Archive for July, 2009

Falcon Family Foto

July 31, 2009

I knew that LEGO had produced multiple versions of the Millennium Falcon over the years, but seeing so many all at once is pretty cool. The only one Andrew aka Bard with a Beard on Flickr is missing is the Classic Millennium Falcon from 2000.

I have yet to get the Ultimate Collector Millennium Falcon, and seeing it up close again at this past Comic Con made me really want it. Of course I also want to get the new Death Star and now I want LEGO Rock Band. All hits to my wallet! Don’t you hate it when LEGO makes too many good things? ;)

Minifigs get Sketchy

July 30, 2009

Mike Crowley also known as Countblockula has created a whole slew of Minifig sketches from Star Wars to Harry Potter.

I think they are a great set of drawings. You can check out the entire set of them on his Flickr Photostream

San Diego Comic Con — Recap Part 2

July 29, 2009

Here’s the last of my Comic Con coverage, at least for this year. :)
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The minifig scale Star Trek Enterprise bridge was a highlight in the displayed MOCs on TwoMorrow’s Publishing booth. (Other than my mosaics of course ;) ) I love the custom Spock the best.

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And here are two of the LEGO board games that are already available in Europe. I got to see the dice in person. Very cool! I can’t wait for the games to come to the States!

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Joe Meno, editor and creator of BrickJournal, with his Stitch ship. He actually got it signed by the director of Lilo and Stitch. That’s what makes Comic Con so cool, you get to meet people you’d never meet anywhere else. :D

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This last shot is from the BrickJournal panel. They showed several archive photos of sets that never made it beyond the development stage. This one is of the Napoleonic Era. If you look closely in the background you can see the lord and lady in their wigs and gowns. They also showed early Divers, Western, and Space that never made it into sets.

I had a great time at Comic Con, especially because I could spend it with my friends and family. I really happy that LEGO has gotten such a presence at Comic Con and now even AFOL’s (Adult Fans of LEGO) are starting to have a presence too.

As for non-LEGO related Comic Con fun I got to see the Doctor Who panel with David Tennant (he is just as cute in real life), I met several celebrities including Michael Dorn and the entire cast of The Mighy Boosh, I went to the Masquerade, and I got to see the World Premiere of District 9 with Peter Jackson introducing it (the movie is a bit gory and too much language for my tastes, but it was still a fun experience).

I can’t wait for next year! :D

San Diego Comic Con — Recap Part 1

July 27, 2009

Okay, so I was planning on posting every night what happened each day. As you can see, that didn’t happen. With an average of 3 hours of sleep each night before I stumbled out of bed each morning at 4:30 am to get decent parking I was way too tired to get any posting done during the Comic Con.

There was a lot that happened at the LEGO booth this year. They had 7 exclusives that they were selling. They handed out a poster, a keychain and a Holo-Brick Archives collectable brick.

For the first time, LEGO had a building event. I along with Mark, a Master Model Builder, ran the 2 day event.
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It was pretty cool. This building event was different than previous ones that I have done. This was a “mystery build.” Each person got a bag with a 6×6 white plate and 1×1 plates that formed a mosaic. It was like a build-by-number mosaic. As they built their squares, Mark and I put them up on the board.

I was a little nervous to be doing a building event at Comic Con because of how crazy it gets, but it ended up working out great! We also built a giant Bionicle mask that lights up. I’ll add a picture of that soon.

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Also for the first time LEGO hosted a celebrity signing. Michael Dorn of Star Trek fame signed posters for the new Bionicle movie. He is the voice of Mata Nui. He was very nice when I got to meet him.

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I have lots more to say, but I’ll add that to the next post. ;)

San Diego Comic Con 2009 — Thursday

July 24, 2009

Okay, I was planning on posting last night, but I was a little (well actually a lot) tired. For those who haven’t been, Comic Con can be intense!!!!

Well, LEGO premiered the new Toy Story and Prince of Persia minifigs.

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No price points or official release dates yet, and sorry about the poor quality of some of the photos, its a little hard to get a good shot through the display case. You can see better pictures at FBTB.net

As I also mentioned, two of my models are on display this year at the TwoMorrows Publishing booth — publisher of BrickJournal. I have my LEGO Batman Mosaic and my Comic Con logo on display. I was given permission from Comic Con to create their logo.

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LEGO also has SEVEN Comic Con exclusives this year! They are all Star Wars related, because it is the tenth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. There are two micro ships for the BrickMaster exclusive (you have to go in a raffle to get the “chance” to buy it), sorry I haven’t taken a picture yet. There are six sets of 3 Star Wars minifigures — one exclusively for each day of the Con (also a raffle), and one that is available the whole Convention. They are all $50 each. A little pricey for my personal taste, but they are selling like hot cakes!

