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Christian Benito
Worked at Powell's Books
Attended Cabrillo College
Lives in Portland, OR
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Lego 41073 Naida's Epic Adventure Ship: all that dark blue!

It’s no secret that I’m kind of in love with this Elves theme. Though I’m not the target audience, these colorful fantasy sets are well designed and have tons of beautiful elements. I’m not alone on this one. It seems like most of the AFOLs that I know…
It's no secret that I'm kind of in love with this Elves theme. Though I'm not the target audience, these colorful fantasy sets are well designed and have tons of beautiful elements. I'm not alone o...
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Lego 40121 Painting Easter Eggs: my review!

I’m a little bit in love with the 8×8 vignettes that Lego is putting out for this year’s seasonal sets. I saw a picture of the Easter set in the back of the instructions for the Valentine’s Day set and I had to have it. Sadly every visit to the Lego Store…
I'm a little bit in love with the 8x8 vignettes that Lego is putting out for this year's seasonal sets. I saw a picture of the Easter set in the back of the instructions for the Valentine's Day set...
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Lego Pick-a-Model

Last summer, the Lego Stores made some adjustments to their Pick-a-Brick walls. Word on the street was that we would be seeing more thematic parts selection, and for a while that seemed to be true. A whole slew of ‘Friends’ themed elements (all those…
Last summer, the Lego Stores made some adjustments to their Pick-a-Brick walls. Word on the street was that we would be seeing more thematic parts selection, and for a while that seemed to be true....
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MOCs:   A pair of mecha with ridiculously big guns by Izzo Yossi.
MOCs:   A pair of mecha with ridiculously big guns by Izzo Yossi.
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Bricks Cascade 2015: My Lego convention report!

This last weekend I attended Bricks Cascade 2015 here in Portland, Oregon. As my home town Lego convention, I was joined by most of my friends from PortLUG and builders from all up and down the left coast. I had a lot more to show this year and I was…
This last weekend I attended Bricks Cascade 2015 here in Portland, Oregon. As my home town Lego convention, I was joined by most of my friends from PortLUG and builders from all up and down the lef...
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Do You Even Train Bro?

This winter I stayed serious about my running all the way through. On school days, I would walk my son to school in my flimsy running shorts, so that I could start running after dropping him off. So there I would be, shivering in the cold, and the…
This winter I stayed serious about my running all the way through. On school days, I would walk my son to school in my flimsy running shorts, so that I could start running after dropping him off. S...
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MOCs: Lu Sim is back is a pair of mecha. The third iteration of the Aztec mech is beautifully ornate. This steampunk stagecoach by Nimura貮邑 is quite fine. nobu_tary has done a fabulous job of recreating this Logikoma.
MOCs: Lu Sim is back is a pair of mecha. The third iteration of the Aztec mech is beautifully ornate. This steampunk stagecoach by Nimura貮邑 is quite fine. nobu_tary has done a fabulous job of recre...
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MOCs: I really enjoy Adam Dodge‘s car dealership micropolis module. There are so many clever techniques in this fantastic naval battle by the_jetboy. Carter built this aptly named ‘berserker.’
MOCs: I really enjoy Adam Dodge's car dealership micropolis module. There are so many clever techniques in this fantastic naval battle by the_jetboy. Carter built this aptly named 'berserker.'
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Trail Runnin'

This last weekend, the fam and I headed out to the coast for a little vacay. My mother-in-law came down on Friday and we all drove out together. A couple of hours of ‘are we there yet?’ from Portmandia Jr. And we arrived at our shack by the ocean. Sadly,…
This last weekend, the fam and I headed out to the coast for a little vacay. My mother-in-law came down on Friday and we all drove out together. A couple of hours of 'are we there yet?' from Portma...
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MOCs: These Ice Planet Twanks for Mobile Frame 0 by P. B. really hit my nostalgia spot nicely. This rolling science base is all kinds of great. Built by O0ger.
MOCs: These Ice Planet Twanks for Mobile Frame 0 by P. B. really hit my nostalgia spot nicely. This rolling science base is all kinds of great. Built by O0ger.
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Lego 41074 Azari and the Magical Bakery: The Elves are awesome!

Since I’ve been back in the hobby, Lego hasn’t really produced any themes that have had me jumping up and down. Chima comes pretty close, with its beast mecha and science fantasy setting. As a result, my taste in sets often revolves around the elements…
Since I've been back in the hobby, Lego hasn't really produced any themes that have had me jumping up and down. Chima comes pretty close, with its beast mecha and science fantasy setting. As a resu...
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Micro Tank Battles: my review od the Lego tank game!

I have fond memories of boxed tank games from my childhood. I would pore through the rule books and study the counters. These days I’m always interested in the convergence between Lego and gaming. The folks over at Brickmania just released their own WWII…
I have fond memories of boxed tank games from my childhood. I would pore through the rule books and study the counters. These days I'm always interested in the convergence between Lego and gaming. ...
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I run and hike. I run and hike. I like to play games and learn new things.
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I bake an excellent cake or two.
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