Archive for December, 2011

Twas The MOC Before Christmas

December 23, 2011

Tony Sava has created a wonderful MOC (My Own Creation) and poem for this Holiday.

Twas The MOC Before Christmas

When what on my wandering tracks should appear,
But a mini-scale coach, and eight tiny traindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than diesels his engines they came!
While they whistled, he shouted and called them by name:

“Now, Zephyr! now, Memphis! now, Empire and Bullet!
On, Comet! on, Chieftain! on, Daylight and Rocket!
To the end of the line! Slip the brake and highball!
Now chug away! chug away! chug away all!”

Collectible Minifig Series 6 Now Appearing

December 21, 2011

Just like I predicted, Series 6 is starting to appear overseas in Europe and I’m sure the US isn’t too far behind. ;)

This is already one of my favorite Series so far and I haven’t even seen them in person yet.

As I can’t do a proper review until I have a set of them you’ll have to check out the review onEurobricks.

Let's start our New Year by completing a set of 16 unique minifigures in Series 6!

Brucewaynelego has already created a very iconic and perfect use of the Statue of Liberty.
LEGO Statue of Liberty Architecture Style (how to build...movielink)

LEGO Lord of the Rings

December 16, 2011

The Christmas wish of many AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) are coming true, well at least they will next year. ;)

That’s right folks, LEGO Lord of the Rings is finally becoming a reality. The LUG (LEGO Users Group) forums are burning with all the back and forth chatter, Facebook is buzzing with the news, and as my friend Wes coined “It is as if a million wallets suddenly cried out, and were suddenly
silenced.” :D

Building Sets Based on Epic Film Trilogy and Forthcoming Theatrical Release Slated for 2012

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced today a partnership that awards the world’s leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT™. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for THE LORD OF THE RINGS property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

LEGO® THE LORD OF THE RINGS construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY scheduled for later in the year.

“Only LEGO, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the two films based on THE HOBBIT,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “These films give life to amazing worlds and characters and we are thrilled to bring fans these products that deliver an imaginative play experience befitting of these beloved properties.”

The LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS collection will translate into LEGO form the epic locations, scenes and characters of Middle-earth as depicted in all three films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In late 2012, LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will give fans of all ages a chance to build and play out the fantastical story and new characters of the legendary Middle-earth adventures depicted in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, slated to premiere December 14, 2012.

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has delivered numerous worldwide successes in the construction toy aisle with lines like LEGO HARRY POTTER and LEGO BATMAN, introducing us to loyal audiences who love great stories, strong characters and the toys that they inspire,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years.”

Information about the sets and collectible minifigures from both collections will be unveiled at a later date at TheLordoftheRings.LEGO.com.

So the rumors that have been floating around about a TT Hobbit game are probably true. I really can’t see LEGO not putting out a video game to tie-in with the movie and sets.

The really interesting thing — and you have to take it with a grain of salt — but many years ago a friend of mine (who now works for Weta but didn’t at the time) told me that a friend of his said (that’s right, this is third hand) LEGO was offered the license for the LOTR movies the first time but they turned them down because LOTR was too violent. Perhaps because Hobbit is a friendlier, less violent story (I’ve always liked it) LEGO thought it was appropriate. More likely, its because LEGO sees that they really missed the boat last time.

Germany’s LEGO Design Contest Winner

December 14, 2011

Remember the LEGO Design Challenge I mentioned earlier? Well now we can see what the winner in Germany received.

LEGO mosaic

Brixe63’s son created this entry for the contest.
Christmas tree

What’s great about this model is that it shows you don’t have to make the model overly complex for it to be the winner. And that’s a pretty great design for a Christmas tree, whatever the age. I see a future LEGO Master Builder. ;)

Clickits Kaleidoscope

December 10, 2011

Clikits kaleidoscope

Katie Walker never ceases to amaze! By using the mirrors from Clickits sets she created a working kaleidoscope! Truly a stunning achievement and a good lesson that even when a LEGO theme fails, there are still really cool things you can do with the parts. ;)

On a completely unrelated note, for those missing my annual Christmas Advent Calendar review, well I’m missing it too. :(

minifig holidays # 2: christmas Photo by minifig

The good / bad thing this year is that I am much, much busier with my business compared to previous years. Christmas is one of my busiest times, and it gets busier every year as I help Santa with Christmas gifts.

And unfortunately one of the things I’ve had to let go this year was my daily Advent Calendar story review. Normally I get it prepared in November, but even November was really busy for me. As you can probably tell from my less frequent blog posts, I’m getting busier all the way around. Not that I’m complaining mind you, I’m just sad that I can’t do twenty things all at once. :D

Mega Mini Turkey

December 5, 2011

image

On my recent visit of the San Diego LEGO Store I was shown this wonderful turkey model created by one of the store employees with leftover parts from the November monthly mini build.

I have to say, the builder sure has talent. He not only was restricted by the types of parts he could use, he also did really well on sculpting the model as a whole.

He certainly has Master Model Builder potential! ;)

LEGO for Charity

December 4, 2011

There are lots of ways to be charitable with LEGO this year. One of the fun, and easiest ways is legosantayoda.com

FBTB.net is providing an extra incentive to get you to be charitable.

You may have seen the post I made in the forums last week about LEGOSantaYoda.com pledging to donate up to 1 million gifts to the US Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program. The catch is they only donate one gift for each e-greeting sent from the website and so far the total is limping along at just over a hundred donations a day.

Let’s see if we can’t kick that number up a notch. Ace has generously offered a MISB 8095 General Grievous Starfighter set to one lucky winner chosen at random who sends an e-greeting from LEGOSantaYoda.com to giveaways@fbtb.net. Make sure the message reads FOR THE TOTS! and feel free to send as many as you like. The more you send, the more chances you have and the more donations get made to a great charity. The giveaway ends when they shut their program down, so be quick and get those greetings in!

You can also be charitable on a local level. My local LEGO club SandLUG gathered sets and cash donations that were turned into sets to donate to a local charity.

SandLUG Toy Drive 2011 (everything)

So come on guys and donate! You can send an E-card through legosantayoda.com or donate a set at your local toy drive. Whatever you decide to do, Happy Holidays. :)


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 75 other followers