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  1. 2014 LEGO City Sets Click for more high-resolution images on flickr. 60032 Arctic Snowmobile 60033 Arctic Ice Crawler 60034 Arctic Helicrane 60035 Arctic Outpost 60036 Arctic Base Camp 60041 Crook Pursuit 60042 High Speed Police Chase 60043 Prisoner Transporter 60044 Mobile Police Unit 60045 Police Patrol 60046 Helicopter Surveillance 60047 Police Station 60048 Police Dog Unit 60049 Helicopter Transporter 60050 Train Station (Train sets are discussed in the Train Tech forum) 60051 High-Speed Passenger Train (Train sets are discussed in the Train Tech forum) 60052 Cargo Train (Train sets are discussed in the Train Tech forum) 60053 Race Car 60054 Light Repair Truck 60055 Monster Truck 60056 Tow Truck 60057 Camper Van 60058 SUV with Watercraft 60059 Logging Truck 60060 Auto Transporter 60061 Airport Firetruck 60062 Arctic Ice Breaker 60063 City Advent Calendar 60064 Arctic Supply Plane The first pictures (from the back of a LEGO instruction booklet)
  2. The Lego 42029 Customized Pickup truck is a Lego Technic set that was released in the second half of 2014. The set has 1063 pieces and retails for about 100 USD which seems a bit high. When the first images were leaked, the reactions were very mixed. Some people liked it others didn’t and the main complaint was that the set’s front end looks quite ugly. Honestly I wasn’t a fan of the whole second half of 2014 line up, but I decided to buy this set for the parts and do a review of it as I quite enjoy making reviews. Anyway lets get on to the actual review. The Box I apologize for the glare on the box, I'm not sure how to avoid that. The box is weirdly shaped as it is long and short in height. It feels full and has a pleasant weight to it which makes you think that the price was worth it. Here's what I mean about the shape. Compared to a model with similar parts, the box is not really square. Here's the back of the box. It displays the model's various functions, the possibility to motorize it, and the B model. The B model honestly looks terrible to me as it looks like a mess. Here's the contents of the box. There are 11 bags and once opened, the parts barely fit on my temporary, tiny table that I was using to build. The box also contains two instruction manuals( and no instructions for the B model as always) and an unsecured sticker sheet. Since the sheet wasn't secured, mine arrived with a large bend in it. This picture is after 5-10 minutes of trying to flatten it. The Build The build starts with the rear axle and the mini linear acuator for dumping. Not much is really going on right now. Some beams are placed diagonally to make a sort of truss which is kinda interesting. The other interesting thing is how the dump function works. Normally in Lego vehicles the linear acuator pushes the dump bed up as shown in this photo by Blakbird. Instead of using this basic pushing mechanism, the acuator in 42029 is mounted facing downward and fully opened in closed form. When you want it to dump, the acuator pulls the bed up instead of pushing. I'm not sure what benefit this gives, but it is an interesting way to make a mechanism. Anyway back to the build. The build then goes to the front of the chassis. At this stage, you get a feel for the size of the model, and to me it seemed a bit small at first. After that the build takes an odd step. In a model it makes more sense to build a complete chassis and then build the bodywork, but in this model the build ignores that the chassis is not finished, and moves on to the cab section. The cab looks alright, but the interior looks very half baked. The seats are too small for this model and they're blue... again . I'm really getting tired of seeing blue seats in models. It doesn't look realistic, and is it really that hard to make different colored seats? This trend has been used sparingly for many years, but then in 2009 it started to get used for most models. It's been 6 years of that now and I think its time for change. Anyway on to another overused Technic mechanic- the gearbox. The 42029 follows the time honored tradition of a function splitting gearbox. This iteration of it is quite simple with only two functions- a winch(again ), and a dump bed. The functions are controlled by the black bevel gear on the bottom, or from the 8 tooth gear on the right as that's where the M motor can be placed. The cab is attached and the model starts to resemble its final form. Next the engine is added. This was also a source of controversy as it was a V6. Most pickup trucks use a V8 so this was a bit odd. It's also not that hard to squeeze in 2 extra cylinders as evidenced by Sariel's motorization of it, so this seems to be laziness on TLG's part Another interesting thing I found was that the instructions displayed the old mold for engine blocks while my set included the new blocks. The odd thing is that my 42009 also has the newer style blocks and its from 2013, so I would think the 42029 instructions would include these new blocks as the set came out a full year after 42009. Next you have to build the front axle. I'm not a huge fan of these new hubs as there has to be so much space between the suspension arms. Also an interesting technique is used to limit the suspension. The white pieces, which are normally used in studded sets, block the arms from sagging under weight. Front axle mounted. At this point the steering also works and you could have a rolling chassis if you wanted to. And now the cliche winch piece is built. On a side note, I have 2 shelves of Legos. One shelf contains supercars and the rest is ordinary sets. Every single set I have built on that shelf has a winch or thread of some kind. They're all done differently, of course, but i just find winches boring. As a function they're quite boring unless its absolutely necessary such as the 42009 or 8258. Now here's another source of disappointment- the ugly front end. When