Posts Tagged ‘Western’

The LEGO Movie Experience at LEGOLAND California

February 21, 2014

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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.

The Lego Movie Experience at LLCAVia: Miro Dudas

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.

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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!

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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.

Finn’s LEGO collection
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You can see the “Magic Portal” tube in the back of the room.

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.

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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 took lots more pictures, you can see them on Flickr as well as these pics by Miro.

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!

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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.

One cool thing I got was a picture with Jadon that his mom took
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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. ;)

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.

Like a rhinestone cowboy…

September 8, 2009

SlyOwl has pushed the envelope of building once again! His latest creation with its angled slopes, incredible landscaping and plant techniques not to mention the jaw-dropping interior of the mountain side puts his model leaps and bounds above others.

There’s so much going on here I don’t even know what to pick as the highlights. :D

Great job SlyOwl and keep the models coming! :)

San Diego Comic Con — Recap Part 2

July 29, 2009

Here’s the last of my Comic Con coverage, at least for this year. :)
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The minifig scale Star Trek Enterprise bridge was a highlight in the displayed MOCs on TwoMorrow’s Publishing booth. (Other than my mosaics of course ;) ) I love the custom Spock the best.

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And here are two of the LEGO board games that are already available in Europe. I got to see the dice in person. Very cool! I can’t wait for the games to come to the States!

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Joe Meno, editor and creator of BrickJournal, with his Stitch ship. He actually got it signed by the director of Lilo and Stitch. That’s what makes Comic Con so cool, you get to meet people you’d never meet anywhere else. :D

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This last shot is from the BrickJournal panel. They showed several archive photos of sets that never made it beyond the development stage. This one is of the Napoleonic Era. If you look closely in the background you can see the lord and lady in their wigs and gowns. They also showed early Divers, Western, and Space that never made it into sets.

I had a great time at Comic Con, especially because I could spend it with my friends and family. I really happy that LEGO has gotten such a presence at Comic Con and now even AFOL’s (Adult Fans of LEGO) are starting to have a presence too.

As for non-LEGO related Comic Con fun I got to see the Doctor Who panel with David Tennant (he is just as cute in real life), I met several celebrities including Michael Dorn and the entire cast of The Mighy Boosh, I went to the Masquerade, and I got to see the World Premiere of District 9 with Peter Jackson introducing it (the movie is a bit gory and too much language for my tastes, but it was still a fun experience).

I can’t wait for next year! :D

The wildest ride in the wilderness!

April 15, 2009

Stagecoach, originally uploaded by Sir Nadroj.

I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked anymore when I see one of Jordan Schwartz’s models.

His newest model is just another in a long line of very cool models. I really like how he did his stagecoach. The details are great, naturally. The use of the windows upside-down is great.

I also love the Bison calf. Check his Flickr photostream to see more photos.


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