Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hope Launches First Ever Robotics Olympiad
by Daniel Ton and Andrew Chan (HS 3-Loyalty)

Members of PHLUG Strike a pose as they get their Certificates of Appreciation

To encourage students to be innovative and use their problem-solving skills, the Hope Christian High School (HCHS) Robotics Team conducted the 1st Hope Christian High School Robotics Olympiad (HCHSRO) on February 18, 2014 at the preschool gymnasium.  FIRST Robotics Learning Center, Philippine Lego Users Group (PHLUG), Centro Escolar University (CEU), Adamson University and Malabon Science High School were all invited to take part in this event.
When asked about the preparations made for this event, David Samuel Ang, head organizer of the event said, “We started early November, invited students to join and we’ve been training them every Wednesday and Thursday until last week. We plan to have this every year.  It’s not impossible.”
Mrs. Jennifer Cruz and Mr. Cristofer Javier, their robotics coordinators, prepared this one-day event, hosted by David Samuel Ang and Isabelle Pimentel. The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Dr. Cecilio Pedro, honorary chairman of the Board of Trustees, together with Principal Angeline Tan, Vice-Principal Grace Tan, HCHS Alumni Association President James Tan, and Vice President Helen Ng.  Johann Carta of the Robotics Team said the prayer, followed by opening remarks by Mr. Jemmry Velasquez, our Elementary English supervisor.  “This event culminates the month-long celebration of science and mathematics; this is science in action and mathematics in work,” said Mr. Velasquez.
Dr. Pedro gave his words of encouragement to the excited crowd. “This world is moving so fast. More and more people are investing in robots,” he told the audience. This was followed by an inspirational message from the principal, who encouraged the audience by quoting Dr. Seuss, “Think left, think right. Think low, think high. All the things you can think if only you try.”  She further added that “when they [the robotics team] create robots, they aren’t just doing it for themselves.   Here in Hope Christian High School, we don’t only have creativity, we have character.”  
The contest proper commenced shortly thereafter.  Six teams from Grade 8 to High 4, each having three members and a coach, assembled at the pre-school gym to prepare their equipment. The objective of the competition is to design a robot, program it and make it run through an obstacle course within the maximum time of 5 minutes. Each team will be graded according to how well the team’s robot cleared the obstacles.  Mr. Randolph Protacio, managing director of PHLUG, was the judge for this competition.
Amos Tan of the High 4 team felt privileged to take part in this Olympiad.  He remarked, “It is the place where I can stretch my creativity and analytical skills to the limit, while preparing myself for engineering college, and bringing honor to God and my batch in the entire process.”   Adrian Chester Uy of the Gr. 9-B team felt joining the event was worthwhile.  He said, “It was here were I learned basic programming and building robots.”
While the contestants were busy designing and programming their robots, the students who visited the event looked around to see the models, exhibits, games and promos that the guests have prepared. There was a viewing of big and amazing Lego displays made by PHLUG, and some of which were also contributed by David Ang as well.   Other participating organizations featured impressive interactive exhibits.
A highlight of the event was the fundraising activity called “Let’s Go Build Our Logo.” The aim of this activity is to collect as many Lego bricks as possible to create the largest HCHS logo made entirely out of Lego bricks. Several students contributed to this fundraising activity, hoping to support the construction of this humongous marvel for everyone to see.

The Olympiad closed with the High 4 team winning 1st place. The High 4 team is comprised of Bryant Young, Jasper Pe and Amos Tan. They are to be awarded on March 10, 2014.

Friday, January 31, 2014

PhLUG Reviews: LEGO 70807 MetalBeard's Duel

Thank you CEE team for sending the complete first wave of The LEGO Movie sets to PhLUG. Being able to open something directly from LEGO is so exciting!

