Fan Creations: JK Brickworks Ballista

Alright as you know it’s an ‘off’ week so let’s take a stab at reviewing another fan-build. This one comes from JK Brickworks – maker of the Lego Ideas Maze (which I swear I am trying to review for next week). It’s a ballista which is really just a crossbow taken to the artillery level. I love this set because it really works, and it’s surprising how much power you can get in the tension from Lego strings (enough where you could over-tighten, but it breaks off the top, I nearly debated super gluing this just to make it more powerful.)

Knoll: 6.5 Minutes

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Build: 14 Minutes (note it technically did take me 14 minutes to build, but about another half hour messing around with the tension to get it ‘just right’)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 119 and 21 Steps – Manual (25 Pages)
  • Price: $32.99 on Rebrickable (However it’s not the full set, you’ll need to shop around)
  • Weight 122 grams

Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 1 out of 5 Stars (Getting the tension right makes this annoying)
  • Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars

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Final Thoughts: My favorite part of this is just how simple and effective the ratcheting system is for holding the tension before firing. Also the fact that it fires a 2 by 4 brick is just perfect as it makes ammo for this easy to come by. This is the perfect thing to build and have in an office setting – as it looks awesome, and is perfect for inter-office warfare.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Fan Creations: Chris McVeigh’s My First Game Console (Sprite Edition)

In an attempt to branch out the type of ‘reviews’ here I have a new style of review for MoC (My Own Creations) made my well known (within the Lego Community) who’ve made something that overall may not be a Lego set (or even something possible to be a Lego set via the Lego Ideas platform) but is aesthetically pleasing, and overall is just something you want on your shelves and display cases.

Knoll: 14 Minutes

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Build: 16 Minutes

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I’ve long been a fan of Chris’s work, and he has a certain look to his mini-creations that clearly require a lot of time or skill to find the right piece. I also though love and enjoy the attention to detail that goes into these builds. For example the interior of this NES (Sorry My First Console) even contains pieces to represent circuitry and heatsinks. Also it’s capability to open up and actually fit a cartridge is something that you wouldn’t even need to have in a build of this size, but it makes it so much more adorable.

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 220 and 86 Steps – Manual
  • Price: $48.50 on Powerpig
  • Weight 167 grams

Scores:

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

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Final Thoughts: While buying that outright might seem a bit high (I managed to get all but a few from my spare pieces, and spent about $12). I would still highly recommend this, because having it just in your collection makes you even considering moving and making room for many ‘official’ Lego sets because it’s such a good display piece, and I want nothing more but to buy/build more of Chris’s creations to place next to it.

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars