Archive for February, 2009

Captain’s Cabin Contest

February 28, 2009

Captain’s Cabin Contest, originally uploaded by SlyOwl.

There is a fun contest just starting up at Classic-Pirates.

Between plundering and pillaging, pirates have to lay their lice-infested heads somewhere! From the lowliest rat-infested bilges that serve as crew’s quarters to the luxury of the captain’s cabin, there’s building scope a-plenty!

Your task is to show this – what goes on there, what it’s like – the works!

It doesn’t have to be for the captain – crew’s quarters, the ship’s kitchen, the brig e.t.c. are very welcome.

It can be from any seafaring faction, be they Pirates (Caribbean, Mediterranean, Chinese e.t.c.), Imperials, Merchants, Islanders, even! Fish-pirates, skeleton-pirates, troll-pirates and the like are all acceptable. Borderline steampunk is also allowed, but try to maintain the seafaring aspect.

It doesn’t have to be based on a ship. It could be on a wrecked ship, something similar to the Captain’s Quarters in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney, or something from your imagination! Please avoid building it as part of a full ship, as this will exceed the permitted dimensions and may skew votes away from the subject matter.

Sounds like fun. I look forward to see what people make. You can read the rules at Classic-Pirates.

Gargantuan Gargoyle

February 25, 2009

gargoyle_77_77_minifig_2, originally uploaded by dm_meister.

Dirk Vh built this impressive gargantuan gargoyle (note the minifig) sculpture in a little less than a month.

Lego Gargoyle Large Blue Bricks
Built February 2-22, 2009

approx 10,600 pieces ( incl. 300 plates for base layer)

He definitely captured the organic shape well. On Flickr, you can see the set of photos and the smaller orange gargoyle.

10193 Medieval Market Village — in Microscale

February 25, 2009

Miniature version of 10193 Medieval Market Village, originally uploaded by .eti.

eti. built this fabulous microscale version of the Medieval Market Village.

From the fish and flower stall (I know, weird) to the trees and even to the cows, all the details are there. The buildings even have their interiors decorated!

You can also go on Eurobricks to read more about eti’s creation.

Castle Evolution – TheCastle of Hrothingas -Stage 1

February 24, 2009

Castle Evolution – TheCastle of Hrothingas -Stage 1, originally uploaded by Daniel Z "DNL".

Daniel Z “DNL” made this impressive Castle MOC. He has some pretty interesting landscaping and plant techniques along with a nicely built structure. 🙂

You can see a lot more of views of this model on Flickr.

Temple of Roxolotyl

February 23, 2009

IMG_8693, originally uploaded by Rocko™.

When the Adventurers Jungle series came out in 99′ I thought that it would be cool to do a proper temple for the native minifigs. I never got around to it, but Rocko sure managed it.

This is a truly impressive model. With lots of extras on his Flickr photostream.

I feel sorry for the unfortunate victim.

What can you do with this element?

February 23, 2009

Handtruck robot, originally uploaded by _Matn.

That is what Chris Doyle of Reasonably Clever is asking.

Matn’s answer is this Handtruck robot.

The challenge? Incorporate the hand truck element into a model. There is even a bonus challenge of using the most hand trucks in a single model.

The Handtruck Challenge 09 is running till March 13th. Check the website for all the details on how to enter.

You can see more of the entries here.

The Adventures of Walter and friends

February 20, 2009

They are coming…, originally uploaded by Don Solo.

What started as just a “simple” M8 series droid has now become a phenomenon. Don Solo is the father of Walter and all his little friends.

So simple and so cute, Walter gets into all sorts of mischief.




I wonder where he will get to next. 😉 Photos contributed by Ryan Wood, Don Solo, and Caylin.

The Glittering Emerald Night

February 19, 2009

What at first looked like a fake set or just a rumor has now been confirmed as an actual set. Emarald Night set number 10194 will be released late March or early April. It is already available on pre-order at

Here is the press release from LEGO:

February 18, 2009 – In acknowledgement of the many fan blogs and posts in the last week we are writing to confirm that The LEGO Company will be launching the #10194 Emerald Night Train in late March / early April via LEGO Shop at Home and LEGO Brand Retail.