For the first time at Comic Con, LEGO is having a building event. That was the project I was working on today with fellow Model Builder Mark. It is a mystery mosaic build (sorry no picture yet). I know what it is, but I’m not telling. ;)

On the video game front, Warner Brothers is premiering LEGO Rock Band!

I still haven’t gotten to play the game yet, but from what I’ve seen, I really want the game!

DK Publishing also had their LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary panel today where they officially announced the ceremonial Luke minifig. I’ll get a picture up soon.

That’s all for now, I have to get up really early (4am) to get decent parking. I’ll try for some more pictures and more updates tomorrow.

Comic Con 2009 — Preview Night

July 22, 2009

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Hi all you guys and gals out there. Well, the big day has finally arrived and Comic Con 2009 begins officially at 6pm tonight. :)

For all of you who can’t make it there, I’ll try and keep you updated to the exciting LEGO news and Comic Con general news that I can. I’m really looking forward to see the new Toy Story and Prince of Persia LEGO sets up close.

And if you are wondering, yes, that is a LEGO Mosaic of the Comic Con logo. ;) I made this model exclusively for the Comic Con and I will have it on display during the whole convention. The model is 2 feet tall and 20 inches wide. So, if you are attending, you can see it in person. :)

“One small step for man . . .”

July 20, 2009

On this, the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing, Mike (Copmike of Eurobricks) has recreated “Buzz” Aldrin’s iconic footprint quite accurately in LEGO. I love its simplicity.

Not all 2×4′s are Square

July 20, 2009

Okay, although 2×4′s are technically rectangles, that just didn’t sound as good as a title. ;)

Presenting the Thunderbird 2 made entirely of 2×4 LEGO bricks.

Built entirely from 2×4 bricks (rories) during the NSC event by Brickish Members Bricks For Brains, LegoMonster and OptimalControl

This shows what you can do even if you only have (a lot of) one type of brick. Considering its size and overall round shape, I have to say I’m impressed. :)

Eurobricks 10197 Fire Brigade Review

July 19, 2009

I mentioned the 10197 Fire Brigade set last month. Now we can finally see what it really looks like. Jansued, a member of Eurobricks, has done a rather in depth and humorous review of the new Fire Brigade set. There are nice close-up images of the engine, the station itself, and what I find most interesting — how they built the 1932 in plates.

I love what Jansued said about the 1932

I guess this took forever to develop and right now there are running some mentally damaged naked designers through the floors in Billund, Danmark while there shouting 1932 loudly again and again…

Now I am very familiar with the numbers and lettering built in this style. We used it all the time in the Model Shop at LEGOLAND California. When we used it however, we never had to make all the parts connecting per se. Usually it was built as part of a mosaic or into the side of a Miniland building. As long as it was held in by gravity — in other wards just sitting in there — than it was “legal.” Of course we would then glue it, so that it could go out into the park.

I understand how and why they did it the way they did, but I still think it would drive me bonkers too trying to figure it out. :P

If you are interested in reading the full review and seeing all the pictures they can be found at Eurobricks.

More LEGO Comic Con News

July 17, 2009

Ace from FBTB.net has posted the latest LEGO press release.

LEGO® BRAND INVADES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

5 foot tall Buzz Lightyear and life size Star Wars™ Captain Rex made completely of LEGO® bricks among the highlights at the LEGO Booth -

WHAT:
Broadcast your Comic-Con coverage live from the showroom floor – the LEGO Booth showcases large scale LEGO models, interactive building experiences, sneak peek looks at new products, exclusive sets for sale and much more!

VISUALS:
— First ever look at the LEGO minifigures from the upcoming Toy Story and Prince of
Persia building sets

– 5’ 6” tall LEGO Buzz Lightyear

– 10th Anniversary LEGO Star Wars™ contests and background

– Life size Star Wars™ Captain Rex

– Never before seen LEGO products, including the new LEGO Star Wars™ Tantive IV starship

– BIONICLE mural build

– LEGO Playtables

– And more!

WHERE:
San Diego Convention Center – Booth 2829
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

LEGO
BOOTH

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday, July 23 –
Saturday, July 25 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, July 26 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

LEGO
EVENT SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, July 22:

Unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Tantive IV starship

Unveiling of 5 foot 6 inch Buzz Lightyear Model

Unveiling of new LEGO minifigures from Toy Story and Prince of Persia sets

Saturday, July 25

Michael Dorn, voice of Mata Nui in the upcoming BIONICLE Direct to Video Movie, onsite,
signing autographs (12pm – 2pm)

LEGO seems to be doing a lot more at Comic Con this year than in years past. They’ve never had a celebrity at the booth before. I’m pretty excited to see what the Toy Story and Prince of Persia sets will be like too. :)


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