Archive for April, 2009

Giant LEGO Ball Myth-busted!

April 30, 2009

On the newest episode of Discovery’s Mythbusters they test the Youtube Video myth of the giant “five million” piece LEGO ball that is rolled Indiana Jones style down a street in San Francisco.

From the first time I saw the original video I knew that it couldn’t really be real. Considering that I know a little about LEGO 😉 I knew that an unglued LEGO ball wouldn’t roll without falling apart somewhat. And, since I have a pretty good idea how much a million LEGO bricks looks like, the five million claimed in the video sounded way off. I also found this link that shows the ball was actually just a foam ball with baseplates stuck to it.

My friend and fellow Master Model Builder Gary McIntire of LEGOLAND California, along with several of the BAYLug members, and Nathan Sawaya are seen on the show. There is a whole slew of pictures posted by Brickenrocker here.

To find out just what happened, you’ll have to watch Mythbusters. But I have to tell you, it was pretty cool! 😀

Reasonably Clever’s “Bad Day for Micropolis” Contest is almost over

April 29, 2009

As you can probably see, I’m back from my trip! As I was gone, I realized something I’d forgotten to mention.

I know I should have blogged about it earlier. Especially since I am the guest judge :/ , but sadly I’ve been a little busy this month.

It’s a quiet day in MICROPOLIS….or rather, it was. Now something has happened. Something…..bad.

What happened?

Well, that’s up to you.

Its a pretty cool contest, with just a few days left. It ends May 3rd. You can read more about it at Reasonably Clever. I won’t be making any comments on the models just yet. I am guest judging my favorite model and the winner will receive a copy of my book.


The other prizes are pretty cool too and since its a Micro contest, you have plenty of time to come up with an entry. Once the contest is over, and the judging is completed, I’ll mention who my favorite was and why. 😉

Traveling to Texas

April 23, 2009

"I hate to meet the animal that left this!"

I haven’t had much of a chance to post lately, in fact, I haven’t had internet much in the last few days. I’ve been on the road. I’m driving from California to Houston, Texas with my dad. Its just a short trip, but even a short trip takes over a week to complete when you’re driving over 3000 miles round trip.

A couple of days ago, we stopped in Gila Bend, Arizona. We ate at “The World Famous Cactus Burger” place (strange how so many of these road side places are “world famous” but no one’s ever heard of them ;)). The cactus burger was pretty good, but the souvenirs they sold were much more entertaining. I took lots of pictures, which at a later date I will post on Flickr.

I’ll try and keep up with posting as much as I can, but with limited access, my posting may be spotty.

LEGO Rock Band Is Real

April 22, 2009

The rumors have been floating around the internet for months, people have speculated on if it was just somebody’s pipe dream, or somebody leaking things a tad too early. Many people, including me, thought it was an unusual combination, but that just made the rumor seem more true. 😉

Well now, after all the speculation, it’s been confirmed. You can read the entire press release or you can read the highlights here:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are joining forces with the LEGO Group, Harmonix and MTV Games to merge two of the most popular videogame franchises with the creation of LEGO® Rock Band®.

The game will be available for the Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and Wii™ home videogame console (as well as) LEGO Rock Band for Nintendo DS™. All versions are scheduled for release holiday 2009.

LEGO Rock Band combines the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band® with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO videogame franchise packed with brilliant chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences, including:
Blur: “Song 2”
Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
Europe: “The Final Countdown”
Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”
Pink: “So What”

Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also continuing the LEGO “build-and-play” gaming experience, players will be able to create their own LEGO Rock Band style as they customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew. LEGO Rock Band supports Rock Band instruments, as well as other music game controllers.

Now, the only problem I have with this is that I don’t have a PS3 yet! 😦 However, hopefully by the time this comes out for the Holidays, my gaming situations may change. 😉

I have heard, on the same forums that talked about this when it was a rumor, people complaining that it looks just like every other LEGO Video Game the TT and now Warner Brothers Interactive has produced. That is completely fine in my book. I’ve loved every single one of them, so I have no problems with it. Heck, I even helped launch the LEGO Batman Video Game in New York last year.

I’m pretty excited for this game, I love Guitar Hero, I even made a Guitar Hero Controller a while back. I haven’t played Rock Band yet, so I don’t have an opinion on that one, but I really am looking forward to this game! Two of my favorite things — LEGO and music combined — sounds like music to my ears.

Art imitating Life imitating Art

April 20, 2009

Larry Lars has created this great vignette depicting proper LEGO photography techniques. Note all the details — the camera, the model ship, the worktable, I could go on and on. He seems to have gotten everything just about right.

This is a depiction of the lighting setup used for most of the pictures. Since the setup is fairly inexpensive I thought that this might be useful for other builders as well.

I think its a pretty clever way to show exactly how someone can take pictures. 😉

Sweating Bricks

April 18, 2009

“Okay people, kick those legs higher!”

Shannon Young, best known for his micro City of Shannonia, made this fun set of scenes last year. I love all the different minifig heads he used to show just the right expressions. Punching bags, free weights and treadmills are are done in perfect proportions.

You can check the rest of the images here.

Φrion Fighter

April 16, 2009

Φrion 02, originally uploaded by brainbike.rider.

This is a truly sweet MOC! I love the curved, twisting wings of the Φrion Fighter. The lime green is a nice compliment to the to black and the pilot looks determined.

You can see more pics of this here.

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.

Keep your head down!

April 15, 2009

Keep your head down!, originally uploaded by exotrator.

This is one of those little gems of a vignette that I just had to post about. Exotrator did a wonderful job of putting a whole story, along with a lot of different techniques into this small scene of two WWII troops in a trench.

I love the use of black hands and chains as barbwire, the mixture of old, new and dark brown for the foxhole, and the determined look on the soldier’s face.

Indy’s Temple of Doom — 7199

April 13, 2009

If you’ve wanted to see the new Indiana Jones Temple of Doom set here it is. (Click on the image to see the hi-def image) The first thought I had was — roller coaster!! Well, okay, I’m pretty interested in the set itself. There looks to be a lot of cool elements here. But I have to say the track is the coolest part. Of course to do a proper one you’d have to get four or five sets or even more to make it.

If you want to get in on a discussion of this set you can check it out in Eurobricks.