woensdag 18 januari 2017

Classic Lego Build: 6265 Sabre Island

In this weeks build report, we get lovely Sabre Island from 1989.

I always liked this set, as it had the lovely tower, and I always been more of a "soldier" fan then the actual pirates.  And it complemented my Carribean Clipper perfectly.

At 80 parts, this set came with three minifigures, namely an officer and two soldiers with shako.

Now, after all those years, some slight damage to the elements was to be expected, and one of the small flag clips broke.  Luckily enough, it can still be attached to it's pole with a single clip.

And that pole is located at the back of the small rowing boat that is part of the set.

The build itself begins on one of the then new small baseplates that came with an island pattern printed on it.

White large wall pieces are erected to form the groundfloor of the tower.

A turntable is installed right behind a low wall, where the cannon will be played.  The second floor is installed in the meantime.


The cannon and the shot for it are then placed near the turntable.

Next, we put together the palmtree, which is placed right next to the tower.


All we have to do now, is add the top floor railing, and the small set stands completed

It`s a gorgeous set from a revolutionary range.  The Pirates line was the first to take away with the "smiley faces only" in sets, and came with great printed torsos, as well as a boatload (pun intended) of new style parts.

Announing Deadshot minifigure giveaway

Hey all, it's time to do another giveaway through YouTube, as it has been a while.

And this time, it's the Deadshot minifigure that can be send to you, hailing from the Batman Gotham Cycle Chase set.

Now, in order for this giveaway to take place, my YouTube channel (you can get there by going to the announcement video) needs to reach 50 subscribers, and once that has happened, I will open the contest the sunday following that breakthrough!

So pop by, subscribe and soon you might have a chance to win Will Smith's character from Suicide Squad!

dinsdag 17 januari 2017

Maleficent

Today`s fantasy movie marathon takes us to the Disney stable, as we go in the realm of "Dark Fantasy" with this alternate tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Now, this was a 2014 blockbuster, and it became the 4th best performing movie of that year.

When a young Maleficent, an elf, encounters the human Stephan in the land of the Moors, they become close friends.  But in later years, his father invades the Moors, and is defeated by Maleficent and her troops.
Stephan becomes king, and swears to conquer the Moors.  By trickery, he cuts of her wings, breaking her power greatly.  When he and the queen get a daughter, Maleficent appears and curses the daughter.
More then 15 years later, she encounters Aurora again, and grows fond of her.  However, she can`t undo the curse, and her father is growing increasingly paranoia and hateful towards her.  In the end, she manages to break the curse none the less and defeat the king, in the process unifying both realms.

Okay, so this is a rather spectacular movie in terms of special effects, and a sterling performance by Angelina Jolie as the titular character.  And there lies also it's greatest flaw, as she completely blows the rest of the characters of the screen.
On the other hand, the battle at the beginning is a stunning visual delight, and it has a strong soundtrack.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

maandag 16 januari 2017

Jason and the Argonauts

Here we are with the next instalment of our movie marathon special, and today we are handling a classic film from 1963.

Now, I have been watching films over the weekend, I just didn`t get around to posting so it may take a few days longer as such :-)

The movie tells (mostly) the tale of Jason and his quest to find the Golden Fleece.  When Pelias usurps the throne of Thessaly, Jason escapes and grows up to become a strong young man.  In order to reclaim the throne, and aided by the goddess Hera, he organises games to recruit his crew. 
Amongst them is legendary hero Hercules, and the Argonauts set out over to Greece and the edge of the world.

This takes them to the Isle of Bronze, where they have to escape a huge statue of Talos after Hercules steals a golden brooch.  King Phineus is freed from harpies, making the Argonauts having to pass the Clashing Rocks and are saved by the god Triton.

After staving off an attack on his authority, and with the help of Medea, they arrive at Colchis and are captured at first by king Aeetes, but they escape and have to face the guardian of the Fleece, the mighty Hydra.  Acastus, who had betrayed Jason, strikes a deal with Hecate and an army of skeletons attack Jason, but they hold them off and sail back to Thessaly...

Back in the 60s, this was a high budget production with, for that time, amazing special effects like the walking statue.  While it deviates from the original story, it is held in high esteem and today seen as a cult classic.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Inspirational Lego # 105

Today it"s "Blue Monday", apparently the day people are most depressed in the year.

But even if you had a louzy monday, let`s hope that these 10 builds lighten your mood.

Starting off with the USS Enterprise as he was envisioned in the reboot by J. J. Abrams, she has all the sleek lines like she had in the movie.


Compared to that elegance, we have this monstrosity of an Abyssal Crawworm.

This battle at the bridge from the American Civil War is a truly stunning and lively piece of work.

A lovely time build is this Aging Doris, showing her both young and old.

It was at Isus that Alexander The Great obtained one of his many victories, and in this build he is seen routing the Persians.

Alguroran was the fortress of the evil Algus, from our collaboration over at Eurobricks.  This stunning build shows both the cold and the menace that radiated from these strange enemies.








Next, we have this alienlooking Overlord buste, making great use of trans lightblue elements.

Did you catch em all?  Check it over with this Pokemon chart!

This alleyway gives you the feeling of choice.  Explore it, and enter it not knowing what lies behind, or avoid it altogether.

We end with this great rendition of the well-loved owl Archimedes.

I hope you liked what you saw today, and hopefully until next time for more gorgeous internet finds!

zondag 15 januari 2017

The Haul Report # 64

Hello all to another week of hauls and trades for my collection.

And once again, it has been a calm but decent week of gathering and foraging.

I'll start of with this Veers minifigure.  I`m not a SW builder at all, but this one is for something special at Comic Con Brussels next month, so I went to Brick Link and grabbed the figure.

Facebook has been a good provider this week, as I managed to obtain a nice set of polybags from one source, and a Legolas figure from another.  And a third thingie I picked up on the social media channel is a small space set of the K9 robot dog.  I`ll build that one for a picture report (expected publication somewhere second half of 2018) and toss it in my trade box afterwards.



During a clearance at the local supermarket, I picked up "some" polybags of Nexo Knights, good to take along to an event sometime.

Ow, and as a final haul, I picked up the recent Blocks magazine issue ;-)



Now, as this closes off on Friday's, a lot of exclusives that arrived saturday aren`t in this overview yet, but expect next week to be a humongous episode!

China Light Festival 2017

Yesterday evening, in rain and hail, I went with the in-law family to the Antwerpen Zoo for this year's edition of the China Light Festival.




This event is a lightspectacle, in which various installations are placed around the Zoo, and lighted up in the evening for a truly maginificent spectacle.













The theme is China (deuh) and features both mythic creatures, the Zodiac signs, as well as "regular" animals, and with the total darkness due to it being a cloudy and wet night, this brought out the light effects some more.


















































I also made a few short clips of some installations, which you can find here:

The festival is closing tonight, but if this is your thing, look out for it next time!