Thundercats! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Peppa Pig! Nothing that comes from anthropomorphic cartoon animals can possibly go wrong, because shutup furries and hentai doesn’t exist, right?
Or to put it another way: Oh, god. Chima.
Here’s a Lego 250 review.
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In my never-ending quest for things and stuff and junk, I turned control of my next five graphic novel reads over to Luscious, just to see what she’d pick put from my collection. Turns out it’s an endearing mix of used-to-be-Gods, Anti-Christs, Nazis, and assassins earthly and cosmic.
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Lego racist? Colonialist? Euro-centric? Have I given you that impression so far? SIDDOWN.
Welcome to Lego 250’s first peek at the tomb-looting shenanigans of Pharoah’s Quest. The Elgin Marbles ain’t got nothin’ on these babies……
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In today’s Lego 250 review, we delve into the murky world of corporate sponsorship, and question the appropriateness of accepting money from the oil industry, even though Lego is made from plastic, which… you know… is made from oil… and the oil company is… you know… made up….
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For today’s Lego 250 review we’re going to do something slightly different.
Just before Christmas, I headed into my local Woolworths for some seasonal cinnamon-flavoured things that aren’t normally cinnamon flavoured shopping, to discover a large stand of Karen-Overordered-Again polybags lurking in the corner at a massive discount.
Having picked four of them up, and built them together, it makes sense to review them together, too. Four cheap polybags from four different themes, all crammed together by a shopping coincidence. That, kids, is the story of Jesus.
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Some art draws itself. Some stories write themselves. Some designs….. look, I’m just saying: if you have over 75 years of design history and narrative across multiple media to draw upon, some design ideas should be pretty easy to get your head around.
Anyway, today’s Lego 250 review takes on Batman.
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A veritable grab bag of titles this time out, from next-door-to-spandex mainstream, through novel tie-ins, the weird end of the superhero genre, and something tossed off by a formerly excellent comic book writer in between self-promotional gigs and a late dinner. There’s some genuine excellence in three of these five titles, which is a ratio I’ll happily accept on just about any occasion.
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Today’s Lego 250 review takes us to the heart of the Lego empire. We’re visiting the City theme, the Alpha and Omega of all things associated with the brand, and reviewing one of the countless small sets that have been released over the decades: 4427 Fire ATV.
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We introduced Lord 15 to one of our favourite comic book movies, Red, on the weekend. And today I started watching Brave with my students for their film study. Quotes duly mixed:
Today’s Lego 250 review proves that big isn’t always better, especially if the set in question pulls all of your nostalgia feelz out of your body and uses them as skipping ropes.
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Time for the Lego 250 reviews to hit up a new theme. This time we’re heading into territory very close to my heart: the world of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. It’s the creepy wonderment of the Monster Fighters theme, and the introductory set 9461 The Swamp Creature.
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It’s back to the world of secrets, mystery, silence, and subterfuge as the Lego 250 reviews goes back to the ssssssssssshhhhhhhNinjas of Ninjago, with a review of that most traditional of Ninja combats, a really…. big… snake…. versus… I want to say willy-willy? It’s the deliriously wonderful bugfuckery of 70674 Fire Fang.
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It’s all gone a bit DC this time out. Four titles from the publisher, covering some of their major franchises: The Titans, JLA, Green Lantern, and Batman ‘worlds’ all get look at. Plus an oddity from an SF great in collaboration with a comix great published by a straight-up book publisher I’ve never heard of: what could possibly go wrong?
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If the golden age of Science Fiction is twelve (Thank you forever, Peter Graham), then the golden age of Lego 250 reviews is somewhere between eight and thirteen. Let’s revisit that age for a review that will unashamedly burble over an ancient set like a Granddad under dementia care. Welcome to 6929 Starfleet Voyager. It’s my childhood. You all just live in it.
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If we’re going to get back on the blogging circus now that we’re not hiding under our bed waiting for the roof to cave in, let’s get stuck into another Lego 250 review. Because, honestly, right now this whole get-through-250-in-a-year thing is looking like a Dunning-Kruger wet dream. So let’s go a little left-field, and rummage around the chuck-out bins at Aldi for a book/build combo. It’s a popcorn cart with pages attached!
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Thanks to the ongoing genius of the one and only Ion Newcombe, my story from Antipodean SF #250, Possession, has been translated into spoken form for the AntiSF Radio Show.
Accompanied by a reading of The Thing Behind The Mirror (Or Vegan bots from outer space) – by Pixie Willo, you can find it here.
Okay, cyclone over. Back to business.
Having exhausted my recent purchases, and long ago burned through the local library’s meagre collection, I’ve turned to my family to randomly select some titles from my collection to read and review. First up, five volumes selected by the inimitable Lord 15. And just for a change, this time when I say I’m reviewing five graphic novels, I’m going to review five.
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Well, we survived.
Tropical Cyclone Damien came crashing through Karratha on Friday night, stayed around the town like a biker gang in a 70s Ozploitation movie for most of Saturday, and made its exit in time for us to break out the shovels and chainsaws Sunday afternoon to engage in the long and dispiriting task of cleaning up.
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Eavesdropping On Evil: Paperback + Spoken Word Cd by Wayne Howell
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Absolutely one of the worst true crime books I’ve ever read. It’s riddled with typos and grammatical errors, and takes the bizarre editorial decision to treat the narrative as if reporting on the various stages of a film or TV production, lending the whole thing an air of authorial frippery that it doesn’t deserve.
There is no attempt to analyse or place the events within any larger context, simply chapter after chapter of copy-pasted transcripts that haven’t even been neatened up to aid readability– as if every ‘um’, ‘uh’, or wandering off into irrelevant discussions is somehow necessary to understand the story, rather than just the product of a lazy author rattling off a quickie cash-in — squeezed in between breathless, over the top tabloid descriptions that hit every stereotype in the Murdoch Fish Wrapper Manual.
I read this while trapped inside my house during a cyclone, without power, by battery-powered lantern, and *still* almost gave up in favour of lying in the dark listening to my fences being torn down. An absolute junk job.
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Tropical Cyclone Damien is due to hit Karratha by mid-Saturday, at which point it’ll be at either Cat 3 or 4 strength.
We’re at Blue Alert: once we hit Red, it’ll be lights out for us for the duration– we’ll be locked on the house and unable to leave until we receive the all-clear.
The stocking-up has well and truly begun: this is what Woolies looked like at 10am today.
I saw the superb Jojo Rabbit last night, and one quote above others stood out as a candidate for mixing. And when you think about Nazis, and satirising them in a modern context, well, one individual immediately springs to mind…… Some jokes just write themselves, basically.