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!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pogo PG8113 Fruit and Vegetable Custom Minifigures Review

Hey minifigure fans, welcome back to!  I ordered this Pogo set of minifigures from Ebay about 2 months ago and they finally arrived in my mailbox today.

The set is Pogo's PG8113 8 piece Fruit and Vegetable minifigures.  Let's take a closer look!

Here's what I got in the mail today, each minifigure is individually packaged with a free baseplate.  The minifigure arms, hands and legs were already attached to the torso, so I just had to put the heads and costumes on the minifigures.  Pogo uses a different plastic than Lego minifigures because these ones feel really light.

I should warn you now that the heads are really really tight to put onto the body.  And the fruit and vegetable costumes that go onto the head are also very tight.  If you want to pull off the costume or head, you need to grasp the body, otherwise the body will come off the legs.  Now let's review each minifigure in detail.  Oh I should mention that although the set is PG8113, you can reference each minifigure by their corresponding Pogo number which I will list below.

Here's Egpplant dude PG1231.  He's got a slightly curved deep purple eggplant costume over his lilac coloured suit.

This is how Eggplant dude looks from behind with costume on.

Here we can see Eggplant dude without his costume on.  I wasn't expecting this level of detail on the minifigures since most time, you will display them with their costumes on.  We will see that all the other minifigures are equally detailed.  Eggplant dude has a lilac coloured suit with white shirt and tie and belt.  You can even see the pockets on his trousers.  His feet look to be clad with silver or light gray shoes.  His suit even has a little eggplant under the collar.  He's the only figure in this set with glasses on.

 From the rear, eggplant dude has just a bit of detail, his suit jacket covering part of his belt.

Next up is Red Pepper girl, PG1229, with costume on.

Red pepper girl from behind with costume on.  Her red pepper costume has a green stem on top.

Red pepper girl with costume off.  I'm not sure but it almost looks like red pepper girl is wearing some kind of green sleeveless bikini or halter top, and a pair of red shorts with red shoes.  She's got a smirk on her face but not sure if that red blotch is supposed to be there or not.  Oh and there's a small red pepper on her top.

Red pepper girl from behind without costume.  Lots of detail on her red shorts.

Here's Green pepper boy PG1232 with is costume on.  The green pepper has dark stem.

Green pepper boy from behind.

Green pepper boy wears a green sleeveless vest with black shorts.  I think that looks like a green pepper pendant around his neck.  Is he licking his lips or is he sticking his tongue out?  Not sure.

This is how green pepper boy looks from behind.

Here's peanut guy, PG1228.  This was the only minifigure in the set that came with 2 extra hands.

Peanut guy from behind with costume on.  I really like the detailed indentations on the front and back of his peanut shell.

With his costume off, we find that peanut guy is wearing a sweater with pockets.  His brown shirt underneath has 2 peanuts on it.  Can't tell if he's wearing shoes or boots.  His face has a smirk on it.

From behind, peanut guy's sweater appears to be quite long hanging over his bum.  The sweater colour doesn't match between his body and his legs though.

Next up is Mango man, PG1230.  When I first saw him I almost thought he was a yellow pepper.

Mango man from behind with costume on.

We find that Mango man is wearing yellow overalls underneath his costume, and a sleeveless green hoodie.  I can't be 100% sure, but his outfit deviates from the others because he has a red fruit on his overalls instead of a mango.  It looks like he's got green hitops on his feet and he looks pretty happy.

Here's mango man from behind without his costume on.  Here you can see his green hoodie with the word mango on it.  I feel like they could made the pants detailing darker, as his rear pockets looked sketched in, not finished.

The next minifigure is Strawberry girl, PG1227.

Strawberry girl with costume on as seen from behind.

Strawberry girl has a surprised look on her face.  It would appear she's wearing a pink sweater over a red top with white collar, pink socks and red shoes.  Her sweater has a strawberry on it.

Strawberry girl's sweater has a pink, red and white bow on the back.

Pineapple girl PG1226 is next.  Lots of detail on her pineapple headgear.

Here's pineapple girl from behind.

Pineapple girl has a white top with a yellow plaid skirt.  Her top has the obligatory pineapple on it. She's wearing white socks and orange shoes.

There's two more pineapples on the back of pineapple girl's outfit.

The last minifigure from this Pogo set is Watermelon boy, PG1232.  I like the detailing of the watermelon seeds.

Dark green watermelon head.

Here's watermelon boy with is headpiece removed.  It looks like he's wearing a tan jacket with some army camo on the shoulders and pockets.  He's got dark gray pants and light blue sneakers on.  His jacket has a picture of a round melon on it.

Watermelon boy's jacket doesn't have too much detail from the rear.   I want to mention that I didn't take side view pics of the Pogo figures, but they all have side printing on their pants or legs which is a nice touch.

Here's a group shot of our fruity friends.

And here's a group shot of our veggie friends, is a peanut a fruit or veggie? I dunno.

Here's my review summary of the Pogo set.  I love the detailing on each of the minifigs, from the unique faces to the varied and different outfits.  I like the nice touches of the fruits on each outfit and the costumes and head pieces are also nicely detailed.  

On the negative side, the plastic used felt a bit cheap and the heads and costumes were a bit too tight to put on and take off.  Despite those minor failings, these figures are quite unique and would display well with my other minifigures, so I would give this set a 4 out of 5.  I paid approx $1 each for the Pogo PG8113 set.   Hope you enjoyed this review and see you soon!