Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Review: Lego 21319 Friends: Central Perk

Originally released in 2019 thanks to a successful Lego Ideas pitch, 21319 Central Perk(ad link) brings to life the iconic and nostalgic coffee shop from the Friends sitcom (rather then the Friends Lego theme marketed towards girls!).

Friends originally ran through basically my entire childhood in the 90s. So while I was a bit young to fully get it from the start, it was a familiar part of the TV world through most of my life, and a series I've watched through at least a couple of times now and really enjoy. Ie. This definitely hits the nostalgia button for me!

That aside, I think it's simply a very good set, with great minifigures, a pleasing and diverse range of parts in nice colours, and a great display piece. Continue below for my further thoughts and lots of images!

Sunday, April 28, 2024

MOC: Venusian Balloon

This is a MOC I made recently for the Lego Ideas challenge Exploring the Cosmos. The challenge requested either a space inspired vehicle or base. I quickly landed on the idea of wanting to do something atmospheric, as I like the idea of alien life maybe being buoyant creatures existing in the upper atmosphere of Venus, or within the vast cloudy environs of the gas giants! 

I could have taken that exploration down the base path, with some sort of floating observation platform or city, but as someone who has long held a fascination with airships as a form of transport, I thought a balloon based vehicle would be fun to play with.

Here's my little blurb from the original Ideas submission, which outlines the world this vehicle exists in, and what it can do:

An airship for scientists travelling between the floating research bases in the high semi-habitable layers of the atmosphere of Venus! While the surface of Venus is inhospitable due to high temperature, pressure, and acidity, higher altitudes provide a climate similar to Earth. This balloon is used to travel between the floating bases established to allow scientists to explore the planet from this safer environment, and if lucky, to catch sight of rare flying creatures that were found to also inhabit this gentler part of Venus.

The build includes a balloon with adjustable propellers to steer and move. The one-person capsule suspended below gives the pilot views of the cloudy world and the strange creatures that live around them. The seating and control section of the capsule is connected with a single stud to make it easy to position the pilot inside, while one side of the capsule hinges open to allow this.

Also included is a cloudy stand, and one of the Venusian aliens.

Continue after the jump to check out more of the design:

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Review: Lego 40588 Flowerpot

This cute set, 40588: Flowerpot(ad link) was available in 2023 through several gift with purchase promotional periods from Lego.com's shop. I picked up a copy second hand more recently.

While not officially marketed as part of the Botanicals Collection, it is very much in that style, and surely would feel missing from anyone collecting that range. It's also a great parts pack, with nice quantities of appealing and unusual elements. Continue below for my thoughts...


The Brickverse returns!

I'm back! After not posting for almost a decade I've decided to revive The Brickverse to share reviews on Lego sets old and new, and some of my own MOCs. Plus maybe any other exciting Lego things that catch my eye. Look out for new posts coming soon! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Deadpool spoilt by Lego set reveals

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds seems to be annoyed that leaked images of new Lego sets based on his soon to be released new movie have revealed crucial spoilers. So annoyed he tweeted pictures of those very sets himself. Two sets have been revealed, the first is presumably from the epic climax of the film, 6969 Deadpool Space Squid Shark Balloon Battle, in which Deadpool seems to be riding a pegasus to apprehend a high altitude balloon.


The other set, part of a Farm and Country sub-theme, is 2016 Deadpool Hot Dogs Moose and Owl, based on a more relaxing moment in the film.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game on the way!

StarWars.com have announced a new Lego Star Wars video game, based on The Force Awakens. Due out in June, this will be the fourth Lego Star Wars video game from TT Games, the first of which launched the brilliant Lego video game series! In addition to a light hearted Lego adaptation of the film, the game also promises to:
...offer new story content exploring the time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, adding additional insight into the movie and its characters
The game will also offer new game-play features including:
...the “Multi-Builds” system, where players can choose from multiple building options to advance the game; new blaster combat, in which players use surrounding environments to drive back the First Order during intense Blaster Battles; and high-speed flight gameplay through arena-based battles and dogfights in space, while gamers utilize a multitude of vehicles along the way, including the legendary Millennium Falcon. In addition, enemies can now build, too, allowing stormtroopers to support each other with reinforcements, air strikes, and heavy artillery, adding another layer of danger to the game.
Here's the trailer, itself a parody of the film's trailer, packed full of typical Lego humour. Continue below for the first details of variant editions of the game!



Friday, January 29, 2016

Lego Dimensions wave 3 brings many doctors to the crossover game

The third wave of expansions for Lego Dimensions are out now, and to mark their release Lego have released a fun new trailer featuring three of the doctors now present in the mega Lego crossover game. Curiously enough all three of the series featured here first came to Lego via Ideas sets!

Continue below for further details of all the latest expansions, and another trailer!



The latest releases include a new Ghostbusters level pack, which itself includes a Peter Venkman minifigure, Ecto-1, and a ghost trap, as well as the new level content in-game. This is the first of several Ghostbusters sets for Dimensions, with Slimer and Stay Puff fun packs on the way later in the year.



There's a new DC Comics team pack, including the Joker and Harley Quinn as well as matching vehicles. These join the previous Wonder Woman and Cyberborg fun pack releases from the DC universe, which will see several other characters coming to the game later this year too.



The Doctor Who world gets populated by a Cyberman and Dalek in the latest fun pack, which builds upon the previous Doctor Who level pack.



Also subject of a previous level pack, Back to the Future returns with a Doc Brown fun pack, complete with his time train!



And finally, joining the rather numerous previous Ninjago releases in the game, there's a Sensei Wu fun pack, which also includes a white dragon (made in part using a white croissant!)



In addition to the crossover trailer above, there is also a Ghostbusters specific trailer to highlight the content of the new level pack:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Adorable Star Wars minifigures wearing ship costumes!

Behold one of the most adorable series of Star Wars MOCs ever: Minifigures wearing tiny costume versions of their ships! These delightful miniature designs were created by Nick Chen, who posted them on Flickr. I've picked out a few of my favourites below, but there are many more, representing characters and ships from most of the Star Wars films.



Lego Marvel's Avengers out this week

Oout this week is the latest Lego video game, Lego Marvel's Avengers, which draws from the Marvel cinematic universe, with levels based on the two Avengers movies, as well as Iron Man 3, Thor: Dark of the World, and the first two Captain America films.

To mark the release, there is of course a launch trailer, which creatively uses sound effects from the game to create something of a soundtrack:



For a bit more of an idea of game-play, this previous trailer is perhaps a little more useful, with a particular focus on the open world aspects of the game - New York looks rather impressive!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Christmas snowglobe set!

Those observant chaps over at Brickset have uncovered a new Christmas set, presumably coming towards the end of this year as one of the Lego Shop promo sets, a snowglobe! Featured is Father Christmas, standing in front of a little Christmas tree, enclosed within a chamber (maybe not quite a globe!), with a sprinkling of round white tiles (aka snow) ready to shake around him.


As the instructions reveal (which Hoth Bricks tracked down on Lego's servers), the base is a little draw, so you could hide a small gift in it too!