Archive for May, 2010

The Incredible Hulk

May 31, 2010

Hi everyone, sorry for the small hiatus. But as it was Memorial Day weekend, at least here in America, I was spending time with my brothers and sister who were visiting.

Along with the standard barbecue and movie watching one of the things we did was build with LEGO. What many people might not know is that I am not the only LEGO Master Model Builder in the family. In fact, my little brother Matt even worked with me at the LEGOLAND Model Shop for a short time.

Both of my brothers are accomplished professional artists in various fields, and we all played with LEGO when we were kids, I took my brothers’ LEGO once they “grew out” of LEGO. ๐Ÿ˜€

So what does this have to do with the Incredible Hulk? Well I will show you —

Hulk 7

This Miniland scale model was created by my brother Mike. Both of my brothers are more organic LEGO builders than me. In some ways I still feel that I am not as accomplished in certain aspects of LEGO building compared to them, my little brother Matt has been building rings around me for years.

Hulk 10

The only modified thing on this model is the white vinyl sticker for Hulk’s teeth.

Hulk 5

Although I love my brothers dearly they do have a tenancy to take over my LEGO room and make a mess of all my organized bricks. ๐Ÿ™„

You can see more of the Hulk pictures on my Flickr photostream.

What to do with all those LEGO Boxes

May 28, 2010

Buying all that LEGO is great, but then you have lots and lots of LEGO boxes. So what do you do with them? Well I have a solution.

I turned them into notebooks and bookmarks. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is what is called upcycling — turning a useless or waste product into a new and better product. Upcycling is even better than recycling because it has less impact on the environment.

If you are interested in ordering one of my upcycled LEGO box items please visit my Folded Fancy Creations shop

Also, as it is Memorial Day weekend I will include an American Flag Keychain to all orders over $10 through June 1st.

Stickers are for wimps

May 27, 2010

That’s whatL.D.M.’s photo description says for this image:

For those of you who don’t know Maersk is a shipping company out of Denmark. 2004 was the one an only time that there was a Maersk Sealand cargo ship widely available but the history of the LEGO/Maersk partnership goes back decades.

LEGO Maersk blue is one of those rarer element colors that until the Sealand set could only be used in quantity by the LEGO Model Shops (the Washington DC Capital Building for example). As most of the sets were not commercially available and in smaller production, Maersk bricks can range from less than a dollar to hundreds of dollars on Bricklink.

What is ironic is that although L.D.M.’s model reference’s Maersk, the bricks he used to make the distinctive logo are not in fact Maersk blue. Instead he used Medium Blue cheese slopes that at the moment are only available in one set. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regardless of what colors he used or what its for, L.D.M.’s model is a great example of using cheese slopes in a LEGO mosaic model. ๐Ÿ˜€

Collectible LEGO Minifigs Series 1 Contest

May 25, 2010

Eurobricks is holding a Vignette Contest all about the Collectible Minifigure. The catch? It has to be a City vignette and you don’t actually put the minifigure its made for in it.

What You’re Building
Create a town based vignette where you could display any one of the 16 new Collectible Minifigs from Series 1. It’s just that simple. I’m not even going to provide examples for risk of taking a good idea, but I’ll tell you this: Imagination is the key. People vote for creative entries, not the same old boring scenes we all expect. Do something surprising, just make sure it’s town based.

From what has already been posted there are a lot of creative builders out there. For a complete set of rules and prizes check out Eurobricks. The contest will end on June 6th, 2010. So if you want to participate, get building. ๐Ÿ˜‰


May 24, 2010

It looks like LEGO City finally has more than just firemen and police. ๐Ÿ™‚ A French website has images of a new LEGO house that will be available in August.

It is fair in the area of LEGO City, and the whole family involved in the house. The dog runs into the garden, while the little boy’s skateboard and climbs into the cabin in the tree. Contains 3 figures and many details: a barbecue, a mailbox, a lamp …

From what I can see there is a furnished interior, a barbecue, and even a tree house. Apparently minifigs are Eco-friendly because they also have solar panels on the roof. ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s about time LEGO did something like this. I don’t know why if its called LEGO City there aren’t more City type things like stores, schools, etc. Maybe they are going in a new direction. I sure hope so, with the Collectible Minifigures and sets like this LEGO has a bright future ahead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The “Miyazakitopia” Diorama is growing

May 23, 2010

Iain Heath is creating a diorama based on Hayao Miyazaki’s films. I posted his models from My Neighbor Totoro in January.

Iain has created two more models for his Diorama. “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, atop her “Mehve’ jet-powered glider. ”

And “Chihiro (aka Sen) and her new friend, No-Face” of Spirited Away.

I look forward to seeing the entire diorama when it is completed.

