Minifigure Monday – The Tale of Larry (Part II)

The Tale of Larry (Part II)
(An original LEGO inspired poem from True North Bricks)

Click here to read The Tale of Larry (Part I)

It had been a year or two,
Serving cups of heated brew.
Working was in truth a bore,
But, he had friends at the store.

They would work the day away,
Making pumpkin spice latté.
Sharing tales of student strife,
And commiserating life.

Between shifts he went to class,
And even managed to pass.
But, he found his interest waned,
And that he was feeling drained.

With degree now undeclared,
Other majors he compared,
Most unsure of his mission,
Larry still sought erudition.

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This poem was inspired by Larry, the LEGO barista.

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LEGO Colouring Page – Sweep

I had planned to break with my string of Ninjago colouring pages this week, but looking at my stats, I decided against it. It seems that you all love Ninjago, and these colouring pages have been fairly popular. Also, making a new colouring page allowed me to procrastinate my morning away instead of working… This week’s colouring page is the Sweep Maintenance Robot from Ninjago City. Click here to download your free, printable PDF file (it will open in a new window). Happy colouring!

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This is a sample of the LEGO Sweep colouring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free, printable PDF.

Canadian LEGO Deals [Jan. 12-18, 2018]

Best Buy:

  • Star Wars – Rathtar Escape for $54.97 (45% off)

Hudson’s Bay:

  • Batman Movie – Two Face Double Demolition for $56.24 (25% off)
  • Batman Movie – Catwoman Cycle Chase for $18.74 (25% off)
  • City – 2017 Advent Calendar for $20.00 (50% off)
  • City – Sweeper and Excavator for $26.24 (25% off)
  • City – Fishing Boat for $18.74 (25% off)
  • City – Stunt Truck for $9.74 (25% off)
  • City – Buggy for $9.74 (25% off)
  • City – Race Plane for $9.74 (25% off)
  • City – Police Starter Set for $9.74 (25% off)
  • City – Volcano Supply Helicopter for $44.99 (25% off)
  • City – Town Service Station for $82.49 (25% off)
  • City – Volcano Exploration Base for $89.99 (40% off)
  • City – Volcano Exploration Truck for $22.49 (25% off)
  • City – Volcano Starter Pack for $9.74 (25% off)
  • City – Fire Starter Set for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Creator – Sunset Street Bike for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Creator – Lighthouse Points for $56.24 (25% off)
  • Creator – Vacation Getaways for $67.49 (25% off)
  • Creator – Treehouse Adventures for $33.74 (25% off)
  • DC Comics – Kryptonite Interception for $29.99 (25% off)
  • Disney Princess – Moana Island Adventure for $22.49 (25% off)
  • Disney Princess – Belle’s Enchanted Castle for $44.99 (25% off)
  • Disney Princess – Repunzel’s Best Day Ever for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Elves – Aira’s Airship and the Amulet Chase for $33.74 (25% off)
  • Elves – Naida’s Gondola for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Elves – The Capture of Sophie Jones for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Elves – Ragana’s Magic Show for $97.49 (25% off)
  • Friends – Roller Coaster for $97.49 (25% off)
  • Friends – Space Ride for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Friends – Arcade for $13.49 (25% off)
  • Friends – Heartlake Riding Club for $56.24 (25% off)
  • Friends – Puppy Daycare for $29.99 (25% off)
  • Friends – Puppy Championship for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Friends – Heartlake Sports Centre for $33.74 (25% off)
  • Friends – Heartlake Gift Delivery for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Friends – Andrea’s Musical Duet for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Friends – Olivia’s Creative Lab for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Friends – Emma’s Photo Studio for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Juniors – Friends: Emma’s Ice Cream Truck for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Marvel – Guardians of the Galaxy Face-off 2 for $48.74 (25% off)
  • Marvel – Ravager Attack for $14.99 (40% off)
  • Marvel – Spider-Man Ghost Rider Team Up for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Macy’s Bot Drop Dragon for $13.49 (25% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Heligoyle for $29.99 (25% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Ruina’s Lock and Roller for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Lance’s Twin Jouster for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Nexo Knights – King’s Guard Artillery for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Ninjago – Samurai VXL for $44.99 (25% off)
  • Ninjago – Destiny’s Shadow for $29.99 (25% off)
  • Ninjago – Desert Lightning for $18.74 (25% off)
  • Ninjago – Vermillion Attack for $9.74 (25% off)
  • Star Wars – The Phantom for $29.99 (25% off)

The LEGO Store

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Spending $35.00 or more will get you the free dragster shown above. In addition, until January 31, you can get double VIP points on the Mountain Police Headquarters (60174) and the Mining Heavy Driller (60186).

