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LEGO Ideas: The Flintstones

I love anything LEGO but when I saw the announcement for this set, I knew I had to get it ASAP. Luckily, VIP card holders could order it a week early (it’s coming out on March 1st) and I received it yesterday – I got interrupted by the postman as I was building Shanghai Architecture set. That was a nice surprise!

I really enjoyed building this set: the colors are great (the separator tool comes in teal), the details are cool, the car comes with a large order of ribs, etc. The only thing missing is Dino, the Flintstones pet.

Fred and Wilma Flintstone
Barney and Betty Rubble

Yabadabadoo!

— Fred Flintstone
ModelThe Flintstones
SeriesIdeas
Set numbe21316
Pieces748
Year released2019
Size36 cm x 19 cm x 12 cm
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LEGO Architecture: Shanghai

I was very excited to get the Shanghai Architecture set, as I’ve been there a couple of years ago. Interestingly, though, one of the buildings wasn’t there yet when I went: the Shanghai Tower was only completed in 2015.

Overall, it was a nice build but I have to admit I was a little disappointed by the Shanghai World Financial Center – the one that looks like a bottle opener. All Architecture sets I built so far look nice both from the front and back. With the Shanghai set though, if you look at it from the back, you’ll see the “bottle opener” building doesn’t look complete.

“New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Shanghai doesn’t even sit down, and not just because there is no room.”

Patricia Marx
ModelShanghai
SeriesArchitecture
Set number21039
Pieces597
Year released2018
Size26.5 cm x 19 cm x 7 cm
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LEGO Christmas Gift Box

Among this year’s seasonal sets, LEGO released a gift box that opens up to reveal a Christmas scene. The set includes building instructions, two plates and four bags of bricks, including two Minifigures.

Both Minifigures (a child and an adult) come with a choice of haircuts and facial expressions so you can customize them and get creative. I love the t-shirt the kid is wearing, which sports the classic spaceman – known as Benny in the LEGO movie. 

You’ll need to remove the top plate to open the box and reveal the Christmas scene. On one side there’s a table, a chimney with Christmas ornaments, windows and, a toy train. On the other side, there’s a decorated tree surrounded by gifts, a clock, and a chair.

Last year, we got the Nutcracker. I prefer this one.  🙂 Thank you LEGO for keeping me balanced. Happy Holidays! 🎄

ModelChristmas Gift Box
SeriesSeasonal
Set number40292
Pieces301
Year released2018
Size19 cm x 14 cm x 7 cm
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LEGO Creator Expert: MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper set came out in 2014 and is somehow a set I was never interested in getting, even though my dream as a teenage girl was to own one and live in Notting Hill – like in a Richard Curtis movie. Go figure.

I got this set during the Black Friday promotion – along with a bunch of Architecture sets. It comes with 2 instruction booklets, 3 sets of bricks and over 1,000 pieces. I love how compact it is, even with so many pieces: a great nod to the original MINI Cooper Mark VII model, the last of its kind (it was produced from 1996 to 2000).

To list a few of the cool features and details:

  • the doors open,
  • the hood opens to reveal the engine,
  • the trunk opens so you can store stuff,
  • there’s a hidden trap in the trunk to store the spare wheel,
  • the steering wheel and the dashboard are located on the right-hand side of the car,
  • the set comes with a picnic basket (water, glasses, cheese, bread, and a checkered blanket),
  • it comes in a traditional dark green with a white roof and stripes,
  • the roof can be removed easily to access the inside of the car,
  • you can fold the seats to let passengers get to the back of the car,
  • and you get a choice of registration plates: UK, Germany, Denmark, Australia, and the US.

I went with the UK plates of course. 🙂 Overall it’s a great build. The only element that bothers me is the roof, which they weren’t able to nail: the angles are too sharp in my opinion, but then again, it’s made of bricks so what can you do?

Here are a few pictures:

ModelMINI Cooper Mk VII
SeriesCreator – Expert
Set number10242
Pieces1077
Year released2014
Size11 cm x 25 cm x 14 cm

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LEGO Architecture: New York City

Here are some pictures of by latest build.

I really like LEGO’s Architecture series – I already had Buckingham Palace, London and the Arc de Triomphe which are places I visited. I thought it’d be nice to get NYC and Shanghai, since I’ve been there, too but I ended up getting Chigago and Las Vegas as well.

I guess I’ll have to visit these places (when I can fly again). Like Hard Rock Cafe tees, it doesn’t feel right to own these sets when I haven’t been there. 😅

ModelNew York City
SeriesArchitecture
Set number21028
Pieces598
Year released2016
Size25 cm x 26 cm x 4 cm
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LEGO bricks: then and now

My grandparents have these old toys in their basement, from when we were kids, and also from when our parents were kids.

The other day, I was watching a video on the history of LEGO and learned that the LEGO brick was hollow when it first came out. Inner tubes were added later to make builds stronger and more stable.

Knowing a box of old LEGO was stored in that basement, I went and checked in the hope to find some. And I did. 🙂


Bonus: I also brought this cool sorting tray from 1972 home. It’s item number is 793.

Blue LEGO sorting tray