I have to take a short break. On Saturday, Luscious and I lost one of our family members, whose battle simply became too much and who took the only way out they felt was left to them. I can’t talk about it at any length right now. Perhaps later.
But while we try to make sense of it, and bring our family around us, and grieve, I’m taking a break from this page.
To future days.
Time for one of the truly odd moments in our 250 Lego Reviews journey. When Lego do dinosaurs well, they do them really well. (Just wait for my review of the Creator dinosaur down the track: a set so good, I bought two.) When it does them oddly… well, you get 6721 Mosasaurus, and I still don’t know what to make of it.
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Karratha has a beautiful theatre complex, which contains exactly one cinema screen in the auditorium that doubles as both cinema and traditional theatre. As a consequence, screenings are very limited: more often than not, a movie will have one-two screenings at best. Miss an anticipated flick, and you’re stuck with waiting until it arrives on DVD at the one store we have for that purpose.
Needless to say, Lord 14 is extremely happy to have secured tickets to the one screening of It 2 for him and his girlfriend.
Which is my little way of saying you can blame his constant chatter for this mixed-up movie quote.
Every so often, as we traipse through the plastic wonderland that is this 250 Lego Reviews series, we will encounter a teensy-tiny mis-step. A zig where a zag should have been. A slight miscalculation of allocated funds. No set is perfect. No purchasing decision is inviolate. Occasionally, we’re going to come across a set that, for whatever reason, fails to excite the sense in, perhaps, the way we had hoped.
And then there’s 6865 Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, which is the Lego equivalent of Artax trying to swim the Swamp of Sadness.
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A is for antimony
You drop a little in their tea.
Their hair falls out, their frame grows thin.
They die a bag of bone and skin.
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The 250 Lego Reviews train keeps rolling along pre-packaged plastic tracks. Today, we take our first look at one of the many space-based themes trotted out across the years. Will it have the cachet, the cool, and the raft of beloved memories that Classic Space inspired lo those many years ago?
What do you reckon?
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Time for another 250 Lego review. Not every one is a winner. Or a loser. Some are just… there.
Why do we, as adults rapidly giving in to the destructive inevitability of entropy — gazing towards the abyss as it opens itself, magic mirror-style, to show us the grave, the worms, and our impending return to the decayed star-spew from which we sprang — watching helplessly as all colour leaches from the world leaving us adrift in a slowly dissolving snow globe filled with tasteless ash — hang on to our childhood toys with Chuck Heston cold-dead-hands fervour?
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Time for another Lego review as I plough through rebuilding the 250 sets I have accumulated instead of going on holidays, having a life, or eating nice food. Today, it’s a highlight: one of the best sets in my collection, and one of the best things Lego has ever done.
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Time for another Lego 250 review. This time, it’s one of the newest sets in my collection, and perhaps a sign of how Lego thinks it’s going to capture the imagination of the next generation of young folk with their ippypads and their hippity hop: the app-interactive 70418 JB’s Ghost Lab from the new Hidden Side series.
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Time for another 250 Lego Reviews review. And time to gingerly step foot into the all-devouring corporate-coloured cultural black hole that the average citizen has been fooled into thinking represents everything that is science fiction: Star Wars.
From the above description, the unobservant passer-by might be persuaded that I hold Star Wars in some sort of fine contempt. The unobservant passer-by would be correct. I could bang on and and on (and on and on and on and on and on and on….) about all the things I hate about Star Wars. But that is a post for another time, and another level of sobriety. Suffice to say: it’s generally a steaming pile of everything-bad-about-pulp-skiffy flavoured turds. It does, however, have one saving grace:
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Or to give it its real name: Set number 251, Captain Marvel and a big spaceship and one angry looking lime green orc with a gun…
An albino orc, Carol Danvers, the Samuel L Jackson character from Pulp Fiction
who somehow wandered onto the wrong set, and get over yourselves it’s just
a frigging cat, walk into a bar…
It’s Father’s Day! And because I am a highly-evolved, mature grown-up of nearly 50 years experience of surviving this toxic ball of sludge we scrape a living on, my children gave me a FunkoPop Black Manta figurine and Lego!
I am not nearly as much into alcohol and tools as previous generations of Battersby men…
The good news is, this means I get to build Lego. And tell you about it. Which may be good news for only one of us, but here we are.
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