Archive for the ‘Pirates’ Category

Building Jack Sparrow

May 12, 2011

Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi talks about how a life-size model is built.

Erik has created many other life-sized sculptures during his tenure at LEGO such as Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, Capitan Rex of Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Batman.

Mini Neverland

May 2, 2011

Now I normally try not to repost something that’s already been on Brother’s Brick for the simple reason that you most likely look at both blogs anyways. But when I saw Rod Gillies micro scale Neverland Island from Peter Pan I just had to post it too.


Part of the reason I love this model is because it has always been a dream model of mine to create a full minifig scale version of Neverland ever since I saw the miniature version on the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland.

Flying over Neverland on Peter Pan's Flight

It’s not like I couldn’t do it mind you, I’ve thought about it and even how I would do it. Heck, they even have the mermaids for the Mermaid Lagoon now. But its more a matter of time than anything else. If I were to create a full scale version of it, the model would have to be at least 4-6 feet wide and 3-4 feet tall. I would naturally include all the well known scenes such as Tiger Lily’s capture, the Lost Boy’s Treehouse, and the Captain Hook’s pirate ship. But that would take a lot of time and space I don’t have for such a project at the moment. So I guess I’ll just have to keep dreaming and enjoy Rod’s model instead. 😉

So You Want to Build with LEGO — The Flow Chart

April 13, 2011

Alex Eylar has created a fun flow chart for any and all who are planning their next LEGO model. Alex protests in the description that its “Done in jest. IN JEST!” 😀

Even so, it is all in fun. Enjoy 😉

So You Want to Build with LEGO

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.

Life-Sized LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow

February 2, 2011

We all knew it would happen, if they were going to have the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean license LEGO would naturally make Captain Jack. Here you can see actor Ian McShane, who will be Captain Black Beard in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides, as he is introduced to the LEGO Captain Jack and his creator Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi.

Disney and LEGO unveiled a six foot tall ‘life-size’ statue of Captain Jack Sparrow, the first of its kind. The highly detailed statue, which includes a removable sword, consists of approximately 150,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 200 man hours to design and build. Approximately 70 of those hours alone were used in the creation of Jack’s head which was all done without the assistance of computers.


As with all of Erik’s creation it is yet another masterpiece. 🙂

And truly lightyears ahead of Mega’s version when they held the license.
Captain Jack Sparrow made of Mega Bloks

You can see many more pictures on of the whole event.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean sets Unveiled

February 1, 2011

Ever since Comic Con last year there’s been buzz about the Pirates of the Caribbean Sets.

So many new elements! Between the new bottles, hairstyles, and the new mermaid tails I just have to get these drool worthy sets!!!! This is only 4 of the 8 sets check out the gallery on

And if that’s not enough there’s a LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Video Game coming out!!! Go to to see it as I can’t figure out how to post it here.

Brick Fiesta coming in July

January 13, 2011

LEGO Cons seem to be cropping up every where! The newest will be in Texas!

Mark your calendars and get ready to attend the most unique LEGO fan event in the central United States. The first Brick Fiesta is being held in Austin, Texas from June 30th to July 3rd, 2011. So save the date and come back to visit real soon, ya’ll. We’ll be looking forward to your attendance.

I’m certainly excited about this one, of course who knows if I’ll be going yet. There’s quite a few LEGO Conventions this year — at least 7 in the US alone! It certainly a sign that LEGO as a hobby is growing by leaps and bounds! Registration is now open so sign up now! 🙂

On a related note, there are two LEGO conventions happening on the other side of the world from me:

Which is being held in Melbourne, Australia this weekend Jan 15th -16th.

Bricks Adventure 2011

Bricks Adventure 2011

Date: 12th – 22nd January 2011
Time: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
Location: Multi-Purpose-Room A&B, 4/f, Amenities Building, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

What a great year for LEGO AFOLs!!!!!!

Damn Eco-pirates…

September 9, 2010

Damn Eco-pirates...

.stole all the tofu and moc leather, made me sign a freakin’ partition, and before leaving they covered my view screen in “save the Jovian Whale” stickers…bastards!

Karf Oohlu’s newest creation is innovative for two reasons:

1. He used a tree to build a spaceship.
2. He used the new dice element as the body of the spaceship.

Although this is a fairly simple model, seeing it just made me smile. Who would have thought to use such non-spacey elements to make such a fun model. 🙂

BrickFair 2010

August 4, 2010

BrickFair is starting tomorrow at the Dulles Expo Center in Northern Virginia. The attendee event runs from Aug. 5th-8th while the public hours are Aug. 7th and 8th 11am-4pm. As I will not be attending this year, I can only view the event from pictures. 😦

But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be having fun at the LEGOLAND Star Wars Days. 🙂 And maybe I can make it next year.

For all those who are going, have fun and hopefully I’ll see you at the next LEGO Convention.

Comic Con 2010 Thursday and Friday

July 23, 2010


Before I say anything else I have to just say — yes, that is what you think, and yes, it is real!

From my sources I got confirmation that that is an official LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean! Now if you were paying attention earlier when LEGO canceled the regular Pirates line while at the same time announcing the LEGO/Disney relationship all you had to do was put two and two together. This prototype model was leaked into the Prince of Persia display as a sneak peek of this new line. No word on when it will come out but I would have to guess that it would be June of next year, about a month before the movie will be released.


Here you can see the built CubeDudes of the Comic Con exclusive set. The models are pretty cute, my only complaint is the $75 price and the very thin cardboard box. Angus MacLane, father of the CubeDude movement, was there today signing. He’s a pretty cool guy. I’ve met him before at Bricks by the Bay and have chatted with him online many times, but it’s always nice to talk to him in person. 🙂

Not only is there a raffle to buy the CubeDudes but there is also a drawing for a custom display case with three Boba Fetts — White Boba, Gold Boba, and Silver Boba. This is the one I forgot to snap a shot of before.

Although I usually stay away from mentioning Mega Blocks at all I had to post this, their attempt at model building.

I have seen models by them before in New York’s Times Square Toys R Us. And I was equally unimpressed with those models. The Halo fig and the Iron Man Bust seem rather blocky (pardon the pun) and about twenty years behind LEGO in design quality.

On a totally unrelated note Joe Meno of BrickJournal had his panel yesterday. It was really well presented and well attended. Jim Foulds (LEGO), Jonathan Bender (LEGO a Love Story), Brandon Griffith, and Nathan Sawaya made up the panel.

Attending the BrickJournal panel was Gabriel Cuevas, a huge LEGO fan and aspiring Model Builder, who created a LEGO Comic Con shirt using the brick baseplate t-shirt

Today, with the BrickJournal Panel behind him, Joe Meno is letting himself have a little fun with the Staro mask I found for him. 😀

Another random LEGO find was the Brick Testament books at the Quirk Books Booth.

Its been a pretty crazy couple of days and there are still two days to go. Now I’ve got to go to bed so I can wake at the insane hour of 3 am to get decent parking tomorrow.