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Anyway, like many and others have and are probably thinking of (include a nice example in this thread) the need to combine Tony’s Malibu Mansion set with the Hall of Armour set proved to much.
Like most of my custom builds I set a few rules.
1 - the footprint of the set couldn’t be bigger that the Malibu set. It’s snug but appropriate for compact play
2 - the build needed to be solid, I.e. it can withstand my son playing with it
3 - outside of the two sets themselves, only Lego from the spares tub.... (always tough that one)
overall has think this is good, maybe a shame the hall isn’t 1 or 2 bays larger, but that would mean radically enlarging the house above.
i think putting a little furniture in the house is nice and space for 6 suites is plenty. I also chose to keep the bases grey rather than blue, which I think works well (could add blue for the sea but adding another colour looked odd)
Finally got round to building the alternate model of the bucket wheel excavator! Built the first model at xmas but couldn't be bothered taking it apart again until now.
Took me about 12 hours over the course of a week to finish. Works pretty well, the only flaw seems to be that the little pieces of debris get stuck inside sometimes!
Timelapse of Build
Years ago I designed a Tinkerbell house for my daughter, but over the years it has been smashed up.
I had a go at rebuilding it last night, Much smaller than I recall the original being, but more secure and with more interesting parts (first effort was many years ago so not the parts selection).
Scaled down to better match the rest of the skyline (and because that made it a whole lot easier to find enough parts in my highly disorganised storage bins), but I'm pretty happy with it. I kind of made up the base, I don't know if the 'real' tower has anything like that, but it made it easier to recess the joint at the side, and without it the tower seemed a touch too short. Plus I added a base section to my minifig-scale Avengers Tower (the one from Age of Ultron or whenever that set came out) to turn it 45 degrees for a better view while still keeping all the bases of my Marvel New York sets lined up parallel, so this keeps it all consistent.
I got on a bit of a run this weekend with projects I'd been meaning to get around to for a while - in this case IW Thanos is in mid-battle with everyone (posed with Cap trying to hold the gauntlet open) but I've got the Endgame figs doing their power walk together, so there's no battle scene for Endgame Thanos to be posed in. Hence this. Originally I put the 60s Batcopter on the desk to serve as a model, but that plan quickly went away when I considered the size of the bigfig, and from there it went straight to 'as comically small as possible'. This is the second version, the first had a larger rear end and proper rotors, but I really wanted a Juniors look.
I bought a bin almost a year ago for $100. I built the Speed Train and one of the Lego Movie sets as well. So yesterday I finally got back into it. It has the complete instructions for this set in really good condition. There were some tears by the previous owner but they taped it back up and it works great. The Victory Lap Speedway #6395 from 1988. I would have been 2 when this was released. It is missing 9 pieces in total where one is a minifig. The #1 car does have the front end, the little guy put it somewhere. When the my 3 year old saw this he instantly told me he wanted it so i set it up for him to play. There is also a vintage police vehicle in the back if anyone can see it lol
I really enjoyed the Hulkbuster build and it looks great on display; the stand really helps it to display better by making it larger. My minor nitpicks are the same as in most of the reviews I've read: legs too skinny, shoulders are a bit odd and why is the arc reactor light orange? And the head piece on mine had a scratch on it (Lego CS are sending a replacement). Overall though, I was really impressed.
The Hall of Armour looks great once built, especially when it's set up in a semi circle. However, the build was tedious with lots of repetition, made more obvious than usual given the size of the set. The minifigures are excellent, though I'd have sacrificed both of the Outriders for an extra Iron Man suit; personally I don't see the need for 'baddies' in every set.
The Avengers Tower GWP is a nice little build that looks good on display. The exclusive Minifigure was a bit of a let down; a full suit would have been preferable. Still, gotta catch 'em all!
Disclaimer: 100% not mine, but something I'm planning to do to my own set.
Wow was that thing a sturdy build!
Off to Florida in the summer so if I still don't have #30452 by then I will definitely pick one up over there if I find any!
'Hey - design some sort of spacey motorcycle for Captain America. But not too much like Ghost Rider's. Good luck!'
'Uh, okay? Is there concept art?'
'No. No leaks. We're lucky to know that Captain America is even in the movie.'
'We need something for Capt. America in this price bracket'
'One helicopter coming up!' (clicks control-C on the helicopter file)
'No, we already put that in the big base set, has to be something else'
'Oh ok, how about bloated motorbike covered in missiles? Research show 7 out of 10 Lil Timmy's love this crap.'
Very reminiscence of #7784 which is one of my favourite Batman display models.
However, after ordering the parts to make it IRL, I decided that I went a little overboard on the cloak details and lost some of that essential blocky feel for BrickHeadz, so I revised it in LDD today:
Unfortunately, can't revise it IRL until the dark grey 2x2 quarter circle tiles come out in this summer's Hidden Side sets. But I think repositioning the sword and simplifying the geometry of the cloak make it look a lot better.
Had this one sitting in pieces for a while, decided to rebuild it again.
I like how much functionality it has - basically an RC toy when it's built...shame I'm terrible at controlling it :D
In action: https://youtu.be/8JQX1wI7sR4
Build timelapse: https://youtu.be/_67Fa-71-3c
Finished up a couple projects for Brick World, Chicago.
Now on to #42094 Tracked Loader (thx FowlerBricks!)