Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’

Comic Con Swag Giveaway #1

July 22, 2013

Okay, I’m still barely conscious. Too little sleep, and too much San Diego Comic Con. I will be doing a full recap as soon as I’ve gotten more than a few hours of sleep. ;)

You can read pretty good recaps on FBTB, but I have my own take on the Con and I’ll be tackling that soon.

If you’ve been following my Model Building Secrets Facebook page or my Twitter feed you’ve seen that I managed to get a nice bit of LEGO and building toy swag — enough swag that I’m willing to share :D

So here’s the first batch –
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Yes its mainly MEGA BLOKS figs (and no, I don’t know which ones), but there’s a LEGO Star Wars Yoda Chronicles Comic and I’ll throw in a couple of my Folded Fancy keychains as well as a surprise or two.

Just like the last give away there will be three ways to enter:
1)Comment on this post
2)Like my page and then Like, Share, and Comment on my link about this post on my Model Building Secrets Facebook page
3)Follow me on Twitter @MariannAsanuma and reply to my tweet about this post with the #giveaway

Yes, you can enter once all three ways. I will leave the giveaway open till midnight of July 29th (pacific standard time). This will be international, so as long as I can mail this to you, I will. ;)

This isn’t the only swag I got, so I’ll be doling the rest of it out in the next few months. So if you don’t win this time, don’t worry.

Have fun and good luck!

LEGO Lone Ranger

December 8, 2012

Update: Image removed by request

The rumors can be put to rest, its now official. The LEGO Lone Ranger sets will be tied to the new Disney Long Ranger movie that is coming out July 2013.

Its sad, but at the Creation Nation Event we had here in San Diego a few months ago, we were talking about the then rumored Lone Ranger sets and a 10 year old (or so) kid asked what the Lone Ranger was — I feel old when I hear things like that. :?

On one hand, I’m interested in seeing this movie, even if Johnny Depp (who I do like, don’t get me wrong) as Tonto kind of rubs me the wrong way. But on the other I doubt this movie will live up to the classic series I remember seeing reruns of when I was a kid — no, I’m not old enough to remember when they were originally on TV, so at least I’m not that old. ;)

Either way, we (the LEGO fans) finally get the Western theme we’ve been asking for for years. I have all the original Western sets that came out in 96′ and 97′ so regardless of how the movie does, I look forward to seeing what’s in these new sets. The picture shows us a few new elements — Tonto’s ax, a long horn skull, a new revolver, and what looks like a black crow on Tonto’s head (although that may be part of the hair piece). On BrickSet you can see the set names, although no set images have shown up yet.

These sets, along with all the other fun new stuff (Galaxy Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Creator, etc) that is starting to pop in stores now or just around the corner for 2013 are getting me excited for the upcoming year.

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.

Two weekends — Two LEGO Store Openings

October 18, 2011

Fresh off the plane from BrickCon — and yes, I know I still haven’t covered it yet (I’m getting there eventually ;) ) — I went to not one, but two LEGO Store Grand Openings. This may be one of the first times that two LEGO stores have opened so relatively close, geographically speaking, to each other.

I can hear the complaints now, and I’m sorry that California has so many LEGO stores when you might not have any. It’s not like its my idea. For me I’m very grateful that I have so much access to LEGO, it certainly helps my business. :)

So, back to the Grand Openings. Two weekends ago the Mission Viejo store opened. Located in Orange County California, its a bit of a drive from my house, but as its very close to several of my LUGOLA friends, I’m up there all the time anyways.

Here’s what the new Mission Viejo Store looks like
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I didn’t manage to get a picture of the interior of San Diego, but here’s a shot of the outside. It looks like it might be even bigger than the Mission Viejo one, but I’m not sure.
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The main reason I am combining the two grand openings is that they both had the same building event — Giant LEGO Spongebob.

Here’s the 2 foot version
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And here’s what he looks like at 8ft with Master Model Builder Steve Gerling standing by
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The builds were the same, but they were also completely different. Mission Viejo is an indoor mall, so it was nicely climate controlled and better lit at night. The San Diego Fashion Vally mall is outdoor, so even with umbrellas, and the fact that its October, the mid-day sun was not fun to work in!

