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LEGO Maersk Train 10219 Video

February 24, 2011

Check out a video with the creator of the new Maersk Train set.

 

Even though I’m not really that big into trains, I’m certainly looking forward to all the new Maersk elements available. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, if you want to see detailed images of the new set check out Brickjournal.com

NY Toy Fair 2011 — Part 1

February 13, 2011

As I still have not made it to the New York Toy Fair, I have to rely on others like Joe Meno of BrickJournal that are on sight. The Captain Jack Sparrow model is on display but LEGO also unveiled another, equally iconic Disney Model — Lightning McQueen


Containing 325,000 bricks, this model weighs 3 tons, measures 12.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 feet, and took 2,000 hours for Master Model Builders to create!

Joe already has a large amount of photos on his Flickr stream of all the new and exciting LEGO models that will be coming out this year. The new themes and elements make me really excited for LEGO this year. I will be posting additional photos from Joe’s Flickr stream and talking about all the new themes in coming posts.

White Boba Fett at the San Deigo Comic Con

July 16, 2010

News and rumors are coming from FBTB that the elusive White Boba Fett minifigure will be handed out at next weeks San Diego Comic Con.

LEGO is working with the 501st Legion to help distribute the figures. These will not be available at LEGOโ€™s booth. Supplies are limited. No further details yet. It may involve participating in their popular Droid Hunt activity they seem to do at every convention where they have a presence. If I get anymore info, Iโ€™ll post here.

Now if this is anything like the distribution of much coveted Golden C-3PO a few years back, then they will most likely only be giving them to children. But as I will once again be helping out at the LEGO booth, I will find out soon enough how they will be passed out and let you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The rumor part from FBTB is this:

Gooker1 from our forums reports that the latest issue of Toyfare magazine has revealed what LEGOโ€™s San Diego Comic Con exclusive will be: a set of Cube Dudes designed by the father of the Cube Dude movement himself, Angus MacLane. The Dudes will be R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Captain Rex. The convention runs 4 days, 5 if you include preview night, so Iโ€™m guessing they will sell one Dude per day. Stay tuned for more info as I get it.

Now I don’t know how true this is, there have been no other posts anywhere that I can find that confirm or deny this. If it is true, than it is very cool! I will know soon enough next Wednesday, so not to worry I will be keeping on the case!

As for other LEGO Comic Con news, there will be both a BrickJournal panel and a LEGO Universe panel. I look forward to going to both.

If you are coming to Comic Con, stop by the LEGO booth and check it out. If not, don’t worry. I will do my best to post the happenings over the course of the convention. ๐Ÿ™‚

BrickWorld 2010 Recap

June 21, 2010

BrickWorld, what can I say? It was cool, crazy, and a whirlwind of LEGO goodness. ๐Ÿ™‚

I took about a billion pictures (okay maybe just 600). ๐Ÿ˜€

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Adam Tucker kicked it up a notch by creating a working “wooden” roller coaster.

One of the most enjoyable new challenges was the boat race.
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Mike Tighe’s “Fire Boat” although not the fastest, was certainly the most memorable.
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Nannen Zhang and Tyler Clites’ Containment Diorama stole the show with its presentation.
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It was great finally meeting some of my internet friends from all over the world in person. I met people from Canada, Europe and even Australia. Some of us have been online friends for years, but we had never met face to face.

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I really enjoyed Pepa Quin’s Futurama layout, but then I am a big Futurama fan.

I got an exclusive scope from Kyle of BrickForge — new prototypes that should be available within a few months
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I have to say the new Centaur body is my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got much more to share that will most likely be in several posts. I’m totally exhausted, drained, and still riding the BrickWorld buzz. BrickWorld was everything I thought it would be and more. To check out all my photos of the event go to my Flickr Photostream.

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˜‰

LEGO City Fireman Model

April 15, 2010

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Today I got quiet a surprise when I visited my local Toys “R” Us. There was a life size model of a Firefighter made out of LEGO bricks.

Being the picky Master Model Builder that I am, I couldn’t just look at and admire it, I had to study how it was built.

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The first thing I noticed was that it was very round. Now as I know a little about LEGO building and how many of the models are done now I figured immediately that it was probably designed with Brickbuilder, the internal LEGO computer program that takes 3D computer images and turns them into LEGO models. There a subtle clues that the average non-Master Builder would never recognize.

Here’s a Model Building Tip for you. If you notice the gray stripe right under his belt in the front the way the brick layers curve tell me that this was originally designed by a computer. Why? Well if the model had been designed by hand the curve would have been smoother. A computer doesn’t have the “artist’s eye” so it doesn’t see the abrupt curves as a problem. When Brickbuilder was first used this problem showed up a lot. Over all the model looked impressive, but there were all these funky curves per layer that didn’t make any sense. My guess is that the model designer fixed most of the curves on this model but either didn’t notice the one I mentioned or didn’t see it as important enough to fix.

I encountered that problem myself when I was building my giant lady bug. Transferring the half-dome to make the shell only took a few minutes, but fixing all the funny curves took three days. I also added the black dots at the same time.

