January 2019 Haul

It feels like it was just over a week ago that I posted my last haul article… oh wait a minute, it was… I had originally planned to wait until later in January to make another LEGO® purchase. However, this week the LEGO® Store surprised me with a unique freebie. Apparently the LEGO® Group has now opened its 100th store in North America, and to celebrate, they released a commemorative Minifigure. I had some gift cards from Christmas to spend, so I figured why not? In addition to that, I have an update on the Build-a-Mini tower for you, some other freebie info, and my haul!

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My January 2019 LEGO® Haul.

To begin with, you needed to spend $50 in store to get yourself the commemorative Minifigure. So, I spent a while contemplating just what I should get. It was a hard decision. I ended up picking up Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate (75930). I have wanted this set for a while because I love dinosaurs, the Jurassic Park franchise, and I can see loads of MOC possibilities with this set. Plus, like I said, I had some gift cards. So, I had the option of going with a more extravagant set this time around. You all seem to like Jurassic World content as well. For the last few weeks, my Jurassic World posts have been getting some major hits. So, I’ll have more of those articles and coloring pages heading your way soon.

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Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate

The second set you see in the image above is actually not part of my purchased haul, but I did get it this month. I caught up with a good friend who gave it to me as a belated Christmas present. So, since it missed the Christmas haul post, it gets a mention here. I am actually pretty excited to put this one together. One of my favorite Batman story lines in recent years has been The Court of Owls. This set, Batman: The Attack of the Talons, is based on that (Talons were assassins for the Court of Owls in the comics).

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Batman: Attack of the Talons

I also check the Build-a-Mini tower every time I go to the LEGO® Store, just to see if there are new pieces. As luck would have it, this time there was. There were some leftovers from Christmas (you could build Mrs. Claus, there was an elf hat with elf ears, and Santa hats too). But, those were out of season, so I didn’t go for them. There were other unique parts that are worth mentioning though. As many of you know, if you are patient and willing to collect odds and ends from the Build-a-Mini tower, you can eventually put together pretty good facsimiles of Minifigures from a retired series. This time around, I saw the pants and hair for the Karate Master from series two. I didn’t get those though. But, I did pick up the following:

  • the red mohawk from the Battle Dwarf seen in series 17
  • a different color variant of the backpack worn by the Hiker in series 16
  • the panda mask from series 12
  • the saw from the Construction Worker in series 13
  • the bulldog from series 17
  • torso from the Thespian in series 8
  • torso from the Motorcycle Mechanic in series 10
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Front view of the Build-a-Mini figurines that I put together.

As I mentioned with the backpack before, it is not unheard of to get different color variations of parts seen in sets or from the Minifigure series. I was particularly intrigued on this trip to find a blond version of Barbara Gordon’s hair from the LEGO® Batman Movie. Until now, that piece was uniquely seen in those sets (to the best of my knowledge). There was also two different options of two-toned legs sporting the pants and boots looks (I picked up one version). Two of my characters were made to have an oriental style of dress to go with the MOC I recently started. The third was built to have a punk look.

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Rear view of the Build-a-Mini figurines that I put together.

And now, on to the pièce de résistance… the commemorative Minifigure. This is actually a two part freebie. First, you get the Minifigure. It comes in a Comic Con-esque blister pack with a golden card insert. The Minifigure is actually a variant of the polybag that was given away at the LEGO® Store in 2013. However, this time, he comes with a front and back printed torso, and a printed 2×4 brick. The other part of the freebie is a golden poster.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, any purchase at the LEGO® Store got you a LEGO® Movie 2 double-sided poster. My LEGO® Store was even kind enough to give me TWO of these posters, so I can display both sides simultaneously!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share any thoughts in the comments space below. More of you have been reaching out in recent weeks, and I have genuinely enjoyed the interactions (meeting new LEGO® fans was one of the reasons I started True North Bricks, after all).