MetalBeard's duel is truly an eye-catching set. Let's see if this set can live up to its expectations. This set costs $34.99 USD (approx. Php 1600), and around Php 3200 locally. Here's what LEGO Shop at Home has to say about the set:

Take on the mighty Micro Manager in MetalBeard’s Duel!
Arrr, me hearties! MetalBeard lost his body parts in a previous battle with Lord Business, but has rebuilt himself from old ship scraps to become more powerful than ever. Now, the giant Micro Manager is challenging him. Grab the pirate sword from the holster on his back and fire the cannons on his left arm. Protect his prized parrot and the treasure chest containing his body parts, and act fast before the Micro Manager fires missiles and grabs the construction foreman with its claws. Includes 3 minifigures: Skeletron, Robo SWAT and Frank the Foreman.

  • Includes 3 minifigures: Skeletron, Robo SWAT and Frank the Foreman
  • MetalBeard features arm cannons with ammunition, a pirate sword and holster, a shark arm, turning waist and hips, and poseable arms and legs
  • Also features the Micro Manager with opening hatch, poseable legs, big feet and claws
  • Pirate accessories include flags, a rudder, guns, smoke from the chimney, an anchor, binoculars, monoculars and a parrot on a flagpole
  • Unlock MetalBeard’s treasure chest to reveal his bones
  • Capture the civilians with the Micro Manager’s claws
  • Flip out the Micro Manager’s flick missiles and prepare to fire
  • Grab MetalBeard’s huge sword and prepare for battle
  • Protect MetalBeard’s treasure chest of body parts!
  • Watch The LEGO® Movie to see all your favorite characters in action
  • MetalBeard measures over 7” (18cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 8” (22cm) wide
  • The Micro Manager measures over 6” (16cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide

The box is really really glossy, which is really nice. The box is also square, not something you get from LEGO often. 
The back also shows some cool features like MetalBeard's chest of remains includes a sausage, dual cannons that shoot, the shark being able to eat Skeletron, and the Micro Manager's that's openable.
Opening the box gives us 3 numbered plastic bags which makes everything easier to build and an instruction manual. This set has NO stickers!

This set comes with an impressive number of new and hard to find pieces. 
(Piece names are hyperlinked to their BrickLink Reference Catalog) 
Slope 18 2 x 1 x 2/3 with 4 Slots in Dark Orange only appears in this set.
Chain, 5 Links Flat Silver only appears in one other set that's not being sold in stores anymore.  
Hero Factory Weapon - Blade with Curved Tip in Flat Silver only appears in 3 other sets. 
Minifig, Utensil Toy Winder Key in Flat Silver makes its first appearance in a "box" set after only appearing in the CMS series. 
Tile 1 x 1 with Keyhole Pattern only appears in this set (you get an extra too)! 
Boat Ship's Wheel with Slotted Pin  in Reddish Brown has only been released in 6 other sets, mostly being huge pirate ships. 
Plate, Round 4 x 4 with Hole in Pearl Gold is only available in 4 other sets. 
Slope 65 2 x 2 x 2 with Bottom Tube in Dark Orange is only available in 1 other set.
Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Groove and 1 Stud in Center (Jumper) in Dark Red is only available in 4 other sets, all of which are not for sale anymore.
Slope 45 2 x 1 Double / Inverted - with Inside Stud Holder in Dark Brown makes its debut in this set.
Brick, Modified 2 x 3 x 2/3 Two Studs, Wing End in Dark Brown also makes its debut here.
Bar 12L with Open Stud, Towball, and Slit (Boat Mast) in Black is only available in 5 other sets.
Boat Anchor - Two Top Holes in Black is only available in 5 other sets.
Shark Body with Gills in LBG is a new mold for it, which makes it easier to stick onto plates below. It's only available in one other set.

All the minifigures included here are exclusive to this set. Frank the Foreman is a pretty neat figure to add to your construction workers, he sports new leg printing and torso printing with chest hair! The Robo SWAT included is only available here and in a polybag yet to be released. The first wave of TLM sets has a total of 7 Robo SWATs, so you can build a little army of them. The last minifigure we have in the set is Skeletron, this is the first time we get a skeleton in Light Bluish Grey which will definitely be useful for MOCers.

