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Review: 21313 Ship In A Bottle

LEGO fan Jake Sadovich had what many would consider a crazy idea – building a ship in a bottle out of LEGO. Not just the ship, but the bottle too.

Well that crazy idea eventually landed on the LEGO Ideas website and very quickly gained the 10,000 votes needed to become an official LEGO set.

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After extensive and polarising redesigns from the LEGO set designers the final set is now available to purchase.

Does the set capture the magic of a ship in a bottle? Have the design choices ruined the original idea? Read on to find out what I think of 21313 Ship In a Bottle.

Be sure to read to the end of the article for the extensive image gallery.

Review: 60171 Mountain Fugitives

Small City sets are often overlooked for their larger more interesting counterparts. These cheap sets get relegated to stocking stuffers or treats for kids.

Today I am going to be checking out 60171 Mountain Fugitives to answer the question of whether or not this set is a worthy addition to your LEGO purchases.

The Build

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This section of my review is probably going to be fairly short and simple because there isn’t a lot of building to this set. In fact there are just 88 pieces, split between three builds.

The first build is the small log. The use of SNOT techniques allows for the log to feature two spots to place minifigures, while the end is nicely capped off with a printed tile.

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Next up is the blue ATV. This is a fairly simple build for anybody that has ever built a LEGO vehicle. The addition of the chain at the rear is something a bit different.

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The final of the three builds is the tree with a hidden nook for hiding loot. It’s certainly not the most impressive tree build LEGO have ever produced. I do like the way the foliage covering the hole was done.

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Overall the building experience is not particularly amazing but with 88 pieces I’m not shocked by that.

The End Result

The build experience is very basic but the end result looks great.

The overall shape of the log is a little odd with the use of bricks as well as the 2×2 rounds but I don’t think there was any way to integrate studs for the minifigures to sit on without adding some squareness to the overall shape. It’s not a deal breaker and having the option of a minifigure sitting on the log is worth the strange shape.

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The 2×2 tile with log pattern printing is a fantastic decorative piece and I can see it being well used by moc builders.

The blue colour scheme for the ATV is appropriate for a police vehicle while the front bullbar adds a sense of ruggedness to the look. My only criticism of the ATV part of the set is the light on the back. The blue light on a pole looks a bit odd and I don’t think it’s really necessary. I think having lights on the 1×4 plate with 2 studs would have worked fine.

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The chain on the rear of the ATV can be attached to the log and used as a play function.

Lastly we have the tree, which incorporates the main play part of the set. The criminals have dug out a hole in the bottom of the tree to stash the gold bars and covered it with some foliage.

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While the tree itself isn’t that impressive the bottom section redeems it. Some nice detailing with the use of grey elements to represent rocks and the movable foliage.

The standout feature to me though is the new beehive element that is attached to the top of the tree. This new element fits over a minifigure head (LEGO officially calls the part a hat) and creates some hilarious story opportunities. The idea of a bumbling criminal with a beehive on his head is wonderful. You’ll have to take the minifigure’s hair piece off before adding the beehive but that’s not really an issue.

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The Characters

There are four minifigures included in this set and I’m really pleased that there is a 50/50 gender split. Here’s the lineup…

Female Officer

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Our first minifigure is the female police officer. I love her facial expression which makes me think she’s more than willing to play the bad cop role in interrogations. That subtle smirk adds a heap of personality.

The female officer features a combination hat and hair element featuring a nice ponytail. It’s a great piece and I think it would also work outside of a police setting.

Her torso features a vest over the dark blue base and printing of pockets, her badge and a radio. The rear continues the vest printing.

While the torso printing is great the leg printing is quite basic with just two small pockets.

Female Criminal

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The female criminal minifigure features another great face print. There are a lot of similarities between this minifigure and the female officer, but this print is a bit more aggressive looking.

Adding to the narrative of the set is the torso printing which features a red open shirt over a classic style striped prison outfit. Obviously this minifigure isn’t just a criminal, she’s an escapee.

The female criminal also comes with a backpack to store the gold bars for her potential getaway.

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Male Criminal

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While the female criminal has had a chance to grab a shirt to disguise herself a little this character is still just wearing his standard prison outfit. The design is limited to the torso with both the arms and legs being plain. The stripe pattern does continue on the rear of the torso.

Another great face print here. I love the addition of the gold tooth.

This minifigure also features an alternative face print – this version is clearly post-beehive incident. I’m a sucker for anything that has personality and this print is outstanding.

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ATV Officer

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The second of our police officer minifigures is the ATV driver. This male police officer features a very common face print and the same pants as the female officer.

The male minifigure’s torso is similar to the female one – with the radio and badge – the difference being that this minifigure doesn’t have on a vest.

There is a helmet for the male officer to wear but no alternative hair piece. I like to just assume that he’s a bald officer.

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Value For Money

You can get this set for $10 from Kmart without any sale. For $10 you get – 4 great minifigures, a nice ATV, a small tree, some gold bar elements, a new beehive element and the great printed 2×2 log print tile.

I regularly spend over $10 on lunch. This set is great value at that price.

If you have any interest in this years mountain police city sub-theme then grab this set next time you are out. It’s fantastic value and has some hilarious play and storytelling value.

Review: 41333 Olivia’s Mission Vehicle

The Friends theme is getting a reboot in 2018. Not only are the characters redesigned but the theme has a new feel to it. Everything seems to be a bit more colourful and cartoonish than before.

The most radically different of the Friends characters is the 2018 version of Olivia, so I was keen to grab a set with her in it to review.

Here is my look at 41333 Olivia’s Mission Vehicle

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Review: 75200 Ahch-To Island Training

At this point in time I think it’s fair to say that fan response to The Last Jedi has been mixed. Do the criticisms that people have of the film also affect the tie-in LEGO sets? Today I will be looking at 75200 Ahch-To Island Training, one of the smaller sets from the film.

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I know that the film has been out for a while but I will still not be posting any spoilers for those of you who haven’t had a chance to see it yet. I will be mentioning the end of The Force Awakens from here on.

If you have seen the end of The Force Awakens or any of the trailers for The Last Jedi you know that Ahch-To is the current island home of Luke Skywalker and where Rey travels to find him.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 24 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Here they are – our final advent windows. Let’s check out what is in each and then at the end I’ll add a gallery of all 24 builds for the three calendars as well as my overall thoughts.

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 23 – City, Friends & Star Wars

The penultimate builds today. Will they be great? There’s only one way to find out.

Don’t forget to check in tomorrow for the final builds and my thoughts on the calendars overall.

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 22 – City, Friends & Star Wars

We are in to our final three builds. Let’s see what we get today.

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 21 – City, Friends & Star Wars

I had a crazy busy day today but I’m just getting in before midnight Brisbane time. Let’s check out today’s builds.

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 20 – City, Friends & Star Wars

We are officially in to our last 5 builds. Will they be the top 5? Are they building to a triumphant finish? Let’s find out

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 19 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Yesterday we had some mixed results including a Friends build that I had to get you to explain to me. Hopefully today’s builds will be a little more obvious.

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