  • Classic – Sand Baseplate for $7.99 (20% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Classic Batcave for $230.99 (30% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn to the Rescue for $31.99 (20% off)
  • Friends – Mini-Dolls Campsite for $14.39 (20% off)
  • What Am I? – Game for $31.99 (20% off)

Mastermind Toys:

  • Batman Movie – Minifigures Series 1 for $2.99
  • BrickHeadz – Black Widow for $5.20 (60% off)
  • Brick Headz – Disney’s Beast for $5.20 (60% off)
  • Ideas – The Beatles Yellow Submarine for $28.00 (60% off)

Toys R Us:
20% off on all Star Wars sets until January 14.

Walmart:

  • City – Fire Boat for $70.00 (30% off)
  • City – Volcano Crawler for $34.86 (30% off)
  • Creator – Treehouse Adventures for $34.86 (23% off)
  • Creator – Lighthouse Point for $50.00 (34% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – 1960s Batcave for $263.89 (20% off)
  • Minecraft – The Nether Fortress for $60.00 (40% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron’s Rock Climber for $50.00 (34% off)
  • Ninjago – Ultra Stealth Raider for $98.00 (25% off)
  • Star Wars – Clone Turbo Tank for $112.00 (20% off)
  • Star Wars – Assault on Hoth for $239.89 (20% off)

LEGO Review – The Old Fishing Store [21310]

The Old Fishing Store is the first LEGO Ideas set to be produced in a similar style to the Creator modular buildings. I think it was high time that such a set was made. Fans really love this style of building, and judging from all the LEGO haul pictures on Twitter and Instagram this past Christmas, the Old Fishing Store is no exception. I was excited to get this set, and the build did not let me down.

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LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store (21310) box art.

Set Summary

NAME: Old Fishing Store
SET #: 21310
THEME: Ideas
COST: $179.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 2049
MINIFIGURES: 4
OF INTEREST: 3 seagulls, a cat, a spider, two crabs, two lobsters, 8 fish
RELEASE DATE: September 2, 2017

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LEGO Old Fishing Store (21310)

Summary Review: 96%

VALUE: 100% (Great value at $0.09 per brick.)
BUILD: 100% (Great design, no complaints here.)
MINIFIGURES: 85% (Low brick-to-fig ratio, but nice characters & critters.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Love it, and you get a lot of build time.)

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LEGO Old Fishing Store (21310)

Review

VALUE: 100%
The Old Fishing Store costs $179.99 in Canada, and comes with 2049 bricks. That means that each brick in this set will cost you $0.09. That is well below the current average of $0.12 seen in the LEGO January 2018 catalogue (click here to read my review). That is a really good value per brick, and earns a full 5/5 (100%).

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LEGO Old Fishing Store (21310)

BUILD: 100%
The Old Fishing Store really looks great. I am sitting with the set right next to me as I type this, and there really isn’t anything that I don’t like about it. It is super detailed. The back wall opens up to give you access to the interior, which is normally a feature that would bother me a little. But, the Old Fishing Store is also designed with a removable roof, making it more like the Creator modular buildings, thus also making it easy to drop anywhere into a city. I like that much more because you are not limiting your city layout by having to accommodate every hinged wall. I also really like the design on this back wall because it incorporates detail and maintains the overall look of the building. This was an issue that I had with the Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters. The back wall of it just looked crappy.

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The LEGO Old Fishing Store (21310) back wall (above) swings open to reveal the interior, but is still nicely detailed.

Opening up the back wall reveals a warehouse like space in which the shop is located. It is just overflowing with accessories and details. It also stays in tune with the rundown look of the exterior, being a little messy inside as well. There is a small stairwell leading up to an office on the pier level of the tower, and a ladder leading up to the top of the tower where there is a telescope out on the observation balcony. Again, there really isn’t anything that bothers me about this set, so I will just go ahead and give the build a full 10/10 (100%).

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Anton from the LEGO Old Fishing Store (21310).

MINIFIGURES: 85%
There are four Minifigures included in the Old Fishing Store. Sadly, one of them is a stumpy ape-child… But, otherwise, I rather like the characters included in the set. The actual name of the Old Fishing Store is “Anton’s Bait Shop”, so you obviously get an Anton Minifigure. He comes complete with a captain’s hat. He has a rather sailor-like look with printed mutton chops on his face and cabled pullover sweater. There is also a dock worker with side burns who sports a beanie and green chest waders, a woman decked out in a fishing vest, and the random kid with no fishing regalia whatsoever. None of these Minifigures have double sided faces, but all have front and back print on their torsos, and some kind of hair/hat. The woman and the dock worker have printed on boots, but Anton and the kid just have plain legs. Normally, I would deduct a small amount of the points for the ape-child, but this set comes with so many Minifigure accessories that the points are easily gained back. Everywhere you look there is an animal or accessory of some sort, it is really awesome. I give the Minifigs in this set a design score of 100%.

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Front view of the Minifigures included with in LEGO’s Old Fishing Store (21310).

