TopBrick is Dead, Long Live TopBrick

So it’s been nearly over a year since the last update calling for a hiatus due to a bunch of conventions, weddings, and holidays. This became compounded by then having a 3+ month business trip to London. Because of the other things I’ve been doing regarding models, chainmail, and board games I realized trying to divide myself 7 different ways wasn’t going to work.

As such while this site will remain in it’s form here for a little while – it will eventually redirect to my new home for all things making (models, games, Lego, woodworking and metalcrafting, Kickstarter reviews, etc). The new site is

Have no fear as ALL content aside from Site News will be moving to PopTop. What this means as far as the in-depth Lego reviews go is that while not all posts on the new site will be about Legos, it will be a major portion of the site, and I’ll even make a custom RSS feed for those so inclined.

With that TopBrick is dead (was even de-listed for a time), but while it may die it will live on in a new life.

Lego Ninjago – Cole’s Earth Driller (70502) Review


Lego Ninjago – Cole’s Earth Driller (70502): So my first Ninjago series done ahead of the apparent movie to come in 2017 (which I likely will not be watching, but the Batman movie with Will Arnett is quite likely). Most of the sets are a hit or miss appeal to me, and I hope I can one day review the dragon they have. Overall though looking at this set I do wonder why Ninja’s would have a massive drilling machine. Note: This a miscolored piece, missing axle, and the minifigs were also messed up – kind of a bad show from Pley.


Time to Knoll: 9.5 Minutes


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Time to Build: 16.5 Minutes


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  • Pieces: 171 and 53 Steps – Manual (54 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $28.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 220 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X10X1X1) = 50 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 80mm x 96.0mm or 245.76 cm³ with a bit more making it 265.08 cm³




  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars




What Else?

One of the main components of a Ninja is a complete mastery of stealth. Now as someone who has Lego I can confirm that running around in the darkness with Lego on the ground that I missed is likely to result into a lot of pain, and for me at least screaming. As for why the American Chemical Society Reactions series explains:

Now the exact reason is because with the large amount of sensors in your foot ~200k, with the fact they are A-Delta fibers sensors meaning they get fast and piercing pain. You then add the fact that Lego with it’s long-term focus on strength and resistance to crushing and despite the ~3 million pascals of pressure the Lego will refuse to budge.

However let’s give the benefit of the doubt here to the Ninja – they likely have a high threshold for pain. So I decided to do my own testing and see what the noise difference is between stepping on a Lego (my voice being muffled) which has led to the following. (Recorded nearby at floor level)

  • Ambient of house: 40dB
  • Stepping on carpet floor: 41dB
  • Stepping on single 2×4 brick – 45dB
  • Stepping on a small collection of assorted Legos – 62dB

It’s not much, but it’s the difference between a quiet library, and normal conversation, so as far a ninja is concerned they better watch out for Lego pieces in a group or face the wrath of a librarian.


Remix: So with that big nose cone and 3 big ‘gear wheels’ I instantly saw a rocket like coming here. I tried to utilize that and have side thrusters that could fall off, and a main shuttle (hint for a future review btw); however I’m not totally pleased with it, there’s needs to be a bit more color differentiation and the pieces are a little off from what could make the idea really work.



Final Thoughts: Overall I love the spinning drill mechanic despite how simple it is (although without the correct axle it’s finicky). As far as Ninjago goes this is actually a pretty decent showing so far (really want that dragon set) This review came in a little under the wire, and I want to make note of what I gave up (2 nights without playing No Man’s Sky!), but I’ve got an interesting thing for next week – hopefully with some 3d printing.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars