Straight from Japan they came, at 25 USD on average for a set of 60 sleeves each (but free shipping), so now we can go and start playing Magic: The Gathering anime style.
Coupled with my Saint Seiya gamemat, people might start thinking I ended on the wrong tournament, but I`m showing my colors (get it, magic, colors... I`ll get my coat now). The left ones are the ones that will be coating my Legacy deck (one worth a full 25 USD and doesn`t even have a sideboard), the right ones are my new Draft / Sealed sleeves.
Both artworks are from the (soft erotic, you get to see a boob now and then in it) Queen`s Blade anime series. Maybe I can even actually win a game now once in a while if my opponent gets to distracted. Or if I remember to actually hold the cards with the sleeve artwork turned towards HIM instead of eyeing the lasses on them...
A bit of a special tread to myself, as I got the newest of the Lego games for the PS3 for myself this weekend.
Now, I am a big Lord of the Rings fan (book and film) and looking forward to the Hobbit in two weeks (yes, I`m actually counting down days on my calendar) and as to my own amazement the past months found out that those Lego games are actually great fun, I got me a pre-order on this one.
I also managed to play already through the first three levels in the few hours of game time I had so far, and the game doesn`t disappoint, though as with all Lego games it helps a lot if you actually know the movies or the books. And all respect, I think the movies are still just a bit to doom and gloom for 7 year olds as the game is `rated` for.
I also already saw on the map it includes my all time favorite LotR character, Tom Bombadil!!!
As an added bonus, the pre-order came with a Lego figurine kit of the Master of Rivendel, Elrond, luvely.
And no Little Minion, this game and figurine are mine I says, all mine... myyy precioussssssss...
Well, here he is, model number 450 painted this year. The Storm of Magic supplement allows you to include these kittycats in a force as a bound beastie unit, so I repainted two toy lions, because, well, i had them lying around...
I think the book and it`s beasties are a blessing, not for gamer use per se, but at least to `break routine` on your regular armed forces.
At a 5 minute walk of my girlfriend's door, there was a Lego demonstration fair the past weekend, organised by the Belgian Lego User Group (BELUG) in a hall about the size of a gymnasium.
I thought it a great idea to haul along the girlfriend, and more importantly the little munchkin, to the fair (as an alibi hehe) to have a look.
The entrance fee was after all only a single euro, and knowing from clublife experience, every small fee counts to guarantee another year of hobby'ing, so off we went.
Even though the hall was small, and it was the afternoon of the second day, I easily counted around about 100 attendees, obviously a lot with children. And it was AWESOME, even Munchkin was going all 'oooh' and 'cool' during the about two hour visit. And I managed to snap away nearly 70 pictures to boot.
Here they are:
The Battle for Hoth, total ubercool for a scifi lover like me, the speeder went a tat to fast to picture adequatly though for my limited picture skills, but there was also great eye for detail
More Star Wars on show, it IS one of the more amazing ranges Lego currently has:
Other 'main stream' lines include for example Pirates of the Carribean, with here the Flying Dutchman for one
A huge and pretty detailed Pilgrim Village, with nice twists like the owl in the tree
Other great build Lego items
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Now this is pretty cool, the spaceships back from my days, and thanks to the man at the stand, I also learned there is a website that contains scans for every building plan ever made, find it here. I still have two boxes full of my old Lego in the garage, so it should be more then possible for 'the next generation' consisting of my girlfriends son and my two pocket nephews to recreate some of it.
Another great feature I thought was a stand of two round displays, showing off all figurines during the history of Lego, brought back teary eyed memories as I saw 'my' Legos of my younger days, like the 1984+ era knights, the space explorers (like in the above pictures) and so much more...
Off course, there where also some trade stands, both with new sealed kits, as 'bag stands' for missing pieces.
These fellas I really want to build one day, especcially R2-D2 but he easily knocks away around 175 euros
So then, was their loot? Of course, some small things for the munchkin that I bought without him knowing, being a set of Pirates of the Carribean Lego magnets, as well as a small Creator Series speedboat and some loose figurines from a 'bag stand'...
... only to be suprised by the girlfriend with a small gift she had bought for me without ME noticing (she told me to watch the munchkin so she could sneakily go watch for a Harry Potter kit for the little one... how dare she, to use my tricks against me. Oh well, how goes the saying about dogs, fleas and sleeping again).
It sure has rekindled the love for the smaller bricks a bit more, and I'm quite certain I can somehow excuse it if I'll be getting some for me ;-)