you look at modern pickup trucks( especially American ones), they all have a feeling of power. The grilles are massive and are covered in chrome and the lights are large and boxy. Just look at the new Ford F-150. The 42029 looks so weak compared to these trucks. Instead of large boxy headlights it has bug eyed lights which are made from gearbox extenders. The grille also looks terrible. Its a mashup of red and grey parts which does anything but evoke a sense of power. I think they could have made it look a little better if they had replaced the red bushes in the grille with grey. Also look at those #3 connectors in grey. There was also some controversy about this as they look very out of place, and this was the perfect opportunity to bring back the rare #3 connectors in red. They brought back the red 5x11 panels in this set, so why couldn't they do they same for these connectors? I replaced mine just to see how it would look and it looks a lot cleaner. Overall the whole front area looks quite disappointing and feels sloppy. Anyway on to the rest of the build and there's not much left of it. The dumping bed is attached and a few other details are added and bam you're done. The dumping bed is an uncommon feature for a pickup truck, but it works well, and gives it a second function thus giving TLG an excuse to use another function splitting gearbox Here are the spare parts Completed model Here's a few pics of the finished model. I think the rear is simple and pretty well done Here's a side shot. With the high suspension, it feels more like a crawler to me than a pickup truck. The suspension is one of the best things about this model. It feels neither too soft or hard and is nice and bouncy. It also has amazing travel. The model's winch also works smoothly as with every other model with a winch. The set can also be motorized with the 8293 power functions set. All you need is an M motor, LEDs, a battery box, and a clutch gear. Motorizing it is quite easy and only takes a few minutes, but one should manage their cables properly, as I didn't pay much attention to the placement and it they stopped the bed from fully closing. I didn't care much for the motorization as it just put lights on the roof and motorized 2 functions. Unlike the 42024, this set doesn't really need the motorizing as the functions work at a reasonable speed, so I decided to not keep the motorization and advise you not to waste your money on the extra parts required to do the motorizing. I decided to take the set outside in order to match its rugged looks. Nice view of the V6 and its turbochargers? Not sure what the things are on top of the engine. Everything opened I also decided to give the dumping bed a practical test with birdseed and it worked well although the bed and parts of the chassis got quite dusty One flaw with the dumping is that the tailgate has to be opened manually. It doesn't make much sense to put a dumping function yet not have an easily opening tailgate. Personally I would have liked to see the tailgate use frictionless pins and some sort of manual locking mechanism. It would feel a bit more realistic at least to me. Final Thoughts The model doesn't have the greatest looks or the most realistic functions, but it has a great assortment of parts. Personally even though this set claims to be for older ages, I feel that it would appeal to younger children more due to its high ride height and quirky looks. It is also one of the most durable models that I have built. The suspension absorbs drops and it can be rolled over multiple times with no or minimal damage. At one point it accidentally fell off a sofa and it survived with only the roof lights and one steering link breaking. With all this sturdiness, its an interesting build as there is so much reinforcement and it is fun to see how they achieve this. The model is easy to break into chunks and has a lot of possibility for modification, so that's always good. Overall Build- 8/10 It's a fairly standard build, nothing too surprising, but it is fun to see how sturdiness can be achieved. Also there are a few interesting parts Looks- 4/10 Really TLG? This looks nothing like a modern pickup truck. I get that its "customized" but that gives no excuse to how half baked the looks are. The front end looks sloppy and the rear is just simple Parts 10/10 Steering arms, suspension, CV joints, ton of red parts, beams in black, dark bluish grey, etc. Its a great parts selection to build your own model. Functions 7/10 Lets see, it has great suspension, steering, a V6 , yet another winch , and a function splitter which really wasn't necessary. Price 7/10 At first glance the price looks alright, and you get the .10 cents per part ratio, however, it feels like it should have been priced a bit cheaper. Just look at the 42024- over 900 parts for 70.99. Now I understand that this model uses some more expensive parts and such, but i think it should really be priced at $85. That sounds like a more fair price since you have to pay an extra 30 to buy the kit that motorizes it. Final score 36/50 The set is a big pile of 'meh'. It could have been better, but its just average, and doesn't have much realism. It provides a ton of modification possibilities(Perhaps this was TLG's intent with this set hence the "Customized" name) and I would love to sit for hours and modify it into something better, but it also fills the function of expensive parts pack, and that's what I will probably be using mine for. In a perfect world where I had more money, I'd love to buy 2 of these and use one as a parts pack and modify the other one, but I guess I'll just have to modify this one and then break it for its parts. For now though its staying on my shelf just beckoning me to go and try to make it even more of a customized pickup truck. Thanks for reading my review. As always constructive feedback is appreciated and please voice how you feel about this set too.
  3. Ulrik Hansen

