Time Cruisers 6493 – The Lego set I didn’t know I wanted to Love

Submitted by Matt Cooper

“This just looks dumb.” 

I can’t help it. Every time I look at this thing at first glance I have that thought. It just looks too odd for words. And it’s not just me. This morning when my 4 year old saw it he said, “Daddy, the Lego set you built last night is too silly.” The structure looks awkward, like a duck that didn’t know it was supposed to be a pigeon. This set was released the year after my dark age began, back in 1996. So while I was skateboarding in the streets and Marilyn Manson was shocking people on TV I never even noticed this quaint little theme ever existed. 

After my dark ages ended I started going back through old catalogues. I wondered where I left off. Whenever I saw pictures of Time Cruisers I had a “what were they thinking?” reaction. The parts usage is so bizarre, like they just mashed up a bunch of themes. I get the idea. Build a crossover for kids who had Lego from various themes, as most likely did, and allow them to connect. Lego is all about building connection.

So when I got this set for a great price I thought I was just going to use it for the parts. There’s a lot in there for classic Space, Castle and especially Pirate collectors such as myself. But it was while I was building it that I realized that this set was so much more than a mash up. A lot of love went into this weird little build, which I now call Duckie. 

Duckie isn’t a mashup at all, it’s an homage. And not just any homage, it specifically honours the years that I was Lego obsessed as a child. As a time machine it’s a Pirate ship with Space wings and jets with a Train cockpit with Dragon bow and stern. The story is of an equally awkward trio, an eccentric man, a curious boy and a saucy monkey. What new mischief will they find exploring the Lego timeline? 

It also has amazing play features. The wheels are geared to turn the propellor and flap the wings, something I hadn’t ever noticed in pictures. It has a rotating telescope, classic Space lasers, a look out, and classic Castle mounted crossbows. Also included is storage with costumes for the two in each time period. How cool is that? It even includes time period weapons to equip your crew for any adventure. Ice Planet, Explorians, Pirates, and Dragon Masters all get big nods. In many ways this set is exactly what I want to come from Lego now, a set that is almost exclusively built for play. 

In many ways I feel like this line was wrapping up a specific time period of Lego themes. Most were soon after discontinued for long periods. This was a series that sort of said goodbye to a generation by tying them all together for one last hurrah. And it was my generation! 

Too bad it’s so dumb looking though. 

Review: Hogwarts Room of Requirement 75966

Written by Shell LeDrew and Sam LeDrew Gallant

This set includes 3 mini figures. 

  • Luna Lovegood. 
  • Hermione Granger 
  • Harry Potter 

The set itself features a front and back wall to allow the feeling of one side of Hogwarts hallway and the hidden room behind for those members of Dumbledore’s Army. 

The outside wall appears to be a regular hallway wall with Dolores Umbridge’s proclamations hanging on it

  • Proclamation 23: Dolores Umbridge has been appointed headmaster. 
  • Proclamation 30:  All Weasley products banned. 
  • Proclamation 68: All student groups  disbanded. 
  • Proclamation 82 All students submit to questioning. 

The Top three proclamations are included in the actions feature when they explode off the wall just like in the movie when the Weasley twins have their epic moment with flying broomsticks and fireworks ending in Umbridges proclamations coming crashing to the ground. 

Another action feature includes the middle brick-wall that can slide to the side to reveal a beautiful hidden wooden door with rounded arch and latticed window. 

This entrance is the hidden entrance to the Room of Requirement. The room is a small version of the Room of Requirement but executed excellently given the small size of the build. 

To the right of the build we see the fireplace which features the trigger for the exploding proclamations action feature. The fireplace build is intricate and appears cozy and required some time to build due to the intricacy. 

The interior columns are indicated with the detailed upper halves of the columns and they provide an ornate and rich look to the room. 

There is additional brick built freestanding memorial for Cedric Diggery.  It features several pictures of Cedric as well as a newspaper clipping about his death. 

Another build is a partial brick built/partial mini known as Defence of the Dark Art dummy. This is used by members of  Dumbldore’s Army for spell training. 

As for the Patronis, we have Luna Lovegood’s rabbit in patronis blue… it’s a new rabbit mould and is standing. Also it feature Hermione Granger’s Otter. 

In summary for the size of the build this is an excellent replication of the The Room of Requirement. Well priced build at $29. 

2021 LUGBulk Update

We’ve uploaded a new page containing information and a timeline for the 2021 LUGBulk program.


https://newfoundlug.ca/about-newfoundlug/lugbulk-2021-program/

Remember this is only open to members of NewfoundLUG – have you filled in the survey yet?

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqbYKNqIigB4K9IeY8huPcnzVcTDJqY5zGON-0KmgqXPnZ-Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2Lhg5gufVgL0-myNRG-VyW8BZ5Dr-s3WB6FUur_WsCrssrV1BxhVD7cXc

Teleconference Annual Meeting – Wednesday, May 6th.

If you want to attend, please reach out by email to newfoundlugATgmailDOTcom, and I will make sure you have an invite. We will be using WebEx for the meeting.

Agenda

  • Election of Officers
  • Annual Report
  • draw for “useful item” build prize
  • draw for attendance prize
  • Going forward as a group during physical distancing.
  • LUGBulk and LAN update

Some tips for the teleconference:

  • headphones help
  • Please turn on your webcam if you have one – seeing faces makes a HUGE difference!
  • If you can’t use a computer, there is a toll-free dial-in number.
  • I will try to broadcast my end on Facebook as well, but it’s going to be hard to follow comments there
  • if you want to count as “attended” you will need to conference in.

Upcoming Events

Hi all!

Well, it sure is an unprecedented time in history right now. While we are all self-isolating, there’s still stuff to do!

On May 6th, 2020 at 6pm, NewfoundLUG will hold its Annual General Meeting. We will be electing the Executive for the next two years, and taking care of any business that needs the voice of the membership.

That meeting will be telepresence meeting – the specific technology has yet to be determined. If you can’t attend, please consider a voting proxy, someone you trust who will submit a vote for you on any discussion topics. Ensure your voice is heard!

To ensure you are notified of how the meeting will be conducted, look on Facebook or email newfoundlug-AT-gmail-DOT-com to let us know you are interested.

As well, we are going to be running a series of small, themed builds with a draw for a set. Stay tuned for those, or check us out on Facebook for more news and discussion!

Meeting, March 5th and other events!

We will be having a club meeting on March 5th, 7pm at Bricks and Minifigures.

This is going to be some administration – Agenda:

  • New sets from LEGO for activity support
  • Planning for a part draft for some of these sets (see below)
  • Ideas for a major project for 2020?
  • Timing of next fun events

What is a set draft? It’s a way to bulk up your LEGO brick collection.

Normally, everyone who wants to participate buys the same set, we get together and sort them out into logical groups of parts (for example, a bundle might be 4-5 minifigures, or a bunch of wheels, or all the windows), and draw lots for who gets to pick what lot first.

Well, we have some medium sized sets that we have 13 copies of, so sometime in the next month we are going to do a set draft WITHOUT you needing to buy anything!

We would also like to hear ideas for new fun events. Some things the Executive has planned for March and April are:

  • Set Draft
  • Build night
  • Stud.IO tutorial (if there’s enough interest)

Make your voice heard in the comments, on Facebook or via email (newfoundlug@gmail.com) , or now on Twitter (@newfoundlug)!