LEGO 250 REVIEW: 31058 MIGHTY DINOSAURS

There’s something risky about designing a Lego set around a subject in which curves are the predominant architectural feature. For all its adaptability, and the cornucopia of new pieces that have arrived in recent years, Lego is still, essentially, a blocky product. Many pieces might be curved, but even they still give a predominantly rigid effect: sinuousness and curvaceousness are not in the brief.

So what happens when Lego decides to make sets involving animals? And what happens when the company decides to use the same part to make three?

Surely, madness abounds.

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEW: 31058 MIGHTY DINOSAURS”

LEGO 250 REVIEWS: THE FIRST 50

We’re one-fifth of the way through my original goal of reviewing the 250 Lego sets I have purchased. (We shall not talk of the fact that I’ve somehow managed to end up with another 30+ since I’ve started, no we shan’t….).

It’s time for a quick review of the reviews: an index to what we’ve seen and how they’ve rated.

But before that, as any adult knows, a hobby isn’t a hobby unless you can quantify it and uses stats to pretend it’s a sport.

Let’s break down some numbers, shall we?

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEWS: THE FIRST 50”

LEGO REVIEWS: 30381 IMPERIAL TIE-FIGHTER MINI POLYBAG (AND NOTEBOOK)

Sometimes it calls to you. Sometimes it’s too beautiful, too brilliant, too exciting to ignore. Sometimes it completes a cherished theme, or is too perfect a fit for an incomplete diorama to leave on the shelf.

Aaaaaand sometimes you just happen to be in the post office and buy it because it’s on the shelf right there where you’re lining up to send a package.

Guess which one 30381 Imperial Tie-fighter Mini Polybag was?

Continue reading “LEGO REVIEWS: 30381 IMPERIAL TIE-FIGHTER MINI POLYBAG (AND NOTEBOOK)”

LEGO 250 REVIEWS: 70424 GHOST TRAIN EXPRESS

Back to the Hidden Side today, with the second-largest set released so far, and the largest one in my collection, 70424 Ghost Train Express.

As much as I’m a fan of all things spaceship, I am singularly not a fan of trains: not in the real world, and not in the realm of toys. They’re boring.

So how did I end up with two of this set?

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEWS: 70424 GHOST TRAIN EXPRESS”

LEGO 250 REVIEW: 11910 MICROSCALE SPACE CRUISER AND ‘GREAT LEGO SETS’ BOOK

Every now and again, Lego-preferred publisher DK Books  puts out a tome specifically designed to part a fool and my money. Often, that book includes a special minifigure, or tiny build that you wouldn’t, for a moment, think of purchasing separately, but now that it’s attached to the front of a $50 book you’ll flick through once or twice and leave on the shelf to gather dust and give the cat asthma, weeellllll, all of a sudden, there it is, on your shelf, and the cat’s sneezing its box off…..

Anyway, this is one of those ‘tiny build’ examples.

Thing is: DK put out pretty good books. And the tiny build in question is one that, you know, has some resonance. Which is all well and fine and stuff, but is it any good?

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEW: 11910 MICROSCALE SPACE CRUISER AND ‘GREAT LEGO SETS’ BOOK”

LEGO 250 REVIEW: 70904 CLAYFACE SPLAT ATTACK

Pinch and a punch and a Lego 250 review for the first of the month. It’s time for the one-joke character from the first Lego Movie to show he wasn’t worth an entire movie of that one joke for himself, as the Lego Batman Movie brings its own brand of tedious charmlessness into the set building experience. But is 70904 Clayface Splat Attack any good?

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEW: 70904 CLAYFACE SPLAT ATTACK”

THE LEGO 250 REVIEW COPS THE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

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.

Continue reading “THE LEGO 250 REVIEW COPS THE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS”

LEGO 250 REVIEW: 6929 STARFLEET VOYAGER

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.

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEW: 6929 STARFLEET VOYAGER”

THE LEGO 250 REVIEW GOES TO ALDI: 30364 POPCORN POLYBAG (AND A BOOK!)

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!

Continue reading “THE LEGO 250 REVIEW GOES TO ALDI: 30364 POPCORN POLYBAG (AND A BOOK!)”

LEGO 250 REVIEW: 60229 ROCKET ASSEMBLY AND TRANSPORT

Fly me to the mooooon, with another Lego 250 reviewwwwwwww. Yes, it’s been a while, and I’m going to have to mark double time if I want to get through these reviews by the end of the year. So let’s jump straight to one of the biggies: the eighth largest set in my collection, and second largest one I’ve reviewed so far (and let’s hope it goes better than the Rex’s Rexplorer review….), 60229 Rocket Assembly and Transport.

Continue reading “LEGO 250 REVIEW: 60229 ROCKET ASSEMBLY AND TRANSPORT”