    MOC City of Copenhagen

    [Edit: September 2nd 2016] I have finally gotten around to extending this model in the direction of Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn which are two very popular destinations of Copenhagen for both tourists and the citizens. I'll put a picture both here and also with a comment later in this thread. Lots of close-ups of the extended part in the Flickr gallery [Edit: 2014] I have now added a whole bunch of pictures both here and on flickr. If you want the historical, explanatory discription for the different buildings you will have to visit the flickr photo set. And feel free to leave a commend here or there :) Original message 2014: I'm a member of Danish LUG Byggepladen and I'm a bit of a rare poster in this wonderful forum, but here's my short story: Over the last few years one thing let to another and much later I'm finally done with my model City of Copenhagen (Denmark). It is a microscale, sporting a really twisted micro snot mosaic road system. For lack of better I have chosen to call it OAMR System — Oblique Angle Micro Road System. You won't get a more LEGO System compatible micro snot road system for this scale. I would personally love to see some different micro's (just as a contrast to those otherwise beautiful Micro Skyscraper Square Grids), perhaps depicting one of the many awesome city plans of the world or just something you make up yourself :) And once again, here is the whole photo set on flickr. The photo from LEGO World Copenhagen 2014:
  4. JDbricks

    [MOC] Defend the fortress!

    Hey, what's up! Today I was going through my pictures and found this, a MOC I had made sometime in 2014. It was my first SNOT MOC. It's not the greatest, but I think it's still worth showing. Droids are attacking! I remember being super hyped about this battlepack, and was quite proud of my MOC. Anyway, thanks for looking. God bless. -JD
  5. lightningtiger

    New Mannum 2014

    Well I set up what I have of NM and here we go...... I'll try in the next few hours to take some different angle shots........I'll have to pack it away tonight or the wife will....... Keep watching !
  6. After i got the 60052 set, and had my review up, I went on a building rampage. Just as in the good old days when I first got back into LEGO, I just putted brick's together not overthinking things. Im pleased with the result, though I will probably change a lot of stuff with it as I usually end up doing. This is my impression of how the Cargo Train station could look ( offcourse adding a tonof bricks to it ). Now, everything is plated up, preparing the whole of the build ( and what is to come ) to be placed on baseplates for a larger layout. Im not to satisfied with the pictures but had my lightroom removed before I viewed them. Will probably take some new shots during the weekend. Hope you like it though. Click for larger image. I already felt that this set screamed to be modified. Bricks n bolts then posted a picture of a mod ( moc ) he made himself, that inspired me a lot. And this is the outcome. Click for larger image. Only MOD of the 60052 set I've finished so far besides the cargo train station itself is the forklift. As i want my Maersk 1651 set to go with this, Iv'e made it these colors offcourse. Now, the forklift its not as functionel as the original one from 60052, but I personally like this better . I build more for show than for functionality. Track end buffer inspired py the post in this forum. Im quite pleased with how it turned out. And dammit, I forgot to include a Doctor Who reference, which is always do with my MOC's. Then again I was in a hurry if I were to get the pictures taken. Wont forget them in the next photo session. Let's get those astronauts up in the air ! Im feeling that my first train and the corresponding wagons will have to be a transport for my TLG shuttle. Build In Progress as I write this. Please do comment and ask questions if any. All feedback is always welcome. KlodsBrik.
  7. Summer 2015 Promotional Set 1st Wave of 2015 Pirate Sets 70411 Treasure Island 10679 Pirate Treasure Hunt 70413 The Brick Bounty 70412 Soldiers Fort 70410 Soldiers Outpost 70409 Shipwreck Defense Admiral Croissant:We were discussing possible new Pirate sets for 2014 in the 2013 thread, so let's continue here EDIT by Mister Phes: UPDATE April 8, 2014 At 3PM/15.00 April 7, Danish Time it was confirmed on that a new LEGO Pirates ship will be released early next year so this thread has been retitled "2015 LEGO Pirate Rumors and discussion" If you wish to learn more or enter their promotion please visit the: ReBrick "Name the Ship" Contest thread EDIT by Capt. Stabbin:
  8. 44017 STORMER Freeze Machine 44018 FURNO Jet Machine 44019 ROCKA Stealth Machine FLYER Beast vs. BREEZ 44021 SPLITTER Beast vs. FURNO & EVO 44022 EVO XL Machine 44023: Rocka Crawler Machine 44024: TUNNELER Beast vs. SURGE 44025: BULK Drill Machine 44026: CRYSTAL Beast vs. BULK 44027: BREEZ Flea Machine 44028: SURGE & ROCKA Combat Machine 44029: QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER 40116: HF Hero Minimodel Original post:
  9. Rufus

