Archive for October, 2011

Tricky Treats

October 31, 2011

I was looking for something fun and unique for this Halloween post. Of course it has to be LEGO related. That’s my main rule with this blog, not that I can’t break it if I want to. ;)

But anyway, so I was looking on Flickr and found this
halloween lego minifig candies

And it led me to the Sugar Swings blog and how they were made. Its similar to the chocolate peanut butter bricks I made a couple of years ago.

The non-decorated ones are almost as cool
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And the final result is just plain tasty :)
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Happy Halloween every one and may you get LEGO and chocolate in your Trick or Treat bags. :D

Minifig Talk Bubbles

October 28, 2011

Something new, and a kind of interesting is a product called LEGO Minifigure Speech Bubbles

I’m still not sure what to think of this. At $9.99 its not too expensive and it is available at Toy R US and other retailers.

Here’s the product details:

Create a scene and start a conversation between your LEGO MiniFigures with the LEGO MiniFigure Speech Bubbles. Each set includes 24 Speech Bubbles that can be connected to your MiniFigures to make it look like they are talking. Attach the stickers with pre-printed sayings or use the included stencil to make your own messages. Comes with one Lego MiniFigure to add to your collection!

The LEGO MiniFigure Speech Bubbles includes:
1 LEGO MiniFigure
24 Speech Bubbles in different colors and shapes
12 Pre-Printed Sayings
24 Blank Stickers
1 Stencil to make your own messages

To me it would have been better if they had all been clear and not in red, yellow or blue. I can see uses of it in creating a comic, but you could easily do that on Photoshop. But we will see. Who knows, it may be the next big thing.

Inspired Roses

October 26, 2011

LEGO Flowers

My good friend Ryan Mcnaught, Australia’s one and only LEGO Certified Professional, created this wonderful box of LEGO roses for a VIP. He was inspired by my LEGO rose design and added his own spin to it. :)

Buzzy Bee!

I love the ribbon bow on the box, but I have to say that one of my favorite parts on the model is the “buzzy bee” as Ryan’s kids call it. The bee maybe technically an “illegal” build (just like mine), as it can’t be done without glue but I don’t care — its just too darn cute! :D

Easy as Tic -Tac-Toe

October 24, 2011

Tic-Tac-Toe

Katie Walker is known for her LEGO design prowess. I check out her photostream constantly to see each new fantastic creation. This may not jump out as being a complicated model, but in actuality, it has more technique than it seems at first glance.

I made it to play with my daughter, because figuring out how to do those X’s was oh-so-much easier than grabbing a pencil and sheet of paper.

Seriously, though, it took a long time to get the X’s, and they’re still not perfect. Good enough for a 4-year old, though. They needed to be at a 45 degree angle and then line up enough with the square so that any jagged edges could be covered with a tile, but the tile still had to have enough solid brick studs to attach on firmly.

Oh, and every single piece is attached! Nothing is free floating at all (well, not counting the fact that the squares are removable for playing the game). Those guys over at twee affect would be so proud. ;-)

P.S. The whole time I was trying to figure out the X’s, I kept thinking there was probably a very obvious way to do it, and I was just too blind to see it…

I love that it was “easier” to create this than draw out a the tic-tac-toe board to play with her daughter. It just goes to show that everything can be easier in LEGO — or at least we can tell ourselves that. ;)

The Black Pearl

October 24, 2011

I try my best to visit Target, TRU, and even Costco’s Lego aisles as much as I can, which can be difficult as I also make myself all too known at the Lego stores. Just Saturday I ran into friends at the Lego store in Costa Mesa because I needed a sandwich for lunch… Anywho…

Costco has the new Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl for only $80 ($90 on Costco.com). I try to call my friends Paul and Mariann the second I see a good deal, but now that Mariann asked me to post stuff on here, I thought you would all like to know as well! There are deals at Lego for free shipping and double points and free Lego goodies but if you have other Lego to buy during these incentives, the Costco deal is pretty nice.

So thats my 2 cents for now…

Tiff

Happy Hello Kitty Halloween

October 21, 2011

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Schneider Cheung has created this adorable set of Hello Kitties all dressed up for Halloween. :)

I really like the Skeleton Kitty
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And the Vampire Kitty
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Not only has he dressed Hello Kitty up as Halloween Characters, but also as iconic McDonald’s characters too
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These kitties are so cute you just want to hug them! Of course as they are LEGO, they would be a little sharp, but its worth it. :D

Two weekends — Two LEGO Store Openings

October 18, 2011

Fresh off the plane from BrickCon — and yes, I know I still haven’t covered it yet (I’m getting there eventually ;) ) — I went to not one, but two LEGO Store Grand Openings. This may be one of the first times that two LEGO stores have opened so relatively close, geographically speaking, to each other.

