Thursday, 27 December 2012

10229 Winter Village Cottage mini review

Whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever your beliefs, warm greetings from Hairy Caveman!!

I finally managed to get my hands on the Winter Village Cottage and it is now built and ready for a mini review!
Firstly I have to say this is an excellent set, lots of pieces (1490), lots of minifigures (8) and some interesting building techniques. At 90 GBP / US$100 it is pretty good value, especially compared to Lego's licensed products. That gives it a price of just over 6 pence / 6.7 cents per piece. Bearing in mind that the kitchen floor alone has around 70 1x1 tiles, this isn't quite as great as it might sound. Having said that you do get a new kitchen tap I haven't seen before, a light brick and a lot of nice light blue pieces. 

You get three children minifigures (you can't move their legs) and five adults. There are some nice torso and face prints with this lot, some of which I haven't seen before. The fact that every hat and hairpiece is different from each other and in a wide variety of colours is a nice little touch.

Oops! I missed the old guy on his armchair. I think he was
too busy reading his newspaper!
There are a lot of accessories to this set that adds a lot to the playability instead of just a building by itself.
Firstly there's a child's sled with a novel way of using shovels! A lovely little igloo (another first for Lego?) This has a removable top for internal access and a stove inside. The owl is more than just decoration here, it acts as a handle to lift the roof off! The last structure in the set is a well stocked tool shed with a neat pile of logs outside ready for the fire.
Top: Sled and Igloo (with owl!)
Bottom: Outside and inside of the tool shed.

The snowplow is a bit of an ungainly looking beast but suits the era of the winter sets well, though having a radio attached outside seems a bit odd! Some nice little building techniques to get the shape of the engine cover, cab and doors add to it's charm. I think the dark blue / tan colour scheme fits it perfectly. 

Now to the cottage itself. This has a few small challenges and I went wrong a couple of times. (maybe that was to do with a festive hangover...) The end result is excellent. I like the shape and interior of this set more than the other winter ones, it just ticks all the right boxes for me. Internally this is probably the best fitted-out house I've seen. Loads of little features cram the three rooms. The kitchen has plenty of cupboards (not many of them actually open but what the heck!) The living room fits in a tree, armchair and fire grate with a picture on the wall and christmas socks by the fire. The light brick illuminates different coloured transparent bricks and plates giving off a really nice warm glow. The kid's bedroom has a nice bed and is rammed with toys. 

Ah, there's the old timer, keeping warm by the fire. I don't blame him!
Great looking and fun to build, hopefully the winter sets keep to this standard in the future. Definitely worth having!

Monday, 17 December 2012

6522 and 6634 micro reviews!

Heck! Over a week since my last post! I blame the festive season. Not laziness at all. Noooo.
A couple of my recent acquisitions are spotlighted here, 6634 'Stock Car' from 1986 and 6522 'Highway Patrol' from 1987. I managed to get both sets complete with box and instructions and all in pretty good condition too. The only slightly annoying thing is both the instructions have been hole-punched.

Firstly the Stock Car. It consists of 47 pieces including one minifigure. Nothing special part or figure-wise, the shape of the car was pretty standard for the time, with a raised rear to give it that 'sporty-always-going-downhill' look. The figure's torso had a standard print applied to it that was used for several sets and the faces were still the standard smile that had existed since the first faces were printed in 1978. The Shell logos on the car and the number 16 were all stickers, luckily these have remained clean and mostly intact over the years.

The Highway Patrol set only consisted of about 30 pieces but contained two police minifigs, which was very welcome for a small set like this. Also included were two police motorcycles and a bit of a crude police phone box. One big plus for this set was all the pieces were printed, no stickers! Again there's nothing special about the set but it was a good way to build up your police personnel. 

As these were sets I once owned many years ago, I'm more than happy to get them back. The nostalgia value alone is worth the price!


Friday, 7 December 2012

10222 Winter Village Post Office mini review.

Okay this was supposed to be for Christmas but I just couldn't wait that long...! Produced for Christmas 2011 I finally managed to buy this set from Lego online along with the new Winter Village Cottage that WILL be opened on Christmas Day. Luckily, due to the deal Lego had on at the time, I got free shipping and a Limited Edition Set 3300014 '2012 Christmas Set'. I really am in two minds whether to build the latter or leave it pristine in it's box....I'll make my mind up after a few drinks on Christmas day!