    Review Review: 60057 Camper Van

    My life seems to have been nothing but Campers recently. Still, when I saw a few of the new 2014 CITY sets available already at a certain toy store, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to produce an early review, given my love of CITY civilian vehicles. Having reviewed 2012's 4435 Car and Caravan, I'm interested to see how this latest addition to the outdoor recreation collection compares. Review: 60057 Camper Van Set Information Name: Camper Van Number: 60057 Theme: CITY Release: 2014 Parts: 195 Figures: 2 Price: GB £17.99 | US $19.99 | EUR xx.xx | AU $xx.xx | CA $xx.xx | DKK xxxxxx.xx Links ... Shop@Home ... Brickset ... Bricklink ... Peeron The Box Click for a larger full frontal image No matter how far our intrepid campers stray from the concrete jungle, it seems they cannot escape the City's looming tower, still visible over the trees in the background. The nine-year-old blue box surround suits this set; the lady protagonist paddles happily in the blue while her chappie puts his oar in from the artistically-rendered shore. As usual, this European version of the box features no part count, suggested age range or Choking Hazard warning. Several nicely-tesselated insets demonstrate the set's features on the rear. Modularity is assured, in the recent subdued format of bags alone rather than the individual modules' builds. Click for a larger image The highlight for me here is the fantastic spread of the new 2014 vehicles. I can live without the fire truck, but just about every vehicle here is right up my street. Gotta get that car transporter! Click here for a close-up. Note that the subversive Pokemon-esque 'Collect them all!' mantra (Pokemantra?) has gone; collecting all of these would be a daunting task for your average nine-year-old, and expensive for his or her parents. Our life-jacketed heroes parade with oars aloft on the box top: Ginger dude shows off his orange top in the scale inset. I really like that treescape in the background. Measuring 260 x 190 x 58 mm, the box is the standard size for this price point, demonstrated here in comparison to 2013's 60018 Cement Mixer: I've yet to even open the cement mixer box. Box Contents The usual thumb-tabs open the box, and out fall two polybags, each containing a smaller bag for fiddly bits; two instruction manuals; and the Dreaded Sticker Sheet: I dread stickers far less these days, particularly since the days of STickers Across Multiple Pieces seem to be over, and I even put these on this time. They are printed on a glossy white background, which isn't quite the same shade as the white of the bricks, but this isn't too noticeable. The Instructions Two similarly-sized manuals are provided, identical on the front save for the module number; both have covers made from thinner paper similar to the inside pages, rather than the glossier covers found on many instruction booklets. On the inside front cover, the newish cartoon demonstrates how you should sort your pieces before building; opposite this, acres of blue space surround diminutive depictions of the modular build: I don't know if it is deliberate, but the blus background has a vague watery pattern ... ... which continues throughout: The build is simple and rather pedestrian; the only SNOT-work is seen here on the front bumper. Piece call-outs are a little reduntant in a set of this size, but I'm not complaining. At the rear are found an advertisement for one of the new CREATOR sets, a CITY diorama, and the two pages of inventory. Page one is here; page two is on the inside rear cover ... ... and demonstrates the thinness of the cover paper and the presence of the evil WGW kid on the rear. The Parts The red canoe is the highlight of the parts from Module 1: it appeared in a few Pirates sets in the mid-1990s, and the mold hadn't been seen since 2001 until 2013's 79107 Comanche Camp brought it back to us in Reddish Brown. Otherwise, the selection is unremarkable except for the 1x3 tiles, which come for the first time in Green. Module 2's contents are a little more interesting, with some useful tiles, and I'm delighted to see smaller Dark Tan plates in a low-priced set. The newer-style trap door and frame appear for the first time in white; I was excited to see the R5 droid head in plain light bluish grey, but it also appeared in two Star Wars sets last year. The Figs Meet Tom and Barbara. Tom is not called that because he's ginger; he has a lopsided facial expression which could be a smirk, or sceptical, or indicative of some neurological condition. He sports an orange anorak first seen in 2011's CREATOR 5770 Lighthouse Island. Both torsos have back printing. Barbara has evil hair, and a nice blouse ... ... but it's the same as that of Olivia from the Car and Caravan set: Barbara, alone out of the foursome, seems at least to be a Happy Camper. Maybe that's because of all the fun that can be had with paddles. The life-jackets are the newer kind: narrower than their earlier counterparts but leaving a small but unsightly gap in the neck region. Both Tom and Barbara sit comfortably in the canoe, and there's room for more. The set comes with a spare oar, but no extra life-jackets, so if John and Olivia want to join them it'll be at their own risk. It's nice to see the couple rafting together, though I suspect the reality will be more like this. The Camper No build pictures for this simple set; just straight down to business! I was critical of the newish front end piece when it appeared in the 60017 Flatbed Truck; I'm still not 100% sold on it, but here, helped by the 1x2 curved slopes to either side, it does help to define the contours of the van's front end. I like the multiple appearances of ornage indicator lights, and the clicky-hinged wing mirrors look fab. The van's lines are for the most part clean and purposeful, helped by the unbroken stripes in green and dark tan: colours which are replicated on the stickers, so don't apply them if you want to modify the set with different colours. I'm not so keen on the white mudguards - they look a little odd next to the bluish grey of the camper base. You may notice a slight oddity in the construction: the front mudguards are mounted a plate higher than the rear. This isn't too obvious - I failed to notice myself until typing the review - but it does spoil the image a little. The rear mudguards sit lower in order to maintain the green stripe and provide a tile surface for the opening side - there isn't a way to avoid this without making the whole camper a plate taller. It might be possible to lower the front mudguards if this height difference bothers you, but this will result in the front bumper looking incongruously high. There are nice curves to the roof, brought about by the 4x6 car bonnet panel sitting flush with the larger roof piece in front, and the curve slopes to the rear. The back end is a little spartan - it could do with a ladder to the roof, or possibly a rear window. The blocky bley mass at the base here demonstrates the simple construction technique throughout; the cliff face of bley broken only by the sticker and the dark bluish grey plate edge at centre-bottom. This dark bley plate forms part of the chassis: If the dark bley bothers you, you might switch the two 2-wide plates over here; this will fix the dark bley spot at the rear, but might weaken the chassis. Features The cab has opening doors, as do most CITY vehicles these days; I recall a few years ago that AFOLs bemoaned the lack of doors - proof that The LEGO Group does listen to its fanbase. Barbara is driving, today. There is space atop a blue brick next the steering wheel for the obligatory