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  1. Dear Eurobricks Community, Special thanks to TLG (The LEGO Group) for these amazing design sketches on the LEGO Minifigures Theme otherwise known as the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Theme. This is my all time favourite theme since the dawn of 2010 and it is still going very strong till this age. I am sure all of us are familiar with these characters and from the perspective of inspirational design, largely stemmed by Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design (TLG) as well as the core designers and team including Tara Wike, Alexandre Boudon, Austin Carlson and Chris Bonven. I won't be writing too much and I will leave your thoughts to wander around when you see these awesome design illustration versus the actual product. Without further ado, let's dive into this rare illustrating insight of the world of LEGO design right at your doorstep. On a personal note, I had totally gone nuts after seeing these very original inspirational designs! The original super detailed high resolution images provided by TLG can be found in this Flickr Album. Sketches provided by Alexandre Boudon Sketches provided by Tara Wikie on parts design - Guess which part is it for? Sketches provided by Chris Bonven Sketches provided by Austin Carlson (by the way the top left is a Godzilla or Dragon Suit Guy inspiration?) Sketches provided by Matthew Ashton Pretty much everything else you see came to an actual reality? Guess which is this series from? Scroll down to find out the answer Link to Series 13 review I hope you enjoyed this simple comparison feature as much as I went through the sketches. WhiteFang
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    Thank you. Unfortunately I don’t have the old Queasy Kitty otherwise I will definitely do a quick comparison.
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    Nice! Thanks for pointing it out. I had definitely missed it. Thanks. I had them currently displayed on my studio table now, until I am able to find a much permanent spot in my display cabinet.
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    SDCC Apocalypseburg Unikitty review

