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On to a new contest that will allow the winner to obtain two LEGO products that each celebrate the brand's 90th anniversary in their own way: a set of two boxes including a copy of the LEGO Classic set 11021 90 Years of Play worth €49.99 and a copy of the small promotional set 40567 Forest Hideout offered from 150 € of purchase last week and valued at 24.99 € by the manufacturer.
To validate your participation and try to add these two products to your collection at a lower cost, simply identify yourself via the interface below and follow the instructions provided. As usual, it is a question of finding information on the official online store and then answering the question correctly. At the end of the participation phase, the winner will be chosen by lot from the correct answers.
Your contact details (name / nickname, email address, IP) are only used within the framework of this competition and will not be kept beyond the drawing of lots which will designate the winner. As usual, this no-obligation competition is open to all residents of mainland France, DOM & TOM, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
The batch of sets is provided by LEGO, it will be sent to the winner by me as soon as their contact details are confirmed by return email.
As always, I reserve the right to disqualify any participant who has attempted to defraud or hijack the entry system in order to increase their chances of winning. Hateful and bad losers to abstain, the others will have more chances to win.
Good luck to everyone !
No participation via comments, I leave the form open as long as the contestants who cannot read are not yet there. Then we close.
For information: the name / nickname of the winner is displayed in the participation interface once the draw has been made. I also notify the winners by email, but remember to check anyway.
Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Ideas set 21334 Jazz Quartet, a box of 1606 pieces which will be available at the retail price of €99.99 from June 28, 2022 (VIP preview). This new reference from the LEGO Ideas range is inspired by the project initially submitted on the platform by Hsinwei Chi whose proposal had easily found its audience and gathered the 10.000 supporters essential for its passage into the review phase before being definitively validated by LEGO in October 2021.
As I said when announcing the product, I think that the modifications made by the designer in charge of converting the initial idea into an official product are not in the best taste. They do not restore in my opinion the original intention and all the dynamics and the atmosphere of the realization which served to gather the 10.000 supports pass a little by the wayside.
You will have to be a fan of the assembly of stylized brick-based characters to appreciate this product which at least has the merit of exploring an original approach and different from that of the usual products. Even if the two creations seem similar, the four musicians gone through the LEGO grinder immediately seem much coarser than those of the reference creation: the clips in matching colors which knew how to be rather discreet on the limbs of the musicians are replaced here by Ball Seals gray which are fairly noticeable. The slender, wiry characters with homogeneous assemblies only become more clumsy and look like, on arrival, simple articulated figurines vaguely clinging to their instruments. That's a shame.
The manufacturer will invoke, as often, the need to offer a construction experience offering a result of solidity and stability in accordance with its requirements to justify this modification, but it would perhaps have been necessary to assess the feasibility of such a solution in more depth. project before selecting it rather than spoiling it on arrival. The official version is not subtle, it simply imitates the original idea by removing all the poetry that emerged from the original staging.
On the side of this famous "experience" of construction that LEGO puts forward for its products, customers will be served with the possibility of assembling this box to four thanks to the five booklets provided: each musician and his instrument benefits from a booklet of dedicated instructions, the fifth volume serving to bring together the four subsets. Each of the members of this quartet is assembled with its part of the stage, it is then necessary to assemble the various modules to obtain the planned presentation. Only one possible configuration, the trumpeter and the double bass player cannot be removed from their base portion.
A positive point: we take pleasure in assembling the double bass, the drums and the piano, with very original techniques and a neat appearance. Things get tough when it comes to tackling the four musicians who become a bit paunchy, caricatural in some places and frankly rude in others. the trumpeter and the double bass player do well, the first being upright with a pose without too exotic angles and the second being concealed behind his instrument. The drummer suffers a little more from the conversion with coarse legs and a head that is too "cartoon" for the subject matter.
