Brinstar

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  • Birthday 11/15/85

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  1. Review: 70413 The Brick Bounty

    I finished building mine today. It's a nice ship and a good introduction to the world of pirates for those who missed the last wave of pirates in 2009. For me there are a few highlights including the stern-castle (which is very nicely done), a built up fore-castle (at least in comparison to Brickbeard's Bounty), a reasonable detailed cabin, and some nice mini-figures (particular from the soldier's side). There are some very curious design choices. I don't like the way the cannons are done and in particular the fact that the flags won't cover the portholes. The fact there appears to be a door missing from the cabin which leaves a gaping hole is also very disappointing. Fundamentally, I don't like the fact that the model is so similar to Brickbeard's Bounty. It smacks of laziness on Lego's part. Thinking back to how different the Black Seas Barracuda and the Skulls Eye Schooner were I think it's a real pity that Lego didn't try and make a more unique and distinctive ship this time around. Overall I'd give it a 6/10.
  2. 2015 LEGO Pirates Rumors and Discussion

    Without wanting to jump on the negative bandwagon, the line looks like a disappointment to me. Its clear these sets are targeted at the lower end of Lego's age bracket. Fair enough, apart from us jaded AFOL's this is the age group that a pirate theme will most appeal to but you can't help but be disappointed with these pictures even in comparison to the 2009 line which struck a nice balance in appealing to its primary target audience of 6-12 year olds while also catering for us older fans. The pirate ship is probably the best of the bunch but it still looks like an inferior Brickbeard's Bounty despite having a larger number of pieces! While its nice to see an enclosed cabin, the cabin itself looks smaller and there isn't much in the way of detail. I really don't see the incentive to buy this ship if you already own Brickbeard's Bounty. The soldier's fort is the biggest disappointment. I thought the use of 'fort' for the 2009 variant was tenuous but this new set makes it look valid. It just feels like a jumble of bricks with endless amounts of open space and no coherent structure. Its great that Lego are bringing back the classic themes likes pirates and castle but I just wish their treatment of the subject matter was a little more sophisticated. The 2013 castle line was a big disappointment and I didn't buy a single set. I've been looking forward to this line since it was announced but my optimism has been crushed.
  3. I'm much more of a Lego castle fan than a LOTR fan. I've only purchased two LOTR sets: 9474 Battle of Helms Deep and 9471 Uruk-Hai Army. I may purchase the Pirate Ship and Unexpected Gathering sets at some point. To answer each of your questions.. 1. The excellent part selection in Helm's Deep was certainly enticing. Despite this it was the model as a whole, rather than the individual parts, that encouraged me to purchase the set. This links with question 4. 2. No. I prefer generic castle figures. It is admittedly nice to have the LOTR characters in mini-figure form but I would not use them with my lego caste sets. 3. Clearly Helms Deep and Uruk-Hair army are great parts packs for MOC'ers as is Attack on Weathertop. An Unexpected Gathering contains some great pieces for forest men MOCs. 4. This was the main reason I bought Helm's Deep and its expansion set. Not only is it a great LOTR set, it is a great castle set. I'd go even further and say it is probably the best castle structure Lego has produced. It can be integrated into the Lego Castle universe with very little modification. Mine serves as the headquarters of my contingent of Kingdoms Dragon Knights, who never got a proper fortress in the official sets.
  4. Review: 6956 Stellar Recon Voyager

    I owned this set as a child and was always quite fond of it. There aren't too many freighters in the space theme and this by far the largest and most impressive. While most space ships seat only one or two, the cockpit is spacious enough to allow four mini-figures as your photo beautifully illustrates. I remember at the time I was taken aback by the number of magnets, it's a shame they don't appear in Lego sets anymore. The large cargo hold is also a particular highlight. While the piece count isn't very high, it always felt like a very substantial model for the price (£24.99 If I remember rightly!) There are certainly aspects that could be improved: I never cared for the buggy and don't like the way it was attached to the front. I also wish that the rear section wasn't quite so open. Overall though a good set and a nice companion to the Mega Core Magnetizer and Particle Ionizer.
  5. Review: 70403 Dragon Mountain

    This is undoubtedly one of the better sets from the new Castle line, yet despite this I'm very lukewarm and unsure whether I will buy it. The major positives are the return of the fantasy era dragon and one of the better Lego catapults I've seen (siege engines were an obvious omission from the Kingdoms line, with the small Dragon Knights catapult in Outpost Raid the main exception). Unfortunately the main part of the set, the Dragon Mountain, is woefully unsubstantial to be the largest fortress of the main adversaries. There are some nice touches, such as the staircase and the interior but overall it's just to small and the comparison with the Kingdoms Prison Tower really shows it up in this regard. I'd like to have seen Lego use the catapult in another set and maybe use the pieces from that to work the tower into something more substantial. A slightly higher price point would have allowed for a bigger and better set.
  6. [MOC] Babylon 5

    Fantastic MOC, a very detailed and faithful Lego rendition of the original model. I haven't seen too many Babylon 5 MOC's which is a shame as it was an excellent TV series. Do you have any more Babylon 5 MOC's planned?
  7. Which modular building should I get next?

