Buggy Review

Stuck In Plastic’s #sip_apocalypse challenge was great fun. I really enjoyed creating characters, stories, and pictures to illustrate the survivors of the doom. My work was appreciated by SiP’s crew and I ended as runner up of the challenge. One of the prizes I won was 70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy which I review below.

The Buggy

Although there is plenty of sand and dust here, Apocalypseburg is not a sandbox, definitely not a place to play. It’s the landscape after the battle. These special time and place require special vehicles, and under the inconspicuous name of “escape buggy” hides a monster, ready to run through the wilderness of the ravaged world of bricks.

Just look at its silhouette. Huge wheels on balloon tires, high suspension, which makes it possible to spot a threat in the distant horizon of the post-apocalyptic desert, a silhouette inclined like a wild, untamed beast, ready to attack. The front is protected by a menacing and powerful truss, “adorned” with a heavy chain and a sign that unambiguously makes it clear that it’s better not to block the lane of this dray [hey, there are no lanes anymore!]; ok. better not to block the way [better?]. Light of powerful headlamps cut the dense darkness of the future, bereft of the street lamps. In the back, on the warning bar even turn-signals were mounted [in case you want to show the pursuer where you are going], and the long hood lets the camera make a loooooong ride from the front of the car to the window, from which you throw threatening glances to the left and right while clenching hands on the steering wheel.

But still only few will see your fierce expression of a [non-existent] road warrior. The powerful 24 studs engine V6, the real ornament of this car, with the power of 500 mechanical bricks, makes the Escape Buggy run in the form of a smudged streak, disappearing quickly in the clouds of dust and smoke from six powerful exhaust pipes.

There is also a gear [there must be a gear!]. The passenger has at his disposal a large harpoon with a coil rope [very useful in the everyday overcoming of sharp corners on the edge of the abyss!], on the truss the mentioned heavy chain [heavy chain is always useful!]. And under the body huge gas tanks are warning with exclamation markers. Are these boosters for such a powerful engine? Or maybe it’s compressed air, allowing doing great, frog jumping over the ruins of civilization? Only the constructors of this monster on four wheels know that.

This car says with all its means: don’t mess with me.

The Users

What’s more, its users say the same [well, Emmet’s two faces say rather that HE doesn’t want to mess]. Wyldstyle/Lucy’s face, even when we turn her head with the smiling side, does not portend anything good. And the angry side is really angry. Similar with Sharkira; regardless of whether she’s scaring with teeth on her helmet or with a dubious smile under the visor. Do I have to mention that Steelbeard is furious? Who wouldn’t be, being reduced only to the chest and the noddle!

And who’s messing? Supersweet Star and Heart, who are only waiting to literally explode with love. Straight in your face.

As You can see, even the WALL-E – Weaponized Antihuman Lethal Liquidator [Eradicator class] – who brought me the possibility of winning this great set – is afraid of “Buggy”.

We also asked Danny – our crash test dummy – to check this car. I think Danny’s stare speaks volumes!

Week 20 – Florence Nightingale

This week it’s me, @bevvypix, who is helping us out with a little write up for this week’s #SiPgoes53 Human being. This amazing lady is the iconic Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC, DStJ. She was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

Florence Nightingale was a revolutionary figure in nursing. Her dedication during the Crimean War earned her a worldwide reputation. As more soldiers were dying from infections than from battle injuries. Nightingale and a team of nurses greatly improved the unsanitary conditions at a British hospital, working night and day to reduce the death count by two thirds.

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We can live like Jack and Sally

We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
And we’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

When Stuck in Plastic asked for candidates to write a review for the new Disney CMF series, I only thought about Jack and Sally, and how (or whether) they could live happily ever after.

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Working For Peanuts

Disney Series 2 is just around the corner, which means two of my favorite childhood Disney characters are in stores soon! I grew up watching old Chip & Dale cartoons and have many memories of them pestering Donald Duck! I also was a big fan of Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. Naturally then, I was delighted when Stuck In Plastic and LEGO sent me these two new minifigures to review.

Chip comes with a little acorn made of two small pieces. It looks great.
Dale comes with a small sack to hold all the nuts he finds.

One episode I always loved of Chip and Dale was “Working for Peanuts.” At one point in the episode they get painted white and trick Donald Duck into thinking they are rare albino chipmunks and that they should only be fed the best grade “A” quality peanuts. It’s hilarious, and so I decided to get some fun Chip and Dale working for peanuts shots.

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Disney Minifigures on Cooktop

I’m among the lucky ones who got a few minifigures for creative review. I’m very thankful that Mickey & Minnie, and Hercules & Hades found their way to me.

The figures

They are all great fun to photograph because I like the characters. I really like how Hades’s hair lights up in a photo with the right lighting. And Hercules’ warm colors really fit his character.

Mickey and Minnie are classics. It’s fun to see them in black & white and use them in colorful situations.

Mickey & Minnie

When I opened the package and saw Minnie for the first time, my first thought was that she is topless :O How come no one ever notices it? Or am I the last one to notice it?

Mickie and Minnie work quite well with colorful environment.
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Disney early history: Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse is the mascot of The Walt Disney Company. He was created in 1928. Almost after a century, he’s still a popular culture icon all over the world.

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – it was all started by a mouse .

Walter Elias Disney

Ideas set and minifig comparison.

LEGO released an Ideas set depicting the short movie Steamboat Wilie, using a monochromatic colour scheme (certainly not so common). It contains a boat and the minifigs of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Those two minifigs also appear in the new Collectible Disney series with some minor changes. They only lack a few silver highlights. Mickey’s and Minnie’s torso are solid black and they don’t wear white gloves and they have hats. Mickey carries a light bluish grey ship’s wheel while Minnie comes with a white life ring.

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Where’s my Super Suit?

“You need a new suit, that much is certain.”

Edna Mode
Honey! Where’s my Super Suit?

The Incredibles, a movie painstakingly put together by many animators, editors, and producers. Its attention to detail and realistic animation style give it top scores by all. Just look at how long it took to make the second one, 14 years! With that being said, LEGO spared no expense getting the details right on its two newest Incredibles minifigures: Frozone and Edna Mode.

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