Archive for February, 2013

Newest Mosaic — Emerald City Comicon Logo

February 23, 2013

So you’ve probably noticed I have been absent for the past week. But as there is a little less than a week till the Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) and two weeks till BricksCascade, I’ve been very, very busy getting ready for both shows stocking up on hundreds of keychains, necklaces, etc.

I also wanted to create something specifically for ECCC. And what better than the ECCC logo?

ECCC logo mosaic

As always with my mosaics I incorporated a lot of tricks to get just the look I wanted and even invented a few new ones. 😉

If you look at the close ups, you can see parts that are upside-down and sideways

ECCC logo mosaic close up

ECCC logo mosaic close up

And though it looks like they are just stuck on, the letters do have at least one connection point. Now since this is not glued, the letters also have some double stick tape to make sure they keep in place. Especially as I travel — handy tip, double stick tape is your friend. 😀

Of course I will be bubble wrapping this tightly as well. 😉

For those that are wondering, the mosaic is 2 x 2 ft square. So not on the small side. And it took me about a week to design and build.

I also came up with another Doctor Who design — his ever present sonic screwdriver.

Blue Sonic Screwdriver Necklace

LEGO Green Sonic Screwdriver Earrings

Since they revived the show there have been two variations — a blue one and a green one. Now they of course do look more different than just the tips, but when you are going for one that is only an inch long you can only do so much. For those who can’t make it to either show they are available online at my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy shop.

I find it somewhat ironic that a lightsaber handle is used for the design. Who knows, maybe the Doctor is also a Jedi. 😎

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SEALUG at Emerald City Comic Con

February 17, 2013

SEALUG is coming to COMICON!

BrickCon isn’t the only time you can see awesome LEGO displays in Seattle. Emerald City Comic Con is just two weeks away and for the second year in a row SEALUG will have all kinds of LEGO coolness for attendees to see.

And that’s not all — several LEGO vendors will be there too, including your’s truly!

I will be partnering with BrickShirts and AltBricks. So if you are attending, stop and say hi. 😉

Not only that, but I will be giving a presentation at 3:20 pm in Hall C all about my career as a Freelance LEGO Artist.

But if you want to attend the Con, buy tickets soon. The full Con passes and Saturday passes are already sold out but Friday and Sunday are still available.

10240 – Red Five X-wing Starfighter

February 15, 2013

10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter

My interest in Star Wars isn’t what it was when LEGO came out with their first sets in 1999, so yet another X-Wing isn’t really my thing. Sure its big, its grand, and I’m positive many of you can’t wait to get your hands on it. I however, can’t get too excited, sorry.

Here’s the press release

10240 – Red Five X-wing Starfighter™
Ages 16+. 1,558 pieces.
Build the ultimate LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter!
US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK 1699.00 DKK

Collect and create the most highly detailed LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter ever produced. This iconic starfighter is featured in many of the most exciting Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle scene above planet Yavin™. Recreate the moment when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star! With 1,558 pieces, this realistically detailed model features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2.

Includes R2-D2 atromech droid
Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit
Includes 1558 pieces
Measures over 10″ (26cm) high, 20″ (52cm) long and 18″ (46cm) wide
Includes display stand and data sheet label!
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
May 2013

And the video

One thing that did interest me about this set was the controversy of how this set was announced.

What I am much more interested in is the new Palace Cinema which I realize I haven’t posted anything about here on the blog yet. That will be in my next post. 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013

I know I haven’t been posting for the past few days and I apologize. I’ve been preparing for my upcoming shows and I have a lot of products that I have to get ready so I’ve been totally focused on making hundreds of key chains, earrings and necklaces.

Any how, Happy Valentine’s Day! I searched Flickr for some of the Valentine fun and found quite a mixture of cool photos to share. 🙂

Día de San Valentín [45/365]

Lets start off with this excellent photo by DVieytes. There isn’t really any building, but it doesn’t need it.

And then here’s a couple cute pics from Debbie Hickey

Gifts for the one I love!

I like you and naps!

And then of course we have some built creations too by Tyler Sky

Valentines Day Rover

Frost
FebRovery 14th

And Carl Merriam
Betty Boop 1

Hope you have a happy Valentine’s day 🙂

LEGO VIP Promo

February 9, 2013

VIP Keychain Picture Credit:Chris Malloy

Have you gotten one? I wish I could say that this one in the picture was mine, but sadly I’ve yet to receive one. I’m really hoping I do, but nothing in the mail so far.

According to BrickSet this promo is running in North America and Europe for VIP members.

If you don’t know what the VIP program is you can read about it on the LEGO website (this is the US link, you might have to change country region to find out the details for where you live). But the basics of it is that for every $100 you spend, you get $5 in credit (USD).

Its a great program and I can honestly say that I’ve gotten several large sets for “free” using VIP credit.

