Sunday, May 25, 2014

Progress and a Few Little Sets

It's been a while since my last update but I've been hacking away at sorting pieces. I'm in the middle of light gray and I only have blue and the random smaller colors left. We're so close. I hope I'll be able to build and update a few of my old sets each week. I've ordered a couple of new sets that should be arriving on Thursday, one is a Lego Movie set as I haven't bought any of those yet and the other is another City set. There is so much coming out right now for summer it's hard to have to sit back and not buy stuff. But I feel that my priority, aside from the aforementioned sets, should be getting what I already have built and taking inventory of what I want to part together that's old and what my town / city will be in need of and what I plan to build MOC. It's super exciting the possibilities. I'm currently in thoughts of how to incorporate the Castle and Pirate themes into my town / city set up because I really like those themes but do not feel my creativity lends itself to older things. I thought about maybe creating a medieval castle theme park piece and a pirate village part. I'm not big in to space so that will probably be left out except for an idea I had for some sports teams. I have so many ideas I can't imagine getting to them all but hopefully I'll be able to get to a good portion of them.

Anyway, the stuff to showcase for this week.

Set 60058: SUV with Watercraft. I thought this set would be a great addition to my mountain lake or ocean set up. More water recreation that I really like.

I haven't been the biggest fan of vehicles getting larger but I do like how in some instances they are making more vehicles that hold more than one person. It always seemed a little ridiculous when you'd get one of the houses and there would be a husband and wife but only one person could sit in the vehicle and the other either had to apparently stay home or ride on the roof.

I like the minifigures with this this set. You could really have them be anything, father and son, best friends, etc.

Ridin' the waves!

The next set is another City set that I hadn't actually intended to get. Set 60017 Flatbed Truck. The vehicle is so monsterously huge and really, how many tow trucks does a city really need anyway. But I did like the car that came with the vehicle and then I remember all the little dinky tow trucks I do have and how they probably wouldn't be able to tow the huge vehicles of now so I decided that I would pick it up. Amazon had it on sale too so that helped.

You can fit a passenger if you stick their arm in the air all weird

Our cute minifigures!

I thought this guy was especially adorable

The next one is Set 40078 Hot Dog Stand. I love food stand / cart sets, so when I saw this polybag which was apparently a free set for July orders in 2013, I had to snag it. It's super cute! I'm planning a carnival / circus set up with The Fairground Mixer and some added things, this will be great with it.

I like the minifgures in this set pretty well or at least one of them. I'm kind of not a fan of that lady's shirt and now it's my second set to have it. The Fairground Mixer has it as well. I wish there was more of an abunance of womens shirts.

Love his little gotee!

You didn't want mustard on that?!

And of course, I have to draw attention to another Lego element obsession. The bike. These were pretty rare back in the 80s and 90s and only came in white, black, and red during that time period. I was always excited to get a set with a bike. And not only does this set come with a bike but it comes in an awesome blue color I don't have!!!

So that's pretty much all for my current purchases. I did build another set but since this is already a long blog and it's a larger set, it will have to wait for next time. As stated in the beginning, the sorting is coming along, about the only thing slowing it down is the weather and keeping the Lego room cool while I'm in there. I am experimenting with many things.

Happy Building!!!!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Set 7937 Train Station and a Very Old MOC

Well, the sorting is coming along. I've gotten through the yellow brick sorting and have moved on to white. After white I will still have blue, the rest of the black, the greys, and a bunch of random colors I don't  have a lot of. I recently decided to go public with my humble little amateur blog on some Facebook LEGO groups and within minutes of doing so, I found out that Lego does not like people using the word Lego in their domain names, which had a domain that pointed to the blog. At first I didn't think they were serious but then was directed to to LEGO's fair use play policy and saw it. Well, being that I love Lego and am loyal to the point of not even wanting to buy LEGO wannabe brands and some encouragement from other AFOLs, it seemed like the right thing to do was to change my web address and blog name whether I got caught or not. It's not as cool of a name but it will do. I hope to get a new domain name soon but to get the one I want is going to be a little more expensive than getting my old domain was.

This most recent set that I am showcasing, Set 7937 Train Station, I actually bought in February not long after my birthday, I found a good price for it at Toys R and knew it was being retired soon so I wanted to snatch it up.

Throughout the course of me showcasing sets and things, you will find that I have certain obsessions with certain types of sets and a couple of these obsessions were part of the draw for this particular set for me, but probably the biggest draw for me was the staircase bridge of this particular set.

Awesome staircase and bridge over the tracks!

Outside of train related LEGO sets being obsession that I have not indulged in a lot, I have a huge obsession with LEGO taxi cabs and as far as I know, there haven't been a lot of them, except a couple I've seen in a few idea books from the 80s. So, as soon as I saw this set had a taxi, it was a must have for me. 

The set features a wonderful cast of minifigures to accompany the set. Admittedly this one particular minifigure stuck out to me. I think it was the glasses. That particular glasses face is one of my favorite face designs.

Conductor, Taxi Driver, and Travelers

And of course many other great features necessary for a good train station.

Need a ticket to ride!

Catch up on some news while you wait

A snack for the trip?

In other news, I actually found my only photographed MOC that I built 10 years ago back in the days when 3 megapixel cameras were like $300. I bought one for that price and for the purpose of photography Lego sets. But I didn't do much with it except this. It's a cute little Cafe / Coffee Shop that I definitely will rebuild as soon as I can. Pretty basic but I really like it. I have a fondness for the more basic and simpler times of Lego though I still enjoy a good amount of what is available today. 

Lastly, I have my latest acquisitions from Bricklink and Amazon recently. I think they'll add a lot and be useful. The idea book is actually one that my brother has but I really wanted my own so I could use the stickers included with it and I actually found it with its stickers intact for only $10. Along with that order I got a cute looking cowboy minifigure. The others are pretty obvious. Two newer vehicles and then a retired Hot Dog stand mini set, will be showcased in the future. Anyway, Happy Building!!!!