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  1. Set information Set Name: Heartlake City Grand Hotel Set Number: 41684 Number of Pieces: 1308 Theme: Friends Year Release: 06/2021 Prices: £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 (Euro prices may vary) #41684 on Brickset #41684 on Rebrickable Box and content The bow is quite big, with the front showing the Grand Hotel front facade, with inserts of the main play feature of the set: the seasonal accessories. The rear of the box shows the inside of the building and some detail shots. The box is almost full with 11 numbered bags of part, plus a bag with six 8x16 tan plates. Bags 9, 10 and 11 contain the seasonal accessories, one bag for each season... because there is only 3 seasons in the Friends world. The set comes with two instructions booklet. The bigger (235 pages) will guide you in building the Grand Hotel, while with the smaller one (28 pages) you'll build the outdoor dining area and decorate it and the hotel with your favorite seasonal accessories. There is also a big sheet of 22 stickers. Build The build is simple, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow, from the bottom to the top of the Grand Hotel. While building up the facades of a floor, the walls can get a bit flimsy, until you reach the top. The best building techniques are used in the windows, with the top most ones being built sideways, and the first floor ones being built upside down. The exteror of the Grand Hotel looks really good, with a lot of white detailing around the windows and doors. Bag 1: Bag 2: Bag 3: I think there is a flaw with the revolving doors, as there is a 1 plate high gap between the tile over the doors and the bottom plates of the floor above. Bag 4: Toilet seat right in front of the window... Bag 5: Bag 6: Bag 7: Bag 8: As said before, with bags 9 to 11, we can update the Grand Hotel with seasonal accessories. It took a bit of time if you want to go from one season to another and think the tree builds lacks a bit of branches. Minidolls The sets comes with 4 minidolls: Emma in evening dress, River in tuxedo, Stephanie as receptionnist and Amelia in almost the same outfit as seen in #41448 Heartlake City Movie Theater. Also included are 4 animals: a squirrel, a rabbit, a bird and a poodle dog. Conclusion Design: 7/10 - A simple build, but bonus point for the windows frame technique. More foliage would have been good to accentuates the different seasons. Parts: 6/10 - The part selection is rather average, plus you don't use all the parts at the same time due to the seasonal accessories. Playability: 8/10 - With 3 bedrooms, a piano room, a spa on the roof and an outdoor dining area, there is a lot to do in the Grand Hotel. Minidols: 8/10 - The 4 minidols are very nice and detailed especially Amelia's dress. Price: 7/10 - With ppp of 0,076€ and 4 minidolls, this set seems well priced. Overall: 36/60 (60%) - A good looking set that would make a great addition to any Friends display. The seasonal accessories idea is good but could have been pushed farther.
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    Custom Stickers

    I was searching the internet for some SW control panels stickers... didn't expected to find theses gems here on EB Thanks for sharing.
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    MOC: Asteroid Bar and Fuel

    Too much stdus!! My eyes hurt I like that dark pink ship too. And the transitions between one floor type to another. It just lacks a bit of tiling
  4. Yes I understand why you prefered to build the Rebel version, and I agree it's nice to see something new now and then :) Looking at your reference picture, I have to agree that those printed tiles are the right choice, but it still feels strange to me because I see them as control panels ;)
  5. Nicely done. As many here I prefer the imperial Corvus, but anyway... The area I'm not digging is the sort of tanks on the rear of the "wings". The printed tiles looks weird, and you used brackets to attach the semi-domes where you could have used 99206 modified plates with studs on sides.
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    Common Bricks Used

    Mould King stole designs from AFOLs... And I'm especially aware of one MOC that Lepin also tried to sell as its own and couldn't... End of discussion.
  7. I recently get the #70434 Supernatural Race Car from Hidden Side, and fell in love with this nice retro car. So I decided to pimp it to my tastes, buffing it while keeping the original color scheme and features, while geting rid of all the Hidden Side stuff. I hope you'll like it, and if you really do, instructions are available on Rebrickable: https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-72455/BobDeQuatre/supernatural-race-car Supernatural Race Car by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Supernatural Race Car by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Supernatural Race Car by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Supernatural Race Car by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Orang-Utan with Baby

    Very impressive, as always with your animals models!
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    [MOC] Imagination... bookends

    Sci-Fi and Fantasy books have always been an important part of my life. Jules Vernes' fantastic travels, JRR Tolkien's immense lore and stories and Frank Herbert mystic sci-fi filled my imaginative early years and had a big impact on my life and dreams... And of course on what I build with Lego. Buit for Brickpirate.net challenge for category 2: build a lifesize object related to books. Imagination... by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Imagination... by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Imagination... by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Poseidon

    The Poseidon is a Mars Corporation mobile water extraction facility. It Uses a powerfull microwave generator to melt underground ice, and strong magnetic field to lift the water to the surface. The water can then be transfered to a standard pressurized tank inserted on top of the machinery thanks to an articulated robotic arm. The tanks can the be placed back on the Poseidon or transferred to other vehicles. The water can also be pumped to bigger tanker like tho Dionysos. Another one of my Mars Corporation builds! Tyche Ares Hermes Artemis Persephone Triton Marauder Poseidon by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Poseidon by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Poseidon by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Poseidon by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr Poseidon by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr
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    [MOC] 59 STAR WARS DUEL ON MUSTAFAR GAME

    Neat build! I like to see light bricks put to use, and your idea of how to turn them on and off is ingenious. Some time ago I've designed this little mecanism that be of use to you: Ligthing mechanism by BobDeQuatre, on Flickr
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    [MOC] A-Wing & B-Wing

    I like your A-Wing, but the B-Wing is completely off in so many places...
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    [REVIEW] #75298 AT-AT vs Tauntaun

