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  1. Hello everyone, I noticed many of our new and regular members have some parts or sets identification issues? Example, like where is this part comes from? I bought this lot from the garage sales but I don't know where these parts come from? So, come on and drop all of your questions in here and our helpful Eurobricks Community will be able to answer those questions for you. Thanks. WhiteFang
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    [REVIEW] 76388 Hogsmeade Village Visit

    Thanks Clonie for the awesome review. I am looking forward to pick up the upcoming wave of Harry Potter sets which will be added into my display. The adult minifigures are excited bunch of new designs. i am very much fond of the building design and they really complement very well in the layout. I had always find proper building to be much useful than some random play scene in particular where we are more focused on minifigures instead of the built. This set is definitely highly anticipated on my wishlist amongst the Harry Potter sets.
  3. Hello everyone, It has been quite sometimes since I last did a LEGO CMFs review for Eurobricks. With this set in my hand, I am very glad to be back on the reviewing scene with this exciting refreshing opportunity to share with our Eurobricks Community. Thanks to our EB Ambassador, Jim for facilitating this reviewing opportunity for Eurobricks. Special thanks and mention to The LEGO Group (TLG) and my wife (Belun) for the support on this reviewing endeavor. Without further ado, I am very pleased to present my latest simple review on this brand new licensed LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1 which will be available worldwide in May 2021 (estimated). This will also be my 32nd LEGO pictorial reviews for the coverage of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series / LEGO Minifigures Theme. Name: 71030 LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1 Theme: LEGO System / Collectable Minifigures / Looney Tunes Year: 2021 Minifigs: 12 unique minifigures Price for 1 box: USD N.A, GBP N.A EURO N.A, SGD $234.00Price for 1 packet: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD $6.50 Resources: Brickset, BrickLink, Brick Insights An image of an 71030 LEGO Looney Tunes Series 1 The LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1 main colour schema is based on white background with wacky expressions around it. I am surprised that they didn't use bright orange instead, which is a typical choice for Looney Tunes branding. [Reference 1] [Reference 2] [Reference 3] [Reference 4] What could possibly lurk within these mysterious sealed packets? The most wacky bunch of looney characters has finally descended onto LEGO universe This is the first time for me to review a box of LEGO Collectible Minifigures with 36 minifigures. This new trend started with the recent LEGO CMFs release of Series 21 in January 2021. With this approach, it helps buyers to spend less at the expense of less newer designs from the usual 16 to a new 12 minifigures. However, the biggest advantage is that you are able to form full three sets per sealed box. Before I officially dive into the review, I would like to point out for my sealed box which I have received from TLG. It saddens me greatly that I am unable to present a minimum full set of 12. I did not receive any minifigure of Wile E. Coyote and I got three extras of another character which you will see shortly. I am not exactly sure how prevalent this is but I would like to get this out of the way before I touch on the various parts of this new LEGO CMFs series. Therefore, I will also not mention in greater details for this particular missing minifigure too. To see my childhood cartoon characters appearing in LEGO minifigure design, it is simply incredible and magical. Looney Tunes was developed by Warner Brothers in the early 1930s and I had watched most of the episodes in the early 1980s where it showed me most of the crazy and wacky side of cartoon character which defy all odds of gravity and physics. This is a complete opposite from the regular Disney cartoon characters. Every cartoon character has a special unique personality in it and LEGO was able to accurately create them into minifigures standard with specialised head mold and parts. This is also a very timely release to match with the upcoming the new blockbuster movie - Space Jam 2 (A new legacy) which will be released somewhere in July 2021. Please be informed that a portion of the characters' references are linked to looneytunes.wikia.com for additional background information on the named characters for better appreciation. DISCLAIMER: Please note the naming for all 12 minifigures that I have use in this review are likely to be official TLG minifigures naming for the LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1. General Statistics for 71030 LEGO Looney Tunes Series 1 Below is the combination which I have received from my box and I am sad to inform that I am unable to form any complete sets with 3 specific remaining spare characters. 3 Lola Bunny (s) 3 Bugs Bunny (s) 0 Wile E. Coyote (s) 6 Road Runner (s) 3 Twetty (s) 3 Sylvester the Cat (s) 3 Daffy Duck (s) 3 Speedy Gonzales (s) 3 Tasmanian Devil (s) 3 Marvin the Martian (s) 3 Petunia Pig (s) 3 Porky Pig (s) Front view of the LEGO Looney Tunes Series 1 promotional poster Back view of the LEGO Looney Tunes Series 1 promotional poster Each minifigure contained in this sealed packet. You can view more of the details at the back of the sealed packet. After you have opened all of the packet content, you will receive these spare and loose parts. As you flip to the back of the promotional poster, you will notice a set of simple instructions to guide those who are not familiar with the fixing of minifigures' accessories built and cape placement. These are some basic instructions to guide our very young builders who may not be familiar with these building parts. 1) Lola Bunny Without further ado, let's bring out the first licensed minifigure design in this series. Lola Bunny was first appeared in the 1996 Space Jam Movie which feature most of the Looney Tunes characters and she was eventually became Bugs Bunny's girlfriend at the end of the movie. She is excellent in playing basketball and is one of the strikers in Tune Squad. We had seen other LEGO bunny characters before and this is definitely a very nice representation of a licensed bunny design which is very accurate with the original character design reference. One more thing, don't ever call her "doll". Parts assortment The parts assortment are average. The printing on the minifigure overall sports attire is very detailed with all of the all rounded printing. I am a little disappointed that the designer did not include a proper basketball accessory and instead we receive a round orange orb which can be held on the hand. I am particularly fond of her ponytail at the back of her head. the You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Meet my new friends Can I have this bunny instead? 2) Bugs Bunny If you have ever watched Looney Tunes before, then you can never forget the witty Bugs Bunny in the show. He is the one of the main characters in the cartoon and the key mascot as well. He is known for his relaxed, passive personality, mischievous trickster and his catchphrase "Eh, what's up, doc?" usually said, while chewing a carrot. It is a pity that his other sworn counterparts such as Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd are not included in this series. I would love to create funny chase scenes with any of the pranks that Bugs Bunny plan to pull off. Parts assortment The parts assortment are average with the inclusion of a common carrot. The overall design of Bugs Bunny attire can also be used to create other LEGO bunny variants for other costumed effects to pair with. Even though there is no bunnyt tail at the back, but I do not mind since it has a printed tail at the back of the torso. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Looney Couple Eh... What's up, doc? 3) Wile E. Coyote (unavailable in this review) - post-review note: added on 16 April 2021, after TLG has sent this minifigure to me I am very pleased that LEGO CEE has provided us the missing minifigure and I have taken these simple set of photos without my elaborate setup. Hence, this minifigure is a little bit short of the images but I do hope it will provide you with a complete insight on the entire series. I reckon and believe the boxes which the community receive is an isolated batch error, but I am unable to really confirm this at this point. I am very pleased with the overall accuracy of Wile E. Coyote mold especially the design of the head. He is part of the duo which feature Road Runner as he is always up to his cunning schemes to capture and outwit Road Runner with his devious tactics which will lead to its ultimate feast. Parts assortment The parts are pretty average. The brick built anvil is a nice touch as most of his traps are associated with that. I did wish we can see an ACME explosive instead. That will be much better. It also include a tail at the back. You can view more of the details from the side view and back view respectively. Parts assortment 4) Road Runner The next minifigure is Road Runner after we skip the missing Wile E. Coyote. I am very excited to see Road Runner and this is my favourite character in this series. Road Runner is known for his intelligent counter-offensive actions against his nemesis - Wile E. Coyote. He is famous for his signature phase "Beep Beep" and he is fast like the speed of light. Most of his scenes are filmed in the desert and one such particular moment which must include the laws of cartoon physics. For example, the Road Runner has the ability to enter the painted image of a cave, while the Wile E. Coyote can't. I am truly surprised of how they are able to create this character and at the same time maintaining as a minifigure scale. Parts assortment The parts assortment are above average and the snack are made up of common parts. The new parts included his head and tail feather to accompany with his featured hands and molded head. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Birds of a feather Beep Beep 5) Tweety The next minifigure is also an iconic character - Tweety, which is a yellow canary that has a somewhat large head. Tweety appears to be an innocent, sweet and extremely gentle little bird. Don't be fooled by that or you probably end up a much dreadful fate like Sylvester the Cat. His catchphrase is "I think I saw a kitten." Granny is overprotective of Tweety and keeps Sylvester away. Parts assortment The parts assortment are average. The built of the mallet is quite impressive with the available parts. It packs a punch and somehow shows Tweety's wraith. The overall design is very accurate with her short legs and non-featured body. Some of us do expect Tweety to be much petite and the use of the short legs which used to maintain minifigure scale is a good outcome. