All Sorted Ep 30: Christmas List 2015

Ninjago

This episode Jeff and James make their Christmas wishlist, helping you find a LEGO gem for that special someone (possibly yourself).

 

Best Animal Sets

LEGO Ideas Birds

  • Beautiful realistic brick-built birds.
  • Robin from Europe
  • Blue Jay from North America
  • Hummingbird from South America
  • Includes presentation stands showing their scientific names.

LEGO Creator Forest Animals

  • Brick-built articulated monkey and toucan, with alt. Builds of a Teddy Bear and a Squirrel.

LEGO Friends Jungle Rescue Base

  • If you like your animals cute and happy, this is the set for you. You get:
    • Baby Panda, Iguana, chimpanzee, and parrot to rescue.
    • Tree-fort lookout tower, medical tent, and even an outhouse!

LEGO Elves Aira’s Pegasus Sleigh

  • IF you think the LEGO friends animals are “too realistic” then you need to get this set.
    • 2 pegasi: Starshine and Rufus
    • Miku the baby dragon
    • A cool flying sleigh that looks like a fun build.

LEGO City Arctic Base Camp

  • Add some cold weather animals to your LEGO zoo.
    • 4 huskies
    • 1 Polar Bear!
    • Also get a fair amount of tank treads, and so much beautiful orange LEGO.

Best Boats

LEGO Ultra Agents Ocean HQ

  • If you had to fight evil super villains as an elite “Ultra Agent” this is the boat you would use:
    • Futuristic black and translucent blue colour scheme? Check
    • Lots of hidden guns to back up the always visible guns? Check.
    • Your clandestine organizations logo emblazoned all over your secrete warship? Check
    • See through computer screens galore? Check
    • OKAY, let’s go fight evil (as long as they are on the water).

LEGO City 4×4 with Powerboat

  • Sometimes you just want to take LEGO into the bathtub with you. This is the set to do it with! It really floats!
  • More lovely orange too.

LEGO City Deep Sea Exploration Vessel

  • Technically two boats in this set as you get:
    • Deep Sea Vessel and a Shipwreck.
    • Almost made the animal list, but I don’t find sharks, a swordfish and an octopus to be cute and cuddly.

LEGO Ninjago Final Flight of Destiny’s Bounty

  • This ship is gorgeous, even if I have cheated a little by including it, as it really is an airship, and not a boat, but I don’t care, it looks so nice.
  • It’s big, it’s red, it’s ninja-y. I have 0 Ninjago sets, but I want this one (and another to be named later)
  • You also get a bunch of ninjas and ninja ghosts (20% cooler then regular ninjas) as well as a brick-built dragon!

LEGO Pirates The Brick Bounty

  • To make a list of LEGO Boats and not include a pirate ship is unthinkable, thankfully LEGO revived the pirate line again this year, and gave us this great interpretation of a classic pirate ship.
  • The choice of what pirate ship to put on this list was a toss-up between this one and the LEGO Movie’s MetalBeard’s Sea Cow –  and while MetalBeard’s ship is a lot of fun. It’s cartoonish dimensions loose out to the classic lines of the Brick Bounty.

Best Building

LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office

  • Looks great – nice pop of colour
  • I love the story of the baking outlaw being the love interest of the detective tasked with finding the source of the illegal treats.
  • Looks as good on the inside as out.

LEGO Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu

  • Beautiful Asian inspired architecture.
  • Great use of colour.
  • Those printed windows look so good.

LEGO Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart

  • The details make this set.
  • Frozen Jasper to donuts to the secret garden on top.
  • Instantly recognizable.

LEGO Scooby-Doo Mystery Mansion

  • Somehow manages to look cartoony and spooky at the same time.
  • The run-down greenhouse adds a lot of flavour to the building.
  • The crooked pillars of the entryway set the tone for the rest of the building.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Attack on Avengers Tower

  • The only completely enclosed building made for the Super Heroes line.
  • Easy to add floors to make it more impressive in height by buying multiple copies. (plus then you get more Iron Legion)
  • Lots of blue trans windows allows you to see the minifigs on the inside while on display.

Best set under $20

LEGO Movie Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack

  • $9.99
  • Batman, a skeleton, brick-built Super Angry Kitty and a fun Micro-manager build.

LEGO Mixels Weldos

  • Any Mixel makes a great gift, fun to build and play with. Getting all 3 allows the recipient to build combine all three into the mega mixel.
  • I like the Weldos because Wuzzo has a chainsaw for a face. I feel like Tim Burton should do a movie based on Wuzzo about how hard it is to find love when your face is a power tool.

LEGO Creative Supplement Bright

  • 300pc for $20 is always a good way to go.
  • Great mix of bricks from the more colourful end of LEGO’s palette.
  • Great way to shut someone up who says, “LEGO was way better when I was a kid, now it’s all about following instructions…”

LEGO Racing Bike Transporter

  • LEGO City has a lot of sets in the under $20 price point, and really, you can’t go wrong with any of them, but I chose this one for a couple of reasons.
  • 3 times the swoshability – two racing bikes and a truck!
  • It comes with a trophy, and who doesn’t like to be given a trophy?

LEGO Pirates Treasure Island

  • Get your own private island for less than $20? Excellent. Sure you have to fight off pirates with a cannon and a crocodile, but don’t worry, you get a little gun to do it.
  • Another set that shows how much personality and play a great LEGO designer can pack into a small set.

Most Minifigs

LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel

  • 10 Minifigs:
    • a ride operator, ice cream vendor, 4 children and 4 adults
  • $199.99 = $19.99 per minifig.

LEGO Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu

  • 13 minifigs (if you include the Sensei Yang statue – which is made from grey minifig parts)
  • Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, Nya, Wu, Misako, Dareth, Postman, Jesper and Claire.
  • $199.99 = $15.38 per minifig.

LEGO City City Square

  • 14 minifigs
  • a tram driver, helicopter pilot, coffee bar saleswoman, pizza deliveryman, car saleswoman, mechanic, tow truck driver, hotdog salesman, 2 LEGO® sales personnel, a girl, and a boy. 2 LEGO “Statues” in the LEGO store – minifig Classic knight and Spaceman.
  • $189.99 = $13.57 per minifig.

LEGO Star Wars Battle Droid Troop Carrier

  • 15 minifigs
  • A Gungan Warrior minifigure with a weapon, plus 2 Pilot Battle Droids and 12 Battle Droid figures with weapons
  • $39.99 = $2.67

LEGO Pirates Chess Set

  • 20 minifigs
  • 10 Pirates and 10 Blue coats.
  • $59.99 = $3 per minifig.

Did we miss your favourite of the year? Let us know in the comments, or let Jeff know on twitter, @StillSorting.

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