have wired up one side of the building, the wires are then carried over to the next side of the building. An important comment here is that once you fully wire this kit together, these two halves of the buildings will need to stay connected together, as the wiring interlocks them together at this point. Lamp Post The kit includes an entirely new lamp post that is already pre-wired. (Both kits features here do this.) Battery Pack The kit provides you with two differing options for how you can power the lights. You can light them using a USB, or you can mount a battery pack which takes three AA batteries. For my setup here, I chose to plug in the battery pack, which fits pretty snugly underneath the windowsill. Completed Bookshop Lighting The kit gives the set a wonderful glow when complete. I will show more detail in the following pictures, but something I would like to highlight is that they use different shades of light in different rooms; for example on the left you have a brighter white light in the book shop, but a warmer light in the rooms above. This adds some great realism to the set, as in real life you will often see different colors of light shown through rooms of a building. The lighting continues back here with all of the rooms being lit up. I should mention that the small crawlspace does end up being restricted, due to the tight wiring it may be tough to access this area once fully wired up. The battery box that I used for my setup is noticeable, but you could easily dress this up given the amount of studs around it with some plant life, or treat it as a generator/power box that one may find near a building. The buildings immediately feel warmer and more lifelike. You can truly see more details inside of these rooms that otherwise are hidden in darkness. You can see a few examples of the wires that run up the wall, they are quite small and not too noticeable, and again I think realistically it's not uncommon to have some wiring visible in places. Ultimately I think the kit does a good job of hiding these as best as possible (and the great thing of Lego is that you can always rebuild or find new ways to hide the wiring, if you choose.) The orange porch lights add quite some life to this little entranceway, and I love how the light shines through the clear plates above the door. Some of these details really are normally quite hard to see in the set once it's built, but with the light kit you can see them clearly, such as the nicely detailed grandfather clock here. Lightailing kit Next we will move on to the Lightailing kit. The same general idea behind what this kit does is present, but the execution of the kid does differ in some ways as you will see. Instructions The instructions are pretty similar to the Bricksmax kit, the main difference being that they don't call out which specific elements you need. This is because, as you will see below, the kit is organized in steps rather than in separated elements. Contents 8 bags of elements are included. You can see here that each step is numbered, so unlike the Bricksmax kit you will not be selecting elements from multiple bags at once. Step 1 Elements Two more differences can be observed here. First, the ceiling lights are already mounted to plates, rather than you adhering them separately. Second, this set is not built on one continuous circuit, but rather each step is it's own circuit that ends with a USB plug at the end. Step 2 Elements The Step 2 pieces show you another difference, the lights are all built directly into Lego pieces. So, rather than having a small light that fits into a stud as we saw previously, these ones are wired up from the start. Wiring up the coffee shop The wires themselves are also a bit different. Rather than being the twisted wires as seen in the Bricksmax kit, these ones are single wires, meaning they are thinner and thus easier to fish between plates. The counter to this is that there are mores overall to need to manage. Wiring the other side Okay so this set is one solid piece that does not split apart at the baseplates, so this comment in particular won't apply to this set, but in general is good to know: Unlike the Bricksmax kit, since each "building" has lights that are on their own circuits, it's feasible that you could split the buildings apart at their baseplates while retaining the lighting. Battery Box The power hookups are a little different here also. First, all of the USB ports we saw previously will connect to this unit. You can then either directly plus that in to a USB power source, or you can hook it up to the battery box, again which takes three AA batteries. The battery box features studs on one side and anti-studs on the other, so it's easy to build in to your layout or hide away with details. Wiring Complete I know this looks a little messy at first; Bear in mind that I needed to keep this all contained and easy to showcase in this review. However, if you have this building in a tabletown layout, you have plenty of wiring here that you can use to route this to an easy-to-reach and well-hidden area. After this review, I'll be spending more time to tidy up and hide away the wires, but you get the general idea of what you have to work with here. Completed Kit Similar tot