Friday, February 26, 2010

Set Photos - 20014 March/April Brickmaster 4x4

I received my March/April Brickmaster promo set in the mail yesterday.

20014 Brickmaster Mini 4x4 set

It's decidedly meh. No new parts, no clever building techniques...just a pretty average creator set.

Photos are up at my Flickr through to check out the set for yourself!

Episode 890

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As was mentioned in the blog comments yesterday, Luka does indeed still have her own hair - the hairball was on top like a wig. (There's in strip dialog downstream that clarifies that a bit.)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Episode 886

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Link back to 396, for the curious.

The backwards "N" and "E" characters are part of the font I use for "Hairball-ian" Speak..."Die Die Die".

Friday, February 19, 2010

LEGO Set Photo Reviews: Star Wars Minis

Here are the two new Star Wars Mini-ship impulse sets. Found 'em at Target last night.

30050 LEGO Star Wars Republic Attack Shuttle Mini - Wings up
30050 LEGO Star Wars Republic Attack Shuttle Mini

30051 LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Mini - Comparison 2
30051 LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Mini
(Comparison shot with the 2003 version of this kit.)

LEGO Item Review - Atlantis Notepad

Not really a LEGO "set" - but still worth a look. This is an Atlantis-themed Promo item I picked up at the Schaumberg,IL LEGO store a few weeks ago. Click through for a few more photos.

LEGO Atlantis Notepad Promo 4586603
LEGO Atlantis Notepad Promo 4586603

LEGO Set Photo Review: Duplo Farm Animal Mystery!

Many in the LEGO community are excited about the upcoming "Mystery Mini-Figure" collectible sets. I know I am.

But did you know LEGO is already testing out a Mystery Assortment? It's true! And it's DUPLO!

30060 Duplo Easter Impulse - Front
30060 DUPLO Easter Impulse

Take a gander at this Spring/Easter Impulse set. You get three DUPLO bricks (two yellow, one green) and one of five mystery characters.

Yeah. Four pieces.

For three bucks.

Beyond the silly price point, there's another fatal flaw with this set. The figure is supposed to be a mystery, right? Well, if you flip over the package....

30060 Duplo Easter Impulse - calf

...You can see what's inside. This bag, for example, has the calf in it. (Click to enbiggen)

I suppose this was done to keep people from ripping open the bags to make sure their kids get a full set...but at that point, why not just make bags for each animal?

It's a puzzlement.

The final mystery, though? What a farm animal is supposed to do with three DUPLO blocks.

Here's my solution:

30060 Duplo Easter Impulse - stackable

Anyway, if you want to see more photos, the full Flickr set is here.

LEGO Set Photo Reviews

I stopped at Target last night and they had stocked their Easter Impulse Item row - and that means new LEGO mini-sets!

There were two new CITY sets, two Star Wars Mini-Ships, and an interesting DUPLO mystery bag.

For starters, here's the two CITY impulse sets. Click through to see more photos!

30002 LEGO CITY Police Boat Impulse - DRAMA
30002 LEGO CITY Police Boat Impulse

30010 LEGO CITY Fire Chief Impulse - ACTION
30010 LEGO CITY Fire Chief Impulse

Episode 885

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I don't know about you, but Donut's expression in panel four doesn't instill me with a whole lot of confidence in this working out well.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Episode 880

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And thus ends one of the odder two-day events in Brick House history.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Portrait of Dorian Bley

This is my first full-scale experiment with Lenticular LEGO building.

There are more photos in my Flickr Gallery for this project, including my earliest test boards.

Episode 879

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Because cutting off Whiskey's extra head isn't goofy enough.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Episode 875

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Comic is up and ready, but I won't be able to hook it up properly until Monday late. In the meantime, click the link above to see Friday's strip.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Episode 874

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This comic was completely re-scripted when I realized they were coming through the door the wrong way. Because I care.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Guest Strip: Everyday Gods

Would you like another dose of Reasonably Clever humor today? Then go check out the guest strip I made for Daniel Mohr over at Everyday Gods.

Daniel is a friend of mine, and when I learned that computer problems were messing up his strip production I wanted to help out a bit. It was a fun little break from my "regular duties." You might want to read back at least a few days in his archive; the strip is funnier in context. Hopefully.

Episode 873

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Yes, a location outside of my workshop. Yes, that's the bathroom in our house.

The interesting thing about posing mini-figures on a toilet seat is that the rim tends to slope inward towards the bowl. I had to use a small bit of tape to get Donut to cling to the edge like that.

The threat of lukewarm pork is one of the most evil things I can imagine.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Hrm. I use Blogger's FTP service to manage this blog...a service they're discontinuing next month.

Switching how this works, even just going with internal blogger support, will require massive tweaks to the site.

I guess it's time for another redesign/overhaul of the Reasonably Clever experience.

As if I didn't have enough to do already.


Episode 872

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Luka's built up quite a bit of tolerance to alcohol during her years as a pirate, apparently.

Also, for those of you asking about Whiskey, you can see him in panel two. He fell down behind the can. (Remember, he's inert plastic at this point, so he really doesn't care. Of course, he'll probably regret missing out on the party later on.)