After watching the various teaser trailers MetalBeard definitely stood out. How can you not like a steampunk pirate cyborg with a shark arm? Without knowing much more about the cast, I can easily say he’s already my second favorite character (after Benny of course).
Archive for December, 2013
Lego movies have always been a little bit tongue and cheek, with self-referential jokes, puns, and silly references only fans of the source material and Lego stuff in general would get. But that’s usually just a little bit of the overall film, like building jokes in the Star Wars movies. But usually, the puns are directed at the Source material more than it just being Lego.
With The Lego Movie, we’ve now in that perfect meta superstorm of self-referential jokes and puns where it’s all about Lego. None of us have seen the movie yet, but you only have to see the promotional material and the sets to know this movie is going to have Lego puns about the Lego puns. The preview pictures don’t do justice to how crazy these sets are once you see the boxes and start to build the sets. Sure, I absolutely loved The Melting Room, but the craziness that this movie represents didn’t hit me until I started to put together the $40 set, Creative Ambush.
This set is effectively an official set that represents every crazy build we did as kids. We all built that house with wheels and a cannon, admit it. Or what we called a ninja death robot that was also a surfing champion, but really was mostly that wind-up motor and a bunch of blue parts and those yellow bricks with the eyes and smiles. Walking down memory lane? Good. Creative Ambush is a set that consists of a death robot (named Micro Manager), a flying meat truck that shoots kabob missiles, and a biplane made out of parts of a Wild West Saloon.
And that is just awesome.
My first impression of this set was… it seemed very familiar. It didn’t click immediately but I was remembering the Agents Swamp Raid set from five or six years ago. It too featured a pair of cyborg aligators and a collapsing stilted platform, so I can’t help but feel like this was a rehash of the old set to some extent. Except now we get a boss flying police car instead of a bike.
While 70805 Trash Chomper was the set I knew I just absolutely had to have when I first saw the alt-builds, 70803 Cloud Cuckoo Palace was the set I wanted based on the box images alone. I couldn’t even really tell you why, honestly, other than the fact mixing insane colors, a Candy Land vide, and a Lego snail is just a quick way to get my money. I mean, how can look at that thing and not smile, thinking about Gum Drop Mountain.
Oh, and also there’s a unicorn kitten, which I assume is just what pulled the strings and controlled the unicorn dogs from Star Trek. And a snail, which some people eat and the rest of us kill on site (especially if they’re those nasty invasive species ones). And of course Emmet, but we also get Wyldstyle and a robot, because we get robots in pretty much every set.
At $20, this set is downright budget for the color mix you get. A good portion of the colors have only been available in Friends sets previously, so you can stock up if you’ve been avoiding those for some reason. Of course, if you’ve been avoiding them, you’re kinda crazy… the Friends line has been a great source of unique stuff. Anyway… on to the review!
70806 Castle Cavalry is one of a handful of “2-in-1″ sets that has a complete alternate model build included with the set. What is most puzzling about the “2-in-1″ sets though is that the main build is the one on the front of the box, the attack vehicle. The alternate build, the better build, is what should have been on the front of the box. I mean, what’s more appealing, an ice cream truck or a weird looking attack plane? Anyways, packaging design issues aside, let’s get right to it.
When I was asking my review staff for a list of sets they wanted to review, not a single person volunteered for this one and for good reason. It’s not that exciting.
71004 LEGO Minifiures – The LEGO Movie Series is the 12th series in the Collectible Minifigures line, and the first licensed series. Being based on the movie, and not having seen the movie yet, I can only assume that aside from the obvious main characters, the rest of the minifigs in the line up are secondary or tertiary supporting cast members. Still, they are generic enough to pass off as just another CMF line except for the three robot figures.
There have been a few times where LEGO has made “versus” sets and have that idea run rampant throughout the theme. Space Police III, Galaxy Squad, and DC Universe Super Heroes are a few examples of this and The LEGO Movie sets are following suit. Normally this means that in a set, you would get a GREAT main model, and then a laughably smaller set so that the good guys can fight the bad guys. I personally can’t stand this approach as I would rather have the element count used for the small model be used to make a better main model. This is true for Space Police III and Galaxy Squad. DC Universe Super Heroes faired a little better, but in the end you still ended up with two medium-sized, mediocre models instead of one really great model in most of those sets.
We’re down to our last set of challenges in this year’s MOC Madness Tournament: the “Winners” and “Losers” brackets! Don’t let the name fool you though, there are no losers among these four builders. The last polls closed Friday night and the results are shown below, with one of the polls decided by a single vote. Talk about a close call. I’ve been in contact with the builders and have decided to extend this final deadline to next Saturday night, 8PM PST on January 4th, to ensure everyone has a fair shot at building and posting their final ships. Postponing deadlines is not something we do a lot around here, I honestly can’t remember a contest before this where we have, but the timing for such a gauntlet was pretty bad so the exception was in order.
The final four got their latest entries in with a day to spare (which is my excuse for not having a reminder post last night, I almost posted it before checking the threads and finding them ready to roll) but sticking to the schedule the polls were held until the deadline – which just passed a few minutes ago. Forum members have 48 hours to cast their votes again. This round will determine the final match-ups for the next round, which will then determine who gets the prizes and glory. Be sure to sign in and check out the builds before voting in the threads below.