Happy (Lunar) New Year

Happy new year to all you readers who celebrate the lunar new year.  Gong Xi Fa Cai!  2011 is the year of the rabbit and obviously, some rabbit MOCs are needed here.

Rabbit by rack911

How do ya do by Brick Britt

Year of the Rabbit by tkh

A Happy New Year 2011 by MisaQa

Bunny Power by felixisgr8

Some MOCs I Like

Awful lot of backlog from the past 2 weeks… so no time to sort by theme, I’ll just post them out whenever I’ve prepped up a batch.

(WIP) The Great Gate of Minas Tirith by Pate-keetongu 

The Fort as Isla D’Or by 2 Much Caffeine

“Feed ’em to the Sarlacc Fish!” is another nice creation by 2 Much Caffeine

Un-named Ship by EB Perfectionist

LEGO Restaurant Modular Building by BrickCityDepot

Beetles by Dr Mobius & Lino M 

(WIP) Lima Superpower by SavaTheAggie

1:13 Peterbilt 359 towing truck with old-style Holmes 750 machinery by Maciej D.  See the set description for more details

Etude in Water and Go West Young Fig by tsimon08 there’s something incomplete about both creations, but I do like some of the flora n landscaping techniques employed and so I decided to feature them after some consideration. 

Riverside Fire Chief Pinewood Derby Edition 2 by V&A Steamworks

Some MOCs I Like

I’ve been putting these off for some time, but they can wait no longer cos I’ve found another batch of MOCs to feature.

Enjoy. 🙂

YT-1300 light freighter by legoalbert

Reindeer by Lego Monster

Metternich-1, the war wagon for Space police by cosmogenic

Little Red Riding Hood by Legohaulic

Contemporary Family Home by Littlehaulic

Genesee Valley Alco C636 by swoofty

Christmas Train by .eti

Some MOCs I Like

Mythical Battle of the Bands by 2 Much Caffeine

The Castle by Tavernellos

Unearthly Uprising by thepaleman9

Family Home by  LegoManiac – LEGO13 was featured as a WIP previously.  Here’s the interior and another pic showing how the house can be swiveled open.  Nice eh?

Unnamed Ship by bermudafreze

Unnamed by Josip Špika

Bank around the Corner by Kris_Kelvin

Winter Village Church by Philocrites

Winter Village Tram Station by Dix

Winter Village Mission Church by Blackicep8ntball

Summer 2011 Sets Revealed

Update on 26 Dec: Pics have been yanked from birdsmart33’s Flickr account, but the poorer quality pics are still available in smartwii ‘s account tho.  Hurry before they are also yanked!

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If you haven’t seen the pics of the Trade Catalog Scans, hurry before they are yanked from Flickr user birdsmart33‘s account.  I’ll summarise the sets and expected release dates here as more scans are revealed. 

Summer sets include:

Pirates of the Caribbean (May 2011)

  • 4191 The Captain’s Cabin
  • 4192 Aqua De Vida (Fountain of Youth)
  • 4193 The London Escape
  • 4194 Whitecap Bay 
  • 4195 Queen Anne’s Revenge
  • 4181 Isla De la Muerta
  • 4182 The Cannibal Escape 4
  • 4183 The Mill
  • 4184 Black Pearl (November 2011)

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Cars (May 2011)

  • 8200 Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen
  • 8201 Classic Mater
  • 8206 Cars 3 (?)
  • 8423 Cars 4 (?)
  • 8424 Cars 5 (?)
  • 8426 Cars 6 (?)
  • 8484 Cars 7 (?)
  • 8486 Mack’s Team Truck
  • 8487 Flo’s V8 Cafe
  • 8638 Cars 8 (?) (August 2011)
  • 8639 Cars 15 (?) (August 2011)

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Star Wars (June 2011)

  • 7956 Ewok Attack
  • 7957 Dathomir Speeder
  • 7959 Geonosian Starfighter
  • 7961 Sith Infiltrator
  • 7962 Podracer
  • 7964 Republic Frigate
  • 7965 Millennium Falcon

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City (June 2011)

  • 4641 Speed Boat
  • 4642 Fishing Boat
  • 4644 Marina
  • 4645 Harbour

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Creator (June 2011)

  • 5767 Cool Cruiser
  • 5770 Lighthouse Island
  • 5771 Hillside House

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Kingdoms (July 2011)

  • 6918 Blacksmith Attack
  • 7187 Escape from Dragon’s Prison
  • 7188 King’s Carriage Ambush
  • 7189 Mill Village Raid

