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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! πŸ™‚

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!!!!!!

Ninjago Battle

January 4, 2011

Ninjago battlePhoto and model created by Legoagogo

Take a few figures and elements from the new Ninjago Spinjitzu Dojo mix in some Prince of Persia claw blades with back lighting and you get this awesome picture.

In some ways I’m not that interested in the new Ninjago sets themselves, especially the game aspect (even if that’s the main point), but what I am interested in is all the new elements — especially the printed ones. πŸ˜‰

I’m a big fan of the original 1999 Ninja sets, so much so that I have pretty much the whole line and even multiples of several sets. These new sets on the other hand don’t jump out as must haves to me as a whole, but there are definite must have parts and new weapons that I will pick up. πŸ˜€

LEGO Jambalaya

October 22, 2010

Have you ever heard of LEGO Jambalaya? LEGO Jambalaya has nothing to do with the edible version. In fact its more of a Round Robin, but LEGO Jambalaya sounds more interesting. πŸ˜‰

So, what is LEGO Jambalaya? Basically it is when someone makes up a bag or box of LEGO elements that they are willing to trade. The bag or box can be whatever shape, but a good size is a gallon-sized bag or a medium US priority mail box. So, the first person, who also acts as a moderator, gathers a small group of friends, no more than 10 (or it will take too long), and they all agree to join the Jambalaya. Person number 1 then hands off or mails, depending on distance, the box to person number 2.

Upon receiving said box, the second person can then take out whatever parts they want from the box. Once they have made their selection that person then puts in an equal or if they choose greater amount into the box and sends it off to the third person and so on.

I am currently participating in one so I will show you both what I took:
What I took

And what I put in:
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Once it has gone through all the people on the list the first person gets the box back from the last person (#10) and he has a whole new box of parts to play with.

Now of course doing something like this requires a lot of trust. Usually you have to know at least some if not all the people you are trading with so that you can trust them with that much LEGO. It also helps if the group is on some sort of online forum or group (local or otherwise) so that they can know that it will get around to all the people participating.

But, if you are willing to try it, it can be a fun way of getting a whole bunch of fun new parts and also giving away some parts you are willing to trade. πŸ™‚

Comic Con 2010 Thursday and Friday

July 23, 2010

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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.

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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. πŸ™‚

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

San Diego Comic Con — Preview Night 2010

July 21, 2010

Well guys and gals I don’t know how much I’ll be writing the next few days as it is Comic Con. I have a tendency to start running out of steam by day 3 or 4, but I will do my best to get what I can out there to you.

Although today was the preview night I actually headed down last night to help out a little with the booth, some of the glued display set models were damaged in transport and I needed to put them back together again. So I got a really good look at the new Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter that they were premiering at this Convention. It is a pretty sweet model. I also got to help build the display of the new Imperial Shuttle that will be available this September. I have to say that is a really wonderful parts pack, even if I wasn’t into Star Wars (which I am πŸ˜‰ ). Not only were the new Star Wars sets there, but the new LEGO Harry Potter sets were on display too.

As I was down there early I got to see something the public rarely does. LEGO in set up mode.

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What was a surprise to me today was that two of the display models that LEGOLAND California brought were actually promotional models I made several years ago.

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Recognize my signature dragon? He was originally made to promote the then new ride Knight’s Tournament. Also the figure in the yellow shirt is Miniland Stan, LEGOLAND’s former mascot. Little known fact — since I made all the Miniland Stan models for the video and print ads, I’m his “mom.” I’m even on the souvenir video with Stan referencing me as his creator. πŸ˜€

The booth is pretty cool this year with awesome graphics and a nice open floor plan.
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Even the back of the booth has really fun comic pictures
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I couldn’t fit it all in one shot so I had to take two pictures.
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The one thing I forgot to take pictures of was the special raffle drawing that they are doing for a Boba Fett commemorative display with three different Bobas — White Boba, 1 of 2 Gold Bobas and 1 of 2 Silver Bobas. At least I think those are the colors, I’ll take a picture tomorrow and let you know.

There is also a chance to play and sign up for LEGO Universe. I played it a little bit today. Its pretty fun and there are so many things that make it cool. If you do order it at Comic Con you get a special LEGO Universe shirt.

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That’s all you get for now. I’ll be posting more soon as the days go on.

LEGO Prince of Persia: Quest Against Time Review

June 29, 2010

I know this set, heck even the movie, has been out for a while. But even so, I felt that this set needed a review.

I was going to take pictures of my set, but Dita Svelte has taken such wonderful images that I am going to use them instead. πŸ˜‰

I have to admit, I wasn’t really interested in this set. I had all of the other Prince of Persia sets, but this one didn’t look that great. Even after I saw the movie, I didn’t quite understand what this set was all about. Without giving away plot points, the sets aren’t all that accurate to the movie and this one most of all.

I can see why the set designers did what they did, there are lots of “moving” parts like the swinging swords and the rotating blade (which isn’t in the movie by the way).

