Monday, October 29, 2012

Week in Review: October 22


Pick of the Week

Air Tractor Fire Boss (mechanic catch&release water bricks)
by Zorko.huljic

 Support Level: 34

This is a very impressive recreation of a unique aircraft.  There is also a great "water" (brick) drop feature as this aircraft is used in firefighting.  The use of skies for the propellers is well implemented   Zorko.huljic offers this design in two scale which is quite helpful for the supporter.


The only issue I can see is that the design uses outdated hinge elements (that I really wish were still avialable).  Nothing Lego designers can't handle though. 

 

Honorable Mentions

My honorable mention is the Pumpkin Factory which is reviewed below


Week of Cuusoo

I decided to put the cutoff at 3 support this week.

Pumpkin Factory
by Redcokid

Support Level: 78

I don't usually go for Modulars (I got to stop saying that) but this one is just so lovely with the Autumn color scheme.  One of the unusual things about Cuusoo is that though a certain level of support can be garnered by current events the sets themselves can take ages to come about...fortunately every year has an Autumn. 

There is an elevator mechanic: video here. The mechanic is even more impressive when you realize that the floors come apart. 

I would however like to see more details on the extra floors. 


Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
by Redcokid

Support Level: 58

This is an impressive looking building, front and back and the dome is well implemented.  I would be much more forgiving to it if it was not specifically the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

To me though it fails to capture the grandeur of the Museum.  I see this being half way in between two states and thus failing to achieve greatness in either.  The full scale of the Museum could only be captures in "architecture" scale (or a mind boggling modular).  The Modular displayed would imply that the internals would be worthy of the Museum but those are mostly taken up by empty floor space and an elevator.

Get an Elephant in there!    



STAR WARS - collectible jedi council seats
by Reekardoo

Support Level: 51

This is certainly an interesting concept.  Reekardoo has done an great job with the chairs but chairs are always a problem for Lego.  They always demonstrate that figures lack knees.  So, this chairs look enormous.  I mean, they look great, but the chair on the left is suppose to have Anakin or Mace Windu.  If you were to picture the fig as person you can see they would have to climb into that chair.  Its more of a lounge at that state. 

Again, to be clear, I think the designs are excellent.  If anything I am talking to my frustration for designing aesthetically pleasing or logically consistent designs around the minifig leg design.   



City - A Day at the Beach
Support Level: 21
UFO Scorpion Ship
Support Level: 15


white remote-controlled truck
Support Level: 13
Revenge of Scarecrow!
Support Level: 13
Genesis
Support Level: 12


Hippie Van
Support Level: 11


Amtrak Surfliner train set
Support Level: 9
Modular Monsters House
Support Level: 9


Musical Box
Support Level: 8
Music Series
Support Level: 7


LegoRing
Support Level: 7
Octan Bi-trem
Support Level: 6


Mystical Series
Support Level: 6
lego bat pod dark knight
Support Level: 5


Lego Technic ( a 3 in 1 set)
Support Level: 4
Paladin's Chess set 2012
Support Level: 4


beige and white house
Support Level: 4
Lego subway station
Support Level: 4
Luxury Cruise Ship
Support Level: 3


Minotuar War
Support Level: 3