Archive for November, 2010

2010 Advent Calendar Review

November 30, 2010

2010 Calenders

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Advent Calendar Review! 🙂

If you have been following my blog the past two years then you know that I like to unveil the LEGO Advent Calendar models each day of December while telling a story. This year, I decided to not only do the Castle theme, but to also cover the City theme as well.

So come along on these adventures and see what wonders we will discover. 😉

My Brother’s got Skills

November 30, 2010


I’ve blogged previously that both of my brothers are just as good at LEGO building as I am, and this dragon head made by my brother Mike Asanuma is another fine example. He made it over two days of the Thanksgiving weekend.


He said he wouldn’t mind making the whole body, but as the head is at least 7 inches long, the body would have to be rather large. I especially love how he made the eye. Not only does it look alive, it almost looks as if its grinning.

Mike is also a professional artist, but he normally works on studio scale replicas of things like the orignial Battlestar Galactica which is currently on display at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.

If you get a chance to check it out, I would definitely recommend it. I’ve seen the model in person and it is really cool. You can see more images of this stunning model at

Quorra from Tron Legacy

November 29, 2010

Quorra from "Tron Legacy"

Iain Heath certainly has his own unique style when it comes to LEGO building. Here is yet another good example, Quorra from the new Tron Legacy movie.

This model represents something of a new direction for me, technique wise. I am trying to get away from my trademark “2X miniland” scale characters, and most of my major projects going forward are going to be at this somewhat larger (1ft) scale. I’m still working the ‘formula’, but this style should enable me to create much more detailed and lifelike characters.

Quorra from "Tron Legacy"

It was very heartening to see a stronger female character in this version (compared to the original), so I couldn’t resist modelling her in Lego!

The head alone for this model required around 50 bricks and 4 hours effort.

I look forward to seeing more of these new, larger Ochre Jelly creations. 😉

New LEGO Sort and Store

November 27, 2010

On of the strangest new LEGO products that I recently found at the store is the new Sort and Store giant minifig head.


If you are familiar with the Box 4 Blox sort and store product, this is almost the same thing. The only difference is that it is round and has less levels of sorting. And if you are wondering, it costs $40.


What can not be conveyed properly through the pictures, is the shear size of the minifig head. It is so huge that if modified could almost become the head piece for a costume as it is larger than a human head. 😀

Toys for Tots Teddy Bear

November 26, 2010

Creations for Charity 2010 - Marine Toys for Tots Teddy Bear

Although this was blogged on Brothers Brick it was too cute not to make a mention of it here. Albert U created this adorable Toys for Tots Teddy Bear for Nannan’s Creations for Charity donation drive.


The bricks alone are worth over $200 and uses many rare parts including the dark blue elements, the gold round 1×1 plates, and the tan cheese slopes. You can order this and many other one of a kind sculptures on Nannan’s Bricklink store. Its all for charity, so I’d highly recommend checking it out. 🙂

The day after T-day

November 24, 2010

I was sitting and thinking about Thanksgiving and I saw the in-store build from the LEGO store.
LEGO MMMB November '10 (Turkey Dinner)

Because of timing, I ended up having Thanksgiving dinner with my family today, so I was inspired to make an after T-day MOC (My Own Model)
The Day After T-day

Its just a tablescrape, but I think it came out pretty cute. Happy Turkey day everyone! 😉

62 Bricks per Person

November 23, 2010

Benny Brickster posted a rather interesting challenge on the LEGO Group on Flickr — what would you make with exactly 62 bricks?

Why 62? Is it the new 42? (Sorry, bad Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy joke) 😀

No, there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world.

Did you know there are 62 Lego bricks for every person in the world? So if every person in the world had only 62 pieces, what would they do with them?

And that got me thinking, what would I make with just 62 parts? I’ve done many small models over the years, and 62 is certainly a good amount of parts to do a lot of things. You don’t need to be a Master Model Builder to make something with so few parts. So, what would you make?

LEGO at the AMAs

November 22, 2010

I usually don’t cover award shows as a general rule (heck, I don’t even watch them as a general rule), but when LEGO makes an appearance, it should be noted.

Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas wore LEGO bricks as accessories to the American Music Awards.

Although it looks like the LEGO bling on his jacket zipper was built, the hat looks more like bricks were just glued on an existing hat.

What’s interesting is that their latest CD “The Beginning” also sports a LEGO-like cover, perhaps the inspiration for Will. I. Am’s look. 😉

Here’s a treat for you

November 21, 2010

Eric Constantino has built a bevy of LEGO treats. Just make sure not to eat them 😉

Lego food


You can see the rest of Eric’s fun treats on his LEGO Treat set on

Series 3 Code has been cracked

November 18, 2010

Leave it to obsessed AFOLs to figure out the code for the different Collectible Minifigure Series 3 figures. Apparently there are these raised dots at the bottom of the packages that are different for each figure. The “secret” code was figured out by that guy on

Series 3 Minifigures Code 1

And too make it a little easier to tell where the bumps are Rick Therouxa has made a cheat sheet:

Collectible Figs Series 3 Dot-code

Collectible Figs Series 3 Dot-code

PLEASE NOTE: The gorilla apparently does not have dots, but instead is a “weird melted look.” Not sure what that means, but I guess you can distinguish it that way.

Based on THIS.

The bags have unique patters of raised dots along the bottom. I tried to reproduce the pattern the best I could tell from the pictures.

The Indian Chief and Samurai have very similar dot patters. I expect those to be the hardest to identify in-store.

And as a teaser, here’s a picture of all the figures:
minfigs 3

I still say that it will be easier to just feel the bags, but hey do what works for you. 😉