Posted by Mike
on Aug 3rd, 2009 in Assemble Toys
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This is the Bricks Set Lego 9039 pack, the last in this set of three. I only have one from the 904x series so I won’t bother doing an in-depth set of posts for those, until I can find the other entire set. The Bricks Set 9037 was an excavator, the Bricks Set 9038 was a motorcycle and the 9038 is a jeep/ATV/tank thing. It kind of looks like an ATV, but the wheel on the back reminds me of a jeep and then there are cannons on it so whatever. The package says the 9039 comes with only 37 pieces, the lowest count in the 903x series. The 9037 says 46 pieces but ended up with 47 and the 9038 is supposed to come with 42 pieces, but there were only 40. The 9039 actually has more then the 9038 with 42 pieces so I don’t know where they are getting there piece counts because it isn’t from counting the pieces in the packs. It also comes with real wheels like the 9037 excavator has. The 9038 has wheels made of Lego for some reason and it doesn’t roll. I guess the odd ones have real wheels and the even ones have wheels made of Legos. Like the others, the 9039 drags out the building into a nine step process and when you’re done, you have your ATV/jeep/tank thing. There aren’t any issues with the instructions like there were with the 9037. Here’s how it looks when it’s built with a front, side and back view. Next up will be trying to build Bricksetron with those three sets without the benefit of any instructions. They never put in the instructions to build it. They just show it’s...
Posted by Mike
on Jul 27th, 2009 in Assemble Toys
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This is part two in the three part series of the Bricks Set Lego toys. The first Bricks Set Lego pack, the Bricks Set 9037, had enough pieces and the instructions to make an excavator. The Bricks Set 9038 is a motorcycle and it’s supposed to come with 42 pieces. There are only 40 pieces, unless you count the figure and instructions, but if that was the case, then the 9037 would have 48 pieces, two over the listed piece count. So you get some instructions to make the motorcycle just like you get with the 9037 to make the excavator. It’s a nine step process to make the motorcycle and there aren’t any issues with the instructions like with the 9037. If you follow the instructions, you’ll get the proper finished product. The instructions also show the two creations you can make if you get both sets of three and then the giant robot you can make if you get all six Bricks Set Lego packs. This is the second of the 3x series. I only have one from the 4x series so I won’t be able to make the giant robot or the tour train thing, but I do have the three for the larger robot. I just don’t have the instructions to make the robot you’re supposed to be able to make so it will take some time to figure it out. I need to make a correction from the 9037 post. I thought the tour train thing was what you could make with the 4x series group of three but it turns out you need all six. You get to make some big car thing with the three from the 4x series. I would rather have the larger robot. Well that’s how it looks when you’re done. It looks like a kid is riding it since the figure is SO much smaller than the motorcycle. The other flaw I can see with it is the wheels, in that is has no wheels to speak of. The excavator has wheels and the 9039(coming soon) toy has wheels, this just has wheels made of blocks so it just slides and has no rolling...
Posted by Mike
on Jul 20th, 2009 in Assemble Toys
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I’ve had this one just about ready to go for a while now so it’s about time I post it. This is a Bricks Set, where the ‘S’ at the end of brick is in fact part of the name. While I agree there’s more than one brick so bricks would be in order, the word set typically implies more than one so it’s kind of redundant. It’s most likely a problem with translation. Something this package seems to have an abundance of. This Lego knock off set is one of many available sets and each one has enough pieces to make a particular vehicle. In this case, it’s a type of excavator. The sets come with the instructions necessary to build whatever is shown on the box so they don’t just throw you to the wolves and let you fumble through it, even though it’s not rocket science. The excavator is listed as coming with a total of 46 pieces, but if you go by the piece picture above(right click on the image and select view image for a larger picture), there are 47 pieces. This is one above what they list, unless they don’t count the Lego man/woman as a piece. Then it has the proper amount. There are only nine steps to follow before you have your own Lego, I mean Bricks Set, excavator thingy that can drive. The wheels that come with the toy will roll so you can push it around and drive it. So let’s follow the instructions and see how this baby turns out. Well this is interesting, I followed the instructions exactly and the body is completely independent of the front and rear wheels. This thing isn’t going anywhere. Let’s take a look at the instructions to see what went wrong. Well it seems the problem happened early on when building the bottom. The 4 green pieces were in a row from front to back instead of grouped in twos to connect the front with the body and then the rear with the body. I just rotated the front two and back two 90 degrees so they would connect everything together and then it worked properly. Here is how it was supposed to turn out. Much better! Well as good as you can do for Lego knock offs. If you look at the green base of the finished product, you can see one dividing line whereas the instructions would have three. That’s where the separation was happening. As I mentioned earlier,...
Posted by Mike
on May 29th, 2008 in Assemble Toys
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Ok, so this isn’t a toy really, but this Guitar Hero guitar was made using construction paper from the dollar store. Inspired by the idea of creating a Guitar Hero looking guitar as a gift idea, I decided to pick up some construction paper from the dollar store in order to make the Guitar Hero guitar decoration look the best it could possibly look. In fact, I think the whole thing came out just so awesome. I mean, put it up to a real Guitar Hero guitar and I can’t tell the difference. The only thing from the dollar store that was used in making this guitar is the construction paper, but that is mostly what you see anyway. Unfortunately, they had no black construction paper so I had to settle for the slightly more festive appearance. It will fit right in with all the other decorations in December. Here is what was used: Broom Construction paper, various colors Computer keyboard box Other cardboard box Pieces of cardboard Wrapping paper roll tube Metal coat hanger Pen cap Tape(lots of it) Sorry for the lack of “the making of” pictures, that wasn’t my concern during the building process. I barely got it done in time as it was. Also, you can’t from this picture, but it’s also about 3 feet tall. Just think of the average sized of a corn bristled broom. The Base The broom is literally the backbone of the guitar for stability. The brush part of the broom is contained within the computer keyboard box by cutting a hole on the slim side just big enough for the broom handle to push from the inside out. Before the keyboard box is taped shut, the coat hanger needs to be cut to make the whammy bar so it can be taped on the inside of the keyboard box. Once it’s taped down from the inside, the whole box can be taped shut. I covered the outside of the keyboard box with yellow construction paper, you can’t see it from this angle. The flipper on the middle of the base is just a triangle shaped piece of cardboard covered in yellow construction paper that is taped down under the green construction paper. The flimsy cardboard allows for a “playing” feel since it does move back and forth. The yellow rectangular base looked a little ordinary so I cut out the red and green hourglass shapes and taped those on. No cardboard, just construction paper. Very festive. Oh, and the...
Posted by Mike
on Feb 2nd, 2008 in Assemble Toys
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Here is another toy that you need to put together before you can play with it, the Pull String Airplane toy marked Ultrasonic Air Bus B-747. Unlike the new wacky mini bike, you can sort of play with the toy airplane because of string you can pull to make it to spin the wheels and make it drive. Well roll actually, it only really goes straight. At least planes have wheels though, that build a copter with the pull back action sure was dumb. I would’ve preferred the landing bars or whatever they are. But before you can do that, you have to put it together. No Instructions, I hope I can figure it out. Easier to build than the build a copter but worse than the wacky new concept bike, it doesn’t take long. Have a look at the finished product. Superman View of the Ultrasonic Air Bus B-747. There is only one blue engine sticker. Probably would make a better model. Right behind the wheels is the black pull string to fun. Before I could try the pull string action, I had to bend the wings up or the wheels wouldn’t touch the ground. Some craftsmanship on the toy plane. At least it has some power when you pull the string as long as you don’t pull the string out too far or else it won’t go back in without some...