Category Archives: Reviews

Review: 75030 Millennium Falcon™

  • RRP $15.99
  • 94 Parts ($0.17 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure

75030 Box

I am going to start this review with a confession – I am an AFOL that does not buy Star Wars LEGO. From what I have seen it appears that this is actually quite rare. When I got back in to LEGO I was tempted because I do like Star Wars. There were a few reason why I decided not to buy into the theme; Star Wars sets are generally more expensive per part than other themes and the Star Wars range covers 6 different films, so I knew I’d never have a complete collection.

Hopefully you’ll have a better sense of where I am coming from with this review. I am a Star Wars fan, but not exactly the biggest Star Wars LEGO fan.

First Impressions

As part of the Microfighters range 75030 is certainly one of the smallest versions of the Millennium Falcon that has been produced by LEGO. This Star Wars sub-theme replaced the Planet Series as LEGO’s low-cost Star Wars range. The Microfighters sets are essentially the novelty go-kart version of classic Star Wars vehicles.

When I first received the box I couldn’t help but think that the set was cute. There is something adorable and funny about seeing tough guy Han Solo sitting in a tiny Millennium Falcon.

The Build

This is a small set, so there aren’t really any surprises when cracking open the box. Parts are divided between two bags, with one bag containing all of the smaller pieces.

Review_75030_01

The build starts off with the assembly of the Han Solo minifigure. As somebody who doesn’t have a Star Wars LEGO collection I was impressed with the minifigure, but I’m not sure how we compares to previous versions. I always appreciate the added detail of leg printing, which is present on this minifigure. Han also comes with a blaster, which is handy for those times when you have to shoot first.

Review_75030_02

Once you have put Han together you start on the Falcon, and I was surprised by how quickly it becomes a recognisable shape. Within just a few steps you are looking at something that is clearly going to become the Millennium Falcon.

Review_75030_03

LEGO have done a great job of capturing the lines and curves at such a small scale.

Review_75030_06

There are also slide shoes added to the bottom of the set, which helps it glide around. This inclusion is obviously more for the younger fans, or as LEGO calls them “the target market”.

Review_75030_07

I appreciate the inclusion of a printed brick to capture the cockpit. It may sound strange but without that little extra bit of detailing I think the set would lose some of it’s overall resemblence.

Speaking of the overall look – I am not a big fan of the two flick-fire missles added to the top of the set.

Review_75030_08

The Final Verdict

I was really impressed with this set. The final product is quite a solid little build, something that would handle being played with well. The only complaint that I do have is very minor (the flick-fire missiles) and does not really have that much impact.

I also feel that the RRP is just a little to high for this set. Yes it does have 94 pieces, but all of those pieces are on the small side. It’s definitely a set that I wait to get on sale. At 20% I think this would be better value for money.

Review_75030_11

So should you buy this set? This is a small, quick and simple build but the final product has a lot of charm to it. I think whether you buy this set really comes down to what you think of the style. If the pictures of this set have you interested then I do recommended it. If you have a huge Star Wars collection and find this set to be a bit unimpressive then I don’t think there is anything here that would change your mind.

Check out the full build gallery below

The LEGO Movie Review

Background

In cinemas April 3

Rated PG

5 Stars

 

This review is contains minor plot details, but won’t give anything away.

When The LEGO Movie was first announced I was one of a huge number of people who weren’t sure how it could possibly work. LEGO is one off the most recognised brands in the world, but it is also a broad subject to try and capture on film. The team behind this movie have nailed the brief. A LEGO Movie could have easily turned out to be a shameless 2 hour toy ad with little substance, but the end result is not just a great film but it also perfectly captures the essence of the brand.

The movie tells the tale of Emmet, an unremarkable construction minifigure who lives his life following a detailed set of instructions. His life changes forever when he discovers the key to stopping an evil plan to destroy the world.

The action in the film is fast paced and at times frantic. You will settle in to a new location only for the bad guys to show up and keep the characters moving forward. There is no filler here. My only complaint would be that some locations are only given a passing glance.

