Not got around to buying Bricks or Bricks Culture yet? Wanting to see a bit more before you commit? Two digital tasters have recently been uploaded so you can get a feel for the content of each.
Obviously they are only digital tasters: they don’t allow you to experience the luxury paper, perfect binding and quality feel of the printed product. Plus, they contain just a fraction of the entire 266 pages of content (126 in Bricks, 140 in Bricks Culture), but hopefully they will show you why these, the biggest and weightiest UK AFOL publications, are a must-have.
We continue our reviews of the summer releases with 60092 Deep Sea Submarine, one of six City Deep Sea Explorers sets. It's a mid-priced set, costing $40 in the USA, which contains 274 pieces.
I have a lot of affection for underwater themes. When I emerged from my dark ages in 1995 one of the first sets I bought was Aquazone6175 Crystal Explorer Sub. Aquazone was the first new minifigure theme to be introduced after the 'classic 4' of Town, Space, Castle and Pirates so was a big deal at the time. The theme continued for four years and was clearly successful because in 1997 LEGO released a dozen Town Divers sets which, to this day, are among the best Town/City sets ever produced.
It could be said, then, that an underwater reboot is long overdue, and has a lot to live up to.
We are entering another season of set releases so we can start bringing you some reviews of the brand new Summer sets. The Star Wars wave is relatively small as a result of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII sets, consisting of only six sets, but it nevertheless includes some highly anticipated models.
75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium is one such model. The Lambda Class Shuttle is an instantly recognisable vehicle but it has not quite achieved the iconic status of the X-Wing, Death Star or Millennium Falcon and has therefore not been recreated at this scale since 2005's 7264 Imperial Inspection.
Set design has advanced enormously in the past ten years and it really shows here, so I am delighted to see an updated version, particularly since five superb minifigures are included to crew this stolen ship.
As a huge fan of dinosaurs and an enthusiastic collector of LEGO dinosaur sets, the launch of a new LEGO dinosaur theme is always a major cause for celebration from my perspective. The new Jurassic World theme has appeared a mere three years after 2012’s well-received Dino theme, and the fact that the new sets are a prelude to the release of the highly anticipated Jurassic World movie in June has only served to ratchet up the excitement still further.
Huw and CapnRex101 have already run the rule over some of the Jurassic World sets over the past few weeks, and I’m delighted to now bring you a review of the largest set in the Jurassic World theme, Set 75919 Indominus Rex Breakout.