With 2049 pieces and four Minifigures, the Old Fishing Store has a brick-to-Minifigure ratio of 512:1. That pretty bad when compared with other sets. The average in the January 2018 catalogue is 199:1. The bad ratio is not surprising for this type of set, and Creator modular buildings tend to lose points in this department with me as well. But, given the number of little critters that are also included with the Old Fishing Store (3 seagulls, a cat, a spider, two crabs, two lobsters, 8 fish), I will giving this set a few more points. If I count 3 of these critters as being worth one Minifigure, it brings the ratio up to 211:1. That earns this set 70% for its brick-to-Minifigure ratio. Averaging this with the design score gives an overall Minifig score of 85%.

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Rear view of the Minifigures included in LEGO’s Old Fishing Store [21310]

ENTERTAINMENT: 100%
The Old Fishing Store took me a solid six hours to build (360 minutes). With a price tag of $179.99 in Canada, each minute of build time cost me $0.50 (or at least it would have if this had not been a Christmas present). That is a great build time value in my books, and I award the old fishing store 100% for it.

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Anton at work in LEGO’s Old Fishing Store [21310].

In terms of my enjoyment of this set, I absolutely love it. It will be placed into my LEGO city with zero modifications. I give it 100% again. I really hope that LEGO produces more Ideas sets like this one (though my wife and bank account might not agree so readily). The enjoyment score and build-time value give the Old Fishing Store an overall entertainment score of 100%.

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So much stuff to choose from when shopping at Anton’s Bait Shop!

Overall: 96%

The Old Fishing Store is definitely among my favorite LEGO sets. It is extremely well designed and detailed. You get a ton of accessories and little animals along with it, as well as hours of build time. While the price tag is high, you get a lot of bricks for that price, and a gorgeous set. The Minifigure count is a little low, but that is offset a bit by all the critters and accessories. I highly recommend the Old Fishing Store.

If you would like to see more photos that I have taken of this set, you can check out my black and white tour of the Old Fishing Store by clicking here, or checking me out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (please subscribe and like). As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

Minifigure Monday – The Tale of Larry (Part I)

The Tale of Larry (Part I)
(An original LEGO inspired poem from True North Bricks)

Moved out of his childhood home,
Went to live out on his own.
Full of hope and feeling free,
Working hard for a degree.

Books and food did not come cheap,
Neither did a place to sleep.
So that he could cover rent,
Off to find a job he went.

Stopping off at a café,
He dropped off his resume.
Soon enough they called him in,
And part-time he did begin.

A job without much allure,
Just a stepping stone for sure.
Meant to be temporary,
So began the tale of Larry.

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This poem was inspired by Larry.

LEGO Colouring Page – Ninja Lloyd

This week, the main character of the Ninjago Movie himself, Lloyd in Green Ninja form. Once again, this image is a replica of the official movie art. Click here to download your free PDF (it will open in a new window). Happy colouring!

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This is a sample of the Ninja Lloyd colouring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free printable PDF file.

Canadian LEGO Deals – Jan. 5-11, 2018

Best Buy:

  • Star Wars – Rathtar Escape for $64.99 (35% off)

Hudson’s Bay:

  • Batman Movie – Clayface Splat Attack for $33.74 (25% off)
  • City – Volcano Exploration Base for $112.49 (25% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Lashina Tank for $13.49 (25% off)

The LEGO Store:

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Spending $35.00 or more will get you the free dragster shown above. In addition, until January 31, you can get double VIP points on the Mountain Police Headquarters (60174) and the Mining Heavy Driller (60186).

  • Classic – Sand Baseplate for $7.99 (20% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Classic Batcave for $263.99 (20% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Harley Quinn to the Rescue for $31.99 (20% off)
  • Friends – Mini-Dolls Campsite for $14.39 (20% off)
  • What Am I? – Game for $31.99 (20% off)

Mastermind Toys:

  • Batman Movie – Minifigures Series 1 for $2.99
  • BrickHeadz – Black Widow for $5.20 (60% off)
  • Brick Headz – Disney’s Beast for $5.20 (60% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Captain Armando Salazar for $5.20 (60% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Super Hero High for $44.00 (60% off)
  • Disney Princess – Petite’s Royal Stable for $5.20 (60% off)
  • Ideas – The Beatles Yellow Submarine for $28.00 (60% off)
  • Juniors – Friends: Andrea and Stephanie’s Beach Holiday for $16.00 (60% off)
  • Juniors – Friends: Mia’s Vet Clinic for $16.00 (60% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Jestro’s Headquarters for $44.00 (60% off)
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $30.00 (60% off)

Toys R Us:
20% off on all Star Wars sets.

Walmart:

  • City – Fire Boat for $70.00 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – 1960s Batcave for $263.89 (20% off)
  • Minecraft – The Nether Fortress for $69.90 (30% off)
  • Ninjago – Ultra Stealth Raider for $98.00 (25% off)
  • Star Wars – Clone Turbo Tank for $112.00 (20% off)
  • Star Wars – Assault on Hoth for $239.89 (20% off)