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Review: 76095 Aquaman: Black Manta Strike

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The latest entry to the DC Cinematic universe – Aquaman – was released in cinemas on Boxing Day, a few months after the release of this tie-in set.

I requested this set for review before I’d had a chance to see the movie so I had no idea how well it related to the content before I got it. I am always interested in how well a movie related set relates to what we see in the movie. Sometimes it works out better than others.

I got a chance to see the movie while I was on holidays and I really enjoyed it, let’s see if I enjoy the set as much…

Review & Giveaway: 40341 Xtra Sea Accessories

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A new theme that went a little under the radar last year was Xtra. These small sets included a wide variety of accessories to add to your builds. The theme returns in 2019 with 40341 Sea Accessories a small polybag style set with 24 elements to add to your nautical play.

There isn’t a lot to this set so this is going to be a quick review but be sure to read to the end for details on how to win a copy of this set.

Animals

The set features three different animals. First up is the classic LEGO shark. You can’t have something LEGO themed with water and not have a shark.

Next up is a wonderful two-tone parrot, to add a little pirate style to any minifigure.

The final animal is a small fish.

Water Activities

The set features a few accessories to help your minifigures with their aquatic activities. There is a standard surfboard as well as some flippers – both in lime green.

You also get a spear for spear fishing and a single paddle, I guess to use with the board for stand up paddle boarding.

Treasure Hunting

The set features a great mix of treasures of the deep and the tools to find them. The treasure consists of a chest, three diamonds and a clam with a gold star in it (I’m not sure why either). As for the tools there is a printed treasure map tile and a pair of binoculars

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Finally the set also includes an orange brick built buoy and a barrel. The buoy feels a bit like filler but the barrel is useful.

Verdict

This is a fun little bunch of accessories. If you are building a MOC that has anything to do with the sea there should be some useful parts. If you have a younger builder then this pack can add some additional story telling options for their imaginative play.

At just $6.99 this is a great little extra to add to your LEGO Online orders. This set will be available from LEGO Online from January 10th.

This set was provided to me by the LEGO AFOL Engagement team for the purposes of review. Opinions expressed are my own.

Review: 21311 Voltron

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I never saw the original Voltron TV show. It came out before I was born and it’s one of those pop-culture properties that while I was aware of it, I had never experienced it. When this LEGO Ideas Voltron set was announced I was clearly less excited than some hardcore fans. It was clear though that this was a particularly impressive model.

I’ve since binge watched the entire Netflix series (it’s great) and got a much better understanding of the Voltron concept.

Voltron has defeated some powerful enemies but can it overcome the toughest challenge yet – convincing you to part with your hard earned money?

Review: 10263 Winter Village Fire Station

The Winter Village sub-theme is a popular range of Creator Expert sets, with a new addition released each year. This year it’s the Winter Village Fire Station.

This is my first entry into the Winter Village, can this wintery setting win over a Queenslander who has never seen snow? Read on to find out.

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Build Experience

Christmas is a special time of the year for a lot of families – people take time of work and kids are home from school. It’s the perfect time for everybody to come together and build some LEGO. That is the approach that LEGO have taken with this set, with the build very deliberately split up across two books.

The first book covers the supplementary builds – the bench, Christmas tree, fountain and fire engine. It would be easy to pass the book around so that multiple kids could each build a standalone part.

Play Test: 10874 Steam Train

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Duplo doesn’t get a lot of coverage here on Bricking Around but I recently got my son a Duplo set I have had my eye on for a little while and I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

For this review I am just using the official set photos – mainly because I didn’t want to steal my sons set so I can take my own photos of it.

The Duplo Steam Train is a remarkably simple design. The part that does all the work is a single element that combines a LED light, speaker, colour sensor, train motor and batteries into a single and very robust unit. The battery compartment is nicely secured with screws so you don’t have to worry about things getting swallowed if your child is into that sort of thing. There’s also no wires or loose components to get broken off.

