Review: 40109 mini MINI Cooper

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40109 mini MINI Cooper is currently free with purchases of 10242 maxi MINI Cooper from shop.LEGO.com and brand stores. It will also be free with all purchases over a certain threshold in August. For a 60-piece set, it's a good representation but it's not without its faults. In fact I think it's surprising just how much like a Mini it does look considering it's very square...

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Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 3

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In this, the final part of my review, I complete the model and let you know what I think of it. If you haven't already done so, please read parts one and two first. The final part of the build is the claws, the protective cage for the minifig and more greebling.  One eagle-eyed reader noticed in photos of part two of the review that in my haste to build...

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Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 2

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In part one of the review I looked at the box, its contents and the instructions. I had intended to complete the review in part two but I haven't quite finished post-processing the photos as I've had other commitments this evening, including helping to run a kids' computer club at my local community centre.  This part then will cover the minifigs, the peripheral components...

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Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 1

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Thanks to the LEGO CEE team, who sent out review copies on Friday, I now have the set in hand. I'll review it in two parts: this part will cover the box and contents, and part two, which I'll post later today, the build and the model. Before I get on to the review, let's take a moment to consider what a momentous occasion the release of this set is. It's the first...

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Review: 10242 MINI Cooper, part 2

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The 1077-piece 10242 MINI Cooper was announced at the beginning of June and will be available to VIPs in a couple of weeks at a cost of US$99.99, £74.99, €89.99, then to everyone else in August.  I've now built my review copy so what follows is a photo-intensive review of the parts, the construction, and the finished model. Before I start... For those of you in...

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Review: 5002812 Classic Spaceman Minifigure

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With the release of Peter Reid's Exo-Suit fast approaching, LEGO appear to be increasing their focus on Space themes, and as such have released a promotional set to build anticipation. Space is perhaps more popular than ever at the moment following the excitement surrounding Benny and his Spaceship (set 70816) and thus 5002812 Classic Spaceman Minifigure is bound to be popular. This is perhaps...

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Review: 10242 MINI Cooper, part 1

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10242 MINI Cooper has just arrived at Brickset Towers, thanks to the LEGO CEE team. Despite it being swelteringly hot outside, I'm indoors slaving over a hot camera and keyboard to bring you this first online review. It's a tough job but someone has to do it... Actually, I haven't got very far: part one will cover the box and the contents only. I'll build the set tomorrow...

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Review: 21107 The End

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The fourth Minecraft Micro World set, 21107 The End, was released at the start of the month without much fanfare from LEGO which was perhaps surprising given the marketing push it gave the last two, The Village and The Nether which we reviewed (here and here), back in September last year. Consequently, the online community hasn't paid it much attention either. The Brick Blogger posted a review...

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Review: 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel

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The X-Men have received surprisingly little attention in Marvel Super Heroes sets, but their absence has finally been rectified to an extent by the release of 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel. This will inevitably be a hugely popular set as the only previous set to include any X-Men characters, 6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown, flew off the shelves when it was available, and now carries an enormous...

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Review: 10244 Fairground Mixer

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10244 Fairground Mixer is the latest installment in the LEGO Creator Expert theme. For the uninitiated, the sets in the Creator Expert theme are intended for advanced builders due to their high piece counts and use of sophisticated building techniques. While the Fairground Mixer does possess those characteristics, it's interesting to note that it doesn't fit into any of the logical categories...

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Review: 75053 The Ghost

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The larger of the two Star Wars: Rebels offerings from this Summer wave of LEGO Star Wars is 75053 The Ghost, which looks as though it will act as a kind of Millennium Falcon stand-in for our heroes. Priced at £69.99 or $89.99 and containing a substantial 929 pieces, this is not a set to be bought on a whim, but it is undoubtedly well priced, and I was pleasantly surprised at the UK price in...

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Review: 75048 The Phantom

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The Star Wars Rebels television show is fast approaching, and two sets to accompany its release have been produced so far. The first, and smaller, of these is 75048 The Phantom. This set is priced at £19.99 in the UK, or $24.99 in the US, and contains 234-pieces, so the prices in this regard are not bad at all, particularly considering that there are a couple of brand new components included. This...

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Review: 70816 Benny's Spaceship, part 2

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In part one of my review I covered the box, parts and minifigs. Now it's time to build the spaceship and give you my opinion. The set contains 940-parts which thankfully are divided into seven numbered bags. I know some people like the challenge of a huge pile of parts in front of them and to spend ages rummaging at every step of construction, but I'm not one of them. Construction Bag...

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Review: 70816 Benny's Spaceship, part 1

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The three new LEGO Movie sets are now available from brand stores and shop.LEGO.com. DrDave and Kempo reviewed  Emmet's Mech and Police Drop-ship last week. Now it's my turn to take a look at the third, perhaps the most anticipated set of the year among discerning AFOLs: 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!, to give it its full name. The 'classic space'...

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21020 Trevi Fountain

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Today sees the release of the latest Architecture set, Trevi Fountain.  The Trevi Fountain in Rome is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognisable fountain in the world so it makes an excellent subject for an Architecture set. The fountain is an intricate structure backed by a building full of intricate details so there's no doubt that set designer Rok Kobe had his work cut out...

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Review: 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina

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The Summer Star Wars sets have been released in LEGO Brand Stores a little earlier than usual in the UK, and I have been able to acquire a few of them for review. The first of these is 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina, a vast improvement over the abysmal rendition produced in 2004 (4501), a full ten years ago! The fact that such an iconic location within the Star Wars universe has been absent in LEGO for...

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Mixels series 2: Fang Gang

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We have a lot of reviews and other good stuff to post this week, so I'll move swiftly on to the last tribe from series 2 Mixels, the Fang Gang. Apparently they are constantly hungry and on the lookout for food. The "hungry Fang Gang tribe live on a weird farm where they try to plant anything to see if it grows into food", according to LEGO.com. 41512 Chomly Chomly doesn't...

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Mixels series 2: Frosticons

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Today I'm taking a quick look at the second tribe from series two Mixels, the Frosticons. Slumbo, Lunk and Flurr are members of the "blue Mixel tribe which hails from the frozen crystalline shells of dead volcanoes" according to LEGO.com. 41509 Slumbo Slumbo was the first one to catch my eye when pictures of this series first emerged, due to the clever use of minifig...

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Review: 70814 Emmet's Construct-o-Mech

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I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by the first wave of LEGO Movie sets – they were definitely better than I’d expected. I was therefore quite looking forward to checking out the second wave of sets and seeing if they could live up to their predecessors. The LEGO tribute to Classic Space in the form of Set 70816 Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! has been getting most...

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Mixels series 2: Flexers

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Mixels series 2 are starting to appear in the shops now and the Mixels microsite at LEGO.com has been updated to include them. I've been sent a set to review by the LEGO CEE team (thanks Kim...) so let's kick off with the orange tribe, the Flexers who, apparently, live in the remote Rubberlands. Other than that nugget of information I haven't been able to find out much about their...

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