Posts Tagged ‘Lord of the Rings’

Smaug

June 25, 2014

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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 ;)

Gate of Moria

January 22, 2014

Speak, friend, and enter

I don’t know what to say about this other than its awesome. I love the use of trans-blue parts for the details of the hidden door.

Speak, friend, and enter

I haven’t seen lisqr’s work before, but I will certainly be paying attention now. ;)

Quidditch Book

March 27, 2013

Quidditch Book

This magical microscale Quidditch field on the “cover” of the definitive guide on all things Quidditch is simply awesome!!

Created by Legopard this is aparently his first Harry Potter model.

There are a couple additional images on MOCpages (which I must admit I don’t check nearly enough)

Considering the size of the model, it truly is brilliant. Using the “one ring” as the Quidditch Hoops is perfect and the tips of antennas as the figures is inspired.

Some of the parts are just held by gravity, but who cares, its still cool.

And then I was looking at his Flickr stream and I saw a technique I’d never seen before (which is saying something ;) ) –

Leaving Lothlorien

There’s a lot going on in this model, but what caught my eye was that this baseplate was used upside-down!

I have a few of these raised baseplates, which have literally sat under a desk for years and years gathering dust. I find them very limiting as the shaped hills and valleys of the baseplate keep it from being very useful. When I was younger I used them a lot as I didn’t have the means to build my own hills and valleys out of brick. I admit, I rarely build landscapes, but I could if I wanted to.

So finding a use for these kind of “useless” baseplates — note: of course no LEGO part is ever useless and can always be used in a clever manner — is awesome. Not only is it upside-down, but it is also filled with water. Very, very cool! :D

The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey Target Exclusive

March 21, 2013

Hi all, as you can see I’m still not fully recovered and not posting at all regularly yet. I did get back home finally after an almost 3 week trip up and down the West Coast. And once I’ve managed to upload all my images to Flickr I’ll be posting about the trip in more detail.

But I wanted to post about the recently released Hobbit movie on Blu-Ray and the Target exclusive version with the Bilbo Baggins minifigure.

I won’t go into a full review of the movie, as others such as FBTB have done a very good review already.

No what I want to talk about is the small featurette on the making and designing of the LEGO Hobbit Models that is on the Target Blue Ray and the Bilbo figure — cause let’s face it, that’s really the main reason I got it at Target. ;)

Its not that I “must have all minifigures!” But since I was going to get the movie anyways, I might as well get it with a Bilbo minifig. :)

Target Exclusive Bilbo Minifig Target Exclusive Bilbo minifig back detail

Its a pretty cool fig, with a nice blue waistcoat and printing on the back. There’s even an alternate scared expression on the other side of his head.

What I found that interested me more than I thought was the featurette about how they designed the LEGO Hobbit models.

Now as I’m not as tech savvy as some, I took pictures from my TV while I watched the feature so that you could get an idea of what it shows.

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The thing I thought that was coolest to me was the original prototype of Bag End, Bilbo’s house.

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You can see how it differs from the actual set and what stayed the same.

They also talked about how they designed the Goblin king and his minions.
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Its only about 15 minutes long, and there’s scenes from the LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game at the start and end of it. What I’m hoping and predicting will happen is a LEGO Hobbit game about the time the 3rd Hobbit movie finally gets released.

The Blu-Ray / DVD combo pack is on sale at Target.com for $24.99 in the US. I found it at my local Target for $22.99 so if you want it, I’d recommend getting it there before the week is over and they jump the price up to $29.99.

Is it worth it? Well the feature was interesting, I don’t see myself watching it over and over again. I’m of the reluctant Blu-Ray crowd. I don’t care all that much that my image is that much crisper than the DVD version. However, it seems that is the way the world is going and that’s why I picked up a PS3, so at least I could play games and watch movies.

I do like the exclusive figure, and I imagine that it will cost as much as the movie once it starts making its way to Bricklink. But if you are going to buy the movie any ways, you might as well get this one.

Life-size Hobbit House

December 17, 2012

My jaw literally dropped when I saw this and all I could say was “WOW!”

It took a team of 12 model shop employees 3,000 hours to build this life size model of the LEGO Bag End set. In addition to containing over 2 million 1×1 bricks this model has working lights in the fireplace and over the bookstand as well as a chimney that really smokes!

The people in the picture give you a hint on the shear scale of this model.

