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Bricks by the Bay Day 1 Recap

April 11, 2010

Hi guys, I’m back! Well in the virtual world that is, I’m actually hundreds of miles away from home up at Bricks by the Bay in Freemont, California. I would have posted sooner but with so much to do and lack of sleep for the past week or so it just didn’t end up working out. 🙂

I will be posting about my big commission soon, but I felt that as I am actually at a LEGO convention, I should talk about that in this post.

So, where to begin? After a long, but fun late night drive up with my friend and fellow SandLUG (San Diego LEGO Users Group) member Tiffeny Nervig we arrived at the Freemont Marriott where Bricks by the Bay is being held. First we set up our models. Mine were relatively simple, even if my LEGO Batman Video Game mosaic did end up breaking into multiple pieces. Tiffeny’s very impressive Booty Bay had a little more work.

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It was brought in three sections, with a table to display it on, along with all my models, and all our other stuff in her very small Honda Fit. Now with all the LEGO we bought at the “ding and dent” sale on Friday night, I’m not sure how we are going to get it all into the car and back home. 😕

There were several panel discussions and round table presentations going on, but I ended up checking out all the cool MOCs (My Own Creations) that people had made and meeting new friends and some internet friends for the first time.

One of the cool things at any LEGO event is the new LEGO sets that LEGO brings to display. This year LEGO didn’t disappoint, giving us our first look at a couple of the new LEGO Toy Story 3 sets
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Finally seeing Rex and Hamm in person, and actually getting to hold them was really cool. I’m really looking forward to these sets when they come out.

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One of the cool new vendors and friends I met at this convention was Ann Bartling of ToyRobott.

After much chatting, picture taking and vendor shopping we all went to the Valley Fair Mall to go LEGO shopping. 😀

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For those of you who have never been to a LEGO convention a “ding and dent” sale is a special shopping night held only for full attendees of a LEGO convention. Not only does the LEGO store give you a discount on everything in the store for the entire weekend (up to 20% depending on how much you spend), but they also have dented or other wise damaged LEGO product available for 30-50% off! And its not just the little stuff people, the Grand Carousel, the Death Star, and even the new Grand Emporium (which is what I managed to snag) were all 50% off! 🙂

I got a rather impressive hull, the Emporium, several Star Wars sets and a Miniturus Game for 50% off, plus a Fire Brigade for 20% off when it was all said and done. It was a pretty eventful day that didn’t end till around 1:30 am. I hadn’t planned on spending so much, but as it will soon be my birthday, I figured it was just an early present to myself. 😉

I will add more pictures and more goings on in the next post. You can also see my entire photo set on Flickr.com There is also a very cool audio and picture slide show at cnet.com

LEGO and Harry Potter together again

February 12, 2010

Okay its not really new news for those who have been paying attention, but Warner Brothers have officially announced that they are renewing their partnership with LEGO.

The LEGO Group is creatively tapping into the Harry Potter magic to develop spell-binding construction sets and a board game inspired by the property in anticipation of the November 19 theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, as well as the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

Based on the compelling stories and characters of the Harry Potter films, the new line includes six construction sets derived from iconic scenes and locations, including the Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Express and Quidditch Match and leveraging building surprises of previously released LEGO® Harry Potter sets, some of which ranked among all-time LEGO best-sellers. Available in October, the sets feature new and newly decorated minifigures, like Bellatrix Lestrange and Luna Lovegood.

Additionally, as the LEGO brand rolls into the board game category for the first time in 2010, it brings the Harry Potter property with it in a premium, constructible board game called Hogwarts, launching in August. Players build and then move throughout the iconic castle to be the first to collect various objects to win the game – but even the most skilled players can be foiled by an ability to move classrooms around the board.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games also announced LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4, the latest addition to the blockbuster LEGO video games franchise. Releasing this May on multiple gaming platforms, the game takes players on a magical adventure through the first four Harry Potter books and movies, as they build, make potions, solve puzzles and cast spells.

It only makes sense that they will be releasing sets alongside the video game that is coming out. They learned that after the mistake with Batman. The sets didn’t do too well, that was until the video game came out. But by then the sets were all but gone from the shelves.

Hopefully these new sets will be a good addition to the Harry Potter line, although like LEGO Star Wars, they seem to rehash the same locations over and over again. The fact that they will be creating sets for the upcoming final movies Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 is interesting, considering how violent and dark that book is. But until I see some decent images, I will reserve my opinion of them. 🙂

LEGO Rock Band Gameplay

November 6, 2009

If you’ve been following my blog then you probably have figured out that I am really excited about the new game LEGO Rock Band. As a Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and Sing Star fan (Can you tell I like music video games? I also like to do karaoke, but that’s another story. 😉 ) LEGO Rock Band seems like the perfect combination to me.