    Nice! Thanks for an early preview of the upcoming Unikitty for 2019. This is definitely apoc ready.
  5. Hello everyone, This is my third review from the LEGO SOLO: A Star Wars Story and till now I haven't watch the movie yet. So be rest assured that there are minimum spoilers in this coverage. Earlier ago, I had also reviewed the 75209 Han Solo's Landspeeder and 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder. I aim to share more Star Wars reviews in time to come. Without further ado, let me share the reviewing journey for this new medium sized set. Name: 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes Theme: LEGO System / Licensed / Star Wars / SOLO: A Star Wars Story Year: 2018 Pieces: 355 Minifigs: 3 minifigures Price: USD 29.99, GBP 25.99, EURO 29.99, SGD 59.90 Resources: Brickset, BrickLink, Brick Insights An original box image of the 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes Back view of the original box image of the 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes Recreate the high speed chase scene from the movie itself This new medium-sized LEGO Star Wars set is priced at a premium based on the usual pieces count. In the United States, it is an additional USD$10 premium. These builds belong to a group of marauders known as the Cloud-Riders, led by Enfys Nest in the recent appearance in the movie. I had never seen any of these reference materials before until I had seen the movie trailer earlier. Cloud-Riders are one of the most infamous swoop pirate gangs in the Outer Rim Territories. They use highly illegal modified speed bikes to strike and plunder cargo ships. The content of the sealed box The sealed box come with three numbered mint packs. The two instruction manuals are part of the content. This set also contain a dreaded sticker sheet which I did not apply for my set. After the builds are completed, these are the remaining spare parts. You can view the spare parts for packet 1, packet 2 and packet 3. Tobias Beckett, Weazel and Enfys Nest This set contain a good range of brand new minifigures (from left) Tobias Beckett, Weazel and Enfys Nest. These minifigures are completely unique to this set even though Tobias had made another appearance in his Imperial outfit from the 75211 Imperial TIE Fighter. Becket is originally a Captain under the Imperial Army stationed in Camp Forward in the planet Mimban. Becket in this outfit is more suited as a gunslinger from Glee Anselm. Han Solo looks up to him like a mentor and his parting words is "Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed". It packed quite a powerful quote even though I had not able to relate in the movie. Now we are focusing on the Cloud-Riders. The Cloud-Riders' leader known as Enfys Nest. He hidden behind his chromed visor and no one know his mysterious identity or his origin homeworld, let alone the species origin too. Enfys Nest minifigure design is very accurately design based on the actual movie reference. His choice of weapons are mostly preferred to use melee weapons such as the electroripper staff. He is an incredible opponent and fight his enemies with great ferocity. The martial arts at Nest's command are a broad mix of style that make it very difficult to pinpoint his origin. One interesting factual information to note on his carving on the front of the helmet state the following: "Until we reach the last edge, the last opening, the last star and can go no higher". The next short-legged character is Weazel. He is a loyal and most trusted lieutenant to Enfys Nest. He had previously worked with the Hutt gang and now he's with the Cloud Riders. His unique helmet design is a kalevalan tracker helmet with rangefinder. No one know his identity too. To stay true with the original reference material and TLG's design point, I had removed their helmets and you can see their true facial expressions for yourself. The minifigures' design are very nicely created and you can see back view of the minifigures including Enfys Nest black cape printing. The entire building content for Packet 1The completed built for Packet 1 The entire building content for Packet 2The completed built for Packet 2 The entire building content for Packet 3 The completed built for Packet 3 The Cloud Riders lead by Enfys Nest The completed built of these Cloud Riders' swoop bikes (with side-car) are known as the Modified Caelli-Merced Skyblade 330 and Modified Caelli-Merced Halberd-441 with sidecar. Their distinct colour scheme and flag distinguish themselves from rivarly gangs such as the Dark Star Hellions and the Nova Demons. These swoops bikes may look crude but these were illegally modified to make it an overpowered vehicle and capable of traveling at 600kph which can allow them to conduct successful raids. The Swoop Bike without side car measured at 9cm high, 19cm long and 5cm wide, while the Swoop Bike with side car measured at 5cm high, 21cm long and 9cm wide. It has quite a complex built and is not your regular speeders' design. It's capable of high speed chase and is rather fun to play with to form those play scenes accompanied with stud shooters beneath. You can enjoy viewing more of the up close viewing angles from the front view, side view (L), side view (R) and back view (especially the triple-cluster turbothrust engines with ion-drive booster). Not to forget that it also come with a hidden crate containing coaxium. High speed race bikes We want the coaxium and we will not give into your demands My LEGO Solo A Star Wars story open collection so far There's no way that I am letting you get away To conclude, this is almost coming to an above average LEGO Swoop Bikes. The Swoop Bikes' design are sleek and the minifigures are excellent designs especially for those highly detailed Cloud Riders' members. The price tag is not entirely attractive based on the price count and I don't quite understand why there's a slight premium for this set as compared to similar sets based on this price range/piece count. Despite of the pricing, it is a set which I will consider favourably for these minifigures and the nice speeder bikes' designs for playing and worthy to add into your growing Star Wars play collection. Summary review Playability: 8/10 (Fun to play and re-create the chase scenes with other sets from this series.) Design: 8/10 (Excellent minifigures' design and nice swoop bikes to add into the collection.) Price: 5/10 (Get this set when it is on sales as I find it expensive to pay it at full SRP.) Overall: 7/10 (Get this set for the Cloud Riders and nothing less. Fun way to reminisce and enjoy the movie recollection especially if you enjoy viewing it.) I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours? (Star Wars poll function is still broken and I exclude the poll in this review). I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are strongly welcomed. Pictures can be found in My Flickr.
  6. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 75215 Cloud-Riders Swoop Bikes

