Lego: City Collection

So as you saw a few posts ago, I really like Lego’s. I have been eyeing the City Collection for awhile now and decided to pick up a few small pieces to build. With this set, I really look forward to getting and building a lot from this set. Off the top of my head I can say i’m really looking forward to building the police sets, cars, and various others such as the diving set, desert rally car, etc. But for now, here is the Monster Truck and Arctic Expedition Team builds.

Monster Truck


Arctic Expedition Team


Gaming News

This week was a pretty busy week for me in terms of gaming. The weather here in Metro Detroit was bad enough that work was closed for a total of three days. While this was nowhere as cool as my kids having four days off school, i’ll take it. I played a fair amount of State of Decay II and Grand Theft Auto V. Seeing as my brother-in-laws play this and have invited me to play on Sundays I wanted to make sure I got into the games and started gathering so I could earn my keep.

As far as GTA V goes, I simply made my online character, stole some cars for quick cash, started doing some missions, and eventually got my first basic apartment so I had a garage. I got the free cars, and am now currently working on getting that paper so I can become a CEO.


In State of Decay II, it was a but more frustrating. I completely lost a whole community through mismanagement and making silly decisions that cost me dearly. I ended up creating a whole new play through and community. At this point I have moved into a bigger base on the bridge and am working on going through the area for goods and working on missions as they pop up.

Lego Building

Back when I was in the Military, I used to build Lego sets. Generally these encompassed larger Star Wars sets. Unfortunately through moving, having kids, and generally having a chaotic life, those Lego and builds have been lost. I love when my kids find interests that I can share with them. This happens to be one of those times.

For Christmas, my daughters asked Santa for some of the Harry Potter Lego sets, and he was more than happy to make that happen. The first set that the kids and I put together was set with the Whomping Willow Tree. Enjoy!

Peg Picking Update 01/25/2019

Hello and welcome to the weekly peg picking update where I share with you my in-store and internet finds! This week I bring you a mixture of Hotwheels, Just Trucks, Marvel, and M2 additions.


2017 Series

2012 Ford Fiesta (HW Race Team)

2018 Series

2010 Pro-Stock Camaro (Speed Graphics), Ford Focus RS (Speed Graphics), Cruella De Vil (HW Screen Time), 1982 Nissan Skyline R30 (Factory Fresh), Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 (Then/Now), Volkswagen Golf MK7 (Then/Now), 2009 Ford F-150 (HW 50th Race Team), 1970 Pontiac Firebird (HW 50th Race Team), Chevy Camaro Concept (50th Flames Zamac), 1968 Copo Camaro (50th Flames Zamac.

2019 Series

2018 Camaro SS (Speed Graphics), Nissan Skyline RS (Nightburnerz), Track Ripper (Speed Blur, 2017 Nissan GT-R [R35] Guaczilla (Speed Blur), Nissan Skyline GT-R [BCNR33] (Nissan), Nissan Skyline GT-R [BNR34] (Nissan), 1949 Ford F1 (HW Flames), Volkswagen Golf GTI (Volkswagen).

Unknown Set

Ford Escort, 2008 Lanver Evolution, Volkswagen Scirocco GT24, Mini Cooper S Challenge, 2009 Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI.


Just Trucks2011 Ford F-15- SVT Raptor

MarvelCapt. Marvel


Coca-Cola 1969 Chevrolette Camaro ZL-1, 1969 Datsun Blubird 1600ss, 1970 Nissan Fairlady 2432.

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Peg Picking Update 01/18/2019

Another peg picking update! Founds some interesting cars in the store as well as online locally. The cars are as follows.

