LEGO Finds - 2015 Week 26

Whoa. Amazing how my stats drop when I don't post often. I've been busy IRL with volunteer work in the community; NOT as a part of my parole deal. That's different. In the meantime, here are some nice finds. Another tub with lid, some little parts, and a deck of playing cards from LEGOLAND 2002. That makes them LEGO brand, right? Since Merlin didn't take over LEGOLAND until about 2005?

Reverse Engineering Challenge is OVER!

After 11 weeks, the contest is over! From a pool of 155 starters, 13 of us came out on top. As the moderator wasn't too keen on continuing to throw challenges at us, he declared it a 13 way tie. Rather than the customary first, second, and third place prizes, he made a few suggestions. A very clear majority choice was for all 13 of us to receive a special engraved brick for our convention badges as well as a small handful of special pieces. The grand prize, Birds would have been a nice set to win but it was decided to give it to the moderator as thanks for organizing, and also to offset the cost of engraving and shipping.
Now that my building life is a little more sane (and in order to not risk giving any solutions away to other participants) I'll be featuring some of the more interesting techniques that were used. Next week headlight bricks! You thought you knew them, but do you really?

Set Review - Cute Kitten 30188

Yeah, this was last year's set. But I found a few at TRU and have a soft spot for the polybags so I grabbed it anyway. I didn't do much research into it beforehand but was thinking maybe I'd finally get some of the newer ball and cup connectors.

Disappointed I was.

Unlike a real cat's head, this one can only rotate side to side. As you know, a real cat can turn their head in at least 5 dimensions including inside out.

If you like cats, you'll love this little set. If you don't then just imagine that it's a manifestation of Groucho Marx in felinoid form. The two levers used for whiskers don't quite translate and look more like a mustache. Them big eyes are a dead ringer for a set of coke bottles.

Overall the sculpting is reasonable but what can you do with 54 pieces? I guess my biggest complaint (other than the lacking ball and cup joints) would be the unfinished look at the tops of the legs. An extra little cheese slope on top of them all would go a long way towards completing the look.

I dunno, I think there could be an overall improvement on this set. But what they hey it's a good value for pieces.