We finally got around to watching The Lego Movie. It may be one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Ashley and I both loved it. I also like how the Lego™ Group is creating and releasing all the “master builder” models as sets.


I picked up the most important one of the “master builder” sets this weekend. Set 70816. Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! Why is this set the most important? Because nostalgia. Growing up in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I spent a lot of time staring at classic Lego spaceship sets.


The Space Police, M-Tron, and BlackTron sets don’t compare to the more modern space sets. Benny’s Spaceship is the closest modern take on the classic space sets of my youth. I finally have a suitable option to all the sets I stared at as a kid but couldn’t afford. I’d still love to pick up those classic sets, but probably won’t find them affordably unless I strike it lucky at a garage sale.


Dungeons and Dragons 5e

Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition has been finalized and announced, and the books are available for pre-order. List price is currently $50 per book, and with the 3 main books, you’re looking at a $150 start-up cost.

I’m not surprised at all, as this is Wizards we are talking about. Wizards seems to be getting greedier as time goes on. I’ll probably still purchase the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide. Aside from those 3 books, I’ll be downloading any extra books.

The 5e changes look like a big improvement over 4e. I’m looking forward to playing the new edition.


I signed up for a NerdBlock subscription for January. NerdBlock is a monthly subscription of geeky toys sent to your door. You can get t-shirts, toys, blind boxes, candy, and other geeky things.

I received my NerdBlock package today. Inside was five items.
1. a Batman t-shirt
2. Ironman Pop! bobble-head figure
3. My Little Pony blind box figure
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles splat toy
5. Hunger Games figure


Overall, I like the t-shirt, the Ironman bobble-head is cool, and the My Little Pony figure is nice. The other two items are lame and just filler junk in the box. For the $30 cost of the subscription ($20 + $10 shipping), if this is what NerdBlock thinks is good, I don’t want another box. Subscription cancelled!

I’m going to wait a few months and watch Loot Crate. If it’s still looking good, I may sign up.

Project RC Continues

I finished taking everything apart. The only thing I’m not taking apart is the transmission. I just don’t want to deal with that at the moment. Plus it worked fine last time I ran the truck, and it still spins freely.

I need to find some denatured alcohol to clean out the engine gunk. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a reasonably sized container this weekend. The smallest container I found locally was a gallon, I only realistically need one cup at most. I started the cleaning procedure of the rest of the truck. During disassembly, I put all the screws back into whatever piece they came out of, so that way I wouldn’t forget where they came from, and I wouldn’t lose them.

To clean everything, I have to remove the screws then scrub it clean. I drove this truck in some pretty gross conditions. So much dirt and grime, and the exhaust side of the truck is even worse, due to running the engine slightly rich, and having dirt and dust cling to the exhaust waste.

I’m hoping to get most of it cleaned up this upcoming week and to order replacement parts soon. The denatured alcohol will be coming in this week, and I’ll be able to clean out the engine. Hopefully I’ll be able to get everything back together and working in a few weeks.

HPI Savage

Back in 2009, I bought a HPI Savage, a 1/8th scale monster truck RC car. I beat the crap out of it. I ran into things, I took it off jumps. It flipped, rolled, and crashed. It didn’t stay upright very much.


I finally stopped running it because it sounded like it had a bad bearing. I didn’t know which once, and I couldn’t pinpoint which one it was. The plan was to buy a kit to replace all the bearings with new and better ones.


I never got around to it, so the truck just sat in the corner for a few years. After looking at RC cars again this week, I decided I wanted to get it running again. Turns out, there was still some nitro fuel in the engine from the last time I ran it. All that time sitting in the corner had gummed up the engine.

Complete RC teardown ensues. It is now in pieces on the dining room table. I need to order a few parts that were broken or missing, but I’m hoping that I can get the engine back together and get it running again.

Remote Control Cars

Remote control toys are fun. I could easily spend hours running my RC cars around the yard. I used to run several tanks of gas through my RC truck whenever I ran it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do that recently due to a dead starter battery.

Today I watched a video of a RC Jeep that a guy mounted a snowplow to. He used to to clear the snow off of his sidewalk. His was an electric model, so it was no problem using it in a moist environment. It made me want to get my RC truck working again. At this point, I have no idea if just a new starter battery is all I need. It has been a few years since I last ran it.

I actually wouldn’t mind selling it and getting a smaller 1/10th scale truck. My current truck is a 1/8th monster truck and quite large. Larger also means replacement parts are more expensive.

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