Until next time,

-Tom

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Christmas Haul 2018

The build up to Christmas always seems so long, and then it is over in a flash. I hope all of you took the time to enjoy it. It was hectic for me, but I still love Christmas. This year was particularly fruitful in terms of LEGO® sets. My wife and I bought our first house this past year, so my LEGO® budget has been drastically slashed in the last few months. My family really came together to help me keep True North Bricks going with set reviews. I got a super haul, and I am really excited to get building and reviewing over the next few weeks. So, what did I get?

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My Christmas 2018 Haul… I was spoiled this year 🙂

  • Batgirl Minifigure Keychain
  • 30184 – Creator: Pirate Roller Coaster
  • 40289 – Harry Potter: Diagon Alley (micro build)
  • 40292 – Buildable Holiday Present
  • 40305 – The LEGO® Brand Store
  • 40311 – Xtra: Traffic Lights
  • 60165 – City: 4×4 Response Unit
  • 60181 – City: Forest Tractor
  • 60193 – City: Arctic Air Transport
  • 60195 – City: Arctic Mobile Exploration Base
  • 60205 – City: Train Tracks
  • 70608 – Ninjago Movie: Master Falls
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Buildable Holiday Present, train tracks, Diagon Alley, Xtra Traffic Lights, and Batgirl keychain.

A couple of the items on the list were fillers or freebies. I know my wife took advantage of double VIP points on Black Friday, which also landed me the Diagon Alley and Buildable Holiday Present. Then she convinced some other family members to shop on the surprise double VIP points weekend in early December. The Xtra polybag and Batgirl came along then to fill the cart… sadly LEGO® had run out of the carousel freebie. I also got the train tracks. Who doesn’t always need more train tracks?

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Pirate Roller Coaster

Two roller coaster sets were released this year. One was the huge Creator version. I would LOVE to have that set… but it is a little too pricey for now. I was happy that a more affordable variant was also released. The Pirate Roller Coaster has the added perk of being pirate themed (as the name suggests). I was big on pirate sets when I was younger, and this is a fun way to bring that nostalgia into my city.

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The LEGO® Brand Store

My sister got me the LEGO® Brand Store on a recent trip to New York. This set has been a little hard to come by in Canada (at least in my neck of the woods). I have some renovation plans for the MOC LEGO® Store in my city, and this will help out with those.

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4×4 Response Unit

The 4×4 Response Unit will bolster my coast guard, which I started to collect for my trip to Costa Rica this past summer. Believe it or not, I don’t actually have a LEGO® squid yet, so that is a score in my books too. I will eventually build my LEGO® beach, so this set will fit nicely.

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Forest Tractor

The Forest Tractor is a set that has been on my wish list for a while. My dad works in the forestry industry, and I used to occasionally go on business trips with him when I was little. I went to logging sites and shows, which were full of equipment like this. I even got to drive similar machines when I was lucky. So, this set has a lot of sentimental value for me.

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Arctic Air Transport

The Arctic sets were also big on my list this year. I waited to buy them myself because I wanted snow outside before I photographed them. I am really looking forward to those photo shoots. I am also a science geek, so the whole idea of digging up frozen creatures from the past is always fascinating. Additionally, LEGO® animals are one of the things I like to collect. The woolly mammoth and saber-tooth tiger were must-haves!

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Arctic Mobile Exploration Base

Finally, Master Falls, has also been on my wish list for a while. I am looking forward to getting a closer look at the building techniques for this rope bridge. I will find a place for it in my city (or outskirts thereof). It should be fun to photograph as well.

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Master Falls

That was a long ramble… can you tell that I had a quiet and uneventful Christmas Day? I hope you did too. Though I said it in my post yesterday, I will say it again. Happy Holidays to all of you, my readers, and thanks for continuing to swing by my little corner of the web.

Until next time,

-Tom

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Merry Christmas, I hope you all had wonderful LEGO® hauls.