The #10194 will first be unveiled simultaneously at Brickfest PDX in Portland, Oregon and Wunderwelt Modellbau in St. Pölten, Austria on March 27 & 28, 2009.

Attached are approved marketing assets from The LEGO Company that help depict the details for this great new product. Also listed below is some brief product information with pricing for the #10194.

And to think there’s more………but we’re saving that for the fan events on March 27 & 28 as mentioned above.

Look for more information on the #10194 Emerald Night Train in the March 30th issue of the LEGO Shop at Home Catalog and online at

#10194 – Emerald Night
Ages 14+
1,085 pieces
US $ 99.99
CA $ 129.99
AU $ 149.99
UK £ 68.50
DE € 89.99

With piston-powered wheels, this train is an all-new LEGO® classic!

Here comes the Emerald Night! Build this incredible classic-styled train with loads of amazing details, from the steam locomotive with furnace to the opening tender and dining car with removable roof, opening doors and detailed interior. Measures 68 cm (27.2 in) long! Includes three minifigures, elements in rare colors and all-new large train wheels with piston motion!

This classically-styled train features a steam locomotive with furnace, opening tender, dining car with removable roof, opening doors and detailed interior!

* Train measures 27.2 inches (68cm) long!
* Lots of authentic touches including elements in rare colors and all-new large train wheels with piston motion!
* Includes 3 minifigures!

It looks like a pretty sweet set. 🙂 The colors and details are very nice, the only thing I see wrong with it is that it doesn’t come with track. 😦 The price is pretty decent too. This year is definitely panning out to be a banner year in LEGO sets.

Toy Fair 2009

February 17, 2009

Here a few videos showing the new LEGO Star Wars, Agents, and Creator sets at Toy Fair 2009.

No onions aka Ace Kim of FBTB has a whole slew of images on Flickr covering Power Miners, Bionicle, Mindstorms, Racers, Space Police, Castle, City, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars.

To Infinity and Beyond . . . LEGO

February 16, 2009

What a perfect combo — LEGO and Disney. It has just been announced that LEGO and Disney will team up next year. Toy Story, Cars and Prince of Persia all will get a LEGO make over.

Toy Story

Children’s imaginations will go “To infinity and beyond” when, beginning in 2010, they will be able to re-create the adventures of Buzz Lightyear and Woody with LEGO toys inspired by the Toy Story franchise. Toy Story-themed construction sets will be available on both LEGO DUPLO and LEGO System platforms, building the adventure and fun for children ages 2-12. LEGO System products based on Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will launch in January 2010, to be followed in May by construction sets based on the new animated feature, Toy Story 3, scheduled to hit theaters in Disney Digital 3D June 2010. Toy Story-themed LEGO DUPLO products launch in June 2010.


Lightning McQueen will rev his engine at the starting line of a DUPLO portfolio that will have young builders creating and exploring the high-octane world of the Cars franchise. The Cars-themed LEGO DUPLO line will feature iconic scenes from Radiator Springs and the Piston Cup Championship raceway and will feature favorite Cars characters like McQueen, Mater and Sally. Cars-themed LEGO DUPLO products are scheduled to launch in June 2010.

Prince of Persia

A line of LEGO System construction toys based on Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Mike Newell and scheduled to release in May 2010 is also in development. The film, based on the best-selling video game franchise of the same name, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Gemma Arterton in an epic tale of Prince Dastan’s struggle to stop an evil ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Prince of Persia-themed LEGO products are scheduled to launch in April 2010.

I’m pretty excited about this one! Just think Buzz and Woody minifigs, or even better L.G.M.s (Little Green Men)! It will be interesting to see what famous scenes will be used as sets. I wonder what Prince of Persia sets will be like. I don’t really play the game, but I could see how the sets could be really cool. I guess we will just have to wait and see. 😉