The LEGO Group kindly sent me a pre-release copy of the LEGO 42008 Service Truck Technic set to
play with review. This is actually my first pneumatic set since my 8851 Excavator when I was a kid, and I was very keen to see how things have progressed since 1984!
I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release copy of the LEGO 42009 Mobile Crane MKII Technic set, thanks to Kim from the LEGO Community Engagement & Events team. This is my first proper set review so hopefully I will get better with each one, as well as get the hang of the camera setup I've just started using! I was naturally quite excited to receive this set, especially considering it takes about 300 years for anything to get delivered to Australia, and the anticipation was killing me!
The talented ex-LEGO designer Nathanaël Kuipers has teamed up with Mattia Zamboni to release The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol 1: Amazing Vehicles. They have created 10 professional building instructions for alternate models of the popular 5867 Super Speedster.
I get a lot of emails asking about the images I use for the parts on the site. I also get a lot of people trying to download all the images via automated tools which can hurt performance of the site for everyone. I've come up with a solution that I hope addresses both points!
Here's a new feature that I think will come in extremely handy. The new Compare Sets page (under the Sets menu) lets you pick two sets and see which parts they have in common and which parts from each set are unique.
I’ve been very busy at work on the site, but have not gotten around to writing up any of the recent changes. I won’t bother listing everything as there is simply too much to write about I’ll just do some of the highlights here.
So I was finally bugged enough times to put the old Light Gray/Dark Gray colors back in :)
First an explanation of how we got here. When I was first experimenting with how the site would work and if it could even be done, I noticed that the Light Gray parts had stopped being produced around 2003 and were replaced by Light Bluish Gray parts. Similarly for Dark Gray. 2003 was during my dark ages period so I hadn’t noticed it earlier! This was going to make it nearly impossible for a pre-2003 set to get a high match with any post-2003 set, causing much frustration for me.
I have enhanced the way set management works on Rebrickable. Previously you had a single Set List with all of your sets. Now you can have multiple Set Lists to further split up your sets.
What is a Set List? It is simply a collection of sets (and can include MOCs) that you want to logically group together. You will have a default Set List created for you if you have never added any sets before, with the name "My First Set List".
I finally finished something I've been meaning to do for a long time – improve the search features. I have basically replaced the existing set and part searches with a single page which I hope is simpler to use and produces far better results.