The first step to admitting you have a problem is to buy more LEGOs. That’s how it works, right? Regardless, I’m officially buying LEGO sets faster than I can build them, but the LEGO sets I buy are expensive enough that they keep coming with awesome freebies to tide me over until my next major goal is met. The current major goal is finishing revisions to book 5 and sending the first draft to my editor. In the meantime, I just completed a major freelance editing job, and this is the result.
Hans Christian Andersen (40291) — 307 pieces
As a writer and reader, this was the perfect set for me! Continue reading
There was no reason for me to buy this year’s special Star Wars Day LEGO set, but that didn’t stop me! While the awesome Y-Wing Starfighter set is waiting patiently in my “to be built” pile (dwarfed only by my “to be read” pile), I couldn’t resist putting together this cute freebie I got with it.
BB-8 (40288) — 48 pieces
Obviously, this was a short and sweet set that I was able to throw together in about 5 minutes. But it does answer the question of what BB-8 wears under his metal exterior!
The answer is apparently LEGOs.
Once finished, BB-8 survived a careful car ride to take his place of pride with his buddy R2-D2 in my office! They have teamed up with a Dalek to protect the TARDIS from the Weeping Angels.
An unexpected alliance
TARDIS and Weeping Angels miniatures hand-painted by Tower of the Archmage
Another writing accomplishment means another LEGO set to build! This time, I celebrated finishing the second draft of Steel Shadows, the fifth book in my Steel Empires series, by building the SHIELD Helicarrier after sending the draft off to my awesome beta readers.
If you’ve been following me online for a while, you know that I’m a total Marvel Cinematic Universe fangirl, so it was awesome to build the ridiculous ship made famous by 2012’s The Avengers.
The SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) — 2,996 pieces
This LEGO set is now retired, so many thanks to a friend of mine for helping me to acquire it before time ran out! Continue reading
To celebrate completing revisions on my fourth novel, Steel Time, and sending it off to my publisher for layout, I took a break before jumping into my next major project (revisions to book 5, Steel Shadows) by building the awesome set I received from my littlest sister last Christmas.
The Arrowhead (75186) — 775 pieces
As usual, these ships get built from the inside out. Doesn’t seem like much at first, but you need a solid base to add on all the cool bits. I do love the build colors in this build, rather than it being a mess of light and dark grays.
Since I built the Parisian Restaurant over the holidays, I couldn’t really justify putting together another massive LEGO set so soon, even though I wanted to do something to celebrate completing the first draft of my most recent novel. Luckily, my sister- and brother-in-law gave me this weird dude for my birthday. I was actually pretty excited about it, because there was no way I was going to buy one of these poseable figures, and this way I still got to experience putting one together.
First Order Stormtrooper (75114): 81 pieces
This was an incredibly quick build that I actually did in bed while my husband watched Dragon Ball Super and I held a cat on my lap. Most of the tiny LEGO bits are used to construct the two blasters, while the figure herself (because mine’s totally a bad-ass chick who was abducted as a young child and now emulates the escaped Stormtrooper known as Finn and is merely biding her time to make her own way out into the galaxy…but I digress) is made of movable joints that you attach the armor to.
It’s a little odd that the rear of the figure lacks as much armor. The better for Sabine to take her out, I suppose (at least until JL-1231 rips off her helmet and asks for Sabine’s help to escape, which Sabine absolutely does despite Kanaan’s misgivings, and I know I’ve made my timelines wonky, but I don’t care).
My littlest sister got mega points for giving me LEGO sets for Christmas, so I took time on my birthday a few days afterward to build this small set. My burgeoning LEGO cityscape needs adequate public transportation, after all.
Mini London Bus (40220) — 118 pieces
I love that clear bricks are used for the bus windows rather than the more traditional thin clear pieces I’m used to. It scales to my city “street” nicely, and I’ve already checked that the film advertised on the side is also advertised by movie poster in the Palace Cinema set currently in my build pile.
Over the holidays this year, I added to my growing LEGO metropolis (currently reigning supreme atop a bookshelf in my guest room) by constructing the Parisian Restaurant Creator set. I started on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and spent a few hours each day (after my writing was done!) until it was complete on the evening of December 28.
This was a really fun set with lots of intricate detail and cool surprises. Definitely makes me want to get back to Paris. Or at least break out the cheese and champagne here in my kitchen.
Parisian Restaurant (10243) — 2,469 peices
This set was divided into four main steps. With the first set of bags, I constructed the base of the set.