Monday, 25 November 2013

LEGO S@H Exclusive 40058: Decorating the Tree Review.

There is just over 4 weeks until Christmas! Man has this year gone fast! Better get the tree out! Until then this little set will have to do. This is another LEGO Shop @ Home Exclusive you can order online. Time to have a quick look at it.

LEGO Shop @ Home Exclusive 40058: Decorating the Tree Review.
 The set contains 110 pieces and retails for $12.99.
 Comes with 2 MinifiguresA brick built Christmas Tree, Ladder and Presents.

Note: All photo's can be clicked on for a larger view.

This is another polybag set. Dad and daughter setting up their Christmas Tree

Back of the bag with warnings and where the elements are made.

When you open the polybag the larger pieces are loose and the smaller ones are in a bag. You also get foldout instructions.

All the pieces lined up ready to build. A ton of 1x1 round plates/studs.

Just a quick look at the foldout instructions.

The Dad Minifigure has a single side face print and a single sided torso print. He also has Dark Red pants.

The Daughter has a cute freckle face print and a double side torso print.

A Step by step look at the building of the Christmas tree.

Once the tree is done you get to build some presents and a blue train. I totally dig the train!

Here are the spares you get with this set.

This was a quick build, but a really fun one. The tree is nicely designed although the grey pieces could have been done in brown to give you the look of branches... maybe next time. The ladder is nicely done too. It was difficult to get the Dad to stay on, because his (or anyone's) feet are slightly wider then the inside of the fence piece that is used to make the ladder.. Now the mini train, for me is a winner! I can see myself building a ton of these in different colors :-)
You get plenty of pressies to fill out the bottom of the Christmas tree. It gives you a little warm fuzzy feeling of how Christmas mornings used to looked like when you were a kid.

Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoyed this quick review!

As always and if you want too, let us know in the comments below, what you think of this set. I would love to hear your opinions on it.

Until next time this is Tan Tile... Bringing the winter to Oz through LEGO. Lets start a village!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

LEGO Marvel Game Exclusive 30168: Iron Patriot and Gun Mounting System Review.

Firstly I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to my best mate Ty and his work colleague and mentor Kylie for chasing down the 2 promo items that came with the Marvel LEGO Game. I had arranged for my mate Ty to Pre order the game x2 back when it was first announced. This past week it was released here in Australia and EB Games had the exclusive Iron Patriot Minifigure promo. His work colleague Kylie was tasked to pick one of the games up, and there seemed to be a rather large mix up on EB Games' behalf and gave her the Loki Keyring instead of the Iron Patriot Minifigure. Kylie knew instantly that this was wrong and asked the question, 'where is the Iron Patriot Minifigure?' After some babble about it being only available for the first week of pre orders, (which we did do! I  might add) Some how with her magic she ended up getting the keyring without having to buy the game... Score! 
Now luckily Ty had pre ordered the second game at a different store the same day as the one mentioned above and was able to secure me, my Iron Patriot Minifig. Yesterday I received all three items. Today we will have a closer look at the Minifigure!

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Here we have all three items. But we are just going to have a look at Iron Patriot.

You have most likely seen this image a thousand times by now, here it is anyway.  

A look at the back. 

All the pieces to build Iron Patriot are loose in the polybag. Except for the helmet which I believe is produced in China, hence the little plastic bag.

All the pieces lined up. 22 pieces all up. Some will be spares

A quick look at the instructions. Yep it pretty straight forward. 

The Iron Patriot Minifigure has the same printing as his War Machine suit, only its a change in the color scheme. He has a printed torso both front and back. a double sided face print and printing on the legs and helmet.

A close up of the gun mounting system.

All done! front view.

Back view.

The spare parts. Enough to make a second shoulder gun.

This is a great Minifigure! One that is needed to to complete the collection Iron Man suits. A bit of a let down that it is only available with the game and that it was limited in numbers. In a way it would have been nice to have it be available in the DVD/BD release like they have done with the Hobbit film and a few of the Star Wars and Batman Lego films. They are a bit pricey to buy on ebay and Bricklink but if you really want it and need it to complete your collection I would say... get it before it goes up to even more insane prices.

Thank you again to the CFS team. You rock!

Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review!

As always and if you want too, let us know in the comments below, what you think of the set. I would love to hear others opinions on it.

Until next time this is Tan Tile...

Monday, 18 November 2013

LEGO S@H Exclusive 40059: Santa's Sleigh Review.

Today we will continue with the Christmas theme and give you a closer look at the LEGO S@H Exclusive 40059: Santa's Sleigh. I ordered this at the same time as the 10232: Palace Cinema. Now originally I had planned to make the whole order a Christmas Theme and buy the 10235 Winter Village Market but at the time of ordering they had ran out of stock. Now my plan is to wait for part 2 of the Limited Edition 2013 S@H give away and buy the 10235 Winter Village Market... Hopefully it will be in stock when the promotion starts.

LEGO Shop @ Home Exclusive 40059: Santa's Sleigh. 
 The set contains 77 pieces and retails for $12.99.
 Comes with 2 MinifiguresA brick built Reindeer and a Sleigh.

Note: All photo's can be clicked on for a larger view.
Click to see a larger view.

