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RC Tracked Racer Challenge

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Over the last two weeks I’ve had a chance to do something that I don’t often get to do – I took a completed set and actually played with it. The RC Tracked Racer is my first Technic set and it just happens to be a set with power functions, meaning that there is lots to do with it once the build is finished.

To see how the Tracked Racer performed as an RC toy I put it through a series of challenges. Note that these tests were performed on a closed circuit at busy office building and nearby park by a professional stunt driver a LEGO fan. In all seriousness though, some of these tests might damage your set, so I don’t particularly recommend them.

Watch the video and then read on below for more details

Review: 42065 RC Tracked Racer

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Technic theme. While the theme has existed longer than I have, this is my first ever Technic set. I went from being a LEGO fan into my dark ages without ever making the transition to the more advanced theme.

With that confession out of the way, here is my review of 42065 RC Tracked Racer.

I was initially interested in this set for one simple reason – the finished model looked like a heap of fun. Far too often I build a set and then stick it on a shelf or (more often these days) put it away in a cupboard until I can find room. The RC Tracked Racer on the other hand was something that had the potential for on-going enjoyment.

The LEGO Batman Movie Review


The LEGO Batman Movie in cinemas March 30th.

After a delay that felt a lot longer than it was, The LEGO Batman Movie hits Australian cinemas this week. I got to attend the Brisbane premier over the weekend in order to provide you all with a review. Is the movie worth the wait? Read on to find out.

This review talks about some of the basic plot, but doesn’t contain any specific spoilers.

For a lot of people, LEGO Batman was one of the stand-outs of The LEGO Movie so he was naturally a great subject for a standalone adventure. That is actually a fairly accurate assessment – this movie feels very much like it was designed to stand up without any knowledge of the The LEGO Movie. There are a few references that people will spot, but there is no outright linking between the two. There’s no mention of the heroes from the last film for example. I would have loved a cameo or two just to tie the two films together a little more.

Book Review: The LEGO Animation Book

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Stop motion animation using LEGO bricks is a fantastic way to tell stories, and some of the top YouTube channels have massive followings.

It’s no surprise then that there is a lot of interest in learning how to get started with the medium. The LEGO Animation Book aims to be your complete guide to being a LEGO stop-motion animator.

A lot of the previous LEGO books that I have reviewed have been fairly light, easy reading. They’ve either been fun things aimed at kids or informational books with more pictures than text. The LEGO Animation book does start off light but does get very technical.

The book has a great progression from the basics of staging a shoot to some very advanced topics. You can see the trailer for the film referenced throughout the book at the end of the article.

October Minifigpak Unboxing & Review

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The monthly subscription service Minifigpak has been up and running for a while now. Each month bringing people three mysterious minifigures. With the October pack in the hands of most people I have done a quick unboxing and review.

Warning: If you haven’t got your October Minifipak yet this post will contain spoilers.

Read on below for my review, and more details about the Minifigpak product.

MinifigPak Unboxing And Review

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Some of you may have seen that the team behind the subscription LEGO box BrickPak have just launched a new product – the MinifigPak. Subscribers to the new product will get monthly delivery of three mystery minifigures for $17.95 per month.

You can sign up for your own pack at

I just received one of the first packs couldn’t wait to get stuck in to it. Check out my unboxing video and thoughts on the pack below.

If you are getting your own pack and don’t want to be spoiled – here’s your chance to turn away now.

Review: LEGO Star Wars Adventure Pack

RRP $24.99
Available from most book stores.

The LEGO Star Wars Adventure Pack is a little different to some of the other books I’ve had the chance to review. As the name suggests this is a pack rather than a single book.

There are four elements to the product – LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary: Rebels and Imperials, Darth Vader’s Empire Sticker Book, Yoda’s Jedi Army Sticker Book, and 30272 A-Wing Star Fighter.

With my excitement levels for The Force Awakens at an all time high after the latest trailer I can’t wait to get stuck into something Star Wars related.

Star Wars Adventure Pack Contents

Book Review: I Love That Minifigure

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RRP $29.99
Available from most retailers

Be sure to check out the review of the exclusive Zombie Skateboarder minifigure at the end of the book review.

I don’t think LEGO would be as popular as it is today without the cute characters known as minifigures. The little people increase the play value of sets and help turn bricks into worlds from comic books, TV shows and movies. To celebrate the wonder that is LEGO minifigures DK have produced I Love That Minifigure, a book that celebrates all things minifigure.

The Book

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The book has 11 chapters, each with a different group of characters. The chapters range from Everyday Heroes to All-Time Icons. Other chapters include You’re History, Out of This World, You’re My Hero, Spooky and Scary, The World’s A Stage, One of A Kind, Wild at Heart, Rotten Rouges, and We Have The Power.

Book Review: Just Brick It

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RRP $29.99.
Available at most bookstores.

Unlike a lot of the books that I have been lucky enough to review, this one is targeted at the adult LEGO fan community. While I don’t mind the occasional trip to Heartlake City or the world of Ninjago, I was looking forward to something written for somebody like me.

The Just Brick It book doesn’t muck around with who it’s marketed towards – the introduction features the term AFOL with no explanation of what that term means. It assumes that you know what it means because you are an AFOL.

The book comprises of 20 different LEGO projects that you can recreate and the contents details where to find each. This isn’t a book you have to read from cover to cover, you can easily start with a build that catches your interest.

The layout of the book is quite easy to follow. The parts list is presented at the start of each model. This book is not an officially licensed product so unfortunately the parts list lacks detail like element IDs, which would make ordering parts online a lot easier. Having more detail on the parts would also help with colours – there are different shades of grey coloured bricks for example.

Book Review: Great LEGO Sets – A Visual History

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RRP $49.99
Available from most retailers
Currently $33 at Target

LEGO is undoubtedly one of the most popular global brands and that success comes from decades of creating amazing products (and of course some not so great ones). Great LEGO Sets attempts to distill the best of the best from LEGO’s history into a single book.

This isn’t a book for young LEGO fans, this is a detailed study of the history of LEGO. I’d like to think that if there was a university course in LEGO this would be high on the required reading list.

The book opens with a beautifully written foreword that makes a very strong case for why LEGO is such an amazing product.

The intention behind the LEGO System of Play was to “create a toy that prepares the child for life, appeals to the imagination, and develops the creative urge and joy of creation that are the driving forces in every human being.”

The foreword also give adult LEGO fans a call to action – go and get that LEGO sitting in your parents house collecting dust. I’d try this myself but I’ve been told by my mum that those bricks are reserved for grandchildren.

The content of the book is broken down by decade. This structure works perfectly as it allows LEGO fans of any vintage to quickly flick to the decade of their childhood.

The book opens with a year by year timeline of the LEGO company. While the main parts of the book focus on great sets, this timeline is more broad but also less exclusive. Themes that are well regarded as flops still get a mention in the timeline.
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After the timeline is one of my favourite parts of this book. The section is called “How a LEGO set is made” and it’s a really interesting insight into the design process. It’s packed with great quotes and information that people may not know.