Archive for December, 2010

Come Along Dear . . .

December 30, 2010

Sometimes I get interesting custom requests for my wedding cake toppers. I was recently asked if I could make a bride dragging her groom to the alter.

Bride dragging groom 1

Groom dragging his feet? Does the Bride need to bring him to the alter?

This was a lot of fun to do. It was a bit of a challenge to get it look like the bride was walking in her gown and the groom a tad disheveled. :D

Bride dragging groom 2

As a side note — use coupon code “happy2011″ on my Etsy shop this weekend and get 10% off your order.

Destroy the Neighbors

December 29, 2010

Destroy the Neighbours

Jalkow made this cute model for the Classic Castle Contest.

The king is planning how he’s going to defeat the neighbours. The head of his army helps to make sure the knights understand what they’re supposed to do.

Entry for the Preparing for war-category of CCC8, over at Classic-castle.

What got me at first was the very impressive stained glass mosaic
Destroy the Neighbours

But I also fell in love with the mini Castle, mini knights, and tiny town. :)

Fairytale and Historic Minifigure Set

December 27, 2010

A new set has popped up on lego.com, unfortunately, it is not available in the States, at least not yet. :(

This is a very different set from most LEGO sets and seems like a fantasy version of the new Community Minifigure Set which also will be available starting in Jan. (again, not sure if it will be in the States yet).

I really like both of these sets. They are full of fun minifigs, great for both boys and girls, and have a lot of potential for all kinds of fun scenes. :)

Apparently both sets will be available in the UK, Australia and European countries. Maybe all of us AFOLs in the States will have to petition Customer Service to bring the set over the pond. That or contact a friend (if you have one) that lives where these are available. ;)

Design the Brickworld 2011 Event Kit

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone! Although this year still has a few more days to go, some are looking towards the future — as in BrickWorld 2011. Every year BrickWorld, along with several other LEGO Conventions, has one or two event kits that are exclusive to that particular year. Normally it is designed by someone that is involved with running the convention and is not revealed until you get there. This year BrickWorld is doing something different. This year they are hosting a contest to see who can come up with the best representation of “5”

Design the Brickworld 2011 Event Kit

Brickworld is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2011, and we’re giving you the opportunity to design the convention’s event kit that reflects the theme of “Five.” What does “Five” entail? Almost anything. 5 colors in your MOC. 5 towers on your castle. 5 minifigs in your MOC. 5 cars on your layout. 5 engines on your spaceship. 5 engines on your train. So, have some fun with five of something.

Details:

-The event kit is a small commemorative model comprised of about 150 pieces.

-The parts should be currently in production so we can purchase them in bulk.

-The model is meant to be built and displayed by both children and adults, so it should not be too fragile.

-CAD entries are accepted.

-The deadline is January 31, 2011.

-Please submit a picture of your design to this discussion thread or email the picture to me (mr.bley@gmail.com) if you don’t have a Flickr account.

The winning design will be made into the event kit. You will receive a copy of the kit and be credited for its design.

Naturally I couldn’t help but throw my own hat into the ring.

BrickWorld 5a

So if you are interested in sharing your design with hundreds of people, make a model and good luck! :)

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review — Day 24

December 24, 2010

Day 24

Oh I see, they weren’t wagons at all, but train cars for Santa’s flying train. He’s giving the reindeer a rest this year and bringing all his presents for all the good girls and boys as well as a smaller sack of coal for his journey this year. He’s headed to the elf workshop right now to get all the gifts before he starts his magical journey this Christmas Eve.

The 2010 Castle Advent Calendar Review — Day 24

December 24, 2010

Day 24

Its Christmas Eve and the feast was a success! The Royal Wizard Brick-o, the Great Magic Master himself, is performing a magic show as a Christmas treat right before Santa (aka the King) arrives with a bag of presents for everyone. :D

T’was the night before Christmas: FOL version

December 24, 2010

LEGO Snow Globe Photo Credit: Jameson Gagnepain

I found this wonderful twist on the traditional poem on the Flickr LEGO group. It was written by Sam Z aka TheBricks and was simply too cool not to share: :D

The Night Before Christmas: Fan of LEGO

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the web,
no one was posting, not even a thread;
The MOCs were arranged in the display case with care,
In hopes that new sets would soon be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Duplo danced in their heads;
And Mamma with her dio, and I with my vig,
Had just settled down to build a thingamajig,
When out from the brick room, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the floor to see what was the matter.
Away to the brick room I flew like a flash,
As the silence was broken by a second crash.
(I had just built this really cool set,
But hadn’t taken pictures yet),
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
Built by a little man, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick,
BUT HE TORE APART MY SETS TO BUILD IT!
THAT STUPID SANTA IS SUCH A NITWIT!
My mech! My spaceship! My scale Titantic!
My heart raced and I became frantic,
“Get of here, Santa.Get out of here now,
Or I swear that I’ll kill you some way…somehow!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount up to the sky,
So out of the room Santa did fly,
Leaving me to hold my scattered parts and cry,
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof,
As I gathered my ruined creations,
I saw one of Nick’s fabrications,
It was covered in cheese slopes and 1×2 grills
(I have to admit, this guy had skills),
Gears ran inside, with axels and pins,
So I grabbed the lever and gave it a spin,
It opened up with details inside,
And hundreds of NPU’s I spied,
(Like TLC rifles used in weird ways:
E.g. minifig headgear, and ties on railways),
It was covered in rare colors like Dk tan and old bley,
And trans bricks I didn’t even know were made,
Then I called Santa back to where I sat,
“Hey Santa” I said, “let’s chat.”
He was a good builder, and a kind looking elf,
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Made me realize I didn’t want him dead.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And rebuilt my sets with clicks and a smirk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He gave me some really cool stuff,
The Death Star alone was enough!
And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry Brickmas, everyone!
-TheBricks, Dec. 2010

Thank you to Jameson for the photo and TheBricks for the poem.
Merry Brickmas to all and to all a good night! :)

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review — Day 23

December 23, 2010

Day 23

What are Christmas presents without a Christmas tree? You’ve seen it in the background for all of Timmy and Angela’s presents, but here you can see the full tree in all its glory! The sparkling lights, the beautiful ornaments and the shining Christmas star on top (some imagination required to see it all ;) ).

The 2010 Castle Advent Calendar Review — Day 23

December 23, 2010

Day 23

Samantha’s feast is almost ready! She only has one more key dish to finish and then she can serve it for the King, Queen, and all the Castle staff. This dish is special because it is dusted with real gold flakes to make it extra rich. ;)

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review — Day 22

December 23, 2010

Day 22

Here’s another gift for Angela, a remote controlled helicopter. She will love navigating through the wild blue yonder on Christmas morning.


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