he Bookshop, the finished kit for Assembly square is simply striking. In addition to what we've seen before, we have some other neat elements here such as illuminated shop signs (the coffee cup and roses), and a color-changing fountain. The fountain was a really neat surprise as I had no idea that the fountain would cycle through colors until having it in hand. You can see a video demonstrating this feature below. Additionally, the set features a few other items of note including light-up signs (the coffee cup and roses). From a rear view, we can see again that a majority of the set is lit up, the main exception being the bathroom on the upper left (which you likely wouldn't always have a light on in anyway). If I could make any improvement here, I would have enjoyed some form of string lights up on the outer patio of the apartment to add some nightlife to that area. As we head down to the cafe and this well-mannered dog, we notice some excellent exterior lighting. In comparison to the Bookshop, this set has a larger street scene, and many more exterior lights, and this lighting kit does a great job in capturing all of those pieces. The awnings on my set aren't set quite as straight as you could likely manage, though keep in mind that anytime you have wiring going between Lego bricks there will always be an unavoidable gap. The lighting not only lets you see the details of the interior and minifigures better, but also how dusty my set is! Even the skylight on top serves new purpose during darker settings. I mentioned this with the bookshop, but I do love the contrasts between light colors, for example the warm orange glow under the awnings contrasting with the bright white interior of the florist shop. Side note, but you may have noticed I've added a few smaller details into these setups, but no major changes were made to the sets overall. This dentistry sign is a detail I really forgot about, given it's placement and dark backing under normal circumstances, but it comes to life with this kit as you'd expect. Now the real question remains, who will make mini LED kits for these micro Lego builds?? Here we have both kits together. This was an important observation for me - if you are completing a modular city layout and you want to light up all of your builds, chances are you may end up with both Lightailing and BricksMax kits. How do they look together? Overall, I'd say they go very well. Both kits have equal emphasis on the kinds of details they light up, and both kits vary the lighting used to make the sets more realistic. I did notice the lamp posts on the BricksMax kit are slightly more yellow compared to Lightailing, but I consider this accidental realism (as in the real world, as lightbulbs are replaced/age, their colors may vary.) Both also have very bright lights 9and keep in mind that batteries as I used here tend to be dimmer, but I have no complaint about the brightness). Both kits absolutely enhance the experience of owning a modular building by allowing you to truly see the details inside, and turning simple things such as lamposts and 1x1 stud lights into glowing, atmosphere inducing elements. Both kits were pretty easy overall to install, with no special knowledge needed. I'd say that both kits pretty much equally place limitations on your builds (taking floors apart becomes more difficult, some tiles don't sit flush, etc.) I find these limitations to be feasible to work with, as in my opinion modular sets like these are true display pieces, and these kits serve to enhance that aspect of the sets. The one key difference between this kits is in how they are wired. The BricksMax kit is very self contained and runs on one single circuit, which as mentioned does limit the ability to split the building in half. The Lightailing kit uses numerous circuits and longer wires, which allows for more modularity and gives you more to work with when it comes to hiding the battery box (plus the battery box actually has studs/anti studs on it), though of course at first it may be a bit messier to deal with in comparison. So, each has it's ups and downs. Ultimately, I can't say that either one setup is superior to the other, this will completely depend on your preference, but I believe both are executed quite well. Last we come to the price, which is 56.99 USD for the Assembly Square kit, and 51.99 USD for the Bookshop kit. I do think these prices are fair, they give you a decent amount of stuff, it's packaged well, the final effect is truly set enchancing, and for expensive sets like these, I think it's a worthy addition to make. Plus, as mentioned above, you can use the promo code "eurobricks" at checkout and get 20% off, which makes these and even better value at those prices. Thank you for reading! Please let me know if you have any further questions on these kits.
  8. Great review Jim! Im not really a sports fan (and being in the US my knowledge is a bit further removed from these stadiums), but I must say I am highly disappointed seeing photos of this set. It’s that same repetitive build style of Old Trafford and the Colosseum (all three are made by the same designer and honestly it shows). It’s a decent enough finished product, but these sets feel soulless to me at this point.
