Archive for May, 2009

Toy Story 3 Trailer

May 31, 2009

Now you are probably wondering why I have a Toy Story 3 trailer on my blog. What does that have to do with LEGO? Well, actually, a lot. If you watch the trailer, you’ll see that LEGO bricks make an appearance.

Not surprising really, considering that LEGO will have a Toy Story theme next year.

LEGO System products based on Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will launch in January 2010, to be followed in May by construction sets based on the new animated feature, Toy Story 3, scheduled to hit theaters in Disney Digital 3D June 2010. Toy Story-themed LEGO DUPLO products launch in June 2010.

I did mention this in an earlier post, looks like 2010 will be an interesting year. With Toy Story and Prince of Persia LEGO sets, who knows what exciting pieces will come out of it. ;)

Building something “Up”

May 30, 2009

Angus MacLane Built a Lego version of Carl Fredricksen from Disney/Pixar’s new film, Up. Which opened yesterday, May 29th in theatres. Angus is very familiar with many of the Pixar films, because he works for the company. :) I love how he created Carl, the model totally captures the character.

You can read an interview about Angus and his experiences working at Pixar in the latest BrickJournal issue on sale now. You can also read an interview that the Brothers Brick did on him last year.

As a side note, I also have an article in the current issue of Brickjournal where I talk about creating my Batman Mosaic for Warner Brothers Interactive. ;)

LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues

May 29, 2009

TT Games has announced LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues.

LONDON, UK – 29th May, 2009 – LucasArts and TT Games today announced that LEGO® Indiana Jones™ 2: The Adventure Continues will whip onto Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows in the Fall of 2009.

LEGO Indiana Jones 2 presents a tongue-in-cheek take on all four cinematic adventures of pop culture’s most iconic archaeologist, including for the first time ever Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and will give players the ability to create levels of their own!

“LucasArts and TT Games continue to set the bar for next-generation family entertainment with the LEGO Indiana Jones franchise,” said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. “LEGO Indiana Jones 2 delivers something a little different for everyone. Parents will enjoy the humorous take on the classic moments from their favorite movies, and their kids have an opportunity to experience the most authentic LEGO experience by building their own fun levels brick by brick.”

“It has been a real joy to work with LucasArts on such an iconic character. Indiana Jones embodies the adventurous spirit that perfectly suits the LEGO world,” said Tom Stone, director at TT Games. “Indy also presents us with wonderful and memorable cinematic moments.”

While looking for info on Indy 2 I also found a trailer for the LEGO Rock Band game.

The ability to make your own levels on Indy 2 sounds like an interesting feature. My only complaint is no PS2 version! It seems Sony is determined to make me buy a PS3!!!! Darn marketers! :P

LEGO Rock Band looks fun too. The minifigs playing instruments are just so darn cute! :D

Battle Bugs!

May 28, 2009

Over on Flickr, my friend Lino along with a couple other insect minded gentlemen have created a new group, and I predict a new fad, known as Battle Bugs! :D

Jason writes:
The name says it all. Do you build Lego? Do you like make bugs? Do they Battle? Then this is the group for you.

At Brickfest ’09 Mark Neuman and I both brought large robotic bugs to the space table. Once we saw each other’s work, we set them up so they were fighting and Lego Battle Bugs was born. Now Battle Bugs is going to be a theme at Brickcon ’09 in October. Here’s a place to share your ideas for and pictures of mechanized brick bugs. There’s no limit to style, theme, or design. Bionicle, Castle, Space, Mechs, heck even Belville. The more the better.

Even as a work in progress, this just had to be posted

I’m very excited to see what comes out of this group. I just might have to add something of my own, when time permits. From what I’ve seen so far, this will be a great addition to BrickCon 09! ;)

Fellow LUGNut goes worldwide

May 27, 2009

Firas Abu-Jaber’s vehicles are truly works of art. Although he has long been known in the LEGO community, he is starting to get know to the rest of the world. Not only were his creations highlighted on Topgear.com he was also featured on a whole slew of blogs. One even commented:

Firas Abu-Jaber, a member of MOCPages.com, a community for LEGO enthusiasts, is much better at building LEGO cars than I ever was. He’s built LEGO versions of the Lamborghini Reventon, Ford GT, Dodge Tomahawk, Shelby Supersnake and even K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Basically all the cars I would have posters of on my wall if my girlfriend wasn’t such a fuddy-duddy.

One of my favorites is Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Although I have to admit its more for the snake than the car. :D Check out his full Photostream to see all his creations. Great job Firas!

