Brickset: LEGO set guide
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The following sets have just been discounted by at least 30%:
Price Saving Discount 70009 Legends Of Chima Worriz's Combat Lair $47.00 $22.99 33%
The following 2013 sets are discounted by at least 40%:
Price Saving Discount 70108 Legends Of Chima Royal Roost $7.99 $7.00 47% 70113 Legends Of Chima CHI Battles $11.00 $8.99 45% 70100 Legends Of Chima Ring of Fire $8.49 $6.50 43% 70101 Legends Of Chima Target Practice $8.49 $6.50 43% 70102 Legends Of Chima CHI Waterfall $8.49 $6.50 43% 70107 Legends Of Chima Skunk Attack $8.49 $6.50 43% 70114 Legends Of Chima Sky Joust $11.50 $8.49 42% 70004 Legends Of Chima Wakz' Pack Tracker $17.99 $12.00 40% 70104 Legends Of Chima Jungle Gates $8.99 $6.00 40% 70105 Legends Of Chima Nest Dive $8.99 $6.00 40% 70106 Legends Of Chima Ice Tower $8.99 $6.00 40%
Rancorbait has reviewed the window contents again today:
On day thirteen we have a standard tan Battle Droid to combat the Clone trooper presented by CapnRex101 on day ten. This figure is by no means uncommon, it has been included in many Star Wars sets since 1999.
This figure, although rather dull in my opinion, is great for army building and are not hard to come by at all. Since the rest of the advent calendar seems to be heavily Attack of the Clones based, I think a dark orange one would have been more suitable, but either are welcome. Unfortunately, this Droid, like all the other figures in this advent calendar so far, is unarmed, but that can be fixed thanks to the weapon rack from day seven.
There isn't really much to say about this minifig: I'm sure most, if not all of you have seen a Battle Droid before, so nothing special, but great to have anyway, after all, you can't have to many of them!
Overall - 3.5 - While not particularly exciting, its always great to have more Battle Droids to expand your army.
The City calendar window contains another minifig today: an astronaut brandishing a fairy wand. I don't know what to say... there might be a good reason why, but it's lost on me. Maybe he's floating up to the top of yesterday's tree to add the wand to it?
The minifig itself is however unique, and the 'underwater' helmet he's wearing in white hasn't been used since 2011 so overall it's not too bad.
Jason from Chowren Toys says: "This will be the last promo we will be running for 2013. We want to thank all the Brickset readers for their support and for making all of our promos this year a great success. We especially want to thank Huw for making all of this possible. We look forward to bringing more great deals in 2014 to the wonderful readers of Brickset.
"Our December promotion will be $5.50 for 30167 Iron Man's Fighting Drone. All readers need do, is to enter promo code BRSET30167 at the check-out in order to get this price. There are total of 1000 units available and these are limited to 30 per customer while supplies last. This promotion will only last until 11:59 pm (US West Coast time) on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Just like previous promotions, Brickset readers will need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code.
"All buyers please look over and read the notes in the shipping chart before you make your purchase. Please note this is just an approximate shipping charge, but it shouldn't be too far off. As with previous promos any over-charge on shipping will be refunded. Please also note that we will do our best to ship every order as soon as possible but once it is shipped, it is out of our hands as far as delivery time is concerned. Please use a faster shipping method or please contact us regarding shipping methods if you are not sure what to use, and if you need the order by a certain date. Thank you."
CapnRex is still away so guest reviewer rancorbait has provided this text:
Today we have another mini model, a LAAT/c (Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier), or more simply, Republic Dropship. This vehicle, used by the Republic to transport heavy artillery and other cargo, is only seen for a few brief moments towards the end of Episode II: Attack of the Clones and in several Clone Wars episodes.
This somewhat obscure, but still easily recognizable ship, is quite accurately captured using just eleven parts, although I think it could do with one more white 1 x 3 slope to fill the gap between the two engines, but it's not a big deal. The rear half of the dropship is constructed in a way similar to the Republic gunship from day eight, with the exception of the suitably long wings which are also narrower. The cockpit, which is situated on the front of the craft, is effectively recreated using a trans-black 1 x 1 slope piece.
Perhaps the best part about this model however, is that the AT-TE revealed yesterday can be attached to the underside of the vehicle without altering either of the models, just like in the film, which really adds to the accuracy of the vehicle.
Overall - 4.5 - This accurate representation of the ship is an excellent model, and when combined with yesterday's AT-TE, is even better. The only thing I dislike is the rather bland looking front end, some color (either dark blue or dark red) would add a lot of character to the vehicle in my opinion.
Cuusoo have just posted an update to their Guidelines, House Rules, and Terms of Service.
