Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 Now Done - Year In Review

Hellego! Another year is coming to its end. A lot of things happened this year, especially to the blog.

In June, I finally decided to change the blog name from CD's Lego Blog to CD's Brick Mix. I had been thinking about this for a while before doing the change. The idea of changing my blog name came to me because I had started to notice that a lot of people in the Lego community who either had websites or a YouTube channel and had Lego in their name, were changing their name to not have Lego in it because Lego is a copyrighted name. Afterwards, after starting to think about changing my name, I realised that CD's Lego Blog was not the most original name either. It's pretty obvious that it is a blog about Lego. I had thought about many different names like CD's Blog of Bricks. I wanted a name that still kept the CD. I thought since I do a variety of posts on my blog, it would be nice to have a name that says that. It's a mix of subjects and I found that CD's Brick Mix sounded really good when said. The whole process of changing the name is much more complicated than it sounds. Lots of aspects have to be thought out. The change was successful, although I did lose a lot of views per month because people had not adapted to the change and still went to CD's Lego Blog.

This year I got to go at two different Lego stores: one in Toronto and one in New York! I had travelled a lot this summer and it was very exciting. I also got to go to my first ever Comic-Con convention and it was awesome! I could not believe that I had actually gone to comic con. I did also get Lego there. This year The Lego Movie also came out which was such a big hit. Personally it was one of the best movies I've watched this year.

If there is one thing I am disappointed about this year though is the fact that I hardly made any stop motions. I only made one around March that was only about 30 seconds long. I really would have liked to have done more but as I said in a couple of past posts, what I was working on in the end was not possible. I hope next year I will be able to fully get back into it.

So this is my 2014 year in review. The year went by somewhat quickly. A lot of events happened over the year. But like every year, it goes by and the year ends. If you would like to tell me a bit about how your year went, feel free to leave a comment! Happy New Year and I wish you all a great and healthy year in 2015!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lego Store Pick A Brick Wall Purchases New York and Toronto

Hellego! With the year ending soon, I realised that I went to Lego stores this year more often than any year. For some people it may seem like nothing but for somebody who does not live by one, going to a Lego store is special every time. I recently realized that I had never published on my blog the amount of bricks I bought. This post is if you are interested to know what I got at the time, but also for my personal use so that if in the future I want to know what I got at a certain Lego store at a certain year, I can just go and check on my blog.

Here are the total Lego bricks I got at the Lego store at Rockefeller Center. I had gotten a total of two small Pick A Brick cups.

13 light green tiles
7 dark trans blue studs
20 2x2 red tiles
87 Translucent studs
81 Light grey 2x2 tiles
15 black all studded 1x1
4 grey "windows"
21 light green studs
19 dark blue cones
50 purple studs
40 translucent cheese slopes
14 dark grey 1x2 bricks
76 light grey 1x1 circle tiles
13 light blue 1x1 bricks
4 white chairs
29 beige 1x3 bricks
14 green plants
8 red flowers
4 pink flowers
4 dark green 1x1 bricks
8 dark red 1x2 bricks
10 brown 1x4 bricks
3 2x6 brown plates
84 light blue diamonds

Here is the total amount of bricks I got at the Sherway Gardens Lego store in Toronto. There I also got a total of two small Pick A Brick cups.

6 light blue 1x1 bricks
2 pink diamonds
8 1x4 white arches
27 clear red cylinder pieces
6 light green 2x3 bricks
55 red diamonds
35 transparent cheese slopes
24 purple 1x2 tiles
85 pink studs
30 green stem plants
35 white 1x2 ledge pieces
1 white window frame
2 brown stairs
4 beige 4x4 plates
30 yellow 2x2 tiles
35 brown 1x2 wood bricks
6 brown chairs
67 clear yellow 1x1 plates
7 black 1x2 bricks with clip on side
8 red flowers
8 pink flowers
8 white flowers
38 transparent 1x1 plates
14 black 1x1 bricks with studs on each side
16 clear red 1x1 plates
12 light green 1x1 bricks
5 pink 1x2 plates
6 light green 2x2 plates
8 tires
8 wheel pieces
31 joysticks
9 clear red cones
7 white steering wheels
16 brown curved window frames
26 beige 2x4 bricks
10 dark grey wheel frames
7 light grey wheel axels
4 black 2x2 wheel axels
6 black 1x4 wheel axels
8 black 1x2 "windows" - more like arched windows
1 transparent windshield
13 dark red 1x2 bricks

