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How To Train Your Dragon Ionix sets

How To Train You Dragon Building sets are made by  Ionix Bricks. The Ionix Bricks system feature a shape shifting brick. The main brick is a 2×4 but parts of it are moveable. So you can twist the parts that have the studs on them. Here’s some of their product description.

IONIX: the revolutionary line of never before seen construction bricks that change their shape before your eyes! These construction bricks shapeshift and change to become mini figures, action figures, weapons, gear, gadgets and more. What’s more, our bricks snap together with other leading construction systems. IONIX: Shapeshift, build, unleash!

I have seen Ionix Tenkai Knights and even got one of the blind bags to test the premise. Before I could write a post I found The How to train Your Dragon sets. Today I will review one of their small sets, Barf and Belch #20005. Here’s the box you can see a shape shifting brick on the front cover. What the front doesn’t reveal is the number of pieces.

How to train your Dragon building setThe number of pieces is on the back and kind of hidden.


Here are the parts in the set. Eleven bricks, stickers and instructions.

dragon_partsThe basic 2×4 brick. You can see the moveable parts.

Legs out, neck and tail section extended.

dragon_step3Adding a couple  bricks. Next I added the curved back pieces and added sticker.  I didn’t get a good pic of theses steps. Then the wings and tails were added.

dragon-step4The final step is adding the dragon heads. This was the most frustrating part of the build.The neck really did want to support the double neck and heads. The weight was too much and they kept falling.



This is a neat set. The paint on the head and tails is nice. The fact that the heads were hard to support is a disappointment. I hope that’s not a problem on the other sets. I think this was caused by the long dual necks and heads. I will try to get another set and see.

I also didn’t like that it was hard to determine the number of parts in the set. looks in the online description and it says

  • 1 Shapeshifting Mini Figure Brick
  • 10 Additional Pieces

So why not put that is larger print on the box?

Cost was $6.99 at Toys R Us. I’m hoping Target has them cheaper. That is a bit much for 11 pieces. The Meatlug set is only five pieces. It look cool but that’s expensive. I like the shape shifting bricks. It looks like they are different versions for the dragons. The quadraped form could be used on all kinds of animals. I’m not sure how versatile the biped brick is. It works for the Tenkai Knight robot looking armor but doesn’t look right for Hiccup.




Prepare to unlock your imagination, reveal your inner creativity and challenge yourself. IONIX bricks not only shapeshift to reveal awesome figures, weapons and gear, but they’re also meant to be unfolded, refolded, twisted, half opened, half closed…Think outside the block!

Ionix Bricks


UPDATE: I checked the nearest Target today. They did not have any How to Train Your Dragon sets. But They dis have Tenkai Knights sets on sale. The blind bags are $1.99 instead of $2.99 and the carded single figures were on sale as well.

At the Deadpool family reunion.

LEGO Deadpool

Gray deadpool is a custom fig.

Hallmark Star Wars Ornaments Revealed.

Hallmark has revealed their 2014 Christmas ornament selections. Once again there are some cool Star Wars ones. One is a Yoda peakbuster ornament. This motion-activated ornament will catch peekers and snack seekers. Hear Yoda dish out wise warnings to stay away whenever he senses that peekers have come near. It’s 19.95 and will be available in wars ornaments

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The past three years the have released a LEGO Star Wars ornament. The 2014 character is Boba Fett. I know I’ll be picking him up in July. Boba Fett retails for $14.95

boba-fett-root-1495qxi2593_1470_1Hallmark begins selling some of their ornaments in July. The following should be in store early in the month.

Rise of Lord Vader $19.95 Listen  Darth Vader one of my favorite characters but they pick his worse dialogue from the entire saga for the sound chip. If it was just an ornament without sound I might get it. I just don’t think I’ll pay $19.95 for one I don’t want to listen to.

the-rise-of-lord-vader-root-1995qxi2633_1470_1Cantina Band $34.95 Listen Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes star in this ornament. It’s cool and plays the cantina theme music. But expensive.


Sand Crawler $29.95 Listen and a Scout Trooper for $17.95

Godzilla $17.95 Listen And Godzilla I might get this one.
godzilla-root-1795qxi2553_1470_1 Alien $17.95 October



If you join Hallmarks rewards program they’ll send you e-mail notices of when the new ornaments are released plus coupons a few times a season. Many of these will be released on July 12-13.

Affiliate post: Frozen LEGO want to build a snowman and Stitchzilla

At TeeFury Wednesday June 25th only! $11 each.Want To Build a Snowman? by mikehandyart vs. Stitchzilla by harebrained

frozen snow man

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Build a Snowman by Brinkerhoff will be available for $11 at check-out!

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KRE-O Transformers build event at TRU

062414C_EM_TRU_Transformers_InStore_Event_01Toys R Us has announced a free build event for Saturday. Children 5 and older can get a free Optimus Prime riding a T-rex set. My son is still to young for these maybe they won’t ask his age. I was at TRU a few days ago they had a ton of new Transformers toys. They are also having a buy one get one 50% off sale for all Transformers toys.




Homer gets an honest answer.

homer is a pig in a galaxy far far away

I finally found Homer a drinking buddy.  The quote comes from the first season of The Simpsons.

Nerd Block June Unboxing

I had a day off on Friday. I spent part of the day shooting mini figs. I had just download the  new images to the computer. Thunderstorms have been in the forecast all day and they finally started. I could hear the thunder outside my office, I glanced out the window and saw the rain falling but not heavily. I spotted the mail truck outside and figure I better get the mail before the rain got bad.

I shut down the computer and downstairs. As I opened the door, the lights go out. We just lost power. And where it was light rain a few moments before it was now pouring outside. I stepped on the porch and the wind is blew rain in my face. There’s thunder and lighting  but the porch is covered so I thought I’ll wait out the storm. The lights flicker back. Then there’s a Kaaarck as a tree limb crashes to the ground.

I watched the rain awhile longer then decided it’s not slowing down so I’ll head back inside. I turn around and there at my feet is the my first Nerd Block.

What is Nerd Block?

Nerd Block is a monthly subscription service for geeks. Every month, subscribers will receive a package containing a t-shirt and 4-6 toys or collectables. You pick the shirt size but the design and toys are unknown. I signed up for the June box because they announced there were two shirts and a Doctor Who item in the June block.

So What’s in the Box?

I’ll  start with the smallest item, a Minecraft sticker by Jinx. Retail $1.99. Cool if you play the game. I don’t but will pass it on to somebody that does play.

nerd block unboxing minecraft sticker

Next is a Wii Mario Kart racer. I got Donkey Kong. Which is good cause he’s my favorite. Retail ~$2.00

nerd block unboxing

Next are the shirts. Iron Sentinel and Who you gonna call. Both are cool shirts. I love Ghost Busters and Giant Robots. Retail $10 each.

nerdblock_june_shirt1 nerd block

Next is the Doctor Who item. It is a Titans vinyl figure. This is from the Doctors series and it could have been any of the eleven Doctors. I got the First Doctor. These are neat figures I have a Judoon from series. Retail $8-$10


But the big surprise in this box was a game.

Nerd Block unboxingIt’s a Nerd Block pin art game. You make shapes and design by pushing the pins. This will live on my desk and most likely appear in action figure photo some day.

Here is  the Doctor in the blue box of pins.

nerd block pin game

Spoiler alert! If you get a box don’t read the shipping label. There is a mini invoice on it that tells whats inside. It’s vague but may reveal more than you want to know. I saw “vinyl figure on mine.” which was the Doctor Who figure. After the unboxing I read the entire label. It specfically said Mario cart racer but were listed in generic terms; shirt, sticker, game.

Do you enjoy this review? Any questions. I’m considering reviewing the Nerd Block as a monthly feature.

The full Nerd Block.

nerd block

I am part of Nerd Block affiliate program.

Nerd block classic 19.99 Plus shipping 9.50 US plus a border fee exchange fee of .27.
Nerd block jr boys (ages 6-11) $13.99 plus shipping
Nerd block jr girls (ages 6-11) $13.99
Horror block 19.99 Plus shipping 9.50 US, The Horror block ships on the 25th of the month.

Subscriptions for July are open. Nerd Block has announced that the block will include two Star Wars items.


Short notes

Yesterday I made by goal of betting last year’s traffic numbers by one view. So one week left in the month to build on that number. I’ve beat last year’s traffic every month so far this year.

A few more post planned for today one is a review the other is a new LEGO photography comic.

TeeFury  has grab bag tees today $6 for a random shirt $5 for kids sizes. Plus a Lego Disney shirt on Wednesday.