The set up was slightly different too as you can see:

Mission Viejo
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San Diego
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I helped construct a good deal of the San Diego one, in fact I started the build, and was on my knees a lot that first day putting all the bricks into place. By Sunday I couldn’t really help much as even with a ladder Spongebob was a little too tall for me. Somehow with both builds I got drafted to build the feet. That may not sound like a lot, but you haven’t seen the picture yet:
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That’s me holding the small feet while the big ones are on the table. Fellow SandLUG member Michael Todd, dressed as LEGO’s original mascot, jumped in the picture too. ;)

Not only was Spongebob built, there were quite a few original creations too like this great giraffe
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Some of San Diego’s finest, members of our local marines, came to help out too.
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I also snapped this awesome Mario and Goomba created by Austin Scott at the San Diego LEGO Store
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In addition to all the Spongebob fun, there are the Grand Opening exclusives that everyone always wants to see so here they are –

Mission Viejo Minifigs
Mission Viejo Store Minifigs
Sadly no exclusive torsos in this one, but it does have the exclusive container and the printing on the backs

Mision Viejo Shirt
Mission Viejo Store T-Shirt

San Diego Minifigs
San Diego Store Minifigs
There is one exclusive torso — “I Love LEGOLAND” — and all have exclusive printing on back

San Diego Shirt
San Diego Store T-Shirt

They were great events to help participate in and both stores have an awesome staff!!!

I look forward to finally being able to go to some of the LEGO store events now that the San Diego one is open and I know I’ll be spending a lot of time at both stores. :)

WB builds on Lego partnership

July 19, 2011

LEGO and Batman, back together again. That would be enough to get me excited, but this is soooooo, much better!

Warner Bros. has expanded its relationship with Lego, granting the toymaker access to DC Entertainment’s complete library of comicbook characters and stories to launch DC Universe “Super Heroes” as figures and playsets.
The multi-year licensing deal, made through Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will start rolling out the new line in January, starting with 13 characters, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and villains the Joker, Bane, Harley Quinn and Lex Luthor.

The first toys will be shown off at the Lego booth at Comic-Con Intl. in San Diego, where 3,000 exclusive Batman and Green Lantern minifigures will be distributed to launch a promo that runs August-December, enabling fans to create and submit videos, photos or illustrations of the characters to win trips to Legoland and Warner Bros. Studios.

WB and Lego had already been producing toys and videogames around the Batman franchise, and will launch a new set of playthings around next summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises” through the Lego Batman collection. The “Lego Batman: The Videogame,” published by WB Bros. Interactive Entertainment, has sold more than 12 million units since 2008.”This partnership gives builders a chance to recreate the characters, vehicles and worlds of some of the most iconic super heroes, so they can relive the action and even customize it, a proven and winning formula in Lego construction,” said Jill Wilfert, VP, licensing and entertainment for the Lego Group.

Via: Variety

The dreams of many a DC fan will soon be satisfied with these official Justice League characters. I’d heard the faint rumors that something like this might happen, and we still have to wait until the beginning of next year, but even so, I’m very, very excited! :)

And as I will be at the San Diego Comic Con, I’ll definitely work on getting my hands on at least one of the coveted 3000 figures. I will naturally be covering Comic Con here so that those that can’t come will at least get a glimpse on the pop culture goodness.

Comic Con Exclusive CubeDudes Review

July 28, 2010

Hi all, sorry about the long span between posts. Comic Con does take a lot out of me.

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For all of those who couldn’t make it to Comic Con, or didn’t get a chance to buy one of the exclusive Star Wars CubeDude sets, here’s your chance to at least see what was inside it.

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Angus MacLane was nice enough to sign mine. He signed for about an hour on two different days. It was really nice to see him again. :)

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Here’s what actually comes in the box. I can hear the gasps from here. Yes, I opened the box! 8O The nice thing about this exclusive is that you can gently pull the sticker up to open the box without really damaging it. One thing you can’t tell from the pictures is that the instruction booklet has glossy silhouettes of the CubeDudes. It looks really cool, but really hard to photograph.

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Here’s what a random page in the instructions look like. The instructions are a little bit strange. They look a little like they were thrown together at the last minute and some of the steps are a little interesting. Angus actually told me about that when he was signing my box.

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Each figure is in its own bag, which makes it easy to build them. The models each take only a few minutes to build and its a nice way to learn how to make a CubeDude.

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The final built figures. Yoda is my favorite, but then he’s always been one of my favorites. :D

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Overall I’d say it is a very cool exclusive. $75 is a little pricey, but considering the price of last year’s exclusives (six of which were just minifigs), 5 CubeDudes at $15 each isn’t too bad. At least you can do something with the exclusive once you get it home — that is if you open the box. ;)

San Diego Comic Con — Preview Night 2010

July 21, 2010

Well guys and gals I don’t know how much I’ll be writing the next few days as it is Comic Con. I have a tendency to start running out of steam by day 3 or 4, but I will do my best to get what I can out there to you.

