Sunday, November 23, 2014
At the same time I bought all of those tanks, I also bought a pack of these fighters. They're nowhere near as cool, unfortunately, and they do not come with a surprise extra set either. Also, the minifigures that come with them are like two-thirds the size of regular minifigs, for some reason. Haven't quite figured that one out honestly.
I got this set because from the package art I thought they were going to be F-14s. Meh. I do wish I had taken a picture of a regular minifig with the pilots for scale.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Well, I was going to make this an installment of Minifig Monday, but then I forgot and posted an Examiner article, which was much overdue...but still. So anyway, to keep with a jolly naming convention, I have dubbed today Transformers Tuesday.
Mr. Potato Head and Grimlock. The only way someone could mesh two of my favorite childhood favorite characters and toys better than this would very likely have to require some sort of Major Bludd Battle Beast.
It's cute. It's clever. It's three inches tall. It's nearly everything you could want in adorable brick-a-brack.
Monday, November 17, 2014
A recent release from the Halo Mega Bloks line, set 97451 includes The Rookie (the silent protagonist of Halo 3 ODST), as well as a Wombat Recon Drone, something which was seen briefly and mentioned in ODST, but never really explored in depth.Click to read more...
Sunday, November 16, 2014
So, another month another exclusive polybag set. This time it's apparently a phoenix. Chima has sure expanded into some weird areas. This set is a little light on content, but if you look at it from the perspective of what you get on Frax himself, it works alright.
The flyer. So, this little thing is really not where it's at. Honestly, I'm less impressed with this even than I was with the parrot-dragon from the old Ninja polybag from some years ago.
That said, Frax does have some neat parts. Orange is my wife's favorite color, so she got a bunch of these. Following the usual pattern, I threw in an extra one for myself. I rather wish I had not at this point, since the set was a bit of a wash, but there you have it.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Well, I somehow managed to not post very much this week at all! The Dread Knight will be very angry with me. Nevertheless, I did have one bright spot on the hobby front, which is the Mega Bloks set I am showing you all now.
I saw this on Toywiz' pre-orders page a few months ago, and have been keeping an eye out for it since. Two reasons, as for a change, I actually wanted the main build of the set, which is a rarity for me, but also because it comes with the most dope attack dog to ever come in a brick set.
Seriously, while the Vulture drone is pretty killer, this armored bomb disposal dog is like something that came out of a playmobil set, except maybe a hundred times cooler. He has articulation at the head, neck, all four legs, and tail. That's more than some Star Wars figures! Also, his armor and accessories (I think that's a bomb sniffer or something) are removable, though I don't know why you'd want to.
If I were to have a complaint about this set, which is stretching it, I would say that it is a little on the pricey side for what you get, but then again...Armored...Attack...Dog.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Okay, so I'll be the first to admit...I always figured if I was to make a minifigure of a female knight from anime, it would probably be Saber. And yet, here we are, looking at my rendition of Onna Kishi from Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. I had watched the aforementioned anime recently, and rather enjoyed it. In particular, I liked the surly yet elegent warrior/nun who was friends and romantically entangled with the Hero, and by extension, the Dark Lady.
Onna Kishi (her name simply means 'Female Knight') was made by using generic castle knight legs, the torso of the wave 12 Swashbuckler, arms from the Robot Madame, face from Wildstyle, and hair from Rapunzel. The decal to make her armor and surcoat are from Saber Scorpion, the Kingdom of Jerusalem to be exact. Amusingly, I went through the website to find the closest decal I could to her armor, and kicked myself for not having the foresight to pick this one up, then as I was going through my own decals, found that I HAD actually bought one and forgot about it. Happy coincidences all around.
I've included her appearance from the anime as a comparison, for those not familiar with the show. Main points I was trying to emulate: freckles, thick braid, plate armored arms and legs, boyish figure, as well as color and general layout on the heraldry. Onna Kishi has a few different color schemes in the series, and the other main one has her colors as blue, with a more 'compass' looking sun logo. I went with this look, because while the five cross KoJ coat of arms is not perfect, it's pretty darn close for the minifig scale.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
|It looks pretty good on the surface, but you never quite know what to expect with Best Loc|
|The tanks are pretty solid. This is the way the book says to assemble, but if you turn the turret around, they strongly give the impression of a Sherman Tank. So I'm not sure which I prefer.|
|I would say the minifigures are disappointing, but this is about what I expected. I already gave them all to my son. In some instances, they won't even hold their guns...something LEGO-esque figures should really be capable of.|
|The Typhoon is pretty cool, though I was missing one piece (Best-Loc strikes again!)|
|Though the F-117 is the star of the show. Bit of a wonky build though.|