Just a quick note today to wish you a spooky (and safe) Halloween! Happy trick-or-treating.
Until next time,
My pumpkin this year, along with the LEGO® pumpkin I recently bought.
If you are just joining me this week, this is the fifth installment in a series that outlines my custom LEGO® police station. To navigate to other parts in the series, you can use the following links:
This week, I am really excited to present the fifth level of my custom LEGO® police station. Being a scientist at heart, this is my favorite part of the project. Level five of my police station is the CSI lab for processing evidence from crime scenes. I have set it up so that my lab technicians are working to identify the skeletal remains of an unknown Minifigure.
There is a lot going on in my little laboratory. Examining the image above, you can see the autopsy table where the Minifigure remains are being studied. At the foot of the table, there is a sink, and a chest of drawers for storing the dissection tools. Next to the table (left of the image), I have placed a stand with an overhead lamp for extra illumination of the specimen, as well as a swiveling arm with a magnifying glass for seeing minute details more clearly. On the lab bench behind the autopsy table, another Minifigure is busy examining samples using the microscope, with a pad of paper on the table ready for notes. Though only partially visible in this picture, there is also a computer on the lab bench (right hand side of the image, the vertical curved surface is the rear of the screen).
In the corner behind the microscope station, there is a chemistry experiment in the works. You can see an electronic balance (with a red jar on top), next to a ceramic cooling plate with an Erlenmeyer flask on top (green liquid). Look carefully and you will see a dinosaur calendar on the back wall, which I re-purposed from the Jurassic World Stygimoloch Breakout set (click here to read my review of that set). There is also a Bunsen burner heating up another Erlenmeyer flask, which is attached to a retort stand. The machine you see in the corner is an autoclave for experiments requiring high heat, or for the sterilization of autopsy tools. On the back wall is an evidence board.
Given that there is work being done with chemicals, no chemistry lab would be complete without a safety shower for emergencies. This shower is tucked away in the corner next to the elevator door (marked “police”). There is actually also a fire extinguisher on the wall next to the safety shower, but I can’t angle my camera to actually catch it in a photograph well.
Since chemistry can occasionally involve toxic fumes, and lab safety is important, in the above image, you can see there is also a fume hood. The yellow device next to it is the fridge and freezer for storing samples. Both the smaller, upper door (freezer), and the larger, lower door (fridge) open to reveal stored samples. Behind the Minifigure is the door to the chemical storage locker. You will also notice a stud on the lab bench in the foreground. This stud is where the computer that I mentioned earlier sits. I removed it for this photo to give a clearer view of the fume hood and fridge.
Last, but not least, is the all important chemical storage locker. It is situated on the opposite side of the elevator from the safety shower. It is important to have a space to safely store flammable or dangerous substances. This room is separated from the rest of the lab by door.
I had a lot of fun designing this level of the police station. I couldn’t squeeze in everything my science-geek heart would have desired, but I think I did a pretty good job of representing some of the lab environment staples. Have you built your own science lab out of LEGO®? Let me know about it in the comments below.
Until next time,
With Halloween coming up, I thought this week’s Minifigure Monday should help set the mood!
Light That Pumpkin Bright
(An original Halloween inspired poem featuring Minifigures from True North Bricks)
Tonight it is All Hallows Eve,
An eerie chill you might perceive.
Tonight the spirits wander in,
The veil between our worlds is thin.
Tonight you might receive a scare,
So go out only if you dare.
Tonight to save yourself a fright,
Make sure you light that pumpkin bright.
This week’s coloring page is the Mad Scientist from Minifigures Series 14. What can I say? I like scientist characters… even if they are a little mad. Use the link below to download a free, printable PDF (it will open in a new window).
This year was supposed to be the year that I finally took part in Bricktober, and finally got myself one of those exclusive Toys R Us Minifigure packs. In the past, I have always made my October purchase at the LEGO® Store because I have always felt that double VIP points, and whatever monthly freebie that went with it, was always a better deal. Don’t get me wrong, I think those Bricktober Minifigure packs are awesome, and I have been tempted by them each and every year. But, double points and a freebie trumps four Minifigs in my personal opinion. This year, with no announcement of double VIP points when the October LEGO® Store calendar came out, I decided to go with Toys R Us. But, it was not meant to be…
As it turned out, double VIP points was back this October. Instead of being the whole month, like it has been in the past, it was announced partway through the month, and only for the last two weeks of October. On a recent trip to the LEGO® Store, I asked an associate about the fact these events have not been advertised the last few times, and I was told that LEGO® Store employees don’t even know they are coming until they start nowadays. In any case, I opted to make a big purchase that I have been eyeing for some time in order to rack up my points. I bought Ninjago City Docks, and a pick-a-brick cup (they had 1×1 and 1×2 dark grey bricks that I am in desperate need of for my MOCs). That also landed me the freebie Minifigure frame that is currently being offered with purchases over $75.
