Archive for August, 2012

Vitruvian Minifig

August 30, 2012

You might know that Kevin Hinkle, the North American Community Coordinator for LEGO, is an AFOL at heart. What you might not know is that he is also a talented artist

Vitruvian Minifig

Kevin’s Vitruvian Minifig pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man but it reminds me more of one of my most favorite decorated LEGO tiles from 2001–

I hope Kevin shares more of his artistic abilities with us. :)

“Building a winning business” at Focus 12 Conference

August 28, 2012

I know, I’ve been MIA yet again on my blog. That seems to be happening more and more this year. I can’t really complain though, getting more large commissions is a good thing. ;)

So any how. The reason I’ve been offline is I’ve been too busy building. I was contacted by the John Hancock company to do their logo a a financial conference called Focus 12 here in San Diego. The reason they wanted a LEGO model was because their theme was “building a winning business.”

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The trickiest thing about this mosaic was the fact that it was in cursive and I decided to make it as “studless” as possible — in other words, showing as few studs as I could. Of course making it studless and using normal (well normal for me :D ) twisting and turning techniques made the model much more complicated than it could have been. But it looks sooooo much better because of that.

Here’s a close-up
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And for those that are wondering the model is 4 feet long and 2 feet tall.

They also asked me to build some giant LEGO bricks with words on them
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The 2×4 giant brick is 11 inches long x 5 inches wide x 4 inches tall. The small black bricks with their logo on it are clone bricks with printing on them.

The funny thing was that because of the theme, not only John Hancock wanted LEGO at their booth. I was contacted by a second company, Deutsche Bank, thanks to LEGO and asked if I could help them with their LEGO mystery mosaic building event.

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Now obviously I couldn’t be in two places at once so I did the next best thing and recruited my brother Mike Asanuma. It may be hard to believe, but I’m not the only master model builder in my family. Mike creates special effects models and does illustrations and toy design up in Los Angeles, California. He just happened to be available for the weekend.

DSC01321 That’s Mike if you can’t see the family resemblance.

A fun bonus of working the convention was a private Journey concert!!!!
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And a total surprise was seeing LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney
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Sean was hired by Wells Fargo to create a San Diego Trolley. It was kind of funny because I got an email from him on the second day of the event and he mentioned my John Hancock mosaic in the email saying

“Nice job so far! I’m across the aisle at wells Fargo :)

We’ve emailed back and forth and we keep in contact through Facebook but I hadn’t seen him in person for about 10 years! So it was nice to actually chat in person with him for a few hours.

So last weekend was pretty cool. It was so funny that there were three LEGO models at the convention and that Sean, Mike and I were able be involved.

And on the heals of that event, I’ve got another one coming up next week. I’ll be posting about that one a little later. ;)

Monsters, Rockers and Business Card Holders

August 15, 2012

A few new sets are starting to appear. First there was the Beach Set that came out earlier this year, now there are two more offerings. Remember when LEGO Rock Band came out, I kept saying we needed a set, well this is probably the closest we’ll ever get.


They are basically the same as the collectible minifigure versions except with slight color variations and brick built instruments.

There’s also a Monster Fighter’s set that is similarly packaged.

The both retail at $14.99 USD, and are already available at LEGOLAND California. Most likely they will appear at the LEGO Stores soon.

There is also a new official Business Card Holder set. Although not as cool as the Business Card Holder I make, its still pretty awesome. ;)
LEGO Business Card Holder

LEGO Business Card Holder Parts List

Also available currently at LEGOLAND California and retails for $16.99. For me the most exciting thing is the return of the letter tiles that were last seen in 2004. I got a whole bunch of the letter tiles then, and I’ll most likely buy a good selection of them now.

Thanks to my friend Jason for letting me know about the sets and Eurobricks for the images of the two minifig sets. :)

Smaug the Tremendous

August 13, 2012

I know, I know, I’ve been gone from posting for several days. I’m creating giant bricks — really giant bricks. I’ll post more about that later. But for now check this out –

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Fat Tony (no, that’s really his Flickr handle :D) has created this super awesome Smaug in preparation for the upcoming Hobbit trilogy, which means we probably won’t see the great dragon till at least the second movie.

I love the dragon, but I also love the golden hoard that he is perched upon. I also love what he said about it:
“I have to be honest about the treasure, most of it is gold foil I got from a craft store. I used real LEGO coins to make imprints into the foil and then draped it around a LEGO base. Then I spread the real stuff around, pretty convincing, huh?”

And even the floor is an awesome technique. My reaction — “So Pretty!!!!”

Now all we need is an invisible Bilbo Baggins trading riddles. ;)

Happy Birthday LEGO!!!

August 1, 2012

Via Brickset
Did you know its the 80th anniversary of LEGO! I did, I was still working at LEGOLAND for both their 70th and their 75th Birthday so I’ve been keeping track. ;)

So to commemorate this momentous birthday you can get this awesome slice of cake set from LEGO.com or at your local LEGO store with any purchase of $50 (not all that hard to do). From what I understand this is only in the US and Canada.

Also there is an awesome contest running through this month to promote the LEGO VIP Program

Click on the picture for more details.

If you are already a VIP member, then you’ve already been automatically entered. If you are not, then join. Its a great program and since we already buy LEGO, you might as well get points for it. :D

A trip to any LEGOLAND in the world is nothing to sneeze at! And I know which park I’d like to go to — Denmark! Where would you go?


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