Looking more closely, we see that the instruments are the elements that are most faithful to the original project and I have the impression that LEGO has reversed the concept: Hsinwei Chi put the musicians at the center of its creation and the instruments were at their service. Here it's a bit the opposite, the designer has put the package on the instruments and the four characters only seem there to furnish. It's a very personal perception of the difference in approach between the two creators, but it's my feeling after a few days spent in the company of this construction.
The designer in charge of the file was not content to "reinterpret" the physique of the musicians, he also replaced the original pianist with a female character. We can see a tribute to female legends of Jazz like Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane or even Geri Allen, but this is once again not the original intention. The original idea did not claim to serve as an exhaustive and definitive product to the glory of the musical genre in question, it was simply a question of staging a group of anonymous jazzmen among many others, without reference direct.
LEGO therefore appropriates the subject a little and adds a touch of diversity to it, it is de rigueur at the moment, but the female character is not even successful with an illegible head, a failed neck and an unmodifiable posture which is no longer really in the poetic spirit of the original idea. All that for this.
The stage with a dark floor and finely integrated borders that helped to highlight the four musicians in the reference project becomes here a lighter floor with a much less accomplished finish. As I said when announcing the set, we lose the cozy atmosphere of the original project and it's really a shame. The few apparent studs on the official version do nothing, except to spoil the visual rendering of the whole thing a little more.
What I remember from this product: a few modifications are enough to remove everything that allows a creation to convey an emotion or a feeling and make it much less attractive. Some of the adaptations present in the official version were undoubtedly necessary for the product to comply with the specifications defined by LEGO, but others which seem to me to be solely a matter of a very arbitrary aesthetic choice only sabotage the atmosphere that the fan designer had been able to breathe into his work.
Many fans will be satisfied with the official version knowing that the set is on arrival rather pleasant to watch and that it will only cost them a hundred euros, but others will necessarily be sensitive to the impact of the different modifications made by the designer. As is often the case in the LEGO Ideas ecosystem, when the initial idea is really too accomplished, we take the risk of being ultimately a little disappointed by LEGO's vision. This is in my opinion the case here, LEGO having as expected and expected kept the original idea but having completely distorted the project by depriving it of its very special atmosphere.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at July 5, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Today we make the tour of the LEGO Star Wars set very quickly 75334 Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader, a box of 408 pieces which will be available at the public price of €49.99 from August 1, 2022 on the official online store and in LEGO Stores and for a little less at some retailers.
As you probably already know, this product is inspired by a scene from the third episode of the Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-series, the broadcast of which has just ended on the Disney + platform, it should in principle make it possible to reproduce the clash between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
On the bottom, it must be recognized that it is fitting with the reference scene. Tala Durith and NED-B are there when the battle ends: the droid saves Obi-Wan from the flames, but Tala Durith, hidden away, has already gotten rid of her uniform by this point in time. story.
In terms of form, this set easily enters the top products derived from the LEGO Star Wars range which frankly make fun of fans: the base to be built is incredibly sad despite the few integrated functions and the scene is sorely lacking in volume. This box brilliantly embodies in my eyes all the laziness of LEGO when it comes to doing fan service without forcing on the rest, with the implicit certainty of selling buckets of them just because the minifigs are emblematic enough, new or nicely executed so you don't have to worry about the creative side of the rest of the inventory. All that was needed, however, was a simple additional structure with a few pipes and other beams to give a bit of cachet to the proposed staging.
The decor of this mini-diorama is at the level of a very young fan who understood that you can simply stack bricks but that you also have to add a few small pieces to refine the work: it's cute on arrival , parents always see it as a work of some creativity because it's the fruit of their offspring, but it's not worthy of an official product sold for €50. There is also almost no context apart from a few flames vaguely embodied by the small orange bricks and the presence of Tala Durith in imperial dress is undoubtedly due to the impossibility of placing her in another set that does not exist. not.
The designer has tried to go to the end of the limitations of the specifications provided by his superiors by integrating two rotating platforms, a lever which makes it possible to store the "curtain" of flames and to take it out when the need arises. makes sense and a system that allows the yellow minecart to be ejected under the effect of the Force, but this abundance of functionality falls flat because the context is not there. LEGO even manages to impose a rubber band on us which remains clearly visible on the side of the base, at this stage, we cannot even speak of a lack of motivation.