Lovely LEGO Rose

May 27, 2009

LEGO Rose

I’m a little late on this. I’ve seen several LEGO flowers in my time, but Chris Wunz challenges the conventional building with this amazing rose that he made for his wife for their first Valentine’s together. I just love the simple elegance that is achieved using a few arches and I’m still trying to figure out exactly how he did this. :D

A good look at the Microfigures for the upcoming LEGO board games

May 26, 2009

We’ve been getting glimpses and glances at these Microfigs all year, but finally we see 18 of the Microfigures for new LEGO board games. The more I see them, the more I want them. :D I’m really liking the Castle, Space and Mayan (?) figures.

According to Brothers Brick the board games will “first (be) launched in Europe this August before hitting the rest of the world in 2010.”

The Bad Day is Over, And Now For the Winner

May 25, 2009

Over at Reasonably Clever the Bad Day for Micropolis Contest is over. Because I was a guest judge (I donated a copy of my book ) I didn’t want to post my thoughts on the contest until it was over.

And the winner is:

Not only did Roguebantha win my book, he also won the top prize. :D Choosing a prize was really hard, but his just stood out. Especially the Micro versions of the Cafe Corner, Green Grocer, and the Market Street. I loved the look of the rain and lightning too.

Some of my other favorites were Dragma’s Tornado through a trailer park

Dragma’s Tsunami bad day

pbpancho’s Octan HQ is burning!

And Polywen’s It came from BELOW!!!

There were a lot of really good models, and I applaud all those that entered! :)

And now, a message from TwinLUG:

The contest may be over, but the FUN doesn’t have to stop!

The first-ever massive Micropolis collaborative layout will be held at Brickworld this year.

Your task: To construct one or more Micropolis modules to add to the huge city layout.

The micropolis standard can be found here: micropolis-micro-city-standard and a number of sample MOCs built according to the standard can be found at the recent Micropolis ‘Bad Day’ building contest at Reasonably Clever

We are hoping to have a HUGE layout, and already have a large number of modules confirmed.

Get building, and have fun!

I look forward to seeing what people come up with. ;)

BrickWorld has a Big Announcement

May 25, 2009

Although I won’t be able to attend :( , Brickworld is less than a month away. They are almost at their planned capacity of 480 attendees.

The Brickworld Team is thoroughly overwhelmed right now. We have set a record attendance level and are fast approaching what seemed unattainable a few short weeks ago.

There are presently 427 registered attendees. We can only guarantee goody bags to 480 attendees. We will most certainly have some kind of goody bag for everyone, but we will not have enough of everything to populate an unlimited number of goody bags. Logistically, we simply can’t get more of everything in time for the event.

So, you didn’t stop reading this message? You are probably thinking that this wasn’t a very big announcement yet. So, read on.

We are overjoyed to be able to announce to everyone that we will be honored with the presence of Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp at Brickworld. They will be arriving Friday (hopefully in time for opening ceremonies at 4 PM) and staying through Saturday or possibly Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago when we light up the night with World of Lights!!!

Regards, the Brickworld Team

Brickworld will be held June 18 – 21, 2009 at the Westin North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, IL (a suburb of Chicago).

With Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (grandson of the founder of LEGO) and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp (LEGO’s CEO) coming, it almost makes me want to go. I’d love to, but with all that’s going on with the rest of my life that just isn’t possible. Guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through my friends photos and posts of the event. :)

New Christmas Set 10199

May 22, 2009

Thanks to Dɐno aka Daniel Drisdelle on Flikr, we get our first look at this upcoming set. As for price, well on Amazon Japan the original price is ¥12,600 (Yen) and the discounted price is ¥8820 (or around $93). Japan is normally more expensive than the US on LEGO sets, so I still don’t know the price here. Not much else is known about this set, at least not yet. Over at Eurobricks there is a forum discussing how cool this set is. As for me, I’m really excited! This is what the Medieval Market Village was last year, the set. So far I haven’t seen anyone say one thing bad about this, except for maybe the possible cost. Someone even mentioned that they hope it might be the start of a LEGO Holiday Village.

With each of these new Ultimate Collector sets I see, the more and more happy I get with the LEGO company and the direction they are going in. :D What I love about these newer sets is that the appeal to both boys and girls, something that the company has been lacking in for the past 30 years.

No offense to the boys out there, but it seems that LEGO is finally realizing that they’ve been missing out on marketing their products only for guys. Every time they have tried to sell something as a “girls” set, it didn’t do as well because they were going about it the wrong way. Not every girl likes to build in pink, not every girl wants to make jewelery, and not every girl has to have a Barbie-like set. Sorry, rant over. :P I’m just happy they are making the kind of sets that I’ve always wanted. ;)


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