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Bonus character in Mario Course Beware of the mighty mallet 6) Sylvester the Cat The next minifigure is Sylvester the Cat and is the arch enemy of Tweety. Sometimes, he also goes after Speedy Gonzales as well. He shows a lot of pride in his devious activities and many a times, it ended up as a complete failure despite of his never-said-die attitude. The overall design is just so fantastic and I can't wait to put him together with Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny for some hilarious pranks. Parts assortment The parts assortment are average. It include a common baseball bat. The overall minifigure design is suitable to create other feline costumed character as well. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Who shall prevail? Shall we run now? Star Tunes 7) Daffy Duck Seeing Daffy Duck in this selection simply made me felt elated. Just like how I felt about Road Runner, this is just a classic iconic Looney Tunes character which is paired up with Bugs Bunny for the many hilarious stints. Like the "Rabbit Season" signage which Daffy Duck is holding to alert all hunters in that vicinity to hunt for rabbits aka Bugs Bunny. To deter that issue, Bugs Bunny will often divert the attention to "Duck Season". This is a good childhood memory to remise about. Parts assortment The parts assortment are above average. The duck tail is now in a black variant while the 2x2 printed tile featuring the "Rabbit Season" is the key accessory highlight. The overall built is simple and yet accurate, which depict Daffy Duck original design. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. This is the rabbit season Don't chase after me 8) Speedy Gonzales Ándele! ¡Ándele! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!", that was Speedy Gonzales signature phase. When you translate from Spanish, it meant Go on!, Go on!, Up, Up!". Speedy Gonzales is the Fastest Mouse in All of Mexico". He usually wears an oversized yellow sombrero, white shirt and trousers. He has a soft spot for cheese and you can't hide the presence from him. Parts assortment The parts assortment are above average. I love the new printed cheese slope and it is very useful in MOCs. The tail is a new part which I had not recalled seeing it before. If I can wish for one more accessory, perhaps a plate to hold the cheese will be ideal. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Festive Cheers Give us your cheese 9) Tasmanian Devil The next minifigure is the infamous Tasmanian Devil who leave a trail of destruction whenever he goes. His ravenous appetite is Tasmanian Devil's main characteristic. He will devours everything in sight, including boulders, trees, shrubs, and hills, all the while whirling about like a miniature cyclone in smooth clockwork. Parts assortment The parts assortment are above average. I like the pie and drumstick as the food. The main focus is the new printed circular spinner to simulate the spinning. I have tried the spinning and it does not perform a perfect spin as you could like it to be. Nonetheless, it is a good representation. There are no significant printing on the parts except the toes. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Battle of the Spinners No trolls can pin me down 10) Marvin the Martian It warms my heart to see a Looney Tunes villain appearing in this selection. Marvin the Martian is what you could imagine a Martian looks like. Well, no one had ever seen a Martian in real life too. Despite his destructive tendency to destroy Earth, he is a funny comedic character. At times, he shows an interest in studying Earth rather than destroying it. Marvin is the quietest, calmest and politest among the Looney Tunes villains. Parts assortment The parts assortment are above average. It come with a new skirt piece and a lime green ray gun. I am particularly fond of the exaggerated pair of eyes which resemble accurately of Marvin the Martian. The helmet design is also spot-on with great accuracy with Spartan culture all over it. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Come with me You are under our custody 11) Petunia Pig I am actually surprised to see Petunia Pig in this series. She is the only character which I have vague memory of, other than she is Porky Pig's girlfriend. I had looked at her original cartoon design and the outfit matched completely with her dress and braided black hair. I have very little recollection of her and this is probably my most least favourite character to me. To me, it was not as impactful as compared to Lola Bunny's first appearance. I suspect her inclusion is to increase the number of female minifigures in this series. Parts assortment The parts assortment are slightly above average. The tea pot and cups accessories are welcomed and the new bright red skirt is also a nice touch. The overall printing on the attire are also very good. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Join me for a cup of tea We will find a good partner for you 12) Porky Pig The last character in this series is Porky Pig and he is a real cutie. He is known for his signature line at the end of each short, "Th-Th-Th-That's All Folks!" and it is so nice to see a 2x4 printed tile with the iconic sign-off at the end of each Looney Tunes cartoon episode. The overall design is very well made and accurate with the original reference. Parts assortment The parts assortment are slightly above average. It include parts to form the holder of the banner. The main highlight could be the 2x4 printed tile with the iconic font of "That's all Folks!". The overall minifigure attire is also well printed. You can view more of the details from the all rounded view inclusive of front, side and back view. Lovely couple Visiting the Pig Shrine The LEGO Looney Tunes Series 1 will be launching on the 1st May 2021, est (worldwide) To conclude, the LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1 is an excellent specialised batch of minifigures which are very accurate to the original character reference. In fact, I did not find any glaring faults on any of the designs. All of the head molds are very sturdy and well made. The printing are very accurate and detailed. Every character in this series is an instant spot-on and anyone who is familiar with Looney Tunes are bound to praise the well designed minifigures through this sheer refreshing combination. Despite of the lack of new parts in the series, it is understandable that most of the costing would have gone to these specialised new parts. We did get two new printed plates and a new printed cheese slope. Overall, this is a damn fine series and I am looking forward to see what the rest of you could do. Of course, if you count my disappointment for the lack of Wile E. Coyote, it will not be a happy ending for sure. Please note that all opinions and content shown in this Eurobricks pictorial review is from 'WhiteFang' and is not meant to represent LEGO official views. It is purely stated to share as a vantage point of a reviewer. Summary review Playability: 10/10 (New licensed characters' designs from the Looney Tunes universe that can be integrated across many LEGO settings for more wacky fun.)Design: 10/10 (Outstanding designs with superb detailed molds to represent accurate depiction of the characters.) Price: 4/10 (Pricing does not look too friendly and I hope the price will not increase further in order to recover cost. Distribution is very unstable and I am sure there are some risks involved as well.)Overall: 8/10 (Ready yourself for this new craze. Looney Tune fans will surely be looking forward to them.) I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours? I hope everyone of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are welcomed. Pictures can be found in My Flickr. If you are interested to read the past LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series reviews, you may find the following links below! 8683: Collectable Minifigures Series 1 8684: Collectable Minifigures Series 2 8803: Collectable Minifigures Series 3 8804: Collectable Minifigures Series 4 8805: Collectable Minifigures Series 5 8827: Collectable Minifigures Series 6 8831: Collectable Minifigures Series 7 8833: Collectable Minifigures Series 8 71000: Collectable Minifigures Series 9 71001: Collectable Minifigures Series 10 71002: Collectable Minifigures Series 11 71004: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Movie Series 71005: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Simpsons Series 71007: Collectable Minifigures Series 12 71008: Collectable Minifigures Series 13 71009: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Simpsons Series 2 71010: Collectable Minifigures Series 14 71011: Collectable Minifigures Series 15 71012: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Disney Series 71013: Collectable Minifigures Series 16 71014: Collectable Minifigures - DFB Football Series 2016 71017: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Batman Movie Series 71018: Collectable Minifigures Series 17 71019: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Ninjago Movie Series 71020: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 71021: Collectable Minifigures Series 18 71022: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Series 1 71023: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Movie 2 Series 71024: Collectable Minifigures - The LEGO Disney Series 2 71025: Collectable Minifigures Series 19 71028: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Harry Potter Series 2 41775: Unikitty Series 1