    I would also recommend the Fire Brigade. It is the cheapest and best value modular building. It is also likely to be discontinued by the end of the year at the latest. Although not specifically a residential building, the upper floor is basically a living area complete with kitchen, sofa and table tennis table.
  8. My LEGO Town Layout

    A very impressive layout. I particularly like the way you have integrated the Modular Buildings with your own MOC's. The most eye catching part of the display is not the Modular Buidlings (because almost everybody's town display has them) but the office block. A relatively simple design, but incredibly effective. I also commend you for fitting so much into a relatively small space, without making it look overly cluttered.
  9. 2013 Lone Ranger Sets

    I have absolutly no interest in the film whatsoever. Having said that I simply cannot wait for these sets. For me they are some of the most exciting sets that Lego is producing this year. As someone who enjoyed the original Western theme, these are almost the natural sucessor. The Constitution Train Chase, Stagecoach Escape and Colby City Showdown are the standouts for me. I simply cannot wait for them to be released.
  10. What's your latest acquisition?

    Finally picked up a copy of Uruk-Hai Army to attach to my Helms Deep. A nice little army builder and I plan to get at least one more.
  11. Helm's Deep MOC

    Nice job, I particularly like the interior and the keep which is more substantial and faithful than Legos version. I do have slight misgivings about the squareness of the walls at the front. I thought the rounded walls on Lego's official set was one of the most attractive features of that model. I wouldn't have minded seeing a few more pictures of the whole model, although I must commend your action shots and the way you have displayed your MOC, very impressive indeed! Oh and Welcome to Eurobricks!
  12. LOTR & The Hobbit 2013 Set Discussion

    I think the idea that Lego would intentionally focus on 'less important scenes' for this wave is fanciful in the extreme. Considering the reports of modest sales, you would assume that Lego would go all out on designing and releasing sets that would appeal to the broadist audience. Indeed, this is precisely what they have done. The corsair pirate ship is perhaps the most obvious example. They made only a fleeting appearence in Return of the King. From a LOTR fans perspective, there were probably better/ more worthy scenes from the movies to focus on for the largest set of the wave. I would suggest that for Lego, the decision to focus on the corsair ship was likely due to two reasons. Firstly, as a vehicle it adds much needed variety to a theme that is primarily based on locations. Secondly, sailing ships sell!! I can envisage the corsair ship appealing to a demographic beyond just LOTR fans, particularly when there are no other sailing ships or pirate ships on the market at the moment. Whether LOTR will continue beyond this wave is impossible to predict. Personally, I hope it does. I very much enjoyed Helms Deep and I am looking forward to the forthcoming sets. Like plenty of people here, I also think that there are plenty of scenes from the movies that would make great models, hopefully Lego agree.
  13. What's your latest acquisition?

    Finally picked up a copy of Helms Deep. I've wanted its since it was released but finances have dicated that I could not afford it until now. It was worth the wait though. The intricate details and advanced building techniques are the sort that you would usually associate with exclusives such as the MMV or Joust. Its nice to have a castle that doesn't follow the generic four wall pattern either. The best set from the LOTR theme by an absolute country mile.
  14. LEGO Castle 2013

    Agreed. In some ways I think its a shame that Lego were not more original in their approach to the theme. The three larger sets closely resemble the three larger sets from the first wave of the kingdoms theme; a castle, prison tower and outpost. This is mostly likely due to the fact that they know from experience that these kind of sets sell well. Lego took more of a gamble with the second wave of Kingdoms, especially with the mill village raid, a set that was generally well recieved by afols and on websites such as this. Judging by the fact that the line was pulled from the shops after 6 months, I would imagine those sets were not as well recieved by children, who were the main target market. This theme shows Lego reverting to what they know sells well. The fact that we even get a castle theme was a surprise to me. After the introduction of LOTR I feared a long hiatus for castle, similar to what the space theme witnessed after the introduction of Star Wars. The fact that we can enjoy both is a cause for celebration as far as I'm concerned.
  15. LEGO Castle 2013

    People are lining up to condemn these sets but I really like them. It is obvious that Lego is targeting a different, younger, audience with the new castle theme. Anyone expecting the level of detail found in Helms Deep, with all those clever building techniques you usually associate with shop at home exclusives, was always going to be disappointed. I think the new castle is an improvement over 7094 Kings Castle Siege from the fantasy era and probably comparable to 7946 Kings Castle from Kingdoms. I really like the gatehouse and think that overall it looks like a sturdy, well built and attractive castle. Perhaps my biggest disappointment is with the dragon knights. I do wish Lego had used the opportunity to bring back the Wolfpack or Black Falcons as the main adversary. I don't think it would have made the theme any less appealing and it would have been a nice touch for fans of classic castle. Everybody keeps banging on about LOTR. I acknowledge that Helms Deep was an incredible set but most of the line did very little for me. The new wave hardly looks like its going to be particularly inspiring either. I'd take these sets over the truly awful Mines of Moria any day of the week.