All this week, as a way of aiding her recovery, I’ve been encouraging Luscious to do one normal thing a day. Just to ground her, and to give her an anchor around which she can do whatever she needs to do until bedtime each day. It’s an approach I need to take on myself. So, in that spirit, here’s a normal thing: a new Lego 250 review. And it’s in my favourite building scale of all time: Micropolis!
Way back in the dawn of a few years ago, Luscious and I chose to live in Mandurah for a few years. Well, it was either that or military service, the court really didn’t give us an option. One of the… benefits, I guess you could call it?… was a Toys’R’Us store that hung onto Lego sets waaaaaaaaayyyyy longer than nearby general stores like KMart and Target– I’ll relate the story of the Space Police Set Behind The Shelves soon (Woooooooooooo in my best scary Halloween ghost voice).
I tell you this because it is, literally, the only way I can work out how I ended up with this Toys’R’Us ‘exclusive’ set in my collection.
Mmmmmm. Smell the exclusivity.
The good news is that I love microscale building. I first came across the concept when I was invited by my good friend Sue Ann Barber to travel to Melbourne and take part in their ginormous annual Brickvention Lego display.
“Ah ha, sweet summer child,” I mansplained. “Melbourne is a very faraway planeic ride through the air away. I cannot commit my super-fragile breaky things to the tender mercy of whatever Bubba Kush-addled Bogan Sloblord they’ve got on crush-and-trample suitcase flinging duties that week.”
Once the bruises over my eyes died down, she showed me the wonder that is the Micropolis scale, and gently intimated that even a dickhead like, well, not me obviously, could work out how to fit it into a suitcase without breaking it. And I was duly hooked.
Admittedly, you can intimate a lot of detail with very few pieces. That’s part of the fun.
I travelled to Melbourne, had a brilliant time at the convention (more stories as we go), came back, started a Micropolis group to display at Perth’s own Bricktober, built like an obsessed fiend, even got Luscious hooked for a short while (she built a kickarse barrio and then walked away, never to partake again), and started on plans to build an entire cityscape. Sadly, moving to Karratha put paid to that, as well as kyboshing any future Bricktober plans, but clearly, somewhere along the line, I picked up this set. Just as, clearly, somewhere along the line, you’ve worked out that I’m telling this long, rambling story to avoid the fact that I really have nothing much to say about it.
Look, it’s a nice little set. It crams nearly 170 parts into its tiny body. It looks like the thing it purports to portray. It’s cute, and inoffensive, and would look quite nice in a Micropolis setting.
Making distinctive objects from the fewest possible elements is a tricky business. But it does look good, this little set, doesn’t it?
Other than that, there’s not a great deal to tell. It looks quite nice, in that generic Lego building way. And it’s typical of the sort of ‘exclusive’ that you get from the sort of store that gives away such things a thousand sets at a time. It looks good, takes up fifteen relaxed minutes, and will get pulled apart again the moment you get bored with dusting it or need those brick pieces for your bitching post-apocalyptic street scene.
However, it does allow me to let you know that Bricktober is this coming weekend, and if you are at all a fan of the brick, you should get down there and take it in. There are some insanely talented builders in Perth, and you’ll have a great time. Wish I was there!
And that, kids, is the story of Christmas……
A nice little micro-build that does what it’s supposed to without any surprises.
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