Archive for February 24th, 2010

LEGO Snake Belt Buckle

February 24, 2010

Snake Belt Buckle

One of the things I’ve been working on this week was a LEGO snake belt buckle. This was one of the more unusual model requests I’ve gotten and it was an interesting challenge. My client asked me to make a LEGO replica of an actual belt buckle. Any sort of organic shape can be difficult, so creating the the look and feel of the real belt buckle including the snake skin and the glass eyes made for a fun build.

Real and LEGO Snake Belt

The glass eye took me a little time to figure out. Although the purists out there might consider it “cheating.” The way I ended up getting the eye to look just right was by chopping the knobs (or studs) off of a 1×2 black plate and then fitting them into a 1×1 backwards round plate. I can say with fair certainty that this is a new technique, I know I’ve never seen it before. If any one has, feel free to correct me. πŸ˜‰

Flat Snake Belt

On the whole the model only took me about a day to design. I’d never made a snake before. Now that I’ve designed it, my brother suggested that I try designing a snake with some sort of snake-like pattern. It was tricky enough to make the snake, especially with all the SNOT (studs not on top) that I put into it.

When I was at LEGOLAND one of my coworkers created a rattlesnake for the Wild Woods Golf Course. I can remember how much trouble he had trying to keep to the pattern with all the twists and turns of the body. Adding any sort of design often makes a model much harder and much more interesting. πŸ˜€

Adventures of Clutch Powers Movie Review

February 24, 2010

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With the excitement of going to the World Premiere of Adventures of Clutch Powers on Saturday I realized today that I didn’t actually review the movie (can you say duh? πŸ˜› ).

Well as you can probably guess from the above picture, that although Clutch Powers and his team are based in LEGO City (the Theme that is) that end up in a Castle era world. Although I won’t give everything away, I may be giving some of it away so . . .

**** Warning!!!! Spoiler Alert!!!!! *****
In other words, if you want to be totally surprised when you watch the movie, wait until after you have seen it to read further. πŸ˜€

The movie spans four LEGO Themes — Power Miners, City, Space Police, and Castle. Now although this seems like a strange mix, and even I found that the storyline was a bit of a stretch, considering that the movie is basically a 90 minute LEGO commercial for all non-licensed LEGO themes it works (well not completely). I counted about 40 or so actual sets throughout the movie.

The movie opens with Clutch “I work alone” Powers down in a mine driving the Thunder Driller (at least I think its that set). He drills into a new area of the cave and happens to find a whole bunch of “power crystals.” While trying to grasp one he runs into what else? A Rock Monster, naturally. After a bit of a scuffle (where you see another Power Miners set get destroyed) with the Rock Monster he happens to escape and get a crystal.

Clutch returns to headquarters, after driving through what seems like the whole city. All of the modular buildings except the newest Grand Emporium are in LEGO City along with the Grand Carousel and the newer Town Plan. There is at least two Creator houses that the protagonist zips by more than once in the film.

On getting at headquarters Clutch finds out that his boss (I forget his name) decides he needs a team. Although none of them want to work together, they decide they have to. Then they get a distress call from the Space Police prison.

You’re probably asking yourself “What?” at this point. I know I was. Not a very smooth transition of story. My theory is that the when they wrote the script, they figured that since all of the LEGO sets exist at the same time on the toy shelves, they can all exist at the same time in the movie. Yeah, sure, that works. πŸ˜‰

Anyhow, back to the movie.

So they fly (using the Galactic Enforcer ship) that was “created” by their resident scientist Artie to the Space Prison. Upon arriving and finding no one about they get attacked by the evil wizard Mallock the Malign one of three prisoners (the other two are seen as shadowy cloaked figures behind the wizard). Mallock and his cohorts steal their ship, while destroying the two other ships on the landing pad (two more Space Police sets, big surprise). But since it is a LEGO world the team just builds a new ship.

They figure out that Mallock has headed to the medieval planet of Ashlar. This is where I again asked myself “What?” Why would an evil wizard who has magic powers in a “modern” world decide to go back to a medieval planet? Even after watching the whole movie, I was still asking myself this question. The movie definitely is not very big on well thought out story lines.

Once Clutch and his team arrive they find out that they have to help the crown prince fight Mallock and his skeleton army. Without making this review too much longer, they end up wining the war and recapturing Mallock to take him back to the Space Police prison. They learn the valuable lesson, after much squabbling throughout the whole movie, that they need to work together and “build on each other” to get the job done. The movie ends with the team getting yet another mission. Can you say sequels?

All in all the 90 minutes was a little long for me. I loved the cute characters, but the story was just a tad too strung out and slow in the middle. I can see Power Miners and City going together, and maybe even Space Police, but throwing in Castle (especially as the whole second half of the movie) was just a little much, and not in a good way.

6-10 year-olds will like it. The obvious plot holes, the unlikelihood of the story, and the randomness of it all will make perfect sense to them. I enjoyed seeing, but I can’t say that I would buy the DVD.

**** Spoiler Alert Ends ****

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post. πŸ˜‰