Posts Tagged ‘Advent Calendar’

Clickits Kaleidoscope

December 10, 2011

Clikits kaleidoscope

Katie Walker never ceases to amaze! By using the mirrors from Clickits sets she created a working kaleidoscope! Truly a stunning achievement and a good lesson that even when a LEGO theme fails, there are still really cool things you can do with the parts. πŸ˜‰

On a completely unrelated note, for those missing my annual Christmas Advent Calendar review, well I’m missing it too. 😦

minifig holidays # 2: christmas Photo by minifig

The good / bad thing this year is that I am much, much busier with my business compared to previous years. Christmas is one of my busiest times, and it gets busier every year as I help Santa with Christmas gifts.

And unfortunately one of the things I’ve had to let go this year was my daily Advent Calendar story review. Normally I get it prepared in November, but even November was really busy for me. As you can probably tell from my less frequent blog posts, I’m getting busier all the way around. Not that I’m complaining mind you, I’m just sad that I can’t do twenty things all at once. πŸ˜€

Comic Con 2011 Recap

July 29, 2011

I do apologize for the lack of posts, I’ve been in a post-Comic Con coma the last few days and I haven’t really had the motivation to do much of anything including writing my blog. It seems that going from working 2 months flat out and getting no sleep on a commission piece — and yes, I will be posting about it soon — and then going to Comic Con for 5 days and getting no sleep tends to totally exhaust me for some reason, who knew? πŸ˜€

So, back to the matter at hand, Comic Con 2011. This year was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. I don’t know why, maybe it was the panels I got to see, or the movies I got to watch. I’ve been going for at least 19 years, so Comic Con is not the overwhelming monster it seems to be to first or even second time attendees.

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For me, as it has been for quite a number of years, Comic Con is very LEGO-centric. Mainly because I help out with the LEGO booth. Oh I go to the panels and watch the movies too, but Comic Con is part fun and part work for me, much like the LEGO Conventions. πŸ˜‰

This year, as I’m sure all of you know introduced the new LEGO DC and Marvel licenses that will be out next year.
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I have to admit, I’m not to big a fan of the big Hero Factory like figures, but then I don’t really care that much for Bionicle or Hero Factory either. Now don’t get me wrong, I see uses for the pieces, and I know why little (and big) boys like the figs, its just not my thing.
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I also enjoyed finally seeing the Captain Jack Sparrow model in person. After seeing it online earlier this year it was nice to see the real thing.
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I was especially happy that they had fixed the hand holding the compass, as that was the only part of the model that bothered me when I saw the initial pictures.
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The play area this year consisted of a mountain of 2×4 yellow bricks. It was a fun and interesting thing to watch. Because there was only one type of brick, it was more of a challenge to create models, but it also kept little ones from fighting over the bricks. πŸ˜‰
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I even had a bit of fun with the bricks. πŸ˜‰

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You can see LEGO Events Coordinator Mark Fontanella literally shoveled up all the bricks at the end.

Now, I did not buy the LEGO exclusive this year, you can go check out FBTB’s review on that.
SDCC Exclusive 7958 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar - Packaging
I couldn’t justify the extra cost (it was $50), just for special packaging and a poster when the set is coming out in October. Especially when I knew I’ll be opening my Advent Calendar to do my Annual Advent Callendar Review.

I did however manage to get my hands on the exclusive LEGO Batman and Greenlantern figs. And no, just because I was working the booth didn’t automatically mean that I got one. I had to stand in line like everyone else.
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In fact, I managed to get quite a lot of LEGO swag this year.
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Some of it, like the exclusive minifigs wasn’t all that easy to get. Warner Brothers had a special lanyard you had to get stamped at 3 different booths and then take it to their booth to get the swag bag. But it was worth it, the bag consisted of a LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 Video Game shirt (the white one in the picture), a Voldemort Minifig, a Batman Arkham City Water Bottle (not LEGO), a magnet and a bandanna (also not LEGO).

The big LEGO Harry Potter bag I got when I picked up my attendee badge. The LEGO booth was giving away LEGO Star Wars minifig posters, Heroica comic books, and Ninjago bracelets. Hallmark booth was giving away a LEGO Darth Vader poster. DK was giving away a LEGO Star Wars pin, LEGO Harry Potter lanyards, and a LEGO Star Wars poster. And Cartoon Network came by the LEGO booth on Saturday and handed out Ninjago pins.