  4. Hello everyone, This special review is long overdue and I thought is best to get my act together. I would like to share my unexpected review which was supposed to release in June 2016. Special thanks to Eurobricks Fellow, Holodoc for helping on my behalf to acquire a mint box of limited regional edition of the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) Football Series from Germany retail shop. This is more of a bonus reviewing feature, which I would like to complete as part of my LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series / LEGO Minifigures Theme. Till this date, I have completed 21 exhaustive LEGO Pictorial reviews including this current review, solely for the coverage of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series / LEGO Minifigures Theme throughout the past six years. I am so glad that I am able to deliver this traditional review. I truly hope this review will still be applicable and relevant for all to take reference. I hope I did not disappoint anyone in this review, if so, I offer my humble apologies and I really hope I can continue to meet your expectations for this coverage. This is meant to be a simplistic review and serve to feature the football excitement in LEGO context. Name: 71014 LEGO Minifigures - Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) Football Series Theme: LEGO System / Collectable Minifigures / Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) Football Series Year: 2016 Minifigs: 16 unique minifigures Price for 1 box: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD N.A Price for 1 packet: USD N.A, GBP N.A, EURO N.A, SGD N.A Resources: Brickset, BrickLink An image of an 71014 LEGO Minifigures - DFB Team The Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) Football Series main design schema revolve around a soccer pitch. This is a special licensed product which affix a hologram sticker - official fan products to reflect the authenticity of this product. [Reference 1] [Reference 2] [Reference 3] [Reference 4] What could possibly lurk within these mysterious sealed packets? The most incredible sports line-up featured in an actual real-life football national team The Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB) Football Series is slated for special regional exclusive release in Germany starting from 1st June 2016 for a very limited period, like for one or two month before it is officially discontinued. This limited edition of the DFB Football Series was specially designed to commemorate for the celebration of UEFA Euro in June 2016 where France is the host country. The feature players were from Germany National Football team and most of them are represented to play for the actual games. As I am not a huge soccer fan, I will be relying heavily on the Internet to obtain my information. I am very excited about this series as this is an opportunity to amass unique special licensed flesh skin tone minifigures which are very useful for customisation and integration. From what I understand, these are very hard-to-come by especially mint sealed boxes and sales distribution are not widely available. Eventually we are trying having to avoid paying ridiculous secondary market price for them. I also noticed that TLG had done these special one-off regional exclusive minifigure series at every four years since the last one was in 2012 for the LEGO Team GB where UK is hosting the Olympic Games. IMPORTANT: Please note that the naming for all 16 minifigures that I have use for this review are official TLG minifigures naming for the LEGO Minifigures - DFB Series 2016. Front view comparison with LEGO Minifigures - DFB Series and together with all available LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 1 to 15, LEGO Movie, Simpsons 1 & 2, Disney Series 1 and LEGO Team GB packets I have placed all 21 different minifigures packets including the LEGO Team GB packet. From the above display image, you can see an impressive transformation of LEGO CMFs Series 1 to the recent LEGO Disney Series 1, and now to this DFB Series 2016. Well, I left out Series 16 packet but to avoid confusion, this image is taken before the emerge of Series 16. These are the special exclusive series which can be found in specific countries like UK in 2012 and Germany in 2016. Take a closer look at the following images. This is the front view of the LEGO DFB Series packet, while this shows the back view of it. This is an image that shows the back view comparison for all of these packets. If you are intending to collect these hard-to-find minifigures through the touch and feel method, I could not advise you doing so. This method will not work well since the only easiest minifigure to identify could be Coach Joachim Löw since he is the only minifigure without a football in it. It is practically impossible and is best to just buy the whole series through opened packets or a mint box. Front view of the LEGO DFB Series promotional poster These are the DFB football players and their jersey numbering, where applicable. The minifigures' white baseplates are also uniquely designed and printed which featured the four-times World Cup Champion (4-stars denotation). The jersey for the player uniform are standard with the inclusion of their sponsor 'Adidas' and the DFB logo. Every players have a football issued to them and this is what happened when you consolidate the baseplates and footballs altogether. Before the introduction of individual players, these are the whole squad line-up from the side view and back view. You can take a closer look at the amazing detailed two-tone printing at their arms and legs (shorts) from here and over here. Based on the line-up, these are the possible strikers, possible midfielders and possible defenders. Not to forget, the Coach and Goalkeeper. Back view of the LEGO DFB Series promotional poster As you flip to the back of the promotional poster, you will notice a set of simple instructions to promote a bucket of LEGO classic bricks to construct a block looking goal post from 10696 Medium Creative Brick Box. 1) National Football Coach - Joachim Löw Without further ado, let's bring out the first DFB minifigure and is none other than Coach Joachim Löw. He is a German football coach, and former player. He is currently the head coach of the German national team, which he led to victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The parts assortment are pretty decent, especially with the inclusion of the 2x2 printed strategy formation board/tile. As of now, this hairpiece is available in black, dark brown and tan. It is notable that this relatively new black hairpiece is used in Spooky Boy. There is no back printing but you can take a look at the minifigure detail from the back view. 2) Goalkeeper - Presenting Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer is a German professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He is a goalkeeper and serves as vice-captain for Bayern Munich. As of now, this hairpiece is very common and available in numerous colours in past set releases and for the dark tan hairpiece, it is seen in a notable character from the LEGO City Police namely Chase McCain. The parts assortment are standard issued. The goalkeeper is the only one with black jersey. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 3) No. 17 - Presenting Jérôme Boateng Jérôme Boateng is a German footballer who currently plays as a defender for German club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre-back even though he is a capable full-back on either side. As of now, this coil hairpiece is uncommon and is only available in black. These licensed characters such as Winston Zeddemore, Falcon, Finn and Karl Mondo are the current minifigures which are using this hairpiece. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 4) No. 5 - Presenting Mats Hummels Mats Hummels is a German footballer who currently plays as a central defender for German club Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. As of now, this spiked hairpiece is a little uncommon and appeared in numerous colours. Black is the common colour for this spiked hairpiece. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 5) No. 4 - Presenting Benedikt Höwedes Benedikt Höwedes is a German footballer and Captain of FC Schalke 04. He is a defender for the Germany national football team winning the World Cup with them in 2014. As of now, this spiked hairpiece is a little uncommon but this is the first time, we are seeing this in medium dark flesh and exclusively made for Benedikt Höwedes. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 6) No. 2 - Presenting Shkodran Mustafi Shkodran Mustafi is a is a German professional footballer who plays as a central defender for English club Arsenal and the Germany national team. As of now, this combed side-way hairpiece is generally uncommon and is commonly available in black. This is the first time, we are seeing this in reddish brown and exclusively made for Shkodran Mustafi. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 7) No. 7 - Presenting Bastian Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United. He played for the German national team from 2004 to 2016. He is Germany's fourth most-capped player of all time, having earned 121 caps and scored 24 goals, in a 12 year international career starting in 2004. He was selected in their squads for four European Championships and three World Cups, including their victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Following Philipp Lahm's international retirement on 2 September 2014, Schweinsteiger was named captain of the national team. He retired from the national team on 31 August 2016. This is the first time, we are seeing this combed side-way hairpiece in tan which is exclusively made for Bastian Schweinsteiger. The parts assortment are standard issued. As he was the Captain back then, his armband was printed the national flag of Germany. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 8) No. 8 - Presenting Mesut Özil Mesut Özil is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. Özil has been a youth national team member since 2006, and a member of the German national team since 2009. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament's best player. As of now, this tousled hairpiece is very uncommon and is quite commonly available in black. The notable licensed characters are from Superman, Poe Dameron and Kraven the Hunter. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 9) No. 13 - Presenting Thomas Müller Thomas Müller is a German professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles – as an attacking midfielder, second striker, centre forward and on either wing. As of now, this dark tan spiked hairpiece has also made an appearance in the Hiker. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 10) No. 18 - Presenting Toni Kroos Toni Kroos is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Germany national team. As of now, this hairpiece is only seen in all Emmet minifigures in reddish brown. This is the first time we seen this hairpiece design in medium dark flesh which is exclusive to Toni Kroos. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 11) No. 6 - Presenting Sami Khedira Sami Khedira is a German footballer who plays for Juventus and the German national team as a central midfielder. As of now, this combed front to rear hairpiece is somehow common and is largely commonly available in black. This hairpiece design is commonly used in licensed and non-licensed themes. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 12) No. 9 - Presenting André Schürrle André Schürrle is a German professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team. This is the first time, we are seeing this tousled hairpiece in tan and it also made an appearance as Kevin Beckman. