Lego City – High Speed Chase (60007) Review

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Lego City – High Speed Chase (60007): Continuing with the car theme this latest set comes from Pley (aka I was hoping to not have a car theme), but I have to admit up-front this was one of the rare times Pley messed up. In short while I was only missing a single piece (you’ll notice I have a red spoiler instead of black) as the gif may show there was a whole amount of extra parts/tires that weren’t even from this set.

 

Time to Knoll: 20 Minutes

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Time to Build: 3.5 for Motorcycle, 10.5 for Police car, and 10 for Baddie Car

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 283 and 9, 36, 30 Steps – Motorcycle, Police Car, Baddie Car (8, 41, and 30 Pages)
  • Price: $29.99 on Lego and $25.98 on Amazon
  • Weight 265 grams
  • Combo Points: (7X18X3X1) = 378 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 48mm x 64.0mm for the main piece; however adding the remaining bits (plus removing the extra parts that were added to the blog accidentally) we get  ~356.29 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

So this being our first Lego City set, let’s actually think for a minute about how many Lego Bricks would actually go into a city. Now Lego has been doing an advanced Creator series full of different buildings (which it’s unlikely I would review simply based on the time it would take) but an example 2 story building is roughly 2500 pieces.

Let’s simplify then – so Manhattan as Wikipedia says (it’s source is oddly dead) 59.13 km2 on land. However considering not all of Manhattan is actually skyscrapers, and there’s Central Park let’s just estimate based on buildings. Now Santa Fe Institute has stated there’s 1,066,354 Buildings in Manhattan with an average height of 8.4m tall. There’s then a sociologist called William Helmreich who wrote a book walking each block of the city estimating a total of 120,000 blocks in the city (which helps us more than sq km)

With blocks in NYC being 80m × 274m (from above Wiki page) we get 175360m³ which we can then multiply by 120k to get 21.04km³. Now this number assumes solid buildings of which we don’t have. However when you consider that it excludes any and all outside lamposts, benches, ramps/stairs, etc. and that buildings are mostly filled as is let’s say that the actual bricks we need here are 85% of that volume removed via empty space inside buildings.

That’s still 17.89km³ to deal with and considering the average brick (a 2×4) is 4.92cm we can then get a total count of 3.636×10^15 a whopping 3,636,178,860,000,000 Quadrillion bricks. However Lego only makes about 19 Billion bricks a year which seems like a massive amount. However to make the city would take 191,377 years so I suppose we should just stick to building at smaller scales…

 

Remix: Between the police car and the idea of using the baddie car as is – I clearly went for another Mad-Max style build this time trying to emulate the Gigahorse from the new movie. It worked sort of well enough, and I was even able to keep half of the baddie car intact (fitting right in) I do wish I had some pistons though. As for rules go I had to remove 1 motorcycle wheel and add two technic pins for the back wheels but otherwise kept in my 5 piece rule.

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Final Thoughts: Despite my issues service wise – as for a Lego City set (this being my first) this is pretty solid in adding 3 vehicles to your city, however it adds little to infrastructure which I feel is more important for any Lego City set to have (even small amount). My main score though is affected by how (while admittedly necessary) generic this set it.

Final Score: 1 out of 5 Stars

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 Star Wars – Naboo Starfighter (75092) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Naboo Starfighter (75092): So I realize the Star Wars has it’s own holiday (and you can be sure I’ll be doing a more formal May of Lego Star Wars Builds), but in the meantime I figured it was time to do a whole slew of Lego Star Wars builds that will be coming up in the next few weeks – including a new review format for mini-builds. This week we start of with one of my more favorite ships in Star Wars, although not from one of my favorite Star Wars.

 

Time to Knoll: 32.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 52 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 442 and 66 Steps – Manual (74 Pages)
  • Price: $49.99 on Lego and $41.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 701 grams
  • Combo Points: (7X15X1X1) = 105 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 64mm x 96mm x 224.0mm or 1376.3 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So while this is the more definitive set, I am not thrilled with the scale of this model done to have an R2 model fit inside the ship. In fact there is another from the UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) that is a much more manageable size, and even better has the Chromium finish that the gray here just fails to make it look ‘right.

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This might seem like a personal gripe, but I bring it up because R2-D2 (or another astromech) in the model from the actual movie did not fit into the fighter. In short as shown in the movie the hole for the astromech is almost flush with R2’s head (which begs the question about other astromechs), and while he is pulled from the bottom, and technically by a few mm there is actually room – what you see in the movie is just his head secured at the top

While I can understand why Lucas was intent on making the size be the same – I think it exemplifies the major issue with the prequels (aside from some weak characters/plot) but that too much was meant to be perfect. In truth it’s the aspects of the Star Wars universe with things like the Falcon, or the Pod Racers – in that things are more realistic because we can tell it was sort of cludged together, but I digress.

 

Remix: So in the timeline of these reviews, Mad Max Fury Road was still fresh on my mind, and since most of my remixes are spent trying to figure out how to work around wheels, figured it was time to do one that uses them. I’ve therefore gone with this post-apocalyptic gunrack with a car underneath.

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Final Thoughts: As I said, this remains one of my more well liked ships – I just love the design of it, and while I know it may seem more out of place in the mythos of Star Wars ships (the mindset of showing ships as lived-in). That being said though I get why the ship was scaled around R2, but it makes it too large for a display model, although I love the way the stand works. I also don’t feel the need for all of the extra bits it comes with.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars