The model starts small with the Statue of Liberty and works its way up to the One World Trade Center. There were some excellent techniques for microscale buildings, which I must try to remember for some of my Micropolis MOCs.
It’s been years since I got any LEGO for Christmas, but this is the first Festive season since I emerged from my Dark Ages – and I was very lucky with what Santa brought me this year. It’s cheered me up since I’m feeling rather ill at the moment. I will enjoy building them and it should take my mind of my lurgy.
Pictured are three Architecture sets – New York Skyline (21028), US Capitol Building (21030) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (21035). Plus Simple & Powered Machines (9686) and another copy of the Catwoman Catcycle Chase (70902), which came as a freebie from Amazon I believe. The machines set will hopefully be useful for building some GBC modules, along with all the Technic bits I have in the Bucket Wheel Excavator. The show I will be exhibiting at is in mid-January, so I need to pull my finger out and build something for it!
My second Architecture Skyline set is the London Skyline (21034), topical as it’s my nearest city which has been immortalised in LEGO this way.
It is quite a bit deeper than the Berlin set I already have, mainly to accommodate somewhere for the London Eye to sit behind Big Ben and Tower Bridge. There were some interesting building techniques, and I think it represents the essence of London pretty well.
I was in Central London today for an evening event with some friends from work, and took the opportunity to visit the flagship LEGO store in Leicester Square for the first time. I know it’s been open for a while, but I haven’t been there before as I usually avoid the most touristy parts of the capital, and I’ve only been out of my Dark Ages since last month. Here’s my haul:
I treated myself to the Architecture London Skyline (21034) set, the exclusive bowler-hatted Lester Minifig Polybag (40308) and a large and small Pick-A-Brick cup, which took my purchases over the threshold for two freebie sets – the festive Nutcracker (40254) and a second copy of the 24-in-1 Christmas Build Up 2017 (40253). I’m happy to get another one as one of my AFOL friends has a 2016 equivalent which they are happy to swap for my 2017 extra.
I found some useful bits in the Wall, but probably could have crammed my cups with more if I had had the time and patience – visiting the store in the last shopping week before Christmas was bedlam and I wouldn’t recommend it. I was minding my own business filling one cup when someone almost pinched the other one which i had already filled! Savages…
Here is the contents of the big cup – some slopes and inverted slopes, yellow 1×6 and 1×4 bricks, a load of 2×2 red bricks, plenty of 1×1 round bricks and tiles in red transparent, lots of pink 1×2 plates and a few in lime green. Plus some other bits and pieces.
The small cup contained a load of loose 1×1 trans yellow plates, some other useful 2×8 and 4×4 plates in various colours and a few more 2×2 inverted slopes in blue.
Pretty pleased with these, I’m not sure what I’m going to build with them yet! Watch this space.