Archive for April, 2011

The Royal Couple

April 27, 2011

Okay, I’m not all that excited about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, but all the same, it is happening this Friday so this model by Justin Ramsden and built for UK TV’s ITV 1 ‘This Morning’ Programme and to celebrate the Royal Wedding caught my eye.

LEGO Wills & Kate (Best Wishes)

The Future King?

Making a recognizable LEGO bust of any International celebrity is a difficult proposition at best, so Justin’s building skills are nothing to sneeze at. :D

Road Runner

April 25, 2011

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Annie Diment has created yet another Warner Brother’s cartoon icon. After her Yosemite Sam, Tasmanian Devil, and Marvin the Martian I expect she can create any character she darn-well wants to. :D

Happy Easter!

April 23, 2011

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Schneider Cheung created this totally loveable Easter chick with a handful of Easter eggs. Much like his Love Bunnies that I featured earlier this year. This chick just asks to be picked up and petted. :)

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Such a wonderful model for a wonderful day! :)

Orlando LEGO Imagination Center

April 21, 2011

Disney and LEGO, two licences that were fated to be together. And the newly remodeled Orland LEGO Imagination Center in Orlando, Florida shows just what those two iconic powerhouses can do.

Maleficent
Yes, that’s all LEGO, and yes, it is the final battle scene from Sleeping Beauty — LEGO-fied. :)

LEGO Knight
The Master Model Builders have created these amazing new Disney LEGO models.

Here is Minifig Snow White
Snow White and Dopey

Dwarves

And even the LEGO Family has been Disney-fied
Family at Disney
(I don’t know why you’d bring your four dogs to Disney World, but that’s just me ;) )

I still haven’t gotten to the Sunshine State yet, but maybe someday I’ll get there. So if you happen to be near Disney World, check out all the new amazing models.

And thanks to Michael Huffman for taking all these great pictures. :D

Perfect Little Egg

April 19, 2011

Katie Walker has done it again with this imperfect perfect little egg.

Imperfect little egg (with a side of chit chat)

She calls it imperfect, while I disagree. This is a perfectly fine looking egg and with Easter just around the corner, a perfectly timed model too. ;)

What she calls imperfections I call working with a fixed element. She has stunned us all in the past with her cheese wedge mosaics going above and beyond others who have dabbled with the 1×1 slope. I love seeing her creations, especially because I love mosaics. And seeing a fellow FFOL (Female Fan of LEGO) share her creations makes it even that more cool. :)

The Lady and the Blade

April 16, 2011

Brandon Bannerman has created a truly stunning MOC (my own creation) of Arthur receiving Excalibur from the Lady in the Lake.

The Lady and the Blade

Brandon was inspired by a classic image of the Arthurian legend.

What is almost as interesting as the final photo is the staging photo showing how he did it.

The Lady and the Blade - staging

Be sure to click on the photos to read Brandon’s full descriptions. ;)

Trawler

April 15, 2011

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Tim Goddard created this stunning trawler for a Brickish contest. I can see why he ended up winning. :)

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I love the sense of movement, level of detail, and the all around coolness of the whole MOC. Great job Tim! :D

So You Want to Build with LEGO — The Flow Chart

April 13, 2011

Alex Eylar has created a fun flow chart for any and all who are planning their next LEGO model. Alex protests in the description that its “Done in jest. IN JEST!” :D

Even so, it is all in fun. Enjoy ;)

So You Want to Build with LEGO

BrickStix Decals

April 11, 2011

Have you ever heard of BrickStix? Well neither had I until a friend of mine on Facebook shared a link with me about the 11 year old boy who invented them.

Here’s Greyson MacLean’s story:

Greyson loves to build! When he was nine years old, he was frustrated with the stickers that came with brick sets. If he put them on, he couldn’t get them off. Plus, they were limited. He wanted to customize his brick creations into different stories, but he was at a loss. He needed stickers that could be detached and reused just like his bricks. Some days he wanted a brick to be a newspaper, another day a clock, a control panel, a window… He told his mom about the problem. He told her he wanted to be able to add details to his builds, and have the ability to change his mind and make something else. She thought it was a great idea. So Greyson’s Mom, Dad, Aunt and Uncle started working. They had meetings at their kitchen table. They talked to Greyson’s sisters and other kids when they designed the first set of Stix, and BrickStix were born. Now kids can customize their build into a masterpiece.

Via: BrickStix.com

Much like Colorforms — I have to admit, I had to look that one up, even if I did have a set when I was a kid :D — BrickStix are vinyl decals that can be placed, taken off and then replaced over and over again. I honestly can’t believe this has never been done before for LEGO. It makes a lot more sense than constantly sticking stickers on a brick or tile and then never being able to use that same element as anything other than what the sticker is for. I personally hate putting stickers on for that very reason, much like Greyson I want the option to change my mind. ;)

They have a really cute video showcasing their products

BrickStix currently comes in three different sets — Metro, Transport, and Space. Each set comes with 84 decals (two of each type) and a handy board to put them on when not in use. The price is very reasonable at $5.99 a set and you can order them online or purchase them at one of the retail stores that currently carry them.


BrickStix was gracious enough to send me samples of their products and I tried them out for a test run. So, what’s my assessment? Well as some of them are pretty small they don’t always stay on unless they are pressed firmly. But the mere fact that you can take them off and on is a plus in my book. The low price point is another plus and the background of the decal is clear, so that you can place them on any color brick and the image is clearly seen.

My only complaint is that the 1×2 on work only the side of bricks, not on the top of tiles (they are just a tad too wide). My only other complaint was that some of the images were a little bit cartoony. But again, as it is made for kids that’s okay. ;)

I highly recommend this product, and the fact that it was invented by a kid makes it even that more awesome in my book! According to the BrickWorld website they will be there as a vendor. But if you can’t make it there, you can always order them online. So check out BrickStix for yourself!

Prince William and Kate Middleton in LEGO

April 6, 2011

Can’t make it to the royal wedding? That’s okay, there’s a LEGO version at LEGOLAND Windsor. :)


I love all the fun details that the Master Model Builders have added to the scene. Personally I’d rather go to LEGO version than the real one, much less people. :D


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