The light up brick is cool looking and all, but even so, it wasn’t going to tempt me to buy the set.

So, why did I end up buying it? Well, when I was at BrickWorld at the Scratch and Dent LEGO Store Sale that was one of the sets I got. It wasn’t one of my first or even third choices, but as I was in one of the later groups, I didn’t have as much to chose from.

I figured, heck why not? I knew it had some pretty cool parts, especially the lion bricks in nougat — the only set that has them in that color.

But as I sat down and actually built the set yesterday I realized that even if the set is kind of a mess design wise, there are a lot of very useful parts in this set.

Lots of dark bluish gray slopes, dark tan tiles, and great nougat elements come in abundance. The large 8×8 dark tan plates are also a plus.

So overall, I may not like the set itself, but I see it as a great parts pack. All in all the Prince of Persia line is a great theme. Now that I have all five sets, and multiples of more than one of the sets, I highly recommend them. πŸ™‚

BrickWorld 2010 Recap

June 21, 2010

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

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

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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. πŸ™‚

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.

Prince of Persia MOC Scorpion Fort

May 22, 2010

Dita_svelte has created this impressive and imposing MOC (My Own Creation) using mainly the new medium nougat color.

This design is based on the entrance to the ancient city of Aleppo, Syria, with its distinctive double gate and bridge.

I wanted to do a much larger MOC using a colour scheme of dark bley, pearl gold and medium nougat.
With a very limited palette of bricks in nougat – no plates or tiles! – it was quite difficult to do areas like flat steps and the roof of the towers – so I am very happy with the result. Whilst I was initially unsure of using it for detail, the 1×4 brick adds great textural detail and is in keeping with the Arabic theme.

The fort hides a secret — “the Nizam’s private bathroom hidden beneath the solid rock.”

Be sure to check out some of Svelte’s other Prince of Persia creations. πŸ˜‰

LEGO Patterns

May 14, 2010

Lately I’ve noticed several LEGO patterns made by eilonwy77.

These models give you a new way of thinking on how to build with LEGO, something I always like to see. πŸ™‚

The use of the new arches are really cool. I can see a lot of applications where patterns like these could be put to use.

Bricks by the Bay Day 2 and 3

April 22, 2010

Okay, I realize that I’m about a week and a half late with this, but hey, it’s my blog so I guess I can write what I want when I want. So, lets go back in time to April 10th and 11th and pretend that Bricks by the Bay is still happening. πŸ™‚

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In some ways Saturday was very similar to Friday, lots of hanging out with lots of old and new LEGO friends. There were also panel discussions where you could learn different LEGO tips, tricks or info.

We’d already spent a nice sum of money on the “scratch and dent” (I made a mistake when I said “ding and dent” earlier). Many of us also ended up spending another nice sum of money on all the vendors that came.

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That is one cool thing about going to LEGO conventions. With the vendors, not only do you get to find fun unique stuff like LEGO related T-shirts but you can also sometimes find that certain minifigure or element that you’ve been seeking.

Not only were there vendors selling Brickarms and Brickforge but there were others selling minifigures, bricks, and full LEGO sets. I managed to get a Harry Potter phoenix and a pretty rare horse pony for really decent prices.

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I have to say the highlight of the day was Mads Nipper, the Executive Vice President of LEGO, giving the key note address.
He gave us a nice insight in to the company and where its heading in the future. And from what he said, the future of LEGO is looking bright. πŸ˜‰

Mads not only gave us a nice look into the LEGO company, he brought gifts.
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50 ultra-rare Collectable Minifigures. Why are they ultra rare? Well in the manufacturing of process one leg of the minifigs somehow is 1 millimeter shorter than the other one. A difference so slight that you almost can’t notice it unless its pointed out. Normally figures like this would be destroyed. I can hear your gasps from here — why destroy them you might ask? Well you know that whole “only the best is good enough?” LEGO actually means it. That’s why it is really rare when you find any misshapen bricks. I’ve seen a few, but only because when I worked in the Model Shop we work with millions of bricks.

So back to the ultra-rare Minifigs. I was not fortunate enough to get one. They were raffled off, like most of the door prizes are. Some of my friends did get them though and so I have actually held a few in my hands. Now, you might have heard of a “secret” second barcode on the back of the bag that identifies what the figure is. I will say here what I said there, you don’t need it.

When you hold the bag, if you take just a moment or so, you should be able to tell what the figure is if you know anything about LEGO. Each figure has distinctive elements (the Spaceman’s helmet, the Caveman’s club) that you can tell just by feel alone what it is.

Now, back to Bricks by the Bay. The Sunday Public Day was both good and bad. Good because we had such a great attendance, and bad because we didn’t have the space to accommodate everyone.
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Some people waited in line for over 2 hours! And because the line was so long we had to shut it down early and turn some people away. It was supremely crowded inside.

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All in all it was a wonderful first convention. Yes the space was too small and yes some of the public wasn’t happy, but most of the public were happy and when I asked them if the 2 hour wait was worth it they said “Yes.”

I now return you to the present. πŸ˜€