  9. Set Name: The Bone Demon Set Number: 80028 Price: US $119.99 | CAN $ | UK £ Pieces: 1375 Year of release: 2021 Hello, and welcome to the continuation of 2021 in Review! Today we will be look at The Bone Demon, part of one of the latest waves of Monkie Kid to be released. Over the course of 2021, I have had the great chance to review some truly impressive, large-scale display focused LEGO sets. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to mess around with a play-focused set though, so I was really excited to dive in and check out this intriguing entry into the Monkie Kid series. I’ll begin with a disclaimer that I haven’t consumed any media surrounding this theme. I’m sure there are features, references, etc that will fly right over my head – let me know if there’s anything interesting to know when it comes to this set. As well, this set was provide by Lego for us to review, but as always the opinion in this review are my own, and my focus is always to show you the set as best I can for you to decide for yourself what features you like or dislike. Box Like most Lego action themes, the front of the box does a good job of showcasing the large amount of content packed into the box. It’s certainly bold and will easily capture attention on store shelves. Note the “Glows in the Dark” logo – if you haven’t caught on, this set has glow in the dark parts. A lot of them. 76 of them! The back of the box showcases the other main gimmick of this set. Indeed, this set is actually quite a variety of smaller builds that can be combined into one larger build. As a fan of combining Transformers and the like, this was one of the most intriguing aspects of the set for me. How well does it work? Considering we are still at the box phase of this review, I have no idea, but I am sure we’ll find out shortly. Instructions and Stickers Like many large scaled sets, the instructions and other thin goods of the set are packaged up in plastic wrap. Unfortunately though, there’s no cardboard sleeve or any other supporting material here. Mine was rolled up as a result. Not enough to damage the stickers, but enough to be an annoyance for a product that costs over $100. The set includes a medium sized sticker sheet (with clear backed stickers). I prefer clear backs, as long as you use a good set of crafting tweezers then you can apply these without much fuss and they look far better on the finished set. (It’s especially appreciated here as when applied to a glow in the dark piece, the glow can still be seen through the sticker.) It also includes a soft vinyl set of banners. These have a nice metallic sheen and feel pretty durable. The set also includes three instruction booklets. To make this review nicer to follow, we will not follow the order given in the instructions as it’s a little all over the place. But, you know, family building and whatnot. New / Interesting Parts: Here’s the parts of interest I noticed. With the endless amounts of elements released now & the fact that this set was released a few months ago), this may not be everything, but it’s definitely the highlights for me. We get 4 chains in trans light blue (exclusive to this set), as well as a smattering of different GITD pieces. Minifigures Monkie Kid Here we have Monkie Kid himself. This version includes his headphones and closed jacket. Back printing and alternate face sculpt also pictured. Overall, I do dig this figure, it has a great amount of detail and is pretty striking, though I assume if you collect the entire MK line that you’re going to end up with quite the stack of MK variations. The set includes another size of The Golden Staff that can be held by the minifigure, built out of candlestick pieces. This works pretty well, though it’s worth noting that it does cause the figure to be pretty unbalanced, so you’ll need to ensure he’s mounted to some studs if you plan to pose this. Mei Here we have Mei, who includes an alternate face sculpt and a sword; she can also be equipped with a helmet, small jetpack, and blaster as an upgraded form. She has another evolution which we will observe momentarily. Bone Spirits The Bone Spirits are built identically. Overall, they look pretty cool as far as “hooded, floating creepy guys” go. The real star of these figures is the additional GITD elements that really bring them to life. Lady Bone Demon Lady Bone demon includes the options to swap her out into two different looks. Her hair is a rubbery material, which you can clip a GITD bone into. I must say, this is a truly fantastic looking figure, I love the bone motifs printed here, and especially the molding on the rear of her hairpiece. Monkey Kid Mech Next, we will take a look at Monkie Kid’s mech. If you are familiar with the Marvel minifigure