So, I don't have a huge collection of Legos. Just a bunch of the basic bricks. So, since my passion is basically anything with a motor, most of my creations are done on LDD. This also keeps my kids from destroying what I build. I have a huge collection of 6 & 7 wide cars and trucks, but have been working on the larger scale models. I call it my "Size Up" collection. I'll post them all over the next few days. Hope you like them. I'll start with the '85 Chevy shortwide. All of the large ones have opening doors, tailgate and hood along with detailed powerplants. #lego#legoauto#legolg -vs-sm #brickbuilder#texasafol#afol#sizeup#legogearhead#chevy#c10#squarebody
Pimp My Set: 10225 R2D2
Lights are a simple but incredibly effective way to add life to Lego, so I acquired the appropriate set from lightmybricks.com
I cannot rate highly enough the excellent, simple to fit, and beautiful set, the better than official Lego presentation of their product, fast delivery from Australia, and the second-to-none customer service. They are awesome and I advise you to check out their site. (By the way, I’m not in their employ, or being paid to say this: I genuinely think this and wouldn’t say so otherwise). The overall design means installing the lighting kit is very simple, and uses the internal space intelligently. Having recently been adding lights to my Millennium Falcon hangar display (still to come) soldering is an infuriating process, so it’s a joy not to have to worry about any such faff. It’s simply plug and play.
The micro LEDs are so small that they are simply fed through holes already in the Lego, or around gaps intentionally there as part of the official build. The end of the cables - about the thickness of a couple of hairs - slot into a teeny circuit board, to which the surprisingly hefty battery pack is attached. This beast uses three AA batteries, but I’m guessing this allows for the end result being so bright.
The battery pack slots into a cavity in the body and head of R2, and there is enough flex to allow movement of the head, but due to the fragile nature of the connections you are recommended not to rotate the dome for fear of breaking the kit.
A switch on the battery back brings the lights to life, and wow, does it ever. If I’m honest, I was unsure as to how much effect four lights would have, but seeing it in front of you it’s awesome. The LEDs are really bright, but I guess they had to be in order to glow through the trans pieces. It’s funny how much little details like these bits add to the on-screen droid, and help it’s character come across. The same is true with this set.
On display, next to the excellent BB-8 set, two things spring to mind. Firstly, it looks bloody marvellous. Secondly, BB-8 is looking a little sad. I fear that little ball is going to require some pimping soon...