I also managed (it helps to have many friends at LEGO πŸ˜‰ ) to get into the special sneak preview of LEGO Star Wars: Padawan Menace that was shown in the Reading Theater of the Gaslamp District of San Diego. It was shown the day before it aired on Cartoon Network. All of us who attended got a LEGO Star Wars Padawan Menace poster, a small minifig (it’s the one that comes with the DVD when it comes out in September), and a LEGOLAND California luggage tag.

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I even got to meet the director David Scott, seen here with Minifig Darth Vader.

Outside of the convention they had a Conan O’Brien fan art museum. One of the pieces was a “Flaming C” created by Nathan Sawaya.

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I also went to the LEGO Star Wars panel on Friday. The biggest news that came out of that was that they are finally making a Queen Amidala minifigure in her red dress!
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They are also re-releasing the Tie Fighter with a new design and new minifigures. My favorite is the new R4 droid. I can see that head part coming in very handy if they decide to make it in other colors down the line.
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The tie fighter will be out in January 2012 and the Queen Amidala fig (no news on what set she’ll be in) in the summer 2012 line.

As for the cool non-LEGO Comic Con stuff I did. I got to see a preview of Captain America with actor Chris Evans introducing the movie.
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I watched the Torchwood Miracle Day episode 3 with the entire cast merely feet from me and I met and talked with Timothy Zahn, author of many books that I enjoy reading. πŸ™‚

And I think that is about it. πŸ˜‰

Check out my Flickr photostream for all my pictures.

LEGO Brick Calendar

May 27, 2011

I went to LEGOLAND Calfornia yesterday to pick up bricks for my WIP that I mentioned in the last post. When I was up at the Club House one of the retail associates was stocking the shelves with new product and knowing my love of all things LEGO she showed me the fresh out of the box LEGO Brick Calendar.

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This is one of those rare sets that isn’t leaked onto the internet 6 months before its released. In fact, if you type in brick calendar you get the off brand that came out last year.

And your eyes are not deceiving you, I didn’t just put the Collectible Minifigure Series 1 cheerleader there to taunt you. Both the cheerleader and the skateboarder are part of the set! πŸ˜€

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What really sold me on this set was all the lovely printed bricks! Think of all the applications for the numbered 1-31 bricks. πŸ˜‰
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The set cost $16.99 and I don’t know where this will be available other than LEGOLAND. My guess is that all the LEGO stores will have it, at least here in the US. But as this is the first time I’ve seen it, who knows. I know I’m already thinking about purchasing multiples of this set, just because it can be so much more than a calendar.

I’ve done a full review on Eurobricks.com if your interested in reading even more about this very cool set.

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 24

December 24, 2010

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Oh I see, they weren’t wagons at all, but train cars for Santa’s flying train. He’s giving the reindeer a rest this year and bringing all his presents for all the good girls and boys as well as a smaller sack of coal for his journey this year. He’s headed to the elf workshop right now to get all the gifts before he starts his magical journey this Christmas Eve.

The 2010 Castle Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 24

December 24, 2010

Day 24

Its Christmas Eve and the feast was a success! The Royal Wizard Brick-o, the Great Magic Master himself, is performing a magic show as a Christmas treat right before Santa (aka the King) arrives with a bag of presents for everyone. πŸ˜€

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 23

December 23, 2010

Day 23

What are Christmas presents without a Christmas tree? You’ve seen it in the background for all of Timmy and Angela’s presents, but here you can see the full tree in all its glory! The sparkling lights, the beautiful ornaments and the shining Christmas star on top (some imagination required to see it all πŸ˜‰ ).

The 2010 Castle Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 23

December 23, 2010

Day 23

Samantha’s feast is almost ready! She only has one more key dish to finish and then she can serve it for the King, Queen, and all the Castle staff. This dish is special because it is dusted with real gold flakes to make it extra rich. πŸ˜‰

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 22

December 23, 2010

Day 22

Here’s another gift for Angela, a remote controlled helicopter. She will love navigating through the wild blue yonder on Christmas morning.

The 2010 Castle Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 22

December 23, 2010

Day 22

Even the hunting owls look forward to Christmas and the treats they will get. Of course for them the treats consist of nice fat rats. Bleh! πŸ˜›

The 2010 City Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 21

December 21, 2010

Day 21

What? Another wagon? Well this one seems to be floating, perhaps it isn’t a wagon. I guess we’ll have to wait till Christmas to find out exactly what this is. πŸ˜‰