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Surprisingly good sets all in all.
My kids & I watched some of Ep. III last night, specifically when Order 66 was issued & the clones turn on the Jedi. One son said "that's really a sad part, Dad"- which is EXACTLY how I felt about it when I saw it in the theater 10 yrs back.
Think I will open all the packets and put them into some sort of box and start to build that way.
Bag End looks absolutely wonderful. (ok i'm biased, as I love the Gandalf and Bilbo characters, and Bag End represents everything that is lovely about the simple life of central rural england, sorry, i mean middle earth. *cough cough*).
But even on a technical building level, there's not a lot to it, and the tricks are so simple, yet the effect of the windows and door front is perfect. (just a shame they didn't do more with the internal structure, and ceiling decor, for Gandalf to bump his head, etc).
The amount of pieces is absolutely insane!
You should give it a swing with LotR also. Should be able to get Gandalf Arrives and Weathertop finished within time of Fellowship.
Just did this one today myself! I also got an imperial landing and a darkside development kit but for some unknown reason (and for the first time) i put them neatly in my lego room for tomorrow. Every time a set/sets come in the mail they have to get done, no matter the size and time required! I just can't stop usually.. Also have a UCS Grievous and UCS IS on the way in the mail! Happy days!!
Nice batch, I've always wondered about the Darkside kit. Do let me know how that one works out for you. But don't rush to the IS, it deserves a special moment to fully enjoy. I had a random itch last night to build the IS again, thinking about how awesome it was finished. But alas, it must be a new one I haven't gotten to. Tough choices, but leaning towards Y-Wing over DS II & ISD. Hmm =T
My boys are all over the LEGO map! Refuse to let me dismantle Monster Fighters sets, but want Pirate sets built, & after watching Clutch Powers (again) want the Troll Warship built, so I placed a couple Bricklink orders for the few pieces I need. They're also trying to build #7632 Crawler Crane by themselves.
I want to mention it as we were going along with my 6 years old, wife came on the table and started to build!! first time ever! She was the one who wanted to finish it! LOL
^This. After nearly a year of amassing set's, I finally have time and space set aside to start my Helms Deep MOC.
You said you were both building SW sets while watching the films. I do the exact same thing with a lot of my Lego set building! Especially with the larger sets. It can be difficult to match things up, but it makes the experience feel so much more appropriate for me. I suppose that's a palpable sign of OCD....
Started with #9496 Desert Skiff, just had to get this one the minifigs are awesome and the skiff itself is very good a nice little build and looks very authentic. #9462 The Mummy & #9463 The Werewolf next, I love the Monster Fighters theme they have an awesome Scooby Doo/ Saturday morning cartoons vibe. The vehicles and minifigs are excellent but the werewolf tree and mummy cart are just ok the monsters had the short end of this stick on these two sets i think!
Next up was #9498 Saesee Tins Starfighter, I like this one a lot a fun build lots of movable parts and play features and it looks good without having to put the stickers on which is a bonus pig ugly but interesting minifigs to go with it. Onwards again with Star Wars and #9497 Republic Striker Starfighter, the only reason I got this one was because it was going for just over half price if I'd have paid £40 for it I'd have felt ripped off even for a Star Wars set. I doubt the characters will resonate much unless you play Bioware Star Wars games (which I have!) and the ship is swooshable but just a little bit too dull compared to the sleeker looking jedi ships imo.
That was the end of spoiling myself now onto the birthday stuff! #9464 Vampyre Hearse, I love this one the look of the hearse is absolutely spot on a fun build and shooting a vampire out of a hearse would never get old! And on to the star of the show #10228 The Haunted House. An intimidatingly heavy box full of bags of legoey goodness. Three shiny instruction manuals a couple of thousand bricks and ten hours later and the clock from #30201 added just inside the front door struck twelve, the witching hour, and I went to bed very satisfied. A great looking set full of character and detail, and I can see it merging with the Vampyre Castle set to make an awesome MOC.
Now I just need to find somewhere to put everything!