Prince of Persia MOC Scorpion Fort

May 22, 2010

Dita_svelte has created this impressive and imposing MOC (My Own Creation) using mainly the new medium nougat color.

This design is based on the entrance to the ancient city of Aleppo, Syria, with its distinctive double gate and bridge.

I wanted to do a much larger MOC using a colour scheme of dark bley, pearl gold and medium nougat.
With a very limited palette of bricks in nougat – no plates or tiles! – it was quite difficult to do areas like flat steps and the roof of the towers – so I am very happy with the result. Whilst I was initially unsure of using it for detail, the 1×4 brick adds great textural detail and is in keeping with the Arabic theme.

The fort hides a secret — “the Nizam’s private bathroom hidden beneath the solid rock.”

Be sure to check out some of Svelte’s other Prince of Persia creations. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Collectible Minifigures now at Toys R Us

May 21, 2010

First Set of Figs 1

The rumors of Collectible Minifigures showing up at Toys R Us are true. I just went to my local TRU and I found several different figures. Unfortunately someone had gotten a whole bunch before I did and certain figures were already gone. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But I can’t complain too much, I did get 9 different figures. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know everyone has their favorites, but I actually like all of them. They all have their uses. New faces, hair, and elements.

Some interesting things to note is that the diver’s flippers are a harder plastic and aren’t connected to each other, the Forestman’s feather is also individual, the Wrestler’s cape isn’t in a cardboard case so it was a little tricky to tell what he was.

You can feel the figures in the bag, it is a little tricky but it can be done. I know there are barcodes, but what’s the fun in that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I even made a quick table scrap model with one of the figures
Rabbit out of a hat

Not only were the new Collectible Minifigures at Toys R Us, but they also had several new City, Power Miners, World Racers, Castle, and even Disney’s Cars Duplo.

I picked up the new Wizard set.

I have to say my favorite part is the printed tile. It even has an awesome quote — “You are far more powerful than you would ever imagine . . .”

Definitely a must have for any Castle fan out there.

So, if you are hankering for a new set, check out your local Toys R Us and see what you find. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love, LEGO and Unicorns

May 20, 2010

Look, it’s Unicron!, originally uploaded by au_riverhorse.

Okay, I know its a corny title, but hey, the model au_riverhorse has created is just a little bit zany. ๐Ÿ˜€

With “rainbows, colorful candies, and wish-granting abilities” I don’t quite know what to make of this Unicorn model.

The design of the model is well done and the form is excellent. The rainbow flow behind it . . . well lets just say that’s what it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Maybe this is where all the Skittles come from. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGO A Love Story — Book Review

May 19, 2010

Now I normally don’t review books on this blog, but then this is no ordinary book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I met Jonathan Bender at BrickCon in 2008 and he said he was writing a book about LEGO I thought it was a pretty interesting idea. He even did a mini interview with me amidst the hustle and bustle that is BrickCon and all I remember thinking after it was over was “I might be mentioned in the book.”

Jonathan was nice enough to send me a copy of the book and I received it a few days before the official release date. For me reading this book was very different than it would be for someone not already inducted into the world of LEGO fans. 90% of the people he mentions are friends, former coworkers and colleagues of mine. Reading this book was like peaking over Jonathan’s shoulder over the year or so that he spent researching the LEGO conventions, LEGO company, and the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community as he went from a relative newbie to hobnobbing with Master Model Builders. And seeing the LEGO world through his eyes was interesting.

Like most AFOLs Jonathan had a “Dark Age” — the time period when you stop playing with LEGO as a child and then rediscover the little plastic bricks as a hobby when you are an adult. I never had a Dark Age, being one of a rare few who have played with LEGO continually my entire life. So seeing what it felt like for Jonathan to be embarrassed about purchasing LEGO sets and wondering nervously what people will think about him when they see it as his hobby was a novel (pardon the pun) experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

Even with all my knowledge (some have called it encyclopedic) of LEGO, both the product and the company, I learned quite a lot I didn’t know. Of course I never really did “research” on LEGO per se, I’ve just acquired it over time. Of the various travels and meetings Jonathan went on the only thing I haven’t done yet is travel to Denmark itself. That is still an as yet unfulfilled dream of mine.

I am mentioned in the book, in fact there are a whole 4 pages that mention me (pgs 247-250 if you’re interested) and there is an obscure reference to this very blog involving the Castle Advent calendar. I only know that he’s talking about me in the book because he emailed a complaint about the daily posts of each mini set while I was doing them. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, what do I think of the book? A definite read, for both you and your non-understanding non-LEGO friends and family. This isn’t really written as an information book, but more as one man’s journey to reclaim a piece of his childhood and redefine him as person. He didn’t really go into this project planning on turning into a LEGO fan, but he sure came out of it as one. Seeing what LEGO can do through his eyes might open up your friends and family to better understanding why we do what we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