Lego Ideas – Wall-E (21303) Review

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Lego Ideas – Wall-E (21303): Continuing with the reviews that were promised a long time ago this time it’s Wall-E. I’ve seen tons of robots or creatures made with Lego, but none has captured the heart of the creation more than this Wall-E build. If there is a testament here, it’s how much you emotion you can actually get from this Lego model just by the movement of the head, arms, and the eyes.

 

Time to Knoll: 56.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 81 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 676 and 178 Steps – Manual (118 Pages)
  • Price: $59.99 on Lego (Temp out of stock) and $67.49 on Amazon
  • Weight 527 grams
  • Combo Points: (13X62X1X1) = 806 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 80mm x 48mm x 160.0mm or 614.4 cm³ with treads making it closer to 694.7 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So then, let’s talk about why in part this review took so long to get out. First I did buy the original set from Day 1, and I was halfway through the review when it was announced that Lego was going to reissue the set. This is sort of unheard of, but if you bought the original you can attest that while the head may move more ‘freely’ with the original neck (show on the left) it was tough to make it ‘stay’.

I then spent a bit of time waiting for an official fix from Lego to come, and in the mean time saw that Chris McVeigh actually posted a fix of his own that I bought. (Which you can see here) I kept this for a while, and then not hearing anything further from Lego decided to buy those parts as well. With that in mind let’s do a quick review-in-review of the necks.

Lego Original: In truth I understand why this method was employed. It does actually give you a much larger freedom of movement. However like most I agree that while the joint in the neck worked well, the head was too much weight for it, and would lead to it falling over.

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Chris McVeigh Fix: This is actually the fix that despite buying the official fix I am using currently in my Wall-E. I discuss this in more just below, but it really comes down to the angle and weights here. The complaint here though is that the pieces used are a little less common (and not worth buying if you just buy the updated Lego set)

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Lego Fix: This does improve the ability for Wall-E’s head to keep itself upright, but it’s still imperfect. In short there’s just not enough weight or the wrong angle here that is throwing off the center of gravity. As well the back piece of the head swivels in a weird way.

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Remix: Alright so given the treads I figured why not turn the living embodiment of adorable into a tank.  With a big main turret that swivels, hatches on the side, and a rear machine gun post – I’m actually quite pleased with the result. Since there was also space inside I was able to make use of all the pieces.

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Final Thoughts: So while I am a bit sad that I had to source parts because I bought this day 1 (getting the poorer version of the neck), I have 0 regrets. This set is less a display piece, and more like a (stationary) part of the family. Wall-E ends being a seasonal or sporadic piece of art – given various hats for Christmas and Halloween, or flags and baskets for Independence day or Easter. If you enjoyed the movie this is perfect set for you – even if you aren’t a Lego fan. (In which case, odd choice of blog for you to be reading eh?)

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Lego Ideas – The DeLorean Time Machine (21103) Review

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Lego Ideas – The DeLorean Time Machine (21103): I have done this Pley service for a while now, and this is the first time I considered just absconding with the entire set. Much like my favoritism for the Midi Falcon – this ticks all the right buttons for me. It’s from something I love, it is perfect in size and scale, and above all – it is without a doubt a showpiece to keep in your cabinet/shelf/etc. Honestly I built this set and simply fell in love, and was so very disappointed to see the 85 dollar price tag on Amazon. If I see this back in stock or on the secondary market I would buy it in a heartbeat.

 

Time to Knoll: 28.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 37.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 5 Minutes (Add-ons to main build)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 401 and 63 Steps and about 15 steps for conversion – Manual (93 Pages)
  • Price: $34.99 on Lego (but Sold Out) and $83.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 215 grams
  • Combo Points: (14X34X1X3) = 1,428 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 128mm x 51.2mm or 314.6 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? So let’s go back to when Back to the Future first aired – 1985. Nowadays it would make sense that with a movie like BttF that there would likely be a corresponding Lego set. This however is actually a recent development with the major shift in the Lego company that started about a decade ago.

Let us however use the Brickset site to take a trip down memory lane for what sets were actually release in 1985. Most of it is actually to be expected – some Town, some Space, and something called Fabuland. There is also a technic set or two as this was actually the technical 2nd year of technic under it’s new name.

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The main takeaway from this exercise though is to showcase how much Lego as a company has changed. Most of the sets here can be considered ‘basic’ and that even the current City sets are a tad more complex. There is also a lack of anything that feels like a direct theme or product – sure Space and Town may be categories, but it’s not as direct as some of Lego’s current movie properties/Creator/set configurations.

 

Remix: So for a remix I was actually inspired by a recent “Lego with Friends” from Tested.com where Norm builds a spaceship from the Lego Movie (yes I will eventually have a review of the movie itself on this site). But I wanted to make a classic spaceship, and with all the nice piping and unique parts from the DeLorean it felt like a good fit.

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Final Thoughts: Like I said, even ignoring the minifigs – this is just something that as a nerd because I know it exists – I covet it. Honestly if it wasn’t almost double the asking price I would just buy this outright to have in my showcase because it is such a perfect build. I have to say that the sets that come from Lego Ideas (Birds and Exo-suit) are just great, and I’m glad that because of the service we can get things like this.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars