Archive for September, 2010

BrickCon 2010 Pre-Con Excitement

September 29, 2010

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .”

Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. :)

BrickCon 2010 is literally right around the corner and I am beyond excited! I think I’ve gotten all my models properly packed, my books and announcing here for the first time — the 2011 Model Building Secrets Calendar!

It will not be available online until after I return from BrickCon, but I will have a few copies with me. So if you have been wanting to pick up one of my books, my brick design paper, my LEGO keychains or my new calendar just come find me at BrickCon. I won’t have a vendor table this year, they didn’t have any available, but I will have my products available during the whole LEGO Con and especially during my two presentations on Sunday morning — Beyond the Ball and LEGO Architecture.

For those going — see you there!

Carnival Booth

September 27, 2010

Carnival Booth 1

“Knock three down and win a prize!”

I got the inspiration to create this little vignette this morning. The new trophy element, my new favorite, looked like those little dolls you knock down at a carnival. :D

Carnival Booth 3

I also realized that the bottom of the trophy fits between two knobs. I’ll be bringing this with me to BrickCon 2010.

Fullmetal Awesomeness!

September 25, 2010

Transmuting

I’m a huge anime fan so when I saw this Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist LEGO sculpture made by Brickbuilder0937 it just blew my mind!

Creating a lifelike sculpture, much less a recognizable character, is very difficult. And making clothing out of LEGO even more so. Also the shear size of the sculpture is impressive. Building a building is one thing, but a full person quite another.

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He even captured the signature design on the back of Edward’s jacket.

Great job BrickBuilder and I look forward to seeing more from you!

Preparing for BrickCon 2010

September 24, 2010

So I finished and shipped off my current project. Sorry I can’t talk about it quite yet, but as soon as I can I will make a post about it. ;)

BrickCon is only a few more days away and I still have so very much to do! Packing my models, books, and clothes of course. :D

For all of those who are going, I look forward to seeing you in person. For those that aren’t going, depending on internet availability I will be keeping you as posted as possible.

This will be my second time at BrickCon. I missed it last year, but I plan to make up for it this year. As my third LEGO convention this year, I’ll have to see what fun awaits me this time.

I’ve found that each LEGO Con has a different feel and vibe. Bricks by the Bay is still finding its groove, it was brand new this year after all. BrickWorld is huge, but efficient. It was fun, but a little too large for my personal liking. BrickCon seemed more laid back than other LEGO Cons when I went to it 2 years ago.

The sad thing is that I won’t have anything really new this year. At first I wasn’t planning on going at all, so I didn’t get anything ready, and by the time I knew that I was going I had a big project that I was working on so it was too late. :(

But never the less, going is better than not going so I’ll have to console myself with that.

For those of you who are going I will be doing two presentations — One on Architecture and one on LEGO Sculpture. Yet, another thing I have to get ready. I will also have my books and keychains for sale, but I won’t have a vendor table so you will have to find me if you want anything. Ah well, I guess I better get started packing. . .

My Newest WIP (Work In Progress)

September 21, 2010

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Hi all, if you’ve noticed that I haven’t been as active lately on my blog, I have a reason. My newest model. So, until I am finished, I’m giving you a sneak peek. ;)

Its not all that big of a model, at least not to me. It is about 2 baseplates wide and 3 baseplates long (20 x 30 inches). And at only 2 stories, it won’t win skyscraper of the year. But even so, it is a fun and relatively quick project — I’ll be done in a day or so.

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Once I’m finished I’ll give you all the details, but for now this is all you get. :)

2011 Set Early Pics

September 19, 2010

I know we still have a few months of 2010 left on the calendar, but at the same time rumors of next year’s line have now turned into images. :)

If you want to be surprised, don’t read any further. And, as these are preliminary images, the quality isn’t all that great.

Series 3

NinjaGo
NinjaGo

New Atlantis!!!!!!
Atlantis

I can certainly see wanting all of these! Especially the new 2×2 rounds! I’m surprised they had to make two waves of Atlantis before they made a set like what we were all hoping for. And new Series 3? What can I say, I’ll definitely want a box. ;)

Vayland Dragon

September 18, 2010

Vayland Dragon000

This model just oozes coolness! Patrick Biggs created this model originally 2 years ago, but was never satisfied with the original, so he revamped it and this is the result.

Vayland Dragon04

Invader Zim CubeDudes

September 17, 2010

Invader Zim CubeDudes

Invader Zim, a much loved cult cartoon that had too short of a run lives on in CubeDudes thanks to Okay Yaramanoglu (aka Oky Wan Kenobi on Eurobricks.

Just looking at these the theme song starts playing in my head and random Gir quotes like “l love this show!” and “I’m gonna sing the Doom Song now” pop up in that squeaky high pitched voice of his. :D

ZimDude VS. DibDude

Robot Class of 3010

September 16, 2010

Robot Class of 3010

These cute little guys created by Chris Giddens just jumped out at me for their adorable factor. :)

Simple and yet all unique they even have fun names like Singbot, Geekbots and Jockbot.

Working on St. Basil

September 15, 2010

WIP St. Basil

I don’t normally post WIP (works in progress) but even in its unfinished state Arthur Gugick’s latest model is a wonder.

Having computer and mathematical background, he’s a math teacher, Arthur has a very different design process to me. I’ve known Arthur for several years, ever since he tried out to be a Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND California. He didn’t end up getting the job, but that didn’t stop him for getting worldwide recognition for his LEGO buildings. He even flew to Australia for a movie that featured his Taj Mahal.

I look forward to seeing this one when it is completed. ;)


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