Friday, September 25, 2009

Multiple Fire Brigades

Find more in dsvelte's gallery.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

UK Star Wars Competition and Magazine

I know this Blog has nothing to do with Star Wars, but I thought I'd post this for all the UK readers. This free magazine and competition is available today in The People newspaper priced 95p.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Justice Palace

Flickr user Tavernellos does it again, with this "Justice Palace" featuring expertly crafted architecture, from the entrance archway to the overhangs among the lower windows. From the park benches, to the flower beds, and even to the small grating along the roof, this MOC displays the proper time that went into it. Anybody who has seen his builds before will quickly want to see more. Keep it up!

Red Grocer

From pjmoyer's gallery.

Ice Cream Shop

By TijgerSan.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Victorian House

By our old friend LGOrlando. Beautiful.


10184 Cinema Modification

NewManLego's gallery.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Build and Review Part 5 - Finished!

Above: Starting to build the first floor.
Below: There is an abundance of furniture in this set. The fridge is the best. In the photographs I saw before I had the set didn't do in justice. I also like the edging of the ping-pong table.

Lots of the new windows are used in this floor and a great technique to make the brickwork on the front.

Below: Probably the most ingenious mini-build ever. It looks extremely complicated but its not. The reason it is made like this is so that even though tiles are used, it all holds together.

The finished set. I really enjoyed building it, very little repetition and lots of clever techniques to keep up the interest. Its nice to have a vehicle to add to the playability.
This set has been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait. Go buy it! If you would like to know anything - write a comment.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Live Build and Review Part 4 23.30PM GMT

Building the ground floor. There are some really great features here including a fire pole, hooks for silver fire helmets (made from dk bluish grey frogs), an alarm attached to the outside, a bench, tree, clock, and plenty of hooks for a brush, spade and other accessories. There are some unusual building techniques towards the end of this build. The triple window is built and held in sideways and the gutter underneath is held in upsidedown. It would have been good to see more tiles used in this ground floor like in the ground floor of the Green Grocers. Overall as I have said before this set is ten times better in real life. I'm going to take a break now until the morning to build the next floor. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Live Build and Review Part 3 21.30PM GMT

Above: fantastic ladder using tiles and light saber hilts.
Below: the finished fire truck. It is definately better in real life and will look brilliant next to the older looking vehicles from the Indiana Jones sets and from the Town Plan. It is packed with detail.

Starting to build the foundations.

A great range of colours - especially the rarer dark tan. I like the detail of the number on the front path.

Live Build and Review Part 2 20.30pm GMT

Above - the pieces from number 1 bags. Lots of little pieces. I built the Grand Carousel about two weeks ago, so I'm really pleased to see a broader range of piece sizes.
Below - The four minifigures. I quite like plain torsos. The first is in sand blue. I particularly like the tan bag.

The build so far... The fire truck is a lot better in real life than the photographs. I hope the rest is as good.

Live Build and Review Part 1 19.00PM GMT.

Over the next few hours I will be building and reviewing the latest modular building 'Fire Brigade 10197'. If you would like to know anything as I build, send me a comment below. I will be starting to build at 20.00PM GMT and updating throughout the evening.

Parts from the box. There are 9 numbered 1 and 9 numbered 2. There are also two Dk Bluish Grey base plates, a large tile and a yellow pipe.

There are two instruction books, bothe showing the same image on the front

A random page from the instruction booklets.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I Built It!

At BrickFair, I had the privilege of building some sets for Steve Witt's LEGO Group display. I grabbed a few photos while I was building so that I would be able to show off that I was one of the lucky ones to try this one out early. Brickapolis is hosting the sheer quantity of photos I took on his Flickr photostream, and he has more photos of the convention (including the following partially-built shots of Fire Brigade):

OK, so I might have let someone else handle the roof - but this is definitely a must-have set.


Instructions now available here and here (in case you're like me and can't wait). Thank you for the information Guido.

10197 News

From jgptee's gallery. According to this set will be in shops this Friday.