mechs, this will be pretty run of the mill. Here’s another staff, this time one that can only be held by the mech. As demonstrated above, it can also be mounted to the mech’s back. Flipping to the rear of the mech, you can see the technic pin used to mount the staff; there’s also a flexible tail mounted back here. There’s some pretty open gaps on the sides of the cockpit, though. The Mixels joints offer a decent range of poseability and stability, though it’s worth noting that the hips sometimes are a little loose and he might fall into a split. Cloud Board The cloud board manages to incorporate some nice shaping. The front disc can rotate, which is helpful for the next feature- The board can split up, with the main portion of the board used for the mech, while the wings mount to Mei’s jetpack we saw previously. (Note also that her sword can be clipped on to her gun) Bone Scuttler & Bone Spiders Moving on, we get to the smallest of the bone constructs in the set. The Bone Scuttler is a simple little build, but looks nice enough. The Bone Spiders are slightly more substantial. Each features a good range of articulation thanks to the mini balljoints and the hinged front legs. They also have a cauldron with a GITD bone, two skeleton legs and skull. Crypt Gate Okay so I’m not totally sure what this piece of architecture is, but my assumption is it’s an entranceway to the actual Bone Crypt itself. It’s alright. The head looks a bit ridiculous here, and once you remove it, the rest of the gate doesn’t actually integrate with the larger mech build. Bone Crypt The next build we will look at is the “Bone Crypt,” or as I like to call it, the obvious torso in disguise. The crypt’s main feature is this tomb-ish build, which can open to reveal the Lady Bone Demon. The entire tomb can also be removed, it’s only held on by a few studs: It looks decent enough as a hidden torso, but there really isn’t much playability to be seen here outside of the above. Bone Scorpion Now we get to the best of the smaller builds, the Bone Scorpion! The scorpion is definitely the most well-developed element of this set. The shaping, coloring, and detailing overall all looks really nice here. It’s a substantial build with some heft. The tail is mostly fixed in place, to support the weight of the combined build. The top tip of the tail can move though (and using small ball joints, can fix itself more permanently). The rear of the tail houses most of the GITD pieces for this particular build, as this will serve as the front of the combined form. Articulation is pretty good – the mouth-pinches can close and open a little, the arms have shoulder, elbow, wrist rotation, claws, as well as the tip of the tail and two small pincers up there. The frontmost of it’s legs can also move, through the rear four are static (for support purposes). Swords At some point you also build these two swords for the combined mech. They don’t really store anywhere, it would have been nice if they had found way to integrate these into the crypt or crypt gate. The Bone Demon Before we discuss the combined form, I’m going to attempt to describe the combination process as concisely as I can: -Flipping up the legs of the Bone Spiders -Removing the head from the entrance -Removing the banners from the crypt and reattaching them further back. -Folding in the ribcage and flipping the collarbones down -Removing the arms from the Scorpion, locking the upper tail segment, flipping the frontmost legs upward -Adding the Scuttler onto the Scorpion’s tail, plugging the torso onto the tail, adding the arms, plugging the Spiders to the shoulders, adding the swords, and the head. The Bone Demon is a seriously unique and cool looking set. All of the components come together in a very cohesive final look. It’s also extremely stable. While it’s lower body has some unique curvature, ultimately it’s a stable base and the weight is centered, so there’s no worries about this toppling over. The back is the definitely the roughest view of all. It’s still decently armored, though the scorpion’s face is basically, it’s, uh, tail? Articulation is alright. The arms are the best part, having hinged shoulders, elbows, rotating wrists, and articulated fingers. His body can rotate at the waist, and that’s about it. Unfortunately, the head is clipped on by a single piece, so it has no articulation (tilting it up just results in it falling back down instantly due to the weight). Complete Set SCORE 9 PARTS In my opinion, there’s a lot of good stuff to be had here. Obviously the main draw of this set from a parts perspective is the generous amount of GITD elements that you get – but you also get a good amount of function ball joint elements, some large action figure pieces, a decent selection of minifigures, and a varied yet consistent selection of parts overall. 