Archive for March, 2010

Sean Kenney’s Wildlife

March 31, 2010

LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney has several Wildlife LEGO models on display at the Philadelphia Zoo called Creatures of Habitat.

Just from the small glimpses they show in the video and the very impressive picture of the Polar Bear it looks like this is worth a visit. So if you are in the Philadelphia area between April 10th and October 31st I’d recommend checking it out. ;)

LEGO Yosemite, Sam that is.

March 30, 2010

Yosemite Sam

Well yee-haw! This Yosemite Sam model is the darn tootenist crazy varmint of a LEGO model out there!

Okay enough with the western talk, I don’t even know where to begin on Mrs Monster’s creation. There’s so much LEGO-y goodness in the design. She has captured the character perfectly and used a whole slew of different techniques to do it. Chuck Jones would be proud! :D

Building a big model

March 28, 2010

If you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been as diligent in doing my daily posts. I try to keep up with all the LEGO news around the world, sharing my favorite models and explaining new techniques. But for the last month or so I have been a little preoccupied with my current commission. I can’t tell you what it is right now, but I will show you a teaser pic:

Teaser pic 1

This is just a small corner naturally and not much for you to go on. One thing I will say is that this model is big, really big. In a couple more weeks, once this is all over I’ll be doing a proper post on what I’ve been up to. I just ask that you be patient with me. As my deadline gets closer I’ll be pretty busy. I won’t be able to post quite as regularly for the next week and a half or so.

And if you are wondering what the saran wrap is for here’s a model building tip for you: its there to keep the glue from getting on the baseplates. ;)

Boys and Girls Club builds a Disney Toy Story Mosaic

March 27, 2010

Just this last week a massive LEGO mosaic was assembled up in Los Angelos.

LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi joined kids from the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club to assemble a one-of-a-kind mural in support of the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 release on Blu-ray™ (March 23). Kids from six different Boys & Girls Clubs across the US in regional markets each built a portion of the elaborate Toy Story mural out of LEGO® bricks, which were joined together for the first time in Los Angeles. Participating Cities included: Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

via BrickJournal

A couple days before this event Erik dropped by to our local LUG (LEGO User’s Group) SandLUG. It was nice to see my friend since I haven’t seen him in person in years. He was a little jet lagged though, he’d just arrived from Australia.

SandLUG March 1

One of the highlights of the meeting was Super Minotaurus — a super-sized version of the LEGO Game Minotaurus. It featured 3 minotaurs, 8 players, two dice and twice the board game space. It was a much more interesting variation than the original game. Predictably the game took hours. :D

Super Minotaurus

More Collectible Minifig Images

March 25, 2010

Over at Eurobricks more images of the new 8683 Collectible Minifigs are appearing.

#10 The Wrestler

#9 The Magician

#3 The Caveman

#2 The Cheerleader

You can click on the individual images to read the reviews. From all accounts these minifigs are good old LEGO quality, not the cheapy less quality ones like the earlier batch of minifig magnets.

I can’t wait to get my hands on a few dozen. :D

LEGO Prince of Persia now available on LEGO.com

March 23, 2010

The wait is finally over. Well sort of. You can now order all the LEGO Disney Prince of Persia sets. :)

They are also starting to appear at Toys R Us and other stores. On Eurobricks.com there is a review of the Ostrich Race

There is even a promotion next month at the LEGO Stores (at least in the US). When you buy $50 worth of product (part of it must be a Prince of Persia set) you get an exclusive Prince of Persia promo brick. I assume you need the coupon to get the brick.

From what I’ve seen so far, I’m very excited to see these sets. :)

LEGO Toy Story 3 7599 Garbage Truck Getaway

March 22, 2010

via FBTB

Toys R Us will have a LEGO Toy Story 3 Exclusive, the Garbage Truck Getaway. The price will be $44.99 for 402 pieces and from the looks of it, there are a lot of good elements in this set. :)

New toy alien minifig, “dirty” Buzz, purple bear, and Jessie. Not to mention the garbage truck itself. The design is excellent and all those fun dark green elements make it that much more cool.

There are small images popping up on Eurobricks.com of the rest of the LEGO Toy Story 3 line including the first images I’ve seen of the Toy Story Duplo sets. I generally stay away from Duplo (other than promo bricks) since I don’t have any kids, but for these I might make an exception — especially for the LGM (Little Green Man) Alien. :D

Forestmen’s River Fortress in Winter

March 21, 2010

Have you ever wondered what a LEGO set looks like in a different season?

Yoshix has recreated a winter version of the classic 1989 Forestmen River Fortress.

This got me thinking. What would happen if other sets were winterized? It seems like all Castle sets, heck all most all LEGO sets seem to be in this eternal spring. I know, there are specific sets like the Winter Toy Shop and I’m not talking about licensed Disney or Star Wars sets either. What I’m talking about is the LEGO themes — Castle, Town, etc. There seems to be no season other than “nice” in LEGO. :D

How do you wash your LEGO?

March 20, 2010

That was the question Bill Ward founder of the Bricks by the Bay LEGO convention asked on his blog Brickpile.com

Generally when you get used LEGO bricks from your siblings, cousins, garage sales or thrift shops its a good idea to wash them before mixing them in with your personal assortment — you never know where they might have been. ;)

Bill explains in a very simple and easy to follow 4 step process how to wash and dry your dirty bricks. Click on the picture to get to his blog.

Are you a Brick of Character?

March 18, 2010

One of the cool things about going to a LEGO convention is the trophies that are awarded for the different categories. Having done my share of musicals in the past, this one immediately caught my eye on Flickr. :)

This trophy is for the “Brick of Character” award and will be given away at the upcoming Bricks by the Bay in April.

I look forward to seeing this along with all the other trophies in person. And don’t worry, for those of you who can’t make it to this convention I’ll be sure to do a post or two in it. ;)

And great job to Tommy Williamson aka Geeky Tom for making this little gem.


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