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Christian Benito
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Tiny LEGO Wonders: my review!

To any regular reader of this blog, it is obvious that I am a big fan of microscale LEGO. I love distilling ideas down and trying to capture their essence with careful parts usage. This beautiful book is full of inspiration and technique for the micro…
To any regular reader of this blog, it is obvious that I am a big fan of microscale LEGO. I love distilling ideas down and trying to capture their essence with careful parts usage. This beautiful b…
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LEGO 10252 Volkswagen Beetle: my review!

I don’t buy many of the big sets. My LEGO hobby is more about building than collecting, but sometimes the nostalgia bug bites me hard. I have happy memories of a baby blue beetle that my dad and I drove around in when I was a kid. We put a lot of miles on…
I don’t buy many of the big sets. My LEGO hobby is more about building than collecting, but sometimes the nostalgia bug bites me hard. I have happy memories of a baby blue beetle that my dad …
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Commercial Micropolis (part 4): Lets get some groceries!

To finish out my rather incomplete survey of commercial buildings, let’s build a grocery store. Since last week’s eatery was a bit fattening, this will be a smaller organic store, the kind of business that might be equally welcome in the central city or…
To finish out my rather incomplete survey of commercial buildings, let’s build a grocery store. Since last week’s eatery was a bit fattening, this will be a smaller organic store, the k…
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MOCs: Moko brings the intensity with this massive insect warrior. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js I love Aaron Williams‘ blocky aesthetic. Check out this walking artillery piece. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js A samurai castle on the…
MOCs: Moko brings the intensity with this massive insect warrior. I love Aaron Williams’ blocky aesthetic. Check out this walking artillery piece. A samurai castle on the back of a giant snai…
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Commercial Micropolis (Part 3): little LEGO doughnut shop!

It is fun to build office towers and such, but much of modern cities is much more suburban in its architecture. So many boxy single-story buildings surrounded by parking lots. How about we build something a mundane, a doughnut shop.
It is fun to build office towers and such, but much of modern cities is much more suburban in its architecture. So many boxy single-story buildings surrounded by parking lots. How about we build so…
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Pyrratz (LEGO Mixels series 8): my review!

So many of us have a soft spot for pirates, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that they have finally shown up as a Mixel theme. Just from the packages, they look like a jolly bunch. Lets dig in and check them out!
So many of us have a soft spot for pirates, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that they have finally shown up as a Mixel theme. Just from the packages, they look like a jolly bunch. Lets dig …
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Industrial Micropolis (part 2)

Growing up, I was always fascinated by storage tanks. They seemed mysterious, their contents unfathomable. Most of that is probably because I was an impressionable kid who never noticed signage and just wanted them to have secret lairs inside ala…
Growing up, I was always fascinated by storage tanks. They seemed mysterious, their contents unfathomable. Most of that is probably because I was an impressionable kid who never noticed signage and…
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Industrial Micropolis (part 1): a wrecking yard

Every city has a dirty side, where all the warehouses and factories and such live. Since I’ve already built a fair amount of residential and commercial buildings, it’s time to turn my attention toward industrial zones. I’ll get things started with a…
Every city has a dirty side, where all the warehouses and factories and such live. Since I’ve already built a fair amount of residential and commercial buildings, it’s time to turn my a…
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LEGO 31053 Treehouse Adventures: my review!

My childhood was full of dreams of forts and treehouses. Just from the box, I’m feeling those memories again. Such a great looking trio of models, I can’t wait to dig in and handle all those yummy elements and explore the building techniques.
My childhood was full of dreams of forts and treehouses. Just from the box, I’m feeling those memories again. Such a great looking trio of models, I can’t wait to dig in and handle all …
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MOCs: //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js These two mechs by Gamabomb are really rocking my world right now. Such great shapes and parts usage! //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
MOCs: These two mechs by Gamabomb are really rocking my world right now. Such great shapes and parts usage!
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Medix (LEGO Mixels series 8): my review!

I’ve been looking forward to the Medix since pictures first surfaced. All those aqua and medium azure elements are totally enticing. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Mixels is the strong color themes and that they tend to be great parts packs…
I’ve been looking forward to the Medix since pictures first surfaced. All those aqua and medium azure elements are totally enticing. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Mixels i…
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MCFD (LEGO Mixels series 8): my review!

Somehow, the Mixels just keep on delivering. After almost three years and dozens of tribes, they keep mixing it up. The firefighting Mixels of the MCFD bring elements of that evergreen LEGO City sub-theme to our favorite little monsters.
Somehow, the Mixels just keep on delivering. After almost three years and dozens of tribes, they keep mixing it up. The firefighting Mixels of the MCFD bring elements of that evergreen LEGO City su…
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