Archive for August, 2009

The Quest for R2-D2

August 31, 2009

This originally premiered on August 28th on Cartoon Network. There is also a tie-in online game at

The movie is cute, even if it is for Clone Wars instead of the original trilogy. (Sorry to all the Clone War fans out there, I’m more old school. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

James May’s LEGO House is starting to take shape

August 30, 2009

Recently I mentioned that James May of Top Gear was planning on building a LEGO House. Well its been a few weeks now and the house is in the process of being built.

From the looks of the pictures the house isn’t actually all LEGO. ๐Ÿ˜• They are building it around a wooden frame. While this is still an impressive feat. It is not a totally LEGO built house. I still can’t wait to see exactly what it will look like in the end. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can see more images at geeksugar.

BrickCon 2009 just weeks away

August 28, 2009

BrickCon 09 is almost here. Online registration ends September 15th. Watching this video made me want to go even more. I even saw my LEGO Batman Mosaic in there. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you haven’t registered, be sure to do it soon so you can get all the cool “swag” that’s included.

BrickJournal — The (MOC) Store

August 27, 2009

Sometimes with all the running around and picture taking he does, we forget that Joe Meno (creator of BrickJournal magazine also builds too. I present to you his latest creation –The BrickJournal (MOC) Store. (Pun intended) ๐Ÿ˜€

Joe says:

This is the second MOC I built for Brickfair – it is simply a massive ego stroke for me:-). Actually it’s a shop for a town layout, with printed bricks and tiles by Tommy Armstrong.

He even has a section of the store to view his website.

I’m surprised he doesn’t have a long line of customers waiting to purchase their very own copies of BrickJournal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Great job Joe! I’m glad to see that you are building again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Town Christmas Advent Calendar #7687 Set now available

August 26, 2009


The 2009 Town Christmas Advent Calendar is indeed available at LEGOLAND California. At $30 USD its a little too pricey for my tastes.


To me rehashing the Town theme every single year gets a bit old. Last year’s Castle theme was much more interesting to me and I’m crossing my fingers that we (in the States) will get the chance to purchase this year’s Pirate Advent Calendar like we got the chance to get the Castle one last year.

There are also some other Christmas-y LEGO related stuff that they are selling — stockings, gift tags, gift cards and gift bags.



None of its really new, in fact I think they had the same stuff last year. But still its fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ancient Egypt never looked so good

August 25, 2009

d-higdon has just posted her “ancient Egyptian nobleman’s villa.”

There are lots of fun little details and it looks stunning. I think its really cool that she used all those tiles to make the entire villa smooth looking. I also like the decorative finishing touches on the door frames. I’ve always wanted to do some sort of ancient Egyptian model every since the original Adventurers series came out. This just might be the inspiration I need. Great job! ๐Ÿ™‚

Miniland Mermaids

August 24, 2009

Mermaid 1

While I was still working at LEGOLAND California I designed five different versions of Miniland mermaids. As you can see I really like mermaids. Here are my first two versions. Looking back at them now I really want to create a whole underwater scene. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mermaid 2

New LEGO Christmas Sets are popping up

August 23, 2009

New Christmas LEGO

Just when you think you’ve seen all the sets of the year, LEGO throws everyone for a curve ball and brings out new sets for Christmas!

Holiday CandleOrnaments

They are starting to sell these new LEGO sets at LEGOLAND California. Christmas Angel Keychains, Santa Magnets, and Countdown Candles.

Decorated parts

The Countdown Candle has printed bricks and two gold chrome bricks! I still haven’t decided if I want to open the bag yet.

The ornaments are also pretty cool. The brick designs aren’t the greatest, but the cool thing is that you can put anything you want (that fits ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) in the ornament and it is designed to hold a 6×6 radar dish in its rim to display the creation. Also, the hole at the top of the ornament to hang it actually fits the LEGO top stud (or knob) so that opens up a wide range of possibilities and makes the ornament ball an official LEGO building element. It does have some decorated print of “snow” on the top of the ornament, but other than that is completely clear.


No word on when these sets will be available at other LEGO stores or online, so we’ll just have to keep our eyes open.

The Countdown Candle is $19.99 USD
The Holiday Ornaments is $24.99 USD (a little steep in my opinion, but I couldn’t pass up the clear plastic shell)
The Santa Magnet is $6.99 USD
The Angel Ornament is $4.99 USD
The Chrome 4×4 Gold Magnets are $9.99 USD

Apparently I’ve heard from one of my fellow SANDluggers that the Advent Calenders also showed up today at LEGOLAND. I don’t know if it is only the Town one or if LEGO is giving us a break and allowing the US the Pirate one as well. The sets are going fast, even if it is August! So keep a look out at your LEGO store or online.

Let’s go to the Movies

August 22, 2009

LegoLyons has recreated several iconic movie posters over the past few months. You might have seen some of his work on Flickr, but I just stumbled onto it. He’s got all kinds of them from Jaws, to Batman, to Invaders from Mars.

I have to say that my favorite is the ET poster, although the movie scared the heck out of me when I was a kid! It was one of the first movies I remember going to at a drive-in theater. And yes, I’m old enough to remember when it originally came out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Building a better Octopus

August 21, 2009

Jordan Schwartz continues to amaze me with his unconventional ways of building with LEGO. Not satisfied with the official LEGO cephalopod, Jordan decided to create his own version of an octopus.

I’ll admit, it took me a moment to figure out exactly what the animal was made of. I knew it had to be LEGO, but I couldn’t tell what it was at first. Can you guess? Would you like a hint? ๐Ÿ˜›

One word — tires.

Right about now you’re probably saying “What? Tires?”

Yes, tires, inside-out tires. That, along with a lot of other snazzy techniques is how Jordan made this little guy. ๐Ÿ˜‰