Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lego Police Boat

This small sucker is one of the Target Easter exclusives that Lego puts out. Every holiday that features an obscene set of merchandise it seems like Lego and Target put out a small mini-set in a poly-bag for stocking stuffers or Easter baskets or Halloween treats. The Mini-X-Wing I showed earlier was also for Easter, but since this Lego set doesn't have to worry about licensing it happent o be a bit cheaper.

Featuring 30 pieces (four of which are for the stubble mini-fig, which is one of the few mini-figs I actually like the cut of) this little police boat makes me think I need more Lego boats. It's just that awesome. The form and design are perfect, even with so few pieces. This looks like a real vehicle, not some implausible dream from the land of imagination like the Power Miners vehicles.

Look at the detail, there's even levers for the motor!

Yeah, so this was only available at Easter so you can't get it now.... This is not a consumer advice blog. Clearly.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Play 'n Build Animal Pals II

So I went to Subway Sandwiches today and noticed that the kids meal toy for toddlers under 3 were Mega Bloks. Mega Blocks are one of the Lego knockoffs in the US, but rather than offer a Duplo clone to toddlers Mega Bloks offers oversized blocks, basically giant lego like blocks. And since the Kids meal costs about the same as a regular sandwich I decided to go for it. I'm so smart with my money.... not really, but it made sense at the time.

From what I can tell about previous Subway megablocks, they usually give you 3 blocks with a sticker on them to create a design. Since right now the regular kids meal has a wildlife theme you can see that they've attached animal stickers to these blocks. One side is a panda, the other side a giraffe. And something that came as a surprise, there's sculpted feet.... with one side as panda feet and the other side something resembling deformed giraffe feet. I don't know why that's better than a regular block... it certainly is worse if you want to put the feet on other Mega Bloks because the feet protrude and get in the way of the other studs.

As you can see, one of the benefits of having two animals printed on the blocks is that you can mix and match. I call this a Panraffe.