So there you have it. Those are all the bricks I got this year at Pick A Brick walls. What do you think? Did you get to go to a Lego store this year? Let me know in the comment section!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a Greatest Hits!

Hellego! Yesterday, I went to Best Buy and finally picked up Lego Marvel Super Heroes the video game for PlayStation 3! I got it on sale for 15$ instead of 25$ because of the boxing week sales. I am very happy to have been able to get this game for such a good price.

When I got to the rack with all the copies of the game, at the front there was one, regular copy of the game but behind it was a bunch of new red cased Greatest Hits copies! These have just come out and I wanted to write about this because I think it's so cool that this game has been so successful that it is now considered by PlayStation as being part of the Greatest Hits! I have been enjoying this game so much and I think Lego did an amazing job on it and they deserve this special case. It's not every day that a game gets to be considered a greatest hit!

So if you don't have the game yet, I highly suggest you go and get it while it's on sale. The sale ends January 1st. If you get it, make sure you get the new special Greatest Hits copy!

What do you think? Do you think this game deserves to be a greatest hit? Leave your opinion in the comment section!

Blind Bag Opening of a Series 12 Collectible Minifigures!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hellego! It is now the 24th of December and I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas. I hope you will have great time with your family and I hope you will get all the Lego you will have asked for ;)! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Launch of Bionicle in 2015!

Hellego! A few months back, I had written about speculations that Lego Bionicle would come back. We soon found out that those speculations were right! At New York Comic Con, there was a short video that announced the arrival which got millions of fans excited. The Lego Group has announced that on January 1st, there will be the official global launch of the theme! From the time I'm writing this, it's in less than two weeks!

Used by permission,® 2014 The LEGO Group

For the new release of Bionicle, Lego is starting off with a brand new storyline. The story will take place on the mysterious island of Okoto where once again, the evil Makuta is back. Makuta now wants to get his hands on three mystic masks that if combined, it will cast the world into darkness. The three masks are: the Mask of Creation, the Mask of Control and the Mask of Ultimate Power. Once again, the six Toa will be back representing each a certain element and will join forces to fight the evil Makuta. The Toa will begin a quest to find the masks before Makuta and if they do, the three masks will allow the Toa to unlock their full potential. Once they unlock their full potential, only then will they be able to defeat Makuta once and for all.

Right at the start of 2015, Lego will be releasing a total of 12 Bionicle sets. Six Toa sets and six Protector sets. The sets are:

Protector sets:
  1. LEGO Bionicle Protector of Jungle
  2. LEGO Bionicle Protector of Stone
  3. LEGO Bionicle Protector of Water
  4. LEGO Bionicle Protector of Earth
  5. LEGO Bionicle Protector of Ice
  6. LEGO Bionicle Protector of Fire 
Toa sets: 
  1. LEGO Bionicle Gali the Master of Water
  2. LEGO Bionicle Pohatu the Master of Stone
  3. LEGO Bionicle Lewa the Master of Jungle
  4. LEGO Bionicle Onua the Master of Earth
  5. LEGO Bionicle Kopaka the Master of Ice
  6. LEGO Bionicle Tahu the Master of Fire, along with a Lord of Skull Spiders
As you can see, all the Toa will be back as the same characters with the same names. I personally am excited to see Bionicle come back. I had never understood why Lego had discontinued Bionicle in the first place. With the re-release of Bionicle, it will allow a whole new generation of kids to discover this awesome theme. What do you think? Are you excited for the 2015 launch of Bionicle? Leave your thoughts in the comment section!