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Alien Conquest (July 2011)

  • 7049 Alien Striker
  • 7050 Alien Defender
  • 7051 Tripod Invader
  • 7052 UFO Abduction
  • 7065 Alien Mothership
  • 7066 Earth Defence HQ
  • 7067 Jet-Copter Encounter 

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Harry Potter (August 2011)

  • 4865 The Forbidden Forest
  • 4866 The Night Bus
  • 4867 Battle For Hogwarts

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Technic (August 2011)

  • 8071 Bucket Truck
  • 8109 Flatbed Truck
  • 8110 Unimog U400

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NinjaGo

  • 2257 Spinjitzu Starter Set (Jan 2011)
  • 2111 Kai (Jan to March 2011)
  • 2112 Cole (Jan to March 2011)
  • 2113 Zane (Jan to March 2011)
  • 2114 Chopov (Jan to March 2011)
  • 2115 Bonezai (Jan to March 2011)
  • 2116 Krazi (Jan to March 2011)
  • 2170 Cole DX (April 2011)
  • 2171 Zane DX (April 2011)
  • 2172 Nya (April to July 2011)
  • 2173 Nuckal (April to July 2011)
  • 2506 Skull Truck (July 2011)
  • 2507 Fire Temple (July 2011)
  • 2508 Blacksmith Shop (July 2011)
  • 2509 Earth Dragon Defence (July 2011)
  • 2174 Kruncha  (August 2011)
  • 2175 Wyplash (August 2011)
  • 2255 Sensei Wu (August 2011)
  • 2256 Lord Garmadon (August 2011) 
  • 2254 Mountain Shrine (August 2011) 

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Some thoughts on the 2011 sets:

– I honestly feel quite disappointed that the rumoured girls theme is not available.  Having seen the trade catalogue, I can verify that it’s not in the pages that were not scanned.  Any chance of a Winter release? 😦

– But it looks to be another good year, especially for Star Wars fans (loads of new minifigs and reproduced OT sets) and Harry Potter fans (3 more sets, yippee!). 

Creator is starting to look interesting too, the Lighthouse Island looks really good and it seems to be a trend that Creator sets now come with minifigs, blurring the line between Creator & City.

– Those who want to renact minifig abduction fantasies can now do so with the new Alien Conquest theme.  Again, is it meant to draw City fans into this theme?

– I wasn’t thrilled with the little Blacksmith set in Kingdoms, but there is another Blacksmith in the NinjaGo theme that looks better.  Interesting that so many of the NinjaGo theme sets are for limited time release – I’m guessing TLG thinks that limited releases helps to sell sets?

Some MOCs I Like

Lego To-Fu posted by ecpica.  This creation is a collaboration between Devilrobots and Nicholas Foo.  More in Nicholas’ blog: blackbulb creations.

Carriage by yoshix

9-Lego-Articulated-Bus by Veeborg

Robin Hood Rescuing Will Stutly by Legohaulic

Snowman by Josip Špika

Dragon Raid by  Unitronus Galaxy

Little Fire Brigade by Puddleglum-

Lost Son by Deviet

Tower of Doom by Eggy Pop

Roses are Bled by monsterbrick

P.S. Loads of great castle creations recently… thanks to Classic-Castle’s competition.  You gotta love such competitions when it gets the creative juices running… 😀

Cars 2011 Sets & Creator 5766 Log Cabin Review

Whung from EB brings news of 2011 ‘Cars’ sets:

  • 8677 Ultimate Build Francesco
  • 8678 Ultimate Build Mater
  • 8679 Tokyo International Circuit (TRU Excl)

The TRU exclusive sounds interesting…anyway the website says May release.  More in this EB post.  No pics yet!

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On an unrelated note (just didn’t feel like creating another post),  you can read the Creator Log Cabin review in EB here by TheBrickster.

Might be cos it’s not really something I can visualise with my City sets, but not quite feeling the vibe here.  It looks to be a good set for picking up parts tho, such as the tan window frames and dark red roof tiles.  Also think it looks fairly manageable for younger kids to play with. 

Anyone knows the expected RRP in Singapore?  Apple Tree House was set at a ridiculous price, so if price is again too high I’ll just be disciplined and get only one (hey, usually need at least 3 to build up all 3 models rite? 😉 ).

Oh ya, and more set reviews for Pharaoh’s Quest sets indexed here.

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