Helmets removed.
Back Printing
The set comes with one of the two biggest Micro Managers as the first build. It looks like an ATST+Borg Cube+Flick-fire missiles. 
The Micro Manager told me that he always wanted to be an ice skater, but Lord Business has "better" plans for him. 
The flick-fire missiles are able to fold down from the sides of the Micro Manager, which gives it added functionality especially for kids.

The head of the Micro Manager opens through the use of hinges, so you can fit in a Robo SWAT fig. "think I got it - but just in case: tell me the whole thing again." It doesn't make sense, why put a robot driver in a robot that can already operate on its own?

Side View
Back View

His hands are actually able to hold a minifig, pretty tight too. 
Mechs are cool, aren't they? This Mech is amazing and so full of fun little features and details. This also reminds me of the Steampunk genre, which the designer/s captured good enough. They even got him to have a peg leg. He's not as poseable compared to other recent mechs due to his peg leg, but he can still get a good pose.
His beard is awesome, it's a modified 2x2 plate. Although not an ideal part to use in something else, I'm positive someone will make something epic using this piece.
Apparently, the contents of his chest are his remains. His remains are a sausage and a bone. Wait... What did I just read? A Sausage? 
He's got a shark on his arm!
On the other hand (no pun intended), he has double barrel cannons ready to shoot Skeletron down. Extra ammunition are on the Pirate Wheel.
His back has a clip where you can attach his super cool sword. You can also see here where the anchor is put into, it swings freely as well.
Here's the sword scabbard in action
Here you get to see MetalBeard's prized parrot hanging on a pole. Do you see the black robot hand under the gold flag? That actually isn't on the instruction manuals but from something I read online, the gold flag and the pole doesn't have enough friction for it to stay, so adding that will remedy the problem.
Although the sword can stay on the hand quite well, it doesn't really have an attachment point to it. So if you swing the arm back and forth, the sword is sure to fall. So if you add another of those black robot hands to the gold telescope piece, it holds the sword in place.
I'll give this set a 5 out of 5. There might be a few problems with this set, but most of them are really not that noticeable and have easy fixes using the extra parts from the set. The minifigures are really detailed and are exclusive too. MetalBeard on his own is EPIC. Having a Micro Manager for him to duel with just makes the set even better. 

So if you really like the set, or even just MetalBeard, go buy the set! If you don't like the set at all, it's still a good buy because it has many rare and hard to find pieces. Did I mention it doesn't have stickers? So this set is for everyone! Thanks for reading! -David :D

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Bio

NICHE:LEGO Superheroes, LEGO Polybags, LEGO Video Games

Hello, I'm David. I have loved LEGO ever since I was 2-3 and still love it till now,(I'm 13) but i did experience my Dark Age (more on that later). Right now I participate in PhLUG, the only recognized Philippine LEGO Users Group by LEGO. (Woot woot!) 

When i was 2 years old, me and my family temporarily lived in Japan. My brother, who is older than me, loved LEGO, and we would often go and look around Osaka for LEGO. The set i remember i loved so much was from the Knight's Kingdom 2 theme, 8876 Scorpion Prison Cave

I also remember having plenty of the NBA sets, and even the older adventurers sets. One experience I really loved in Japan was the LEGO scoop. There was this BIG table, full of LEGO and you pay around 1000 yen (if i remember) for a scoop. I don't know if that was expensive or cheap, but i did get a lot of parts from there that i still use until now. 

Studying in an International School, they had LEGO in almost every room, so that helped me develop my love for LEGO. Other kids would even fight with me as everyday, i would get the Darth Vader minifig and hide it in a cabinet, so when its playtime, I'm the only one who know where it is (diabolical laugh here). 

3-4 years later, when i was 6, we went back to the Philippines, thankfully, my parents brought all the LEGO with us. But being a LEGO fan here was harder than in Japan, prices were extravagant (usually x1.5-3 of US price). My craving for LEGO was only satisfied by the LEGOs my dad buys when he goes out of the country. And because of these hard times, my Dark Age was coming... 