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 13) No. 21 - Presenting Marco Reus Marco Reus is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder, winger or striker for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team.This is the first time, we are seeing this combed side-way hairpiece in medium dark flesh which is exclusively made for Marco Reus. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 14) No. 20 - Presenting Christoph Kramer Christoph Kramer is a German professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Borussia Mönchengladbach and the German national team. This is the first time, we are seeing this tousled hairpiece in medium dark flesh and it also made an appearance as Captain America. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 15) No. 19 - Presenting Mario Götze Mario Götze is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team. Although his favoured position is that of a playmaker, he can also be deployed as a striker or winger. This is the first time, we are seeing this tousled hairpiece in reddish brown and exclusively made for Mario Götze. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. 16) No. 23 - Presenting Max Kruse Max Kruse is a German footballer who plays as a forward for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. This is the first time, we are seeing this tousled hairpiece in dark tan and exclusively made for Max Kruse. The parts assortment are standard issued. There is back printing with its numbering and name from the back view. Strategic Formation German football line-up Let's secure this win... Shall we have a friendly match? Welcome to LEGO Town Football Showdown Join the Dark Side In need of new team members? General statistics for 71014 LEGO Minifigures - DFB Series Below is the combination which I have received from my box, 3 Joachim Löw(s) 3 Manuel Neuer(s) 3 Jérôme Boateng(s) 3 Mats Hummels(s) 3 Benedikt Höwedes(s) 4 Shkodran Mustafi(s) 4 Bastian Schweinsteiger(s) 4 Mesut Özil(s) 4 Thomas Müller(s) 5 Toni Kroos(s) 5 Sami Khedira(s) 5 André Schürrle(s) 4 Marco Reus(s) 3 Christoph Kramer(s) 4 Mario Götze(s) 3 Max Kruse(s) Based on the above distribution, I have managed to achieve only three full complete sets of 16 one-of-a kind minifigures each. It means I will have 12 spares left. Read below to find out what are the remaining spares I have. My remaining spares 0 Joachim Löw(s) 0 Manuel Neuer(s) 0 Jérôme Boateng(s) 0 Mats Hummels(s) 0 Benedikt Höwedes(s) 1 Shkodran Mustafi(s) 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger(s) 1 Mesut Özil(s) 1 Thomas Müller(s) 2 Toni Kroos(s) 2 Sami Khedira(s) 2 André Schürrle(s) 1 Marco Reus(s) 0 Christoph Kramer(s) 1 Mario Götze(s) 0 Max Kruse(s) Data Analysis As this series is a special limited release, I won't be going through a detailed analysis since it is only available in Germany. However, I am pleased that a mint box come with three complete sets and it does appear the Coach and Goalkeeper are allocated to 3, whereas the players are distributed among the remaining 3, 4 and 5 denomotion. I got no idea on how TLG could configure the distribution ratio based on the given designs. Either way, I am happy with this distribution ratio as it does not really matters to me since the probability to find them in the wild by going through the touch and feel method is almost mission impossible. If you can afford it, simply just grab a mint box or a complete series at a reasonable resale price, when possible. The LEGO Minifigures - DFB Series is released for a very short period in Germany (May to June 2016) To conclude, I am very honoured and lucky to be able to own a whole mint box and open it at my leisure for this review. Of course, this cannot be possible if Holodoc didn't go all out to help me with the purchase. This is very hard to come by and is only available in Germany and since this is a promotional efforts by TLG to market the UEFA Euro Cup 2016, this entire series is a huge licensed fan product. Everyone seems to rush to buy them by the boxes. For myself, I see this whole series in great excitement and anticipation. I could use these minifigures and break the hairpieces and head pieces and sort them accordingly. I kept them in bins, where I can modify and customise my other flesh licensed minifigures like Star Wars, Superheroes and Jurassic World. It is very fun to play around with those parts. Even though this is not considered as the regular mainstream release under the LEGO Minifigures Theme. This special release will always be unique of its own commanding class. Who knows, perhaps one day, we may see a real opposing team against the Germany Football National Squad of 2016. Time will tell and we shall see. Please note that the The LEGO Minifigures - DFB Series do not contain the placement of LEGO spare parts/accessories. This was practiced since the start of LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series 3. Summary review Playability: 8/10 (Fun interactive full football team formation, and all of them are real-life characters.) Design: 9/10 (Excellent outstanding designs and most of it are very similar to their real-life appearances) Price: 6/10 (Due to their sole availability in Germany, you need to factor additional courier charges on top of the SRP.) Overall: 8/10 (If you are a huge fan of LEGO Minifigures and Football, then don't hesitate and source for it before it become too expensive in the future.) I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours? I hope everyone of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are welcomed. Pictures can be found in My Flickr. If you are interested to read the past LEGO Collectable Minifigures Series reviews, you may find the following links below! 8683: Collectable Minifigures Series 1 8684: Collectable Minifigures Series 2 8803: Collectable Minifigures Series 3 8804: Collectable Minifigures Series 4 8805: Collectable Minifigures Series 5 8827: Collectable Minifigures Series 6 8831: Collectable Minifigures Series 7 8833: Collectable Minifigures Series 8 71000: Collectable Minifigures Series 9 71001: Collectable Minifigures Series 10 71002: Collectable Minifigures Series 11 71004: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Movie Series 71005: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Simpsons Series 71007: Collectable Minifigures Series 12 71008: Collectable Minifigures Series 13 71009: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Simpsons Series 2 71010: Collectable Minifigures Series 14 71011: Collectable Minifigures Series 15 71012: Collectable Minifigures The LEGO Disney Series 1 71013: Collectable Minifigures Series 16
  5. I do not recall anyone able to identify the content of each player in a sealed package. It is almost near impossible - unless you are equipped with see-through visors. Even with weigh, the content in there are very similar. Except Coach Joachim, the rest is not possible to sort via sealed packet. You just got to open them. Unless someone might know another way, but I am very confident that is the only way.
  6. Thanks Hive. Aww, other than cheese slope? There are some great printed parts but even though not quite a lot of them. Thanks for the update. I hope the Road Runner is not going to be missing in some of the boxes. We just have to await for more of the other distribution reports. Ditto. I agree with the usage of the sign for restaurant and movie theatre.
  7. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 7570 Ostrich Race

    Hello everyone, I will like to take a chance to celebrate our Reviewers Academy 2nd Anniversary Special with this small Prince of Persia review. It's have been a great 2 years for all of us and the Reviewers Academy Students and Teachers have contributed a lot of high quality pictorial reviews to share with our community, and even the LEGO Community too. There will be more exciting reviews coming along the way! Ever since I started my first review on the 7569 Desert Attack, I have completely fallen in love with the entire Prince of Persia theme, even more so when I watched the movie back then. This theme offers many diverse new exciting elements and concepts which will be used across other themes and MOCs. Let's find out what this small set can offer us. Name: Ostrich Race Theme: LEGO System / Prince of Persia Year: 2010 Pieces: 169 Minifigs: 3 Price: USD$19.99, GBP 14.99, SGD$39.90 Resources: Brickset, Peeron, BrickLink An image of a 7570, Ostrich Race A rear image of a 7570, Ostrich Race Let the World Ostrich Race League begin... This is the most unusual race I've ever seen. If you never watched the Prince of Persia movie, you might be wondering why TLG would be creating ostriches for the Disney movie, but for sure, without the movie itself, we could not be able to acquire a brand new animal known as the "Ostrich". Yes, it's a dream come true for many animal lovers and I welcome these great additions to my collection. Apart from these beautiful ostriches, let's find out what other fun factors are included. . Instruction Manual and Contents polybags Inside the box, you are able to find 3 sealed packets containing the bricks and parts for the set, while the ostriches are packed in an individual packet. Useful weapons and accessories These are some of the typical weapons such as Prince Dastan katanas, spears and axe. There are not many weapons made available in this as I believed this is designed to be a race set rather than something related to combat. In fact, I find the new whip element very nice and reminds me of the Indiana Jones whip to a certain extent. Useful parts for your own use Being able to own this set allows the collector to own plentiful of useful building parts for your own MOCs. The amount of reddish brown parts such as the 1x1 cone and brown bar are available in decent quantity. Whereas, the dark tan 2x2 flat tile is of great interest to me as it can be used for laying down the studs to make a smooth surface. Furthermore, you don't get to see dark tan colour very often. The Ostrich Race organisers In this set, you get all 3 unique minifigures including the muscular Dastan which is very much different than his typical outfit. On your left, you are able to see the Sheik Amar, wearing his turban with his Arabian robe. While on the right, the grinning Jockey is one of the Sheik Amar's henchmen who rides the ostriches to win races – and therefore bets - to earn his keep. It's pretty similar to horse racing which we are familiar with. This is an image which show the back print of the Sheik Amar and the Jockey. Furthermore, the Sheik Amar looks real scared on the other side. I wonder what is he afraid of. In addition, this is also a comparison image of Dastan in 2 different outfits. Meet the Ostriches This set comes with 2 amazing looking ostriches which make their very first appearance in LEGO and are exclusive to this one and only set. With detailed eye printing on the head and ostrich body mold that illustrates its white feathers, I could not help but to feel excited about this. The body even allows