Now I know that several, okay more than several, true AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) may not see it the same way. They see LEGO just following on the bandwagon (yes, pun again intended) to make more money. And maybe that is the case, but I really don’t care. I mean its LEGO, its fun songs, and its a video game. Plus the more and more I see of the game, the more and more I just can’t wait to get my hands on my very own copy!

If you’ve been waiting to see just what the actual gameplay looks like, well wait no longer! *Warning these are spoilers, so if you don’t want to see them till you play the game, don’t watch the videos. 🙂

“Kung Fu Fighting”

“Suddenly I See”

“A-Punk”

*Read no further if you don’t want to find out some of the LEGO Rock Band secrets — you’ve been warned. 😉

By watching these and the other 37 game play video games you get a very good idea of the crazy shenanigans and situations that the video game designers place our favorite Minifigures in. The game covers various themes, eras and genres, mixing them as only LEGO can. In one song you are defending a castle with the “power of rock,” another you are deep underwater (I sense overtones of LEGO Atlantis), and in yet another you are trying to escape from the Securiti-T-Rex (don’t ask, its in the song “Monster”). 😛

Although the game play itself is like any other Rock Band or Guitar Hero, the back ground stories and videos are LEGO at its best! The only problem I see is that you will want to watch the videos and won’t be able to concentrate on the game at the same time!

And though I still haven’t really played the game myself (except for a very brief moment at Comic Con with the demo game) I’m pretty sure that this will be very high on my Christmas wish list.

P.S. Any donations in that department will be greatly appreciated. 😀

BrickCon 2009 just weeks away

August 28, 2009

BrickCon 09 is almost here. Online registration ends September 15th. Watching this video made me want to go even more. I even saw my LEGO Batman Mosaic in there. 🙂 If you haven’t registered, be sure to do it soon so you can get all the cool “swag” that’s included.

My Pixelated Geek Intereview

August 12, 2009

Pixelated Geek Video

Ever wondered what I look or sound like? Well, for those of you who haven’t actually met me you can see a recent interview I did with Pixelated Geek.

I tried uploading the video to be on my blog, but unfortunately it didn’t work. 😦 So, just click on the picture and it will take you to the site. 🙂

It was a lot of fun to do an interview and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. My only complaint is the sound quality isn’t the greatest.

One warning I have to put out for the younger kids that read this blog, there is language used on the site. I don’t used language of course, I’m just letting you know. 🙂

San Diego Comic Con — Recap Part 2

July 29, 2009

Here’s the last of my Comic Con coverage, at least for this year. 🙂
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The minifig scale Star Trek Enterprise bridge was a highlight in the displayed MOCs on TwoMorrow’s Publishing booth. (Other than my mosaics of course 😉 ) I love the custom Spock the best.

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And here are two of the LEGO board games that are already available in Europe. I got to see the dice in person. Very cool! I can’t wait for the games to come to the States!

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Joe Meno, editor and creator of BrickJournal, with his Stitch ship. He actually got it signed by the director of Lilo and Stitch. That’s what makes Comic Con so cool, you get to meet people you’d never meet anywhere else. 😀

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This last shot is from the BrickJournal panel. They showed several archive photos of sets that never made it beyond the development stage. This one is of the Napoleonic Era. If you look closely in the background you can see the lord and lady in their wigs and gowns. They also showed early Divers, Western, and Space that never made it into sets.

I had a great time at Comic Con, especially because I could spend it with my friends and family. I really happy that LEGO has gotten such a presence at Comic Con and now even AFOL’s (Adult Fans of LEGO) are starting to have a presence too.

As for non-LEGO related Comic Con fun I got to see the Doctor Who panel with David Tennant (he is just as cute in real life), I met several celebrities including Michael Dorn and the entire cast of The Mighy Boosh, I went to the Masquerade, and I got to see the World Premiere of District 9 with Peter Jackson introducing it (the movie is a bit gory and too much language for my tastes, but it was still a fun experience).

I can’t wait for next year! 😀

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. 😉

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.

First look at LEGO exclusive for Comic Con 09

July 17, 2009

The San Diego Comic Con is now less than a week away. Rumors are swirling at what the exclusive LEGO set (or sets) will be. I’ve heard from different sources that there are possibly three different sets going to be available this year.

This image was in the latest BrickMaster magazine as a teaser for the convention. They had a similar picture last year for the Indiana Jones set. Sadly, unless you got your tickets way early, the Comic Con has been sold out for the last three months. 😦

Comic Con exclusives have been a long standing tradition. There have only been three official LEGO Comic Con exclusives: the Indiana Jones and Star Wars Clone Wars ones last year, and the Batman and Joker exclusive three years ago.