I can hear the complaints now, and I’m sorry that California has so many LEGO stores when you might not have any. It’s not like its my idea. For me I’m very grateful that I have so much access to LEGO, it certainly helps my business. :)

So, back to the Grand Openings. Two weekends ago the Mission Viejo store opened. Located in Orange County California, its a bit of a drive from my house, but as its very close to several of my LUGOLA friends, I’m up there all the time anyways.

Here’s what the new Mission Viejo Store looks like
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I didn’t manage to get a picture of the interior of San Diego, but here’s a shot of the outside. It looks like it might be even bigger than the Mission Viejo one, but I’m not sure.
P1310529I really like the giant minifigs on the side :)

The main reason I am combining the two grand openings is that they both had the same building event — Giant LEGO Spongebob.

Here’s the 2 foot version
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And here’s what he looks like at 8ft with Master Model Builder Steve Gerling standing by
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The builds were the same, but they were also completely different. Mission Viejo is an indoor mall, so it was nicely climate controlled and better lit at night. The San Diego Fashion Vally mall is outdoor, so even with umbrellas, and the fact that its October, the mid-day sun was not fun to work in!

The set up was slightly different too as you can see:

Mission Viejo
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San Diego
P1310509 I am really surprised that hardly any LEGO fell in the water fountain that we were using as our backdrop. :D

I helped construct a good deal of the San Diego one, in fact I started the build, and was on my knees a lot that first day putting all the bricks into place. By Sunday I couldn’t really help much as even with a ladder Spongebob was a little too tall for me. Somehow with both builds I got drafted to build the feet. That may not sound like a lot, but you haven’t seen the picture yet:
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That’s me holding the small feet while the big ones are on the table. Fellow SandLUG member Michael Todd, dressed as LEGO’s original mascot, jumped in the picture too. ;)

Not only was Spongebob built, there were quite a few original creations too like this great giraffe
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Some of San Diego’s finest, members of our local marines, came to help out too.
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I also snapped this awesome Mario and Goomba created by Austin Scott at the San Diego LEGO Store
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In addition to all the Spongebob fun, there are the Grand Opening exclusives that everyone always wants to see so here they are –

Mission Viejo Minifigs
Mission Viejo Store Minifigs
Sadly no exclusive torsos in this one, but it does have the exclusive container and the printing on the backs

Mision Viejo Shirt
Mission Viejo Store T-Shirt

San Diego Minifigs
San Diego Store Minifigs
There is one exclusive torso — “I Love LEGOLAND” — and all have exclusive printing on back

San Diego Shirt
San Diego Store T-Shirt

They were great events to help participate in and both stores have an awesome staff!!!

I look forward to finally being able to go to some of the LEGO store events now that the San Diego one is open and I know I’ll be spending a lot of time at both stores. :)

Series 6 and 7 Collectible Minifigs

October 16, 2011

The pictures have already been circulating the internet, but up until now I’ve been too busy to post them.

A toy website has jumped the gun a little bit by revealing a picture of not only the Series 6 Collectible Minifigures, but also the Series 7.

Series 6

Series 7

I have to admit, I’d seen Series 6 already, but not this particular image. I had already been drooling over those minifigs coming out before I saw Series 7.

There is almost too many cool figs and new elements for me to talk about without going into a long list of awesomeness. :D

Okay, that may be a little cheesy, but there really are so many wonderful new parts coming out! It may be a bit painful to the wallet, but I’m sure I’ll be getting a full set of each and probably multiples of quite a few. ;)

Fashion Valley LEGO Store Opening

October 14, 2011

The Fashion Valley LEGO Store Grand Opening is this weekend in San Diego. For all of you who are locals like me I’d encourage you to come on down and participate. For those of you who don’t live in the area, I’ll be covering both the Fashion Valley and Mission Viejo store openings after this weekend is over as they have the same building event — SpongeBob Squarepants.

Join in the weekend-long grand opening celebrations and LEGO Master Builder Event! Help a LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO model and get a free certificate of achievement for participating! Plus, when you make a qualifying purchase at the new LEGO Store, you could receive an exclusive LEGO minifigure set and a collectible, limited-edition LEGO t-shirt!

That’s right, not only am I going to this Grand Opening, I was at the one in Mission Viejo last weekend. Helping out at these events is fun, but can make you very tired! But its all in good fun and I love being a part of it. :)

To give you an idea of scale, this is the little and big versions of Spongebob’s foot
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I built both feet in about a day.

If you want to see pictures of the Mission Viejo opening before I talk about it here, you can see them on my Flickr set.

Darth Stewie

October 12, 2011

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Need I say more than pure awesomeness? car_mp one of the editors of Hispabrick Magazine has created this Family Guy favorite.

The cuteness of the character belies the complexity of the building techniques used. Not to mention that this his his second Stewie creation.

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Now I’m just waiting for the rest of the family to be built. :D


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