Build Report: Mini London Bus

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.

Mini London Bus

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Build Report: Parisian Restaurant

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.

PR base

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Build Report: 2017 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Ghost FalconI honestly can’t remember the last time I had an advent calendar as a kid. I have vague memories of the ones with cheap chocolate in middle school, which is when my littlest sister was a toddler.

Now that I’m an adult, for various definitions of the word, it was time to start the tradition anew!

2017 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (75184)

I’m not going to talk about each day’s present. There are plenty of more hardcore Lego blogs out there for that. Instead, here’s a quick summary with pics, in no particular order.  Continue reading

Build Report: Cargo Railway & Octan Twin Tank Rail Tanker

My husband and I have been married for five years, and living together for almost nine. And every time we think we’ve gotten all of our random belongings from our respective mothers’ houses, something else gets dredged up from a dark basement corner. This past summer, it was a ratty box of various LEGO pieces. Thus began my quest to resurrect a train set from 1996.

Cargo Railway (4559-1) & Octan Twin Tank Rail Tanker (4537-1)

I’ll spare you the picture of the original box. It was GROSS. The first step was letting the entire set soak overnight and then laying it out to dry, back in August.

This got me familiar enough with the pieces as a whole to use the wonders of the Internet to hunt down the instruction manuals for both sets, which I was able to download as PDF files.  Continue reading

Build Report: Women of NASA

Lego dragon selfieI recently took a trip to Orlando, Florida, to attend a series of workshops for the day job. This was not exactly a hardship, because the conference was located at one of the Disney World Resorts. This meant that the first night I was in town, I hopped on the shuttle to Disney Springs to make a pilgrimage to the local (and enormous) LEGO store.

I had no idea what I was going to buy there, just that I was going to acquire something. I was limited by what I could carry home in my suitcase, of course, so when I saw a stack of the newly released Women of NASA set, my decision was basically made for me! Even more special was that the sales person who rang up my purchase mentioned that this was her retirement gig, and that she’d worked for NASA at Cape Canaveral for almost 30 years.

After getting home late Saturday night, I put together this adorable set on Sunday afternoon while watching some Netflix. Yes, I should have been writing instead.

Women of NASA (21312): 231 pieces

My favorite part is definitely the adorable miniature space shuttle, complete with external tank and solid rocket boosters.

I also love the cosmos picture behind Dr. Roman, which was part of the piece and not a sticker (same with the chalkboard and satellite solar panels). Overall, I’ve been really impressed with the quality of each LEGO Ideas set I’ve built so far.

Women of NASA lego set

Build Report: Iconic VIP Set

I freaked out to my husband the other day that a LEGO set I wanted might disappear soon, according to the ominous wording in the latest catalog. (Yes, I get the LEGO catalog and pour through it religiously.) Because he is the best husband, his response was, “So order it already.”

That particular LEGO set goes into the build pile as a future writing/editing reward, but what I did get to build tonight is the cute freebie that came with it!

Iconic VIP Set (40178): 205 pieces

VIP store

Not terribly complicated, but definitely adorable. There’s supposed to be a red post on the empty floor pegs up front, but it photographed better without it.