Archive for March, 2009

Into Davy Jones’ Locker with you!

March 16, 2009


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I Scream Clone made this great model. I love so many of the details its hard to pick just one. The parts he used for Davy Jones himself are perfect. The rather derelict look is wonderful and the organ is well done.

“We come in pieces!”

March 15, 2009


First Contact, originally uploaded by OptimalControl.

Optimal Control has made this great dome spaceship with the roles a little reversed. The Minifig is coming down the ramp and the aliens are waiting to meet him.

I like the role reversal and the design of the spaceship is great. Its pretty hard to get a good looking curved shape like that.

LEGO Impulse Sets at Target

March 13, 2009


Lego Impulse Sets at Target, originally uploaded by Captain Solo.

Through the mention of various different sites: Brickbuilder and FBTB, I heard about the new LEGO Star Wars impulse sets. So yesterday I went over to my local Target to see what all the fuss was about in person. Now I am a fan of LEGO and Star Wars, and in times past, I probably would have bought both sets. The price point however ($3.99), especially in this economy, turned me off. 😦

I’m not really a fan of the Clone Wars to begin with and I don’t really buy LEGO for the set any more since I never leave them as sets. No, what I look at when I see a set is all the pieces that comes in the set and all the things I could do with those pieces. More and more I am finding myself buying LEGO in bulk or getting the specific parts I need for a project.

Often times I look at a set an see all the parts that I won’t be using. Its not that like or dislike these parts, its just that a majority of the time, I use mainly basic bricks, plates and the common elements rather than the one off elements like a boat hull or a car chassis. Again, I want to stress, I don’t object to most of these parts. I see the reasons that LEGO made them. It’s just that they always end up boxed away, since I use them so infrequently.

So I didn’t come home with two new LEGO sets. I’m still a fan of the Star Wars Mini Ships. I have all the older ones. If they had been half that price, I probably would have gotten them. I just decided that these two weren’t for me.

How Googlers Take A Break At Work

March 11, 2009


How Do Googlers Take A Break At Work? -2, originally uploaded by Avinash Kaushik.

Avinash Kaushik posted this fun photo. Apparently when Google employees need a brake, one of the options is playing with LEGO. Just by looking you can tell that a lot of the Goolgers grew up in the 80’s playing the same video games as me. I really like the white maze in the middle and the Pac-Man with a Ghost right behind him.

MOC Me a Micro City

March 11, 2009


All together, originally uploaded by fallentomato.

David Pickett aka Fallen Tomato made this fantastic Micro City. I love the bright colors and all the fun, yet simple techniques.

It reminds me a lot of the crazy colored city in Speed Racer, its just missing the building that looks like a fish. 😉

New LEGO books coming out soon from DK Publishing

March 9, 2009


part2, originally uploaded by thomsedavi.

If you loved the Ultimate LEGO Book, you just might like these as well.

This is a scan from a European DK Publishing catalog. If you read the fine print it looks like it will actually be two books: The Ultimate Guide and the Minifigure Book and will be available for 25 euros. No word yet on if this will be available in the states, but I really hope so.

When I got the Ultimate LEGO Book, I spent hours and hours pouring over the high definition images of the LEGO models, never expecting that I would one day actually work on them. The book and LEGOLAND California were made about the same time, so a good majority of the models that were originally installed in the park are in the Ultimate LEGO Book as examples of LEGO building.

I even have a good friend who is a Master Model Builder over in Denmark that is pictured in the book. You can see him most clearly working on the New Orleans Miniland steam boat Season.

Hopefully these two books will be as good a resource for LEGO fans of all ages.

Luck o’ the Irish

March 7, 2009


Lego Store Monthly Mini Model – March, originally uploaded by Dave Shaddix.

Each month the LEGO Stores around the country have a monthly mini model. For this month, they have a nifty leprechaun with his pot of gold.
I love how all three shades of green are used in his outfit. The only thing I wish was that it was actually chrome gold instead.

This little guy was designed by LEGO Master Model Maker Erik Varszegi.

The “Love” of LEGO

March 6, 2009


LEGO, Robert Indiana Style, originally uploaded by Bill Ward’s Brickpile.

Bill Ward created this wonderful take on Robert Indiana’s 1970 LOVE sculpture.

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On his blog brickpile.com he writes:

The only hard part design-wise was coming up with a “G” design that matched the other letters, since “LOVE” already provided me with a design for “L,” “E,” and “O.” But structurally, I found it to be much more of a challenge to build the “LEGO” sculpture, largely because the round letters on the bottom didn’t provide nearly as good support for the top letters as the “VE” in “LOVE” did. However, thanks to some very long bricks (1×16 and 2×10) I was able to make it work.

My wife and I discussed the color scheme extensively before we finally decided on the one you see here. I wanted to keep blue and green apart from each other, and I wanted to keep red on the right hand side in case it is displayed next to the “LOVE” sculpture. (Sadly, I don’t have any good photographs of the two together – I didn’t have any place big enough that didn’t have a horrible background – but hopefully I can update later to add one.)

You can see both this sculpture, and the one that inspired it on Flickr.

Map Room

March 5, 2009


Map Room, originally uploaded by brian_williams@ameritech.net.

Brian Williams knows his Indy!

He has some pretty impressive models. Being as this is one of my most favorite scenes in the movie, I justh had to showcase this. I love the mini Egyptian city.

He also has recreated the chase scene on the circus train with great custom stickers. He is definately a builder to watch.

Ramses Pyramid

March 3, 2009


Ramses Pyramid, originally uploaded by SavaTheAggie.

Wonder what the new LEGO board game will look like? Well, here is your first image.

If you look carefully, you can see that there is a 2×2 with only 1 knob on top! Very cool new piece. Also, you can see the new game figures. Little mini-minifigures. It looks like they fit on a single knob as well.

There is also a teaser image that shows what the figures will look like.

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The more I see, the more I want it. I’m getting more and more excited about this one. 😉