Happy Holidays and a LEGO 30009 Review

Happy Holidays to everybody reading MostlyBricks.com!

In the spirit of the holidays, here’s a quick review of LEGO Creator 30009, which is a Christmas Tree, and only a Christmas Tree. Although all of the pieces would be useful in other sets, this really does make for a great little set you probably won’t want to take apart. While I bought this set at Toys R Us, I’m not sure of the availability elsewhere.

LEGO 30009 Creator Christmas Tree

LEGO 30009 Creator Christmas Tree

LEGO 30009 Creator Christmas Tree
$3.50 – $3.99 at Toys R Us, possibly other stores.
47 Pieces (2 extra 1×1 round plates)

I’m going to go light on the description/review as I believe that with this set, the pictures tell the story.

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LEGO Bullseye Target Mascot Exclusive Gift Card 4620157

I went to one of the zillion Targets in the Houston area, and finally found the LEGO Bullseye Target Mascot Exclusive Gift Card. This set depicts Target’s popular bull terrier mascot Bullseye in all his glory. Weighing in at 31 pieces, this plastic pooch makes an excellent stocking stuffer for any LEGO fan. One cool thing to note is that this set does come with a unique Target logo brick that is used as one of Bullseye’s eyes. Buying this item does require a gift card purchase; the barcode for which is located on the back of the cool little clear plastic box (marked “Build a Bullseye) the set comes bagged in. These will be available while supplies last!

Note: the gift cards are good for non-LEGO purchases.

Update: A quick check of Bricklink shows that this is set 4620157

LEGO Target Gift Card - Bullseye

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Review: LEGO 7977 Atlantis Seabed Strider

As some of you readers might already know, some of the 2011 LEGO Atlantis sets are out, including Atlantis sets popping up at your local LEGO store, if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby. In this article, I will be reviewing one of the three 2011 sets that I’ve seen come across, the Atlantis Sea Strider.

LEGO 7977 Atlantis - Seabed Strider

The Sea Strider is a two-legged mech that transforms into a little underwater exploration speeder. This set is sort of like the little brother of the larger LEGO 8080 Atlantis Undersea Explorer in that they both transform from vehicles to mechs in their search for the lost underwater city. Transformation is quick and easy; just flip the legs back, and it’s ready to outswim the Guardian of the Deep…maybe! Armed with grabber claws and powered by two aluminum propellers, it should have no problems carrying out its mission. The Seabed Strider is a simple set to construct (105 pieces, some stickers), and is reasonably priced ($9.99 USD).

By the Numbers:
Set: LEGO 7977 Atlantis Seabed Strider
Year of Release: 2011 (Available late 2010)
Type: Atlantis vehicle that transforms
# of Pieces: 105
# of Extra pieces: 7
# of Minifigs and what kind: 2, human diver, Atlantis monster
Stickers? Yes, 11
Price: $9.99
Available: Amazon.com
Ages: 7 – 14
Time to Complete: 15 minutes or less.

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LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest 853176 Skeleton Mummy Battle Pack Review

LEGO has had a lot of success over the years with its sets of extra minifigures to help populate the LEGO worlds inside homes around the world. This latest minifigure set (battle pack) is based on the new LEGO Pharoah’s Quest collection. This battle pack retails for $14.99 USD, and is available exclusively through Shop.LEGO.com and your local LEGO store. Obviously you can find them being sold through third parties on eBay and Amazon.com, but usually at higher prices.

LEGO Pharaoh's Quest 853176 Skeleton Mummy Battle Pack

The figures include two mummy warriors and one winged mummy warrior. The set also comes with a pair of scorpions, a scarab (which can act as either a bug, or a handheld shield to protect one of the mummy warriors in battle), and a sarcophagus complete with a snake and a bunch of jewels encased within it.

By the Numbers:
Set: LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest 853176 Skeleton Mummy Battle Pack
Year of Release:
Type: Minifig / Minifigure / Battle Pack
# of Pieces: 29
# of Extra pieces: N/A
# of Minifigs and what kind: 3, Mummies
Stickers? No
Price: $14.99
Available: Amazon.com
Ages: 6+
Time to Complete: N/A

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LEGO Toy Story 7591 Construct-a-Zurg Special Edition Review

It’s ‘Black Friday’ here in the US, and while it’s late in the day, you may still be able to find the set below for under $20.

This is one of the greatest sets ever. This is not a joke. This is not just so I can get you folks to run out there, and give LEGO money for a set that cannot be used with any other ones they put out just because I said it was a good set. About the only thing this set can do for kids is to satisfy their need to beat up the Construct-a-Buzz companion set, or use it as a giant Zurg running amok in the Woody’s Roundup set (actually, that sounds pretty cool). Using this Zurg to hang out and drink tea with Bionicle, Ben 10, and Hero factory characters is another use for him. For me, this set just looks very, very cool sitting next to Shockwave (from Transformers) on the shelf above my desk. I’m sure that they have a lot to talk about being that they’re both evil, purple robots.


Zurg’s articulation is limited just like in the Toy Story movies. LEGO Zurg spins at the waist, and his head does the same movement. The cape is standard LEGO stiff cloth, but the thing is huge. Zurg stands roughly 9 inches tall, and is 118 pieces strong. A claw machine alien minifig is also included, and accounts for three of the total pieces.

By the Numbers:
Set: LEGOToy Story 7591 Construct-a-Zurg
Year of Release: January 2010
Type: Character in the Toy Story series
# of Pieces: 118
# of Extra pieces: 6
# of Minifigs and what kind: 1 Alien
Stickers? None
Price: $24.99 / £19.99
Where to Buy? Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk
Ages: 7-14
Time to Complete:

Box Art:

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LEGO Universe 55001 Rocket Review

I searched everywhere to find this cool little set. Originally handed out with some of pre-orders of the LEGO Universe videogame (and as part of an in-store promotion), this rocketship has been highly sought after on the aftermarket. I was lucky enough to find them for sale last week (MSRP $9.99) at one of my local LEGO stores. If you can get one, then buy it. It makes an excellent stocking stuffer/impulse buy item.

LEGO Universe 55001 Rocket Review

Note: The minifig and stand pictured below do not come with the bagged 55001 set.

By the Numbers:
Set: LEGO Universe 55001 Rocket
Year of Release: October 2010
Type: Promotional/bagged mini-vehicle
# of Pieces: 55
# of Extra pieces: 3
# of Minifigs and what kind: None
Stickers? No
Price: $9.99
Ages: 7+
Time to Complete: Less than 15 minutes
Purchase: Official LEGO Stores / Amazon.com (Retail prices maybe higher than MSRP)

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