a minifigure to sit on top of the ostrich comfortably. After all, this is an ostrich and I don't expect them to carry humans on it. Do note that the ostrich head can be detached from its body. What are you looking at? Weapons holder This is where the race participants place their weapons before the start of the race. Otherwise, I believe this could be for the guards in charge of the compound security. You could not want the audience to cause a riot with no one helping to surpress it. Spectators stand This is a simple looking stand for the spectators to view the race from above. It's great to view the actions from there. It's not a complicated build and the designer has done a good job to show the stand, especially by using the brown pillars at the front. I like those, but I supposed with more stands like these, you can expand on them by making it much longer than it is - the current stand is rather tight on space. Sheik Amar, standing on top watching his precious possessions Building the ostrich race gantries Adding in the flaps to form the base The final touch Are you ready? With the gantries in place, the ostriches and the jockey are placed behind the lines. They are designed to prevent the ostriches from escaping until opened, when they will run as fast as they can. The beautiful part of this gantry is enabling the gates to open back and forth by moving the rear mechanism to factor the playability portion. In fact, it's very much enjoyable to do so. However, do note that the gates can be a little flimsy due to the lack of support on the brown rods. Other than that, it's a nice feature. Different angles of the Ostrich Gantry Video demonstration of the Ostrich Gantry mechanism Let's see if Prince Dastan is ready for the race Finally, we have come to the end of the review. I must apologise that I have not made any movie reference in this review, as I have focused more on building and parts, but comparing to the movie scenes which I can remember. There is a scene like this, but not with Dastan wanting to race. It's more of an awkward situation. I enjoyed this set very much, even though it contains less combat and weapons, but the overall beauty lies in the incredible ostriches. I supposed most of us will be grabbing a few sets, mainly just for the ostriches. Other than that, the unique minifigures and parts are another great reason for you to get one too. Do get this set, even if you are not a Prince of Persia fan. It's definitely worth getting it. I don't think we will see ostriches appearing in any other sets so soon. Summary review Playability: 9/10 (Very fun to play with the race gantry to demonstrate the start of a race.) Design: 9/10 (The ostriches is the number 1 reason for you to get this, while the unique minifigs are great to get too.) Price: 9/10 (This is an affordable set with loads of useful parts.) Overall: 9/10 (You must get at least one of this set, mainly for the ostriches and I don't think we are able to see this anytime soon.) I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours? 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 Brickshelf (When moderated)
  8. Dear all, I have added the minifigure - Wile E. Coyote, which just arrived at my door step just awhile ago. This will complete the overall review footage with the additional images. The review has been updated to include the following segment. I strongly believe this is an isolated batch error and I am currently verifying this information with our LEGO Ambassador, Jim. Hence, I cannot confirm the distribution ratio after receiving one unit of that particular missing minifigure. 3) Wile E. Coyote (unavailable in this review) - post-review note: added on 16 April 2021, after TLG has sent this minifigure to me I am very pleased that LEGO CEE has provided us the missing minifigure and I have taken these simple set of photos without my elaborate setup. Hence, this minifigure is a little bit short of the images but I do hope it will provide you with a complete insight on the entire series. I reckon and believe the boxes which the community receive is an isolated batch error, but I am unable to really confirm this at this point. I am very pleased with the overall accuracy of Wile E. Coyote mold especially the design of the head. He is part of the duo which feature Road Runner as he is always up to his cunning schemes to capture and outwit Road Runner with his devious tactics which will lead to its ultimate feast. Parts assortment The parts are pretty average. The brick built anvil is a nice touch as most of his traps are associated with that. I did wish we can see an ACME explosive instead. That will be much better. It also include a tail at the back. You can view more of the details from the side view and back view respectively. Parts assortment WhiteFang
  9. Dear Eurobricks members, I will like to inform you that "Stage 1" of Other Themes Pictoral Reviews Index is finally ready for viewing. The thumbnails concept is initally inspired from our SW Moderator, KimT, for launching initatives for some of the various LEGO Themes, such as Star Wars, Castle, Ninja and etc. Therefore, I am pleased to inform you that in this very Other Themes forum, we have established a formal index for themes such as Creator, Power Miners, Racers and etc. Reviews Index could be found here. Drop your comments of what you will like to see in this index, to encourage our members to do selected reviews, allowing these themes to have a home of their own in Eurobricks. In addition, if you managed to find any reviews which I had missed, please highlight to me here. Thanks. WhiteFang
  10. Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and comments. I am sure most of us will be looking forward to collect their favorite toons. I could be really disappointed if Tweety is made into a microfigure. I like the way it is even though it is bigger in size. The use of small legs and the bigger head could helped on the minifig proportion. Thanks Makoy. Everyone is just looking for Elmer. Yes, he’s an iconic toon which is always heavily featured together with Bugs and Daffy. Yes, we are not the only community that have received this wrong distribution. TLG is already aware of this and the three spare Road Runners are definitely from the missing Coyote. Thanks Clonie. This is what happens when we get a highly specialized LEGO licensed CMFs. It’s either you like it or dislike it. Considering that Looney Tunes is a popular cartoon (not as prominent as Disney) but it serve the right appeal for those who grew up with them watching the cartoons. For me, nostalgic hits me hard and the design outcome is exactly what I could expect too in relations to minifigure design. I am also equally clueless on Petunia Pig as well. That is the only character which I had not seen before. I also share your sentiments for the missing minifigs design. One can only hope for a future series but I highly doubt it will come as TLG could require some form of tie in to get people into buying more Looney Tunes. Thanks The Stud. So glad you enjoyed the various crossovers with various themes of mine. That is something I truly enjoy doing when I am messing with new minifigs and LEGO is all about playing and having fun. Now I am curious of the real SRP.
  11. WhiteFang

    Special LEGO Themes Pictoral Reviews Index

    No, I didn’t manage to review the recent Series 21. Likewise, Series 20 and Batman CMFs series 2 are also not available too. Hope it clarifies.
  12. I am not sure but it should guaranteed three complete sets from a sealed box. I am not sure if the boxes for the communities are the one solely affected though. Thanks Robert8. Yes, EB was given this reviewing opportunity. We were not extended to the recent Series 21.
  13. Thank you for your thoughts. Although some could be underwhelming, but I really think it is pretty amazing to see such new molds being put into great use in minifigure context and scale. Thanks AmperZand. Nowadays, I am not able to keep up with all of the releases, but I will do my best to continue working on it, whenever possible. I had placed Speed Gonzales against the BL colour guide. It is very much medium brown when I put it side by side with the BL colour guide on my monitor. If I view it as it is without reference, it is more towards medium nougat. Not sure if it helps.
  14. Our Eurobricks Global Moderator and Reviewers Academy Teacher, WhiteFang had completed this latest review on the 71030 LEGO Minifigures - LEGO Looney Tunes Series 1. Take a moment and and check out this review right here in Eurobricks LEGO Licensed Themes Forum. Do share your thoughts with us in the review. Click here to view the 71030 LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1 review in the Eurobricks LEGO Licensed Themes forum.
  15. Dear Eurobricks Community, I am very pleased to share with all of you my newest review work on the LEGO Minifigures - Looney Tunes Series 1, even though there are some disappointment in the distribution (for me). I hope you will enjoy reading this reviewing coverage. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments. Thank you. WhiteFang
  16. WhiteFang

    EB Members Title Archive

    Dear Eurobricks members, I will like to invite members whom were given a title before, to write down your past titles, leaving it in here, for amusement, by leaving a very short note beside your profile, as where you think you have gotten your title from. This topic is to be served as an archive, allowing members to remember their past titles in one place. By the way, this idea was inspired by Izzy. Before you proceed any further, This is a warning to all whom has intentions to post in this topic. For those whom are intending to post in here, please try and leave your titles in one single post for each member for the very first post which allow me for easier update. I don't want each title to have a single post, ending up flooding this whole topic. Give me short captions, if you think you know where it comes from. Discussion about others' titles is allowed, but don't cross the line of asking titles or change of titles. Anyone, whom doesn't take heed of my advice, will be in for a nasty surprise. More importantly, this is supposed to be a fun thing! Eurobricks Fellows, feel free to help me out with the update and ensure that this topic stays on track. WhiteFang ******************************************************************************** 224 Eurobricks Members and counting... Member names starting with Numbers, Special Characters and Letters A-D Member names starting with Letters E-H Member names starting with Letters I-L Member names starting with Letters M-P Member names starting with Letters Q-T Member names starting with Letters U-Z
  17. No, there won’t be any LEGO CMFs Series 21 review for Eurobricks as we did not receive the box for a review. Furthermore, I have not personally acquired it yet.