LEGO Batman
The cast of characters are all perfectly executed. Vitruvius is the textbook example of the wise old mentor character, but there are lots of knowing winks to the older viewers. They know that he is a stereotype and they play with that. There will be a lot of debate about Wyldstyle, but I felt that she is given enough depth to her character beyond the generic ‘tough chick’ shown in the trailers. LEGO Batman is a hilarious take on a character that could have just been stale. We have seen Batman on the screen plenty of times before, but LEGO Batman is something new and he steals the show in quite a few scenes. Looking back there are no characters that don’t serve a purpose. The standouts for me are Metalbeard, Uni-kitty and Benny the Spaceman. Between the three of them there lots of laughs.

The jokes are constant with this movie, but there are none that I felt miss the mark. The humour here is clever and not forced like in other kids movies. Jokes are made in a split second of action and if you miss them they are gone. Things never slow down for the sake of a joke. One element of the humour that I found refreshing was that there weren’t lots of jokes deliberately aimed at parents or older viewers. The majority of the jokes work well for all ages, and that is going to make family viewings a lot more enjoyable.

Wyldstyle

For all of its humour this film also has an incredible amount of heart. It’s possible that the way you see LEGO is going to be changed after you leave the theatre. There is a message here but it is never preached or shouted at you. From the trailers and marketing you might think that the movie has a simple message that following the instructions is bad but that isn’t what this movie is saying, it’s more complex than that and really goes to the heart of what LEGO is all about. This movie is a lot smarter than I expected it to be.

There are lots of movie critics who are going to view this movie just as a movie, but as an adult fan of LEGO I went in with my own set of hopes and expectations. I wanted to see how well would this film capture the subject that I am passionate about. Everything that is presented on screen is authentically LEGO; I was in awe from the opening moments of the film. The animation team have created a visually stunning world that always looks like it is made with real bricks. Scenes are clearly inspired by stop motion animation, just without physical limitations (like access to millions of bricks). I feel like the animation team were given a strict set of design rules to follow. Unlike the LEGO videogames these characters don’t bend and flex except where their real world counterparts could. Seeing Emmet doing jumping jacks I was struck with “this is a minifigure”.

Emmet

There are lots of LEGO references in here too. There is a scene early on in the film where Emmet is working his construction job and hearing the construction crew call out for parts, using terms that every AFOL will be familiar with, was great. The general audience isn’t going to get all of those references, so I appreciate their inclusion all the more. They are like a hidden message for true fans.

If you are a child, then this movie is easily going to be the best fun you will have during the school holidays. Parents, this isn’t just a 2 hour distraction for your kids, this film has heart and genuine laughs for you too. As for AFOLs, well you also get to see the bricks that we love brought to life; almost every frame looks like a MOC that you’d love to be able to build. I can’t wait for the blu-ray release so I can pause the action and soak up the way the (digitally rendered) parts are put together.

The LEGO Movie has already earned a spot on my list of favourite movies.

Belkin LEGO® Builder Case Review

Belkin LEGO iPhone Case

Since the iPhone first gained popularity there have been a huge variety of unofficial LEGO iPhone cases available, but now Belkin has partnered with LEGO to produce an officially licensed LEGO iPhone case. Does being an offically licensed product mean it meets the same high standard that LEGO bricks aspire too?

I have been an iPhone user for a few years, starting with the 4S and then moving to the iPhone 5 shortly after it was released. I am also somebody that has never had a case on my phone. I just use a simple pouch to protect my phone from scratches when it’s in my pocket. I had never found a case that offered me something to justify adding the extra weight and bulk to my phone. That was before Belkin announced the builder case.

Review: 10230 Mini Modulars

LEGO 10230

Price: $79 (Myer Toy Sale)
Parts: 1356

Price/Part Ratio: $0.05/Pc

One of the surprise treats at the Myer Toy Sale (on until 28th July) was 10230 Mini Modulars set. Originally designed as gifts from the LEGO design team, these microscale versions of the iconic modular building sets were released as a single set available exclusively to VIP customers. This year is the first time the set has been released at an Australian retailer. The set covers the first five modulars: Cafe Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium.