Lego Movie – MetalBeard’s Duel (70807) Review

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Lego Movie – MetalBeard’s Duel (70807): Alright now that my Minecraft gifts have been settled, let’s get back into some other reviews. This time we review from the critically acclaimed Lego Movie with one of my more favorite characters – Metalbeard. I must say though – I feel like this set caused an argument at Lego – normally sets have a ‘way’ about them to not include extraneous pieces and instead find clever ways around it; however this throws that right down the drain.

 

Time to Knoll: 38 Minutes (One of the longer Knolls)

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Time to Build: 17 Minutes (Police Mech) / 18.5 Minutes (Metlabeard)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 412 and 20/31 Steps – Manual (49 Pages)
  • Price: $27.98 on Lego and $36.09 on Amazon
  • Weight ??? grams (Sorry folks lost this setting up new desk)
  • Combo Points: (7X16X1X1) = 112 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 48mm x 86.4mm or 398.1 cm³, but adding the other parts 407.89 cm

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So I realize that despite this site being active for more than 6 months now – I’ve yet to barely mention let alone formally review The Lego Movie.  For those who don’t know released on Feb 7 2014 (nearly 2 years ago wow). Despite being snubbed at the Oscars for animation at the end of the day a review of this movie is simple: Pure fun. The movie is visually stunning and the attention to detail where everything is made of bricks was a perfect choice. The blend of multiple properties and locations is also well handled to not seem fatigued.

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If I have any issue with the movie – the plot is ‘while lampshaded’ a bit standard hero’s journey. I also am wary of how this leads to more products of less good intentions and attention. Considering Lego Dimensions and a Lego Batman movie those fears are not diminished. At the end of the day though if you like animation, or Lego in any way the movie is well worth your time.

The Lego Movie: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Remix: I rarely utilize the ‘add up to 5 pieces’ part of the TopBrick remix rules, but making a Mad Max style vehicle to utilize the chaos that is the pieces made available to this set, and I’m pretty pleased with it (especially the sword prow, and working Gullwing doors). However as you can see I did need to add the 4 wheels.

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Final Thoughts: The best part about this set is certainly the piece diversity you get from such a unique character as Metalbeard. It’s satisfying to see how well it stands with the weird peg-leg, and the fact it corresponds to the movie is a welcome plus. That being said – while I like the movie itself I’m not sure if this is a display set.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

Lego Minecraft – The Farm (21114) Review

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Lego Minecraft – The Farm (21114): Part 2 of my Minecraft Christmas gifts, this time moving out of the caves and onto the Farm. If I’m honest though I fail to see why this is a whole 10 dollars more expensive than the Cave, and it has some quirks I’m just not huge on.

 

Time to Knoll: 16.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 23 Minutes

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Time to Build: 2.5 Minutes (Redesign)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 262 and 25/15 Steps – Manual (54 Pages)
  • Price: $29.99 on Lego and $25.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 276 grams
  • Combo Points: (12X35X1X3) = 1,260 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 128mm x 128mm x 27.0mm or 442.4 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So now that I have 3 sets it’s time to combine them into a single set. Inspired by the mindset of a first outpost we have a water-located hillside with farm on top and a home built out of the side.

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Here you can see the interior with somewhat the typical wall of chests, and an open surprise lava pit that’s now used for light and obsidian farming.

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Remix: So I knew I would have to contend with those 2 large green plates in a way that wasn’t ‘Minecrafty’. I therefore decided to make a movie-style set with a green-screen background that fades in, and even uses some elements within the scene.

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Final Thoughts: I have to say I am fairly pleased with these, and I really want to get the Nether, and a set that has a creeper to help round out my baddies. My overall feeling though is that while this is a fine set, it feels very un-Minecraft like (aside from the 1by1 tower redesign section) just based on how plants and animals are kept in the game – ahh well.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

Lego Minecraft – The Cave (21113) Review

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Lego Minecraft – The Cave (21113): So for Christmas I managed to get 2 nice Minecraft sets to augment my Crafting Box, and the first is the Cave. It seems though that rather than satiating my need, this has only made me want further sets to get all of the special bits. Normally additional sets of the same type are either to complete a display, or to kludgily add on another setpiece. However because of the Lexicon created in Minecraft here this set can be less one of a number, and more something you can try to get multiples of in order to make something grand.

 

Time to Knoll: 14 Minutes

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Time to Build: 20 Minutes

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Time to Build: 2 Minutes (For redesigns)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 249 and 17/5 Steps – Manual (36 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $16.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 260 grams
  • Combo Points: (11X29X1X2) = 638 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 64mm x 80mm x 92.8mm or 475.1 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 2 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?

For this review I would like to just have you watch this video of a drone going through Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam:

 

Remix: So with all of the piece types here I wanted too see how well I could make something asteroid-like. It has sort of worked here, and aside from a ladder and bucket I managed to hide all of the pieces into the core of the asteroid.

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Final Thoughts: This is a nice little set to have as an addition to my existing Crafting Box, and for those who are wishing your Minecraft sets had a bit more underground to mimic what Minecraft is really like than this is certainly the set to get. I also love how well done the spider looks in Lego form here.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars