new lego 2h2019 my choice

The second wave 2019 LEGO products are now available, and because my budget is not expandable, I gave myself a little time to think before offering myself a few boxes that are not part of the ranges I collect from unconditional way: Star Wars, Marvel (It is therefore difficult to ignore the blister 40343 Spider-Man and the Museum Break-In), DC Comics, Jurassic Park / World, etc ...

The and 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is obviously ordered. For having assembled it, I am rather convinced that this box deserves to be part of my collection. I won't be assembling my personal copy right away, but I will open my box in a few months, that's for sure.

What puts me in a slightly more difficult position is the CITY range with its spatial theme which brings together several very interesting boxes. I have already fallen for the set 60228 Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control while waiting to decide on other sets including the very nice one 60225 Rover Test Drive.

I also bought without really knowing why the set 80103 Dragon Boat Race, probably a little frustrated with all these exclusives available so far only in other regions. The theme and content of this set doesn't excite me more than that, but I don't want to regret that I missed it later.

The Creator set 31097 Townhouse Pet Shop & Café also joined my shelves, I found a charm of Modular and I tell myself that I'll find a way to stage it with Spider-Man ...

Small deviation from my habits with the purchase of the Ninjago set 70675 Katana 4x4 because it is a futuristic vehicle that also caught the eye of my youngest son.

And a copy of the LEGO Architecture set 21046 Empire State Building, because it is a gift that I plan to give to a professional partner who lives in the USA and who will appreciate being offered this beautiful reproduction of an iconic building.

I also priced a copy of the set 75948 Hogwarts Clocktower, to have a "complete" Hogwarts but the other Harry Potter novelties will await Amazon promotions.

All this to ask you: which boxes have you fallen for so far?

01/06/2019 - 01:34 Lego architecture Lego news

lego vip 10266 lego creator expert nasa apollo 11 lunar lander box

If you were planning on purchasing the LEGO Creator Expert set 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (94.99 €) from today, know that LEGO is offering members of the VIP program the nice commemorative patch above bearing the reference 5005907. The offer will remain in theory valid until June 9, but we all know that this adhesive patch will be exhausted long before this date ...

If this gift does not inspire you more than that and you prefer to be offered real bricks, you can also take the risk of waiting until June 5 to accumulate the offers and at least get the set 40335 Space Rocket Ride which will be offered from 85 € of purchase without restriction of range ...

Many new features for the second semester are also available in the Architecture, Harry Potter, Ninjago, CITY, Friends, DC Comics, Jurassic World, etc. ranges ... I won't list everything here, you know where to look.


10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

Without transition, we take a quick look at the LEGO Creator Expert set 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (1087 pieces - 94.99 €), a beautiful box that offers a detailed model of the LEM, already present in a micro version in the LEGO Ideas set 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V. marketed since 2017.

There is no real reason to prolong the suspense, this set is in my opinion rather successful and it will easily find its place among all enthusiasts of space conquest. The attention to detail, despite some approximations, is evident here with the end result an assembled product that could easily become a credible and usable educational tool in addition to being a pretty exhibition model.

The instruction booklet contains a few pages which quickly put the model in context, it is always a plus to discover the history of the Apollo 11 mission before proceeding to the assembly. A few facts are scattered throughout the pages of the booklet, it is a welcome educational distraction.

First, the descent stage is assembled onto which the ascent stage will then be clipped, which allows at the end of the mission to join the command module which remained in orbit. Each step of the assembly is an opportunity to learn a little more about the LEM, with for example the installation of the different oxidizer and fuel tanks in the form of two containers for the nitrogen peroxide and two other carboys containing Aérozine 50.

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

We also install the various compartments which contain the scientific equipment necessary for the mission and we stick in the passage some stickers which symbolize the thermal insulation material which covers the panels of the descent module.

Many golden elements dress the downstairs and the stickers are roughly the same color as these pieces. Visually, it's almost consistent even though the stickers are much more reflective than the gold pieces which have a matte appearance. I'm not a fan of the mix of colors between stickers and tinted parts, it's rarely convincing. In this specific case, the stickers win with their shiny rendering.

The landing gear with their jacks, their shock absorbers and the cups which come into contact with the lunar ground contribute to the high-end model effect of the model. The whole is sufficiently detailed to be convincing without giving in the overbidding of small parts which could possibly weaken the four "legs" of the machine.

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

Fundamentalists will inevitably find fault with many details that are not completely faithful to the original LEM, but I think the compromise proposed here is acceptable, at least with regard to the machine itself. After all, LEGO does not claim to market a 100% faithful model and we mainly buy here a construction toy simply based on an important event that took place 50 years ago.

When the descent stage is assembled, we then tackle the ascent module which is also designed to be both a detailed element of the overall model and a modular unit whose structure can be disassembled to discover the different spaces. and their function.

Here too, the attention to detail is impressive with several control panels in the form of stickers to stick and even the possibility of placing a minifigure in the main space of the module. Almost nothing has been forgotten: by turning over the descent stage, we find the central nozzle of the descent motor and the ascent stage is also equipped with a nozzle which simply slides into the center of the section. lower part of the model.

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

The LEM has here a real presentation base to assemble with the mention Apollo 11 Lunar Lander pad printed which gives the whole a little side "Lego space architecture"and which brilliantly stages the model. Once again, the attention to detail is evident with even a few footprints starting from the foot of the LEM ladder and leading to the flag planted on the lunar soil.

This 26x28 stud base is not based on a standard plate and is made up of many elements that add to the final inventory of the set. For once a large-scale LEGO set isn't doomed to be on display without a display stand, I'm not going to complain. The lunar ground in LEGO version with the four mini craters which accommodate the feet of the LEM is an accessory which beyond offering a nice scenario also makes it possible to easily move the machine.

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

The side compartments of the LEM contain the camera triggered by Armstrong when it came out and the laser reflector which then made it possible to measure the distance between the Earth and the Moon. These elements may seem anecdotal to some, but they also contribute to giving an educational value to the product and will serve above all as a starting point for some more detailed explanations of the unfolding of the Apollo 11 mission.

No one will play with this set and the camera will probably stay hidden in its storage space for a long time. As often with LEGO products, we know it's there and it's enough even if it can't be seen. The laser reflector, on the other hand, can easily find its place on the exhibition base, which is where it should be.

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

The two minifigs provided are presented as two astronauts, with no additional details on the identity of the characters. There can be no confusion here, it is obviously Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins having remained in orbit in the command module during the mission.

I personally find it unfortunate that a product celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing does not contain the third member of the Apollo 11 crew. He did not set foot on the moon but Collins did his part of the job and greatly contributed to the success of the mission. Even if it means offering a box that pays tribute to the event, an additional minifigure, even generic, would have been welcome.

From a technical point of view, the pad printing of the torso of the two characters is a bit lacking, there is an unpleasant blur effect on the NASA logo and on the various printed areas. The defect appears on both minifigs and even if their torso disappears under the helmet, it's a shame not to have a perfectly finished product.

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

Speaking of the helmet, it's a shame that LEGO has not made the effort to offer a fairly correct reproduction of the equipment of the two astronauts. The generic piece used here bears little resemblance to Armstrong and Aldrin's outfit. The shape of the golden canopy is also not consistent and I was hoping to get two less generic and flesh-colored heads for the two astronauts. The yellow heads provided are not up to the anniversary this product intends to celebrate. This box is not a simple LEGO CITY or Creator set, it deserved better than that in terms of minifigs.

In summary, I think this box is quite successful despite the few faults highlighted above. This is not a 100% faithful mockup of the LEM, but it is a product sufficiently advanced to make it convincing educationally and make it a perfect companion to the LEGO Ideas set 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V. on your shelves. The minifigs are a bit too generic for my taste, but we'll make do with it.

Note: The set shown here, supplied by LEGO, is included as usual. To participate in the draw, all you have to do is post a comment (avoid "I participate, I try, etc ..." be a little more constructive) on this article before the June 9, 2019 at 23:59 p.m.. You have every right to disagree with me, this is not eliminatory.

