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  1. Looking for a little advice again - I recently recovered a stash of old Lego from a relatives. I don't want to say much more just now in case what I have in mind for using some of it doesn't pan out, but some of it is a bit cruddy with accumulated dust etc. I know some vintage toy collectors wash old toy parts before reassembling them in soapy water, so my question is has anyone any experience of doing that with Lego? And if they have, what about printer Lego pieces? Would that be safe? Also, on the same lines, there are several of the "classic" axles, the ones with the metal bar between the wheels. Some of these are a bit rusty. My immediate thought was WD-40 [1], but I don't want to cause a chemical reaction with the plastic. Again, any ideas? Thanks in advance! [1] I'm British, so "other lubricating oil products are available". πŸ˜‰
  2. I got an unexpected Christmas present in the form of the Luke Skywalker "Red Five" helmet, which I put together the other day. Compared to the Galaxy Explorer, which is an awesome display piece but also something of a marathon construct (the... PINS!) this was a rather more straightforward and faster build (just over three hours, compared to the nine hours or so it took for the Galaxy Explorer). It obviously has fewer pieces, but while it uses various modern tricks a lot of the construction reminded me of "classic" Lego, building up stacks of bricks to achieve a whole. Very nice experience... ...except... ...after I'd completed it, I noticed that I'd somehow managed to put two bricks in the wrong way round. These bricks were part of the display "tower" the helmet sits on, and barely noticeable from anything but close-up, but it bothered me. So I had a go at correcting my mistake. Oops. The problem I encountered is that the "tower" is built around a technic bar which is pinned in place at both ends. And to get to the pins, you had to remove quite a bit of brick work... ...so when I say "just over three hours", I mean more like "just over three hours, plus a couple hours swearing and about another hour putting things back together once I'd calmed down, walked away for a bit and come back and actually thought about things". πŸ˜„ On reflection, I could probably have got to the bricks without as much deconstruction as I wound up doing, but I was a bit tired and tried what appeared an obvious approach without enough contemplation first. "Thats impossible, even for the computer!" "No, its not... " πŸ˜‰
  3. Our PM has officially announced a Marvel team-up... I mean, an international collaboration involving the UK, Japan and Italy to develop the Tempest fighter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-63908284 Whether this means we're skipping fifth-gen to go directly to sixth (not counting the F-35B, but thats not really our baby) I'm not sure. Apparently it will use Artificial Intelligence to aid the pilot, which could lead to the pilot getting messages from the aircraft like: "CHK DGR, LFT. ALSO, MORE TEA?". And given that both the UK and Japan are two of the more geeky countries out that there when it comes to naming military equipment, one wonders what the A.I. will end up being called. The F-35 has already taken "Dave" in UK service, so my guesses might be "Kryten" or "Mickey" (not after the mouse, but a robot from the 80s UK childrens T.V. series "Metal Mickey")... πŸ™‚
  4. Hers was the most... human, Farewell, Saavik.
  5. Would be nice if they bought back the M-Lovers. Despite the Takatokus notoriously fragile reputation, mine once fell off a table and survived, but the silver plastic that holds one of the fists is crumbling...
  6. He was Batman. 'nuff said. Still one of my favourite scenes in any animated work:
  7. https://2000ad.com/news/kevin-oneill-1953-2022/ Legendary UK comic book artist whose style was, for once, fully deserving the description "unique". Like so many others, I first encountered his work in the pages of "2000AD" with "Nemesis The Warlock". If you ever want to know what the difference between UK and mainstream US comics of the time was... well, read this. So the story goes, so singular was his art that he was the only comics book artist - as opposed to publication - to be sanctioned by the Comics Code Authority. (my first "RIP" post; mods apologies if I've messed up the formatting somehow).
  8. I love the visuals of that opening, but - and this may just be because I’m an ancient geezer now - I don’t feel the music is a good fit.
  9. Having watched some of the YouTuber in questions other videos, I'm pretty sure it was an honest mistake. Your work is very well done, and to be fair to the guy "Transformers" are not his main area of toy interest. If you contact them, I expect they'd be happy to either correct the error or at least hold their hands up.
  10. Will do. What inspired the question is my local Fish and Chip shop - of all places! - has the Lego "Titanic" in the window and they've managed to find a display case to fit that, which although obviously the wrong size is the right style of thing I'm after. I'd ask them, but trouble is its quite a busy place and not easy to get a quiet moment.
  11. Okay, thanks for the advice. Its probably a bit of a walk to my nearest Walmart (πŸ˜‰) but I'll see what Argos ("The laminated Book of Dreams!") might be able to do.
  12. I also have a question, of a different kind - do any of you know any good suppliers of display cases suitable for larger Lego kits (preferably in the UK)? Ones that can be relatively easily opened for access? I'm specifically thinking of something big enough for the recent Galaxy Explorer. I've tried amazon before for a warplane model I was given and wound up with a flimsy plastic thing that falls apart if even thought about. For those of you that don't use a display case, how do you keep your kits dust-free?
  13. For those of you looking to add some diversity to your LL928 Galaxy Explorer crew, D&K - at least in the UK - appear to have re-issued their "Lego Minifigure - A Visual History" book. This comes with the orange Space minifigure, which I believe is exclusive to this book. The list price in the UK is Β£30, but the newsagents W.H. Smith in the UK has it on sale for Β£8 (!) currently.
  14. The series I like to call "Where all the trouble started". It wasn't the first anime I saw, but it was the first one that introduced me to Japan as a country, rather than just a name on a map. It was the series that made me want to visit there, just to see what it was like. Ten trips and some wonderful friendships and experiences later... I'll be interested to see if they keep it set in the present day or the original series time frame.