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A large single moulded element goes on top to form the body of the train. It is topped off with an opening roof so that the driver – or in my son’s case maybe a Duplo cat – can be placed inside. The second carriage follows a similar design with a solid base, large single piece body and opening roof.

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There are also three sub-builds. The first is a fairly simple tree comprised of 6 elements. I like the use of sloped bricks to give the tree some shape.

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The second of the sub-builds is a tipping bucket loaded up with some coal for the steam train.

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The third of the builds is a small train station. The clock face on the roof is a nice decorative element and I think the station looks good with the window and seat. The station gives kids a place for the train to stop and pick up passengers, adding an extra element of make-believe.

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To help add some personality to the set you get a female Duplo child and an adult Duplo train driver. There is also a grey squirrel that can be placed in the tree.

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The included 16 pieces of track form a fairly decently sized oval.

Getting It Going

There are two main ways to control the train. The first is the most simple – a gentle push and the train will start going. This works in either forward or backwards directions. It’s simple but effective.

Review: 70657 Ninjago City Docks

The LEGO Ninjago Movie may not have been a phenomenal success but I am incredibly glad that it got made – because it has lead to some truly outstanding LEGO sets.

In my opinion one of the best sets of last year was Ninjago City. It was a set packed with details and a sense of epicness (thanks mostly to it’s towering height). When LEGO announced that there was a companion set – Ninjago City Docks – on the way I knew that I had to review it.

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The Build

The build is broken down in to 19 sections, with each having one or two corresponding numbered bags. No single section is overly taxing with the build spread out fairly evenly over the 19.

The build starts off in a similar way to Ninjago City, with a series of plates laid out on the two baseplates. If you haven’t built Ninjago City this may seem a little odd but the use of different colours is a very clever way of adding a sense of depth underneath the water.

It’s not until section 3 and 4 that you really get all of the “water” (i.e clear tiles) in place. There are a lot of tiles to place but it’s broke up enough that it doesn’t become a chore.

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Review: 41597 Go Brick Me

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The BrickHeadz theme is polarising, and I will be completely honest and say that I am not a fan of all of them. I do like the concept and think some of them are awesome.

When Go Brick Me was announced I was really excited by the concept. A collection of parts that allows you to build a BrickHeadz version of yourself. It’s like those video games where you can customise your character, but LEGO.

Review: Incredibles 2 Juniors Mega Review

This year is a big one for a certain Disney owned superhero franchise. No I’m not talking about the MCU and Infinity War, I’m talking about The Incredibles 2 – one of the most highly anticipated Pixar sequels.

The film itself won’t be out until June 14th but the film’s tie-in LEGO sets are out now. Thanks to LEGO I will be taking a look at all 3 sets.

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Seeing as these are Juniors sets I am going to review all three sets in this mega review. Each set will have a separate heading so you can scroll down to one of you aren’t interested in all of them.

As these are Juniors sets I won’t be going in to as much depth as my larger set reviews but I’ll still cover the important stuff for each set.

It’s going to be a little hard to compare the sets to the film with it not out for over a month, so some guess work might be needed.

Lighting Up The Downtown Diner

I have always been interested in the idea of adding lighting to a LEGO build but it’s one of those things that I have never got around to because I didn’t really know how to go about it. It’s no surprise then that I immediately jumped at an offer from Light My Bricks to check out their kit for the Downtown Diner.

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The Light My Bricks kits will give you all of the components that you need as well as detailed instructions on how to install them.

The Components

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Review: 10260 Downtown Diner

Since 2007 LEGO fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of each new modular building. Last year we got the Assembly Square set – a celebration of 10 years of the range. This year we get what in a way feels like a new chapter with 10260 Downtown Diner.

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When leaked images first surfaced of the set some people proclaimed it to be a fake because of not only how different it looked but the inclusion of detailed minifigure faces.

There’s a lot to discuss with this set, so let’s get stuck in to it.