Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lego GBC Observer 👁 Week 47, 2019

Here we go, a better late then never observer post for week 47 of 2019.  A lot of new modules and mechanisms showed up on YouTube over the last week, and there is lots to see!

First up, Aussie Brick Chick shares a layout from somewhere in Perth.  It has a lot of "new to me" modules.  The tilting ramps module with the different cities is quite nice to look at.

Next up a GBC Display from people in LuxLUG.  Lots of "new" modules/mechanisms to be seen in this video as well!

And lastly lets take a look at the dozen of modules that Caz has built over the last year in a well behaving loop 🤫.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lego GBC Observer 👁 Week 46, 2019

Here we are at week 46 of the GBC Observer for 2019.  These are the latest GBC videos that I really enjoyed!

First up is a new lift mechanism from a Japanese builder.  I would describe it as a tip and shove type movement, very nice.

In this next video, BayLUG member Nonsense Wars shows us his "auto-dozer" module in detail. He explains both the mechanics and the theming, great video!

This clean set of 4 modules can be re-arranged and they are all powered from one PF-L motor.  A great looking shared power system!

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Retiring Lego Technic Sets for 2019

Lego news site The Brick Fan has just released a list of soon to be retired sets according to a "very reliable source".  Of interest to the GBC community will be the Technic section of that list, so let's take a look.

LEGO Power Functions Motor Set (8293)
This set is great for people getting started in GBC because it contains everything you would need to motorize a module.  It's a shame it's going away (but it's to be expected with PF being phased out at the end of 2020).  Hopefully it's replaced with something soon, Powered Up simple battery box anyone?

6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck (42070)
This set had an unusual color scheme and high price.  The price was most likely due to the XL motor, IR remote/receiver, and Battery Box which was included.

WHACK! (42072) and BASH! (42073)
These smaller pull-back models have a fun play feature where they intentionally destruct when they hit something.

Racing Yacht (42074)
I'm not sure what you would ever use the plastic sails for.  Has anyone used them in a Lego GBC module?

First Responder (42075)
I purchased one of these with the intention of creating a C-model GBC.  I was unsuccessful so it was parted into my collection.  Maico Arts on the other hand created an interesting tilting ramp module out of it, and instructions can be found here: http://greatballcontraption.nl/bi/42075-C-v1.4.pdf

Mack Anthem (42078)
This set looks like a great parts pack due to all the large panels included.

Heavy Duty Forklift (42079)
This is a 2018 set that didn't really get that much attention.  It does have some wheels that I'm told are great for battle bots or perhaps a GBC dozer.

Forest Machine (42080)
This is the most recent set to include a working pneumatic pump and valves.  It also comes with a PF-L motor and battery box.

Power Boat (42089)
A small set that contains mostly black and red pieces.

Tracked Loader (42094)
This 2019 set could be good for a small conveyor type module.

I'm very curious what types of Technic sets we will see in 2020.  Will there be any more power functions sets?  Will there be some more Control+ sets? 🤷‍♂️