  15. This will mean more to those on my side of the pond, but Oliver Frey, whose striking artwork adorned many a UK computer games magazine cover back in the 80s, passed away recently: https://www.eurogamer.net/beauty-and-brutality-how-oliver-freys-art-defined-a-new-medium
  16. From the same site, the new AW249 attack helicopter - successor to the "Mangusta". The cockpit looks... exposed to me? https://theaviationist.com/2022/08/23/the-new-aw249-attack-helicopter-flies-for-the-first-time/
  17. Yeah, Town and Space are what immediately come to mind when I think of "Classic" Lego (though in my childhood I did also have the big yellow castle, but Space was always my favourite theme). The most advanced Lego kit I've built to this point was probably the "Hoth" AT-ST, so, yes I don't have a great deal of experience with the more complex sets. Couple other minor points: one of the reasons I was holding off on this was aesthetic; I didn't like the way the "LL928" was angled on the sides and it felt like it had a lot of "nose" compared to the main body. Now having it in person, the angling is much less pronounced than it appears in images and the proportions also look better in the, erm, brick than in photos.
  18. So I finished the build of the Galaxy Explorer, and my fiendish plan to replace the buggys headlight has worked so far. Well, nothings exploded anyway. Yet. πŸ˜„ (for the record, I went with green. Theres a spare red and green stud in the set so I didn't even have to raid my spares). A few thoughts - this is a complicated set, much more so than it looks it would be from the box. It took me about 9 hours total to build - about an hour per bag - and I'd estimate between a third to a half of it is building up the interior frame and doing weirdly complex things to then hide that interior. This isn't a criticism, more an observation, but it does feel like if there were two ways of doing something with this set and one was straightforward but an inelegant finish and the other was really complex but the end result looks much better thats the option they went for. I almost miss the honest simplicity of the older sets... This is a big puppy - a good foot and a half long and a foot wide. Make sure you have somewhere to set it down if you're getting one. One odd thing about the design is that theres two small windows on each side but as built, one of those windows is almost completely obscured by the engine mount. It doesn't seem like it would have been too hard to move the window forward a little. Maybe like some WWII aircraft, some of the instruments are mounted on the engines? Its a lovely set though, especially if you have any love for Classic Space. And as I've said, if you any spare Space-themed stuff around, it obviously compliments it nicely. And, oh, I never want to see another Lego pin ever again. πŸ™‚
  19. Also… so… many… pegs!
  20. But theres more! You know the little robot that also comes with the set? In the instruction manual, its antenna "ears" are mounted so that the aerials point forward or back. But I have decided that I shall mount them... ...sideways! IS THERE NO END TO MY CRIMES?!! πŸ˜„ I remember the little air tank on the original buggy. I'm also a bit puzzled that the spare air tank is black as well - maybe its meant to represent an "emergency" tank? I've managed to make a start on this thing, and have just completed the second "bag". Good grief, it might not look it on the box, but I can see why this is a recommended 18+ set - it is insanely engineered. I've just seen how they achieved the "slope" on the cockpit side. I'm not sure whether or not to be awed or terrified at how a top Lego designer must think... As is typical for me, I made a couple errors that I fortunately caught before getting too far along. I managed to get the front landing gear mounting the wrong orientation, so that the pad wouldn't quite fit into the recess. Well, who cares if the landing gear sticks out a bit in flight, theres no drag in space, right? Right? [1] M'Kyuun, very glad your review convinced me to get this, I think I'd have been kicking myself if I missed it like I did Bennys Spaceship. And on that note, something I've been meaning to mention is that the perfect compliment to this set, if you can still find it, is the Lego Movie "Bennys Space Squad" which provides a couple of mini-vehicles, some more astronaut colours and of course the famous Benny.... [1] Someone is going to point out that, yes, there is "drag" in space, just not to the degree you get in an atmosphere etc...
  21. So my Galaxy Explorer arrived today. I haven't had a chance even to open the box yet, but I have decided that I will employ my clearly latent Master Builder <TM> skillz and make a modification to the set. Of exactly one stud. 😁 Y'see, one thing thats been bothering me about this set is the little Moon buggy in the set - and thats its headlight. Out of the box, this is transparent, but in my head one of the distinguishing features of "Classic" Lego Space is that when you had something representing a light on a vehicle, it was red or green or yellow. Not transparent. I obviously never owned every single "Space" set ever made, so I can't really state that held true across the entire line, but its just the one thing that looks "off" to me. Now, as I say, I haven't even opened the instruction book yet but I'm assuming this shouldn't be too hard and one advantage of Lego putting stud shooters on everything the past few years is that I have lots of spare little red dots to go around. This is going to end in tears, isn't it? πŸ˜„
  22. You're welcome, and indeed I shall!
  23. Well, you talked me into it and I've ordered. What can I say but... Spaceship. Spaceship? SPAAAAACESHIIIIIIP!!! πŸ˜„ M'Kyuun, really great use of those leftover pieces there! Its kind of amazing what you can do with random assortments of Lego pieces; I wound up with a small set once with random bricks and things and set myself a similar challenge of building something with the leftovers and wound up with a jet-hover-sled... er... thing! Nothing compared to your fork lift and loading dock though!
  24. Yeah, I've seen a few of those sites/videos myself, always like it when they review "classic" Lego because in some cases I either had the set involved or at least saw it on the shelves at the time. I've mainly got modern Lego based on a couple other interests of mine - "Star Wars" and "Doctor Who" and I'm never going to be a "serious" collector but Lego Space has so many memories for me... argh, the temptation! πŸ˜„
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