Although today was the preview night I actually headed down last night to help out a little with the booth, some of the glued display set models were damaged in transport and I needed to put them back together again. So I got a really good look at the new Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter that they were premiering at this Convention. It is a pretty sweet model. I also got to help build the display of the new Imperial Shuttle that will be available this September. I have to say that is a really wonderful parts pack, even if I wasn’t into Star Wars (which I am ;) ). Not only were the new Star Wars sets there, but the new LEGO Harry Potter sets were on display too.

As I was down there early I got to see something the public rarely does. LEGO in set up mode.

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What was a surprise to me today was that two of the display models that LEGOLAND California brought were actually promotional models I made several years ago.

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Recognize my signature dragon? He was originally made to promote the then new ride Knight’s Tournament. Also the figure in the yellow shirt is Miniland Stan, LEGOLAND’s former mascot. Little known fact — since I made all the Miniland Stan models for the video and print ads, I’m his “mom.” I’m even on the souvenir video with Stan referencing me as his creator. :D

The booth is pretty cool this year with awesome graphics and a nice open floor plan.
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Even the back of the booth has really fun comic pictures
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I couldn’t fit it all in one shot so I had to take two pictures.
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The one thing I forgot to take pictures of was the special raffle drawing that they are doing for a Boba Fett commemorative display with three different Bobas — White Boba, 1 of 2 Gold Bobas and 1 of 2 Silver Bobas. At least I think those are the colors, I’ll take a picture tomorrow and let you know.

There is also a chance to play and sign up for LEGO Universe. I played it a little bit today. Its pretty fun and there are so many things that make it cool. If you do order it at Comic Con you get a special LEGO Universe shirt.

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That’s all you get for now. I’ll be posting more soon as the days go on.

White Boba Fett at the San Deigo Comic Con

July 16, 2010

News and rumors are coming from FBTB that the elusive White Boba Fett minifigure will be handed out at next weeks San Diego Comic Con.

LEGO is working with the 501st Legion to help distribute the figures. These will not be available at LEGO’s booth. Supplies are limited. No further details yet. It may involve participating in their popular Droid Hunt activity they seem to do at every convention where they have a presence. If I get anymore info, I’ll post here.

Now if this is anything like the distribution of much coveted Golden C-3PO a few years back, then they will most likely only be giving them to children. But as I will once again be helping out at the LEGO booth, I will find out soon enough how they will be passed out and let you know. ;)

The rumor part from FBTB is this:

Gooker1 from our forums reports that the latest issue of Toyfare magazine has revealed what LEGO’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive will be: a set of Cube Dudes designed by the father of the Cube Dude movement himself, Angus MacLane. The Dudes will be R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Captain Rex. The convention runs 4 days, 5 if you include preview night, so I’m guessing they will sell one Dude per day. Stay tuned for more info as I get it.

Now I don’t know how true this is, there have been no other posts anywhere that I can find that confirm or deny this. If it is true, than it is very cool! I will know soon enough next Wednesday, so not to worry I will be keeping on the case!

As for other LEGO Comic Con news, there will be both a BrickJournal panel and a LEGO Universe panel. I look forward to going to both.

If you are coming to Comic Con, stop by the LEGO booth and check it out. If not, don’t worry. I will do my best to post the happenings over the course of the convention. :)

Danish Day at Balboa Park Recap

June 7, 2010

We had a great response at the Danish Day in Balboa park. Lots of people don’t actually know that LEGO is a Danish company. Quite a few members of SANDlug were on hand to help out and many different styles of building were represented. Here’s what it looked like: :)

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We all had a great time and the House of Denmark invited us to return next year. :D

Danish Day at Balboa Park

June 6, 2010

If you actually live in the San Diego area I, along with my fellow SANDlug members, will be down in Balboa Park at the House of Denmark for their Grundlovsdagsfest(Danish Constitution Day).

Come and show your Danish red and white colors. People come and go as they need to. Danish food will be sold and a group of lego enthusiasts will show their talent. You may get a chance to play with lego yourself.

At 2 p.m. we will have entertainment on the stage. Performers include:

- Niels Lund will sing Danish and English songs including sing-along for children and adults.
-The Scandinavina Children Folkdancers and Balboa Park Dancers will dance folkdancing
-Anne Goldman will tell a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

We will sell Danish food from noon to 4 p.m. Danish sausage (medisterpoelse), meatballs (frikadeller), red cabbage (roedkaal), cucumber salad, and pastry (kringle) will be on sale from the cottage, so bring your appetite!

Please be aware that the Rock and Roll Marathon will take place on the same day as our Lawn Program. There will be roadclosures in the downtown area, including Southbound 163 Freeway. Therefore, your usual route to Balboa Park may not be possible. To help you plan your best route, here is a link that tells you about road closures including freeways and ramps. Road Closures

We will have a LEGO model display as well as some LEGO to play with. So if you are interested, come join us. :)


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