coffee mug; in front of this, two grille tiles neaten the cab nicely, and might represent ventilation or heating. The cab can easily be reconfigured for right hand drive if you prefer. A high arch provides easy access to the rear of the camper ... ... and allows Tom to join Barbara in the cab, albeit sitting sideways. To allow access to the rear, the whole left side of the van opens: You can see here why the rear mudguard is lower - if it were a plate higher, it would prevent the side opening. The roof is also easily removed, allowing adult fingers to manipulate the figures with ease: Tom and Barbara have a decent-sized table, a large double bed, and the grille tile at the bed's foot could I suppose represent a stove - though there's no other cooking equipment. Unlike in the Caravan, this camper's bed sleeps two comfortably - though one of them has to sleep on their side. Note the stickered television screen on the wall - a similar feature to the Caravan, which was showing a scene related to one of its sister sets (the Dirt Bike Transporter). If 60057's television is meant to relate to another set, I can't tell which. The horizontal bars, which I presume are meant to represent static, look a little like scratches. Up on the roof, there's a handy compartment for storing the oars and life-jackets, or whatever camping paraphenalia you fancy. A minor criticism: unless the boat is attached to the roof, there is no way to secure the trap door; this means repeatedly having to pick the oars off the floor when you inevitably forget and turn the van upside down. The front section also has sizeable storage space, and here the lid is more firmly attached: So firmly that it can be tricky to open. There's not much to store in there, but I guess it depends what you want to use your camper for. The 2x2 jumper plate and the R5 head provide a little detail, but they are there to allow attachement of the canoe to the roof ... ... like this: There's a little ambiguity as to exactly how the boat should attach; it can sit a stud further back than this, or a half stud to either side, but I think this position looks best. The red of the canoe really sets of the colours of the van - now it looks really smart! Comparison to other camper vehicles Let's now see how this latest camper compares to the most recent CITY camper, 2009's 7639 Camper: The latest version is taller, with a more detailed, textured front end, and wing mirrors, and I prefer the trans-clear headlights; although the newish bonnet (hood) piece adds contour to the front, I do miss the SNOT grille tiles. The rake of the windscreen is shallower in the new set. The disadvantage of the addition of wing mirrors is a two plate-high step at the top of the windscreen, but this is a minor point. 60057 is considerably longer than 7639: a good four studs, bumper to bumper, though 7639 has a stud's overhang at the rear. I'd like to draw your attention here to the subtle but important difference between the two, and to which I alluded in my review of the Car and Caravan set: 60057 has a more sober livery, and a more realistic overall design; however it loses a chunk of the Classic Town cuteness that exudes from its immediate predecessor. Lacking from the rear of the new set is any means for Tom and Barbara to get onto the roof - the set is crying out for a ladder, but even a window would help to break the cliff-face monotony. I do like the round tiled lights. There really needs to be some detail on that bley boxy bottom. The 2009 Camper allowed both walls to open, giving easy access to the cosy interior; 2014's left wall opens completely, and the roof is removable. There's much more space in the new one, partly because the table has been pushed right to the front; if you want Tom and Barbara to share a romantic dinner, then you can reposition the blue driver's seat without tooo much difficulty. 7639's latching mechanism was fiddly - you have to unclip and reclip the rear lamp. 60057 has no latching mechanism at all, but it isn't necessary: the stiffness of the plate hinges means the door stays in position. 60057's living quarters share a lot in common with 2012's 4435 Caravan: the window/wall panel/small window configuration is identical, as is (or should be) the placement of a television on the inside of the white wall panel. The opening mechanism is similar, but simplified in the Camper Van, and the interior has been tidied up somewhat; I'm pleased that the Camper has trans-black windows rather than the Police-ish trans blue of the Caravan. I like to think that TLG listened to me here. Conclusion When I reviewed the 4435 Car & Caravan, I was in retrospect rather unfair to it. I complained about the sobriety of the colour scheme (of the caravan, at least), which, compared to the cute lime green and curvy 7639 camper, seemed rather too masculine. The likely explanation for this is the arrival of the Friends range necessitating a wider dichotomy from the principally boy-oriented CITY range; however, seeing this latest camper, I begin to see to logic. The result makes up for the loss of Classic Town cuteness with a huge dose of realism: 60057 looks like a LEGO version of a real camper. Whether this is the right direction to take is up for debate; however, if this is the designer's intent, I would say it has been a success. Of course there will be niggles: the colors and position of the mudguards are a little fussy; the rear bottom is too simplistic in its boxy bleyness; and there needs to be a ladder or something else at the rear - else how are Tom and Barbara ever going to get that canoe back on the roof? I can live with the mudguards, and if I find I can't live with the rear I will modify it. This is a lovely little set: smart and realistic, but fun for play. The only quandry is whether to choose this over the many other wonderful civilian vehicles now available. Design & Build 8 A realistic design and smart livery is achieved effortlessly despite the simple build. It could just do with a little something more at the rear. Parts 8 It's great to see the return of the kayak-style boat, even if its uses are somewhat limited. There's a number of useful parts in white, and the smaller dark tan plates are most welcome, even if there's only a few of them. Figures 7 Tom and Barbara's torsos are both nice, and though not unique they aren't so common. It's a shame that Barbara wears the same top as Olivia, because if you have the caravan, you're likely to want to show the two sets together. Playability 9 Plenty of storage compartments, and easy accessibility to the interior, give the set an edge over earlier camping-related sets. Other uses for the paddles I will leave to your imagination. Value 9 The expected inflation hike for this price point maintains the 10c per part guideline, though many of these parts are large and specialised. But you wouldn't buy this set for the parts alone: it's a great-looking vehicle, a fun play set, and a super addition to your LEGO town. Overall 82% My Score 9/10 The triumph of this set is the achievement of a very realistic-looking camper and a fun play set for a simple build. And it's just one of many great looking civilian sets new for 2014! Your dilemma should not be which to buy, but which to buy first. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the review. Please tell us what you think! Rufus Resources My flickr Photoset 4435 Car and Caravan Review 7639 Camper Review by Macoco No joke to end with, I'm afraid, but here's a picture of the more recent camping vehicles together: If you like my reviews, and would like to learn how it's done, please consider joining the Reviewers Academy:
  10. Maus

