Archive for June, 2012

Mini Helicarrier

June 27, 2012


It may be microscale, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in excellent design. Jack Marquez has made S.H.E.I.L.D.’s Helicarrier from the Avengers a reality. Now all we need, as Jack points out, is a 3 foot long Ultimate Collector version. 😉

Boba Fett Helmet

June 26, 2012

Boba Fett Helmet 01

Need I say anything but cool?!!! Tyler Clites just keeps getting better and better at awesome models.


I know I just posted his Mario, but I couldn’t help but post this tribute to everyone’s favorite bounty hunter.


I love the use of both the smooth and “studly” surfaces to enhance the overall effect of the model.

Useful Shapes for Cheese Slope Mosaics

June 25, 2012

Wow, two weeks of no posts. That’s what happens when you go to three conventions in four weeks! It was a little much, but thankfully I have a few weeks to take a breather before the San Diego Comic Con and then a couple more weeks before BrickFair. I’m glad that I’m busy, but it does take a lot out of a person!

Useful Shapes for Cheese Slope Mosaics

Any how, Katie Walker has come up with an awesome how to on cheese slope mosaic techniques.

Rectangle Dimensions (for Cheese Slope Mosaics)

I may be an expert mosaic maker, but I have nothing on Katie when it comes to cheese slopes!

I like seeing people’s fantastic techniques, but I really like when they share how they do it. That’s why I called my company Model Building Secrets, so that I could share the “secrets” of LEGO building with the world.

Now that I’m back, I plan on posting about Phoenix Comicon, BricksCascade, and BrickWorld and finally what I did back in Florida.

Its a Mario!

June 11, 2012

Super Mario Sculpture

This latest model of Tyler Clites had the Mario Brothers’ theme song immediately running through my head.

We all love Mario, but this one is especially cute! I love the way he did the eyes and the overall design is simply spectacular.

On a much more somber note, Tyler also created this for Memorial Day
All gave some, some gave all.

Its a little late for the actual holiday, but the sentiment should be remembered year round.

The Haunted House of my Dreams

June 9, 2012

I’m sure everyone has a “MOC Bucket List” — the models you dream of making some day. I’ve had a MOC list for a very long time. Ever since I was little I’ve had certain models that I’ve wanted to make — an entire castle valley, a Miniland scale house, and — a Haunted House. (Just to name a few)

We got a brief glimpse in the Ultimate Collector R2-D2 video when the model was “accidentally” left on the table. 😉

Well now we can see it in all its awesomeness and LEGO has come up with one as good as anything I could have built!

Introducing the 10228 Haunted House

10228 Haunted House
Ages 14+. 2,064 pieces.
US $179.99 CA $199.99 DE 149.99 € UK 119.99 £ DK 1499 DKK
Enter the Haunted House at your peril!
The crooked Haunted House is home to the scariest ghosts and monsters. Tremble in fear as you open the gate, go weak at the knees as you step onto the porch and gasp in horror at the fireplace, kitchen, office, folding staircase, bedroom, potion room, music room and collection of other creepy objects. Dare you enter the Haunted House?!
• Add to your LEGO® Monster Fights Collection with the first officlal LEGO® Haunted House!
• Includes 6 minifigures: 2 glow-in-the-dark ghosts, Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, Zombie chef and butler
• Features unique ‘crooked’ design featuring boarded up windows and working front gate.
• Haunted House opens to reveal detailed interior with 3 floors.
• First floor features fireplace that swings open and displays a ship in a bottle on the mantle.
• Cook up a ghoulish meal with the Zombie chef in the kitchen complete with old-style stove, jars and table.
• Write letters from the Vampyre’s haunted office.
• Pull the lever hidden in the chimney to release the drop down staircase and access the top floor.
• Top floor features gramophone, records and newspaper LEGO® elements.
• Customize the Haunted House with new stickers for wall hangings, spider webs and curtains.
• Measures 15.4” (39cm) high, 9.4” (24cm) wide and 7.5” (19cm) deep

At $180 USD its a little pricey, but the sand green, interior details, and the sheer coolness of the design make up for the price. And its out in September, conveniently right before Halloween. 8)

This year is really pushing my wallet to the breaking point, but LEGO just keeps coming out with such cool sets! 😀

LEGO Batman 2 is almost here!

June 8, 2012

In just a little over a week LEGO Batman 2 the Video Game will be out for all platforms — June 19th the be precise (at least here in the States). I loved the original game and with the addition of the Justice League characters, I can only see the new game as an improvement on a winning formula.

And if you pre-order the game as I just did today, you get an exclusive Lex Luthor fig!

I plan on doing a full in depth review of the game as soon as I get my hands on a copy and have time to play it. I still haven’t finished LEGO Harry Potter 2 or LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, but we won’t mention that. 😉

Of course that is the kicker isn’t it — time. As you’ve probably noticed I’ve been so busy doing fun and interesting projects and trips that I’ve had no time to properly blog any of it! Its really and truly as frustrating to me to not blog as it is for you to only see the same posts for days on end.

After next week’s trip to BrickWorld Chicago I don’t have any other trips planned until BrickFair in August. So maybe I’ll have a little breathing room. There is the San Diego Comic Con in next month too, but at least I don’t have to fly anywhere.

Three conventions — Phoenix Comicon, BricksCascade, and BrickWorld — in 4 weeks has been a little much for me, especially as I’m still not recovered from my Florida trip and the project that came right after that one. And of course, as it is Wedding season, my Wedding Cake Toppers are selling like hot cakes and I’m trying to fulfill orders between trips.

I’m busier than ever and my blog is sadly the thing that suffers the most from it. But I can’t complain. A business is supposed to grow and evolve, I just need to learn to grow and evolve a little more. 😉

Sorry for lack of posts

June 3, 2012

Hi all, I know I’ve been majorly lax on the posting side. If you’ve been following my Facebook or Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been rather busy lately going first to Phoenix last weekend for a Comicon, and this weekend to Portland for BricksCascade — if you aren’t following me on one or the other, why not? 😉

Anyhow because of all this travel I’ve not had sufficient time to do a proper post. And even this one will be brief as I have the last day of BricksCascade that starts a rather early public day at 9 am (which is in less than an hour from now) and I have to get ready to leave my hotel and get over to the convention hall. Luckily its only a short walk so I can make it.

So since I don’t have any time to give you a rundown of all the stuff I’ve been doing, I’ll post some cool pics I found through my Flickr contacts.

In no particular order and for no particular reason except because they are cool:

Close Encounter


Chitzen Itza - Kukulcan

I’ll be getting home on Tuesday, and I won’t be going to BrickWorld until the next week so I’ll have a brief bit of downtime before my next trip to catch up on all the craziness that is my life. 🙂