Jump to content


Member Since 30 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 12:13 PM

Topics I've Started

Elemental Contest #3: EARTH

16 June 2018 - 08:03 AM



SPARTAN-II 100 (Spider-Bat700):

More images & info here: https://www.devianta...O-Constructions



Earth: Hidden Treasures






Dalton Westmoore:



Lord Capulet:




Elemental Contest #3: EARTH

This is a series of contests themed around a set of fantastical "elements". The first theme was Water. Next, we did FireThe current theme is EARTH. Your entry can be set in any time period or based on any universe. LEGO entries are encouraged, but we also accept other types of artwork!


The only requirement is that the element of EARTH must feature prominently in your entry. By "earth", I primarily mean rocks, dirt, sand, crystals, minerals, caves - even poisonous clouds of gas. NOT PLANTS. Your entry can feature plants, but we'd prefer it to focus on rocks. Plants will probably going to be a separate contest called "life" or something. Also, the earth in your contest should be more than just a background - it should be a central element of the entry. Build a LEGO vignette of people exploring a cave or dodging a rockslide! Or something more creative - it's up to you!




Unlike the other 2 contests, this contest will be judged by a public poll! So, presentation is key - make your entry look as cool as possible in a single image if you can!
There will be 3 winners. Each winner will get a code they can use to take a certain amount of money off one order from my shop (it also subtracts from shipping, so your order can be completely free!) and a medal icon added to their account here on the forums.


1st Place Prize = $24 shop code & gold medal

2nd Place Price = $16 shop code & silver medal

3rd Place Prize = $10 shop code & bronze medal


There may be some "admin's choice" winners too, if we really like an entry that didn't win - and we'll give bonus prizes for entries set in Wulfgard or Nova Refuge too!



Just link to your entry in a reply to this topic! Yes, you must have a forum account to enter, and I encourage you to post your entry as a topic in the appropriate board here, like the Construction Zone or Artwork boards. It's not required, but we'd love to have some new members hanging around! You can even host your images in our own Gallery here, which now has a LEGO section anyone can use! But if you prefer, you can still host your images on another website and simply link to them here.
As stated previously, LEGO entries are encouraged, but you can also enter another type of artwork You may submit up to 2 entries. The current deadline is August 15th.




If you have a question about the contest, please ask in a reply! I will paste important questions/answers here.


Set Review: ENLIGHTEN War of Glory "Dwarf Secret Weapon"!

27 March 2018 - 06:20 PM

Hey, when was the last time I did one of these? It's a LEGO ENLIGHTEN set review!


LEGO has been saving me a lot of money lately, you see... by NOT MAKING ANY CASTLE SETS! I'm sorry, but I don't count Nexo Knights - they're sci-fi, with accessories better suited to Warhammer 40,000 than Castle. The closest thing LEGO has to a fantasy Castle line these days is actually Elves, which is why I've bought a LOT of Elves sets. But they use the mini-dolls instead of minifigs, so...


So that's why I'm reviewing a Chinese LEGO knockoff brand called Enlighten! I wanted to test them out, because they have some neat minifig accessories, so I ordered the Enlighten Castle War of Glory Dwarven Chariot 3 Figures 243pcs Educational Bricks Toy Boy Gift - Without Original Box (which the actual instruction booklet calls "The War of Glory: Dwarf Secret Weapon")




Instructions and bags. Even the bags are LEGO ripoffs!

These "The War of Glory" sets are very clearly inspired by World of Warcraft, by the way. Some other sets include airships and gryphon-riders.




A closeup of some of the parts spilled out. All of the minifig hands are loose to start, and each 'fig comes with an extra hand, probably because the things are kinda flimsy. Note the odd-shaped Technic-style pins and the JOINTED DWARF LEGS (another pic of them later)!




The minifigures aren't quite up to LEGO standards, as expected. Note the huge gap between the legs and hips, and the nicked wrists on the arms (they're almost all like that, strangely). The arms and legs come apart pretty easily too. I would never consider one of these a substitute for a real LEGO fig (I only use real LEGO 'figs in my shop). But the shoulders look pretty nice!




Another look at the 'figs. Interesting that the elf is flesh-tone but the human and dwarf are yellow. The elf clearly has some inspiration from the LEGO Elves line (one of the other sets has a pretty direct copy of a LEGO Elves boat), with a LotR style tiara. Also interesting that the set features a copy of a LEGO spear except smaller and with sharper edges on the spear-head. The horn/wings on the dwarf helmet do NOT detach, by the way. Pretty cool helmet otherwise.




MOVING DWARF LEGS! The beard looks a lot like Gimli's from the LotR sets. And yes, he also comes with a gun, in case you weren't 100% sure this is World of Warcraft.




It's Tyrande on her saber cat! The cat mount is one of the main things I wanted from the set. It looks pretty awesome.




It's also surprisingly articulate, with a hinged tail and opening/closing mouth! Which is more movement than LEGO animals usually offer.




Unfortunately, because of how he's made, his head tends to split down the middle when the jaw is moved, and you have to push the two halves back together again. Not top quality.




Let's get building! The instructions are quite good, although I noticed one error where a piece in the build didn't render, so it looked like one part was missing from a step. The parts fit together pretty well, though some are a bit too lose or too tight.




Details of some odd parts. Note the 2-plates-tall brick. Colors seem to be a very close match for LEGO colors. Studs are imprinted with the letters "ENLI" for Enlighten.




World of Warcraft! I really want a set that includes that elf hood/hair piece. A perfect fit for several WoW characters, like Sylvanas, Alleria, and Valeera.




The completed set. I didn't apply any of the stickers.


Overall, I'd say it's a pretty good quality for a Chinese knockoff! Was it worth the price? Ehhhhh, I'm not sure. It was only slightly cheaper than a comparable LEGO set, and since I really only wanted the figure accessories (hair, armor, etc.), it's not a great value for me. I would never use the actual minifigs; the quality is just not up to par. But will I get another set? Honestly, I probably will. I'm looking at this one, if I can scrounge up enough free dollars to blow on it, haha.