The Batman and Joker exclusive is probably the hardest one to get since it was LEGO’s first Comic Con exclusive ever and they only made 250 to start with.

What makes it even more rare is the fact that it isn’t a set. It is more of a stylized diorama with a sound chip where you hear the Joker laughing.

Even if you are lucky enough to attend, it doesn’t guarantee you a set. Because they only make 500, LEGO has a lottery system in place. You put your hand in a box and if you are one of the people that gets the right ticket, you can buy the set. Both the Batman set and the Indiana Jones set were done like that. The Star Wars set was available for purchase by anyone last year. Even so, they still ended up with a few extras at the end that they took back to LEGOLAND because of the high price point and the fact that they had basically repackaged two older Clone War sets with just a few additional items.

LEGO is not the only company with the lottery system in place, many companies do this at Comic Con to more fairly distribute the ultra-rare sets and figurines that are available only that year.

You could actually say there have been four LEGO Comic Con exclusives, since there was a “scavenger hunt” at LEGO, DC, and Warner Brothers to get LEGO Batman and Joker minifigs in an exclusive box for the promotion of the LEGO Batman Video Game last year too.

I’ll be helping out at the LEGO booth once again, so if you do get to go, stop by. As I mentioned earlier, I know that there will be a life-sized LEGO Buzz Lightyear model on display.

There will also be a presentation done by both the BrickJournal at 10:30 am on Friday in Room 3 and DK Publishing for the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary Thursday at 1:30 pm in Room 8.

Apparently, DK Publishing will also be handing out nine LEGO minifig postcards:

DK will be giving away a total of nine Star Wars LEGO postcards as well as a folder that will hold them. In addition, they will be unveiling an exclusive minifigure that will be included with LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. While eight of the postcards depict multiple LEGO Star Wars minifigures, a ninth will include the exclusive new minifigure

I am getting super excited! 😀 Every year there is something new and different to see. If you’ve never gone, it is truly a unique and intense experience. If this is your first time going hold on to your wallets, it could be a financial hit. 😉

Building something “Up”

May 30, 2009

Angus MacLane Built a Lego version of Carl Fredricksen from Disney/Pixar’s new film, Up. Which opened yesterday, May 29th in theatres. Angus is very familiar with many of the Pixar films, because he works for the company. 🙂 I love how he created Carl, the model totally captures the character.

You can read an interview about Angus and his experiences working at Pixar in the latest BrickJournal issue on sale now. You can also read an interview that the Brothers Brick did on him last year.

As a side note, I also have an article in the current issue of Brickjournal where I talk about creating my Batman Mosaic for Warner Brothers Interactive. 😉

LEGO Rock Band Is Real

April 22, 2009

The rumors have been floating around the internet for months, people have speculated on if it was just somebody’s pipe dream, or somebody leaking things a tad too early. Many people, including me, thought it was an unusual combination, but that just made the rumor seem more true. 😉

Well now, after all the speculation, it’s been confirmed. You can read the entire press release or you can read the highlights here:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are joining forces with the LEGO Group, Harmonix and MTV Games to merge two of the most popular videogame franchises with the creation of LEGO® Rock Band®.

The game will be available for the Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and Wii™ home videogame console (as well as) LEGO Rock Band for Nintendo DS™. All versions are scheduled for release holiday 2009.

LEGO Rock Band combines the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band® with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO videogame franchise packed with brilliant chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences, including:
Blur: “Song 2”
Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
Europe: “The Final Countdown”
Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”
Pink: “So What”

Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also continuing the LEGO “build-and-play” gaming experience, players will be able to create their own LEGO Rock Band style as they customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew. LEGO Rock Band supports Rock Band instruments, as well as other music game controllers.

Now, the only problem I have with this is that I don’t have a PS3 yet! 😦 However, hopefully by the time this comes out for the Holidays, my gaming situations may change. 😉

I have heard, on the same forums that talked about this when it was a rumor, people complaining that it looks just like every other LEGO Video Game the TT and now Warner Brothers Interactive has produced. That is completely fine in my book. I’ve loved every single one of them, so I have no problems with it. Heck, I even helped launch the LEGO Batman Video Game in New York last year.

I’m pretty excited for this game, I love Guitar Hero, I even made a Guitar Hero Controller a while back. I haven’t played Rock Band yet, so I don’t have an opinion on that one, but I really am looking forward to this game! Two of my favorite things — LEGO and music combined — sounds like music to my ears.