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Today we take a quick tour of the contents of the LEGO Marvel Thor Love and Thunder set 76208 The Goat Boat, a box of 564 pieces available since April 26, 2022 at the retail price of €49.99.
This set is a product derived from the movie Thor: Love and Thunder expected in theaters next July and the proposed construction seems to be more or less in line with what we can see of the longship pulled by two mystical Asgardian goats present in the trailer. You have to keep in mind that LEGO offers us a children's toy and not an exhibition model, so everything is more or less simplified, even caricatural with a little humorous touch which is not to displease me.
Depending on your affinity with LEGO products and their content, the stars of the set will be the two goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder or the five minifigs delivered in this box. Or the 43 cm long by 12 cm wide drakkar which will become secondary for many collectors but which does not demerit given the scale of the set. The set is assembled in a few minutes, it is not the fairly linear construction "experience" without big surprises that will justify the asking price.
The two goats may disappoint some, they are based on parts and their finish is quite rough despite two frankly successful pad-printed heads if we once again integrate the somewhat caricatural aspect of the product. The designer did not encumber himself with a complex system of harnesses to allow the two goats to pull the longship, the two animals can be easily removed and those who are only looking for a boat to exhibit will undoubtedly find what they are looking for.
The drakkar itself seems rather convincing to me, the hull is relatively simple but the shapes are there. No mast or sail, goats do all the work. The shields attached to the sides of the hull are stickers but they are nicely worked and the rendering is acceptable. The bow of the boat is piece based, it's a bit messy if you get too close but very decent when viewed from a distance. You can store Stormbreaker on a clip between the two uprights, why not.
Despite the presence of five characters, the longship remains a bit poor in accessories to install on the deck. At the very least, a finish on the model of the alternation between Tiles stringers and parts with studs from the cabin roof would have been appreciated on the deck to improve the overall finish of the boat and really highlight the minifigures. Under the hull, LEGO also forgot to install some wheels for us to be able to really play with this drakkar without having to keep it permanently at arm's length and to avoid scratching the parts present.
For 50 €, we also get five minifigs and it's rather good news knowing that there is no "generic" character here. The Thor, Mighty Thor (Jane Foster) and Valkyrie minifigures are pad-printed to overdrive with a truly polished finish.
Only soft cloth capes seem obsolete to me today, especially since LEGO offered us very convincing plastic versions for Batman or Doctor Strange. These dust rags in my opinion deserve to go away once and for all, they don't really showcase all the effort that has gone into bringing us beautiful miniatures.
Korg is a simple minifigure scaled to the other characters, so we lose the size difference between the creature and the humans in the set even if the angular "cap" is there to try to compensate. Visually, it's rather successful, we find all the attributes seen in the trailer with the exception of the leather protections on the arms of the character. We feel that LEGO is still making some savings here and there to balance the cost of the product.
Gorr is a little disappointing, he has to settle for neutral white legs that don't really reflect the few artworks and toys of the character already available. He too could have benefited from a molded white cape, the accessory would have been perfect to make this minifig something more convincing than a simple generic mummy.
I therefore do not need to specify it and you have seen it yourself, this product derived from a highly anticipated film therefore ticks all the boxes: its public price seems relatively reasonable to me in view of its content which brings together a construction rather convincing associated with a nice cast of characters and it has the merit of being really inspired by at least one scene from the film seen in the trailer. The sheet of stickers is certainly substantial but the longship really benefits from the presence of these different stickers. You might not glue them but the finish of the drakkar will not be as finished.
If the public price of the product still seems too high to you, wait a few weeks and you can, as usual, find this box at an even lower price at the usual retailers. Those who agree to do without Valkyrie and Korg can turn to the other box inspired by the film, the set 76207 Attack on New Asgard (19.99 €), but I think it would be a shame to exchange the longship and the two goats for the formless creature of the less expensive of the two boxes.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at 1er June 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
If you collect minifigs in costume but don't want to bother with the bricks sold with them, know that the LEGO Official Annual 2023 published by Buster Books will make it possible from September 15 to obtain a copy of the thief disguised as ice cream which is already available in the LEGO CITY set 60314 Ice Cream Truck Police Chase (29.99 €) on sale since the beginning of the year.
It is obviously not a question of paying this 64-page book at a high price just to obtain this figurine which will be delivered without its crowbar but with an ice cream cone, it will therefore be advisable to wait wisely for the book to be available. like every year for a few euros to acquire this pretty character at a lower cost. Unless you like coloring and games for children.
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Do you want more ? LEGO is teaming up today with the US Target brand to organize a vote between three LEGO Ideas projects that had reached the required minimum of 10.000 supporters but were then rejected in the review phase. The winner will see their creation become an official set.
This disguised draft leaves the power to the fans, so you need to vote for your favorite creation before May 31, 2022 if you want to see it end up on your shelves. You have the choice between the Working Mini Golf Course from LEGOParadise, the Viking Village of BrickHammer and the Marine Life by Brick Dangerous.
To vote, go to this address and follow the link to the voting interface after logging into the LEGO Ideas platform. Announcement of the winner in August 2022, the set will be released one day and will be available on the official online store like any set from the LEGO Ideas range.