Right, down to the review!

Winter village sets are becoming a bit of a tradition with Lego and one thing they all have in common, (apart from lots of white pieces), is all the sets are minifig-rich. 10222 Post office is no exception boasting 7 figures and a dog for good measure. These include two post office workers, two musicians, two members of the general public and a boy. There are some new pieces here, or at least they're new to me. The green hood accessory is one I haven't seen before and I have to say it looks a bit odd against a different colored torso. The musicians are great and their instruments are an inspired use of standard pieces. 

 My favorite part of this set is the truck. Very well designed and  packed full of aesthetic features I think this has to be one of the best looking vintage vehicles Lego has ever produced. Everything from the running boards, the headlights, the split windscreen, the parcel rack on the roof and the registration plate on the fender, this just ticks all the right boxes.

The buildings consist of the Post Office and a bandstand. The bandstand, although a bit on the small side, is a lovely piece of architecture with three seats, an ornate roof and nice decorations. 
The Post Office, again rather small, has pretty much everything you need. Two post boxes, a clock, a nice gas lamp and even several icicles hanging by the windows add interest and a touch of atmosphere to the scene. Internally it is pretty well stocked with a fireplace, counter and parcel storage areas downstairs and a small table upstairs. The biggest part of the building's top layer is taken up with a movable light brick which can be swung up or down creating different light effects through the window panes at the front of the building. 
I love this set, it is full of features, some new parts and masses of playability. Combined with the other winter sets there is hours of fun to be had whether you're nine or ninety. My only niggle with this is that the roof of this set seems to have been able to shrug off most of it's snow whereas the Winter Cottage from 2012 is mightily thick with it. A little more consistency would have been appreciated. 
On the whole I can't fail to recommend this. A great set, full of people, nice features and an excellent truck all for 49.99 GBP or $69.99 at full price. Well worth it and a worthy continuance of an excellent sub-series of Lego City.  

Top: Front view of  Post Office.
Bottom Left: Inside detail. Bottom Right: Let there be light!

Monday, 3 December 2012

eBay links for Series 1 Minifigures

Here are the latest links for my eBay auctions, just click on the name! CowboyNinja and Tribal Hunter.
As usual I'll post anywhere in the world but I always add insurance to the postage for anywhere outside the UK due to items disappearing into the postal void!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

6604 Formula -1 Racer.

I bought this on eBay not too long ago. I always try to buy complete sets with box and instructions though some people's idea of complete seems to be totally and utterly wrong! Thankfully this set was fine, my only little complaint was that the instructions had been hole-punched.
   There's nothing special about this set, it's small (31 pieces) and had nothing to give it a wow factor. The minifig didn't even have a printed torso. I always considered these small sets as kind of gap fillers, if you wanted an extra fireman, policeman, general figure then these were the sets to get. Having said that I had pretty much all of them from 1978 to the mid 1990's when I entered my 'dark age' and got rid of most of them. So although even when it came out there was not much to recommend this set, I still had to have it and I'm happy with the memories it brings back now I've got it again! 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

More Series 1 Minifigs for eBay.

Okay, here's my next little selection of figs for auction on eBay, they'll probably be listed on Saturday or Sunday December 1st or 2nd. I've kept to the figures I mentioned in an earlier post, the Cowboy, Ninja and Tribal Hunter (all pictured below.) They will be listed for 7 days and as usual I'll post anywhere in the world. I'll post some links to the listings when they go live. 

The nifty Ninja!

The cool Tribal Hunter

The gunslinging Cowboy

Sunday, 25 November 2012

eBay link for Pirates of the Caribbean 7193

Here's the link for my eBay listing for The London Escape. If you're thinking of bidding, good luck!

Sometime either in the middle of this week or at the coming weekend I will be listing a few more Series 1 collectible minifigures, the selection this time will probably (though not necessarily) be the Cowboy, Tribal Hunter and Ninja so lots of weapons on show for this lot!   

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean 4193 - London Escape

This coming weekend I will be putting up for auction on eBay Pirates of the Caribbean set 4193 - The London Escape. The set is 100% complete with box, instructions and poster. I will post a link to the listing when it goes live. It is all in excellent condition apart from the open end of the box which has a large rip in it. 

General view of 4193

The set comprises of 462 pieces which includes 5 minifigures. Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs, a Coach Driver, a Soldier and an Officer. The soldiers are well armed!

The characters.

The two horse-drawn carriages are some of the best examples made by Lego in my opinion. Full of detail and playability. The passenger coach is a definite favorite of mine, the shape is perfect. The contents of the cart can flip over so you can have a normal load or one that's on fire! 
The building is a pub and has a suitably equipped interior and a great pub sign on the outside. ("Captain's Daughter")  

The pub and local transport.

The set is completed by a large double-sided poster (one side shown below).

Poster measures approx. 84 cms (33 inches) by 59 cms (23 inches)

The damaged end of the box. My fault entirely!!

The auction will be for one week and as usual I'll ship anywhere in the world. (Outside UK I always add insurance due to items going missing.) 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Collectible Minifigure Series 1 eBay links.

The Series 1 figures are now live on eBay. You can link to them here: Demolition Dummy , Magician and Super Wrestler. They're on auction for 3 days so if you're thinking of bidding do it now!

Next week I shall be auctioning off my last non-City Lego set for a while. Pirates of the Caribbean set 4193 'The London Escape'. I will get some better pictures and do a mini review before putting it on eBay so you will know exactly what you're getting. And before anybody asks (they probably wouldn't anyway...) yes it still has it's poster!

Coming soon to an eBay listing near you!!!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

More Series 1 Minifigs for eBay.

Here's the latest small batch of Series 1 collectible minifigures that I will be putting on eBay this weekend. We have a Demolition Dummy, a Magician and a Super Wrestler. Each figure is complete and in excellent condition but sadly I don't have the original packaging.  As usual I'll post anywhere in the world. I'll post some links to the listings when they're live on eBay.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

4866 Knight Bus eBay link!

The Knight Bus is now live on eBay and you can link straight to it here!

Hopefully I will be listing a few series 1 collectible minifigures during the week, if work doesn't get in the way. There is also a chance of me listing some Lego long-sleeve polo tops including Batman and Harry Potter (Both for an 8-year-old)

I don't have much left in the way of Lego sets to sell so I'm going to be at a bit of a loss after that!

If you're thinking of bidding, good luck!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Harry Potter set 4866 'The Knight Bus' for eBay.

Next to go up for auction, like the title of the post says, is Harry Potter 'The Knight Bus' set 4866. This is the second Knight Bus produced by Lego, the first being 4755 from 2004.  This one is better looking generally and has one extra minifig and the shrunken head is a 1x1 round brick instead of a picture on the windscreen!

4866 'The Knight Bus' from 2011

The minifigures are: Harry, Stan Shunpike (both of who were in the first set) and the new figure of Ernie Prang, the bus driver looking suitably wrinkly and old.

Ernie Prang, Stan Shunpike, Harry Potter, Hedwig (probably)
and the Shrunken head.

The bus itself comes in three sections, one for each deck. The bottom deck has the driver's seat (obviously)  and room for a small bed. the middle deck has one (!!) seat and a space for Harry's luggage. The top deck is much the same as the second deck with the added attraction of a great swinging chandelier that reaches down to the deck below. the whole thing is in a nice purple colour which is quite hard to find.

The three sections of the bus (the chandelier is propping up
the roof piece.) 

All the pieces are present, as are the box and instructions. As usual the instructions are a bit curved but I will flatten them out before sending it to it's new home. The only damage on the box is at the open end with the usual things that happen when you open it!I post anywhere in the world, but outside the UK I now always include insurance because of things going missing.
If you're thinking of bidding, good luck and I hope you get a bargain....but not TOO much of a bargain...

Thursday, 8 November 2012

30017 and 30152 micro reviews

Just a few lines to give my thoughts on two small sets that were recently on promotion in the UK. I'm a City collector so these two were welcome additions to the promotion, and while I did pick up other promotional packs, they will probably be sold on at a later date.

First off is 30017 'Police Boat'. The set contains 35 pieces including one minifigure. The boat is really nothing special at all. It uses standard pieces in standard colours. This is pretty much the same as a dozen other small boats but I suppose for the piece count there's not a lot extra that could be done. The figure is one of the forest police officers and has the new life-jacket that came out this year, which is probably the best bit of it all! In my opinion this is for completists only.

30017 Police Boat

Next is '30152 Mining Quad'. 40 pieces and a lot more playability than the boat! You get a small, simple quad vehicle, a miner minifigure (not a happy look on his face, he must be working too hard!),a drill, some dynamite and a couple of warning cones. Again nothing special but this is the best of the two and a welcome addition to the mining sets already out. 

30152 Mining Quad
These sets weren't exactly free, but for 50 pence (British money!) for the newspaper you get a price (depending on the set) of around 1.25 pence per piece. Now that's a bargain!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

7050 and 7306 eBay links.

Okay, the two sets are now live on eBay (see earlier post for more info) and you can go directly to them with these links.

Click here for Alien Conquest, and here for Pharaoh's Quest.

Good luck if you're thinking of bidding!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Alien Conquest and Pharaoh's Quest for eBay

Right, I've finally managed to dig out a couple more sets to put up for auction on eBay. This time I'm selling set 7050 'Alien Defender' and 7306 'Golden Staff Guardians' both from 2011.

7050 has 105 pieces and two minifigures with a rugged 4x4 vehicle equipped with missiles and a tiny alien flying thingy. Being a small set there's nothing really there to git it a 'wow' factor but the figs are cool enough. There's quite a lot of firepower on show so if you're a weapons fan you'll like this one.

7050 - Alien Defender

The 4x4 fighting vehicle
The alien on his flying wotsit. Reminds me of a hamster I used to own, except he didn't have fangs halfway up his face...

7306 has 70 pieces and three minifigs. With two Pharaoh mummys and an adventurer on a very cool bike it's a good little set despite the lower piece-count to 7050. Each mummy comes equipped with a curved sword and a beetle shield. (That's a shield in the shape of a beetle, not a shield that will keep the beetles away from them...) The bike is my favorite part of this set. It's a good looking machine and comes well loaded with equipment. The box makes it look like the front headlights light up - they don't! There is a sticker on the bottom of the box covering the original bar code.

7306 - Golden Staff Guardians

The armed nasties.

One of Lego's best ever bikes, fully equipped!

I'll be listing these on Saturday or Sunday for 7 days and will post worldwide. Due to stuff going missing outside the UK I am now going to add insurance to all items sent abroad. I know this means the postage rates are going to be higher but I'd rather know the parcel is going to arrive than have to compensate people and not have the set, I lose all round. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

664 Double Tanker mini review

I don't normally review the older sets but it gives me something to write about!

Produced in 1971, the double tanker contained 61 pieces and according to Brickset it retailed for 55 pence (British money!) which is less than a penny per piece. Contrast that to any new set and you get a good idea of the value for money you got in the early 1970's!
   Of course there were no minifigs around in those days so there's not as much playability as there would have been. The build is pretty straightforward, the fiddliest part is the 'pipe' between the two tanks. Maybe because this is an old set and some of the bricks don't stick brilliantly well any more but it kept falling to bits as I was placing it in position. There are 6 printed bricks (no stickers here!!) Four 2x1 blue bricks with LEGO in white and two 4x1 blue bricks, one with 'Legoland'  in black and the other with a chrome car grille and headlamps. Some of the white pieces are suffering from coloring, they've been in the sun a bit too much over the years!
   The trailer and cab base articulate thanks to the cab's 8x4 base having what Peeron called a 'helicopter rotor holder' and the trailer base has a hole to fit. These are pieces that I hadn't seen before so it was nice to get them even though they're probably not ''rare'.
   One thing you notice about the older instruction sheets is they tend to cram the build into a lot less steps. These days this model would probably take somewhere between 15 and twenty steps to complete. The 1970's instruction manage it in 5! Step 1 alone has 17 pieces attached. 
   Obviously there's nowhere near the detail that today's sets have, but in it's time it was the cutting edge of Lego and one I never managed to get as a kid so I'm really pleased I've finally got it.
   One final note, the completed model fits very snugly into it's box without having to dismantle any of it and there's no excess packaging taking up too much space in my collection. Something Lego would do well to think about in these days of reducing waste....

Sunday, 21 October 2012

eBay links, lost packages and new sets!

Okay, the Atlantis and Alien Conquest sets have just gone live on eBay and you can see the listings here for Atlantis and here for Alien Conquest.
   I haven't had time to put any more Series 1 minifigures on yet, maybe during the coming week. There's been one minifigure I sold that I posted to France but it seems it hasn't arrived. I may have to put insurance on sets sent outside the UK to help ensure they do turn up but of course that means higher postage costs. As it is, I will have to refund the buyer and lose out all round on this one. Annoying!
   I won a vintage Lego set on eBay late last week and I'll hopefully do a mini review for it within the next few days. 
   Lots of images of next years sets coming online now. I'll be buying all the City stuff as usual. Brickset has got the City stuff, Star Wars, Creator and most of the other themes' pictures loaded up. Well worth a look!