    [MOD] AT-AT 75054

    First time posting a mod. Let's see how this goes... When I bought the 2014 AT-AT, I thought it was a really good set. It's technic frame makes it really stable despite the high centre of gravity, and for a system-scale set it is impressively large. It is very posable. It has it's problems though. In essence, it's a technic set with some plates tacked on to it. That usually makes for a set with a lot of gaps if you don't get the angles exactly right. It was also very studdy, whereas the "real" AT-AT is relatively smooth. Some of the colour choices seemed very inconsistent (a lot of stray DBL bricks everywhere). And, of course, the cockpit. The sides angled inwards too much, and it could fit only one pilot. Also: it lacked the red view port. So I decided to try to remedy all that, and basically turned a large pile of plates into a large pile of tiles. In the proces I found out that lighting is really important when trying to take pictures of LEGO. Sorry if it's hard to make out some of the details... You can find more pictures in this album.
  11. I have been waiting for pics or instructions to surface online if this model, as well as, the Batmobile and The Ghost. Earlier today, I came across a time-lapse video build of Rockets Warbird and built it in LDD. Uploaded to Brickshelf, feel free use and build it, when modded. Should be right, this model is 141 pieces, when you include the 4 pieces to build Rocket, that gives you the 145 pieces stated on the box. Let me know if you find The Ghost or The Batmobile. Thanks, Jamie
  12. The_Creator

