Archive for November, 2012

Jingle all the way!

November 30, 2012

I was waiting till Simon Liu posted the complete verse before I posted this so here goes:

Jingle Bells!

Batman Smells!

Robin laid an egg!

Batmobile lost a wheel...

And joker got away...

And here’s what they look like all together:
Jingle all the way!

A great compilation of vignettes of a classic (if a bit raunchy) parody version of the Christmas song.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide Book Review

November 28, 2012

Now before I start my review, I have to post this disclaimer — If you’ve been reading me for a while you’ve probably figured out that I’m not a Technic builder. Never really have been and most likely never really will be. Sure I use Technic parts all the time. But I almost never build exclusively in Technic and with the exception of the new jewelry display racks I designed a couple months ago I hardly ever think about building with Technic exclusively.

I would like to thank No Starch Press for providing me with a copy of this book so that I could review it.

There, now that that’s over with I’ll start my review: :D

My first impression as I thumbed through this book that it was very, very in depth but at the same time it was very wordy. Now I get that Technic guys usually are engineers in training (or professional ones when they grow up) but even so, this book had almost way too many words. I suppose it comes from me being more on the artistic side rather than the engineering side, but I’m much more of a visual learner.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of pictures in the book as well. Even if I am not a Technic builder, I know all the basic fundamentals. I’ve built my share of Technic models over the years, and as I said, I use the elements all the time and I am fairly versed in their uses. So looking over this book (without fully reading it I must admit) I can tell that it really does show pretty much everything you need to know about how to do all the basics for practically every Technic technique out there.

What this book is invaluable for is for learning all the basics without having to figure them out by yourself. Learning how to create a properly working pneumatic system or a gear shift without all the trial and error is awesome.

I see this as a very valuable tool for those that are just starting to forge the waters that are Technic models. Someone who loves all things mechanical and wants to know how they work. I do recommend it for the burgeoning Technic builder out there or even those like me who have been building for a long time but who don’t know all the basic Technic do’s and don’ts.

The Coolness that is Sensei Wu

November 27, 2012

Sensei Wu 1

I love Dave & John Xandegar creations and their larger than Minifig life sculpture of Sensei Wu is just the latest of a long line of awesome models.

Sensei Wu 4

I think what I love most about this model is the feeling of movement, especially in the beard. And I love the how accurate the back of the legs are. :)

Sneak Preview of Collectible Minifigure Series 9

November 26, 2012

On LEGO’s Facebook page they have release sneak preview pictures of all 16 Minifigs of Series 9. The catch? They are shown from the back. Even so, it confirms the rumored list that has been going around.

You can click on any of the images to go to the full set on Facebook. On December 3rd they will be showing the front images of them. I have a feeling that even though the release date is in January, they will start showing up in stores some time in December, just in time for Christmas. Its not a guarantee that it will happen, just a guess. ;)

Folded Fancy Sale

November 24, 2012

I don’t often plug my Etsy shop Folded Fancy Creations here on my blog. But I am having a sale this weekend in time for Chrismas shopping. Just use coupon code THANKS2012 for 10% off your order. Coupon valid Nov 24 – 26th. Click the picture to go to my Etsy shop. :)

LEGO Lord of the Rings the Video Game Review

November 22, 2012

So I’ve been playing LEGO Lord of the Rings the Video Game for about a week now. I’ve beaten the story portion and I’m making my way through gathering all the extras. I’m playing it on PS3, as that’s my console of choice. First impression — Awesome!!!!

Before I played it, I was a little hesitant with this game. Some of you might cringe when I say this, but I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy. I love the Hobbit, which I’ve read several times, but the LOTR is just a little too heavy and depressing (if I want to be perfectly honest). Sure it has a grand sweeping story of power, tragedy and good triumphing over evil but I just can’t get into it.

I couldn’t even get excited about the sets too much. Somewhat because of my lack of interest in the subject matter, but also because there isn’t all that much in the way of parts that interests me in the sets. Yes, it is a bevvy of castle parts, and I used to be almost exclusively castle when I was younger. I just don’t build castles much anymore. And of course there are the minifigures but I don’t need to collect every figure either.

Putting all of that aside, I wanted to get the game and see for myself what it was like. And of course I wanted to share my opinion of the game with all of you. ;)

Now after LEGO Batman 2 I wasn’t sure how TT Games could top it. Being able to traverse all of Gotham was simply awesome, especially flying around as Superman. There’s no flying in this game (or if there is, I haven’t found it yet :D ) and like the books you are walking around Middle Earth — all of Middle Earth.