This set is a polybag and you will notice that the artwork is different. The photo above is just an example of other sets that use the same type of packaging, all of which I own except for the Business Card Set and will do reviews of them in the near future.

Not a lot on the back just warnings in multiple languages and where the components are made.

When we open the polybag we get a bunch of loose larger elements, a bag of the smaller elements and a fold out instruction sheet, much like in the old days when we got little adverts of other sets available back in the 80's and 90's.

A look at all the pieces in the set.

A sad looking Santa Minifigure. No torso printing, an old wizard style beard and a pirate hat. He has the very common single sided face print.

Santa's head elf... err yeah ok... He has a single sided face print and a printed front and back torso. He also has Red mini legs.

Here is a step by step build of both the Sleigh and the brick built Reindeer.

A look at the complete set.

The spares that come with the set. I am really getting a build up on some of the 1x1 plates now! So glad LEGO are now adding them as spares these days!

Some final shots of the set at different angles.

Bye bye Santa! Happy travels...

When I first saw this at S@H I really liked the look of the set, but now after building it I was left a bit... meh.
Santa really is a bit lacking considering there is now a Santa in the CMF series 8. I suppose they (LEGO) didn't want to add it to this set because they are also releasing the same CMF Santa in this years City Advent Calender. This Set could have been an epic little set, had they used some of the new elements from the CMF range like the Elf hat. Below is just something I quickly put together. By adding in a proper Santa, Elf hat, pants, his little bear and present as well as the Santa sack, I think this set would have been the bees knees!
How the set should have looked.
I like the look of the brick built Reindeer. Such a simple build yet it really shows you what can be done using very little in terms of parts. I think there are 18 parts to build him and I think it looks wonderful. If you have the CMF's to change and add to this set, I recommend picking one up before they are gone! But at $12.99 I can see why anyone would be hesitant to buy one with only 77 pieces.

Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review!

As always and if you want too, let us know in the comments below, what you think of the set. I would love to hear others opinions on it.

Until next time this is Tan Tile... Time to decorate the Christmas tree next!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day Poppy In LEGO.

Today we pay Tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in World War I so we could live better ones.

As we remember the Men and Women who gave their lives I made this to say Thank You.

Lest We Forget.

Tan Tile.

Friday, 8 November 2013

LEGO Exclusive 40082: Christmas Tree Stand Review

Back in the middle of October the LEGO online Store (Shop@Home) were running an Exclusive Promotion. If you Spent over $100 you would receive a small Christmas set. Today we review is that set. It's Part 1 of  2 and the second set will be available at the end of November.

Note: You can skip the next paragraph if you now all about VIP points...

October was also double VIP points, meaning for every $1.50 spent you would get 2 points instead of the 1 point. With every 100 points you would receive $7.50 off your next order if you so wish, or you can accumilate those points to a higher value and use it whenever you choose to do so. Taking full advantage of the double points the order I placed was for the 10232: Palace Cinema. Instead of getting 128 points I got 256 points. I also added 40058: Decorating the Tree and 40059: Santa’s Sleigh to my order giving me another 32 points instead of the 16 points that it normally is. I had a few points already on my account and that pushed me over the 300 point mark giving me $22.50 off any future purchases.
My goal is to accumulate enough points to knock off some $$$ to purchase the new 10243: Parisian Restaurant Modular being released on January 1st 2014.

LEGO Shop Exclusive 40082: Christmas Tree Stand 
 The set contains 115 pieces Free with orders over $100.
 Comes with 2 Minifigures: Christmas Tree Stand, 3 x small Christmas Trees.
Note: All photo's can be clicked on for a larger view.

I was a bit disappointed that this Exclusive set come to me crushed in my S@H order.  But Very happy to get none the less.

The front shows the Christmas stand with the 2 minifigs. It is a cute little set! In the corner it informs you that this is a Limited Edition 2013.

The back of the box shows you how both Exclusive sets look added together. They look neat and I look forward to picking up the second set at the end of November.

You get 3 unnumbered bags and an instruction booklet.

A quick look at all the pieces. Some really useful pieces in this set.

The female Minifigure comes with a new color beanie in Medium Lavender. The beanie is also available in this years Friends Advent Calender. She comes with a single side face print, printed front and back torso.

A standard male Minifigure with the new cap with hole on top. He comes with a single side face print, printed front and back torso.

A broom and axe holder. Those pine needles really make a mess when chopping with the axe.

A quick step by setp build of the Christmas stand for those of you that missed out on the set so yo can replicate it using your own parts.

A Shot of the stand all completed.

Now for some shots of the set as a whole.

Here are the spares that you get in this set.

Overall this was a cute little set to build. It was nice to get it free with my S@H order. With all the sets that we own we don't have too many of the small spruce trees and this is a great set to build those numbers up. If you are after these they are few and far between unless you have the winter village sets that are released each year. I'm glad I place a second order in October to receive a second set of this while getting the LOTR Tower of Orthanc with the double VIP points and getting 372 points instead of 186 points. I cant wait till the end of November to pick up part 2 of this Exclusive series and start building my Winter Village nativity scene, and have it ready for Christmas.

Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review!

As always and if you want too, let us know in the comments below, what you think of the set. I would love to hear others opinions on it.

Until next time this is Tan Tile... Getting into the Christmas Spirit.