Erik Varszegi, Master Model Builder extraordinaire, truly is a master taking Brickbuilder to the next level. He uses it as it is meant to be used, as just one more tool in the Master Builder’s bag of tricks.
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In fact there is a great article about designing with Brickbuilder that Erik wrote in Issue 9 of the BrickJournal Magazine

Just because many of the LEGO models start out with a computer designing them doesn’t mean that Master Model Builders will disappear. The Master Builders still have lots of steps to do before it can go from computer screen to actual 3D LEGO model. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So if you get a chance to see this at your local Toys “R” Us, take a moment to look and admire it.

Boys and Girls Club builds a Disney Toy Story Mosaic

March 27, 2010

Just this last week a massive LEGO mosaic was assembled up in Los Angelos.

LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi joined kids from the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club to assemble a one-of-a-kind mural in support of the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 release on Blu-rayโ„ข (March 23). Kids from six different Boys & Girls Clubs across the US in regional markets each built a portion of the elaborate Toy Story mural out of LEGOยฎ bricks, which were joined together for the first time in Los Angeles. Participating Cities included: Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

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A couple days before this event Erik dropped by to our local LUG (LEGO User’s Group) SandLUG. It was nice to see my friend since I haven’t seen him in person in years. He was a little jet lagged though, he’d just arrived from Australia.

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One of the highlights of the meeting was Super Minotaurus — a super-sized version of the LEGO Game Minotaurus. It featured 3 minotaurs, 8 players, two dice and twice the board game space. It was a much more interesting variation than the original game. Predictably the game took hours. ๐Ÿ˜€

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BrickCon 2009 has begun

October 2, 2009

Well even without me BrickCon 09 has started (like I’m that important). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here we see Steve Witt — official LEGO Fan liaison — who, according to Mark Sandlin is holding a “New Pirate Ship” and that will be available January 2010 for $180.00. If that’s true, that’s a pretty sweet model. Even if it’s not true, its still sweet. ๐Ÿ˜€

Without actually being there, it will be hard to really report much about the events and what not, so I’ll have to rely on others’ pictures and my friends from The Brothers Brick too keep all of us non-attendees up to date. I’ll try my best to troll Flickr to find the best representations of BrickCon 09.

For those of you who have never attended a LEGO convention, it truly is a wonderful experience. To have so many like-minded individuals in one place and to be able to share your creations in real life with people who will appreciate them for what they are (including all the intricate details that the non-LEGO fans would miss) is absolutely enjoyable. ๐Ÿ˜€

The next LEGO Convention that I know of in the States is Bricks by the Bay which will be held on April 9-11, 2010 in San Francisco. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend, but that’s still months away, so we’ll see.

I also really hope that I can attend BrickCon next year, since I’m really bummed that I’m missing such a fun weekend with so many of my friends. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So, everyone that is at BrickCon 09 and reads this blog, have fun for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

BrickJournal — The (MOC) Store

August 27, 2009

Sometimes with all the running around and picture taking he does, we forget that Joe Meno (creator of BrickJournal magazine also builds too. I present to you his latest creation –The BrickJournal (MOC) Store. (Pun intended) ๐Ÿ˜€

Joe says:

This is the second MOC I built for Brickfair – it is simply a massive ego stroke for me:-). Actually it’s a shop for a town layout, with printed bricks and tiles by Tommy Armstrong.

He even has a section of the store to view his website.

I’m surprised he doesn’t have a long line of customers waiting to purchase their very own copies of BrickJournal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Great job Joe! I’m glad to see that you are building again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

San Diego Comic Con 2009 — Thursday

July 24, 2009

Okay, I was planning on posting last night, but I was a little (well actually a lot) tired. For those who haven’t been, Comic Con can be intense!!!!

Well, LEGO premiered the new Toy Story and Prince of Persia minifigs.

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No price points or official release dates yet, and sorry about the poor quality of some of the photos, its a little hard to get a good shot through the display case. You can see better pictures at FBTB.net

As I also mentioned, two of my models are on display this year at the TwoMorrows Publishing booth — publisher of BrickJournal. I have my LEGO Batman Mosaic and my Comic Con logo on display. I was given permission from Comic Con to create their logo.

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LEGO also has SEVEN Comic Con exclusives this year! They are all Star Wars related, because it is the tenth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. There are two micro ships for the BrickMaster exclusive (you have to go in a raffle to get the “chance” to buy it), sorry I haven’t taken a picture yet. There are six sets of 3 Star Wars minifigures — one exclusively for each day of the Con (also a raffle), and one that is available the whole Convention. They are all $50 each. A little pricey for my personal taste, but they are selling like hot cakes!

For the first time at Comic Con, LEGO is having a building event. That was the project I was working on today with fellow Model Builder Mark. It is a mystery mosaic build (sorry no picture yet). I know what it is, but I’m not telling. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the video game front, Warner Brothers is premiering LEGO Rock Band!

I still haven’t gotten to play the game yet, but from what I’ve seen, I really want the game!

DK Publishing also had their LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary panel today where they officially announced the ceremonial Luke minifig. I’ll get a picture up soon.

That’s all for now, I have to get up really early (4am) to get decent parking. I’ll try for some more pictures and more updates tomorrow.