  18. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 75154 TIE Striker

    Hello everyone, The new Star Wars Rogue One and the LEGO sets got me very excited. To conclude my 2016 reviews on Eurobricks, I decided to do this for my last reviewing attempt. This review would count as my third LEGO Rogue One reviews, including my earlier 75153 AT-ST Walker and 75155 Rebel U-wing Fighter. I rarely review relevant sets at one go and this is certainly one of such exceptions. I will do my best not to include any major movie spoilers or plot twist but if you have not watched this movie at all and force-sensitive towards any spoilers, then don't continue reading it. For your information, I am also integrating many supporting references and facts which can be found in the informative DK Star Wars Rogue One (Ultimate Visual Guide). Without further ado, let me bring forth the continued excitement of Rogue One. Movie spoilers ahead (potential), read at your own risk. Name: 75154 TIE Striker Theme: LEGO System / Licensed / Star Wars / Rogue One Year: 2016 Pieces: 543 Minifigs: 4 Price: USD $69.99, GBP 59.99, EURO 69.99, SGD $139.90 Resources: Brickset, BrickLink An original box image of the 75154 TIE Striker Back view of the original box image of the 75154 TIE Striker The latest new LEGO Star Wars Rogue One minifigures addition The unique experimental generation of Empire's combat spacecrafts The Imperial Empire has been secretly developing new TIE (Twin-Ion Engines) and is successful in establishing the TIE Series such as the TIE Fighter and TIE Bomber. In this review, I will be bringing you the latest prototype design of the TIE Striker which is secretly developed by the military design think tank on Scarif. The team is tasked to develop and test next generation of TIE designs and the TIE Striker is one of such experimental designs. The TIE Striker is appearing for the first time in the Star Wars Rogue One series and the first in the Star Wars universe. This Imperial spacecraft was seen briefly in the Battle of Scarif. The TIE Striker is a streamlined variant of the classic TIE Fighter. It is specifically constructed for atmospheric patrols over Imperial ground-based installations and one of such is the Scarif Vault which contain and house the deepest technological secrets of the Empire. Though the TIE Striker is capable of suborbital flight, it is best deployed in low to high atmospheric defence capacity in order to yield the maximum combat capabilities. The content of the sealed box The sealed box comes with five numbered mint packs and are numbered from one to five. The instruction manual and the dreaded sticker sheet which contain the stickered detailing of the TIE Striker are also found in the midst of the content. After the set has been built, these are the remaining spare parts which are spread across the packs. You can view the spare parts for packet 1 including an orange brick separator, packet 2, packet 3, packet 4 and packet 5. There are more new amazing LEGO Rogue One minifigures Let's examine at these minifigures from this third biggest Star Wars Rogue One set which contain a large number of the Empire's personnel and a single member from the Rebel Alliance. From left to right, we have Imperial Shoretrooper, TIE Pilot, Imperial Ground Crew and Rebel Trooper. I am impressed with these four minifigures with their iconic and detailed designs from these selections. Upon removing their helmets and hairpieces, you can see their actual minifigures' facial expression and back view of the minifigures with Rebel Trooper's alternate facial expression. All of the four minifigures are featured with detailed back printing. All of these minifigures are almost unique to this set in the first wave. However, to include the upcoming second wave of Rogue One release, we are able to get more Imperial Shoretroopers and a Jyn Erso in Imperial Ground Crew disguse which can be easily substitute to actual crew member if you get multiples of these 75171 Battle on Scarif. Shoretrooper and Rebel Trooper Imperial Shoretroopers formerly known as coastal defender stormtroopers are specialist elite stormtroopers who are assigned once-beautiful world of Scarif. These troopers lead security patrols, scout the beaches and man the barracks of the Imperial military installation on the planet. Most Imperial Shoretroopers operate at an effective sergeant rank, allowing them to command squads of stormtrooper infantry. Scarif's isolation, and the heavy defence that surrounds it, mean that these troopers do not expect to see combat operations. However, gruesome drills and live-fire exercises keep them in operational readiness for unexpected assaults. Rebel Troopers are entrusted with defence and missions vital to Alliance High Command and this Rebel Trooper is part of the elite Special Forces (SpecForces). The rebel Pathfinders who have infiltrated the grounds on Scarif quickly disappear into the jungle canopy. They are able to conduct wilderness fighting while camouflaged. They take to heart Captain Cassian Andor's orders to make ten men feel like a hundred. TIE Pilot and Imperial Ground Crew TIE Pilots are excellent combat spacefighter pilots who graduated from prestigious flight academies across the galaxy. They undergo rigorous training and testing to become TIE Pilot. The final phase of testing often occurs on board a larger battleship, such as Star Destroyer in order to expose cadets to realistic and relevant surroundings. TIE cadet pilots may also undergo literal trials by fire, plunged into combat situation by forcing them to survive based on whatever means possible. Imperial Ground Support Crew are like the surface air-traffic directing marshal equivalent. These desk technicians wave ships in with luminous traffic wands and eyeball distances without sensors. These technicians wear piloting gear as they are authorised to commander certain vessels in order to steer them into proper positions on landing deck. The determined Rebellion Alliance The loyal Empire Soldiers The entire building content for Packet 1 The completed built for Packet 1 The completed built for the first packet is to form the firm base of the TIE Striker. This packet also include Imperial Ground Crew and TIE Pilot minifigures. The entire building content for Packet 2 The completed built for Packet 2 The completed built of packet 2 is focused mainly on the building of the firm base of the TIE Striker outline for the centre fuselage. The entire building content for Packet 3 The completed built for Packet 3 The third packet focus on the right wing of the TIE Striker and placing it together with the centre fuselage. This packet also include the minifigure of Imperial Shoretrooper and Rebel Trooper. The entire building content for Packet 4 The completed built for Packet 4 The fourth packet focus on the left wing of the TIE Striker and placing it together with the centre fuselage. The entire building content for Packet 5 The completed built of the TIE Striker This is the completed built for the TIE Striker with mixture of grey and black parts which are common among the TIE design colour scheme. This spacecraft measures over 6cm high, 41cm long and 21cm wide. It is highly swooshable without bricks dropping in the midst of swooshing. There are good overall interlocking mechanism for this design through the use of locking and Technic parts together. There are several playing mechanism including the shooting missiles playing feature which can be seen clearly through this close up shot. The TIE Striker is suppose to have a two-seater cockpit for maximum combat efficiency which comprise of a pilot and an optional bombardier or gunner. The larger hull will allow for ordinance payload and increased acceleration and emergency repulsor features. It is basically can be configured into a combat fighter spacecraft or bomber based on the deployment procedures. The next playing mechanism is the opening of the rear storage cabin which can be seen clearly through this close up shot. You can lift the printed circular part and able to see the content of the rear storage cabin which contain a blaster, comms equipment and bincoulars. However, in the actual TIE Striker's design, there is no such rear storage cabin as the rear is the repulsorlift field equipment, computer and engine generator. You can see the full stretch of the centre fuselage which is rather compact and compressed. The small built of the TIE Striker body is needed in order to reduce the overall gravitational weight and is closely modeled against the Geonosian Starfighter technology. The last fun playing feature is the adjustment of wings into attack mode which can be achieved by adjusting the knobs to achieve the TIE Striker attack mode for maximum aerial combat. These are the images of the TIE Striker which can be viewed from the front, side view, back view and bottom view. TIE Striker in attack mode It's unusual for a TIE spacecraft's solar panels to be so articulated. The upwards configuration is meant to maximise VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capability, increasing lift for rapid ascent or decent. The horizontal configuration is built for linear velocity, transforming the TIE Striker into a rocket fast dart exceeding speeds of 1,500 kilometres per hour. The TIE Striker is extremely well armed, with a pair of fixed heavier cannons to provide ground support and anti-armour fire. The wing-tip mounted cannons are rapid fire and well designed for aerial combat. These are the images of the TIE Striker in attack mode which can be viewed from the front and side view. TIE Striker preparing for assault deployment TIE Striker Nine, ready for take off Prepare for take off Destroy that TIE Striker at all costs Fun and enjoyable integration of battle experience The new LEGO TIE Striker, AT-ST and Rebel U-wing Fighter together The next Rogue One set is ready to be featured in battle To conclude, this set is quite an interesting TIE design series which is not your regular TIE Fighter which you are familiar with. It's fun to play and swoosh this around but the building experience is quite boring due to the excessive use of Technic parts from within. I had actually played with it and swoosh it around and simulate air assaults. For this set, I actually got two of them to play with. It is a good set to play with and it will certainly be good to have this brand new design in your TIE collection. Summary review Playability: 8/10 (Absolute fun to form your own battle scenes with highly swooshable fun.) Design: 7/10 (Good design, but I wish it can actually incorporate two minifigures instead of one.) Price: 7/10 (Price seems quite reasonable and is priced at somewhere higher mid-tier, but the Singapore SRP is on the high side which is disappointing.) Overall: 7.3/10 (Do absolute get this set especially if you are able to find it at an affordable pricing to complete and form the Battle of Scarif.) I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. What about you? I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are welcomed. Pictures can be found in My Flickr.