24 hours to go in Munchkin Bricks Kickstarter

There are just 24 hours left in Crazy Brick’s Munchkin Bricks Kickstarter project. The project funded in it’s first 24 hours. They have a new stretch goal for the last 24 hours.  If they hit $55,000 before the end of the project every pledge will will get 2 Random Items in a special KICKSTARTER Translucent Green color and they will unlock an additional COLOR option for your sets!

Due to meeting previous stretch goals each set now comes with The Miter, Spyke’s helmet, and two three random munchkin bricks. Plus you have the option if  ordering extra Munchkin crates, Munchkin bricks or a multi-color collection of some of the bricks.


Munchkin Bricks takes your favorite Munchkin card game weapons and iconic items and turns then into real-life stuff! They fit your favorite miniature figures like LEGO®, Kre-O®, Kubrick®, Character Building®, Si-Dan® and Friends®.

These high-quality injection molded collectibles are fully licensed from Steve Jackson Games and are ready to add fun to your gaming experience and brick characters.


Crazy Bricks


New Stuff soon.

Today was a busy day. Unfortunately it was the bad kind of busy. I had planned to photograph some figures and work on the blog today. So photograph were taken but that’s as far as I got. My car tags were stolen plus it was car tag renewal time. I had to spend part of the day getting emissions tested and then renewing and replacing the tag. The tags were due any way but that added extra money to my bill. At least it was quick going at the Clerk’s office.

I had to get up early to mow before the heat and storm hit. The yard was mowed and then it was tag time. I grab some lunch and rested a bit. Then I finally got to shoot a new figure and write a couple of comics. I was all set to processes the images, then the storm hit. I shut down the computer right before the power went out.

The power was only out for a few minutes but the storm lasted much longer. The storm ripped a couple of branches off a tree.  I had to climb a ladder and remove the last stubborn bit of branch the was still clinging to the tree. So I haven’t processed today’s shoots. I doubt I’ll get much up this weekend. So hopefully Monday there be a new one panel comic or maybe even a review.

Can you guess what this is?

You’ll see it in a few days.


Affiliate post: Link, Sora, Final Fantasy, Pokemon and Megatron shirts for friday.

At TeeFury Friday June 20th only! $11 each. Cartridge of Time by Naolito vs. It’s A Small Kingdom by Jason Cryer


Tee fury now has posters as well. When you checkout click extras to see what they are offering. There’s some cool art there. You have to but a shirt to order the extras. But It looks like the extras are not limited to 24hrs like the shirts are.

If you like these shirts remember to use the links in this post. TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.


Other Affiliates.

ShirtPunch also has gaming related designs today. A Meagtron shirt plus a Final Fantasy Pop art shirt or at ShirtPunch TV a Pokemon peanuts mash up

Super Hero stuff is another affiliate. They carry tons of Super Hero clothing items and gifts.
They even have a few LEGO related items. All the LEGO clothes are youth sizes which is disappointing cause this LEGO Brick built Batman Symbol shirt is cool.

They regularly issues coupon codes current ones are 11% off all orders, expires Jun 25: ZAP11 and 13% off $60+ orders, expires Jun 25: ZAP13

LEGO Batman symbol

Happy Father’s Day

I’m resharing this from last year. Happy Father’s to all the dads out there.

Deadpool and Bobo verse the World

Deadpool and Bobo visit sunny Tatooine.

Deadpool and bobo in the rancors pit

This image will be on sale as an 8×10 print at the art show in Hypericon this weekend. And on my site or ebay sometime this weekend.

Minizilla shirt at ript apparel

Both of Ript apparel’s shirts for the day star Godzilla. The shirts are Minizilla and Roar. Minizilla is a Godzilla minifig. This is awesome! And they have toddler sizes. yes my son will have a matching tee. We might even wear them at the next time we vend at a convention. You can get the design on other things as well.
Shirt start at $10. Ript Apparel.


The other choice for today is Roar.


ShirtPunch. has a Jay and Silent Bob mini fig shirt today. I missed it last night. I was focused on working on a new LEGO print for tomorrow.

jay and silent bob

Nerd Block

Nerd Block is a monthly subscription service for geeks and nerds! Every month, subscribers will receive a package containing a t-shirt and 4-6 toys and collectables! You pick the shirt size and then get various surprise items. I just signed up for the June box. It is a double shirt month so instead of one geek shirt there will be two in the box. Plus they announced there will be a Doctor Who item as well. I’m hoping for some cool figure we’ll find out together I’ll make a post of my box later in the month.


