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vrijdag 27 mei 2016

The Haul Report #31

Well, it`s half an hour to go before I leave for Brick Mania Liege, so I am putting down this weeks hauls.

After all, I close the tally always on fridays, and since I won`t be shopping anyways apart from perhaps at the event, I might as well do it now and free some space in my timeschedule to do it monday.

It started with a good find by my mum at a flea market this week.  A couple of Friends sets at 2 euro each, and a Belleville incomplete one (it was missing the doll, oh no lol) for a euro.  Great value for the small sets and some nice amounts of additional bricks.

I also received the final pieces from BrickLink to finish the Daedalus I showed earlier this week, and another build that will be going up in the coming one.

The Star Wars figure was well, a cheap one to get to the minimum required purchase at one of the sellers.

Amazon delivered my newest Lego movie, Scooby Doo, which comes with a limited polybag like all those movies do.

Now this is something cool, a poster of the Lord of the Rings video game, which I found through a mate in the States. 

The last haul was this full Shell range and some boxes of City.  None are my cup of tea to build with, but as I paid only 25 euro for the lot, FAR under value for them, they might prove to be very handy trading tokens.

So another decent week, as I got quite a lot of bricks, received the parts to finish two MOC`s, got something to watch in between while staring at an exclusive poster, and ended up with some good sets and polybags for trading. 

Bit of everything, and all very nice stuffsies!

Classic Lego Build: 6264 Forbidden Cove

Hailing from the second line of Pirate sets LEGO released, the islanders came into play in 1994 with this smallest of their three island camps.

Forbidden Cove is from the time you got baseplates with your sets, and features a mysterious cave that has a secret revolving skull head, something these days echoed in the Scooby Doo range with the lighttower.

Which, face it, is a reworking in a franchise of this set...

The set came with 4 figures, being 2 islanders and 2 fortune seeking pirates.

The first things we put together are some small hotch potch pieces, like the palmtree, the crocodile, the canoe and the pirate rowing boat.

The real build is based on a blue baseplate, and we start by laying down the elements that will show us where everything is going to be from the build.

Using BURPs and arches, the main cove as such is being build up, as this is the central part of the build.

Love the printed zebra pattern round tile, that serves a the top of an islander drum.

The treaure chest is build on the islander basefloor, which sits on top of the cavern.

The next part of the build is the revolving skull like cavern entrance, using some leaves as decoration to give it the looks reminding of the islander minifigures.

This can swivvle open and allow entrance into the passageway.

The thing remaining now is to build the roof for the islander tower.

And the full set stands completed:

Islanders was a great subrange of the Pirates theme in my opinion, and the minifigures are still very popular among builders.  This was a fun set to put together, and like I said, the "ancestor" of Scooby`s lighthouse set in build and style... but considering this is 21 years it`s predecessor in colours, elements and techniques.

donderdag 26 mei 2016

Star Trek: The Arena vignette

Let`s start with an understatement: sometimes, TOS (The Original Series) of Star Trek could get a bit cheesy.  

But what was more cheesy, in the special effects department, then the battle between Kirk and the Gorn in the first season.

Cardboard rocks, overacting Kirk, and finally coming up with the solution of making a bazooka out of bamboo to fire away with diamonds, putting McGuyver to shame, yep, The Arena had it all..

So what more then to honour the 50th anniversary, and the kick off of a series of Star Trek builds I`m going to do, then to build a small vignette to this testimony of 60s awesomeness!

Classic Lego Build: 6656 Tow Truck

While Lego City is not my cup of tea, as they usually tend to have a limited amount of parts I can use, and come with figures that are not my style.

However, when I obtained that large City lot from a mate last year, I did build every set in it to present it as a build report, like this Tow Truck, set 6656.

The set contained a single figure, and about 50 parts, hailing from 1985.

The base of the truck is a 2x10 plate, to which the wheels are added underneath.

Mudflaps are placed on top of that, and everything is filled up with blue plates, blue being the dominant colour of this vehicle.

The cabin is installed next, including the driver seat and steering wheel, while at the back the safety racks are placed for the towcrane.

That crane is a red element with a grey hook, and placed on the backside of the truck while some detailing like lights and all are added to the cabin.

And the full set stands completed:

Like I said, not my cup of tea, but it`s a nice little vehicle I can imagine to have in your collection, or your city lay out.