Archive for October, 2012

Boo!

October 31, 2012

Boo!

Found this awesome picture by Walter Benson that’s just perfect for Halloween night.

Its a modified version of the polybag set that was available at Target.

Even without the scary lighting, the model looks pretty cool
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Just the thing to add a bit of LEGO fright on this spooky night. Happy Halloween! ;)

Curiosity

October 30, 2012

Curiosity

This isn’t exactly Halloween related, but heck, its cool so who cares? :D

Grandpappy’s robot only wants to pet the kitty, what’s wrong with that. And honest, he didn’t mean to scare the little girl so much she would lose her ice cream.

There’s so much that’s cool about this model. The little details of the fence, sidewalk, and the little girl’s face make it just plain awesome!

LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game out Nov. 13th

October 28, 2012

Here’s a look at the LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game play. Its now slated to release November 13th, two weeks later than originally. But, now that I’ve watched the video, I’m not as excited as I was about this game. I personally am not a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I much prefer the Hobbit, as its more adventure and less darkness. And I doubt it will be as fun as LEGO Batman 2, as that went above and beyond my expectations on the coolness factor.

But don’t worry, I will be getting it and reviewing it, once it finally is out. I’m just less excited than I was. We’ll see how it actually plays once I’ve got it.

LEGO Haunted House 10228 Set Review

October 24, 2012

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I can’t let October pass by without reviewing the largest Halloween themed set ever. At $180 USD and 2064 parts it is hefty in both parts and price point. Yes its expensive, but with all the sand green goodness that comes in the set, I’m willing to forgive LEGO for it. ;)

As I’ve mentioned previously I’ve wanted a Haunted House model since I was a little girl and even though I could easily create my own, this one is very satisfying as a set.

I have to admit, I get bored with a lot of smaller sets now a days. There’s nothing wrong with them per se, its just that after building models that are several feet long, I look at very few of the sets as more than just parts packs that haven’t been broken up yet. Okay, I’m not that bad, but I do have a tendency to only build the set once and then part it and any multiples of the same set I get.

So, onto the review –

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Here’s what all the parts look like in their packages. Not that exciting, but its fun to go from this to a completed set.

There are two #1 bags and 3 instruction books.
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The first step is naturally to build all the figures.
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The the next step is to build all the furniture:
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You will probably notice that I won’t have any stickers on my model, I normally don’t use the stickers. Although I am very tempted with this set, as they are pretty cool.

The #2 bags is where we start the actual building.
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Now with all large builds I normally sort the parts out before I start to build. It makes it a lot more orderly to build and although it takes time at the start, it saves time in the end.
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Here’s what it looks like after all of the #2 bags are used
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Here’s what it looks like after #3
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And here’s midway through #4
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Here’s the mostly finished model, with only the roof top and gate to be built.
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Somehow I didn’t take a picture of the model finished, but trust me, it looks like the one on the box :D

The model took me about 4 and a half hours (build time will vary depending on person and circumstances). ;)

My take on the model — AWESOME!!! It was a great build and it has some excellent parts, so much so that I’m really, really tempted to get a second one. My only criticism is that it needs more ghosts, but I can fix that.

It is a definite must buy for any LEGO, Halloween, or Haunted House enthusiast!

Pez anyone?

October 21, 2012

Pez Dispenser

Sometimes a part dictates what needs to be made. And in this case the LEGO Friends sponge (or bar of soap, take your pick of the official name) just screamed “Pez” to me. I figured somebody was bound to do it, so it might as well be me. ;)

How Many Licks?

October 18, 2012

Lego Mr. Owl

“Who” doesn’t remember the classic tootsie pop commercial with Mr. Owl?

If you don’t, here’s a reminder

This model made by Kristi “McWii” of Custom Bricks is an excellent recreation of Mr. Owl. My question, where’s the kid?

I know I’ve been off the grid for the a while, I’m downloading BrickCon pictures as I type, so my wrap up of the event will come shortly. I also participated in the Creation Nation Event at the LEGO store in San Diego. The very same event is happening this weekend in Portland. Click on the picture for the link.

I’ll be writing about that event soon as well.

BrickCon 2012 Day 1 recap

October 5, 2012

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The first day of BrickCon is underway. As I write this I am waiting for the start of the Opening Cerimonies for the 10th anniversary. Last night we had a great meet and greet at the Maxwell Hotel. It started at 8 pm, I left at midnight and it was still going on.

Today many of the presentations, including mine, and games are going on. We also had an excellent lunch provided for us that I caught the tail end of. MOC (my own creations) set up is well underway. I still have yet to set up my contribution to Miniland BrickCon, I will share pics later, but it will be up later tonight. I also bulit 3 trophies, 2 for the Brothers Brick layout and 1 for overall Town and Train. I still have to take all my pictures. So much to do and so little time. I will try and post again later tonight. ;)

Creekwood Keep

October 2, 2012

Creekwood Keep

This is a simply stunning model by LEGOLord. The detailing and layering of the plants is awesome.

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I love the curved lines of the tower and how the small additions of sand green gave a hint of color to an otherwise all grey model. Even the curved roof top is an awesome detail.

A Vampire is Born (Built) in New Orleans

October 1, 2012

I posted earlier about the building event that happened this past weekend. Well, here’s some pictures for those of us who couldn’t make it down there.

Its looks pretty cool, but you don’t really get the true scale until you see Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi building it.

And here’s an awesome time lapse video of the whole thing being put together.

This particular building event held its own set of challenges –

1. It was outside at night, in the rain! Those lightening flashes aren’t special effects added to make the video more dramatic, it really was a dark and stormy night :D

2. The fact that it was an all night event finishing at 6:15 am in the morning. I’ve done these types of events many times, but never over night.

Great work from Erik and LEGO for pulling off this impressive model!

Update:If you are able to go to LEGOLAND California this weekend October 6th and 7th you too can get a chance to build Lord Vampire with Master Model Builder Ryan Ziegelbauer.


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