Monday, January 14, 2019

Got the Fry Guy for my McDonalds MOC - PG1235

Hi there, I added a new minifigure to my Hsanhe MOC McDonalds.  It's the Fry guy on the left.  He's manufactured by Pogo - PG1235.  He joins my Kopf branded Ronald McDonald minifig KF947.
If you're looking for this minifig on Aliexpress, you can either search for the lone figure using PG1235 or you can search for the set of three minifigs (Fry guy, Pizza guy and Ice Cream guy) using code PG8114.

I changed the minifig to use a yellow torso and red pants that matches the mascot outfit.  I also used a different head on my minifig.  If you're interested in getting extra fries with that, just follow the Aliexpress link below.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My HISHE Super Cafe MOC (not Lego)

Hey Everyone!  I'm back to show you my latest build.  I'm a huge fan of the Youtube channel called How It Should Have Ended or HISHE for short.   If you haven't seen the awesome animation lampooning the latest movie blockbusters, you need to check it out here.

Anyways, I was watching some of the Super Cafe videos, where Superman and Batman shoot the breeze on various topics, and it occurred to me I might have in my bootleg Super Hero minifig collection, the same ones as featured in the videos.   Sure enough, here are Superman and Batman with the same costumes as the ones in HISHE.

The HISHE Super Cafe Lego Version

So then, the next thing that came to mind was re-creating the Super Cafe that is featured in their video ... Some screenshots are above.

Let's do some research then.  We see that the HISHE Lego version of the Super Cafe has dark gray seating and beige walls.    It's hard to make out the windows and what's outside.  The table is light gray and six studs wide.  We can see salt and pepper shakers and napkin dispenser on the table.  Batman's mug is light tan in colour.  The table height is just under the lower part of the window.
Green Lantern stands quite high up, not sure if he's floating or not.

The HISHE Super Cafe Animated Version

For reference purposes, I've gathered some screenshots of the animated version of the Super Cafe.

 In the above pic, there are two tables side by side, and there are ceiling pendant lights over each table.

Here's another scene where you see other chairs from the other tables.  Whenever there's a large crowd, they are usually seated at a round table instead of a square one.

The yellow car shows up a lot in all the Super Cafe videos.

The seating at the square table should allow for someone to sit next to both Superman and Batman.

Batman almost always is nursing a mug of coffee or something.  There's a few scenes of Superman checking his cell phone, but never eating or drinking.

This pic shows the height of characters standing outside the Cafe windows.

My Super Cafe MOC

So first of all you should know that I use a lot of different brick brands, not all of them Lego.  I just cobble together different building bricks from whatever I have on hand to make my creations, but I can assure you that there are at least a few pieces of this build that are actually Lego.

I didn't have any pale green bricks, so I used these beigy bricks instead for the floor,  upper walls and ceiling rafters.  I used white bricks on the lower walls.  My Moc has the ceiling lights.  I've used some grid pieces for the ceiling to allow light to filter into the seating area.

I didn't have any dark gray bricks to simulate the seating so I used some black seats and bricks instead.  My seating is a bit lower than the animated version to keep the table height close to the bottom of the window line.   My table is six studs wide but white in colour, not light gray like the HISHE lego version.  I decided to use a smooth surface because it looks better IMHO.  I've got my versions of the salt and pepper shakers, and decided to use a clear square piece for the napkin holder.
I've got lots of floor space should I decide to move the seating out to accommodate bigger groups.

In the HISHE animated and Lego versions of the Super Cafe you never see what the Cafe looks like from the outside.  I decided to add an awning over the big picture window.  I also added a sidewalk for any minifigures who want to be visible from inside the Cafe.  It also makes them stand up a little higher.

Superman and Batman decide to check out the Super Cafe.  Hmmm, I should add a door on the side.

Our favourite Super Heroes are seated at the table.  My MOC only focuses on the square table version, not the round table group version.

Superman's got his phone and Batman has his mug.  I didn't have a tan mug so I substituted a yellow one instead.  I even got the yellow car going by in the window.   The seating is a tad low but this keeps the table low as well.

Hey, look there's Green Lantern!

Wonder Woman joins the table as Wolverine looks in from the street.

Well, that's all folks.  Hope you liked my version of the  Lego style HISHE Super Cafe.   See you next time!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Lego 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V set on sale

On Costco's Canadian website, I found this Lego set on sale.  It's the Lego Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V set 21309.   This set normally retails for $149.99 CDN but has it on sale for only $118.99 CDN before tax with free shipping.  That's just under 20% off. 

Normally, I'd buy a comparable Lepin version of the set, but when I checked Aliexpress, the cheapest knockoff set of the Saturn V was still priced at around $104 CDN.   The Lepin version of the Saturn V is 37003.  Here's a sample listing:

I would have expected that the Saturn V bootleg price should be closer to $50 CDN. With such a small price difference between the original Lego set and the Lepin bootleg set, I decided to go with the Lego set this time.  This set has 1969 pieces, which works out to only 6 cents per piece.  These days, most Lego sets cost about 10 cents per piece, so this set is a really good deal. I bought the set 2 days ago and it arrived today!

Unfortunately I won't have time to build it this year, so it will have to wait until 2019.  I'll post pics and a review then.   Thanks for looking!