IKEA RIBBA Frame for Batman Collectible Minifigure Series

Following the last post where I showed how to build a RIIBA frame for the Disney Minifigures, this time I decided to create a small video describing all the process.

You can find the background used in the above video here.

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How to build RIBBA Frame for Disney Minifigures

My favorite way of displaying my minifigures is using an IKEA RIBBA frame. It’s cheap, keeps the minifigures away from dust, you can add a cool background to it and is an awesome way do show them off. It’s such a good way that LEGO released a similar way to display them, but without the protective glass.

(click on the link to check the item on the LEGO shop)

In my opinion the official LEGO option has 2 major drawbacks compared to the RIBBA approach: It does not allow to add a background and does protected the minifigures from dust.

With this, lets start to build the RIBBA frame. In this example i’m using the Disney collectible minifigures with a background I made and that you can get for free here.

Step 1: The Background

Just print your favorite background and glue it to the back of the RIBBA frame.

Step 2: The Placeholder

With some old LEGO parts make a placeholder where you will insert the Black Slope Inverted 45º 2 x 2 (part 3660). It’s crucial that in the lower part of the inserts you put an old flat tile 1X2 so that you can easily remove the placeholder.

For this collection I adapted the placeholder to have a total of 18 inserts (6 on each row). The maximum number of inserts a RIBBA can take is 21 (7 on each row).

Step 3: Inserting the Pieces

Start gluing the Black Slope Inverted through the inserts. Glue the back part of the Slope and inserted it in a free space. Remember that you need to put the slope as near the flat tile as possible.

I used hot glue for this. For my experience, hot glue makes the slopes more stable then other types of glue. But be careful: you will not have a second try because the glue dries in seconds.

 

Step 4: Closer look to the piece insertion on the placeholder

With some more detail.

Step 5: The completed background

After you glue all the slopes, wait 5 minutes and remove the placeholder.

Step 6: The completed background with all the Minifigures

Just insert all the minifigures in the slopes and the most difficult part is done.

For some minifigures like the Little Mermaid I usually use adhesive Blu tack or UHU Patafix because other way they will not fit.

Step 7: Inserting the background into the frame

After all the minifigures are in place, just insert the background into the Frame, closet and job completed!

Hope you liked it. I’ll soon make a video with the Batman collectible minifigures that will show all the steps of the process in detail. Stay tunned.

R3-M2 Astromech droid is now available with any Star Wars purchase!

The day after May the 4th promotion ended, LEGO gives us the new promotion in Europe, be astromech droid from the Rogue One movie, R3-M2™.

The polybag is special because it seems to be part of a collection of astromech polybags that LEGO is going to launch. It a a special base that interconnects

It’s now available on the UK, New Zealand and other Europe countries. It is expected to Be available in the US an Canada in the next couple of hours.

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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveilled

Just a couple of weeks ago I’ve posted about LEGO’s sneak peak of the Saturn V set and now LEGO revealed, through its Facebook page, 7 photos of the latest LEGO Ideas set: The NASA Apollo Saturn V.

The set has 1969 pieces which is an interesting number because this was the year the Apollo 11 was launched. It stands over 39″ (100cm) high which makes this one of the tallest sets LEGO has ever commercialized.

One of the things I do not like in the set is the inclusion of microfigures. I understand why: the Master Builders wanted a figure that was proportional to size of the Lunar Landing. But the inclusion of 3 Minifigures would be the cherry on the top of the cake and is the greatest let down of this set.

The set seems to have a lots of changes compared to the original one. LEGO’s version seems more clean and is noticeable the changes in both the “Eagle” Lunar Lander and the Lunar Orbiter. One thing is good: LEGO kept all the features of the original Ideas model (except the minifigures…).

Speaking of features, here is the official press release:

21309 – NASA Apollo Saturn V
Available June 1, 2017.
Ages 14+. 1,969 pieces.
$119.99

Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon!

Display and role-play with this majestic meter-high LEGO® brick model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. Packed with authentic details, it features 3 removable rocket stages, including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.

• Features a meter-high (approximately 1:110 scale) model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V with a removable S-IC first rocket stage with main rocket engine details, removable S-II second rocket stage with rocket engine details, removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft, plus 3 stands to display the model horizontally.
• The Apollo spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter.
• Also includes 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures.
• Great for display and role-playing the manned Apollo Moon missions.
• Includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this set.
• This set includes over 1,900 pieces.
• Measures over 39″ (100cm) high and 6” (17cm) in diameter.

And the official Description:

Make history with the LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V, the first rocket to put people on the Moon! Build the 3 stages of this stunning meter-high rocket and display it on the stand or launch into orbit. Offload the S-IC and S-II sections, dock the lunar lander with the command service module, and complete a successful Moon landing mission!

The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.
Felix and Valérie’s collaboration was guided by a shared passion for space exploration

Despite never meeting in person, space and LEGO fans Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche beat the odds with their wonderfully brick built version of the iconic Apollo rocket. It was a collaboration that tested their skills in numerous ways but, as it turns out, the long-distance collaboration also proved to be a significant benefit to their project, as Felix states “there were often times when one of us abandoned the project for a few weeks and came back to it later; however, thanks to the fact that it is a collaborative project, it was always the case that one of us continued making progress on the project and re-motivated the other”.

Felix and Valérie’s collaborative spirit was tranferred to the LEGO design team as well, who took over the project once it was approved, in order to ensure it lived up to LEGO quality standards. Two designers, Michael Psiaki and Carl Thomas Mirriam, motivated by their enthusiasm for space, teamed up to bring the final model to life. “We were actually not asked. I was so excited when I heard that the project was potentially going to happen, and told Carl about it because I knew he was also a space fanatic. We decided it would be really cool to work together since it is such a big mode, so we approached the Ideas team about helping develop the product”, Michael said.

