LEGO Timelapse – The Big Bang Theory (21302)

If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you might enjoy this.

Building a Terry Pratchett Custom Minifig

Terry Pratchett

© Rob Wilkins

You probably know I love LEGO (despite being in my 30s!). I’ve reviewed several kits and recorded time lapse videos of several builds. While the models are absolutely amazing, I’m sometimes more fascinated by the Minifigs than the rest of the kit. I spotted a post on a friend’s Facebook feed a while back about custom Minifigs and thought I’d have a shot at putting one together myself.

Now, one thing to highlight at the start here is that by “custom” I don’t mean designing the pieces from scratch. What I did for this was get the parts from multiple different Minifigs and combine them to make the one I wanted.

So what did I want? Well, I thought it would be cool to make a Terry Pratchett Minifig.

Minifig PartsThe first step was to decide what I wanted him to look like. I decided to go for a black leather jacket, black fedora, and a big bushy beard (as worn in Terry’s later years). Once that was decided on, it was a case of either looking through all the Minifigs I have sitting in the garage or buying the parts fresh. I really didn’t want to face combing through the ones in the garage, so I headed over to FireStar Toys where I was able to select the parts I wanted from their online catalogue.

For good measure (and, if I’m honest, because I’d seen my friend do this too), I decided to buy a protective case and a hanger that can turn the case and Minifig into a Christmas tree decoration.

Place the order, wait a few days, and a package arrived in the post with my Minifig parts in it.

There is, of course, nothing difficult about building a Minifig, so I won’t linger over that. But I did want to show you the result.

Terry Pratchett LEGO Minifigure

There we go! Just a quick and fun little project. What do you think?

LEGO Star Wars Time Lapse: Building the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium

I have to admit I love making LEGO time lapses… I was surprised at how well my first one turned out (the LEGO Ideas Doctor Who TARDIS set) and thought I’d make more.

This time, it’s the Lambda Class Shuttle Tydirium from Star Wars, and it’s a beauty.

The music is the Blue Danube and was selected because it brings back happy memories of space travel in the Commodore 64 game Elite.

Enjoy!

Building LEGO Star Wars First Order Battle Pack (Timelapse)

It’s Star Wars Day! So it’s quite apt that we have another LEGO Star Wars timelapse video for you. This time, it’s building the First Order Battle Pack (set 75132)… it’s a fairly small set, so the video is short, but I hope you enjoy it.


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Don’t forget we still have the Force Awakens on DVD to give away on our Facebook page. Entries close tonight at 7pm (UK time).

LEGO Star Wars – building Rey in timelapse

There’s a bit of a Star Wars theme emerging here lately… anyway, I thought you might enjoy this quick video of building the LEGO Star Wars Rey figure in timelapse. There’s another tomorrow, so don’t forget to pop back to catch that too.

Building LEGO Ideas Doctor Who set in Timelapse

I bought myself a little present around Christmas; the LEGO Ideas Doctor Who set. I haven’t had a chance to build it up until now, and I thought I’d film the process and create a timelapse.

Hope you enjoy it!

As you can see, the set includes Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi’s Doctors, Clara Owsald, a Weeping Angel, and Two Daleks. The TARDIS console room is really nicely done, especially the console itself. I was quite impressed at the nifty way the set accommodated the idea of the TARDIS being bigger inside than outside with the unfolding Police Box.

If you’re looking for your own one of these, you can find them at most good local toy shops or online on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Brick or treat: LEGO Monster Minifigures

LEGO have released a brand new series of their popular mystery Minifigures – and in series 14 there’s a horror story in every bag.

Monster Minifigures

The latest series has gone all horror on us, with the lineup consisting of:

  • Monster Scientist
  • Fly Monster
  • Wacky Witch
  • Gargoyle
  • Monster Rocker
  • Spider Lady
  • Banshee
  • Spectre
  • Skeleton Guy
  • Square Foot
  • Tiger Woman
  • Wolf Guy
  • Zombie Pirate
  • Zombie Cheerleader
  • Zombie Businessman
  • Plant Monster

Each of the figures is based on a never-seen before character from the LEGO universe.

As ever, the figures come in a sealed mystery bag with one or more accessories, display plate, and a collector’s leaflet. Some shops will pre-open the packets so that you can quickly and easily finish your collection, although there’s something to be said for the fun of blind buying!

Visit LEGO Minifigures for more information, images, and to play the LEGO Minifigures online game.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – new sets out!

DC characters seem to have been on my radar lately… with the trailers coming out for Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad, and I’ve been playing Batman Arkham Knight a heck of a lot over the last few weeks. So it seemed like something of a theme was occurring when I got an email saying a couple of new Batman LEGO sets were coming out.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that LEGO sent me a set to review.

So, what have we got? Let’s look at the two sets that being released:

The Batboat Harbour Pursuit – RRP £29.99

Batboat Harbour Pursuit LEGO SetDeathstroke has stolen diamonds from the bank and is escaping with the loot in his jetboat. So who best to catch him than Batman and Robin in the Batboat? Open up the secret radar tower to view the screens and track the jetboat. Avoid the jetboat’s flick missiles, and activate the split function to launch our heroes’ hoverboats and recover the jewels.

Sounds pretty good! I have to say, though, it’s the minifigs I always look at first when I open a LEGO set and this set includes Batman, Robin, and Deathstroke.

Jokerland – RRP £89.99

76035_box2_inThis is the set I was sent to try out, and so I’ll write a bit more about this one. The Joker and his fellow villains have transformed an amusement park into Jokerland, and trapped Starfire, Beast Boy and Robin there. Roll up in the Batmobile and rescue them with “Jumping Batman”.

The Jokerland set really is quite extensive, with eight minifigures (Batman, Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, The Penguin, The Joker, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn) all with accessories.

The models themselves are lovely too, especially the Batmobile which has two spring-firing missiles mounted in the nose.  From a purely aesthetic point of view, the Batmobile is definitely my favourite piece, but that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the rest of the set.

We have Harley Quinn suspending Robin beneath her motorbike in the Wheels of Fire, the Penguin trapping Beast Boy in the Deadly Duckies ride (why are they deadly? Well, they’re loaded with dynamite), Poison Ivy trapping Starfire on the Carnivore Fall (complete with snap-happy carnivorous plant), and the Joker presiding over it all from the main Jokerland building. Thing is, if he loses his footing he’ll end up in the Toxic Tank! There are some really nice little touches too, like a tiny penguin holding more dynamite, or a gun-toting clockwork clown. I like as well that the Joker’s cannon can fire either cannon balls or custard pies.

In all, Jokerland took me three hours to build but, if your child were doing this themselves (or helping) it would take a bit longer. Watching the speed that my children build LEGO I could easily see this being a weekend or week-long project!

I really enjoyed building Jokerland, and my children have enjoyed getting to play with it. If you’re a superhero fan, and particularly a Batman fan, these sets will be right up your alley.

LEGO Minifigures Series 12

LEGO Piggy GuyThe new series of collectable LEGO Minifigures is out (released 1st October), and this time there’s a techie twist. The first 11 series’ came in sealed packets that meant you never quite knew what you were going to get until you opened them… unless, that is, you had some friendly shop staff who opened them first and labeled them like one of the shops did in our local town centre!

Well, series 12 is much the same – blind purchases (enterprising shop assistants not withstanding) but this time each pack also includes a code to unlock the minifigure from inside the packet on LEGO’s free online multiplayer game.

I’ve enjoyed collecting some of these figures over the last few years, and my daughter particularly likes the bride that came in series 7.

This time we have figures from history, like the Battle Goddess, Swashbuckler and even a Hun Warrior. If you’re feeling a little more down to earth there’s a Pizza Delivery Man and Video Game Guy, while the series rounds off with some more “out there” figures.

The full list is:

  • Battle Goddess
  • Swashbuckler
  • Hun Warrior
  • Pizza Delivery Man
  • Video Game Guy
  • Rock Star
  • Genie Girl
  • Wizard
  • Dino Tracker
  • Jester
  • Fairytale Princess
  • Piggy Guy
  • Prospector
  • Lifeguard
  • Spooky Girl
  • Space Miner

LEGO encourages you to collect the set and bring with you on grand adventures as you explore colourful worlds with thousands of other players online.

LEGO Minifigures Series 12 packs cost £2.49 each and are avaiable from various high street shops. LEGO Minifigures Online can be found by visiting http://www.lego.com/minifigures

Minifigs Series 12

LEGO Star Wars: Golden Brickies Award

LEGO Star Wars: Golden BrickiesYou probably know we’re fans of LEGO here at Geek-Speak, and the LEGO Star Wars range is a great mashup of building fun and sci-fi goodness. Well, the guys at LEGO have been running a competition over the last few weeks for fans, builders, budding photographers and film makers.

In honour of the Star Wars film franchise, and in anticipation of the upcoming Episode VII, LEGO asked families across the UK to participate in their Golden Brickies, which will culminate in a red carpet celebration event at LEGOLAND Windsor.

The idea is to create a LEGO Star Wars scene, whether that’s static or in movie form, for some fantastic prizes:

  • An invitation to the ceremony at LEGOLAND on 11th October
  • A chance to meed Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi), and the guys behind LEGO Star Wars
  • A year’s supply of LEGO Star Wars goodies
  • An annual pass for a family of four to LEGOLAND Windsor
  • Entry to LEGOLAND Windsor after the ceremony
  • A bespoke C-3PO award

LEGO Star Wars Casting Couch

Now sadly, at this point entries are closed, but if you want to see some of the entries you should head on over to the LEGO Facebook page and specifically the Golden Brickies app to take a peek. And, of course, we’ll be very interested to see what the winning entries are once the judging and ceremony have taken place on the 11th of October.