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31115 Space Mining Mech – The most controversial set of 2021?

LEGO has dabbled with mining themes and sub-themes before, but in almost all of those past sets there was one thing missing – the native inhabitants who are having their lands ripped apart. The Creator 3-in-1 Space Mining Mech fixes that omission.

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The set depicts a future where humanity is using mechs to rob alien worlds of their mineral wealth.

Should you buy it? 80106 Story of Nian

The Chinese New Year subtheme has surprised us with some truly incredible sets over the last few years. Is the Story of Nian another hit, or is it the week link in the line-up? I guess what I am trying to say is – Should you buy it?

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Nice wall, but I wouldn’t call it great

A large part of this set is the wall that forms the backdrop of the scene.

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Walls aren’t always super exciting – either to build or look at – but this wall isn’t too bad as it does have some interesting details rather than just bricks stacked on top of each other. The doors in particular are a real highlight.

The Amelia Earhart Tribute should have been a general release

The Amelia Earhart set has come and seemingly gone, which is a shame. I think this set deserved to sit on shelves on its own rather than just left relegated to GWP status.

Firstly let’s talk about the build itself. LEGO is no stranger to planes and I found this one to be a really great build even with limited parts.

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It’s not going to blow your mind but there is a bit of snot work and the way the floats are done is interesting.

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Review: Periodic Table of LEGO Colors

If you are an AFOL there’s a decent chance you have seen the original Periodic table of LEGO colours product. It was kind of all over the internet last year and I know a lot of people grabbed one. The people behind the product – We Love What You Build – have now released a new version.

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The WLWYB team was kind enough to send me a copy of the 2021 product and over an exclusive deal for Bricking Around readers that you can find at the end of this article.

The concept of the periodic table of LEGO colours is simple: a chart with all of the LEGO colours. The key to a simple idea is the execution. So have they nailed it? Yeah they have.

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Spring Lanterns & The Ox’s butthole

80107 Spring Lantern Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture in a set that is beautiful and a great build. It also features a light brick placed inside an Ox statue in such a way that the button becomes the Ox’s butthole.

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Now, I’ll get in to the rest of the set (spoilers – it’s great) but I really want to start with the butthole. Mostly because I’m immature.

Let’s take a minute and think about the internal approval processes the designer of this set – Justin Ramsden – probably had to go through. At each stage I wonder, did they miss the butthole? Were they all in on it?
Look at this!

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Lately I have been trying to frame my reviews around the question “should you buy it?” and the answer here is yes. You should buy it. Why? Because the butthole light brick is genius. Genius deserves to be rewarded.

Alright, I’m guessing you probably also want to know about the rest of the set?

Trying on a LEGO Ninjago x Hype t-shirt

Back in November 2020 LEGO sent me an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a range of LEGO clothing for adults. It sounded like an interesting new range and I excitedly agreed. I was not expecting the LEGO Ninjago x Hype collaboration. A theme I don’t really follow combined with a UK streetwear brand clearly not well suited to overweight guys from Brisbane in their 30s. This is going to be something.

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Should you buy it? 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech

Ah Monkie Kid. When the theme was first announced I was pretty excited. I haven’t loved every original IP that LEGO has created in the last few years but I thought Monkie Kid was an interesting idea. A mix of a futuristic looking setting and an ancient Chinese fable. No augmented reality just cool looking sets. Then we heard the most feared words a LEGO consumer can hear – no general retail release. What looked like a promising new world was relegated to the discountless shelves of LEGO Stores and LEGO.com.

But in 2021 that is changing – Monkie Kid is coming to retail. So after a lengthy delay today I am looking at 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech and answering the question – should you buy it?

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40416 Ice Skating Rink Review – December’s GWP

I don’t want to alarm you but it’s actually December. What a year.

If, somehow, you still have some money left after all the recent sales then you may want to check out this latest GWP offer. You can get a free Ice Skating Rink set with any purchase over $209.

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LEGO was kind enough to send me this one ahead of time so here are my thoughts…

With international travel off the table this year the only chance we have for enjoying a white Christmas is to live vicariously through the lives of LEGO minifigures. It has been over 30 degrees here for days and I am pretty jealous of these two minifigures. You get a man and woman and I’m a romantic so I’m going to go ahead and assume that this is a scene from a cheesy Christmas rom-com.

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60266 Ocean Exploration Ship – Should you buy it?

There is a lot going on in LEGO City. There’s a lot of crime, way too much fire and some very odd characters (according to the LEGO City Adventures TV show). Quite often the LEGO City sub-themes that step away from that urban setting end up having the most interesting sets. That is no exception with 2020′s ocean exploration range.

Developed in partnership with National Geographic, the 2020 Ocean Exploration sub-theme contains a range of sets that celebrate the exploration of our oceans.

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Today, I am going to be checking out the flagship of the theme (pun intended) Ocean Exploration Ship 60266 and answering the question… Should you buy it?

10275 Elf Club House Review

LEGO is an organisation that from time to time lends their support to certain social issues. Finally in 2020 The LEGO Group is tackling an issue that far too many people overlook – the appalling treatment of Christmas Elves.

You may be thinking “But Michael, the Elf Club House is just a fun Christmas set!” Wrong. It is a wake-up call showing us all the horrors faced by Santa’s indentured servants.

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Let’s start with the simple fact that this set is meant to represent a “Club House” for the Elves. To me, a club house suggest something social, a place where you can unwind. Right? Why then is there so much emphasis on work related activities?