LEGO Minions – The Rise of Gru

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The Movie Released Postponed

Our good friends over at the LEGO Group have kindly sent us two of the latest Minion sets to review. These new sets were unveiled in conjunction with the original release date for the Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me prequel.

Considering these times of uncertainty with lots of situations postponed, the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie was no exception. Originally the movie was scheduled to be released 2020. This timing was to commemorate the original film’s 10th anniversary. Instead, the movie has been rescheduled for release in the summer of 2021.

Still this set back has not stopped TLG releasing the new sets. And I must say they are great, being based on the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. LEGO has created Bob, Kevin, and Stuart in big and small. There are more sets available to add to your Minion collection.

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First impressions on the new LEGO Haunted House

I’ve been lucky to spend the past weekend building, playing with, and photographing the new LEGO 18+ Creator Expert 1073 Haunted House.

A week ago, on Monday, I got a notification from LEGO that a mystery package was on its way. Back then, I had no idea what to expect. Stefan told me it could be the leaked set that was “everywhere” online. As I don’t really follow people sharing leaks, I didn’t know what it was. When I finally saw the photos, I had mixed feelings.

I knew at some point I would have to take photos of the next Fairground set for LEGO. Yet, I had no clue what it would be, and couldn’t really imagine what LEGO could come up after the Ferris Wheel, Carousel, and Roller Coaster.

Even though I’m currently busy taking photos for our friends at LEGO, I want to take a break to share my early thoughts on this set. As I’ve said, my initial reaction to the official pictures was rather mixed. But I also knew I just couldn’t really judge such a set based on images. Now that I’ve had time to build it, play with and look at it over multiple days, I think I can put words on the good, the bad… and the ugly.

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Photographing a modular building

I love LEGO’s modular building series. But while they’re among my favorite sets, I had never photographed any. They’re great sets to build and look great in Beastburg, my own LEGO city. As an outdoor photographer though, they’re not what usually inspires me to photograph.

However, I didn’t buy the two previous modulars, the Diner, and the Garage. I initially wanted to as they look beautiful, but I ended up making the decision of skipping them. The main reason being that the style is quite different than the previous buildings I own, and thus they wouldn’t fit that well together. (And then there was the other problem that my city would eventually be full…)

But when I saw the first images of this year’s modular, 10270 Bookshop, I knew I’d have to get it. And then it happened that we’d get one for review from LEGO. The idea of challenging myself with photographing yet another type of large LEGO set was planted in my head.

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Little big adventures

It’s just a question of size

LEGO just released the fantastic Ideas set Pirates of Barracuda Bay.
It’s quite a big box full of bricks and minifigures and I must confess, there are stars in my eyes when I look at it.
In fact, almost every big set will do the same: bricks, bricks everywhere, and a large final build.
Large enough to make me ask myself: where would you put it?
The Batman UCS Tumbler, the Creator Mustang, Ideas Old Fishing Store, Quinjet, Airjutsu Temple, Lunar Lander, the SPACESHIP, all the Ninjago stuff, all the Star Wars ships…
All those sets are awesome, but it takes also a lot of space…

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Now They’re Out There

Mission Accomplished

On the 25th of March, we innocently asked on Instagram, who’d be interested in reviewing some of the new collectible minifigures from series 20 for us. Some of you replied. Onehundredandsixtythree of you to be precise. We went through all the volunteers and discussed to and fro. In the end, we chose to send some surprise envelopes to fourteen of you. Some of these fourteen we knew before. Of some, we had only heard. And some were complete strangers to us but we still reached out, when after all you all got back to us.

On the fourth of April, we put the first review online. Twenty-six more posts followed. When we first asked you on IG, we seriously hadn’t thought that the interest in this new series would be THAT strong. Wow. We do want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our crowd reviewers! You people rock! We were simply blown away by incredible pictures and wonderful ones. We impatiently followed some massive stories and fell in love with minifigures as you kept portraying them.

Meanwhile, the minifigs are available at your favorite local toystore or from the LEGO online shop.

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Om Iets Aan De Wilgen Te Hangen

Welcome @lego_a_gogo

Today Willemijn from the Netherlands will share with us her thoughts about some new CMF20 minifigures, some of their their dark necessities in particular and toy photography in general.

The Llama And The Pinata Boy

The little boy with his original pinata

The pinata boy is a happy figurine. It’s very colorful and just waiting to start the party. But wait, what’s this? There’s another pinata, a moving one…

Uh-oh, better run, little llama…

I really enjoyed this llama-pinata boy combination here because I think it worked so well with the ‘live’ pinata thing going on. Ok, maybe that was a little mean. I also like the garden pictures with the Mexican boy and the llama both on their own.

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Music And The 80’s

Some Thoughts From @pulup

We’ve been posting quite some articles about the new collectible minifigures series 20 as of lately. These articles came to life because we sent out some minifigs into the great wide open, so that some of you could review them and take pics to share on our blog.

We also sent some to Burak. For some time it seemed that the mail wouldnt be delivered in time to become part of this review series. Fortunately, Hermes seems to have worked his divine powers on this one and Burak got mail. Here is what he replied to us.

The Garage Band

Pulup and the Crazy Wigs!

Early 1980s, studying in a German high school in Istanbul, I was naturally introduced to German pop bands before anything else. I was particularly impressed by the New Wave genre. Alphaville‘s excellent debut album Forever Young (1984) was the first vinyl I purchased. I remember one day, after listening to Big in Japan for more than a hundred times, I decided to make music of my own.

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Brand New Toy

Paul Got A Brand New Toy

There once was a boy…

This may start like a fairytale. Let’s keep it that way for a moment. Anyway, this also is a story about a boy. At this point, we don´t know the boy’s name. Let´s see what happens here in that story by @lego_men_explore.

The Boy With The Drone

The brand new toy

There once was a boy with a drone. He got it as a surprise present. It wasn’t something he’d really wished for before, but now he had it. He practised in his garden every day after school. The controls were sensitive. Just a gentle swipe to lift it up into the air. A circular motion to get the camera to spin and focus.

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Drrrrrumroll…..

Part Three

This will be the last part of three from Carl @carlp_photography, who portrayed fifteen out of the sixteen minifigures of the CMF series 20. (One of them is reported to have had issues at the customs. Maybe her javelin was mistaken for a weapon …) Here´s Carl for you:

Peapod Costume Girl

Green
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