There is a lot to go through, and I will post with more details later, but for FOLs who have often complained about the type of projects allowed on Cuusoo, the highlights are these:
- Brick Based Set Projects ONLY - Translation: No more parts, programs, apparel, tape measures, etc.
- One Project = One Set - Translation: No more "this is a new series of LEGO sets" projects.
- No Minifigure Series or "Battle Packs" - Translation: No more requests for Star Wars and Super Hero figures without sets!
- No Company Logos or Team Mascots - Translation: No more Purdue Petes or Android Bugs.
- Only Use Authentic LEGO Parts - Translation: No more custom minifig elements. (This could be very bad news for the Muppet project.)
Looks like Cuusoo is putting into practice some hard lessons it has learned. We will have to wait and see what happens to current projects that are in violation of these new restrictions. My guess is that Cuusoo will allow "series projects" to taper down and custom elements to be removed, but all the other concepts are too specific to be salvaged. These other projects may not get archived any time soon, but it is now clear, they will not make it to production.
Top Fifty Analysis
Looking at the top 50 projects based on support we can see the impact of these rules:
- 12 projects are sets that demonstrate the use of custom elements.
- 8-10 projects indicate a series of builds.
- 1 project is for a "non-brick set" (LDD on the DS).
- 0 new part proposals.
- 0 minifigure only projects.
- 0 logos.
In the second part of our gift guide, I'm going to pick two sets in the $10-$25 price range, the sort of thing you might buy a nephew, or maybe even a not-quite-an-AFOL friend who needs a bit of encouragement to become one.
For kids: 70701: Swarm Interceptor ($19.99 / £17.99)
Legends of Chima was of course the big story of 2013 as far as the primary market of LEGO is concerned so the chances are that my imaginary nephew already has a load of them already.
So, playing it safe I've opted to buy something that may have slipped under his radar because, let's face it, the LEGO marketing efforts for what many of us AFOLs regard as the best retail theme of the year, have been been negligible.
The Swarm Interceptor itself is a very swooshable craft, which can be converted into a sort-of walker. The bug minifig is superb and his mini-craft gives the interceptor something to chase. Thus the set provides plenty of play possibilities.
For adults: 60018 Cement mixer ($19.99 / £17.99)
There are so many excellent sets in this price range (this BrickList shows them all) so it was very difficult to choose just one set that would appeal to my not-quite-an-AFOL friend.
An obvious choice would have been a licensed set, of which there are plenty in this price bracket, but in the end I chose this City truck. Licensed sets are great, but they are expensive for what you get in terms of number of parts, and are not necessarily the best introduction to LEGO due to their specialised nature.
This cement mixer is a great illustration of just how far LEGO has come in the last 10-15 years or so, in terms of realistic design and functionality, and so is likely to be something of a revelation to my not-quite-an-AFOL friend who hasn't built a LEGO set since he was a kid (but has eyed them up longingly in the toy shop!). This, then, is a great introduction to the possibilities of LEGO and makes a good display piece, and so will hopefully encourage him to buy more sets himself.
What would you have chosen from this list?
Smidling Bojan from Beokocka, the Serbian LUG asked me to announce the club's exhibition this weekend:
"We are organizing a LEGO exhibit on 14th and 15th December, with a charity fund raising goal, to help children shelter in Belgrade. There is no entrance fee, only beneficial donations.
"We will have castle, pirates, Egypt, city, western and more dioramas including one huge castle from renowned LEGO builder Ivan Angeli comprising of many tens of thousands of pieces! "
(CapnRex is away at the moment so I'm posting on his behalf).
To go with yesterday's Clone Trooper, today we have an AT-TE mini model. This is a rather popular vehicle in the films, although the past Advent Calendar models of walkers have been unsuccessful (as evidenced by last year's distinctly average AT-AT). This model is quite reasonable in my opinion, although it lacks accuracy, mainly down to the complexity of the actual AT-TE which we see in the latter films of the Prequel Trilogy, and extensively in the Clone Wars.
The model consists of fifteen small pieces, which makes it a little fragile. However it does capture the appearance of the vehicle fairly well, with the most prominent features of the six legs and the gun nicely recreated. The legs are moveable, as is the gun on top, and a 1 x 1 slope in trans-black is included to form the driver's cab at the front.
Perhaps the most bizarre inclusion however is the dark bluish grey 1 x 1 round plate on the top, which looks a little out of place.
Overall - 3.5 - Quite a nice little interpretation of a difficult vehicle to recreate, but lacking in accuracy in my opinion.
There was indeed a barbecue in today's City window. Luckily there are enough scarves and sausages for everyone...
The Friends calendar was shockingly bad today, containing just three pieces: a bag, a 1 x 2 bank note and a 1 x 1 round coin.