Take that in for a moment. All of Middle Earth. Peter Jackson may have opened the window into the world, but running around a LEGO version of it is simply cool. Its all there — the Shire, Mines of Moria, etc. And you get to bash all sorts of things for golden coins to your hearts content. Its all laid out on the familiar map of Middle Earth and as you go through the different stages you unlock more of the world. The initial playing of the game as I beat each “story” version of the levels really kept me wanting to play till I beat the whole thing.

The Fellowship characters are all used with pretty equal amounts of time, which is nice. Giving even Pippen and Merry specific tasks that only they can do. Although I’ve found that Legolas is one of my favorite to play. Is that on purpose I wonder? :D

One thing I like even better than LEGO Batman 2 is that it is much easier to find the special silver bricks and items. In Batman I got a little tired of trying to find all the specials. I didn’t completely finish it after I went around the city for what felt like the 50th time.

You will probably get a little tired of traveling around here too as there is a vast assortment of items you need to collect. It is a little tiring traveling around all over. I feel as if I’ve gone on the long journey that the fellowship took. Here its easy to go on the map and actually select where you want to go and have the helpful transparent travel studs to show you the way. The only time I’ve found it hard to see them is in the snowy mountainous areas.

If you don’t want to wait for the game, but want to see all the “mini movies” you can see it here:

If you aren’t familiar with the story (and who isn’t really?) then there might be a few spoilers. There’s the now classic TT Games humor as well. But I have to warn you, it is an hour and a half long. So in essence, its really a full length movie.

So my over all opinion — get it! It might be a tad scary for the little ones, although they’ve skipped over a lot of the truly scary parts of the story. It would be a great Christmas gift for any little (or big) kids to play.

Here’s hoping (and I bet it will) that there will be a LEGO Hobbit the Video Game in the future.

Lego Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 21, 2012

Lego Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Okay, there’s a little bit of Photoshoping going on here, but it looks so good, who cares? I love the mesh of microscale with the flashlight Minifig. And the fact that the only Photoshoping going on is digital removal of the fishing line holding up the “Balloon Minifig” its even more impressive!

Here’s what Kristi “McWii” has to say about her creation:

Tomorrow, November 22nd, will be the 86th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

When I think of the Parade 3 things come to mind: ginormous balloons, the Santa Float and Miracle on 34th Street.

This is my Lego version of the parade complete with the Santa float and Lego Man balloon.

A little about the build:
The Lego Man balloon is a lego flashlight with the pin and key chain removed.
He was then suspended above the vignette with fishing line and the lines were digitally removed.
Size is 16×32 studs
A special thanks goes to my friends husband, Michael, who suggested that I do a Lego Man balloon instead of a regular balloon.

The scale is perfect, and I love the feel of a crowded parade all in a 16 x 32 stud (5 x 10 inches) space.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

This small vignette by Walter Benson just made me smile when I saw it.

Now granted no one wants a burnt turkey for T-day, but his parts solution for a burnt bird is great and the flames coming from the oven and the woman’s expression are perfect.

Hopefully we’ll (at least those of us in the States) all have a great Thanksgiving with no burnt food. ;)

Galaxy Squad Sets appearing on shelves

November 20, 2012

Galaxy Squad may be part of the 2013 LEGO line, but its already appearing on some Toys R Us shelves just in time for the Christmas Holidays. These were found in Canada, but I have a feeling that they will be popping up in the US soon.

Galaxy Squad reminds me a lot of Insectoids that came out in ’98-99 except with dark red. :)

I have a feeling several 2013 sets will be finding their way to the shelves this December, usually about 20 or so sets come out. So keep your eyes peeled. ;)

3300014 Christmas Set

November 14, 2012

According to Brickset this will be the exclusive set that will be offered over the Thanksgiving Weekend (i.e. Black Friday) for those spending the qualifying amount which is believed to be €75, £50 and $99 USD either at LEGO.com or at the LEGO stores.

For those that are interested the instructions are already available on LEGO.com There isn’t too much that is exclusive parts wise, but the set itself is pretty cute.

Also, keep your eyes peeled because Hobbit sets are starting to pop up. Even though they are supposed to be out December 1st. many people are already finding them at stores. ;)


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