9 VALUE FOR MONEY I had to rate this pretty high. Keep in mind, my perspective is from the point of view of USD value – I know exchange rates are not always used equally when it comes to this set’s cost in other countries, so do share your thoughts on value in the comments. But for $120, this set does sit comfortably on the “price per part” ratio at 1375 pieces, if you value sets in this manner. What truly delivers this sets value is in the amount of stuff you get. The hero minifigures feature numerous playability aspects and abilities to combine with their respective larger builds. Many of the bone-based constructs serve as either small set pieces or creatures in their own right. They also all combine, a fun feature within itself, into a mech that has a good amount of poseability and stability. Not to mention, the finished set is quite impressive in size for a $120 set in 2021, and you of course have the added experience of having the “conflict in a box,” typical of most Lego action themes. With that in mind, I believe this set truly maintain a great value for the sheer amount of stuff & playability you get for the price, especially relative to other sets in such price range. 7 BUILDING EXPERIENCE The mech is pretty standard fare, and given the amount of smaller builds in the set, you don’t really have too much in the way of innovative building techniques or complex builds, though that is to be expected from as set of this brand. With that said, the best feature of this build is that it never gets repetitive, as you are constantly changing up what you are putting together. 8.5 FEATURES Okay so for a set like this, I feel the need to clarify how I rank features vs the next section, playability. Features refers to the actual play features that a set contains. In this case, the play features include the ability to combine the elements into the final mech model, the articulation the various components feature, and any other moving parts/gears/technic function that a set includes (which, in this case, is the small removable crypt-box thing for Lady Bone Demon). With that in mind, I rated this category pretty highly, as there is a great deal of play features in this set. Glowing in the dark is also a pretty cool aspect of the set and it works very well. Ultimately, I can’t think of many technic features that would make sense here, though I was surprised that there was a lack of some kind of launcher/shooter mechanism that is so common in action and adventure sets like these, and quite popular with kids. 8 PLAYABILITY Playability, on the other hand, refers to how well a set will actually handle under play conditions. Is it durable? Is it easy to use the play features? Can it float? Things like that. I rated this set above average; the combination gimmick is relatively easy to do (and easy to remember the steps), very minimal disassembly is required. You can move all of the various points of articulation without fear of breaking the limbs off or knocking off other pieces. The set is also stable despite its odd proportions. A few detriments include the Bone Spider’s cauldrons (the bone pieces inside of those will be lost very easily as they have no true way of staying in), and pieces on the ribcage have a tendency to break off while manipulating the figure. The GITD pieces seem to pick up light pretty easily – I’d recommend using a UV light as it charges the pieces up more intensely and instantly, but my studio lighting also charged them up well. They do lose their glow relatively quickly, though. 5 DISPLAYABILITY This one will always be up to your own personal preference. As a completed, combined model the Bone Demon is a pretty cool and striking piece, and paired with the GITD features it could look quite nice on a shelf (plus it has size in its favor as well). I think it would be tough to display all of the individual components of the set though, as many of them are limited in the dynamic poses they could do, and some elements like the Bone Crypt are lackluster in appearance and quite clearly just the torso in some disguise. So, this set gets about half points for me CONCLUSION Overall, this set score about a 77.5% after I reviewed my rankings above, which of course is closer to 80 than it is 70. I think that feels right: this isn’t an absolute all-star set that will blow you away in every regard, but it’s a set that managed to pack a lot of content and playability into one package for a pretty decent playset-based price. It was a fun entrance to the Monkie Kid lineup, and I personally feel that this is enough to be a fun set in it’s own right without requiring any other sets from the theme to enjoy it.
