Today, we have rather interesting review. It’s not an official LEGO product but it does contain LEGO MOCs. Andrew Payne, aka Clankwerks, is into LEGO products as well as the outdoors so why not combine the two. He has created a Brickrock Moab 2015 Wall Calendar that features some of his MOCs in the wild in Moab, Utah. This project was a year long one from designing and building the vehicles to taking them out to various locations such as the Slickrock Trail and the Delicate Arch. Some of the MOCs include Jeeps, UTVs (Utility Task Vehicles), Unimog campers, and Volkswagen Westfalia Campers.
The calendar itself is made from glossy paper and is filled with a number of holidays and events that you may or may not heard of like National Go Barefoot Day and National Tortilla Chip Day. It even has the founder of The LEGO Group Ole Kirk Christiansen’s birthday on there which makes a great trivia question for LEGO fans.
As a photography enthusiast, the details in the photos are very nice from the coloring to the depth of field of the MOCs to the background. If you’re interested in the 2015 Calendar, head over to Etsy to purchase your own. Also, if want to build your own versions of the MOCs, head over to Imgur and there are links to the LXF files on Eurobricks.
LEGO has released some short videos featuring the three new The LEGO Movie sets that will be available in January 2015. We first saw these videos on the official LEGO Facebook Page, but I just waited until the YouTube videos were available before writing about it. The first set is Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack (70817) which includes Batman, Angry Kitty, and a Skeletron. It will retail for $9.99.
The second video features the Double-Decker Couch (70818) which is a combination of sets that have been released this year. It includes the Double-Decker Couch from MetalBeard’s Sea Cow (70810) and Emmet’s Car from a Toys R Us event back in February. The draw of the set are the five minifigures you can get which includes Emmet, Ghost Vitruvius, Benny, President Business, and the new Unikitty that was revealed during SDCC. Note that Ghost Vitruvius is also a new minifigure while Benny is from a more expensive set in his Spaceship (70816). This set will retail for only $14.99.
The final set for The LEGO Movie Winter 2015 wave is the Bad Cop Car Chase (70819). This set contains Bad Cop’s police car as well as small motorcycle. The minifigures include Bad Cop, Wyldstyle, and two Robo SWAT. Finally, you also get the chair that Bad Cop keeps kicking around. This set retails for $29.99.
A day after the LEGO Store Exclusive 2014 Holiday VIP Shopping Event, I have some information that may help you become one of the VIP members who may be chosen to attend the event next year. The following information was what LEGO Store employees were allowed to give:
They were selected on the basis they were in the top 35 VIP members for their local store based on engagement and purchases since joining LEGO VIP.
From the looks of it, the surveys VIP members fill out on their receipts do count towards your “engagement” level and LEGO takes that into consideration how many you complete in addition to the amount you spend at the store. I overheard people talking and and found out that it was a coincidence that they were frequent survey takers as well. I try to fill mine out usually the same day or within a couple of days. If you forget to do it, LEGO usually sends an email reminder to the registered email address. If you’ve ever filled out a survey, it pretty much asks about your recent experience at the store and would you recommend it to other people.
I hope this helps clear up a little bit on what the “requirements” were to attend the event and maybe next year, you could be one of the chosen few.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was an unexpected box office hit this past summer and one of the most popular characters in the movie was Rocket Raccoon. No doubt that LEGO had to join in on the fun with three sets in the 2014 summer wave of the Super Heroes sets in which he appeared in the Knowhere Escape Mission (76020).
In a surprise appearance, Rocket Raccoon also showed up in the 2014 San Diego Comic exclusive Rocket’s Warbird in his maroon colored outfit. Many LEGO fans were outraged because a majority of them couldn’t attend SDCC and wouldn’t be able to get it and for those who did, were beat out by scalpers and didn’t get a chance at them either, like me. When an image of the Rocket Raccoon polybag (5002145) has discovered, people started to wonder how they could obtain it.
This new polybag is only available at Toys R Us free with purchase of $30 or you can purchase it as a stand-alone polybag for $4.99 each. Some stores had a limit on how many you could buy, some didn’t. It contains only 13 pieces, most of which are buildables that go along with Rocket.
