Archive for February, 2011

LEGO Maersk Train 10219 Video

February 24, 2011

Check out a video with the creator of the new Maersk Train set.

 

Even though I’m not really that big into trains, I’m certainly looking forward to all the new Maersk elements available. :)

Also, if you want to see detailed images of the new set check out Brickjournal.com

LEGO World 2011 – Copenhagen Mosaic

February 21, 2011

LEGO World 2011 - Copenhagen

At first I didn’t even realize that this was a giant mosaic, that is until I looked at additional images.

LEGO World 2011 - Copenhagen

LEGO World 2011 - Copenhagen

That’s a pretty darn huge mosaic! Next thing they are going to build one so large you’ll only be able to see it from space. :D

Been a little sick . . .

February 18, 2011

Hi all, I really do apologize for not posting anything of late. I’ve been fighting a really nasty cold and haven’t felt like doing much of anything. :(

While I’ve been away, FBTB.net has done an excellent job of wrapping up the NY Toy Fair so I recommend going over there to check it out.

On a completely unrelated note, this “Proto Man” model by Ezra B. just struck me as a fun and whimsical character. :)

Proto Man

Proto Man

I am slowly on my way to recovery and I’ll be back to posting with more regularity soon. :)

NY Toy Fair 2011 — Part 1

February 13, 2011

As I still have not made it to the New York Toy Fair, I have to rely on others like Joe Meno of BrickJournal that are on sight. The Captain Jack Sparrow model is on display but LEGO also unveiled another, equally iconic Disney Model — Lightning McQueen


Containing 325,000 bricks, this model weighs 3 tons, measures 12.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 feet, and took 2,000 hours for Master Model Builders to create!

Joe already has a large amount of photos on his Flickr stream of all the new and exciting LEGO models that will be coming out this year. The new themes and elements make me really excited for LEGO this year. I will be posting additional photos from Joe’s Flickr stream and talking about all the new themes in coming posts.

Love Bunnies

February 9, 2011

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LEGO builder Schfio of Hong Kong has created the most adorable pair of bunnies for the Year of the Rabbit.

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They have such character you almost want to pick them up and hug them! But then of course, unlike real bunnies, they would be a little sharp. :D

Schfio is no stranger to creating LEGO sculptures. The more I see of his, the more impressed I am with his skills.

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He certainly has a distinctive style and I look forward to seeing what he creates in the future.

Tiny Taj

February 8, 2011

Recently I was asked to make a birthday cake topper. It was for a LEGO fan and his wife asked me what I could make. I told her I could create him building and she said that sounded great. He just happened to be building the LEGO Taj Mahal model at the same time so she asked if I could make him building with white bricks. I figured I could do something even better:

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I want to say it was a challenge, but in actuality, once I thought about it, it came together rather quickly. The inspiration was the cheese slopes. I can not tell you how much I love that element!!! It was the only way to create the eight sided building at that tiny of a scale.

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I was even happier when I realized that it was almost exactly to scale with the Miniland figure. The real Taj Mahal model really is about that size to a person. Hopefully he had a wonderful birthday (it was yesterday) and loved his totally unique birthday present. :)

Building LEGO Store Models

February 7, 2011

First off, I apologize for my long absence from posting on this blog. I was a tad too busy this weekend to get around to posting anything.

This weekend and several of my fellow LEGO club members got together and built all day and all night long! What were we building you might ask? The post title might give you a clue. ;)

Well, did you know that when a new LEGO store opens in your area they ask the local LEGO club to build the display models? Those are the models that line the shelves — the Miniland scenes, ducks, fish, etc. Although I don’t know how many there are in total, Costa Mesa, California’s newest LEGO Store will be getting quite a few!

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As you can see from the picture, this is what the LEGO models look like when they are in the boxes. :D

The models vary in complexity from Miniland scale Circus performers
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to large rats with cheese :)
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P1250216 Tim works on building a golf scene

P1250208 Karen built a fast food tray while Skylar made a pair of bunnies.

P1250206 And here’s what I worked on with Tiffeny, the Miniland scale LEGO Store.

There were about eight of us that worked from 10 am till about 10:30 pm at night. We all worked on several models, some more complex than others. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of all the models when they were finished (it had been a rather long day), but as they will be on display at the new Costa Mesa Store I’ll take pictures of them eventually. If you are in the area, the Grand Opening will be next month:

LEGO Store Grand Opening Event:
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
March 11 – 13
Come visit our new LEGO store in the South Coast Plaza. This grand opening event will feature a Master Model Build of Yoda!

I plan on being there so maybe I’ll see you. :)

Life-Sized LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow

February 2, 2011

We all knew it would happen, if they were going to have the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean license LEGO would naturally make Captain Jack. Here you can see actor Ian McShane, who will be Captain Black Beard in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides, as he is introduced to the LEGO Captain Jack and his creator Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi.

Disney and LEGO unveiled a six foot tall ‘life-size’ statue of Captain Jack Sparrow, the first of its kind. The highly detailed statue, which includes a removable sword, consists of approximately 150,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 200 man hours to design and build. Approximately 70 of those hours alone were used in the creation of Jack’s head which was all done without the assistance of computers.

Via: stitchkingdom.com

As with all of Erik’s creation it is yet another masterpiece. :)

And truly lightyears ahead of Mega’s version when they held the license.
Captain Jack Sparrow made of Mega Bloks

You can see many more pictures on stitchkingdom.com of the whole event.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean sets Unveiled

February 1, 2011

Ever since Comic Con last year there’s been buzz about the Pirates of the Caribbean Sets.



So many new elements! Between the new bottles, hairstyles, and the new mermaid tails I just have to get these drool worthy sets!!!! This is only 4 of the 8 sets check out the gallery on MTV.com.

And if that’s not enough there’s a LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Video Game coming out!!! Go to FBTB.net to see it as I can’t figure out how to post it here.

Micro US Capitol

February 1, 2011

LEGO US Capitol

Tervlon created this adorably tiny US Capitol Building as a Christmas present for a friend who works on Capitol Hill.

I think it is totally inspired to use the profile brick as the columns of the building! Its such a simple build, but so perfect!


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