  19. Hello everyone, It excites me greatly to share with all of you with my latest reviewing project on this upcoming LEGO IDEAS 2020 set in the coming release in November 2020. I am very pleased to bring you the 32th LEGO IDEAS set since this theme started back in 2012 and we are very glad to see the first ever LEGO 123 Sesame Street being created right into our beloved hobby. Special thanks to TLG and Eurobricks Ambassador, Jim for facilitating this reviewing opportunity for the Eurobricks Community. Without further ado, let me bring you into the world of Sesame Street in LEGO bricks. Name: 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street Theme: LEGO IDEAS / Licensed / 123 Sesame Street Year: 2020 Pieces: 1368 Minifigs: 5 minifigures plus 1 character Price: USD $119.99, GBP 109.90, EURO 119.90, SGD NA Resources: Brickset, BrickLink, Brick Insights An original box image of the 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street Back view of the original box image of the 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street Never in my wildest dream that I could ever see this in an official LEGO set Growing up with Sesame Street in the 1980s was an enjoyable learning educational experience for me when I was a child. I enjoyed many fond memories of the Muppets which featured many short snippets of the scenes among these iconic characters. It brought me joy and laughter and more importantly, seeing all my time favourite Sesame Street character in LEGO minifigure brought me endless smiles. This set was also meant to coincide with 2019 (last year) Sesame Street - Celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street. All thanks to bulldozer aka Ivan Guerrero for achieving this significant milestone of 10k supporters in 2019 through the LEGO IDEAS platform and I am very glad to see this submission eventually being approved by the LEGO reviewing panel. The LEGO Designers - Olle Gregory and Crystal Marie Fontan were in-charge of the designing of this LEGO IDEAS set. I will have to admit that the actual set itself and the project idea submission was very different from one another in terms of the design, size and scalability. The original idea was designed similar to a doll-house playing concept instead of an open-back building for playability. I kind of guessed that the scale had to be pushed to a much smaller built like reducing about 50% amount of bricks to keep the selling price low instead of being aimed and targeted for pure AFOLs who have deep wallets. I have to admit that before I see the actual box in person and I am secretly hoping that it will be similar to the 75827 Firehouse Headquarters or equivalent. I do wonder what is the real consideration behind the change of the IDEAS and if the original supporters will be disappointed with the actual outcome. Some food for thought on this aspect. However, the overall design manage to retain a large portion of the iconic building charm. It also accompanied with revolutionary moulds for these newly created Sesame Street characters. The packets are placed close to the brim of the box Overview of the illustrated built over the 6 milestones (preview) The sealed box came with these building content which is a total of 12 sealed plastic bags. The instruction manual is printed in pristine black and the sticker sheet are kept in this manner. The entire built is divided into 6 significant milestones and it took me about 5 hours to finish building it. The overall pacing for the building experience was enjoyable and there are few occasions where I saw the colour palette shouting at me with Sesame Street colours. After the set was built, these are the remaining spare parts. I am actually surprised that a LEGO IDEAS set actually contained a sticker sheet. If memory serve me right, I believe most of the sets which I have built from LEGO IDEAS actually contained printed parts and I have no recollection to see any stickers application. The amount of stickers is required to create many needed details for some other Sesame Street characters and Easter eggs (bonus) for the fans to discover. I find it is quite a mixed bag of reactions to see so many stickers but I guess it was a necessary move in order to push the cost lower and to have the details included altogether. Bringing the most exciting LEGO Sesame Street Characters Let's take a breath and digest the excitement of seeing these awesome LEGO Sesame Street minifigures. Well, there are actually 5 minifigures and 1 character design in a dustbin, but I still consider him as a character. From (left) to (right), we have Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird right here in front of our eyes. All of these minifigures are very well-designed with the unique moulds being done for their heads itself. You can see an image of their back view which Ernie and Bert contained back printing at their torsos. Quoting most information from the Muppets Wiki, I have relied it to obtain my understanding on the characters/background descriptions in order to give me a better appreciation of their origins. To be honest, I have always view them as it is and liked them as their characters. Oscar The Grouch is a furry, green Muppet who lives in a trash can on 123 Sesame Street. In fact, Oscar loves trash so much that he's rarely seen outside of his trash can. His mission in life to be as miserable and grouchy as possible and aim to pass that feeling to others as well. In the LEGO minifigure context, he is an interesting design with a new head and a round green minifigure head brick to place within the thrash can. Ernie and his best friend Bert share the apartment at 123 Sesame Street. Together, they form a comical duo, with Ernie acting the role of the naïve trouble-maker and Bert the world-weary foil. Ernie is well known for his fondness for bubble baths with his Rubber Duckie, he is also known for keeping Bert awake at night, for reasons such as wanting to play the drums, wanting to count something (like sheep) or to observe something like a blackout. In stark contrast to Ernie, Bert is a serious, studious, and tries to make sense of his best friend's actions. His own passions include reading Boring Stories, collecting paper clips and bottle caps, consuming oatmeal, and studying pigeons. While Ernie's best companion outside of Bert is Rubber Duckie, Bert has his pet pigeon, Bernice right on the rooftop. The LEGO minifigures for Ernie and Bert are standard torsos with new head moulds. However, the legs used for Ernie is standard short light blue legs, whereas Bert is the new medium short legs in dark green which allow it to bend and sit down. Elmo is one of the most famous character in Sesame Street. He is a furry red Muppet monster in 123 Sesame Street who self-described as three-and-a-half years old, with a high pitched voice and a contagious giggle. Elmo is enthusiastic, friendly and cheerful. However, he sometimes does not have the skills or knowledge to do what he wants. But that never stops him from approaching the challenge because he has a very positive, optimistic view of himself and life. Elmo's best friends are Zoe and Abby, and also his pet goldfish Dorothy. Cookie Monster s a ravenous monster. He is covered with blue fur and possessing a pair of googly eyes, Cookie Monster has an insatiable appetite. As his name implies, his primary craving is cookies, but he can consume anything and everything, from apples and pie to letters, flatware, and hubcaps. When Cookie Monster eats something, he makes a very distinct, loud munching "noise", often interpreted as "OMM-nom-nom-nom..." Both of these LEGO minifigures are very nicely designed in the aspect of the newly moulded minifigures' heads. The downside of these designs are the lack of "fur print" which are visible in the actual designs. This is a little disappointing to me, but is not exactly a show-stopper. The last character is the most iconic character in Sesame Street and is none other than Big Bird. He has been a central key character on Sesame Street since he debuted in the first episode. The big yellow bird can roller skate, ice skate, dance, sing, write poetry, draw and even ride a unicycle . Big Bird lives in a large nest behind 123 Sesame Street and and he has a teddy bear named Radar. Seeing the actual LEGO design for Big Bird, I have to admit it is the most excellent well-designed minifigure ever. The completed mould is very complex and it filled with many small details including the even proportion of the yellow feathers. The texture of the ABS plastic is towards firm and medium soft. It does contain a little sticky on the surface, similar to melted rubber to a smaller extent. I am not exactly sure if this is meant to be the exact outcome, but you might want to pay extra attention to it when you are handling the minifigure itself. My favourite Sesame Street Character - Ernie and he has been part of my journey in my life till now Now, you know who is my favourite Sesame Street Character and it is none other than Ernie. I have the smallest soft toy (from the right) with me for more than a decade and it has remained in my heart in a very special place. I just wanted to share this moment with all of you in this review and you will probably see them in the later part of the review segment too. The entire building content for Packet 1 The completed built for Packet 1 The first packet focused largely on the building of the base of the entire set and it also included Big Bird. When you flip to the base below, you will notice bright set of colours which somehow reminds me of Sesame Street characters like Big Bird and Oscar (yellow and green for example). If you also take a careful look, you will see a spider lurking at the basement of the apartment too. The entire building content for Packet 2 The completed built for Packet 2 The second packet focused largely on the building of the first level of the apartment and it also included Elmo. When you turn to the back of the building, you will notice the built up details of the room interior for Elmo. The entire building content for Packet 3 The completed built for Packet 3 The third packet focused largely on the building of the second level of the apartment and it also included Ernie. When you turn to the back of the building, you will notice the built up details for the second floor of Bert and Ernie room. It also focus on the building of bathtub and the main brick-built entrance at ground level. The entire building content for Packet 4 The completed built for Packet 4 The fourth packet focused largely on the continuation of building the second level of the apartment and the rooftop. This packet also included Bert. When you turn to the back of the building, you will notice the completed interior details of both levels including the rooftop. You can also discover Bernice at the rooftop too, where Bert is keeping it safely. At the end of the fourth stage, the main apartment at 123 Sesame Street is almost 90% complete. Now, onto the remaining last 2 stages. The entire building content for Packet 5 The completed built for Packet 5 The fifth packet focused largely on the building of Hooper's Store at the street corner. The content inside enable the two-level corner store to be fully constructed. This packet also included Cookie Monster. When you turn to the side of the building which focus on Hopper's Store, you will notice the street corner where Hopper Store exist. You can also take a glimpse on both levels of the store which also