Archive for September, 2009

The Colbert Report — Miniland Style

September 29, 2009

Tommy Williamson aka GeekyTom has created a Miniland Scale version of Stephen Colbert (or is it Colbrick?). ;)

Not only that, but he also created the entire Colbert Report set including micro scale models and a mosaic background.

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FAQ

-Is this a real set or something you created?
I built it from scratch.

-How long did it take you to make it?
about a year and a half.

-How many bricks are in it?
I have no idea, truly. Perhaps I’ll make an estimate someday.

-Have you sent these pictures to Comedy Central or Stephen?
yes, I tracked down an email address and sent them.

-How big is it?
About 3 1/2 feet wide


Technically Stephen is a tad too big to be Miniland scale (he’d be a foot too tall in real life). But I’ll forgive Tommy, since I’m sure he hasn’t built to much in that scale and the model as a whole is impressively awesome. :)

LEGO Ship in a Bottle

September 28, 2009

bloody pirates!

“Yo ho ho and a bottle in a ship . . .”

I dub thee…S.S. SandLug!

Matt Armstrong has never been known for his conventional building style. Here is another one of his clever creations. :)

Whats great about this is that it is all official LEGO parts. ;)

Slick Bricks Custom Plates

September 27, 2009

Choose from any state or Canadian Provence or if you have a plate that we don’t currently make, just ask! We’re always happy to work with you to get the custom plate that you need.

My good friend Heather LEGOgirl and Alex Eylar have started a

company specializing in custom decals designed by builders for builders, for use with LEGO® products and models.

It’s good to see a fellow FFOL (female fan of LEGO) dipping her toe in the commercial side of LEGO. The LEGO company itself will never offer everything that the LEGO fans want and companies like Slick Bricks fill in the gaps.

Slick Bricks is just getting underway, but it looks like a very promising company. :) They’ll be offering custom decals (license plates available now, street signs coming soon), custom minifig torsos, and custom LEGO sets. They aren’t available yet, but from what I saw of the thumbnails, the customs sets look really cool. My favorite has to be the “Starblox” and I don’t even like coffee! :D


They are also offering custom Zombie Heads just in time for BrickCon which is less than a week away. Both the license plates and the zombie heads are $1 each.

Heather and Alex will be bringing a bunch of the license plates to BrickCon as well. The license plates really are pretty slick so order yours today! ;)

CubeDudes: The Fad Begins

September 25, 2009

Barely days after Angus MacLane posted his jaw dropping array of Cubedudes others are joining the bandwagon and creating their own. :D


Fox — Jordan Schwartz Blues Brothers — Duq


CubeZaku — R.J. Waldman Pam and The Hoff — nolnet

I wonder who else will show up next. ;)

Pillage the Village II: The Calm After the Storm

September 24, 2009

The second installment of Classic Pirates’ Pillage the Villiage is starting tomorrow and runs till November 30th.

The pirates finally got tired of pillaging, plundering and looting, and decided to partake in more civilised hobbies, letting life return to normal for the poor afflicted soldiers, civilians, islanders and sea monsters: a period of peace and prosperity has arrived! From taking tea with the Governor to bombarding their sweethearts with barrages of roses, this next chapter of the Pillage the Village saga explores the unchartered waters of peaceful pirates, impotent imperials, carefree civilians, Do they polish the cannons, or polish off the rum? Race their rowing boats, or repair the harbor? Chill out under a palm tree, or cut it down to build a shack? Explore foreign territories, or the local brothels?

This doesn’t have to be pirates – islander, armada, civilian and imperial MOCs are all welcome too. You can even show the hobbies of Mr Kraken, should you want… But brutality and violence are unwanted in this new (temporarily) civilised era: whilst one drunken pirate punching another is acceptable, a full scale brawl is a step too far. Take this as the benchmark for the upper level of brutality permitted. Hunting and fishing have a slightly higher level of violence permitted.

Remember, judging is done by a public vote, so appeal to your audience!

See the full list of rules here and see the awesome prizes here. :)

CubeDudes

September 23, 2009

Usually when someone comes up with a new building style they make one or two sample models to start and immediately put them on display on Flickr or some other photo sharing site or forum. Angus MacLane on the other hand made 101 different CubeDudes before he posted them!! 8O

Just a little smaller than Miniland scale, but with larger heads these Chibi-like characters are definitely their own scale. If you are going to BrickCon, look for the ones that Angus is bringing there.