The draw of this polybag is of course Rocket Raccoon himself. It is the same minifigure that was in the SDCC exclusive so it it was great to get it without shelling out a lot of money to buy the Warbird. He wears the Ravagers outfit which is dark red/maroon colored. There is printing on both sides of the torso and legs. There is even printing on the side of the arms and legs as well. The tail is a soft, rubbery piece that fits between the torso and the legs. Rocket’s head is a hard plastic and it has some very nice printing on it.
There are actually two builds for the polybag, Rocket’s oversized rifle and the sapling Groot. The rifle is made from the ADU blaster with binoculars on the front and the clipped on scope. Although it is simple to build, it does have some resemblance to his rifle in the movie.
The other part of the build is the Groot sapling. Again, it doesn’t take much to make it look like its movie counterpart. The pot is just a upside-down cone piece or a fez piece as others refer to on a 2×2 round tile with a carrot top in the middle.
In addition, there is also a sticker sheet filled with designs that you can add to the Milano Spaceship. If you have the set, you may have noticed that it is rather bland. The sticker sheet has 41 decals which you can use to customize the ship to your heart’s desire. There are plenty of stickers to make the Milano look battle damaged like cracked glass, bullet holes. There are also emblems for the Nova Corps that you can use for the Necrocraft in the Starblaster Showdown (76019) set. What’s nice about the sticker sheet is that it’s also in its own packaging.
Overall, the Rocket Raccoon polybag (5002145) is an awesome minifigure that helps complete the whole Guardians of the Galaxy team in their ” target=”_blank”gers uniforms. There isn’t much complaint about the minifigure except that Rocket could have some brown coloring in his fur since he is a mix of brown and gray.
The buildable accessories are very on point including the Groot sapling. The sticker sheet is a cool bonus that you can cross use on another set. Again, it is now available at Toys R Us stores in very limited quantities so if you are able to get one, I suggest that you do. If you aren’t able to find any at TRU stores, you can find an abundance of them on the secondary market like eBay and plus prices on them are dropping since the market has been saturated with it.
Just2Good on Eurobricks has posted links to TaoBao of more 2015 LEGO The Simpsons Minifigures (71009) that have had their head mold revealed. This next wave will now also include Snake, Comic Book Guy, Professor Frink, Patty, and Waylon Smithers. It is not known whether or not Snake will be in the Minifigures line or in the rumored Kwik-E-Mart set that we exclusively revealed last month. My guess is that he will be in the Kwik-E-Mart D2C set. Previously, we already reported that Doctor Hibbert, Groundskeeper Willie, and Santa’s Little Helper will also be in this second wave. If you want to see the images, head over to the Eurobricks link above to check them out.
At the LEGO Store Exclusive 2014 Holiday VIP Shopping Event, there were freebies that were given out including a new Christmas Train Ornament (5002813). The Christmas Train Ornament contains 26 pieces including the string. It comes in a nice dark red pouch inside a sealable wrapper.
The train itself is a simple build with the string going around the round 2×2 plate with eye. The stars on the wheels give the train a little flair and gives it some color besides the black, white, and red design. Unless I’m wrong, I believe the only exclusive part is the 2014 2×2 white plate.
Overall, Christmas Train Ornament (5002813) was a nice gift given out to VIPs at the shopping event. The red pouch is also a nice touch and I appreciate that it wasn’t just a standard polybag. There’s no word at this time whether or not it will be available for customers later on.
Earlier today was the LEGO Store Exclusive 2014 Holiday VIP Shopping Event at my local store. When you got in, you were handed an exclusive access double-sided badge and it also includes your name which is pretty neat. You were also given a bag filled with some FREE sets including the Thanksgiving Turkey (40091) and the exclusive Christmas Train Ornament (5002813).
Other than that, all the offers are the same as online for VIPs who didn’t get an invite. I’ll be doing a review of the Christmas Train Ornament in a separate post.
Overall, it was a pretty cool event with some nice freebies. I also got to meet up with a lot of friends in the process and the store employees were awesome as usual. Since I already have the Thanksgiving Turkey (40091) set, I’ll probably be giving it away in a future contest. The Ornament was a nice addition and unexpected since I’ve read about it but didn’t know how to get it.
There’s no official word on how people are selected to these VIP shopping events but I’ve heard people say that it was for high spenders at the store.