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zaterdag 25 april 2015

Lego Book: DC Heroes Visual Dictionary

The latest book I`ve finished reading from DK Publishing, this one handles the early days of the Lego DC line, going right until 2012.

Okay, this means it `misses` a lot of the new figures in it that came out the last two years like Grodd, Sinestro etc...

But it does give a nice and clear insight into the earlier, Bat-Man focussed line of 2006, and the recent relaunch of the line from around 2012 when it kicked up a notch.

It has the traditional set overview, a minifigure image listing, which unfortunatly is a bit short due to the book running to 2012, and behind the scenes interviews and looks.

It also features a good section on the first two video games, and how TT went about creating the Bat-Man world in those.

And of course, it comes with a book only limited edition minifigure, which in this case is Bat-Man in his Electro suit, known from the 2nd video game.

Just a few more, and I have the Legobrary completed on the DK with minifigs books (Out of the head, I only think it`s the Chima one actually that I miss bar any upcoming releases).

Updated the Lego 2015 spoiler list

With the pictures that have been released the last two weeks, I have been updating the `spoiler list` of Lego sets coming our way in the summer 2015 releases.

The topic can be found HERE.

So of all the new material, which one has caught my fancy?  Well, first of all the new set of Marvel, the only one to be released for the Ant-Man movie.

I might pick up some of the new Mixels left or right, as they are good part price ratio sets, but usually I only order those when I need to get that small amount added to get to the free shipping barrier.  But with this wave, it`ll probably be the blue ones that get that role the coming months ;-).

donderdag 23 april 2015

Building the History of F1

Okay, normally another build had been scheduled for today, but I am SO happy I got this set two days ago, I just wanted to feature it first.

On BrickLink, you don`t find this set under 30 euro, which is a bit steep for a Barrichello minifig, but in Oost Duinkerke I found it for it`s original retail price of 8 euro...

Set 8389 is from the Racers Ferrari licensed line, and it is most intresting in that it features both Michael Schumacher and his loyal side-kick Rubens Barrichello, the sympathetic brazilian, in their often seen 1 - 2 position during Michael`s dominant years.

The set features a small podium, a large trophy and 2 minifigs, together with a highly detailed sticker sheet.

Rubens and Michael with their excellent printed helmet art.

The podium of course is a rather simple build, starting on a grey baseplate.

White blocks make up the ceremomial steps, adorned with stickers.

Add to that two flags sporting the famous Scuderia logo.

And we get this excellent small podium, which now adorns my desk!

Ow, it even had a single extra piece to boot ;-)

woensdag 22 april 2015

A Knights Tale in De Haan

Following a week of holidays in the south of France, me and the GF celebrated our `jubilation` by sneaking away still for a few days to the Belgian coast village of De Haan.

I had booked at a bed and breakfast, Elly, and we found ourselves with a very lovely dutch hosting family.

Lying in the back of the village, it was calm and quiet, a certain requirement for Chu to get some decent sleep in the hunongous (porn?) bed we found there.

The first evening, we went for a walk to the village itself and a short stroll across the beach.  But what followed was rather immense.

First of all, there was this `little` icecream Banana Split we grabbed at Mano`s...

In the nearby village of Klemskerke, we went to grab a bite.  I had accidently seen the restaurant on route to our destination, so we drove the 3+ kilometres back.

It was what we call overhere the likes of an `afspanning`, a real village restaurant, and I went for the roasted ham...

Day 2, the intention was to go to Wenduine, but getting there we found out the whole beach was next to impossible to access and we decided there and then to drive along the whole coast to Oost Duinkerke, the village Chu had been on holiday a lot in her youth.

It would turn out to be a God`s, or better, Lego, gift, but that is for a bit later.

Driving there, we went for some stops in between, the first halt beeing Bredene.  Located right next to De Haan, this is the location of the nudist beach in Belgium, and Chu now has gotten the idea in her head we should go there sometime.  Let`s say it `remains open for debate`...

But like the ham, everything looks big here...

The next stop we did was Nieuwpoort, a bit of a shopping village, but then we reached our destination.

Oost Duinkerke, with it`s large amount of dunes still.  We went for a walk, failed to find the bunkers she remembered from her childhood days, and went for a little snack. 

But then, she revealed an old toy store she remembered from 20 years ago, Bazaar Cri Cri.  What i found there was rather awesome, some really old boxes of Lego, still at retail pricing.  The Ferrari pull back that goes 60+ on BrickLink?  I payed 22.  The Ferrari podium you don`t see under 30?  I payed 8.  The Duplo dino trap, which only has a single one listed on BL at 80 euro?  I payed... 22!!!

Add to that some action figures of Draco (which Chu now has in her cabinet) and Frodo that the shop lading turned up, and I got the Friends display for free on top... this has been a most excellent find.

Also, for those now wanting to rush to Oost Duinkerke, don`t bother, I cleared the store out of treasures...

The only sour note came on the last evening, as we went to eat at Strand Hotel in De Haan.  Chu wanted to watch the sunset, but this place was a pure tourist trap.  The service was rude, not even letting Chu finish her question before she ran off, and the cook managed to totally overboil... mussels.  That is quite an achievement if you ask me...

But as the sun set down, so did our holiday period and now we are back home, with some fond memories (and a lot of bricks ;-) )

dinsdag 21 april 2015

Brick Mania Wetteren 2015

Before heading out to a two day relaxation in De Haan, of which I`ll be showing my `Knights Tale` tomorrow, we went to BM Wetteren, the first Lego convention I attended this year.

Wait, why are you starting with your loot this time???  Because it isn`t mine at all, that will be traditionally at the bottom of this post.

This is the loot the GF took along... AND she admitted she wants the Hogwarts for display.  The virus is spreading ;-)

This Brick Mania is held in the Schepperscollege in Wetteren (near Gent) and was divided over two large and one smaller hall.  Traders where as usual intermixed with the exhibitors, and for me the most awesome display was this huge Battle of Endor.

That Speeder Bike is a real b***h to catch on a picture, it goes really fast.

Another great display for me personally where all the small cult TV series builds, like Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica...

There was also the Lego Designer present with the upcoming Jurassic World sets, though he did keep his lips sealed about Dimensions...

The newly released Kwik-E-Mart was also present

I loved this build, the aquarium was really well executed.

And here is a selection of the other gorgeous builds on display, I *think* I managed to capture 95% of them.

And MY loot?  I kept it really modest, hauling two key chains from the raffle box, and found the fantastic (and still sealed) Mission to Mars from the Discovery Line for 40 euro.

So this is really a landmark event, as Chu had spend more then double on Lego then me at this convention... but this is about to change if you`ll see what treasures I dug up during our actual weekend out in an old toy store... but for that, you`ll have to wait until tomorrow...