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Price Saving Discount 70109 Legends Of Chima Whirling Vines $8.49 $6.50 43%
I have just received my Christmas Special 2013 copy of the LEGO club magazine. It arrived this morning along with a 2014 catalogue and a free Creator set, 30182 Santa (released in 2012).
Thank you LEGO Father Christmas!
On the fifth day of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar we are provided with a Storm IV Twin-pod Cloud Car mini model. This vehicle appeared in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and challenges the B-wing for the most sets created compared with the number of seconds spent on screen, coming in at two so far versus the B-wing's four.
This model is fairly simple, using SNOT techniques throughout almost the entire craft to achieve the rather odd orientation of the vehicle in the film, which I like. The basic shape of the Cloud Car is captured, although the strut which links the two cockpits should be far narrower than it is here which takes away from the appearance of the model in my opinion. I like the inclusion of a trans-blue stud to act as the engine which demonstrates impressive attention to detail, although the shape of each cockpit windscreen is too steep.
Perhaps the biggest issue in my opinion however is the colour scheme, which should be orange. The red shade is acceptable, but the light bluish grey bricks which are the basis of each pod are quite unattractive, and they should have been replaced with pieces of the same colour as the rest of the model.
Overall - 3 - Not a bad model, but the accuracy is lacking in my opinion and I would have preferred the Cloud Car to be orange.
LEGO is making (or is soon to make) a right mess in the centre of Billund while building works for the LEGO House take place.
By way of compensation for local shopkeepers, it seems that it is going to make an Architecture model of the LEGO House which will be sold exclusively in Billund shops. It'll be given set number 4000010 and will be available from March 2014 for 149 DKK.
There's an article and video on a Danish website which shows the set and provides more information, if you can understand Danish, that is...
Thanks to toomuchdew and @Eiker86 on Twitter for the news.
Brickvention is Australia’s premier LEGO fan convention and public display. It is a three day event: there's an AFOL Convention Day on the 17th January, then public days over the weekend, 18-19th January. It's being held at The Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria.
It will feature a huge collection of models including trains, castles, pirate ships, Star Wars, space ships, planes, buildings, sculptures and many more. There will also be competitions and LEGO sets and merchandise for sale.
LEGO fans of all ages are welcome on the Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am – 5:30pm. Tickets are only available via the link on the website there are NO tickets available at the door. This event will sell out so please ensure you purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Find out more at the Brickventures website.
Our second mini model of this year's Advent Calendar is another Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones vehicle, Zam Wesell's Koro-2 Exodrive Airspeeder which has only appeared before in the 2002 set 7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit, albeit it at Minifigure scale. This speeder appeared early in the film, during a chase sequence on Coruscant, and the LEGO model does not vary too far from its source, particularly given the flowing design of the ship which seems unsuited to a LEGO model.
The Airspeeder is certainly recognisable, although the shape of the curved prongs towards the front of the model has not quite been achieved in my opinion using the lime green 1x4 curved slopes that are included. As I can think of no better solution, this arrangement is satisfactory for me. The cockpit windscreen runs all the way from the roof to the floor, as it should, and I like the orange accents which add a bit more colour to this already garish design. Lastly, the tail finial is not bad, but there really ought to be only a single 4L bar used here as the current design looks to be a little too wide compared with its appearance in the film. This is forgivable however for the following reason.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this model though comes with the tail, as a pair of green 4L bars are included. This element has appeared in only one set previously, 7189 Mill Village Raid, and even there, only one was featured. These will be very useful for MOCs no doubt, and hopefully the current price of these pieces online will be driven down by their inclusion here, even if you cannot pick up the entire Advent Calendar.
Overall - 4 - A swooshable little model, although the aesthetics are a little disappointing in my opinion.
Lily, in today's Friends window, is a new character in Heartlake City. She's wearing a very Christmassy jumper, isn't she!
I had wondered whether the hairpiece was new in black, but it appeared in last year's calendar (day 24) and it's also used for Nicole in 3184 Adventure Camper.
The City calendar has a snowman in it.
Our third gift from the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar this year is an FA-4 Pilot Droid minifigure, which up until now, has only appeared previously in set 75017 Duel on Geonosis. It goes nicely with the Solar Sailer from yesterday, although it is not particularly useful as a standalone minifigure, unlike perhaps a Battle Droid which one can never have too many of.
The minifigure is identical to its earlier appearance, and while it is not the most interesting of characters, the three dark brown 1x1 slopes which are included (taking the spare into account) are fairly rare, appearing in only two other sets, which might be appealing to some.
If you have not purchased 75017 Duel on Geonosis, this is a great minifigure and will be a welcome addition to your collection. On the other hand, if you do own the aforementioned set, perhaps the dark brown slopes might be useful to you more than the minifigure itself.
Overall - 3.5 - Not a bad minifigure at all, but not particularly useful if you already own 75017 other than for the parts.
As you'll have noticed, CapnRex101 will be reviewing the Star Wars Advent models from now on. He knows what he's talking about when it comes to Star Wars so you won't have to put up with any more misspelled names and glib comments from me :-)
Today, I've chosen to feature the City model, which is this cute doggy, sporting a Dalmatian's spots but an Alsatian's head and ears. There does appear to be similar cross breeds around so maybe he is realistic. He only appears in the calendar and this year's fire station, so I suspect not many of us have him already.
The Friends calendar features a street lamp which is similar to that in last year's.
The latest issue of Hispabrick magazine is out now. As usual it contains interesting articles on a wide range of topics, including 'Introduction to Headlight Brick Patterns', '2013: a year in parts' by our very own caperberry, and reviews of a number of 2014 sets.
It's a free download from the Hispabrick Magazine website.
There's also a new issue of The Brick Collectors' magazine out as well, so check that out too.