Words fail me with this model, its simply awesome! You can find more pictures of this model at LEGO Shop’s Facebook page

Miniland Bag End

September 20, 2012

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Although this model was created about a year ago, I just recently discovered it. Now if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I love Miniland scale, so this one got me extra excited because not only was it the Hobbit, but it’s a Miniland Hobbit

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I love how well both Gandolf and Bilbo are characterized so well. It only makes me more excited for the official sets that will be available later this year.

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 –

Smaug the Tremendous

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. ;)

Comic Con Day 1 and LEGO Hobbit News

July 13, 2012

Bag End

What is a hobbit without his home? We saw the figures, but not the set until today when it was unveiled at Comic Con.

My first thought was — Green Parts Pack!!! Oh, and you get some figures too. :D

Okay at $59.99 its not exactly a steal for all that green, but of course you do get all those awesome new figs with fun new elements!

Today at the booth was all about Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. There was a scavenger hunt at the very, very start of the day where you got a map and had to get the parts of Bilbo

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Unfortunately due to the crazy factor, the line for this was capped very early so even I was not able to get a map or a fig :(

There was also a mosaic build, part of a 4 day mosaic build. That anyone could participate in and a station so you could play LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game.
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Tomorrow the craziness factor increases to a factor of 11 (at least) due to it being Super Heros’ Day. Where they will be giving four different figures (100 of each) to those lucky enough to get their badges scanned early. You will only get a chance to win one of the four, if you win one at all.

It will be slightly (and I do mean slightly) better than last year’s fiasco with the Batman and Green Lantern figs. It will be more fair, but still the crazy factor will be off the charts. Lucky for me, I’m not working the LEGO booth this year, so I don’t have to deal with disappointed people unhappy with not getting a chance to participate.

I will be doing something I’ve never done before tomorrow (well today since its already 1:30 am) — I will be on a panel! I’m excited about it. Of course there are eight of us on the panel so I will only have about 5 minutes to talk, but hey, that’s more than most people get at Comic Con. I’m looking forward to my 5 minutes of Comic Con fame. :D

That’s all for now. I still have 3 days to go and very little time to sleep before I start all over again tomorrow. ;)

First Look at LEGO Hobbit Minifigs and San Diego Comic Con News

July 9, 2012

The 2012 San Diego Comic Con starts Wednesday and once again I’ll be on the scene checking out all the cool new LEGO models and exclusives.

I did a little digging on the internet and found this on The Hollywood Reporter

Here we see Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo and Balin

Its the first I’ve seen any official images of the Hobbit Minifigs and I’m sure they will have the actual figs on display at the LEGO booth.

There will also be these stunning Gandalf and Bilbo life size figures on display:
Via: USA Today

I’m really looking forward to seeing the models in person. :D

Still no word on what the LEGO Comic Con Exclusive will be this year. They like to keep that under wraps until the very last moment. So I guess I’ll find that out on Preview Night. I will do my best to actually post some of Comic Con while I’m there.

Oh and for those that are lucky enough to go there are two LEGO related panels that I know of —

On Friday featuring your’s truly ;)
3:00-4:00 LEGO Fan Community and What They Build— Jim Foulds (community relations manager for the LEGO Group), Joe Meno (editor of BrickJournal Magazine), Mariann Asanuma (author of modelbuildingsecrets.com), and Steve Decraemer (model builder for LEGOLand California) discuss the LEGO Fan community, what they build, how they build it, and what it takes to become a member of this growing community. Room 28E

And on Saturday
5:00-6:00 BrickJournal— In the past decade, a community has grown around the toy bricks produced by the LEGO Group. With Joe Meno (editor of BrickJournal magazine and contributor to The Cult of LEGO book) as your guide, see how the community has grown and what they have built, with builders Brandon Griffith and Elizabeth Cortes, plus Jim Foulds of the LEGO Community Team and LEGO certified professional builder Nathan Sawaya. Dust off those bricks and join the community of LEGO builders! Room 23ABC

So if you are going, come to the panels. And if you aren’t I’ll be there to post the happenings. :D

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

July 7, 2012

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Do you remember our fine four fendered friend? I sure do, and this new creation by Jordan Schwartz evokes all the shiny goodness of the original flying car. :)

I really like the shiny factor and the use of the new Lord of the Rings ring. There may be “only one” but I’m glad that we get so many in the new sets. ;)


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