The "endless possibilities of creative play" are therefore in my opinion not there despite what the manufacturer claims in the official description of the product and this even if LEGO goes there frankly in the nod to the scene concerned by providing us with two transparent pieces that allow Obi-Wan to be put in the bad aerial posture seen on the screen. One cannot speak of a pure show product either, the workmanship is simply not up to par. Small consolation, there are no stickers in this box.
If we forget the too flat base with a too coarse and simplistic finish for a product sold for 50 €, we therefore have a handful of minifigs which are rather successful and for some new. The star of the set, in my eyes, is the droid-carrier NED-B whose figurine is frankly successful for a secondary character. The pad printing is beautiful and the minifig is very convincing. Too bad the effort is a little spoiled by the rest of the product, NED-B deserved better.
Obi-Wan Kenobi would also be very correct if he didn't once have to deal with LEGO's inability to stamp light areas on dark-tinted parts. Don't be fooled by the heavily retouched official visuals, the character's neck doesn't actually match the color of the head. Same observation for the shirt under the tunic, it is disappointingly pale. the mullet cut provided by LEGO is not in the best taste, it will have to be done with it.
the Tala Durith figure is a bit on the economy with her neutral legs. It has at least the merit of allowing us to obtain an unpublished imperial officer's torso with the rank of Senior Lt. if we rely on certain nomenclatures or captain if we take into account the dialogues in the series. The head of the character is new, the cap has existed since 2017.
Darth Vader minifig reuses legs and torso already seen in multiple sets since the reference 75291 Death Star Final Duel marketed in 2020 and the helmet in two parts available since 2015. Too bad for the cape which could have been molded for the occasion, it will be necessary to be satisfied with the usual piece of fabric. The head is new, it is in the spirit of the one seen in several sets in 2017.
The possible presence of two Stormtroopers could have contributed to making the pill easier even if it would then have been even more obvious that the few pieces provided only serve as an alibi to justify the designation of construction toy. As it is, I won't spend €50 on this box and I'll wait wisely for Amazon to offer a more reasonable price that matches the content of the set. That's the whole problem: we won't end up buying this box, and LEGO will in the end deduce that this type of somewhat sloppy product still sells very well. Why make an effort when the fans always end up cracking up?
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at July 2, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
The manufacturer had attempted a happening during the online convention LEGO CON 2022 by revealing only three of the 12 characters of the next series of minifigs in collectible bags (71034 Collectible Minifigure Series 23) but he quickly sabotaged the operation by immediately uploading a visual that featured the entire cast. The product sheet has since been updated on the official store with a visual that presents the different characters in costumes that will form this 23rd series of minifigs.
The other interesting detail: this series of minifigs will be delivered in the usual bags which allow manipulation to guess the contents of the packaging and complete a series at a lower cost without having to buy blind. It is known that the eight characters of the fifth LEGO Super Mario series (71410 Character Series Pack #5) will be delivered in a cardboard packaging that will deprive fans of their usual "groping" session, so this will not be the case for this time concerning collectible minifigs.
We will talk again very soon about the upcoming transition to rigid packaging which will make it more difficult for anyone who has become accustomed to the shelves of their favorite toy store, it will take place and I have had the opportunity to learn about it a little more on the occasion of a conference organized by the manufacturer.
The June 2022 issue of the official LEGO Batman magazine is also currently available on newsstands and, as announced in the previous issue, it allows you to obtain a minifig of Robin without his cape but with his buildable "helipack" already delivered in 2020 in the set 76159 Joker's Trike Chase (54.99 €) then in 2021 with the June issue of the magazine.
In the pages of this magazine, we discover the product that will accompany the next issue scheduled for July 29: it is an unpublished Batcycle of 29 pieces which seems to me at first glance rather successful:
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