Lego Ideas – Doctor Who (21304) Review

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Lego Ideas – Doctor Who (21304): I know I’m on an Ideas kick (which with Lego Wall-E and the new Maze by JK Brickworks means I will be pretty much done with the whole line), but this set has a TARDIS so I kind of needed to own it. Add that to the fact that this also comes with Daleks, and a Weeping Angel and 2 doctors! I likely would have wished for just a TARDIS, but despite being in Lego Dimensions I’m not sure if there would be more Doctor Who set (and I had to get in before the backorders started)

 

Time to Knoll: 47 Minutes

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Time to Build: 59 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 625 and 50 Steps – Manual (114 Pages)
  • Price: $59.99 on Lego and $59.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 372 grams
  • Combo Points: (25X67X1X1) = 1,675 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 80mm x 80mm x 83.2mm + (other bits) gets you 538.5 cm³ which is quirky how close to a cube it actually is.

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Scores:

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

 

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What Else? So with the doctor having lived for 1,200 years and the overall concept of time travel the question does come up. How long will Lego last? Well the plastic and materials itself are fascinating, and in order to not parrot information I encourage you to read the entirety of the article here: About the Life Cycle and Raw Materials in Lego

In truth ABS plastic should be around until the sun burns up the planet, but that’s only if the pieces are kept in pristine condition. As we found a few weeks back looking at the ‘Out of System‘ the simple act of placing pieces in the wrong place can end up with pieces being damaged and unusable.

What about just regular usage, well turns out the internet has already solved this and the answer is 37,112.

A mostly unimportant number, but it turns out that people have built rig specifically to test this. Because honestly what else is Reddit good for?

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While that number is a bit scary (I mean it’s only thirty-seven thousand) I think the real culprit to watch out for as you have your sets across time and space is a lot simpler – sun damage.

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Remix: For the remix here, I got everything in and went for a big space laser. I tried to use some of the flat bits on top as greebles but I don’t think it quite worked. This also turned into the largest footprint size remix I’ve done (might need another mat for backdrops)

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Final Thoughts: My single complaint is that they didn’t even just go full-scale and get the outer interior (I like the round things) Hopefully there are some extra sets coming because of the Dimensions usage – Doctor Who is ripe for sets and villains that people would need to get. I also just kind of want Lego to have a set with all 12 Doctors so we can just line them up in a row. (Or make a clock)

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

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

 

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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 – Maze (21305) Review

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Lego Ideas – Maze (21305): Apologies for the delay getting to this review. I’ve learned my lesson though and promise from her out to never promise a review on a schedule until it’s actually ready to go. Anyway as the mini-review a few weeks on JK Brickworks Ballista proves I am in love with the creations they make. Now though one of them has actually gone through the Lego review process and comes to us in this large set.

 

Time to Knoll: 48 Minutes

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Time to Build: 54 Minutes (Frame)

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Time to Build: 7 Minutes (Board 1)

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Time to Build: 4 Minutes to disassemble and 18.5 Minutes to build (Board 2)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 769 and 143 and 19 Steps – Manual (130 Pages)
  • Price: $69.99 on Lego and $69.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 1,042 grams
  • Combo Points: (12X36X1X2) = 864 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 256mm x 256mm x 22.4mm or 1468.01 cm³ but with extra 1727.0 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: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else? So this is part of what took so long for this review, but instead of just doing a section showing the alternatives in the back, and possibly some GIFs of solving the puzzles – I decided I should make my own puzzle. My main approach was to do one where 2 balls were required forcing you to be vary careful in your movements, and also to showcase the 2 default themes to the maze.

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Remix: For my remix I actually took a page out of JK Brickworks book (of a Trebuchet) and turned the maze into a catapult.  Thanks to the large base of the artillery I was able to sneak and hide the remainder of the pieces leaving me up to the addition of a single piece which in this case is a machinists v-block to act as a counter weight. (Which I guess fits the +/- 5 piece rules for remixes?)

Now I will admit that despite the little pull trigger I have and the weight – this doesn’t exactly fire in any spectacular way. It does however look the part.

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(Not Pictured Below: Me cursing as 4 tiny Lego soccer balls roll around my floor)

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Final Thoughts: I love this set, and it’s not just because it’s another Ideas set, or because it’s from Jason, or even because it’s like those old ball maze games that I also love. I love this set because it’s totally unique to a lot of what Lego sets you would see in a store, but in truth it embodies what Lego can be. Something that isn’t just basic bricks or technic, but a combination. Something that can easily adaptable from other sets and themes that practically forces it to not just be a display model. It’s something a parent would have just as much fun making and playing as their kid would. There’s been a lot of really complex or ‘neat’ sets that have tried and failed to go through the Lego Ideas process – but I really think they understood here. That they knew a set like this had to be Lego.

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars