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.

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LEGO 250 REVIEW: 70170 ULTRACOPTER Vs ANTIMATTER

Okay, it’s really time to get stuck into these Lego 250 reviews on a regular basis–since I’ve started these reviews, my collection of 250 sets has blown out to over 270, and I kind of want to be through them by the end of 2020, so, you know, maybe reviewing them faster than I buy them might be the way to go……

What better time, then, to introduce a fresh theme? Welcome to the lots-and-lots-and-lots-of-transparent-blue madness that is Ultra Agents.

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LEGO 250 REVIEW: 60194 ARCTIC SCOUT TRUCK

Time for another Lego 250 review. It’s beyond time we left all the licencing, and special themes, and special events, and bells and whistles and falderal and gewgaw behind, and concentrated on the core of Lego’s popularity. The base upon which all other themes stand. The gold standard. The theme that lit the flame of our childhood creativity and remains central to Lego’s plan for plastic domination.

It’s time we talked Lego City.

Sort of.

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LEGO 250 REVIEW: MIXELS

I’m trying to re-establish my routines and habits while I hope time and reflection will help repair the damage to my family caused by Blake’s suicide. As part of that, I’m continuing my Lego 250 reviews from where I left off. Today, I’m looking at an entire range of sets, because they’re tiny and I’m damned if I’m going to review each one separately.

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LEGO 250 REVIEW: 5973 HYPERSPEED PURSUIT

I’m doing it hard today. It takes a huge commitment of energy for me to remain focussed right now, energy that ran out this morning and left me completely non-functional. In getting Luscious, Lord 14, and Erin through each day I’ve been stressing the importance of routine and habit: when the will is suffering, and the emotions are unravelling your day before you, routine and habit can be the difference between achieving the one thing you need to make the day a functional one, and laying on the bed counting the non-existent cracks in your pillowcase all day.

So, I need routine today. I need habit. And as I couldn’t manage to get up, dressed, and through the three-minute drive to my workplace, I’m going to get a Lego 250 review up. Then I’m going to go count pillowcase cracks for a while.

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250 LEGO REVIEWS: 40180 THEATRE- BRICKTOBER 2014

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!

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250 LEGO REVIEWS: 6865 CAPTAIN AMERICA’S AVENGING CYCLE

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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250 LEGO REVIEWS: 30182 CREATOR SANTA

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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250 LEGO REVIEWS: 75015 CORPORATE ALLIANCE TANK DROID

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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250 REVIEWS, BONUS FATHER’S DAY EDITION: 76127 CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE SKRULL ATTACK

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…

Establishing shot

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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