    Thanks guys. I am glad you had enjoyed reading this review. I had to admit the Cloud-Riders' minifigures are awesome indeed.
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    Thanks guys for your thoughts. It's interesting to know that there is such a good interest for this series. Thanks! Agreed that it is a better way to get hold of Queasykitty (provided you are willing to pay a slight premium for it). It's impossible for it to search on your own by feeling it. I hope you will have a chance to get it. Thanks! I was just kind of making a mole out of the mountain, but then again I also want to send a strong message that my stance for Unikitty is never and will not consider as a minifigure. Hence, those funny quirky terms to disassociate it. Thanks Oky. I really thought you will get Unikitty. You strike as a fan who are interested in licensed series such as Disney (since you are an avid fan of it). I thought bright colours could interest you greatly. So it was a honest surprise to see you skipping it entirely. I think the lack of accessories is probably those characters cannot actually hold them in their paws. Thanks Clonie. Glad you got a positive encounter on your random picks. Those are truly blind bags purchases without the knowledge of knowing what is what without opening it. I personally reckon that the CMFs HPs minifigures are way more successful than the Unikitty and I am also suspecting that this series is starting to wind down as the weeks go by.
  8. 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City™ Ages 14+. 2,812 pieces US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – DE 349.99€ – UK £299.99 – FR 349.99€ – DK 2999DK *Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing. Visit Bespin’s amazing metropolis in the sky—Cloud City! More hi-res images is available in this album for viewing. Relive a world of unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or add your own fun twists to the story with this LEGO® Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set. The amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from the classic movie. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 minifigures, a garbage processing room with incinerator, and a sensor balcony for epic Luke vs. Vader Lightsaber duels. There’s also a carbon freeze chamber with a function to ‘freeze’ Han in carbonite, an interrogation chamber and prison cell, a secondary landing platform for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car, and so much more. Add an astonishing 18 LEGO minifigures plus 2 droids to the mix, and you have a set that Star Wars and LEGO fans of any age would be proud to add to their collection. • Includes 18 minifigures: Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfits, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, 2 Cloud City Guards, 2 Cloud Car Pilots, Leia and Han in Hoth outfits, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, 2 Stormtroopers and an Ugnaught, plus R2-D2 and an IG-88 droid. • Section 1 features a landing platform with a sliding entrance door and Boba Fett’s Slave I ship with an opening minifigure cockpit, movable wings and space underneath to store the Han in carbonite element. • Section 2 features a dining room with a table, seats for 5 minifigures and a decorative Cloud City micro build; lounge with a transparent sculpture and 2 chairs; garbage processing room with an incinerator, conveyor belt and a deactivated IG-class droid; and a promenade with tree sculpture, mural relief and opening doorways leading to other parts of the model. • Section 3 features a sensor balcony with railing and swing-out function, plus a maintenance cabin with opening round window for epic Lightsaber duels, plus a carbon freeze chamber with lever-activated ‘freeze’ function. • Section 4 features a dark-red corridor leading to the interrogation chamber with a turning interrogation chair, plus a prison cell, hangar with a secret trapdoor and tool & weapon rack, and space for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car with opening minifigure cockpits and 2 stud shooters. • New minifigure details include Leia’s red dress, Han’s Corellian blood stripe, Luke’s dark-tan Dagobah outfit, the Ugnaught’s head decoration and the cloud car pilots. • Weapons include Han’s blaster pistol, Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Luke’s Lightsaber, Vader’s Lightsaber, Boba Fett’s blaster rifle, IG-88’s blaster rifle, 5 blaster pistols and 4 blasters. • Accessory elements include a wrench, handcuffs and Lobot’s cybernetic band. • Stage air-to-air battles between Boba Fett’s Slave I and the Twin-Pod Cloud Car. • Pull the carbon freeze chamber lever to pretend freeze Han in carbonite! • Relive unforgettable scenes from the classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie. • This amazing set is part of the LEGO® Star Wars Master Builder Series. • Cloud City measures over 6” (16cm) high, 22” (58cm) wide and 22” (56cm) deep. • Slave I measures over 4” (11cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide.
  9. 10263 Winter Village Fire Station (available on the 1 October 2018) Ages 12+. 1,166 pieces US $99.99 – CA $129.99 – UK £84.99 – FR 99.99€ – DK 799DK – SG $149.90 *Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing. More hi-res images is available in this album for viewing. Jump aboard the sleigh and head down to the snowy LEGO Creator Expert 10263 Winter Village Fire Station, where the holiday season is in full swing. Outside the holly-adorned building, the firefighters are busy filling the ice rink with water from their shiny fire truck while an ice hockey player looks on, and a street musician plays yuletide carols on his saxophone. Build a cute snowman with a cool top hat and help decorate the Christmas tree. Place the gifts and toys below and climb the fire truck ladder to position the shimmering star on the top. Then head over to the fire station and take the stairs to the cozy kitchen. Switch on the light and enjoy a refreshing beverage in the company of the friendly Dalmatian, before you slide down the fire pole and head back to the square for more festive fun. Fire up your imagination with this delightful LEGO Creator Expert set.
  10. Or Collectable Mini Figurines...
  11. WhiteFang

    What to get on Lego Store overseas

    Some of which I am aware of that's exclusive to the LEGO Brand Stores: London - Leicester Square (Lester polybag and Lester keychain) New York - Rockefeller Centre and Flatiron Building (NYC minifigures and keychains)
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    REVIEW: 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City

