Shawn Snyder has created this, awesome and awe inspiring Smaug. Shawn ‘ s work is always impressive and this us simply cool!
Be sure to look at all the pictures on his Flickr stream ;)
I’ve been on LEGO Movie overload ever since it came out two weeks ago. First, seeing it 3 times in 3 days, plus buying the LEGO Movie Video Game for both PS3 and 3DS (review to come later) and playing the PS3 version, and the ongoing news, reviews and accolades that the movie keeps getting from pretty much everywhere. The “Everything is Awesome” song is now permanently lodged in my brain — it doesn’t help that they keep playing it throughout the video game. And then to culminate it all, yesterday I went to The LEGO Movie Experience that made its debut yesterday at LEGOLAND California.
Warning! Spoliers Ahead!!!!
If you haven’t watched the LEGO Movie yet, and don’t want to find out one of the major spoilers, read no further. Come back after you’ve watched the movie. ;)
Okay, now that that’s done, lets get to this.
Like I said when I wrote my Non-spolier review, I still have a lot to write about this movie. One thing I didn’t like that much in the movie was its biggest spoiler — entering the real world. I get that it taught a valuable lesson of creativity over keeping things just so, but I felt that it pulled you out of the story. I would have preferred if we never entered the real world. Even if remnants of it (band-aid, “kragel,”etc) were in the LEGO world.
However, if they had not added that real world element, The LEGO Movie Experience would not have been possible.
In the movie, the “real world” is basically an Adult Fan of LEGO’s basement LEGO room. And what a room! A full town layout in the middle, castle, western, and space themes along the wall, a corner that looks very much like my desk with all the “nuts and bolts” drawers full of LEGO and various LEGO kits and creations on display. But of course Finn — the son — isn’t supposed to play with any of it. Those are all Dad’s collection — not toys!
Sound familiar? Many of us die-hard AFOLs have LEGO Rooms of one sort or another. Our rooms vary in collection size and how much our roommates or families allow it to exist. Not all have rooms like Will Farrell’s character in the movie, but I know quite a few who do — me included.
And some have the “my collection” and the “kid’s collection.” Most who do will allow their children to borrow from them, but there is a definite line. Even my brothers (who I took their LEGO when they grew out of it) like to play with my collection (they are 35 and 27 by the way) when they visit and sometimes I bristle silently (or not so silently) when they mess up my system.
But, despite all that LEGO can be, it is first and foremost a toy. If and when I have children they will definitely be allowed to play with my LEGO, and they will have their own. Of course I’ve never been one that leaves huge LEGO displays out. For one, leaving displays out permanently causes them to get dusty and color fading can happen. For another, I don’t have the room to leave large things out. I never know when I’ll need the space for a commission. I’ve been known to take over the dining room table when the project is too large for weeks. So leaving a large model or display up, at least at this point, is not in the cards for me.
As an added bonus for the grand opening, they had a special guest — Jadon Sand, “Finn” of the LEGO Movie.
He was on hand to tell of his experience working with Will Farrell and being in the LEGO Moive. During the question and answer part, I asked him if he wanted to be a Master Builder. He said yes, he definitely does. When I got to talk with him and his mom later he said he would like to be a Master Builder, Director and Writer. I also asked him what his favorite theme was and he said he loves the Harry Potter sets. He even treated us to a rendition of “Everything is Awesome.”
I was fortunate enough to get in as Media, because when I emerged from the building it was to a massively long line. Some of my fellow SandLUG members were in line for over an hour and a half!
I would have taken more pictures, but as the public came in, and it got more and more crowded, I felt it was time to leave.
It was great meeting Jadon Sand and seeing the awesome models that were used in the movie.
And check out this Awesome video LEGOLAND made for the opening.
If you get a chance to come to LEGOLAND California, be sure to check this out. I’m not sure for how long this will be there, but I imagine it will be for quite a while, especially considering the popularity of the movie. ;)
Bruce Lowell has done it again. Master Oogway from the Kung Fu Panda movies is perfect in his LEGO form
Bruce even got the cape Oogway wears right by using Jabba’s Sail Barge sails.
Now my question is will this Oogway dissolve into peach blossoms too? :D
So apparently 2014 is the year of the Horse. Even if it wasn’t this is an amazing model with a wonderful sense of movement and life about it. I love the legs mid-gallop and the tail waving in the wind. The Chinese character above it stands for horse. ;)
This awesome model is by Tyler Clites. I always like to see Tyler’s creations and this is no exception. I can almost see the Earth reflected in the astronaut’s visor. :D
And the 1×1 round gray tiles are a perfect moonscape!
Apparently this was a commission and it was also a more realistic variation of a model he made last year for MOCathon and Iron Builder competitions.
Its hard to say which one is better. The top one is more dramatic, but the bottom one is playful. But the great thing is that we don’t have to chose, we can like both equally! :D
Kevin Ryhal has created this adorable Chibi version of his X-Wing Gundam.
I’m not all that into mechas, but this one is too cute not to share. :D
Car_mp created this cute minon from Despicable Me. I’m certainly a fan of the little yellow guys and have been meaning to build my own.
Using basically the same technique he also created a cactus
I think that’s what I love about LEGO. You can take a technique and build both a Minion and a cactus. :D
John Cooper has created this pretty darn cool Darth Star featured in the LEGO cartoon Empire Strikes Out.
Making an image on a spherical surface is kind of tricky and John managed it excellently. :D