    Ninjago 2014

    HR official images of the first wave Pictures Link to HR version which can be 2000.pxl 70721 Kai Fighter Put the heat on General Cryptor and grab the Techno-Blade with Kai Fighter with 2 flick missiles, jet engines and speed mode wings. Kai has taken over a civilian vehicle and used his Techno-Blade to turn it into an awesome red and gold Ninja Fighter! Take off and weave between the skyscrapers of New Ninjago City with Kai in the cockpit. Shoot the gold-tipped flick missiles into the path of the evil General Cryptor and evade blasts from his ground-to-air laser rocket launcher. Defeat General Cryptor then flip the wings back to engage speed mode and zoom away. Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and an accessory: Kai and General Cryptor. 70722 OverBorg Attack Escape on the Green Ninja cycle in OverBorg Attack with all-terrain tank bike, mech chair, spinning saw blades, jump ramp and 2 minifigures. Cyrus Borg has been transformed by technology into OverBorg, and is on a mission to control New Ninjago City and capture the Green Ninja. Help the Green Ninja escape to safety on his super-slick cycle with golden blades. The OverBorg has powered up in his mech chair and is giving chase on his all-terrain tank bike, churning up the road with the two fast-spinning, slicing circular saw blades. Evade the tank bike’s lasers then accelerate onto the ramp and soar over OverBorg’s fearsome machine! Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and accessories: OverBorg and Lloyd. 70723 Thunder Raider Battle the Nindroids with Jay’s Thunder Raider featuring attack/speed modes, hidden flick missiles plus Cole’s Earth Mech and Techno-Blade. Team up Cole and Jay against the Nindroids with Thunder Raider, a versatile Ninja vehicle full of hidden surprises. Attach Cole’s Earth Mech to the back of Jay’s lightning off-roader. Engage speed mode and power effortlessly over rough terrain with the high-grip front tank treads and huge rear wheels. When the Nindroid attacks with its double laser cannon, detach Cole’s Earth Mech and fight back using the golden sword blasters. Transform the awesome Thunder Raider into attack mode to shoot hidden missiles and reload until the Ninjas are victorious! Includes 3 minifigures with weapons: Cole, Jay and a Nindroid.
  13. Name: Infearno Interception Theme: LEGO Ultra Agents Year: 2014 Pieces: 313 Pieces Minifigs: 2 minifigures Price: USD $29.99 This set is nearing the end of its run on shelves as the new wave comes in, but still awaits a review. Personally its my first Ultra Agents set, I went for it because of the Blade Runner similarity. First, of course the box. The back, showing off all the action features and app tie in. The build is divided into two stages in numbered bags. The instructions has a very simple pale green background with grid pattern. Some parts that were interesting to me, I believe only the flame helmet piece is new. Nice to have the space armor in red. I don't buy Star Wars or much action themes so this is my first set with spring loaded missiles. This is the completed first stage of the build. Here you can see the ejection seat mechanism The figures, Agent Soloman Blaze and Infearno. The mech leg is a nice touch but while Soloman is a decent looking figure, Infearno is the clear standout. He really reminds me of a Mega Man villain. His armor, flame throwers and flame board are simple builds but come together very well. The printing on Infearno is very cool, its a shame the armor covers it up actually. But its great to have the printing available. The final build, look familiar? Getting even more Blade Runner-ish in this mode. All features open, the spring fire missiles work reasonably well and its nice they can be hidden. I feel like this should've been reverse printed or else the instructions should show it going on the inside. Lastly, here are the extras. Thanks for reading. Playability: 8/10 Nice articulation, typical flick fire missiles, ejection seat. Great swooshability for a small vehicle. Design: 9/10 The car design comes together very well. Unusual but functional front wheels. Doesn't feel fragile despite nice detailing. Price: 7/10 Average price per piece, I think this would be better at $25 despite quite a few trans pieces. Now is the time to get it on clearance. Minifigures: 8/10 Soloman is classy but not too exciting, Infearno is excellent. Parts: 7/10 Good amount of trans bricks, there are 1x2 trans light blue used that could have been simply dark bley. Total: 39/50 Solid build, good design, I'm tempted to pick up more Ultra Agents sets.
  14. 2014 LEGO CREATOR Houses Sets Click for more high-resolution images on flickr. 31025 Mountain Hut 31026 Bike Shop & Café
  15. Peasantseverywhere

    Favourite Lego Superheroes 2014 Set ?

