Ninjago Docks + Temple

Possibly one of the most colourful sets that I have built so far. But then again, this was one of the newer sets and Ninjago is famous for its bright coloured bricks. After the hoo-ha of unnumbered bags, I had no such problem for the Ninjago Docks.

The set comes in 17 numbered bags, each different portion of the build comes within 4 bags. So let’s start off with bags 1 to 4:

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For those with the keen sharp eyes, you will notice that some of the bricks appear warped. The base is actually made out of two pieces and what you see now is actually 3 layers of bricks — the base, a black/green second layer followed by the translucent pieces. So the combination of these 3, will make the edges warp. So do take note of that. Although I feel that this could be avoided when you add the Ninjago City set to the other end to ‘tie’ it down.

And there is plenty of repetition of the translucent bricks and please be careful on the orientation of the bricks, some are placed horizontally, some are vertical and some are just one square brick instead of a rectangle.

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Mill Village Raid + Diagon Alley

Although these two sets differed wildly in their themes, but I needed them for my diorama. Both came with unnumbered bags but since the Mill Village was simpler it wasn’t a problem. That couldn’t be said about the Diagon Alley set. I’m pretty sure this was one of the earliest set as the feel of the bricks were a bit different, the colours on the instruction manual differ a lot especially since each individual building uses a lot of the same colours, and light gray and gray looks almost the same. Being in unnumbered bags made it even harder.

Here are some of the pictures:

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The windmill is hand-cranked, the mill is also set on a higher base which allows you to rotate the mill as you see fit.

These are two halves of the barn I suppose. Which you can open up to reveal the inner workings.

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Possible the worst build so far, and that’s coming from someone who had the Millennium Falcon built. The reasons:

  1. Unnumbered bags
  2. Hard to differentiate colours on the instruction manual
  3. The feel of the bricks is different; I would say this is 80% Lego quality
  4. A lot of repetition in the patterns

The only good thing to come out of this is that if you plan to go down the path of MOC-ing buildings, you will learn a lot of techniques.

Hogwarts Great Hall

This is the review of the Lepin Hogwarts Great Hall. This box set comes with labeled bags so it was pretty easy to build as compared to the Millennium Falcon.

Quality wise, almost the same as the Millennium Falcon although I had trouble sticking on the ‘hair’ on the mini-figures.

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There were a lot of repetitions especially for the walls and also for the latticed windows. Try not to press too hard, but all of them fitted well into the window slots.

As you can see, there is only one covered part of the Great Hall, the other half is easily accessible in case you feel the need to recreate the diorama. The retractable stairs is an interesting feature and it appears as smooth as it should be.

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There is a boat included in the plan which was not in the picture, together with a ?snake, I forgot what it was called in the movies, in which I have it wrapped on the roof in the last picture.

Millennium Falcon (Lepin)

This is my review of the Lepin version of the UCS Millennium Falcon. I bought this set for about USD$160 (MYR 700) from a local dealer and boy, was it worth it. I won’t bore you down with the details, so here’s the complete version. Read more if you want to know more.

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It weighs a whopping 17kg and comes in a big box which is divided into four smaller boxes. With Lepin, it’s called Star Plan, set number 05132. The numbered bags are from 1-17 and each number comes with their own smaller separate bags. The 6 and 9 bags are differentiated with a ‘q’ instead of a 9.

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These are the bags sorted out by numbers, it does look daunting and considering this is the biggest set ever and also my first ever massive build, this will take some beating.

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Home is …

What is home to you? This is a question posed to the public, and you might get tons of responses. A Danish energy company might just have the answer for you, in Mad-Lib style, insert what you think a home is for you and you will get a personalised video in return.

Penang Trip Day 3 (Part 1)

For the third day, we had to wake up early. Not because we had a lot of things to do but because we wanted to try the famous Paya Terubong Nasi Lemak. For those of you who don’t know — Nasi Lemak is a local dish in which the rice is cooked with coconut shavings, giving it an oily look and it is usually paired with eggs, salted nuts, sambal (chili paste) and anchovies. To have a fuller experience, you can also order the curry chicken or beef or any other meaty add-ons that will be offered to you on top of your nasi lemak.

The 'modest' stall on a motorbike

The ‘modest’ stall on a motorbike

A word of warning, nasi lemak is an unhealthy food to start the day off with.

This famous roadside stall (5.380154, 100.274847) sells out pretty quickly if you are not there early. When I was queuing up for the food, people were coming and ordering 5-10 packets each of this delicious breakfast. A word of warning though, this is an exceptionally unhealthy food. You need the GPS coordinates to find the shop, although I think they do have a permanent shop that sells the same thing all day long, but this roadside is the authentic version.

Save the Enviroment version

Save the Enviroment version

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Penang Trip Day 2 (Part 2)

The Blue Mansion

The Blue Mansion

With the rain still coming down, we headed off towards Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. This iconic bluish building was built in the 1890s, but was fully restored only in the late 90s before earning an UNESCO award in 2000. If you want to have an insight into how the rich used to live back in those days, this is the place to visit. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed and there are only tours at certain hours. The other alternative, is to stay a night in one of the rooms.

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