Monthly Archives: June 2011

Scenes from a LEGO McDonald’s

I won a secondhand McDonald’s Restaurant (LEGO Town set 3438) on eBay. As a fan of both LEGO and McDonald’s I fell in love with this set the moment I laid eyes on it. It was released in 1999 and only available from LEGO Shop at Home in the US, so I’m stoked to get my hands on this rare set.

McDonald's Restaurant LEGO Town set (3438)

McDonald's Restaurant LEGO Town set (3438)

The set includes two minifigs – a customer with a car (it’s a Drive Thru after all) and a McDonald’s crew member. No burgers or fries though! The stickers were already applied – the Drive Thru and McDonald’s sign and flags, the crew member’s uniform (so, no – I am not responsible for the crooked uniform :) ). I hate LEGO stickers because they can be so fiddly to apply perfectly to certain sized/shaped bricks, windows etc.

Minifigs from McDonald's Restaurant LEGO Town set (3438)

Scenes from a LEGO McDonald’s

Jesters at McDonald’s

Jesters at McDonald's

Clearly, they were just there for the free wi-fi…

Clearly, they were just there for the free wi-fi

McDonald’s Ride Thru

McDonald's Ride Thru

If that doesn’t make you feel like eating McDonald’s, my Portraits of McDonald’s Burgers post at my food blog might… ;)

Toilet vignettes

I downloaded the instructions for set number 10218 at lego.com so I could learn how to build a LEGO toilet. Set 10218 is the modular Pet Shop, which features a toilet.

Here are my first two toilet vignettes (yes, I’m sure there will be more! :D ).

Too many bananas!

Too many bananas

Fortress of solitude

Fortress of solitude

I’ve ordered a Pet Shop via Bricklink. It’s got so many wonderful details. I can’t wait for it to arrive.

Pirates of the Caribbean polybags

LEGO polybags Captain Jack Sparrow’s boat (30131) and Mini Black Pearl (30130) were recently available for free with The Sun newspaper in the UK. I managed to pick up my own via eBay from UK sellers. Yes, I paid more than the cost of a newspaper, but I’m glad I bought them when I did – the eBay Buy It Now/auction and Bricklink prices all seem to have gone up significantly since.

Mini Black Pearl and Jack Sparrow's raft polybags

Captain Jack Sparrow’s boat includes a Jack Sparrow minifig with tricorne hat, sword and a bottle of rum.

Lego polybag 30131 - Captain Jack Sparrow's boat

The mini Black Pearl is a cute micro version of a much anticipated upcoming LEGO ship – I’ve heard the full-sized Black Pearl set will be released in November this year. I like the simple yet detailed design of this little ship, but it’s too small for a minifig to pose/perch on it.

LEGO polybag 30130 - Mini Black Pearl

Another Pirates of the Caribbean polybag is the Voodoo Jack minifig (30132).

Voodoo Jack Sparrow

This minifig was available in Australia as a freebie when you pre-ordered the Pirates of the Caribbean video game, which has since been released. The game features some of the funniest and most memorable scenes from the movies and looks like good fun. They’ve captured Jack Sparrow’s hilarious way of running perfectly! Check out this preview video (I find the narrator’s voice irritating and watch with the sound off):

If you’ve played the video game, is it any good?

Rather than fork out for a video game I probably won’t have time to play (our Wii has been much neglected lately – I struggle each week to find time for LEGO, let alone sitting in front of the telly to play video games), I got my Voodoo Jack via eBay. Here’s Voodoo Jack sitting in Captain Jack Sparrow’s boat.

Voodoo Jack Sparrow (Lego polybag 30132)  in a boat

LEGO fans who live in the US can now buy Voodoo Jack for US$2.99 on Amazon without the purchase of a video game (limited to one minifig per order). Sadly, Amazon doesn’t deliver toys, including LEGO, to Australia.

Portraits of Collectible Minifigures: Crazy Scientist, Kimono Girl, Samurai, Cowboy

Crazy scientist, Series 4
“Ah hah hah hah! They called me mad at the university… and they were right!”
I like the Crazy Scientist’s manic facial expression, rubbery hair (makes me think of garlic cloves – is that just because I’m a glutton?) and conical flask filled with mystery green liquid.

Crazy scientist

Kimono girl – Series 4
“Hello everyone
I am the Kimono Girl
This is my haiku”
I like the detail of the Kimono Girl – the flowers in her hair, the intricate design of her kimono and her delicate complexion and facial features. The Kimono Girl has featured in a couple of pictures already at this blog:
“I probably deserved that!”
The dilemma

Kimono girl

Samurai – Series 3
“A sword is only as strong as the heart that wields it”
I like the Samurai’s katana (sword) and his serious facial expression. You don’t mess with a guy wielding a sword.

Samurai

Cowboy – Series 1
“Yee-haw and yippie-ki-yay!”
My favourite thing about the Cowboy is his awesome belt buckle. I always liked watching westerns on TV with my dad when I was a kid, and one of my favourite cartoons was the French-to-English dubbed Lucky Luke. Anyone else liked that cartoon?

Cowboy

The quotes above come from the LEGO Minifigures iPhone game. The game’s very simple and plays like a slot machine (the objective is to match up each collectible minifig’s head, torso and legs). It’s free to download from the App Store, so I’m not complaining.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clowns

To celebrate the arrival of my Harley Quinn minifig, a chase scene featuring my gang of jesters and clown brandishing random food items. Poor old Vader.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clowns

When Darth Vader arrived in the mail, his cloak was a little bent from the journey. I was annoyed about that initially, but you know, I reckon it gives the impression of his cloak billowing in the wind as he runs for his life from those crazy clowns.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clowns - different angle, with depth of field

I must confess I’m not a Star Wars fan, nor have I ever seen Attack of the Clones. :)