In terms of the frame, I was a little underwhelmed. I have seen Minifig frames for sale before, and have even been tempted to get one. However, this one is nothing really special. The whole thing is actually cardboard. I will still put it up for now, but one day I might change it for a higher quality one. I can’t complain too much about this because it was free. You also get a 32×32 baseplate with it, and bunch of pieces used to build the Minifigure stands. A baseplate this size with normally set you back $10. So, if you don’t like the cardboard frame, you can trash it for a the new, dark grey baseplate that is glue to it. There is also a LEGO® printed tile in the mix.
This frame also comes with an exclusive Minifigure. I quite like this character. He comes with a rubber duck flotation device, like the one we saw in the LEGO® Batman Movie Minifigure series. It is really his facial expressions and t-shirt that I find amusing though. He has a double-sided face, with one side featuring Kanye-style sunglasses. The other side, which you don’t get to see on the packaging and ads, is this hilarious whistling expression that makes him look like he’s checking out some hottie walking by. To add to the story, he’s wearing a cheese-ball tank top that shows a muffin with the word “stud” written on it.
So, am I sad that I missed out on the great Bricktober promos this year? A little. But, I now have enough VIP points to get a pretty decent sized, free set. The frame was nice to get as a freebie, and at worst it gives me a cool Minifig, and a free baseplate. While it is cardboard, I will still use it to display the Minifig series I am collecting at any given time. How do you feel about this year’s Bricktober versus double VIP points/frame promotions? I’m curious to hear which option you went for and what your reasoning was.
Until next time,
CHAPTERS & INDIGO BOOK STORES
A large number of sets across all themes are 20% off online (not sure if this sale extends to stores). Not all sets are on sale, and generally speaking, large and hard-to-find sets are excluded.
You will require a membership to access the following deals online. The prices are compared to the regular price at the LEGO® Store.
Until November 1, all toys are 20% off for the “Bay Days” promotion. This includes LEGO®.
THE LEGO® STORE
Double VIP points is on at the LEGO® Store from October 15 until October 31 on all sets!!! Also from the 15th until the 31st, spending over $75 will get you a free Minifigure frame and exclusive Minifig. Unless otherwise mentioned, the following sales are 20% off:
TOYS R US
Bricktober concludes this week with the Harry Potter Minifigure pack. Spending over $75 will get you one pack. Additionally:
Remember to check your local stores in addition to the list below, as the deals might be different from what is shown online. In some cases, the stores have better deals…
Welcome back to the tour of my custom LEGO® police station. If you happen to be joining me for the first time this week, you can use the following links to navigate to other articles in this series:
The fourth floor of my police station is the office space for my detectives. This is the floor where much of the work gets done, so it also includes some amenities, like a bathroom. The bathroom is in a corner of the building, next to the elevator shaft. There is a floor to ceiling window here, which could make going to the bathroom a little awkward… but I figured that there is no neighboring building that can look in, so what the heck. My plan is to currently have this side of the building facing the sea in my current city layout, so officers will have a nice view while on the can 😉
In terms of other amenities, there is also a coffee machine and fish tank to entertain officers on break. The coffee station is on the opposite side of the elevator shaft from the bathroom, so you will get an equally nice view while on break as you would in the bathroom. The fish tank is actually from the Mountain Police Headquarters set, which was re-purposed as part of this MOC (click here to read the set review).
The remainder of the floor is office space. There are three desks with computers for detectives to work at, and an evidence board. Being a Batman fan, I have incorporated characters from the LEGO® Batman Movie into this build. Barbara Gordon can be found on this floor, as can chief O’Hara. As part of my on-going story in this set, the Joker’s wanted poster is on one of the desks. Joker himself was in lock-up on level 2. The officers are probably feeling pretty good, having apprehended the Clown Prince of Crime, oblivious to the fact that he is planning to escape through his cell’s toilet… read my description of level 2 (click here) if you have no idea what I am talking about.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of level four. Next time, I will be sharing my favorite floor in this project, the CSI lab. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments field below. If you are enjoying this series on my latest MOC, I would love it if you followed me here on WordPress (click the “follow” option in the menu to your right), on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter for regular updates.
Until next time,