They are so cool and so cute, you just can’t help but want to make your own set of CubeDudes. :)

The (LEGO) house that James May built

September 22, 2009

It looks like the world’s first all LEGO house is being taken down. After all the hub-bub of James May creating a life sized LEGO house out of 3.3 million LEGO bricks it is going the way of many personal MOCs (my own creations) by being taken appart. :(

Workmen started breaking down the structure which consisted of 3.3 million Lego bricks after no-one showed any interest in taking on the building.

Plans for Legoland to move it to their theme park fell through because transport costs were too high and despite a final Facebook appeal for someone to take it, no-one came forward.

“We expect that the house will have been completely taken apart by the end of the week and after that, the bricks are going to be donated to charity,”

A move to Legoland in Windsor, Berks., fell through when staff realised it would have cost £50,000 pounds to dismantle it and reassemble it.

A spokesman for the BBC said that no-one came forward with a last minute offer to take the building – despite a Facebook appeal.

You can read the full article here.

For the time it was up, it was one of the largest unglued LEGO structures ever built.

He did end up making a working bathroom with sink, shower, and toilet (it didn’t look all that comfortable). :?

He also slept on the very hard LEGO bed.

You can see a whole bunch of the pictures of the house here.

I would have done it differently, but considering that James isn’t really a LEGO enthusiast, its impressive none the less. It truly is sad that it has to come down so soon. :(

Supper never looked so Shiny

September 21, 2009

The Last Supper (Chrome Version) 3

At the latest SANDlug (San Diego LEGO Users Group) Meeting. My good friend Bill Vollbrecht (a Master Model Designer and the LEGOLAND California Art Director) brought one of his latest creations — the Last Supper in Chrome Gold and Silver. Well it is a tad irreverent, so is Bill’s sense of humor. ;)

Seeing so much chrome all in one place like that can be a little blinding! :D

2010 LEGO Set Previews

September 20, 2009

If you’ve paid attention to any of the multitude of LEGO blogs, forums and photo sharing sites lately, you’ve probably started hearing rumors or seeing thumbnails of what will be available in 2010. Several of the much talked about themes are the new LEGO Toy Story, Prince of Persia, and Atlantis. Although I like to see the newest sets as soon as possible. sometimes the thumbnail images are so small and blurry that its almost not even worth trying to decipher what they are supposed to be. :?

At a recent sponsored event in Russia called Festival Rossiyskogo Fan Forum LEGO Alexander posted pictures of some of the 2010 sets that LEGO displayed.

Update: Looks like all the images were taken down. :( I guess we’ll just have to wait a little to see the official images. ;)

He took several pictures. From what I saw, 2010 is going to be another great year for LEGO. :)

LEGO “Cowparade 2008″

September 19, 2009

This may be one of the strangest posts yet on my blog. Apparently in Billund Denmark the LEGO employees had a contest called “Cowparade 2008″ in which they could decorate a LEGO cow how they saw fit. It makes me think of the actual Cowparade that began in 1999 (check out the website).

On a recent trip to Denmark Blue Moose snapped some photos of the altered bovine.

In a staff restaurant at LEGO’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark, there is a display of entries from a customised cow competition held last year called “Cowparade 2008″; it looks like it was an internal competition open to LEGO employees only.

Now some of you “purists” out there (i.e. people who don’t alter their LEGO in any way), might be shocked at the alterations these cows have under gone. I can just see some of you out there asking “why would they do that to a perfectly good LEGO cow?!!!!!” 8O

Setting hysterics aside and the fact that the cow only comes in a few larger sets you have to remember that for those that work for LEGO many of them are not as obsessed with the little plastic pieces as we of the LEGO fan community. Also you if you are working for the company that makes said plastic pieces, getting a sizable number of what we would consider a rarer piece isn’t that hard. ;)

Plus, you have to admit, some of them are pretty funny. :D
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For the last set you need to see it in its original size to fully appreciate the different models. There are so many to appreciate. The “Iron Cow” and Silver Surfing Cow are a couple of my favorites. I would have to say, it is a mooooooooving experience. *

*Sorry, bad joke. :lol:


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