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  1. Recently got the chance to splurge on a few things I've been wanting, among them were the first two official LEGO sets I've bought in years. I look forward to fiddling with all the new pieces I've never held in my hands before. I'm a sucker for gray and orange, cool planes, sharp angles, things that go vroom; these features determine all my buying decisions. If a computer chair doesn't scream VROOM! in my head when I see it, I won't buy it. Send it back to the factory, it's faulty. Yeah, I also got a MegaConstrux fig because I remembered my Cortana minifig was lonely. It's like a blind-bagged blind date for her, maybe she dates an alien, maybe a strapping space marine, or maybe even a microscale battleship, how exciting! (By the way, I got a racecar, a jetplane, and a I covered land, air, and USM-C[sea], wahahaha) Switching gears back to LEGO, the boxes are still easy to open by sliding a ruler along the edge of the glued panel. You don't have to tear it open at the designated tab, to keep the box looking good. It's weird that the instruction booklet is folded because it fits just fine without needing to be. Maybe the extra thickness protects the stickers better? There's a scanable QR Code on the booklet and one of the bags that will take you to "extra content" associated with the set. To me that sounds like photocomics or something, made with the set, so I bit on that hook. The code takes you to a site to download the "LEGO Social Life App", so you can then download low-res digital instructions. So, you have to download the LEGO social media app, a QR scanner and a PDF reader just to read blurry instructions. I might be missing something here, but I'd rather avoid this hassle next time and just use the paper booklet. Whatever, lets get to building! (I might be channeling the times I've worked sorting parts for Bricklink stores haha) We start by building a...stargate? Oh, a giant fan. It's probably a windtunnel, I like the idea. I'm already working with bits I've never handled before, awesome. I wasn't sure why this section called for a "fancy" piece since it just gets covered up, but later on you see it's a bit exposed and adds a touch of gap detail. The reason I haven't bought a LEGO set in years is because they're hecka expensive and I'm not into most of the themes currently out there. I don't have kids that can learn critical thinking from building things, I don't have any interest in superheroes, etc. However, I figured it was time to invest in me, in my own building skills. With all these new pieces, I was bound to learn something new. I love me some me. I love me even more when I build stuff that doesn't fall apart! Soon the car starts taking shape. I get to learn new techniques and Cortana gets to practice her welding skills. When I design my 8-wide cars, the guts definitely don't look like this. I work digitally and tend to outline the model's shell first to get the proportions right, then fill it in as needed to make it structurally sound. I like simple guts that don't require exotic (expensive) parts. I like to keep my cars as hollow as possible to add an engine bay, trunk, etc. This build is the total opposite. We start with the core and the guts are wild, there are tiles and slopes and panels flying around already and we haven't even touched the outside yet. MADNESS! There are clever techniques used from nose to tail, it's inspiring. I hope the other Speed Champions series cars provide a similar experience. Well...that went downhill faster than I expected. This is one of the best LEGO sets of all time, no question, I wouldn't change a thing. (Well, I'm going to convert it to 8-wide before applying stickers, but let's stick with the spirit of the sentiment.) ---------- If you take nothing else away from this, realize that the smarter your AI assistant gets, the less it will want to do anything you tell it. (And she'll probably steal your racecar and zoom away with her crooked alien boyfriend.)
  2. Hi all, First of all let me introduce myself. I tried to find the "hello my name is" thread but the link didn't work. I'm Luis, Spanish, 43 years old and I'm back into Lego Technic after 30 years. I loved building but then life became more difficult and full of other things. Last year I decided to build something I dreamt -but couldn't afford- when I was younger. With my kids we built the 42009 crane and I was proud (until I saw what the master builders were achieving). Wow! Anyway, I'd like to go further. I've already improved some details but I'd like to follow some of the MOCs or try to make some. The problem is that I'm a bit lost in this new universe. I see there are online stores, forums, places to share instructions, lists of parts, sw to design Lego, files, MOCs (and a lot of other letters), etc. People talk about things I don't even know. And I can't find a guide for new-old beginners. Can someone give me an overview? I've tried to search the forum before asking, but only found the glossary and the rules. I'm sure other people are in my same situation. Thanks in advance. :)
  3. Box. Reverse side. The Aira in the 1: 1 format. The contents of the box. Sticers Instruction. The beginning of the instructions. Random page. The end of the Assembly. Poster. Set list elves 2017( the first half). Map of the Elfendale 2017. The reverse side of the instructions( nothing unusual). Parts from the first bag. Goblin. Aira. .Printed circuits. Cronan symbol.. ."Jetpack" goblins. The base of the airship Airs. Continued Assembly of the first package. The end assembling the first packet. The contents of the second package. The bohrok eyes. The main part of the mechanism for folding and unfolding of the wings. New elements. Detals in new color. Aira boomerang. The contents of the third package. A lot of gold details. Map is a classic feature of this series. The base of the crossbow elves. Interesting gold details. The auxiliary engines. All the spare parts. Three Aires. Using the mechanism, it is possible to fold and unfold the wings.
  4. The year is 617 AE (After Empire) and this is the dawn of the second era of colonialism. After two years of the factions discovering new lands beyond the Sea of Storms, they have started to consolidate their holdings. But there is more to discover, and adventure awaits! In game terms, Era II introduces the following: - New ship stats (which you've already seen here), allowing players to customize their ships. - A revamped MRCA (now called the Trade MRCA), in which ships have a limited range, can only stop at one port each month, and start the next month from the port they end at the previous month. Also, convoys of 6 or more ships need special leaders (such as a commodore or admiral) that will cost DBs and PIPs to employ each month. Additionally, ports being overserved or underserved will impact the revenue for ships calling on those ports. - A NEW Adventure MRCA, in which players can go forth into the unknown to be the first to discover new lands -- and exploit them! Additionally, a new BoBS Intro thread and updated faction threads have been posted to the front page of the BoBS forum (although the old threads are still accessible for reference, just no longer pinned to the front page). The new faction threads have updated histories for what happened in Era I and their current relations with the other factions as we head into Era II. Full rules for the Trade MRCA and Adventure MRCA should be posted in the next few days. Other new features will be unveiled in the coming months, but the above items are the big news for now. It’s time to sail into the brave new seas of BoBS Era II.
  5. Here's a quick overview of the MILS standard. For those who haven't heard it of it, it is a standard published by the Hispabrick magazine to help coordinate diorama building between Lego builders. It also is a great foundational tool for learning how to make more advanced builds. Hope you enjoy! I have other videos on my channel with instructions on how to make the various modules.