zaterdag 10 december 2016

Classic Lego Build: 6537 Hydro Racer

In today's classic build we are going back to 1994, woth a small speedboat set from the City line, the Hydro Eacer.

This little sleek looking ship comes at 44 parts and includes a single minifigure, the boat pilot, of whom I forgot to make an indivual picture, but comes in a clean blue overall with a yellow lifesavings vest.

The boat itself is based on a black wedge and plate, connected with two small plates to hold them together.


The back section that houses the motor is then build up first, and this is a colourfull affair.

A large wedge piece is added at the front to close up the piloting area.

The double engines can lift up and down on the hinges at the back.

And that is about all there is to this little set:

I do like the colourscheme and the sleek line of the speedboat, even though City and water based models don`t seem to be the most excellent of combinations if you look over the years.

woensdag 7 december 2016

The Mirror of Galadriel

A small vignette for my evergoing Middle Earth project, this little scene hails from The Fellowship of the Ring.


Having just escaped the dark of Moria, and the fall of Gandalf, the Fellowship arrived in Lothlorien, home to the Lady Galadriel.


While resting, Frodo is summoned to the elven queen and gets to see in the magical waters of the Mirror, showing him a possible future.

Also, I still think it a shame The Battle of The Shire didn`t make the theatrical version of the story ;-)

The build itself makes used of an inverted dish for the bowl and for the water, and I`m really happy with how the watersource is blended in with the tree.

For Frodo, I did a "shirt swap" with the Bilbo figure, as Frodo tends to wear a white shirt during the whole trilogy, except for the opening half hour where he has the (released version) green one.

Hope you like it!


dinsdag 6 december 2016

Westworld

Based on the 1973 film from the story of Michael Crichton, Westworld was the new blockbuster series of HBO this fall.

And what a rollercoaster this 10 episode long series was.

Westworld is an amusement park where artificial lifeforms, called "hosts" populate a replica of the Wild West.  In here, they serve any need and frill of the guests to make it a real adventure.
There are multiple storylines going on at once, and once a host is killed, he is remade and re-entered into the story.  This life work by Dr Ford (a superb Anthony Hopkins) is under revision from the board though, and together with his friend Bernard he must look for a possible spy within the organisation.

So far so good, but in the meantime a couple of older hosts start remembering things from their previous lives, and one of them even manages to enter the "real world" outside the stories.  More and more revelations come into the series, and just when you think you saw them all... wait until you see the series finale and the explanation of the mysterious black clad man in his search for "the Centre of the Maze"...

It was a truly fantastic series, an worthy of the high level productions HBO is turning out ever since the Sopranos.  It has been renewed in the meantime for a second season of 10 episodes... but going by the finale, this might become something totally different from what we have seen so far...

Rating: 8.5 / 10

maandag 5 december 2016

Inspirational Lego # 99

Welcome to the last Inspirational in the double numbers, as next week I`ll be hitting number 100.

And to celebrate that milestone, the next one will be a special detailing a theme that inspires me personally, as it`ll be all about Middle Earth then.

But let`s start with this weeks selection of cool builds found on the internet, and with a world war 2 one for the first build.  The liberation of Venlo (the Netherlands) in 1944.



Next, we have the Arc de Triomphe, in the colours of the French flag.  The details in the columns are just amazing and make good use of various elements.

I loved MASK as a toy, and this build features Condor and Piranha, two motorcycles I owned as a kid in toyform.  Condor was even my very first MASK toy ever...

Another classic toy is this MB game, Connect Four.  I wasn`t to good in that though...

This desert camo mecha is smoothly lined and looks pretty awesome.

So, who else started this week on a toast and egg breakfast?

This lovely control room in the Futuron theme is nicely executed.

It`s bloody cold outside today, and I`m sure I saw those mammoths actually walking by this morning.

This Passing Sherwood build captures the story of Robin duelling Little John in the stream.

We end this week with something easy on the eye...

... or not, hehehhe

And that`s it again for this week, hope you saw somethings to your liking and until the next one!

zondag 4 december 2016

The Haul Report # 58

Well, it's been a rather good week in new aquirements, though I`m trying to cut back the coming weeks though.

Yeah, I know, I said that a lot already, but I really am going to need to focus on building a lot of moc's for 2017 and the Middle Earth project, so bar the Dimensions, I`m trying to keep aim.

The first big aquirement was this huge bag of loose elements, which could be seen in a small haul video earlier as well.  After splitting and sorting, 75% of the lot is usefull for my building, while the other 25 will be hopefully compensating the purchase price.




It even only had a minor stack of rubbish in it...

From Facebook, I acquired some additional Star Wars clone troopers, who are going into my exchange pile to get some more Tolkien figures in the future.

Talking Tolkien, Samwise, Merry and Pippin fell in the mailbox this week.  I also got some custom dark grey cloaks for them from a UK based BL store, and you can`t see or feel the difference.  Great find, as they cost about a third of an official cloak.



I went to fill a small pot of elements from the PAB wall as well this week, as it included the 1x1 round tiles in light grey, but it seems someone bought it all out, and they didn`t restock yet.  So in the end I only got about 120 of them, and filled the small pot with over 1000 black 1x1 round plates instead then.

Through eBay I also got this little lot for peanuts.

The final haul was the arrival of my second part of Black Friday amazon purchases, with 3 Nexo sets for trading.  At 9 euro a set, this was a nice bargain!

And that`s it for this week, see you all again in seven days for any new finds and additions :-)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Yesterday, we finally went to the theatre to watch the newest instalment in the Potterverse (it was a kid / school thing it took a while), and I must say I really adored the film.

You see, this is all about the magical world without a bunch of kids hitting puberty running around...

The story is set in New York during the middle of the 1920s, a time when wizards where doing their best overthere to remain hidden, the wizarding world is being terrorised by Grindlewald, and as Newt Scamander, the main hero, states that the americans have idiotic laws in place.

Newt has travelled to the States with his suitcase full of mythical creatures, as he has a true zoo inside it, and wants to bring "Frank" home to Arizona.  However, an accidental meeting with Jacob, a No-Maj (Muggle) sets in motion a series of events and he has to recover some of his beasts.  Like the escaped, adorable Niffler... who wouldn`t want one of those.

In the mean time, the Second Salemners, who are claiming wizards live amongst them, are trying to weed out the wizard community and expose them, while an auror named Mr Graves (a fantastic performance by Colin Farell) tries to keep it all in check and bring Newt in for disturbing the balance.

What follows is a 2hr13 rollercoaster of great visual effects, a nice storyline and just a great family time in the theatre.  This film is going to be part of a new trilogy, and I must say I actually look forward to the next instalment!

Rating: 8.5 / 10

zaterdag 3 december 2016

Classic Lego Build: 6604 Formula 1 Racer

With the shocking news that the world champion quits the sport yesterday, it is only fitting to build a small Formula One car today in the build report.

Set 6604 dates from 1985 and counts less then 30 pieces, but it does carry the number 1 at the front, so in a way it was fitting.

The driver is a simple minifigure sporting the old style helmet without the reinforced chinstrap.

Based on the old "levelled" car base, the steering wheel is added at the front while the black cones will serve as basis for the rear wing.

The printed number 1 slope is added at the front of the car, while slopes are added as sidepods and a wedge piece becomes the backwing.

Engine exhausts are placed under this rear wing, while the wheels go underneath completing the vehicle.

And the full set completed:

While this isn`t something super spectacular, this is a build I played a lot with as a child, as F1 has always been a sport this "tifosi" has been wild about.  And back then, you didn`t have the Ferrari sets yet after all ;-)