LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes From A Big Galaxy from DK – Review

I had the honor and the privilege of receiving an advance copy of the new LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes From A Big Galaxy book from DK Publishing.  Sadly, it came at a very busy time for me, and I am just now finding the time this book deserves for a review.

I have been a fan of the author, Vesa Lehtimaki (better known as Avanaut), for quite a while.  That’s why I was so thrilled to get this book in the mail.  I hadn’t heard anything about it!

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LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon update

This LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon build is going to be a looooooong project.  But that’s ok.  In Michigan, we’re getting ready for a loooooooong winter.

I estimate I’ve rummaged through 15% of my LEGO collection, and I’ve already amassed over 28% of the pieces for my very own interpretation of the LEGO 10179 UCS Falcon!  By Sunday, I hope to be at 50%.  A soon as I have enough parts from my stash, I’ll take a good hard look at the construction of the frame for this beast.  It uses a LOT of technic pieces, and those are wear I think I will be short.  That will lead to my first few LEGO orders from Bricklink, Pick-a-Brick (Pab), and Bricks & Pieces (Bnp).

Stay tuned for more!

10179 Millenium Falcon attempt

So in my attempt to build my own 10179 Millenium Falcom, I’m slowly but surely going through my vast collection of LEGO to gather as many pieces as possible for this beauty.  I’ve gone through maybe 10% of my collection so far, and have put together quite a few pieces so far.  I think this will be doable!

I do want to preface this all by saying I do NOT plan to build an exact replica of LEGO’s 10179 Millenium Falcon.  I plan to use the 10179 Millenium Falcon as a guide, and will make improvements along the way.  Two big things I want to tackle are the interior and the cockpit.

Also, because the Falcon is an old piece of junk in the movie, I will freely mix old and new grays.  I will also use dark gray in place of black, light gray in place of dark gray, etc.  As long as it looks accurate, and good enough to me, I will freely substitute colors.  I will also go with the cheapest options as well.  For example, there are a LOT of gray and black technic beams in the 10179 Millenium Falcon.  The majority of them are part of the superstructure, and will never be seen.  For these pieces, cheaper is better in my opinion.  Yellow will do just as well!

What do you think of LEGO’s 10179 Millenium Falcon?  Do you have one?  Ever considered building one yourself?

What’s up with All About the Bricks?

You may be asking yourself, “What’s up with All About the Bricks?” With my lack of usual post activity, this is a fair question!

Well, here’s what I’ve been up to. Nothing too exciting, sadly, though there are several LEGO related items…

  • I’ve had a huge spike in Bricklink sales.  This is good.  It will help finance some upcoming LEGO projects.  I can only assume this is pre-holiday shopping.  This all takes a lot of time to find the items, pack the items, and ship the items.
  • I’ve bought a few sets that I built as display pieces including the LEGO Birds set, The Big Bang Theory set, and the UCS Slave 1.  I plan on lighting this one up, and plan to learn LED lighting in the process.
  • I have decided to Bricklink the holy grail of LEGO for me; the 10179 UCS Millenium Falcon.  This is going to be a long, slow process.  I’ve gone through about 10% of my collection so far amassing pieces.  I want to Bricklink as little as possible.

So that’s it for me.  What have YOU been up to?  And if you can offer any advice on LED lighting, please share!

75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters

Wow.  So LEGO made it official today.  We will be getting the 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters in January.  As nice as it is, it comes with a hefty price tag… $350 for 4000+ pieces.

75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters

75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters

With a whopping 4,634 pieces, the iconic two-story firehouse set features a laboratory, living quarters, a containment unit and nine minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost, and also includes Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost — all of which you can slide down the fire pole.
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LEGO UCS Millenium Falcon

I’ve finally decided to get serious about Bricklinking my own LEGO UCS Millenium Falcon. I’ve started down this road a few times, but this time I will complete the quest!

LEGO UCS Millenium Falcon The first step is getting an accurate parts list to track my progress.  To do this, I want to export the inventory list from Bricklink.  When I look at the inventory online, I see a very handy image of the piece in addition to the part number and name.  Does anyone know how to export the inventory and include those images?  This will be extremely helpful when I search my own parts to find what I need.

Check back periodically for updates!

Brick Arbor is growing!

My LEGO City, Brick Arbor, is expanding, and I needed some road plates.  Actually, I needed a LOT of road plates.  I really hate that tLEGO sells roads in two-packs, but that’s a topic for another day…

It would have cost me $300 to buy all the straights I needs here in the US.  Luckily, I found a European Bricklink store that sold me more than I needed for half that price!  Behold…

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