The NASA Apollo Saturn V will hit stores on the 1st of June 2017 with a retail price of $119.99/€119.99/£109.99.

The new Star Wars Jedi Starfighter

In the not so distant year of 2010, LEGO launched an UCS set of Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter.

It was a beautiful and huge set. But now LEGO decided to launch a new version of it, a smaller one with a new accessory: the Hyperspace Ring. Yes, that huge ring is what allowed the Jedi Starfighters to travel through hyperspace.

I have to say that the set is not amazing although it seems to be have a lot of parts set, specially in the ring. It’s a really good piece for the ones that collect Star Wars fighters because there are not many versions of Star Wars fighters with an Hyperspace ring (to my knowledge, only 1 released in 2007, a blue Jedi Starfighter of episode 3 also piloted by Obi Wan).

Although the fighter is not the most beautiful made, the minifigures that this set brings are awesome. Jango Fett, young Boba Fett, Obi Wan and R4-P17.

Jango only had 1 version in the past (in set 75015, Corporate Alliance Tank Droid).

Young Boba Fett, although has many versions as an adult, only has 2 has a child (one in 2013 advent calendar and another in 7153: Jango Fett’s Slave I of 2002).

R4-P17 has 2 versions of it: 1 in the small set 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Planet Kamino and in the 75135 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor released in 2016.

Finally Obi Wan has already 28 minifigures so probably this new minifigure will not bring anything new.

Rumours say it will be released in May and will cost $129.

A really nice set for the ones that collect Star Wars Starfighter. One thing is certain: It will be a very nice build!

The Knights are back

Or at least a LEGO Ideas user wants them to be…

I really liked the LEGO knights brand. It was a very nostalgic collection with a grew up with with a lot of fans and a vast world. Unfortunately LEGO replaced it with the NEXUS Knights brand, were we can see futuristic knights on steroids.

According to the LEGO 2016 report, the NEXUS brand is doing well but I sincerely miss a medieval theme. I want bows, arrows and swords, not Knights with laser guns controlling super robots… It seems that LEGO is evolving all the brands giving them a futuristic aspect (we already have super mech ninjas and powers swords and mega lasers) losing the themes that made success in the past like Pirates and Knights and with which most of the AFOLs grew up with… The piece of resistance would be a 23rd century Pirates theme… I probably kill someone…

Enough said, lets concentrate in the Ideas project, that, at least, tries to resurrect some awesome ideas.

This time I bring you the Kingdoms Modular Castle Creator, an interesting idea brought by the LEGO Ideas user mkalkwarf. With some modular sets, construct the Castle of your dreams.

This is actually a very nice business Idea. I’m seeing LEGO selling different sets each one will build different parts of the cast. An the final results are incredible.

The user created a promotion videos that explains the ideas and shows the potential of the idea.

At the time of this post the Ideas project has about 1800 supporters. If you are a Castle fan like I am, just access the LEGO Ideas page of the project and click the Support button. This is an idea that might bring the Castle theme back to the shelfs.

You can also check the Youtube Channel where there are several videos explaining the project and the possible combinations.

Saturn V sneak peak

Saturn V is the rocket responsible for the most important space mission ever taken by men: the moon landing.

On 16 July 1969 the Saturn V rocket SA-506 took the Apollo 11 mission to the earth’s moon making history.

Through a LEGO Ideas project, LEGO will release a set honouring this space mission. And what a set it will be. If it is similar to the original ideas project, the rocket will have about 1 meter high (aprox. 1:110 scale) and about 1200 bricks. Features include:

  • removable 1st rocket-stage with the main rocket engine
  • removable 2nd rocket-stage with rocket engine
  • removable 3rd rocket-stage with the Apollo spacecraft
  • Apollo spacecraft with the “Eagle” Lunar Lander and the Lunar Orbiter
  • the rescue rocket on top of the whole spacecraft
  • two minifigure astronauts on the Moon for displaying

The set is schedule to be release in June and LEGO just started to promote it:

Looks really cool right? Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

LEGO Technic X-Wing

Browsing through Eurobricks just found an amazing build. The user drakmin from Finland is building an amazing X-Wing using technic parts.

It is still work in progress but, from what we can see by the pictures above, the end result will be fantastic.

Check out the thread on Eurobricks forum where drakmin shares the status of the build.

Series 17 mystery minifigure spotted in the wild

It seems that the first pictures of the series 17 mystery minifigure are being spotted. The Instagram user lego_collector_dad has posted a picture of what he claims to be the minifigure number 16 of the new collection.

It seems to be a robber with great detail on the body and legs, carrying 2 guns and a cape.

Honestly i would expect more from such a fuzz made around this mystery minifigure. If the idea was to make all the AFOLs in the world trying to discover what the minifigure was, LEGO you did it. But I would expect more from a secret figure.

The collectible minifigures series 17 will be available on the 1st of May.

Will Millennium Falcon become a reality?

The LEGO Millennium Falcon UCS is one of the most fantastic sets ever created by LEGO. It was a 5197 pieces that contained 5 minifigures: Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Now the eurobricks user Stash2Sixx, one of the Star Wars Moderator, stated that the set will probably become a reality in October costing around $600 and bringing 8 minifigures:

  • Hoth Leia
  • Hoth Han
  • Chewbacca
  • Mynock
  • Finn
  • Rey
  • BB8
  • Old Han Solo

This would mean that LEGO will join the old and the new crew in one unique set. This could probably mean the this version of the Falcon will be the one of episode VII.

What do you think? Would you like to get your hands into the most iconic ship in the Star Wars universe?