    2014 is nearly over and throughout the year we've have some great new sets for the Superheroes theme, but the question is, which has been your favourite. These can include the normal sets and UCS Tumber, aswell as any polybags you have particularly liked. You can either choose your overall favourite set or separate it between the two different themes of Marvel and DC, i think i will do both. Marvel - Milano Spaceship Rescue DC - Jokers Steamroller Overall - Milano Spaceship Rescue
  16. With 2014 coming to an end, I thought it would be nice to give a look back and remember what this year brought along with it. So, in your opinion, what was the: best/worst LEGO set released in 2014? best/worst LEGO minifigure released in 2014? best/worst LEGO theme overall in 2014? And finally, what are you most excited about for 2015? (Happy New Year! )
  17. Hello Townsfolk! We thought it would be nice to have a General Discussion topic. A topic where you can make suggestions to us, we can discuss things with you all, and where we can make small announcements relating to the Town Forum. This is where we'd love to hear about the things you like about the Town Forum, suggestions of things you'd like to see (or see more of), and where we can announce any changes to the Forum or give news about upcoming contests and events. We'd love to hear your thoughts! The Town Staff.
  18. Just stopped by my local Target to see they had several sets on clearance: Lots of Chima down 15% or more including Legend Beasts and of course Speedorz--which seem to be on perpetual clearance All Hero factory IFB down as much as 30% Some Creator down 25-50% (including 31019 Forest animals at 50%) Some Lego Movie down 30% Storage boxes, clocks, watches down up to 30% Sadly, no clearance discounts on City, SW, or Super Heroes. Edit: some large (not arctic) City sets were marked down 15%, and Juniors as well. They also had some of the new Bionicle and Classic sets in stock ahead of the 1/1 date.
  19. No survey, no better or worse just your opinions. I am going to search my favorites it has been a long and good year, sure it will be tracks in my list . Happy new year, I forgot it .
  20. What are you going to do now, Bowman!? You are forsaken... As a conclusion to the final Hobbit movie, and to Middle Earth... The poster for the final Hobbit movie, the Battle of the Five Armies, built in Lego! Finally! After 2 months of work, hours of set up, buildings crashing/rebuilding, and adding lighting, it is finished! I built the Hobbit Poster for the Final Hobbit movie in Lego (excluding Smaug). Poster link. I had tons of fun building this, probably my favorite (but most tedious) part of this is the water and fire effect with it. I hope you like it too! Also my first and maybe last entry into the CCCXII 4th Wall: Backstory: My friend and I are doing a collab of this poster, and were going to enter it into the CCCXII. I was going to build Laketown in the picture, and he was going to build Smaug. I decided not to build the exact poster, but added my own artistic flare with the stone. Also, I don't have that much brown. :P What you see is basically everything, I have basically no more plates or tiles. I did have a ton of fun building and designing it however, which is most important. :) Problem: Unfortunately, Smaug is not ready. We are going to take pictures of both sections together at a later date, but after the CCCXII is over. However, I still wanted to enter into the CCCXII. Conclusion: so after we talked about it, I took the photo of Laketown, excluding Smaug. So this is only HALF of the collab. We will take photos of that at a later date. So this is my section, I hope you like it! In case you are wondering, this is what I have been working on for a while. :) Enjoy! Also, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Soli Deo Gloria! ~Matthew~
  21. There's a new LDraw update, version 2014-02. For the people here that don't like to read, here's the page that sums up all the new parts. If you do like a little more information, the following text sums it up pretty well: Source It also includes my first parts
  22. BrickRally217

    Winter Village: Game Room and Hot Tub

    Hello all! This my entry for this year's Expand the Winter Village Contest, the Game Room and Hot Tub. It's meant for the elves and Santa, who work long hours, to get some much-needed leisurely time. Some of the images are low-quality (like the first one), but I don't have the best camera/editing software. I hope that's not too much of a distraction from the build itself . Anyway, this took me about a week and a half to complete, and I hope you all like it! The main focus of this building is the exterior. Lots of details are present and I tried to give the building a unique style because I thought it would make sense if the elves had their own way that they design buildings. The chimney has a very rugged, worn-down, weathered appearance to it, which complements the building nicely in my opinion. The interior, while not as detailed as the exterior, is packed pretty full with 3 different board games, a fireplace, and a snow shovel. The second story is twice as tall as the ground floor (elf construction is weird, huh). The flooring in the kitchen is sunken in, too. This is the bakery that makes the best pizza and banana cream pies in the North Pole! There is a shelf with wine and soda, a handy step-stool, ladder, brick oven, and a place to sit and eat. ...And now the hot tub. This was a last minute edition to the build, and I think it turned out great! I tried to keep the style unique just as with the main building. Santa seems to be enjoying a much-desereved glass of wine. I encourage you to go here and see some more of the photos, like the back of the building and the attic : Here's a link to my entry from last year in case you are curious what that looked like : Well, that's it! Wishing everyone else entering this contest good luck and a fun time building C&C welcome.
  23. Tr0jinH0rse

    BFTGM Entry - The Malevolent

    Hi everyone, this is my first ever input into Eurobricks. I've been lurking for a while, and this contest made me decide to finally create an account. This is the first thing I have ever built using CCBS. I bought a bulk lot off eBay last week, and having never used it before I must say I enjoy using it a lot more than I thought I would. I'm glad that Bionicle next year is using this system, I feel like it's definitelly a step in the positive direction. Not to say I don't love the old system, I still can't get enough of the originals. Anyway, I digress. Here is my entry to the contest: BFTGM Entry - The Malevolent BFTGM Entry - The Malevolent by Tr0jinH0rse, on Flickr The Malevolent are a race native to the dark caves of Okoto, a violent and primitive species who wear the bones of their victims as armour and trophies. They wear a skull mask to frighten and intimidate their prey, and any who are foolhardy enough to challenge them. The villagers of Onu-Koto are wary of disturbing these beasts, as they don't want to end up as the next piece of armour on a Malevolent. Also, here is a shot of how I imagine the Malevolent to look in the dim light of a cave: BFTGM Entry - The Malevolent by Tr0jinH0rse, on Flickr More photos here: Thanks for looking! Good luck to everybody who entered the contest.