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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Coloring Page – Crazy Scientist

This week’s coloring page is a throwback to 2011, and Minifigures Series 4. I was inspired to draw this character when I saw it used in the ad for Radley’s “Build a LEGO® Lab” competition. 2018 marked the first year that I made an entry (though sadly, I did not win), so I decided to commemorate the occasion by making this coloring page. You can use the link below to download a free, printable PDF (it will open in a new window).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS COLORING PAGE

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This is a sample of the Crazy Scientist coloring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free, printable PDF.

Pick-and-Build Minifig Update (Sept. 2018)

I made my way to the LEGO® Store recently to check out the pick-and-build Minifigure station. It is always good to check at least once a season for some new, holiday related part. Luckily, I was not disappointed on my recent trek, and Halloween pieces were aplenty.

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The reason for my Pick-and-Build purchase at the LEGO® Store.

The parts available now allow you to build variations on past ghouls from retired Minifigure series, but you can also get your hands on Jack-o-Lanterns. Despite my recent Harry Potter Minifigure purchases (made on a separate trip), I could not resist. I made myself three characters, and scored three pumpkins in the process.

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Most of the parts for Spider Lady from Minifigures Series 14 are available in the new selection of parts at the LEGO® Store.

The first Minifig that I built was essentially Spider Woman, from Series 14. The only parts missing in the current pick-and-build selection are the cape pieces she originally came with. In terms of differences, her face print is ever so slightly changed when it comes to the makeup. The detailing on her dress is the same in terms of pattern, but it has been printed in pink instead of red. The silver spiders from the original have been replaced with a darker grey, and a necklace has been added as well. Finally, the hairpiece does not have the spider web printed on it.

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Witch pieces available in the current LEGO® Store pick-and-build selection for fall 2018.

You can also make a variation on the Wacky Witch from the same series. Her pants were not available when I went, but they were a couple of months ago. So, your local store might have them. Again, the cloth piece (skirt) was not available. Like with the Spider Woman, the makeup printing is slightly different from the original in terms of color. The colors used on her torso appears to be the same on first glance, but side-by-side, you can see that the coloring on the newer version is more vibrant. The hat/hairpiece is also a different color, going from purple and grey on the original to different shades of tan on this variant. You can get a broom stick, but I really wanted those pumpkins.

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Vampire pieces available in the current LEGO® Store pick-and-build selection for fall 2018.

My last Minifigure is a vampire. He looks pretty similar to Lord Vampyre from the Monster Hunters theme of old. He does not have a double-sided face though, and the head is not glow in the dark. Instead, he comes with only the fang-bearing print, and a grey skin tone. Like with the others, you can’t get the cape. Finally, the detailing on this Minifigure’s torso has been changed from red to purple. You can get a bat as an accessory if you so choose.

I thought these were fun, seasonal changes to the pick-and-build station. The Jack-o-Lanterns are great, and can actually be worn over a Minifigure head. I guess this really means that fall is in the air though… Did you build your own Halloween characters? Feel free to comment below.

Until next time,

-Tom

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Coloring Page – Flowerpot Girl

To go along with this week’s upcoming Minifigure Monday post, today’s coloring page is Flowerpot Girl from Series 18. Click here to download your free, printable PDF file (it will open in a new window).

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This is a sample of the Flowerpot Girl coloring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free, printable PDF file.

Minifigure Monday – The Cat’s Out of the Bag

The Cat’s Out of the Bag
(An original Minifigure inspired poem from True North Bricks)

I knew that there was something there,
Though what it was, you would not share.
The secret really had you choked,
So I prodded and I poked.
Sorry to have been a nag,
But, now the cat’s out of the bag.

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This poem was inspired by Cat Costume Girl from Minifigures Series 18.

Minifigure Monday – The Beast Inside

The Beast Inside
(An original Minifigure inspired poem from True North Bricks)

In each of us does it hide,
Silently time does it bide.
In each of us is a trigger,
That brings it forth with a vigor.
Beware of the beast inside.

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This poem was inspired by Dragon Suit Guy from Minifigures Series 18.

Review – Easter Bunny

As I was making the coloring page for this long Easter weekend, it occurred to me that I had not yet posted anything about this month’s LEGO Store freebie. As many of you know, spending $35 or more this past month got you a free Easter Bunny Minifigure. It was also double VIP points, so I got my Easter Bunny with the purchase of the Creator Downtown Diner (which I am still in the process of building whenever time permits… hopefully this long weekend will afford me some time to finish it).

The Easter Bunny is a really nice Minifig. While he does not have a double-sided face, he does come with a white bunny hood (which has come on other Minifigures before). This Minifigure has plain white legs, but comes with both front and back printing on his torso. As accessories, you get a painted Easter egg, and a paint brush. If this Minifigure had come as part of a set, I would give it 12/15 (80%) for design using my rating scale.

The promotion at the LEGO Store for this Minifigure is almost over, but you still have today and tomorrow (March 30-31, 2018) to get one. You can spend $35 or more online or in store to get it. Some stores could be out of stock by now, but if you want it for this weekend, then that is still probably your best bet. It is a fun, seasonal character to add to your collection.

Until next time,

-Tom