    Set information Set Name: AT-AT vs Tauntaun Set Number: 75298 Number of Pieces: 205 Theme: Star Wars Year Release: 03/2021 Prices: £17.99 / $19.99 / €19.99 (Euro prices may vary) #75298 on Brickset #75298 on Rebrickable Packaging and box content The box of the set is the usual size for double Microfighters. On the front we can see both models and the two minifigures, while the back shows the few play features and another scene. ] The box contains two numbered bags and two instructions manuals, one of each for each microfighter. I was so eagr to build the cute Tauntaun that I totally forgot I had to take this picture... Minifigures The set comes with two minifigures: an AT-AT pilot and Luke Skywalker in his Hoth outfit. The AT-AT driver is the same that comes with set 75288 AT-AT (sw1104), while Luke's minifig is new. Builds As usual, the set comes with two numbered bags and two instructions booklet, one for each Microfighter. That allows to invite a friend or family to build together, or organize a small building contest! The AT-AT build looks nice, with its printed 2x1 slope on the head. The designer corrected the leg problem that was present on the older AT-AT microfighter, which caused the legs to fold when you pushed the pilot down to sit it. My only criticism is the AT-AT's forehead which have a step that recess from the two 2x2 dishes on the sides. ] A comparison shots with the 75075 AT-AT microfighter shows that the newer one is missing the flickfire missiles from its predecessor. The tauntaun is so cute! The saddle has clips on each side to attach the binocular and the lightsaber. Note that in the instructions, the lighsaber is attached with it's blade on, which may be dangerous for both Luke and the tauntaun. Both Luke and the AT-AT pilot come with a stud shooter blaster and a binocular. Luke of course also has his lightsaber. The spare parts are worth mentionning as the set provide an extra pair of Tauntaun horns. Conclusion Minifig: 9/10 - Two nice minifigure, one exclusive. Builds: 9/10 - Both builds are great, and the Tauntaun looks especially cute. Price: 9/10 - With a ppp of 0,097€ and two minifig, one of which is exclusive this set is a must have for me. Overall: 27/30 (90%) - A great Microfighters set with a great brickbuilkt Tauntaun.
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    [Review] 75302 Imperial Shuttle

    Set information Set Name: Imperial Shuttle Set Number: 75302 Number of Pieces: 660 Theme: Star Wars Year Release: 02/2021 Prices: £69.99 / $69.99 / €79.99 (Euro prices may vary) #75302 on Brickset #75302 on Rebrickable Packaging and content The box feature the white lego bricks background, with Dark Vador holding his red lightsaber on the upper right corner of the box's front. The shuttle can be seen with wings unfolded on the box's front, with the three minifigures included on the lower right corner, while the back shows the shuttle landed and various play features. The box contains 6 numbered bags and a 130 pages instruction booklet. And that's all, no stickers sheet. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, with most of the times only one or two bricks to add to the construction. The set is rated for ages 8+. Minifigures The set comes with three minifigures: Luke Skywalker in his Endor/Death Star Episode IV outfit, Dark Vador in his usual outfit, and an imperial shuttle pilot. The Luke Skywalker minifig (sw0635) is available since the 2016 Death Star Final Duel and appeared in the 2016 advent calendar and UCSDeath Star, and of course in the 2020 latest Death Star Final Duel set. Dark Vador is the same minifig that came with the 2020 Bespin Duel or Final Death Star Duel... without the arm printing. Does that makes it an exclusive minifig? The Imperial Shuttle Pilot is the same minifig that was included in 2017/2018 sets, but with a slightly different torso. Build The build is rather easy to follow throughout the 6 numbered bags, each of it bringing key elements of the shuttle. The building techniques are rather simple, except maybe for the locking mecanism of the shuttle's top. Finished model The cockpit fits one minifigure, while the inner compartment can fit two sitting minifigures. There are no clips to attach the mnifigures' weapons. There is a clever lever that allow to open or close the top of the shuttle. The mecanism is quite robust, and you can lift the shuttle by its top wing. The landing gears are reduced to a couple of parts. The Imperial Shuttle looks quite nice when its wings are deployed... and from a certain distance... I'm not a fan of the "lower parts count" policy of Lego in the latest Star Wars sets, as it affects the look of the model too much for me. So as you may have guessed, while I think the set looks pretty good, there are a lot of spots where inner mecanisms are holes can be found. Also the undersides of the wings aren't really as beautifull as the main top wing. The pilot can do very safe landing as he can see the ground through the cockpit's floor... For a set that will be swooshed around a lot, skipping the cockpit floor is a design mistake. I wanted to do a side by side comparison with the #75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium, but couldn't find all the parts in my collection. So I'll just do a comparison of the numbers... The 75094 has 937 parts and 5 minifigs, for a retail price of 99,99€. That makes it 25% more expensive, but for 42% more parts, 66% more minifigs (4 of wich are exclusive). Conclusion Not completely sold on the set. It looks good when displayed, but there are too much gaps and holes everywhere if you look closely. The minifigures fit the set very well and are spot on, but I wonder why Dark Vador misses its arm printings. It lacks some details, for exemple on the weapons. But for children this may be a great playing set, with a wow effect as it's largeand nice when the wings are unfolded. Minifig: 7/10 - The minifigs selection is spot on, but I miss the Vador's arm printing. Build: 6/10 - A simple but solid build, but lacks of details and some design flaws Price: 7/10 - With a ppp of 0,12€ and three minifig, none completely exclusive, that makes that set "okay", maybe a bit overpriced Overall: 20/30 (67%) - A nice set, with the minifigures we could expects, but with some flaws due to a too low part count.
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    Classic Space Evolution

    Nice idea :)