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Hispabrick Magazine is back with a brand new issue. Issue 019 is available now for download in English or Spanish. Make sure to get it now, it is easily the best Lego digital magazine out there. And, best of all it is free.
This issue features a great Technic Star Wars Snowspeeder, a massive Tiger’s Nest Monastery MOC, the Lego Movie, and Minifigs. The usual suspects are here too, with Miniland, Technic, and Mindstorms. Plus many interviews and reviews from the world of Lego. A total of 107 pages of content!
Download the full issue here: http://www.hispabrickmagazine.com/en/content/english-hispabrick-magazine-019
Ice Planet is one of the odd 1990’s space themes. It first showed up in 1993, and its cool blue and orange color palette was a huge change when compared to the previous space theme, Space Police II. Commander Cold and his research team had to withstand the hostile planet of Krysto. Equipped with trans-orange chainsaws, the most bad ass weapon Lego has ever molded, the team set out to science.
Even though Ice Planet only lasted one year it managed to make a huge impression on many people. Mr–Jack recently created this amazing painting, inspired by this cool Lego theme. The giant research vehicle in the background is impressive.
Check out Ice Planet 2002 over on Mr–Jack’s deviantART page: http://mr–jack.deviantart.com/art/Ice-Planet-2002-445122386
The newest Lego Minifigures Series is almost here. The Lego Simpsons Minifigures will be available for sale in May, at a price point of $3.99. All 16 Minifigs include unique head sculpts and in most cases new accessories. There is a whole lot of printed pieces in this series. Even though the Minifig heads are definitely Simpsons their bodies and parts mix and match pretty well with other themes. WhiteFang has just posted an early Lego Simpsons Minifigures Review over on Eurobricks.
Each box of the Lego Simpsons will include at least 3 complete sets of Minifigures. The Simpsons family makes up the most common Minifigs, and the smaller characters are the rarest. There are 5 Homer Simpsons, 5 Marge Simpsons, 5 Bart Simpsons, 4 Lisa Simpsons, 4 Maggie Simpsons, 4 Krusty the Clowns, 4 Ned Flanders, 4 Itchys, and 4 Scratchys. The hard to find characters come in sets of 3, with Grandpa Simpson, Apu, Mr. Burns, Nelson, Clancy Wiggum, Ralph Wiggum, and Milhouse. This is probably the best assortment. It favors the whole family, but doesn’t make any of the other character extremely rare. Luckily all of these Minifigs should be pretty easy to feel inside the packaging, as each character is unique.
Lego spent a lot of time creating these new Minifigs and it shows. The attention to detail, and fan references in these Minifigs are all perfect. The one exception is that the fat characters (Homer, Wiggum, and Krusty) look a little bit weird with the default Lego body. It looks like everyone has been on some amazing diet. It would be interesting to see the stomach piece from the Hobbit theme be appropriated here. Still you can sign me up for a whole set. They will look great with the Simpsons House.
Make sure to read the whole review of the Lego Simpsons Minifigures (71005), by WhiteFang, over on Eurobricks: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=91646
Lego has release the first official images for the upcoming Lego Simpsons Collectible Minifigures. These will be available in May at a $3.99 price point. Which happens to be a dollar more then the previous Minifigure Series. The good news is that the new sculpts and accessories kind of make up for this increase. When Lego released the Simpsons House (71006) in February, a whole lot of people were concerned by the facial expressions on the Minifigures. These new figures should make up for that, because all of them (except Maggie) have a more neutral expression. Hopefully this is the first wave of many Minifigs. It would be great to see these last as long as the World of Springfield action figures.
Homer Simpson come with a delicious donut and TV remote. While Marge Simpson comes with a donut magazine and purse.
Lisa Simpson has her saxophone and Bart Simpson come with his green skateboard.
Maggie Simpson has her treasured Bobo, and Grandpa Simpson is reading a newspaper. Check out that micro printing.
Milhouse recently made an appearance in the Lego Movie as a Master Builder, and here he comes with a Biclops comic book. And, Ned Flanders comes with a left handed mug, and tool box.
Krusty the Clown comes equipped with a pie, and Apu gets a Squishee.
Mr. Burns gets Blinky the three eyed fish, and an inanimate rod. While Nelson is up to no good with a bat.
Chief Wiggum is looking thin and comes with a megaphone and police baton. His son, Ralph Wiggum, is looking to Choo-Choo-Choose someone for Valentines day.
Itchy and Scratch are up to some hijinks with an axe and club.
Check out the LegoGenre review of the Simpsons House here: http://legogenre.com/lego-simpsons-house-71006-review-cowabunga/
“Captain Lafayette was proud of his crew, they had sailed with the main fleet into the Caribbean and helped bring terrible ruin to the Pirate Scum lurking on those light blue seas and now were enjoying a much deserved return back to their home port in Québec. Little did Lafayette know thought that some local Pirate Scum were planning a heist, not just any heist but a heist to steal his ship.”
The Port of Québec is an amazing Lego Pirate MOC. Built by Mattius Xavier for Beyond the New World: Colonialism, a Flickr group building Lego MOCs focused on the exploitation and colonization of the Americas. These type of groups have been increasing in popularity, which is a great thing, because they produce some amazing stuff. The Port of Québec looks like a very busy seaport. The use of the newer expressive Lego Minifigure heads adds a lot of life to the display. Plus the trans-blue water looks great. There is a lot of action in this scene.
Check out the Port of Québec, by Mattius Xavier, over on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47225433@N05/13226809083/