  10. Thank you! Yes, that is definitely one issue I've faced with this one and I've seen some others call that out as well. For myself I will admit it doesn't bother me, I've never minded awkward proportions as Bionicle characters don't necessarily need to follow human proportioning. But with that said - I have a feeling you will much prefer the look of Gali when I reveal her as she has much narrower shoulders. However, due to the design of these shoulder pads, there are definitely some issues, as bringing the shoulders closer in like she will have causes them to collide with the edges of the chest armor when rotating the arms forward It's also worth noting that these shoulder pads do not allow much for outward arm extension, given they cover the top of the socket piece. I'll be doing a more thorough review of some of these commonly used 3D elements when the team is all assembled, but there's some initial thoughts.
  11. Hello everyone, and welcome to the official kickoff of my #VBBNG3 project! For the past few years I have done some minor teases & hints at such a project, and truthfully the project has taken a lot longer to get off the ground than I expected. As a longtime fan of Bionicle, I wanted to do my part in contributing to the community with some kind of project. An important aspect to me with this project is that I wanted to do something that would have some kind of meaningful purpose or impact, no matter how big or small. As such, I decided to embrace the world of 3D printing, which I truly believe is a huge player in the future of Bionicle MOCs (and we have already seen this making an impact in the new canon contests that have been going on.) I wanted to do something that would allow me a chance to showcase the dozens of designers who have been pouring years of work into creating new tools, masks, armor etc for us all to use and enjoy. I wanted to show how these parts look in real life, in different colors, and most importantly, how they all come together to form new and interesting design potential for your figures. With that in mind, I set forth on this project. The idea behind this project is that it will be a mockup of a “Lego set inspired” series of figures, all using a majority printed pieces. This project will encompass four “Years” of sets, each year including two seasons of MOCs. Designers will all be credited along the way. In some cases, I may work with designers on commissions for custom pieces. In other cases, I have worked on my own designs and remixes, all of which will be made available on Thingiverse for you to utilize as you see fit. A story is in development, but expect this to be delayed a bit. One thing is for certain: This project will take time. Time to print pieces. Time to clean them up and make them look decent. Time to playtest them and make sure they function correctly. Time to design new pieces. Time to design the actual MOCs - all of which will be keeping a “Set viable” aspect to them. (I love a complicated MOC as the next person, but I want the pieces to shine, and to show how they would look in a standard set style environment. Plus, complicated MOCs would elongate this project longer than I would like. Such kinds of artistic builds are not the goal of this project.) I'm taking this project 1 season at a time. It's a common issue that people get burned out over long projects, and I will do my best to avoid that. Most likely I will take a break between seasons to pursue other projects, but I believe this is how I will bet manage to keep this going in the long run. Today, I begin Year 1, Season 1: Journey to the Red City. You can see from the graphic how many MOCs are planned for this particular season. They will be revealed over the course of the next few months, as most of these are currently WIPs. I will be commenting and highlighting the pieces used, where to get them, and technical details such as the filament & printing process, troubleshooting, etc. As mentioned, a story is planned to be developed in some capacity, though given my current life schedule this is delayed until a later point in time. This season will consist of 6 Matoran (M) sized sets, 6 Canister (C) sized sets, 1 Titan (T) sized set, and 2 Impulse (I) sets. I have already noted in the graphic above which characters will take up these slots. #WeAreG3 C001 Toa Tahu I debated at first if I even wanted to include the classic Toa in this project as so many people tend to base their projects off them, off that nostalgia. However, in the end, I decided to create them, for two reasons. First, one of my goals with this project is to show people that you can viably create brand new figures that are almost entirely 3D printed and to really push the limits of the system. This gave me a good, approachable starting point to showcase this idea. Second, because of this love for these characters, there’s a ton of fantastic designs out there that people have created, and I felt it would be an injustice not to showcase some of these parts. Next, the design. I know that continuing the “Inika” platform will be a point of contention. Everyone has their own idea of what they want Bionicle to be, and everyone will express their projects differently. For my project, I wanted to get into the headspace of