Archive for October, 2010

Scary Monsters & Super Creeps

October 29, 2010

Scary Monsters & Super Creeps

Here is yet another excellent example of a Halloween MOC (My Own Creation) by Andrew Lee.

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I love the roof design and the run-down rickety feel of the whole building. Great job Andrew!

BrickLink and the AFOL community have lost its founder

October 28, 2010

Like a vast majority of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) out there I use BrickLink all the time. Sadly, also like many of the AFOLs out there I didn’t know who had created the groundbreaking website until yesterday when I heard about Daniel Jezek’s sudden passing. Where else could you find 300 Spartans, ultra rare promo items, and the last few bricks to finish off your project. Daniel was years ahead of LEGO itself in selling bricks by the piece and he profoundly changed the hobby and the community for the better.

This is part of the Eulogy given by Daniel’s long time friend Larry Hawthorne:

We honor the life of Daniel Jezek, who departed this earth September 24, 2010. A life cut tragically short; a potential with so much more to be realized. We mourn the loss of a loving son, a young man who even in his short time with us, gave much and had so much more to give.

Dan’s book of his life had too few pages, 33 to be exact. But those pages were filled with love, compassion, giving, and a lot of accomplishment.

This budding entrepreneur looked at eBay as a model. He saw that if a website like that could do well just getting people to sell stuff, Dan would do the same for people who wanted to sell and trade LEGO bricks.

His business, Bricklink was born. For the first couple of years he called it BrickBay, an obvious reference to the eBay format. eBay got jealous when Dan’s site began to grow in leaps and bounds and made him change his name to Bricklink two years later.

Ten years later and more than 51 million visitors and counting, the business that Dan dreamed has become a reality. There are nearly 200 million websites on the Internet. Dan’s website is in the top 50,000, literally one of the most successful websites in the world. It is still running today and will forever be a living monument to Dan’s vision, his hard work and his brilliant ability to bring together his love of LEGO and his gift with computers.

He was unabashedly generous in his success, donating to many causes including relief to Haiti victims and those devastated by Katrina, and many more. It just speaks to what a compassionate, giving person Dan was.

In closing, let us remember Dan. And let his memory stay with us. A life lived fully, but ending prematurely. His accomplishments impressive, but his potential with so much more to give. We say goodbye to you loyal friend, to you loving son and we know you sleep peacefully now in the arms of our Lord.

You can read the entire Eulogy on BrickLink.

It is a sad and sudden loss for the entire LEGO fan community and my heart goes out to the Jezek family.

Thank you Daniel for all you accomplished!

The Haunted House I wish I built

October 27, 2010

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I’ve always wanted to make a truly stunning Haunted House but Tyler Clites did it first. There are so many cool features to this model and the lighting of the photo is excellent.

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The close up details draw me in and I would love to see this model in person.

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Even the back is amazing and I love the use of old and light grey for the siding. :)

This is such a wonderful Halloween model and I bow down to Tyler’s building skills!

Snow White, Trick or Treat

October 26, 2010

Snow White, Trick or Treat

Paul Hetherington, better known as the BrickBaron online has a knack for the interesting when it comes to LEGO building. Fresh off his award winning Best in Show Mardi Gras spectacular at BrickCon Paul created this model for the upcoming Halloween contest over at LEGOPIRATE.

I love the elements that he used to create the lettering of “trick or treat” and making Snow White so much taller than her dwarves is perfect. :)

Snow White, Trick or Treat

What a wonderful treat for Halloween! :)

Kevin Chen as R2-D2

October 25, 2010

Kevin Chen as R2-D2 (Front)

LEGO Purists, especially Star Wars Fans, might cringe at the brick modification on this model, but I found Morgan190’s entry in the Eurobricks’ “Let’s Go Cosplay” Contest adorable. :)

Kevin’s costume was constructed by first hollowing out R2’s head and body pieces with various tools including an xacto knife and electric drill– I would’ve used a dremel if I had one. I cut the studs off the top of the droid torso and drilled a hole for the minifig’s head to fit into. Because the holes in the side of the body are too large for a minifig’s arm pegs, I trimmed a toothpick down to the right size and attached both arms to it, allowing them to remain attached to the body while maintaining their full range of movement.

Kevin Chen as R2-D2 (Back)

Kevin Chen, rookie cosplayer and avid R2 fan, is on his way to his very first Star Wars convention!

This is the overall vignette shot showing Kevin Chen in his R2 costume, waiting on the subway platform.

Kevin Chen as R2-D2 (Vignette with figure)

Okay, so it is modified, but at the same time it looks great! And who hasn’t seen some one dress like that for Halloween? :D

LEGOLAND Clubhouse 2.0

October 24, 2010

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LEGOLAND California’s Club House has had several renovations over the years. It was originally called Ruby’s Cool Club, but its had a few different names over the years. The newest version is dedicated to LEGO Universe, the new online multi-player that just launched.

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Kids of all ages can try out, as well as purchase, the game. Here you can see my friend Tiffeny Nervig trying out the game.

As I am always interested in the models, these replicas of the LEGO Universe characters are really cool
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Because it was the Launch Date for the game there was a Mosaic you could help to build.
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What was interesting, was that the picture was actually printed on the baseplates. This way the kids could build the mosaic like a color by number. I’d heard about this technique, but had never seen it in person.
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So, if you visit LEGOLAND California, check out the new Club House and LEGO Universe.

Trick or Treat

October 22, 2010

Trick or Treat

Somebody had to do it sooner or later, but Matthew Hurt got to it first. :)

He used several of the Collectible Minifigures as trick or treaters hunting for candy on all hollows eve.

Trick or Treat

I like how he used the tiles and pumpkin’s heads as candy bags. And the house isn’t too bad either. ;)

Great job Matthew!

LEGO Jambalaya

October 22, 2010

Have you ever heard of LEGO Jambalaya? LEGO Jambalaya has nothing to do with the edible version. In fact its more of a Round Robin, but LEGO Jambalaya sounds more interesting. ;)

So, what is LEGO Jambalaya? Basically it is when someone makes up a bag or box of LEGO elements that they are willing to trade. The bag or box can be whatever shape, but a good size is a gallon-sized bag or a medium US priority mail box. So, the first person, who also acts as a moderator, gathers a small group of friends, no more than 10 (or it will take too long), and they all agree to join the Jambalaya. Person number 1 then hands off or mails, depending on distance, the box to person number 2.

Upon receiving said box, the second person can then take out whatever parts they want from the box. Once they have made their selection that person then puts in an equal or if they choose greater amount into the box and sends it off to the third person and so on.

I am currently participating in one so I will show you both what I took:
What I took

And what I put in:
What I put in

Once it has gone through all the people on the list the first person gets the box back from the last person (#10) and he has a whole new box of parts to play with.

Now of course doing something like this requires a lot of trust. Usually you have to know at least some if not all the people you are trading with so that you can trust them with that much LEGO. It also helps if the group is on some sort of online forum or group (local or otherwise) so that they can know that it will get around to all the people participating.

But, if you are willing to try it, it can be a fun way of getting a whole bunch of fun new parts and also giving away some parts you are willing to trade. :)

MiniFig Presentation by Hillel at BrickCon 2010

October 18, 2010

As if they posted it just for me, Hillel Cooperman’s Presentation from BrickCon 2010 has now been posted on Youtube. It is just as funny watching it a second time.

Warning — for all those parents out there, there is some language in this video.

Hopefully the people of LEGO are listening to this, I know there was at least one LEGO VP in the audience at BrickCon. It would be awesome if some of Hillel’s ideas (which mirror a great many of my own) are implemented in future LEGO sets.

Nicole Snyder, of Dynamic Video Creations, did a wonderful job filming this and running all the audio and visual aspects of BrickCon this year.

Building the Space Shuttle

October 17, 2010

I talked earlier about the Shuttle Adventure set #10213 when it was coming out, but it wasn’t until last night that I actually got to build the set. At the recent BrickCon I was able to pick up the set during the Scratch and Dent sale for 50%. When I bought it, I honestly didn’t know how I was going to get it home. Thankfully a friend of mine who had driven up to Seattle was willing to bring all my rather large LEGO sets (I got the Space Police Central also at 50%, The Burrow, and the Winter Village Bakery) back home with him.

Now I have to admit, I bought the set, like I buy pretty much all my sets for the pieces. I’ll usually build the model once, but I rarely leave it up for very long before I take it apart and sort all the elements out. And, since I build much more complicated models, I sometimes get bored with how a normal set is built, its just to simple for me.

Even so, this set was a delightful build for me. It was a short build, taking only about 4-5 hours, I’m not sure as I wasn’t watching the clock (my projects can take weeks). I may be dating myself a little, but I have the 1990 Space Shuttle which is a much smaller set and much less impressive. I remember at the time really enjoying that set. I also remember thinking about but not buying the 2003 Space Shuttle Discovery set. It wasn’t nearly as smooth as this newest incarnation, although if you look at the picture, it has a lot of similarities in the build of the shuttle itself.

This set has all the bells and whistles when it comes to a truly nice set. There are two astronauts, a launch pad, removable booster rockets, a satellite in the cargo hold, and even a camera man to film the blast off.

As I said, I bought the set for the pieces, but now that its finished I’ve decided to have it on display, at least for a little while. ;)


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