Nerd block is related to shirt punch so I hoping the shirts will be the same quality. I am part of both site’s affiliate programs.

Nerd block classic 19.99 Plus shipping 9.50 US
Nerd block jr boys (ages 6-11) $13.99 plus shipping ~6
Nerd block jr girls (ages 6-11) $13.99
Horror block 19.99 19.99 Plus shipping 9.50 US

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Subscriptions for June’s box end on Friday.  If you sign up after friday you’ll get a box in July.


Aquaman in Blinky’s Revenge

You just know this is what Mr. Burns would say.
aquaman meets mr burns

Hypericon Art Show

June 13th -15th 2014

Holiday Inn Express Airport
Nashville, Tennessee
This is my first art show at this con. I’m looking forward to it.

Affiliate post: LEGO plus COSMOS shirts

At TeeFury Sunday June 8th only! We Are Star Stuff by pacalin vs. COSMOS by geekchic_tees. $11 each. we are star stuff  sold on black, royal blue, and navy. COSMOS sold on black, navy, and charcoal. These shirts are inspired by ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ Fox will air the season finale tonight, June 8th 9PM ET/PT.  It’s an amazing show be sure to watch.

we are star stuff

Tomorrow there is a cool shirt featuring Princess Leia and a classic amusement park ride. You can even get the design on a  poster as an extra.

If you like these shirts remember to use the links in this post. TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.


Sony Pictures Animation announces ‘Medusa’ directed by Lauren Faust

Sony Pictures Animation announces ‘Medusa’ directed by Lauren Faust
read full article at

Sony Pictures Animation today announced the acquisition of an original animated comedy feature pitch by Todd Alcott and Holly Golden entitled MEDUSA, which will tell an all-new story behind the infamous snake-headed lady from Greek mythology. Emmy winner Lauren Faust will direct.

MEDUSA will be a clever, heartfelt animated comedy about a girl who’s having the ultimate bad hair day.”


D’oh nuts Homer in trouble

Here’s my really late post for National Doughnut day.


national doughnut day

She didn’t get her wings from redbull.

A quick picture to show you my Brickwarriors demon wings. I got the wings in January at Brick Fair Alabama. I too busy checking out the cool stuff and forgot to get the armor that attaches the wings to the minifig. I placed an order over the weekend and the armor and several other parts arrived today. You will see more accessories here soon.

lego medusa has wings



Affiliate post: Lord of the Rings mashup shirts

At TeeFury Friday June 6th only! Sauron’s Dark Ale by Teeninja vs. Impasse by verrrso. $11 each.

LOTR TEE shirts

Tee fury now has posters as well. When you checkout click extras to see what they are offering. There’s some cool art there. You have to but a shirt to order the extras. But It looks like the extras are not limited to 24hrs like the shirts are. Sunday there will be a couple LEGO themed shirts. One that has appeared elsewhere in case you missed it then here’s your chance.

If you like these shirts remember to use the links in this post. TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.

Brick Warroirs at five below

A quick heads up to those that collect third-party accessories. I just found some Brick Warriors Warrior packs at Five Below. Each pack is a themed set of accessories. There’s a gangster set with several guns, a western set, a scfi set, a minotaur set, and more.  The bag says collect at 12.  The back of the bag is clear so you know what you are getting.

I got a gladiator set with a spiked helmet, shield, anvil, scroll, larger hammer, and a pair of boot wings.



The packs are $2.99 which is a good deal. I know many of the pieces are $1.00 a piece online or at a convention.  There’s coupon code in the bag for some free items from brick The code expires at the end of June so check your local five below.  I bought some pieces from Brick warriors at a con a few months back. I’ve been meaning to get some more so I ordered a few more items and you’ll see the results in another post.


Everything is Hodorsome shirt from ShirtPunch Affiliate Post.

Everything is Hodorsome at  ShirtPunch TV. today June 5th only. Use the drop down menu at the top of the page to see ShritPunch TV.Plus Rocket shot first and Dragon God on Shirt Punch’s main page



ShirtPunch is an affiliate site and purchasing the shirts via the links on this site helps supports my artwork.