Archive for September, 2011

LEGO Life of George

September 29, 2011

A little while ago George popped up on Facebook.

As he was supposed to, at first it was hard to tell if he was even officially affiliated with LEGO. But also as he was supposed to, George is starting to go viral. And now LEGO has offically annouced their new interactive game.

This is a combination of a smart phone app and a LEGO set that will be available through LEGO stores and lego.com.

LEGO Group Unveils First Fully Integrated Digital-to-Physical
Gaming Experience

- Combining physical building with a digital gaming application, LEGO® Life of George invites builders to test building skills in a race against time-

BILLUND, Denmark, September 29, 2011 – The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® Life of George, its first product to combine digital and physical play for a hands-on LEGO gaming experience. Featuring patent-pending brick recognition software, powered by EyeCue, the game challenges players to build models, and place them on a play mat that acts as a “green screen” to capture the image and receive a score based on accuracy and speed. Beginning October 1, 2011, players can purchase the LEGO Life of George set for $29.99 from LEGO Stores and shop.lego.com and download the free Apple iOS compatible gaming application.

LEGO Life of George is a 12-level game that can be played in novice or expert mode. Each level showcases an adventure from George, around whom the game revolves, and is comprised of models of varying difficulty based on the number of bricks needed and the building techniques required to replicate them. Builders are challenged to physically recreate the virtual models from George’s photo album using the LEGO bricks included with the game; once they have successfully completed all 10 models the next level will be unlocked.

In addition to Game Mode which can be played alone or against one competitor in a pass-and-play format, a Creation Mode called “My Life” enables users to design and capture their own models in the app’s virtual scrapbook.

“We understand consumers’ powerful connection to casual gaming, and we have seen how successfully the LEGO brand can translate to a virtual experience, so we pursued development of a fun way to combine both physical and virtual play into one product,” says Paal Smith-Meyer, head of new business at LEGO Group. “Life of George is a result of our desire to provide an innovative way for existing and new fans to play with LEGO bricks and interact with the brand.”

Who is George?
George is a software engineer by day and adventurer by night. His main hobbies are travel, photography and numbers, and has a fun storyline for players to follow and engage with via his Facebook page, I Am George. Fans can expect to see updates and photography from George on his travels as well as hints to new game levels and app updates through his posts.

Unfortunately it is only available for iphone, something that is seriously lacking in my opinion and hopefully will be available for other phones like android soon. But even so it is launching LEGO into a new era of the smart phone. ;)

BrickCon, just around the corner

September 27, 2011

BrickCon 2011 T-shirt Design by BrickShirts

There are only a couple of days to go until the last US LEGO Con of the year will be under way. I know I’m excited! :D

As I will once again be a vendor, I’ve created a lot of fun new items to sell. I’ve also got lots of new vinyl window sticker designs, some premiering for the first time and perfect for Halloween. ;)

I have to say, my favorite is the new skeleton.

I will also be showing my Remembering 9/11 mosaic, along with an updated version of my Dreyer’s Truck that was originally designed when I worked at LEGOLAND California. There may be a couple more MOCs, but it all depends on if I get them done.

If any of you are going, stop by my booth and say hi! And for all those who can’t make it, I will do my best to cover it for you.

Now, back to packing . . . :D

New and Improved Brick Tool!

September 25, 2011

Brand New Debricking Tool

Fresh out of Billund.  The brand new debricking tool.  It’s smaller.  Streamlined down to about the footprint of a 2 x 10 plate.  There are many notable new features.

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There is a technic axle pusher for removing those stubbornly embedded axles.  There are of course the standard top and bottom brick removing configurations.

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Also new is the pointed wedge at the back end of the lever, very useful for popping tiles and splitting plates that the other end can’t.  It basically doubles as an ABS thumbnail.  It’ll do whatever you would do with your thumbnail without ruining your manicure.

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Lastly, another nice added feature is the jumper plate offset in the underside, allowing the removal of jumper plates that the previous version of the tool could not handle.

Newest Contributor to the Model Building Secrets blog

September 25, 2011

I’d like to introduce the newest member of the Model Building Secrets team — Paul Lee! Not only is a great builder, he is a professional LEGO Comic Artist for the LEGO Club Magazine. If you’ve received your Club magazine lately, either here in the States or abroad, you’ve probably seen his work.

Here’s a couple samples:
Alien Conquest Comic
You can see my sig-fig being abducted by aliens in this page. :D

Pirates of the Caribbean Comic

He will be posting from time to time, sharing his unique finds and for the first one . . .

10230 Mini Modulars

September 25, 2011

I know I’m a bit late on the ball with this one, as its already been covered on all the major blogs and forums already, but I thought I’d add my praise to what looks like a spectacular set!