LEGO. To think about some of the limitations they may face, and what “could have been” had G1 gone on. With that in mind, I absolutely think the building system in 2006-2009 would continue forth. It was truly a prototype of the eventual CCBS system, where a more standardized building system was created. They reused parts, but it gave us more recolors of these parts. It allowed for more variety in character builds and created a more uniform scale of characters. I kept the general idea of an Inika build in mind. By 2010+, my thought is that Lego would have been ready to once again invest in creating more limbs, armor plates, etc, and this is where I made my selections for new elements with these figures. Tahu is very much a “basic” character. He features many parts that would be “new” for this wave, and doesn’t do much as far as a unique build or special features goes. It is worth noting that I removed the launcher gimmick that sets would have. From the previous graphic, you can see set I001 is a return to the mask pack idea of the past. I will discuss this more when I reveal the concept, but to be brief I believe it would make sense to return to such a collectible, given the success of blind-bag products now. As we dive into this first MOC, let me be clear that I do not adhere myself 100% to official, established story facts from either G1 or G2. Does Tahu's appearance make sense with what we know he should look like? No, most likely not. But if you desire, you can create it in your own way. I wanted to create my own ideas and to not be limited by the past, I felt it was very important for me to enjoy this process. My main goal with Tahu was this: I wanted to create a figure that I could drop in to my 2006-2009 shelf that would visually make sense with everyone else. I wanted the bright colors of 2001 to shine in this figure. I basically said "no thank you" to 2008 and the designs/colors used, and took a total 180 to the past. It's a new Tahu, it's one that has elements you recognize but also things that are new. At the end of the day, this figure serves the sole purpose of showcasing the pieces that were used in this particular arrangement. This contains a breakdown of the parts, their creators, where you can get them, the materials used, etc. Adaptive Hau by Galva Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3922470 Adaptive Nuva Shoulder Armor by Gavla Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4199046 Adaptive Nuva Chestplate by Gavla Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4190994 Nuva Leg & Shell Armor by M06Z [Remixed by VBBN to be longer, files will be available on Thinigiverse soon] Original files: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4398403 https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4398392 Bionicle sockets/joint connectors: 5L joint by Lmk2332: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4161733 Single joint and 7L joints remixed by VBBN, will be on thingiverse soon Fists & feet: model replications by VBBN, utilizing the socket design from Lmk2332, files will be available on Thingiverse soon Toa Metru Foot by GrimUrsine: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4802948 SID_L05 by KingSidorak: https://kingsidorak.gumroad.com/l/dbuiP Materials used: Hatchbox 1.75mm PLA Black Hatchbox 1.75mm PLA Red eSun 1.75mm PLA Orange Printer: Creality Ender 3 Pro
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    REVIEW | 10294 Titanic

    Section 1 is about 17 inches, section 2 is about 15 inches, and section 3 is about 20.5 inches. (Though bare in mind that when you take the third section off, the internal engines stick out a bit - they add an additional 2.5 inches, so the third section could be a max of 23 inches
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    REVIEW | 10294 Titanic

    Here you go! Hope this is what you needed. Ah gotcha - eh, it's hard to say. On one hand, I would have no issue if Lego used matching interior colors, I enjoy the process of searching through the parts I need and investigating where they need to go. On the other hand, you are pouring out 200+ pieces in every set of numbered bags - I often keep in mind that these LEGO For Adults sets aren't just aimed at AFOLS; they are also aimed at adults who are fans of these things (in this case, ships/shipbuilding/The Titanic), but who may not have much experience building Lego. So I can also see why these crazy interior colors is still used as it can make the building experience easier. Yep that is correct, it's 33.75 inches by my measurement (measuring from the outermost edges of the stands)
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    LEGO 10294 Titanic Discussion

    Sorry, I saw your question on my review thread but have been busy the last few days, I will work on getting photos of the inventory pages tonight
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    Marvel Superheroes 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Super interested to see the buildable Iron Man. I know the going rumor is brick built, but that could very well pave the way for a potential brick-built replacement potential for a future of constraction themed characters. Wishful thinking I’m sure, but definitely looking forward to seeing it