Review: 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer

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The Imperial Star Destroyer is a real favourite of many fans, and it is therefore no surprise to see that LEGO have at last returned to this iconic vehicle by releasing 75055 Imperial Star Destroyer. The last edition in a similar playset style was 6211 from 2006, and despite the fact that the two are based on the same source material, they vary enormously. This new version is priced at £119.99...

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Review: 76023 The Tumbler, part 3: The completed model

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This article, the conclusion of our review of 76023 The Tumbler, contains photos of the completed model and my verdict. Is it a must-have set worth $200, or would you be better off spending that money on something else? Read on to find out if this is the model for you. article.post img { border: 1px solid #bbb; } The completed model Here are shots of the completed model from...

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Review: 76023 The Tumbler, part 2: Construction

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All 1869-pieces of 76023 The Tumbler have been clicked together and the model is now complete. It's an utterly fascinating build that really pushes the limits of what's possible with LEGO. This part of my review is profusely illustrated with photos taken during construction so you can get a feel for how it goes together. Tomorrow, I will finish off with photos of the...

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Review: 76023 The Tumbler, part 1

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This 1869-piece model of The Tumbler, revealed in a press release published a couple of weeks ago, will be available to VIPs next Monday for US$199.99 / £159.99 / 199.99€. We've been sent one to review ahead of its release. It arrived about an hour ago, so no, I haven't built it yet, but I have taken pictures of the box, parts and minifigures which I'll...

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Review: 8466 4x4 Off Roader

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What's the next number in this sequence: 853, 8860, 8865, 8880, 8448, ...?  They are the first five Technic 'super cars', sets that are revered by fans and spoken about in hushed tones. The first was released in 1977 and the last in 1999, but what happened to 'super cars' after that? In 2000, 8458 Silver Champion, the first of the 1:8 Formula 1 cars,...

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Review: 8444 Air Enforcer

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Recently I've highlighted three old Technic sets from my collection that are cool, interesting or groundbreaking, and which you might not be familiar with. Today I've chosen one that is none of these: in fact it might just be the worse Technic helicopter ever. In 1998 Technic took a turn for the worse and would not return to its former glory until 2005. I believe the main reason for...

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Review: 8299 Search Sub

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I am continuing to dismantle my old Technic sets to make room for new ones, and while doing so, picking one or two of the more interesting models to photograph and briefly review. 8299 Search Sub from 1997 was a groundbreaking Technic set: it was the first to come with a CD-ROM featuring step-by-step instructions and video animations of the set in action. At least, that's what I think it contained: I...

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Review: 8839 Supply Ship

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I'm working my way through dismantling my large collection of Technic sets in order to reduce the space they take up, and thus make room for more (like the new Volvo Wheel Loader). I'm keeping the ones I really like assembled -- the cranes, diggers, helicopters and so on -- but before I break up the others, I'm taking the opportunity to photograph and comment on some of the more notable...

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Review: 8640 Polar Helicopter

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I've been having a bit of a dilemma lately. I'm rapidly running out of space to store and display my LEGO collection. I'm sure I'm not the only one, in fact I suspect those that aren't, are in the minority here.  One reason for this is that I've been collecting Technic since I emerged from my dark ages in 1994 and now own nearly every set made from 1993 to about 2010,...

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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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