Update : The winner was drawn and was notified by email, his nickname is indicated below. Without a response from him to my request for contact details within 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.

senseofbricks - Comment posted the 04/06/2019 at 17:14


13/05/2019 - 21:37 Lego architecture Lego news

LEGO BrickHeadz 40367 Lady Liberty

If there are still collectors of LEGO BrickHeadz minifigures in the room, be aware that the official visuals of the set 40367 Lady Liberty are now live on the server that hosts the official photos of LEGO products for sale on the manufacturer's official online store.

In the box, 153 pieces to assemble the Statue of Liberty with as a flame the same part as in the LEGO Architecture set 21042 Statue of Liberty (2018), namely the hair of Armando Salazar but in Pearl Gold.

This version of the Statue of Liberty also has a flat head, but here it's the concept that wants that. And she has eyes ...

Imminent availability of this new box on the LEGO Shop and in the LEGO Stores at a price which should logically be 9.99 €.

LEGO BrickHeadz 40367 Lady Liberty

LEGO BrickHeadz 40367 Lady Liberty

75236 Duel on Starkiller Base

Today we quickly tour the LEGO Star Wars set 75236 Duel on Starkiller Base (191 pieces - 19.99 €), a small box which proposes to recreate the scene of the confrontation between Rey and Kylo Ren seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It is obviously a set to be stored in the "license spin" box. Those who would have liked to reproduce this scene have long since had the minifigs of the two characters concerned in their collections and this playset does not add much more than what any diorama on a white background could allow.

75236 Duel on Starkiller Base

Many of the reviews that I have seen or read so far bluntly gargle at the "features" built into this playset: the two trees that tip over with one of them revealing a cache in which there is a blaster and the platform that opens under the feet of the two protagonists, as in the film. I still remember that even the Kenner playsets of my childhood did better in terms of things that open, tilt, close, etc ... There is nothing to cry genius when a construction toy is good. use of all its possibilities.

To conclude like LEGO the fact that thanks to this set "... Children can relive unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Force Awakens ..."is a bit pretentious in my opinion. The circular platforms Rey and Kylo Ren are on are movable but you have to manipulate them by hand so that the sabers collide. Two rods placed under the base would have been welcome to be able to easily move the two supports and watch a fight without fingers that disrupt the action.

75236 Duel on Starkiller Base

In fact, this set is mostly a small exhibition product compact enough to hang around the corner of a desk or shelf without being too intrusive. It's a discreet nod to a scene in the film that probably didn't deserve better and those on a budget who would only like to afford a single box based on this film may find something here. to please yourself.

I see from here coming all those who will tell me that this set allows above all to obtain an exclusive minifig of Kylo Ren. And this is the case, with a minifig which is indeed new and for the moment exclusive even if it is in fact only a graphic variant of the minifig seen in the set. 75139 Battle on Takodana (2016) with a few additional tears on the character's tunic. The head provided here is new but the cape provided in the set 75139 has on the other hand gone by the wayside.

Kylo Ren has two facial expressions here, it is consistent with the unfolding of the scene concerned and the side of the face with the injury is very successful.

75236 Duel on Starkiller Base

As LEGO often does things halfway, Rey's minifig delivered in this box is the one already seen in half a dozen boxes that feature the character. I know very well that it would have been difficult to do otherwise, Rey wears in this scene the same outfit as in almost all of the film.

However, a discreet modification of the pad printing of the torso and / or legs would have been enough to delight collectors and give a different destiny to this set. I point it out in passing because it's still just as inadmissible: the flesh-colored hue of the neck of Rey's minifigure is too dull and does not match the character's head.

75236 Duel on Starkiller Base

In short, this little set about which LEGO declares "... Prepare for epic creative play on Starkiller Base! ..."is in my opinion a nice display product for an adult fan in need of space more than a toy to give to the little ones. You can see it as an Architecture set from the LEGO Star Wars range ...

I forced my 9 year old son, a Star Wars fan like many other things, to play with this playset and he just knocked over the two trees before going back to playing Moonlighter making fun of me and my "toy" " too expensive.

Note: The set shown here, supplied by LEGO, is included as usual. To participate in the raffle, simply post a comment on this article before May 20, 2019 at 23:59 p.m.. You have every right to disagree with me, this is not eliminatory.

Update : The winner was drawn and was notified by email, his nickname is indicated below. Without a response from him to my request for contact details within 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.

PierreBC - Comment posted the 12/05/2019 at 09:54