include Cookie Monster's room. The entire building content for Packet 6 The completed built of 123 Sesame Street layout The last packet focused on the building surroundings which include Big Bird's nest as well. This packet also included Oscar the Grouch. With everything being put together, I am very pleased that the building is completed. The 123 Sesame Street s measured at a height of 24cm high, 35cm length and 20cm wide. The 123 Sesame Street is the most iconic apartment building where the front stairs towards the main entrance is often a frequent gathering place for the main Sesame Street characters. The Hooper's Store is also another significant building structure. The entire layout focused on several play areas and key interiors which filled with many brick-built furniture such as chairs and beds. I am particularly fond of the windows it is just like the actual Sesame Street with the green windows design and in particular showing the windows being lifted upwards instead of showing closed windows. The side of the building also have a nice flower pots outside the apartment and you also noticed a secret stash of milk as well. Then when you enter the apartment building, you will also see the interior of the apartment with a lovely notice board with interesting notes and images. Then, we looked along and peep into Elmo's room where a family portrait with his Dad, a best friends photo, toys (including a train, rocket and bunny plushie) and his goldfish - Dorothy at a quick glance. As we moved upwards and you will see an overview of the second level of the apartment which feature Bert and Ernie's room. You can take a closer look and see their beds being placed side by side and of course, with the paper clips at the top of the bed - you have probably guessed that Bert is sleeping on that bed. I am particularly fond of the colourless print of the tiny Velociraptor dinosaur and the brick-built lamp. You can see Ernie's favourite hangout - bathtub along with his best friend (Rubber Duckie). At the top level which feature the incomplete rooftop, you can see the pigeons which Bert kept and of course, you also notice the mysterious flying object lurking around too. Showcasing Elmo Showcasing Bert and Ernie Showcasing Oscar the Grouch Then as we shift our attention to the front at the junkyard or rubbish chute area, We will see an up close and personal with Oscar the Grouch and his beloved treasured belongings (namely thrashes and a rather special love note). Any idea who is that from? At the side of the rubbish chute area, you can see the entrance of 123 Sesame Street and the iconic stairs. The transparent brick which has a "123" is specially printed, while there is a book on oats which is meant for Bert. The iconic green street lamp also contained printed parts of "123" and "Sesame Street". As you walked towards the side of the apartment, you will see the nest of Big Bird, accompanied with an illustration of tub containing his skates and his teddy bear - Radar. You can see stickered tiles of Mr Hopper with Jim Henson signing off and Big Bird's imaginary friend of Mr Snuffleupaguses which I felt it was a very controversial move in my opinion made by the producer. I personally find the nest a little strange looking but I don't have a better approach on how to best represent it. It took me awhile to realise that was Big Bird's nest after building it. Showcasing Big Bird A closer look at Hooper's Store entrance The next part of the building coverage is onto Hopper's Store, which is the second most iconic place. At the above image, you can see Easter eggs on the stickered newspapers at the side of the entrance. Inside the store, they are many lovely goodies (which are printed tiles). There are customers walking at the front of the store to make their orders and a place for them to dine or have a chat too. You can see the full corner from this image including the lovely flower garden of Abby Cadabby too. At the second level of Hopper's Store, you will have a closer look at Cookie Monster's interior and his comfortable sofa. If you look upwards, you will see a very highly undesired incomplete rooftop which feature an air vent and a bat which I believe is a hint towards Count von Count - a terrible absence among the main cast. Showcasing Cookie Monster Side view of the completed built Back view of the completed built Side view of the completed built Everyone is happy in 123 Sesame Street Another lovely day right here in 123 Sesame Street To conclude, putting all of them into actual perspective, I have to admit this is more of an active playset but towards an incomplete building, especially at Hopper's Store that made me felt disappointed. I love the overall built and appeal of the main apartment and it capture the Sesame Street essence very well but the exposed open-back of the Hopper's Store and incomplete rooftop for both buildings really dampen the entire set appeal. My guess is that the designers are facing a shortage of bricks in order to retain it at a desirable price point when it is out in the commercial market, which is why they had to make their best out of their limited resources. Of course, they may have entirely design it from pure playing experience and having those open-back allow children to access and put the scenes quickly like how Sesame Street short skits are carried out. I was honestly expecting much more in terms of the building completion. Then again, this set is targeted at 18+ and above. So, I am really not sure what is the end-message for this attempt. While, I have been focusing on the incomplete building (minor rant), what could or may have contributed better is the actual inclusion of more characters like perhaps Count von Count and Grover which are very nice additions, but nonetheless the current selection of Sesame Street characters are equally impressive and I have no qualms about it. This is a very highly anticipated LEGO IDEAS set and many of us especially Sesame Street fans will have very high expectation of this set, especially given the original submission was meant to be a much bigger scale and a complete building. While many of us are focusing more of the buildings, I am still impressed that the designers manage to capture the essence and charm of 123 Sesame Street scene and the design of the newly moulded characters are unparalleled especially Big Bird, Bert and Ernie. There are some distinct trade-offs in the end product and I do hope we are able to hear some thoughts from TLG officially especially from the LEGO designers' point of view. It will be very interesting to find out more and allow us to gain better appreciation too. Nonetheless, as a Sesame Street fan, I am still equally elated to see this in LEGO bricks. Please note that all opinions and content shown in this Eurobricks pictorial review is from 'WhiteFang' and is not meant to represent LEGO official views. It is purely stated to share as a vantage point of a reviewer. Summary review Playability: 8/10 (Many scenes were created via the open-back approach which allow us to do short skits/role-play.) Design: 6/10 (Excellent minifigures' design especially on the new mould but the building itself was quite a disappointment as it look rather incomplete.) Price: 7/10 (Price is a little on the high side and as you are getting a rather incomplete set, I am afraid it might disappoint for some fans with regards to its SRP.) Overall: 7/10 (Seeing LEGO Sesame Street set officially truly elated me, but I do hope this will not be the first and only attempt of LEGO doing a Sesame Street set) I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours? 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
  20. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street

    Thanks Robert8. No Count and no Grover, which I do find it is a pity to some extent. I just double-checked and you are right. It is an existing piece of the BB8 but in a different colour. I look forward to see you adding into your wishlist after you are able to figure out on how you can best integrate on the display. The incomplete sides would be quite a bother for such integration though. Yes, a treat for LEGO and Sesame Street fan indeed. Thanks Brickster! Awesome to see you dropping by. I hope you are doing well and great too. I am doing good too, and seeing you here does brought lots of smile. I hope you will be getting it and I am very sure you have ways to make it look better on your tabletop town too. Very good to see you, my old friend. We will have to see what will happen in the next LEGO IDEAS set boxart.
  21. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street

    Thanks! The attraction is definitely the minifigures and yes, 5 new molds is definitely a lot, but I would certainly like to have see a little more characters though. Yes, you are right. I didn't know they had wrapped it up with the special episode to make him "appear real". Thanks for adding it. I didn't know it turn out this way eventually. Definitely a good IDEAS set for Sesame Street fan, but there are definitely a lot more great IDEAS set too. Instant hit indeed and not exactly very easy to integrate with other sets too as I find it highly specialised. Thank you very much. To some extent, yes it is an expensive minifigure pack but packed with completely new revolution especially Big Bird. Buying the set than BL it, could be a much better choice in terms of value for money. Same era as you. Elmo was just pretty much annoying, but yes being noisy is the road to fame. I don't quite understand on the 18+ and sometimes I am thinking it is not about the built which is complicated, or rather this set appeal can only attract to builders or collectors who are 18+ and above, namely those born before 2002 and probably in the late 1990s who had watched Sesame Street as a child. Thanks! Glad it is a dream come true for you. The original ideas submission was suppose to be a mega built, but they had to scale down for much practical reasons. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it is 24 cm as I had measured it with a ruler with probably an error margin of +/- 1cm. I really hope it can fit into your display area nicely like I do.
  22. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street

    Unfortunately, it is. I would love to have him. Thanks Jim for your thoughts. I am very sure it hit hard on those who watched Sesame Street back when we are a child. The minifigures have definitely salvage itself and outweigh than the completed built. Thanks, updated.
  23. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street

    I am wondering about that myself on the representation too. Thanks. Glad you like the set and I hope you will pick it up even though the build is very inaccurate to some extent. Get for the minifigs. Thanks Makoy. People will just gun this set for the minifigures and the temptation is real. Thanks Josh for the addition on the worm friend. As for Snuffy, when I was watching. I am very damn sure it was real. I was talking to my friend and he explained how unreal he was. I was very shocked. As I said I don’t know when it exactly change the stance too.
  24. WhiteFang

    REVIEW: 21324 LEGO 123 Sesame Street

    Dear Eurobricks Community, I am very excited and pleased to share my latest review on this LEGO IDEAS set. I hope you will enjoy reading this coverage. Feel free to leave your thoughts and I look forward to hear about it. WhiteFang
  25. That is a very lovely outcome. Glad it work out for you.