Archive for June, 2013

BrickWorld Chicago 2013 Recap

June 25, 2013

Okay I know I’ve totally been MIA for the last couple of weeks and I apologize for that. BrickWorld was fun, amazing and totally exhausting! I’m still not fully recovered from the trip. That’s what happens when you only sleep 2-4 hours every night. 😀

So BrickWorld this year started out with a bang, literally. I happened to fly in just before a major storm that actually had torrential rains, lightning, thunder, and even tornado warnings. I only really experienced it while riding in the shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. Even though it went on all night, and lots of flights were canceled, once I was in the hotel / convention center I rarely looked outside as I was busy setting things up, talking with friends, and starting on all the LEGO Convention fun.

This year’s theme was Heros and Villians
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There was a set unveiling — the Sydney Opera House
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It looks really good in person and all that dark tan! Also there’s a 48×48 stud baseplate in blue!
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And they also showed what the next Cusoo set will be
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There were awesome models, here’s some of my favorites:

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I think this was my favorite micro scale model
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There was a lot of buzz about the new roller coaster LEGO compatible parts. I was going to get one, but I didn’t have any room in my suitcase, so I’ll be ordering one instead. 😉
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And this was rather random but cool — tiles and flowers making a “glove”
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What it looked like during Public hours
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I have tons more photos on my Flickr photostream although I know I didn’t get pictures of everything.

It was a great show and I look forward to next year. Now on to planning for BrickFair Virginia and Bricks by the Bay — back to back weekends I might add and cross country for me. But I’ll be at both. 😉

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Official E3 2013 Trailer and Variant Covers

June 11, 2013

If you’re a gamer, you know what E3 is, and you know that its going on right now in LA. I’m in to games, but the ones I’m most interested for this blog are the LEGO ones 😉

So, seeing the newest LEGO Marvel Super Heroes trailer makes me seriously excited!

It says its coming out in the fall. And if you want the exclusive figure, at least here in the US, you’ll need to pre-order it from Walmart

As a way of promoting the game Marvel will be releasing variant comic covers. Thanks FBTB for the info. 🙂

LEGO artists Leo Castellani, Christopher Jones and Adam DeKracker are providing a series of variant covers for some of Marvel’s September-releasing titles recreating some classic covers from the past in iconic LEGO minifigure form.

“Working with the folks at The LEGO Group to do these homage covers is an absolute blast!” said David Gabriel, SVP of Sales, Print & Digital. “As soon as we came up with the concept of doing the covers, I couldn’t wait to get an idea off the ground that really does justice to both the Marvel heroes and the LEGO brand.”

Here’s a list of all the variants that will be out

All-New X-Men #17
Avengers #21
Avengers A.I. #4
Captain America #12
Daredevil #31
Fantastic Four #13
Guardians Of The Galaxy #7
Hawkeye #15
Indestructible Hulk #14
Infinity #3
Iron Man #17
Marvel Universe: Avengers Assemble #1
Mighty Avengers #1
New Avengers #11
Nova #8
Secret Avengers #10
Superior Spider-Man #19
Thor: God Of Thunder #14
Uncanny Avengers #12
Wolverine & The X-Men #36
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Great, just one more thing to collect. 😀

Bricklink has been sold

June 6, 2013

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Bricklink, that institution that we of the LEGO fan community have all grown to love is changing hands.

Eliska Jezkova, mother of the late Daniel Jezek (founder of Bricklink), has stepped down as CEO of Bricklink and handed off the reins to Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim, an avid LEGO fan in his own right and founder of Nexon, one of the world’s largest online game companies.

A shudder ran through me when I first saw the news, which will most likely go viral very shortly. And were it not for Eliska’s own words on the matter, I would be more worried about the transition:

I completely endorse Jay to take the reins of BrickLink. He has the knowledge, resources and capabilities needed for the job. He has a passion, not just for all things LEGO, but also for BrickLink. Like most of you, he has been a member of the community for years. He has tremendous respect for what Dan accomplished while he was alive. He also has a compelling desire to carry forward Dan’s vision and his guiding principles that were laid down more than a decade ago. Jay and his team are ready to work toward “BrickLink 2.0”, as well as continuing hardware architecture and application upgrades.

It’s a bright future for BrickLink, and I intend to be a part of it along with the rest of the BrickLink Community. Larry and I will be staying on in an advisory-consulting role to the new owners. Eric Smith will be staying on as Admin to ensure a smooth, seamless transition with minimal interruption.

Part of that transition will include relocation of the BrickLink site to a different data center. Later today you will learn more about that server relocation and the migration schedule, which has been carefully designed to minimize downtime.

It’s been a great three years. I did my best and I am sorry that the hacking incidents waylaid us from doing more, earlier. I am proud of the amazing growth of BrickLink, thanks to all of you.

Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim’s words give me further hope that this in the end will be a good thing.

Dear BrickLink Community,

I am extremely pleased to be taking over the operations of BrickLink.com. I’ve been a LEGO fan for 40 years and an avid user of BrickLink.com for over a decade. My first plans are to upgrade the website, and do our best to make users happier and more prosperous, while staying true to the original vision of BrickLink.com founder, Daniel Jezek. We will work hard in order to ensure that BrickLink.com becomes stable, secure and as user-friendly as possible.

You can read the full announcement on Bricklink.