Although my LEGO collection never left my room, I lost interest playing with them, as i thought it was time consuming, and i had more important stuff to do, not realizing that LEGO would later on change my life for the better. For 2 years, I lost interest, 2 years, i regret. 

But this is why i love theBrickBlogger, on March of 2009 ( i think), I searched online for LEGO, i did not know why... But this search led me to a great discovery, this blog. 

TheBrickBlogger put me back on the right track. I loved LEGO again, I once again played with my collection that was collecting dust already. And as i grew more and more in love with LEGO, there were a couple of blogs i visited everyday just to keep up with the news ( (which is now gone:( ),,,, and 

And as time passed by, I searched for the Philippine LEGO community, i needed. And i found Philippine Bricksters on Multiply, but after seeing the age restrictions, i was discouraged. I think it was Christmas of 09, when i saw this huge LEGO christmas display in SM North Edsa (its a mall here) and I saw that there was still hope, people still loved LEGO. But i intentionally forgot about the Phil. bricksters as i couldn't join anyway. But this did not stop me from loving LEGO.

On May of 2013, i was scrolling through Facebook, and i randomly searched Philippines LEGO, which led me to PhLUG, which contributed a lot to my hobby right now. 

I've been posting on theBrickBlogger for awhile now, and hope i would continue writing here. Its a joy to see the community like and appreciate my posts. Thanks everyone!

Here goes a so unoriginal fact thing, the other contributors are doing (this is in random order)
-I've been to Legoland Malaysia twice now, one being a VIP trip.
-I know how to swim, but often don't like to.
-I try to keep my collection as organized as possible. (OCD much?)
-I'm part of my school's robotics team.
-I really love the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy as well as the Back to The Future ones.
-I used to love reading, now not as much.
-I dislike the smell of taxis.
-As i lived in Japan, i love japanese food, especially Takoyaki.
-I love computers and everything related to them, like programming.
-I'm part Chinese and know how to speak the language... 你好!
-I'm not proud of my hand writing,it looks like a 5 year olds.
-I used to be scared of heights, not anymore.
-I'm allergic to those fluffy stuffed animals.
-I love to act.
-My brother wanted to name me Goliath, how ironic :D
-I like to whistle.
-At this point, i'm running out of facts.
-I won our school pageant once by singing "numa-numa"
-I can get along with anyone if i put my mind into it.
-When someone would ask me what i want to be when i grow up, i always answer: "I'm not sure yet."
-I used to speak Japanese, but Chinese has then replaced it.
-I represented the Philippines in the LEGO build your world event in Legoland Malaysia.
-I don't have anything else to say anymore...

Well, i hope you guys enjoyed the list of wierd and interesting facts. Want to know more? Feel free to ask in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!


The New LEGO Batgirl Minifigure!

Looks like LEGO factories are full of security holes. General Cryptor minifigures from the 2014 LEGO Ninjago line have been showing up on eBay in the past week or so (likely escapes from the LEGO factory in Mexico), and now another interesting minifigure leaked; Batgirl from the upcoming 2014 LEGO Super Heroes DC Universe series, shared by BrickLink member votvic from the Czech Republic (another place LEGO has a large factory). :cool: LEGO needs to improve their security!
LEGO Batgirl Minifigure Details
Here is a picture of the LEGO Batgirl minifigure. As you can see she got a unique headpiece, which shows her hair flowing out of her mask. She comes with a double sided head (as usual), and her torso is printed both on the front and back. Her legs are plain black (quite disappointing). Her cape appears to be missing too. This version of Batgirl is obviously based on the new 52 Batgirl from DC Comics, as she looks exactly like on the cover of the comic-book.
LEGO Batgirl Minifigure
It’s about time LEGO made an official minifig of Batgirl! She was actually released as a microfigure in the #50003 Batman game from the LEGO Games series, but the game was later canceled. She also appears in theLEGO Batman video-games. In LEGO Batman 2 she is fairly close to the new minifigure version.
LEGO Batgirl Minifigs
Batgirl will most likely appear in the #76013 LEGO Super Heroes Joker Steam Roller set scheduled to be released next year. For your reference here is the list of LEGO Super Heroes DC sets coming in 2014 as we discussed in 2014 LEGO Sets News & Rumors…
  • #76010 LEGO Super Heroes The Penguin Face Off (with Batman, the Penguin, and  2 Robot Penguin Henchmen)
  • #76011 LEGO Super Heroes Man-Bat Attack (with Batman, Robin, and Man-Bat)
  • #76012 LEGO Super Heroes The Riddler Chase (with Batman, the Riddler, and the Flash)
  • #76013 LEGO Super Heroes The Joker Steam Roller (with Batman, the Joker, and 3 other minifigs)
So, what do you think of the new LEGO Batgirl minifigure? Do you like her new headpiece and printing? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! And for currently available LEGO DC Super Heroessets check out the Online LEGO Shop.
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I hope you enjoyed this article. Any questions? feel free to comment below :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Raffle time+Update