Let's go for the third wave of sets from the Bricklink Designer Program with nine references whose retail prices range between €109.99 and €339.99. As with the two previous funding phases, only the first five of the nine proposed projects to reach 3000 pre-orders will go into production with a quantity capped at 10.000 copies per reference.
Pre-orders go through the official online store, you accumulate VIP points but you do not take advantage of the current promotional offers and the links below allow you to add the chosen reference directly to your basket:
Update: the five validated products are those above, those that are crossed out are therefore thrown out.
Today we are quickly interested in the content of a novelty in the LEGO Ideas range, the set 21333 The Starry Night, which will be available as a VIP preview from May 25, 2022 at the retail price of €169.99. No need to be an enlightened art lover to recognize the subject treated in this box of 2316 pieces, it is an interpretation of the famous painting The Starry Night (The Starry Night) painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889 during of his passage to the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1941.
The set is inspired by the project Vincent Van Gogh: The Starry Night submitted by legotruman (Truman Cheng) on the LEGO Ideas platform, validated by 10.000 supporters and definitively approved by LEGO in February 2021. It was obviously reworked by a brand designer to lead to the product which will be available on the shelves of the official store.
The selection of this rather original creation corresponds perfectly with LEGO's ambitions in terms of seducing the adult public who occasionally like to assemble a few bricks: It's art in LEGO sauce and the object can be displayed on the dresser of the living room without looking like an adult who still "plays" with his ships and other LEGO trucks.
The manufacturer has retained the aesthetic bias of the carrier of the initial project with a table that gains in depth thanks to a beautiful 3D effect. We therefore leave here the usual diverse and varied mosaics which even if they are gathered in the range entitled "LEGO ART" have nothing really artistic apart from the fact that they reproduce photos, objects or known characters.
We cannot blame LEGO for having distorted the reference creation, the designer who took over the file in hand strictly respected all the intentions of the creator. Only the background of the sky is flat, everything else from the cypresses to the swirls of the sky passing by the stars and the village with its lights is in relief. The creation goes out of the frame and takes on volume, it's successful if you consider that it was the intended objective.
LEGO provides a minifig of the painter with an easel that features a reproduction of the reference painting. One might wonder if these elements were really necessary, but the manufacturer has found how to integrate them effectively into the overall volume via a small remote platform.
It is nicely executed and the presence of this minifig changes the whole perception of the construction: the painting is not one, it is the real starry night seen by the painter from his room which is proposed to us. The resulting work is therefore on the white plate placed on the easel.
The assembly of the product is not what one would call "relaxing" and that's LEGO's fault. Beyond the relative complexity of the construction, it is especially the instruction booklet that spoils the pleasure with a big problem of colors: we do not really find the different shades of blue and green over the pages and the confusion inevitably arises at certain stages.
You have to go by deduction to use the right pieces in certain places and get the desired result. Since it is a question here of stacking layers of parts, it is better to be vigilant not to have to dismantle several rows of elements in order to correct a possible inversion of parts. Take my word for it.
In the end, I found the assembly phase really laborious and it was the pleasure of finally being able to observe the finished product that allowed me to forgive the technical errors of the manufacturer and the impression of working on the assembly line for hours. .
The construction needs to be seen from a certain distance to have its small effect. Up close, however, only the cypress and the spiral in the sky seem a bit crude to me, the rest can be seen as an artistic interpretation of the reference work. The tree clearly protruding from the frame, you will have to be careful not to catch a branch when moving the object to find the right place for it.
The micro-village is successful, we take pleasure in discovering the different techniques used to create the houses with their colored roofs or the church with its bell tower. For the rest, it's stacking of parts without much interest which only makes sense when the last page of the instruction booklet is turned.
The frame is also very successful, it is thick and its design gives it a truly stunning appearance. It would almost be mistaken for a real one. Only regret: many black parts are marked or a little scratched and it's a shame on a high-end exhibit.
The minifig is also very convincing, LEGO did not skimp on the pad printing so that the tribute to Van Gogh is up to par. Since the character is accompanied by his pad-printed work on a plate itself placed on an easel, it will be possible to dissociate the main construction from the rest and to exhibit the two sets separately: the painting on the wall, the painter with his easel on the corner of a desk.
You understood it thanks to the photos that I propose to you, we assemble the creation itself and then slide it into a frame, or a window, which gives it character and which allows you to install this 3D painting on the wall. On the back of the object there is the hook usually supplied with the mosaics of the LEGO ART range, the finish is really very correct with two studs which allow the painting to be kept perfectly vertical.
It will also be possible to exhibit the painting on a piece of furniture, it is stabilized by a crutch placed on the junction between the frame and the platform which accommodates Van Gogh and his easel. There are no stickers in this box, so you get a few nicely pad-printed pieces to embody the stars and the moon.
I have long wondered if LEGO would manage to get by with the selection of such an atypical and complex project, I must admit that I find the "official" version of the product both very successful and respectful of the original creation of reference. This is far from always the case in the LEGO Ideas range.
This product should meet at least a success of esteem, it will only really appeal to those who are sensitive to the work of Van Gogh or collectors who strive to collect all the products marketed under the LEGO Ideas banner. This is not my case, but I think that many art lovers, not necessarily LEGO fans, should largely find their account there even if the set will probably not work miracles in terms of sales volume .
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at May 27th next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
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