Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

LEGO Tardis

November 20, 2013

LEGO Tardis

I couldn’t very well make two Doctors and not make the Tardis. So I built this last night too.

I’ve tried in the past to create the time traveling blue box without success. Its tricky to get the distinctive look properly in LEGO, so I’m pretty pleased with the end result. 😀

This is Miniland Scale, so it works well with my two Doctors, but I haven’t taken a proper picture yet. It is just a hair over 7 inches, and due to all the tiles I used, the interior is rather more complex than the plain exterior suggests — much like the real Tardis. 😉

I was going to wait to post the picture till I got the custom tiles made, but I just couldn’t do it. I was too happy to finally have a Tardis of my very own. So I photoshopped all the printing for now.

Maybe now that I’ve got two Doctors and a Tardis, I can go on my own adventure…

Day of the Doctor — LEGO Style

November 19, 2013

Day of the Doctor -- LEGO Style

I’m a huge Doctor Who fan and this whole week is getting me excited for the 50th Anniversary special that will be on this Saturday. So I naturally had to make my own 10th and 11th Doctor (David Tennant and Matt Smith respectively). 😀

I may just have to some of the Doctor’s other regenerations and companions too, who knows. We’ll see 😉

11th Doctor

September 17, 2013

I know I’ve been missing in action here on the blog, but if you’ve been following me on Facebook, and you really should be 😉 , I posted yesterday that I’ve been getting ready for BrickCon with my newest mosaic.

Oh yes, bow ties are cool! Ever since Doctor Who returned to the airwaves on 2005, I’ve become an unashamed Whovian. As it is the 50th anniversary of the classic show, I figured I’d try my hand at portraying the current Doctor Matt Smith in my mosaic style.

LEGO 11th Doctor Mosaic 1

Overall the mosaic from concept to completion took about a week and a half. It actually took longer as I did the initial design 2 months ago, but I was too busy with commissions and LEGO conventions to actually get around to building it till just a few days ago. I started building Friday and just finished up an hour ago.

I posted a “teaser pic” on Facebook also
Teaser Pic 1

Several people correctly guessed that it was the Doctor. 😀

People often ask what computer program I use. And although I do used a few programs to do the initial color values, I mainly design the mosaic by hand. Here’s what it looks like.

LEGO 11th Doctor Mosaic Plans

This will be debuting at BrickCon 2013 next month and if you are still thinking of going as an attendee you only have one more day to register, so get on it!

Tardis and K-9

February 6, 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m prepping for my two upcoming conventions — one a Comic Con, one a LEGO Con.

One of my goals for each new convention that I go to is to have new products to sell. And because the first convention is a Comic Con, I wanted more iconic Pop Culture products. So I created these two new models for Doctor Who fans.

LEGO Tardis Keychain

K9 keychain 1

Now for the LEGO purists out there — yes, both of these are cheated. I can see you wincing from here, but frankly I don’t care. How do you think new LEGO parts are made? You have to “break” the mold as it were.

And the main reason I’ve “cheated” is because it was the best way to make the models the desired size of about an inch and to look as close to the original at that size.

Oh, and for those of you that don’t know what cheating means it is when you cut or alter your bricks or just glue parts on where they other wise could not connect.

For both of these models I’ve done both.

And if you’re wondering most of my online and in person customers don’t care either. 😉

I think they are simply adorable (even if I do say so my self 😀 ) and if you are interested in either model you can find them at my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy Shop.

Living in LEGO

August 6, 2009

Who hasn’t dreamed of actually making a LEGO house? Well James May of the British show Top Gear (along with thousands of his countrymen) is actually doing it.

Rebecca Younger of Get Surrey (yes, that’s the name of the paper 😉 ) writes:

Queues stretched outside Denbies Wine Estate on Saturday – some people having arrived as early as 4.30am – with 1,200 of them given tickets to help the Top Gear presenter with his dream of building a life-size Lego home.

“We were only expecting 50 or 60 people to turn up,” May admitted when he spoke to Get Surrey at the vineyard.

“But I think people just really like the idea. When you’re a child there is so much you want to build but you can’t because you just don’t have enough bricks. Now I’m an adult I can have as much as I want.”

May plans to live in the two-storey house, which when finished will have a toilet, shower and low-level lighting, for a couple of days.

“I know they were a little worried about me going up the stairs but I’m happy to go upstairs and sleep.”

The whole project is being filmed for the BBC series James May’s Toy Stories, which has so far seen the presenter building a life-size model aeroplane and a garden from plasticine.

“Because of the intricacies of it all, because everything is being made of Lego they are carrying out lots of tests,” he said.

“There are people in the winery testing the floor beams and the furniture in the house.

“I can’t wait to see the finished product. I played with Lego when I was younger but have not really thought about it much since then but we’re really excited.

“My staff have turned into real Lego fanatics over the past couple of weeks.”

In another report it says that over three million bricks were delivered to the site. That may sound like a lot, but I know a thing or two about LEGO and I don’t know if it will be enough. I’m also wondering about the working bathroom. Everything else in the LEGO house is completely possible without altering the LEGO. Although sitting on a LEGO chair can be a little hard and uncomfortable — just think of all those knobs!

My first question when I heard of this was “are LEGO Master Builders involved in the construction?” From what I’ve read in the articles online, there is no mention of Master Model Builders at all, so that makes me curious. If I was the average person planning to make a LEGO house, would I consult the people that know exactly what they are doing with it? 😐

When I read that they were planning on making a LEGO bathroom I got even more worried. The only problem with making a LEGO toilet or shower is that LEGO is not watertight. Even when it is glued LEGO has tiny cracks between each brick. So they will need something to fill in all the gaps or they just might have a problem . . . 😕

Because I worked at LEGOLAND I’ve been on the inside large LEGO models (like the Volvo XZ90) and without some sort of insulation, the inside of a LEGO model is the same temp or on very sunny days, hotter then the outside. And without windows of some sort, it gets very dark inside a LEGO model. 😛

In fact the more I think about the realistic logistics of actually living in a LEGO house for any length of time the less and less appealing it is. I mean I love LEGO, don’t get me wrong. But I also love sitting on a soft couch, sleeping on a soft mattress, and walking on carpeted floors.

Now if you wanted to be really fanatical about it I suppose it would be possible using only LEGO official parts to create some sort of insulation, cushions for a couch, and carpeting. If you go into Duplo products they actually have some soft, fabric elements for their little Duplo figures. Heck you could even use lots and lots of Minifig capes if you wanted, sew them together, and fill it with 1×1 round plates and make a bean-bag chair. But that’s getting into the utter ridiculous! 😆

Still, in getting back to James May’s LEGO house, we shall just have to wait and see what the end result of this will be. I wish him good luck and happy building! 🙂