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 Architecture – Brandenburg Gate (21011) Review

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Lego Architecture – Brandenburg Gate (21011): Another Architecture build, this one which isn’t a terribly great piece of architecture, but a great provider of certain pieces for unique builds. Also unlike other builds from architecture where it seem more tall – this looks small on an image but is actually a pretty decent size – which is actually not a good thing from me, because it wouldn’t want to have this built to use for a display piece.

 

Time to Knoll: 13.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 22 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 363 and 40 Steps – Manual (41 Pages)
  • Price: $34.99 on Lego and $28.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 241 grams
  • Combo Points: (4X32X1X1) = 128 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 86.4mm or 389.1 cm³ of course there’s a little bit more on the top so it’s really 418.6 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

One of the main things that Lego has categorically not really done is to make sets that are really more military based – there’s even people who go massively out of the way to provide arms and armaments for those who want them in their Lego builds or videos. To a degree this makes sense since they are a toy company (although I don’t see Architecture as a child’s toy), but I can understand how it goes against the ethical and moral ground Lego is built on.

This is actually kind of sad though because some of the best model kits you can buy are usually from military vehicles and planes, but we sort of lose that aspect from Lego. Of course this being a more adult-themed set from Germany I kind of wish though that I could get something like a German Marder III

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Of course the internet feels the same way and has responded by offering a whole bunch of sets you can get from Brickmania or even Ebay – all custom sets using Lego pieces (and often BrickArms as well) Just looking through these the builds look fantastic, and I’m already looking into sets with tank treads so I can see if I can re-create some tanks for my own collection.

 

Remix: So for my remix this time I actually kept within the gate theme (and of course my typical rules – this is another build where I use all pieces, but of course most are hidden). This however is a more asian-style temple gate which I thought of when I decided to use all those roof pieces as steps which felt neat.

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Now if you’re wondering about how that angle was achieved without using some angle bending pieces that didn’t come with this set – you can see the mechanism below.

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If that looks weak though, and you;re assuming that big backend piece is holding everything up though – you’d be wrong. The combo of distributing the load across the stairs, a heavy bottom, and that small 2×4 plate actually locks in the stairs well enough that it’s fine free-standing.

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Final Thoughts: Overall I think this build applies to those who are German, but mostly those looking for certain pieces to use in their other builds. In that respect I liked working with what the kit has to offer, but just not it’s finished product.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars