Friday, 27 September 2013

A Pumpkin for Cathey

A different kind of post today, it's the blogaversary of Cathey a.k.a. Pumpkin over at Pumpkin Patch & Co . Daffycat from It's Daffycat has organised loads of people to make today 'A Pumpkin for Cathey' day. An amazing amount of people from all over the world are doing a pumpkin related post and dedicating it to Cathey, and this one is mine!
  A simple pumpkin from set 40020 which also includes a ghost and a bat (which, incidentally, will be for sale on eBay soon!) 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

60015 Coast Guard Plane micro review.

This is another set I've had built for a while so it's finally review time.
   The set comprises of 280 parts and retails for 34.99 GBP / 44.99 US$ making it fairly expensive price - per - piece. For your money you get a fishing boat, a float-plane and three minifigures, two fishermen and the pilot of the Coast Guard plane. As seems to be the usual way with Lego, the three figures are made up of pieces used elsewhere but are unique in their combinations here. The rarest piece is the grey hair which is only used in one other set, namely 75014 - Star Wars 'Battle of Hoth'.
  The boat is quite a nice design. The hull is made from one large single piece so there is less there than it seems. The boat really  floats on water thanks to the shape of the hull and it being all one piece, something I refuse to test out! I like the color scheme of light grey, brown and green, for some reason i think it suits the shape and function of the boat. Nice as it looks there are no functioning parts on the boat.

The boat with fishing rods ready to use.
The plane is a good, meaty looking thing that has a nice shape with big floats to land on water. Sadly the plane won't actually float on real water due to it's 'floats' being made up of several parts. This limits the playability of the set if someone took it on themselves to actually play with it in water. There are a couple of parts on the bottom of the hull that are unique in orange which adds to the model's desirability for some collectors. The cockpit roof comes off to allow access to the cockpit which has room only for the pilot and a couple of tools.  The wing part of the fuselage doesn't open, so apart from the propellers turning there are no other working parts.
  So in summary, both the boat and plane are nicely designed but a float-plane that doesn't float and has no room for the people it rescues seems a bit useless! ☺ Fairly expensive and a bit low on playability this is not a must-have set but fills a need in the City Coat Guard and I'm happy enough to have it!

The 'nice looking but ultimately of little use' plane! 


Thursday, 19 September 2013

60019 Stunt Plane micro review (oh, and an eBay link!)

I've had this set built for a while now so I thought it would be a good idea to finally do a little review of it!
  You get 140 pieces for 9.99 GBP / 19.99 US$ which makes it good value for money. Two minifigures - the pilot and a support crew person. As far as I'm aware there are no new pieces but the pilot's torso has a new design which is used in this set and 60027 Monster Truck transporter. (That set is on my wants list!)
  The support truck is basically a toolbox on wheels, everything to fix or maintain the plane is there. However the poor driver has to stand up to operate it, no seats! Small, simple and a very straightforward build, there are no surprises with this vehicle!

Lots of tools, ear protectors and, probably, aching legs!
The plane itself is quite a nice design, the big engine air intake and wheel cowlings give it a suitably sporty look. Apart from the wheels and propeller, the cockpit canopy is the only moving part. Nice to build but a lot of stickers, some which have to be applied on curved surfaces making it slightly trickier to get level and look like they should. That's only a minor grumble. 

Ready for inverse loops, stall turns, flat spins and a sick bag!
   For some reason Lego are marketing it as part of the City 'Freight' range. A nice little addition to an airport or sporty scene.

  I have now listed the first three small sets from my sons collection on eBay, if you're interested, my eBay page is here! Just look for them among all the books, comics, clothes etc!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Coming soon on eBay...

After a 60-hour working week I can finally get back to doing a bit of blogging! 
  My son has decided he only wants to collect Star Wars Lego (and a select few other sets including Castle and Racers, oh and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.........)  The result of this is a small pile of sets from a range of different themes that are going to be listed on eBay in the very near future so he can have money to buy more Star Wars sets. 

Complete sets with boxes (or polybags) and instructions.
  Themes include City, Power Miners, Toy Story, Monster Fighters and one or two from Prince of Persia, Ninjago, Atlantis etc. There is another pile of small sets that are complete but don't have their packaging. These were mostly promotional sets and some are now quite hard to find, another post on them in the near future. There are also a few incomplete sets where I know a piece or two has been broken or sucked up the vacuum cleaner (a constant hazard!!) I will be completing these sets later on with a Bricklink order, again, more about that nearer the time. 
  I will post links to the listings when they go live. I post anywhere in the world and always include insurance if I have to post outside the UK. 
  Enjoy your weekend, I'm off to top up my glass of wine!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Lego Coast Guard and Medieval violence!

I'm back! The holidays are over, everything is back to normal, a new school year starting for my son and back to work for me. On the plus side it's back to normal with my blogs, if I get the time! Today I have a quick review of Lego City Coast Guard sets 60011 and 60013 and on a totally non-Lego related note, a few snapshots that my wife took on one of our day's out recently.

Firstly the Lego. 

   60011 Surfer Rescue is the smallest of the current Coast Guard theme and consists of 32 pieces including two minifigures and a shark. There's not a whole lot I can say about such a small set, the Coast Guard jet ski is a small but meaty looking thing and is nicely designed. The surfer guy looks suitable cool and even though he's being attacked by a shark both him and his rescuer have big smiles on their faces! Great as a small gift but at 4.99 GBP / 6.99 US$ it is a bit expensive for what you get.

The entire Surfer Rescue set.

   The next set, 60013 Coast Guard Helicopter is a much bigger set with much more play value and even comes with a working winch! 230 pieces with 4 minifigures and another shark, this time a white one. There's a small catamaran in trouble and a menacing shark nearby, luckily the Coast Guard helicopter is on hand to rescue the sailor! (Again, obviously unaware of any actual danger, everybody is happily smiling!)

The crew.
   The helicopter itself is a well designed and sturdy thing though the tail boom is a bit thin for my liking (seemingly a common problem with Lego helicopters!) The winch is pulled down manually and at the press of a button it retracts itself back to the raised position. The same mechanism was used on 60010 Fire Helicopter, also released this year. Nice to build but way too many stickers for my taste. It's a fairly large size but most of the internal space is taken up with the winch parts which means when they've rescued the sailor they can't fit him inside the helicopter...that could be a problem!

The nifty little catamaran.

   Overall I would happily recommend this set, there's a lot of play value in it but there are I think there are too many similarities with the Fire helicopter for most people to buy both unless, like me, they're a bit of a completist!

The nicely designed helicopter, except for the lack of internal space!

In the words of Monty Python: And now for something completely different...

A family day out at Warwick Castle saw sword fighting, jousting, falconry and an enormous trebuchet flinging fireballs! The weather was acceptably bright and warm but the wasps were being a right pain in the...ahem...
Getting on with the job - medieval style!
A very big Sea Eagle
The trebuchet ready to fire. Sadly our camera couldn't keep
up with the fireball as it wooshed across the Warwickshire