LEGO Finds - 2015 Week 21

One solitary piece this week but kind of neat. A clean printed DUPLO 1x2x2. My kids enjoy having some of these extra decorative pieces. Even if they ignore the printing most of the time.


Set Review - Microfighters AT-AT 75075

Talk about squee. Chibi factor nothing. Add in some articulation and you've got lots to love. I've never owned a full size proper AT-AT so can't compare (or take adorable AT-AT/at-at pictures) but I can at least have a little fun with this one.

First off, let me just say that this set's a keeper with only two major flaws. (Three if you count a partially sand blue trooper). We'll get those out of the way before launching all the cute photos.

The back end. What? This is how LEGO left it. A little... unfinished. For such a stellar model there needs to be one more piece back here. Thankfully the set comes with a few extras for greebling.



Second is the head. The hinge connection used only allows up and down motion, nothing side to side. What a great opportunity this would have been to use the newer ball and cup joints! Especially since I still have none, dagnabbit.

I largely let my 3.8yo FAFOL build this. I gave him the parts and showed him the pictures. He did stellar. Once it was done he had loads of fun playing with it, especially once I showed him how versatile it was.



Of course sometimes little at-at has to do things like purge his extra oil.





Then there's playtime...



Nap time...


 And of course he can change into wheeled turbo mode, largely when it's not expected. Whee!


Little at-at sure does have some adventures eh? If I were that guy I would buy like a dozen of these and have all sorts of fun staging dioramas and making them play with each other and putting them into puppy piles. I may not be a big dog fan but I'd own an at-at-ling any day!

LEGO Techniques - Reverse Engineering Challenge

Maybe you've noticed that Wednesdays have been silent lately. For good reason! The competition is hot and heavy over at the Reverse Engineering Challenge IV (REC4). I've been fighting and scratching to stay in the lead with about 34 other contenders, and that's just first place. Needless to say, my brain capacity for showing off new techniques has been limited. Want to see some incredible stuff that pushes the limits of the brick? Head over to the Flickr Group and see what's happening.