UPDATE: As many people have had problems commenting on the post, the raffle draw will be on Tuesday, October 15, 2:30 PM (Phil. Standard Time) instead. Cheers! -David

As a thank you to everyone's support, I will be running a raffle. :)

Here are the rules:
1. Comment on this post and start a conversation! Socialize :) This will serve as your entry.
2. Keep on enjoying my blog.
3. The more you comment, the more chances of winning you get.
4. Please do not post spam like "hahahaha" "spam" as you will be disqualified immediately
The drawing of the winners (using the list of entries through will be on Oct. 5, 7 PM, and the winner will be posted on the site. The winner will receive a LEGO series 11 Yeti Minifigure worth 250 php locally.

Start commenting!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2013 LEGO polybag for your collection!

This was orginally posted by me on theBrickBlogger:
Today I would like to show you all the small 2013 LEGO polybag sets, thanks to Flickr member motayan, who posted the pictures. Some of these are released already, and some will be available a bit later in the year. :P
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Seasonal Polybags:  There are a couple of polybags for this spring. The #4002 LEGO Springtime Scene contains a tree, fountain, a boy and girl (if we would have a cheesy smiley it would go here), some fences and foliage. Overall a cute little set, especially if you would give it to a special someone. The #40053 LEGO Easter Bunny with Basket is going to be available for Easter - obviously.  The Easter Bunny is not the cutest LEGO ever made, but it is a nice little set for some fun building.
2013 LEGO Spring Polybags
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Lone Ranger Polybags: You already heard about the LEGO Lone Ranger sets coming, right? (You can read about them here: 2013 LEGO Lone Ranger Sets Pictures!) Besides the sets there are also going to be a couple of polybags. The #30260 LEGO Lone Ranger’s Pump Car is going to be very useful for LEGO Western building, and it also includes the Lone Ranger himself with his awesome new gun. The #30261 LEGO Lone Ranger Tonto’s Campfire includes Tonto! Have you seen his hairpiece?! EPIC! Also comes with a campfire and a chicken-leg.
2013 LEGO Lone Ranger Polybags
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Super Heroes Polybag: Only one polybag for Super Heroes, the #30167 LEGO Super Heroes Iron Man vs. Fighting Drone. This would be the cheapest way to get Iron Man, and if you love flick-fire missiles and tiny drones, this is the polybag to get!
2013 LEGO Super Heroes Polybag
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Legends of Chima Polybags: As you probably already know from the previous posts here, LEGO is pulling out all stops as far as advertising the new LEGO Legends of Chima theme. Besides the regular sets and Speedorz game-sets there are also 6 polybags, each of them including the new CHI piece. The #30250 LEGO Legends of Chima Ewar’s Acro-Fighterset is a cute little build – get this polybag if you want Ewar. The #30251 LEGO Legends of Chima Winzar’s Pack-Patrol includes Winzar the Wolf and a little sled for him to ride. The #30252 LEGO Legends of Chima Crug’s Swamp-Jet includes the only brown Crocodile and a small boat. The #30253 LEGO Legends of Chima Leonidas’ Jungle-Dragster includes one of the main Lion characters and also some nice light-orange parts. The #30254 LEGO Legends of Chima Razcal’s Double-Crosser – I love how awesome the Ravens are, but I don’t quite get why Razcal has to drive a vehicle when he has wing. But I guess that’s why it’s called the Double-Crosser. The #30255 LEGO Legends of Chima Crawley set is the smallest of the Chima polybags and includes Crawley, a CHI piece, and his cool brick-built gun.