    Thanks guys. It's interesting to see how Eurobricks Community are being so divided for this playset from the 'before' and 'after', especially after seeing the details. It's not exactly perfect but as a playset, it fare not too bad. However, as many commented, the price tag is indeed a turn off and expectations for such a SRP would warrant a much higher expectations. It's probably good that is no longer considered as an UCS, otherwise it will draw more negatively to it.
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    Yes, I remembered you are one of them. I am glad you enjoyed it. If there's more Unikitty Series in the future, I hope there are more different unique characters than just revolved around Unikitty and Puppycorn. I didn't know or think it will be called Unikitty Collectable Series 1. I think you could be right. I got a strong hunch it will follow down or influence the path based on the upcoming LEGO Movie 2. Noted on your opinion on the 'Buildable Animal Series' which I had coined. To be honest, I am not too agreeable with it as well, but I find it hard to disassociate and to find a suitable definition not related to Minifigures. Because it is clearly not a minifigure and I am not exactly used to this terminology of blind bags concept. It just doesn't fit well. I used animal to generally define kitten and puppy. However, if it ever expand beyond this scope, then it will not be suitable. I do think it will be good to include 'collectable' somewhere along the line. Likewise, I think there are great unexplored potential for this building series. Unikitty Collectable Series (UCS). No, it is not worth to buy a box unless you have grand plans to use all of the parts in large quantities. Otherwise,I will encourage to find some of your friends to share with you. I don't think you will need 5 sets from a box. It's just too hard to digest. Typical CMFs quantum is just 3 complete sets on average. So, yes it is also hard for me to just buy a box but that's the damn surest way to know what you are buying. Thanks Holodoc. Glad you enjoyed reading it. There's absolute no way to know what is what unless you have a pair of X-Ray eyes. On a serious note, these are not cheap and if there's no one to share with you with a box, it will be a very costly purchase. On a sidenote, you will be very sure that it will not be molested in the wild, plus the fact none of these designs are rare! All are equally reachable.
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    New York

    Topic locked. Please create a topic with content instead of two to three words. Thanks. WhiteFang
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    New York

    I have merged your new topic into this topic. You have up to 12 hours to decide the quality of this topic before it will be locked. Thanks. WhiteFang
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    New York

    Dear jaden, Welcome to Eurobricks. A simple one-liner doesn't really help to add any quantity of why you want to build New York. In this instance, I suggest you improving the first post or I will lock your topic in the next 24 hours. Thank you. WhiteFang
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    Thanks. I wish I had included it but I realised I don't have these characters opened. Unfortunately, these are still in the mint boxes at storage.
  18. I have added a poll and my differing opinion can be found here. My stance is NO.
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    It is very straightforward and it will be very time consuming to assemble something which shows the answer as it is. Like you mentioned, I am also wondering how much real interest are there in this series despite 3 months of its release and I think it will probably discontinue soon, given the pattern and short shelf life for blind bags similar to CMFs. Glad I had made your day!
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    [Review] 40358: Bean There, Donut That

    Thanks Josh. Your review had reaffirm my commitment to source for this exclusive set. I am pretty fond of the assortment.
  21. Ever wanted to find out or read about the blind bags concept of Unikitty Series 1. Our Eurobricks Global Moderator and Reviewers Academy Teacher, WhiteFang has done a review of the new 41775 Unikitty Series 1. What do you think of this new blind bag series which are purely brick built? For my own opinion, Unikitty is not a minifigure by my definition and this Series 1 is not to be confused with LEGO CMFs. Do you share the same sentiments or simply a differing one? Click here to view the 41775 Unikitty Series 1 review in the Eurobricks LEGO Special Themes forum.
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    REVIEW: 41775 Unikitty Series 1

    Dear Eurobricks Community, I am very pleased to share my comprehensive review of the recent 41775 Unikitty Series 1. I am aware there are some members who had requested me to review it. Thanks to TLG for giving me this opportunity for making this possible. This is slightly different from the way I had usually do for CMFs. I do not classify it as a minifigure no matter what TLG had placed on the website. Without further ado, please take a look at this reviewing feature and let me know of your thoughts. Thank you. WhiteFang
  23. Our Eurobricks Star Wars Regulator, MKJoshA has managed to acquire and reviewed the new LEGO US Target Exclusive of 40358 Bean There Donut That. What do you think of this new LEGO US Target Exclusive? Do you think it will also be available elsewhere too? Click here to view the 40358 Bean There Donut That review in the Eurobricks LEGO Town Theme forum.
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    Eurobricks Frontpage Images

    For storing of Eurobricks Frontpage Images.