2017 Series

1970 Pontiac Firebird (Racing Circuit Series), 1969 Pontiac GTO (Racing Circuit Series).

2018 Series

2016 Honda Civic Type R, 1990 Honda Civic EF, 1932 Ford (Red Series), Flash Drive (Red Series)

2019 Series

1995 Mazda RX-7, 2010 Camaro SS, 1985 Honda City Turbo, 1988 Honda CR-X, 1969 Chevelle (Treasure Hunt).

Peg Picking and Car Hunts

Quick little update for today. I went to a couple of my local stores and was also contacted by a contact of mine who generally finds hot-wheels and sells them online. Today’s adventures and pick ups consisted of the cars pictured below. Some I will open, some I already have and will be kept in the cases. But they are as follows:

Toyko Torque

1969 Datsun 510, 1972 Datsun 510, and 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R [BNR34]


Just Trucks

2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

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M2 Coca-Cola

1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432

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2018 Series: 2018 Camaro SS, 1967 Mustang (Zamac), Nissan Skyline GT-R R33, Porsche 934.5, 1949 Ford F1, 1970 Buick GSX, and 1968 Olds 442.

2019 Series: Nissan Fairlady Z, Muscle Bound Fantasy Car, Track Ripper Fantasy Design, 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, 1978 Dodge Li’l Red Express, 1972 Ford Ranchero, 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1971 Mustang Funny Car, and 1967 Shelby GT-500.


Post Christmas Organization & Updates

First and foremost, Happy New Years! I know I know, i’m late, but thats ok. If your interested, contact me and let me know your resolutions, goals, or plans for the new year. For myself, its been a busy start to the year already. I’ll start with my resolution of sorts. As you all know I recently (August) went through bariatric surgery, so one of my continued goals is to maintain my healthy living changes and continue to reach and surpass my weight loss goals. As I post this, my current weight is 296lbs. I started this journey at 420lbs, so in total, I have lost a total 124lbs. My goal weight is around 250, so almost there. Another goal for this year is to get my finances on track, organizing and reducing my hobbies, and spending more time with family. For the most part, thats it as far as goals and accomplishments I want to make this year.



Car Hobby – 

I am still very much into collecting hot-wheels, M2, Johnny Lightning, and various other die cast collectible cars. These range in scale from 1:64 through 1:12 scale cars. Right now my focus is on Trucks, Camero’s, Corvettes, Mustang’s, and JDM cars. Below are a few photos of a portion of my displayed cars.

The first photo consists of the cars I currently have at work. These cars you might recognize from the Fast & Furious franchise and consist of Brian’s Ford F-150 & Mitsubishi Eclipse, Leon’s Skyline, and Brian’s Toyota Supra from F&F I. Also in the picture is Brian’s Nissan Skyline & Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, and Suki’s Honda S2000 from F&F II. You can also see the blue Nissan Skyline and white Toyota Supra that Brian part picks for his car in 2009’s Fast and Furious movie. And lastly is Brian’s Subaru Impreza from Fast & Furious 6. The second picture shown is a bookshelf which I used to organize my M2 and various die cast cars at home. These are various cars consisting mostly of older custom Mercury’s and muscle cars.

Models – 

Currently I am working on a Revell 1:25 1941 Chevy pickup (no current progress pictures). Model kits I have on deck for once the Chevy is complete are a  Tamiya Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 V-Spec II, a Tamiya 1:24 scale Toyota Supra, and a 1968 Z/28 Chevy Camero. Progress pictures will be posted for each kit as they progress.

RC Cars & Drones – 

This is a fun hobby that I have recently gotten into. At current time, I have a Exceed RC 1:10 MadSpeed Drift Car – 350 Style and Jada’s Fast & Furious line including Brian’s Nissan Skyline from Fast & Furious II, and Han’s Veilside RX-7 from Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. As far as drones go, I have various hand held drones and a Imperial Biker Scout Drone.


Gaming – 

As far as gaming goes, my pc is not doing so well. This means I am limited in what I can play via pc. Right now my pc gaming consists of WoW, Rift, Guild Wars II, Auto Mechanic Simulator 2018, DayZ, 7 Days 2 Die, Sims4, and Minecraft. My console gaming consists of Red Dead Redemption II, Injustice II, Overwatch, Call of Duty, PUBG, Spider-Man, God of War, and Fortnite on the PS4. On the Xbox1 I am playing Assassin’s Creed Origins.

School – 

As of this posting, I have just started my last semester in my Master’s Degree program. The class I am taking right now is Corporate Law, which will be followed by an exam prep class. Graduation is scheduled for around April, in which I will have more free time on my hands!


Well thats about it for updates for now. As they happen I will post, so stay tuned and enjoy!