10230 Mini Modulars

Ages 12+. 1,356 pieces.
US $79.99 CA $99.99 DE 69.99 € UK 59.99 £ DK 649.00 DKK AU $119.99

Available only to our LEGO® VIP Program Members, this exclusive mini modulars set is an authentic miniature representation of the first 5 buildings in the Modular Building series: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium. Featuring highly detailed design, each building can be displayed as a stand alone piece or connected to the others buildings in the set. The mini Café Corner includes details like a fan above the doorway and printed hotel signage, while the mini Market Street includes transparent bricks and a unique brick construction. The quaint mini Green Grocer also features transparent bricks and a fire escape at the rear, while the mini Fire Brigade includes a brick bell and white arch wall elements. Finally, the mini Grand Emporium has a rooftop sign, skylight and window washing platform. With fantastic detailing and a huge variety of elements in a range of rich colors, this exclusive mini modulars set is the perfect addition to every VIP Member’s collection.

Exclusively available to LEGO® VIP Members!
Authentic miniature representation of first 5 Modular Buildings: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium!
Each building can be displayed individually or connected to the other buildings in the set!
All buildings feature fantastic detailing and a wide variety of elements and colors!
Completed model measures over 5″ (14.5 cm) tall, 12″ (32 cm) long and 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide!
Each individual building measures 2.5″ (6.5 cm) long and 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide!

 

There’s even a video with set designer Jamie Berard explaining the model.

I’m certainly excited about this set! So many fun pieces and interesting connection techniques. Jamie knows what AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) want and continues not to disappoint. :D

Bride and Groom LEGO Set

September 15, 2011

Today during my trip to LEGOLAND I found a new set on the shelves. Although not as personalized as the Wedding Cake Toppers I design, this new LEGO set is still fun. ;)

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Now at $10 for the set, its a little pricey for the part count — 40 ¢ a piece. But for those looking for a minifig bride and groom, that is exactly what you get.

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There isn’t much to the set, but here’s what you get.

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I was actually surprised that they included the paper flower arch. I thought it was just a drawing on the box. I would have rather had a LEGO one though. The fabric veil is a little tricky to put in, but it works okay.

The dress torso also has back printing, but unfortunately my picture isn’t the best. I’ll try and take a better one soon.
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There is one upside, they include three different colors of the hair — the blond color appears for the first and only (so far) time in this set.
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I have to admit that’s why I got the set, the printed white dress and the hair elements. :D

On a completely different note, there are also LEGO Crocs for kids (no adults unfortunately :( )

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They are pretty cute. I forgot to look at the price, sorry about that.

So, my guess is that if the Bride and Groom set is showing up at LEGOLAND it will start showing up at all LEGO stores soon. As for the Crocs shoes, who knows.

Tiffeny’s Carousel for The Costa Mesa Festival of Children…

September 15, 2011

Tiffeny…

Thats me!! Mariann has asked me to help write on here from time to time and I am starting with a little something I built for the mall. It is a carousel that looks a lot like the one at the mall.
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I am another Adult Female Fan of Lego and I love to build all kinds of things. In the Lego community you can find me under Divinity3d in all kinds of Lego related websites. I hope you enjoy my posts as you enjoy hers and keep building cool new things! =D

Introducing a new contributor

September 15, 2011

As many of my loyal blog readers have probably noticed, I don’t always have time to do a daily post here like I used to. I guess its a sign that I’m getting more business, but still I feel guilty when I don’t post. :oops:

So, I’ve enlisted some friends to help. :)

I will still be the main poster, as I consider writing this blog as part of my job, but depending on time and their own interests a few of my trusted friends will add posts.

And to launch this new step forward I introduce . . .

Remembering 9 / 11

September 13, 2011

Its a couple days late, but that’s what happens when there’s a massive power outage in a good portion of the Southwest.

For the tenth anniversary of 9/11 I didn’t want to remember the tragedy. I wanted to remember the Patriotism and the spirit of unity that grew from that terrible day. So I could think of no better subject for a mosaic than the Raising the Flag at Ground Zero.

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It was one of my most complicated mosaics ever, mainly because it was a real picture. I was also watching a lot of the programs about 9/11 as I was building it so it was a very emotional model for me to create.

To think of all those people that lost their lives and all those who spent months on the rubble that was Ground Zero, it changed everyone including me.

You can see more images on my Flickr set.

Mosaic Teaser Pic

September 6, 2011

Mosaic Teaser

Here’s a teaser of my new mosaic that I’m currently working on. As this is unglued, I plan on being finished by the end of the week. This may be one of my most complicated mosaics so far as it is based of a real picture with lots of details. Doing a real picture isn’t in itself difficult, but doing it at this size — just a little over two feet tall — makes it difficult to get it right.

Stay tuned to see the finished model . . . ;)


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