2013 LEGO Legends of Chima Polybags
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Creator Polybags: The #30183 LEGO Creator Little Carcomes with a cute little car for racing down the hallway. The #30184 LEGO Creator Little Helicopter is great for swooshing around. The #30185 LEGO Creator Little Eagle is my favorite LEGO Creator polybag. It looks exactly like his bigger brother in the #31004 LEGO Creator Fierce Flyer set.
2013 LEGO Creator Polybags
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Friends Polybags: The #30106 LEGO Friends Ice Cream Stand comes with Emma, a new ice-cream cone piece and a sweet little ice-cream stand. The #30107 LEGO Friends Birthday Party – I can’t believe this is a birthday party; there is only Andrea all by herself and one gift!  How can this be a party without at least one another person?! The balloons are nice though. The #30108 LEGO Friends Summer Picnic comes with Mia chilling out on her blanket with a bunch of food. :roll:
2013 LEGO Friends Polybags
:arrow: 2013 LEGO Star Wars Polybags: The #30240 LEGO Star Wars Z-95Headhunter looks just like the bigger #75004 LEGO Star Wars Z-95 with a nice assortment of pieces. The #30241 LEGO Star Wars Gauntlet is a mini version of the #9525 LEGO Star Wars Pre Vizsla’s Mandalorian Starfighter.This set was originally named incorrectly, so it was later renamed the Gauntlet. Comes with a good assortment of dark-blue LEGO pieces. The#30242 LEGO Star Wars Republic Frigate is a mini version of the #7964 LEGO Star Wars Republic Frigate - not the best mini-set in my opinion, but it has some useful pieces. The #30243 LEGO Star Wars Umbaran MHC(Mobile Heavy Cannon) is a cute little version of the #75013 LEGO Star Wars Umbaran MHC set, with positionable legs.
2013 LEGO Star Wars Polybags
These are 2013 polybags we know about at this point. I’m sure more polybags will be coming out this year, but since we don’t have pictures yet we just have to stay tuned for more info. A lot of LEGO fans collect polybags as they are fun little sets and they don’t take up a lot of space. They are also a cheap way to get minifigures and nice pieces. It sometimes takes a bit of hunting to find them all, but they are usually available at LEGO Stores, theOnline LEGO Shop, and some retailers. They are even given out as freebies at times. Currently the #30250 LEGO Legends of Chima Ewar’s Acro-Fighter is available with your order at the Online LEGO Shop.
Free LEGO® Ewar's Acro-Fighter with a $75 purchase. Offer valid January 1-31 2013 or while supplies last.
LEGO polybags can also be found on eBay, and often in bundles. This is a great way to pick up a whole set of polybags to start your collection. See below some of the current eBay listings:
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LEGO Polybags on eBay
PictureProductPriceTime Left
lego city sets of 4.30224,30225,30014,30152 all new in sealed polybags$32.921h 45m
LEGO Friends Series 1 polybags CAT TURTLE SQUIRREL 3 Piece SET New$19.553h 04m
LEGO POLYBAGS MISB, NEW 30005 30151 30250 30212 30201 STAR WARS GHOST ELF GUARD$44.993h 23m
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I hope you enjoyed this article. My name is HP and I’m a KFOL (Kid-Fan-of-LEGO). I will be a TFOL (Teen-Fan-of-LEGO) in June. This is my second post here at theBrickblogger. You can read my first post LEGO Building Technique: Forced-Perspective. Let me know what you think of the LEGO polybags and if you collect them. Would love to hear your thoughts, so please share them below! ;)