Lego Creator – Prehistoric Hunters (6914) Review

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Lego Creator – Prehistoric Hunters (6914): Because this came from Pley I didn’t even know that it was actually a 3-in-1 set, and I just wanted to make a T-Rex. I’m not sure why it’s called Hunters considering it has a brachiosaurus. Either way though it’s an interesting set for the usage of colors and pose-ability.

 

Time to Knoll: 7 Minutes

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Time to Build: 14.5 Minutes for the T-Rex

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12.5 Minutes for the Brachiosaurus

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11 Minutes for the Pterodactyl

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 191 and 99 Steps – Manual for Rex Build. 69 Steps for Pterodactyl, and 89 Step for Brachiosaurus – and their Manual. (41 and 60 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $89.95 on Amazon
  • Weight: 127 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X11X2X3) = 330 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 24mm x 48mm x 160mm or 184.3 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So I realize that this being a dinosaur model I could totally get into some obscure fact about dinosaurs, maybe even trying to see how much decayed dinosaurs become the oil in the plastic of Lego bricks – but that will have to wait for next time.

Apologies that this is a bit more standard, but when I saw this set I was disappointed it didn’t contain one of my favorite dinosaurs (A tie between Velociraptor, Pachycephalosaurus, and Triceratops) I felt I just had to use the same subset and turn this into a 4-in-1 and I made my own trikey.

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I did have to do a few tweaks to make it work (mostly that headpiece) but I was able to get the set up into Lego Digital Designer so that you folks could build this set as well.

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Remix: So for this weeks remix I wanted to use all the nice limb pieces to make a VTOL spaceship. So I’ve got 3 pictures (top, landing, and in flight). I’m rather pleased with the front end, and sort of hatch cabin, and the front-end bending down came out like I wanted – still it even looks kind of dinosaur-y still. (Guess I could call it a raptor)

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Final Thoughts: While there’s not a lot of pieces (others will notice a smaller piece count than many previous reviewed sets) – there’s a lot of good pieces. The amount of nice hinges in various forms is what makes this a nice adaptable set on it’s own, and combined with it’s 3 tone color scheme and you can get a lot of mileage out of it. (Of course the retired and Amazon price sort of detract from that)

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

LEGO Star Wars – Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (7778) Review

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LEGO Star Wars – Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (7778): This one is actually a bit special to me. See I had (drunkenly) bought a lot set on Ebay because it promised there were some sets still in bags (2 and a 1/2 sets actually). I figured this would be nice to help keep reviews going on the site, plus it came with a bunch more bricks. As it turns out – a lot more. I noticed however there were some pieces clearly from a Falcon, and I found the instructions, and began to build. Sadly this was the remnants of the current Falcon (7965), and there was not enough in my library or with the lot to build it. Dismayed however I realized that there were some sections of the above Midi scale still intact, and that there were the parts of 2 different Falcons! I began to build out the Midi, and while some pieces I had to get from my collection and weren’t in the lot – the end result was my very own Falcon! (I did have to order online for stickers)

 

Time to Knoll: 14.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 36.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 356 and 50 Steps – Manual (40 Pages)
  • Price: Not even listed on Lego and $169.99 on Amazon (my lot cost me 45 total for this set and more, and the stickers were 10 bucks including other parts, so score for me!)
  • Weight: 346 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X10X1X1) = 50 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 102.4mm or 471.86 cm³ of course though the cylinder parts need to be separate so the full total is: 481.72 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

So you may know that there is a new Star Wars movie coming out this year. In honor of that I decided to update my Falcon replacing the radar dish destroyed in the original trilogy. Thankfully some folks have decided to take the few frames of reference and give us a nice digital render to go off of. (The fact that this comes from deeplyobesessed.blogspot.com is surprising no one)

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Now there’s actually some great pieces to replicate this, however most are simply too big to be in the scale – so I simplified. Below is the difference, and of course the file is provided here:

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Of course though, this now sits on my own Falcon:

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Remix: So I was wondering what to make with the interesting blend of colors and the splash of technic thrown into the mix. I decided on a blaster (no not Han’s blaster – that’s a bit of a stretch), but the engine pieces made me think of a gun barrel. As you can see though where the handle meets the barrel the connection is there, but it’s not exactly strong – so for the first time in the remix rules – I did actually add 2 pieces (remember my limit is I can add up to or remove 5 each) These pieces are just some structural Angle Plate 1X2 / 2X2 though and really it just makes it so it doesn’t fall apart easily

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However aside from the stand being perfect and some non-traditional usages throughout, my favorite bit is how well it actually feels/fits in hand!

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Final Thoughts: I also have to say that as kid growing up interested in Lego and Star Wars, having my own Falcon was a dream of mine, but even then the Falcon’s were these massive, very expensive sets, and it never came to pass. With that notion, plus the scrap heap origins of pulling this together – I feel I’m a bit biased in saying this is the only Falcon I’ll want/need, but I do actually enjoy the Midi scale here. I feel it’s not too small where detail is moot, and unlike the massive sets of my youth – this fits nicely in my display case. There’s actually some people on Lego Ideas trying to bring back some Midi scale Lego sets – so do sign up and back!

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

TopBrick Now on it’s Own Site!

So I made this originally as a wordpress.com blog for 2 reasons – one I wasn’t sure if it’d be easy enough to make content for reviews weekly (i do have some other things planned, but this is primarily a review site)

I also wanted to judge if possibly by being on the wordpress directly if this would lead to increased focus and traffic because it’s associated with it (rather than being a standalone site, which is still powered by WordPress)

However because it seems I can handle the content, and I’d rather make the site less-blog like to help traffic – I’ve now moved to TopBrick.net and I look forward to continued efforts in reviewing!