Minifigure Monday – On the Bridge

On the Bridge
(An original Minifigure inspired poem from True North Bricks)

Think about the life I know,
On the bridge, water below.
Sometimes a torrential flow.
Sometimes but a trickle slow.
Always past the waters go,
Moments swept away in tow.

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This poem was inspired by a random shot that took of my Ninjago City set.

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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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Minifigure Monday – My Own Beat

My Own Beat
(An original LEGO® and Harry Potter inspired limerick from True North Bricks)

I am strutting down the street,
Proud to walk on my two feet.
Don’t care for the status quo,
Nor do I go with the flow.
I rock out to my own beat.

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This post was inspired by the Luna Lovegood Minifigure from the Harry Potter series.

Minifigure Monday – Towards A Better You

Towards A Better You
(An original New Year’s reflection from True North Bricks)

Many things are brought to light,
As you look back, in hindsight.
So, take a glance through that lens,
At the past year, as it ends.
Do you have a big regret?
Something you would soon forget?
Moments that were dear to you?
Perhaps you learned a thing or two?
Whatever you see through that glass,
It has already come to pass.
Use lessons learned to help you steer,
Towards a better you this year.

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Take a glance through that lens…

Have a happy and safe New Year’s!

 

Minifigure Monday – An Inclusive Holiday Wish

An Inclusive Holiday Wish
(An original holiday greeting from True North Bricks)

It’s once again that time of year,
The time to spread some festive cheer.
Do you wait for Father Frost,
Or hope that Santa won’t get lost?
You may cheer “hyvää Joulua”,
Or even happy Hanukkah.
A joyous Kwanzaa wish for you,
And a restful Solstice too.
Go sing in Saint Lucia’s light,
Or just sleep through the longest night.
Enjoy a break from work or school,
As well as celebrating Yule.
It might just be the end of year,
And Omisoka drawing near.
Whatever be your holiday,
Season’s greetings, I will say.

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Have a Mariachi Christmas.

Coloring Page – Filius Flitwick

The next in my series of LEGO® Harry Potter coloring pages is Professor of Charms, Filius Flitwick. You can use the link below to download a PDF copy of this coloring page (it will open in a new window). If you like the content here at True North Bricks, I would love it if you followed me here on WordPress (click the “follow” option in the menu to your right), FacebookPinterest, or Twitter for weekly coloring pages. Happy coloring!

Click here to download the Filius Flitwick coloring page

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This is a sample of the Filius Flitwick coloring page, it is not print quality.

Minifigure Monday – Take Joy in the Falling Snow

Take Joy in the Falling Snow
(An original poem from True North Bricks, brought to life with a Minifigure.)

Take joy in the falling snow,
And the winter winds that blow.
Shoveling is good exercise,
And not a thing to despise.
The snow will fall anyway,
It should not ruin the day.
You’ll just be angry in the snow,
With months of winter left to go.

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Winter has come…