For those of you who don’t know what Bricklink is, well according to Google it is — a fan-operated online marketplace specialized for LEGO sets, parts, and related products. For many of us who have used it consistently it is the one website that transformed the LEGO hobby. It transformed the way we could acquire large amounts of LEGO, and allowed us to sell what we didn’t want and find that one part that we did. Until LEGO’s official Pick A Brick came along, many years after Bricklink’s inception, the only way to get multiples of a part was to buy multiple sets. You may get 5 or 10 or 20 of what you wanted, but you’d get dozens of parts you didn’t want or need.

Bricklink was, and still is, the best way to get the exact LEGO parts and quantities of those parts for a project. Sure there’s Ebay, and in fact, Ebay even sued Bricklink many years ago over their original name of Brickbay because it had already gotten too large and they didn’t want the confusion. But Ebay is not Bricklink and never will be. Many of the sellers on there don’t always know what they have. What they claim is LEGO ends up being some clone or imitation. You don’t always know what condition the parts are in or if that big assortment of parts you find actually has anything of use.

I can attest that Bricklink not only is integral for my hobby, but also for my business as well. Were it not for Bricklink the supplies of bricks and elements I need for what I create and sell would not be so easily acquired. Especially in the large quantities I routinely order. I thank Eliska Jezkova and Dan Jezek for the amazing thing that Bricklink is and I look forward to seeing what Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim does to improve it.

The LEGO House

June 5, 2013

LEGO has announced that in 2016 they will be opening “The LEGO House.” From the looks of the video, which can be found with their press release it looks like a public version of LEGO’s legendary Idea House. Although the video also is an “early concept” so the interior may look totally different when its completed.

Even the building is constructed like its made out of bricks 😀

The LEGO House…
∙ Will cover an area of 80 by 100 meters and it will be approximately 30 meters tall.
∙ Will feature a total of 7,600 square meters – including exhibition areas, a café, a LEGO store and a public square.
∙ Will be built at the center of the town of Billund, and many entrances will open up the building to the surrounding area.
∙ will be built in collaboration between KIRKBI A/S, the LEGO Foundation and the LEGO Group, but the LEGO Group will handle the daily operation of the LEGO House once finished.

Just one more reason to visit Billund, Denmark. Of course you’ll have to wait a few years 😉

10236 Ewok Village

June 2, 2013

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I’m a little late in posting this, but at the same time I couldn’t not post it either. And I could have uploaded the pictures myself, but as FBTB has done such a good job, I’ll just borrow their pictures.

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This is one of the first Star Wars sets that I’ve really gotten excited about. So much Ewok-y goodness, so many figures, so many plant elements…excuse me while I wipe the drool of my laptop (just kidding 😀 ).

I really like the new Leia fig, I see good uses for both her hair and torso
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I hate to say it, but most new Star Wars sets bore me — you’ve probably heard this before if you’ve been reading my blog — and although I did break down and buy Jabba’s Palace for Princess Leia in her Boussh Bounty Hunter disguise, Oola and Salacious B. Crumb, I pretty much don’t buy a lot of Star Wars anymore. I will probably get the Rancor Pit and most likely Jabba’s Sail Barge for the same reasons I got the palace set — the figures.

But what makes the Ewok Village more interesting to me is the whole tree house / hideout aspect of it it on top of a great line-up of figs. It reminds me a lot of the Forestmen sets, which is still one of my favorite themes. And at $250 USD, its a pretty decent price for 17 figs.

10236 Ewok™ Village

Ages 12+. 1,990 pieces.

Recreate classic scenes at the Ewok™ Village!

US $249.99 CA $299.99 DE 249.99€ UK 199.99 £ DK 2,099.00 DKK

Travel to Endor™ and visit the treetop home of the Ewoks. Just like in Star Wars™: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, this recreation of the Ewoks’ forest dwelling is packed with cool functions, including the tree-trunk hideout, secret Lightsaber stash, spider web, net traps, slide, catapults and an elevating throne. Use the rammer function to take out the Scout Trooper’s speeder − just like in the movie! Realistic details include rope walkways, vine and leaf elements, kitchen, food storage area, bedroom and a planning room. The Ewok Village set is the perfect addition to your LEGO® Star Wars collection. Includes R2-D2™and 16 minifigures with weapons: Luke Skywalker™, Princess Leia™, Han Solo™, Chewbacca™, C-3PO™, 2 Rebel soldiers, 5 Ewoks™ (including Wicket™, Teebo™, Chief Chirpa™ and Logray™), 2 Scout Troopers and 2 Stormtroopers™

• Includes R2-D2™ and 16 minifigures: Luke Skywalker™, Princess Leia™, Han Solo™, Chewbacca™, C-3PO™, 2 Rebel soldiers, 5 Ewoks™, 2 Scout™ Troopers™ and 2 Stormtroopers™
• Features tree-trunk hideout and secret Lightsaber stash, spider web and net traps, slide, catapults, elevating throne, speeder rammer function, kitchen, food storage area, bedroom and a planning room. Speeder also included.
• Weapons include a Lightsaber, 3 blaster pistols, 2 blasters, 2 blaster rifles, 2 spears, bow and a crossbow and also includes 2 staffs
• Collect hard-to-find Endor Princess Leia, C-3PO, Luke, Han Solo and Wicket Ewok minifigures
• Measures over 1″ (35cm) high, 21″ (55cm) wide and 13″ (35cm) deep