Continuing with another book review from Warren Elsore, we have Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO. The book is a sequel to the best-seller Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO which we have also reviewed. Like the previous book, it contains 256 fully illustrated pages and it retails for $19.99. Also, the cover is a mix of a hard and softback in a sense that it is not a full hardback but soft enough to bend a little.
The first chapter of the book follows its predecessor where it talks about the history of LEGO, where to buy bricks, building tips, LEGO design software, so on and so forth. There is some information about sorting and storing of your LEGO bricks and online resources you can use to help you build.
In a little different format than the previous book, Brick Wonders has the chapters that are categorized into types of wonders in the world including the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Historic Wonders, Modern Wonders, and Natural Wonders.
Like his previous book, there are lots of photos of Warren’s highly detailed builds along with an informative description of the what the subject is about. Included in the chapters are some builds that you can build using the instructions that he has provided like a Mini Sphinx, Trojan Horse, and Chinese Pagoda just to name a few. The instructions again are condensed into one page and are somewhat small. This may give novice builders some trouble when following them.
Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO also includes two 17 1/2″ x 24 3/4″ posters that you can tear off which are suitable for framing. The two poster are of the Great Pyramid of Giza and the International Space Station.
Overall, Brick Wonders is a nice sequel to Brick City. I do like how the chapters are organized by the type of wonder. Again, the photographs are pretty nice to look at and it shows what you could build with some imagination and dedication.
It’s no doubt that there was an insurmountable amount of time taken to bring you Brick Wonders from the building of the models to photography but the book is also not without its faults. The instructions are a nice addition but some of them do have issues, mainly with them being small to see. Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO does make a nice addition to your ever-growing LEGO book collection and I like this one a little more than the previous book. You can pick this one up today at Amazon for a decent price.
Just2Good on Eurobricks has found that BrickShop.nl now has a logo for the new LEGO Speed Champions theme that will be released in 2015. For a while, we thought that there would be a Top Gear theme but it looks like there won’t be. Just2Good also mentions that he thinks there could be a Top Gear app that will go along with the sets. We’ll see if that happens or not since LEGO has been moving towards the digital world recently. Below are the sets that have been rumored to come out next year.
Ferrari F150 (75899)
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 (75908)
McLaren P1 (75909)
Porsche 918 Spyder (75910)
McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop (75911)
Porsche 911 GT Finish Line (75912)
Ferrari F14 & Scuderia Ferrari Truck (75913)
If you’re wondering what the polybag for the exclusive LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Plastic Man looks like, TT Games Game Director Arthur Parsons has taken a picture of it on Instagram. The packaging also gives you a glimpse at the Justice League logo that will be used for the 2015 LEGO DC Comics sets. It also looks like there’s there’s a code on the polybg (H2VB8Z) to unlock Plastic Man as a playable character in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. To get the exclusive bonus Plastic Man minifigure, pre-order the game at GameStop. LEGO Batman 3 will be released on November 11th.
Today, TeeFury has a new LEGO t-shirt featuring the Sam and Dean Winchester as well as the angel Castiel from the highly popular TV show, Supernatural. The shirt is called Mini Hunters and it is the world debut design by Matt Parsons. The shirt goes for $11 and there’s about 12 hours left to purchase.
We’re back with another review but it’s something a little bit different. We have received our set of the Series 1 STUDS Builder Trading Cards and I was pretty excited for to get them although I wish I got in on the Kickstarter a few years back. If you haven’t heard of if before, STUDS is the brainchild of Brandon Griffith which showcases people in the community who uses LEGO to build unique creations.
The set that I purchased was the Series 1 Factory Set which consists of 96 base cards as well as the 9 card poster set. The box came in a sealed clear plastic and when I opened the box, it gave me a nostalgic feeling inside. You may not know this but I used to collect sports cards and when I opened the box, the distinct smell that the cards gave off took me back to a younger time when I was still collecting and cracking open a fresh pack of cards. The cards are printed on 14pt. gloss coated card with with UV coating.
The first card in the set is the Title Card which is kind of a table of contents for the rest of the cards which includes Featured Artists, Brick Artists, Group Builds, Brick Illustrators, Brick Conventions, Brick Sites, Brick Products, Brick Publications, and the Checklist. Other people who were involved with STUDS include photo editor Tommy Williamson, copy editor Ayleen Gaspar, and illustrator Scott Tolleson.
As mentioned before, STUDS Builder Trading Cards feature many LEGO artists in the community. Some of these people include Nathan Sawaya, Bruce Lowell, Tommy Williamson, fellow SandLUG member Matt Armstrong, BrickLink Chief Communications Officer Alice Finch, Joe Meno from BrickJournal, and Peter Reid. The front of the card shows some of the builds which you’ve probably have seen before and the back gives a little biography about the artist. STUDS also features conventions like Brickcon and Brickworld as well as LEGO sites like The Brothers Brick and FBTB. The last card in the base set is the checklist.
The 9 card poster set is a step-by-step instructions of how to build the Lowell Sphere. On the back of the instructions is a variation of Bruce’s “Racked” which shows one of Bruce’s creations using the Lowell Sphere.
Overall, I really liked how the STUDS trading cards came out. The set that I got was $45 which was a fairly good deal for what you get and I didn’t have to go buying more packs to collect the full set. The better deal would probably be the $75 hobby box that is offered which has 28 packs and is guaranteed a full set with each pack including a BrickForge element. There’s also a chance to get autographed cards, custom fig cards, and sketch cards. If you want to see what an autographed card looks like, check out the one I got last year from a pack that I got from Brandon at SDCC here. You can also have builders who are featured sign their cards themselves. Honestly, the price per pack in the hobby box is a really good deal at $2.68/pack considering other trading cards are upwards of $3/pack. STUDS is also offering individual packs which are $3 each. Finally to keep all your cards organized, there is also a $20 binder that you can purchase. It doesn’t seem that any protective sleeves are included with the binder so you may have to get those on your own. You can purchase any of the items above at BrickStuds.com. Brandon also notes that Series 2 would be coming out in 2015 so stay tuned for news on that.
With a recent surge of supporters the past few days, the F7A Hornet by Nosmigon is the latest project to get the required 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. The build is based on the Anvil Aerospace Hornet from the upcoming game, Star Citizen, which was originally a KickStarter project. The ship in the game is the UEE Navy’s premier fighter craft and is the front-line attack ship for combat missions.
Nosmigon has also provided the LDD file so anyone can build the F7A Hornet in case that it doesn’t get approved as an official set. The project now joins the Avengers Helicarrier and the Labyrinth Marble Maze in the third 2014 LEGO Review Stage. Congratulations to Nosmigon for the achievement!