Sadly, even if you are a VIP member that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get one — only “the most active and engaged VIP members based on a list of criteria including purchase frequency (will get one)” — whatever that means. Many are still trying to figure out what the “list of criteria” is exactly.

One of the comments on BrickSet said that they called LEGO and was told you needed to spend at least $500 in the US to get one, but even that might not guarantee that you will find one of these rare ruby figs in your mail box.

This is one of those good / bad promos. We all want one, but not everyone will get one. There are listings on both Ebay and Bricklink selling them for $25 and up, but I’m not really one to pay for something that others got for free.

I much prefer promos where if you spend “X” you get “Y.” And I think there would be less frustration if whoever in LEGO that came up with this promotion would explain what the criteria was.

Back in the days before the internet LEGO (or any company for that mater) could run whatever limited run promos they wanted and it wouldn’t be instantaneously known worldwide. This however is not that age. We know, we all know. One post on BrickSet, Flickr, or Facebook and it goes viral.

Sure super special limited LEGO promos are very cool and when you are lucky enough to get one its an awesome thing. And I’m still hoping I’ll find one of these in my own mail box (if I do I promise to let you know). But for those that don’t get one, especially all the kids that read the posts and see the shiny red keychain but don’t end up being one of the lucky ones, it brings more frustration than happiness.

Tardis and K-9

February 6, 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m prepping for my two upcoming conventions — one a Comic Con, one a LEGO Con.

One of my goals for each new convention that I go to is to have new products to sell. And because the first convention is a Comic Con, I wanted more iconic Pop Culture products. So I created these two new models for Doctor Who fans.

LEGO Tardis Keychain

K9 keychain 1

Now for the LEGO purists out there — yes, both of these are cheated. I can see you wincing from here, but frankly I don’t care. How do you think new LEGO parts are made? You have to “break” the mold as it were.

And the main reason I’ve “cheated” is because it was the best way to make the models the desired size of about an inch and to look as close to the original at that size.

Oh, and for those of you that don’t know what cheating means it is when you cut or alter your bricks or just glue parts on where they other wise could not connect.

For both of these models I’ve done both.

And if you’re wondering most of my online and in person customers don’t care either. 😉

I think they are simply adorable (even if I do say so my self 😀 ) and if you are interested in either model you can find them at my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy Shop.

For the birds

February 6, 2013

Monty the Mountain Bluebird

I like to feature builders that I haven’t seen before when I can. And Thomas Poulsom’s birds are an awesome find.

Woody escaped

Birds aren’t the only thing on his Flickr stream, but he sure has a lot of them. Three whole sets dedicated to just LEGO birds!

Gloria Goldfinch

And as you can see from these samples, they are many and they are varied. 😉

Victor The Violet-eared Hummingbird

Cheeky little Peter

Stormy the Snowy Owl

I like the sense of movement and life he’s added to all his birds. As if they are just about to fly off and he’s captured a brief moment in time. I feel like I’ve gone to a nature preserve just looking at them. 🙂

Bacon!!!!

February 4, 2013

Citizen Brick, creators of the one and only minifig babies have come out with bacon tiles!

Okay they aren’t exactly minifig scale, but who cares, its Bacon!!!! 😀

It will be interesting to see what people do with these.

Harry Potter – The Hall of Prophecy

February 2, 2013

Harry Potter – The Hall of Prophecy

I’m sure we’ve all seen our share of Harry Potter models, but every once in a great while one really stands out. This model by Thorsten Bonsch is such a model.

The Hall of Prophecy is a chamber within the Department of Mysteries and is mentioned in the book/movie “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. For those of you who are not familiar with it (and for those of you who want to refresh their minds), here is a link with photos to the original Hall of Prophecy.

My first design had eight shelves, but that made it very hard to present the MOC. Therefore I dismantled two of the shelves and added those parts to the other six shelves.

I’ve been interested in Harry Potter for some years, but never got the chance to build something Potter related – until now.

For never doing a Harry Potter model before, this is certainly a good one to start with. 😉

BricksCascade just around the corner

February 2, 2013

Have nothing to do the second weekend of March? Why not come and join us at BricksCascade in Portland, Oregon?

For full attendees, the fun starts on March 7th and goes through March 10th. Last year was a lot of fun and this year looks like it is shaping up to be a good one too. And of course there will be public hours Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be there all weekend. Its the first of 4-5 LEGO Cons I plan on attending this year, and I always have fun at them. 🙂

Need another reason to come? You can purchase this awesome shirt created by the one and only Doctor Mobius (aka Jason). 😉
Bricks Cascade T-shirt

If you can’t come, I will of course be there and do my best to cover it here on my blog.

I will also be attending Emerald City Comic Con for the first time the week before that in Seattle March 1st-3rd. I’ll be talking more about this event soon. If you happen to be going to that, I will be at the BrickShirts booth or at the LEGO layout so come by and say hi. 🙂