Friday, 19 October 2012

How much???!!!

I've been keeping an eye on 3 Lego sets on eBay UK that finished today. The sets were: 6881, 897 and 6691. All of these sets were still mint in unopened boxes, and considering the newest one was 28 years old, that's pretty good going! I know unopened sets go for a premium but I was astounded at the prices they fetched. The saying goes that something is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. At these prices I'm never going to open a Lego set again!!!

First, the 3 sets that were on offer:

6681 - 'Lunar Rocket Launcher' from 1984

897 - 'Mobile Rocket launcher' from 1979

6691 - 'Red Cross Helicopter' from 1981

And now their final auction values:

                GBP          Euros          US$            AU$           Rubles         Yen
6881 - - - 57.00 - - -  70.05 - - -  91.23 - - -  88.34 - - - 2821.2 - - -  7,232.5
897- - - - 129.00 - - -158.54 - - - 206.48 - - -199.94- - - 6385.0 - - -16,366.8
6691 - - - 191.00 - - -234.72 - - - 305.71 - - -296.03 - - -9453.8- - - 24,233.0

In anybody's currency that's a LOT!

One of the annoying things for me is that I owned both 897 and 6691, and when I entered my 'Dark Ages' I got rid of them both! Aaaaarrrgghh!!!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Alien Conquest and Atlantis for eBay

I will be putting a couple of small sets on eBay, probably on Saturday. The first is Alien Conquest set 7049 - 'Alien Striker'. 42 pieces including two minifigures. There is a little alien flying thing with a cool looking green-skinned alien on board and an earth defence figure with a double-barrel gun.  The second set is Atlantis 7976 - 'Ocean Speeder' which has 54 pieces and one minifigure. 
   Both these sets are still available with a recommended price tag of 3.99 GBP or US$4.99 each. Both sets have obviously been built and are 100% complete and in excellent condition. The only damage on the boxes is on the open end. I will post some links when they are on eBay.

Atlantis 7976 - Ocean Speeder

Alien Conquest 7049 - Alien Striker

If I can dig out a couple more series 1 minifigures I will put them on too. I better get searching...

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Halloween set 40020

Just gone live on eBay for 7 days is Lego Halloween set 40020. Brand new from 2011, never been opened.
   The set comprises of a black bat, a white ghost and an orange pumpkin. This is a Lego 'exclusive' set which means you generally can't find it in the high street shops. I believe this is still available from Lego, but my start bid is a lot lower than the purchase price! As usual I'll post to anywhere in the world.
   You can see the listing here!  If you're bidding, good luck!

Lego's spooky Halloween set 40020

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

7848 Toys 'R Us city truck mini review

Okay I know this set is a couple of years old and it's probably a bit late to do a review of it but I've only just opened  the box and built it, so here's the review!

Firstly the set is similar to city set 3221 - City Truck. As far as I can see it is identical except for the colours and stickers. Obviously the main difference between the sets is the Toys 'R' Us store and two different minifigures. 

The truck is a straightforward build, nothing too complicated, with the cab built first then the trailer. There's a bed in the back of the cab and a TV/computer screen for those long distances between Toys 'R Us stores! The designers didn't have to think too hard about this, they just had to incorporate the store colours. Still, it's a good looking vehicle and scale-wise isn't too far off how a truck should be. 

The most interesting item in this set is the store. Again it's not a challenging build but the finished product has a lot of nice features. There are some cute glass shelving in the store on which sits the miniature Lego sets.  There is a barrel of toy weapons, a toy bear and on the far wall there's a tiny racing car and an excellently made hovercraft. These pretty much fill the shop but I think there was still enough room for a football or a skateboard or bicycle. A larger store with more toys in would have made this a much more attractive set. 

The truck driver is the same in both this set and 3221, but this has the added bonus of a store employee and a kid, though neither is anything special.

This set is still available in Toys 'R Us for 35 GBP. With 356 pieces this gives a price per piece value of 9.83 pence which is actually cheaper per piece than 3221. Not bad going for a promotional set!