Posts Tagged ‘BrickCon’

Viking Fortress

October 16, 2013

Okay, I realize I’ve been MIA (missing in action) for a couple weeks. My trip to BrickCon was great, but as I chose to drive this time — and bring my mom so it could also be a mother/daughter road trip — it took a lot longer (13 days total) than it normally does for me to get back. And if you’re wondering, I drove over 2,800 miles.

So I’m finally getting back to normal. BrickCon is my last LEGO Con of the year, I still may go to one more convention, but its up in LA not too far out of town for me.

Anyhow, onto this clever little build —

Viking Fortress

And it really is a little build. It took me a moment to realize just how small. I love the cracks in the ice and the tiny viking πŸ™‚

Its simply adorable!

BrickCon Giveaway

October 5, 2013

Hi all! I’m having tons of fun a BrickCon. So much so that I haven’t had time to post anything. I haven’t even uploaded any pics yet except one rather fuzzy one on Facebook. I will be writing a post, all about my BrickCon experience later, but in the mean time, since I know how much everyone likes to get free stuff, I’m doing giveaway in honor of BrickCon. πŸ™‚

I’m giving away one of my custom models. This is a glued model, but his arms and legs can bend and his head isn’t glued on so that you position it whichever way you like πŸ˜‰

As always there will be three ways to enter:
1)Comment on this post
2)Like my Facebook Page, and then Like, Share, and Comment on my link about this post
3)Follow me on Twitter @MariannAsanuma and reply to my tweet about this post with the #ConGiveaway

Yes, you can enter once all three ways. I will leave the giveaway open till midnight October 12th (pacific standard time). This will be international, so as long as I can mail this to you, I will.

Have fun and good luck!

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 πŸ˜‰ , 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. πŸ˜€

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!

BrickCon is almost here

September 7, 2013

There is less than a month till BrickCon is upon us and even less if you want to register as a full attendee. The cut-off date is September 18th if you want all the benefits — goody bag, chance for door prizes, presentations, games, etc. For all you get, its well worth the $55 USD price.

But if you’re not as much of an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), there’s always the Public Days on Saturday and Sunday. Of course if you weren’t a fan of LEGO you wouldn’t be reading my blog. πŸ˜€

There is a policy change this year, anyone under the age of 14 is no longer allowed as a full attendee

β€œBrickCon is a convention for Adult Lego Hobbyists. Its focus is on building friendships and community through the sharing of time, ideas, building techniques and unique creations.”

You can read full details on

And don’t forget the epic struggle between Pigs versus Cows! Who will win in the battle across all themes?

I will be there of course, both as a presenter and as a vendor. I’ll have a bunch of my jewelry, keychains, and stickers for sale and Guy Himber will be on hand with Pig and Cow heads if you want to stock up and make your own bovine or swine army.

And of course I’ll be posting about BrickCon for those of you who can’t go. I know, I know. I still haven’t covered BrickFair or Bricks by the Bay. I’ll get around to it one of these days. πŸ˜‰

Gingerbread-y goodness!

April 4, 2013

If you’ve been watching online, you might have seen this:

Pigs vs Cows is now LIVE on Kickstarter

Guy Himber, aka V&A Steamworks, has a project on Kickstarter. I posted it originally on my Facebook page (which you should totally follow if you aren’t already πŸ˜‰ ) but I never got around to posting it here.

And in quoting myself —

If you’re going to BrickCon, the epic and endless battle is on — Pigs Vs. Cows! And Guy Himber want to make this the most epic of epicness with his own custom pig and cow heads. If you want this to be more than just a bacon and milkshake dream, support it on kickstarter!

Now there is an even more epic reason to support it —

Gingerbread Man Limited Edition figure - available to Pigs vs Cows pledges.

Hello Pig and Cow fans!


I have recently confirmed the particulars to make the Gingerbread Man available as an ADD-ON to Pigs vs Cows supporters!

This limited edition custom Miniature Figure will have a unique Gingerbread Man injection molded head form, custom printing on the head, legs and torso in special ‘puffy’ style ink ( to create a 3-D icing effect ) and two custom Circus Animal Cookie inspired BRICKARMS weapons!

This very, very limited edition figure ( less than 250 will be made ) is going to be available to Pigs vs Cows supporters BEFORE anyone else! If they sell out as part of the Kickstarter campaign then that’s all she wrote.

Pricing details coming soon, shipping is free with your PvC pledge.


What Gingerbread men have to do with pigs or cows I’m not all that clear, but who cares! With his Circus Animal inspired guns he can take care of his own bad self. πŸ˜€

This is a very, very limited run so if you aren’t already supporting the Pigs vs. Cows movement then I suggest that you do so. There’s still 13 days to go, and with just a little over $500 left to the pledge goal I have a strong feeling that this just might get funded. πŸ˜‰

SEALUG at Emerald City Comic Con

February 17, 2013

SEALUG is coming to COMICON!

BrickCon isn’t the only time you can see awesome LEGO displays in Seattle. Emerald City Comic Con is just two weeks away and for the second year in a row SEALUG will have all kinds of LEGO coolness for attendees to see.

And that’s not all — several LEGO vendors will be there too, including your’s truly!

I will be partnering with BrickShirts and AltBricks. So if you are attending, stop and say hi. πŸ˜‰

Not only that, but I will be giving a presentation at 3:20 pm in Hall C all about my career as a Freelance LEGO Artist.

But if you want to attend the Con, buy tickets soon. The full Con passes and Saturday passes are already sold out but Friday and Sunday are still available.

2012 LEGO Model Review

January 1, 2013

2012 Model Review

Happy New Year Everyone! As I reflect on this past year of 2012 I decided to make a compilation of all the models I created this year. To be totally honest, this isn’t all of them. I made over 30 wedding cake toppers and literally hundreds of earrings, necklaces and key chains. But this gives you a pretty good idea.

This has been a whirlwind of a year. I went to ten Conventions this year — five LEGO Conventions, three Comic Conventions, the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention and Focus 12 Convention. I had six large project (even if one of them was microscale) — 3 ft x 3 ft Statoil logo mosaic, 4 ft long McDonald’s building, a giant Harting Connector (the big black thing on the left), a 2 1/2 ft microscale replica of a home, 4 ft x 2 ft John Hancock logo and 10 giant bricks, and a 5 ft x 5 ft Google Chrome logo. I flew to Portland, Orlando, Chicago, Virginia, and Seattle. I drove to northern California twice, Phoenix and Vegas — while building the top of the Harting model the whole way in the car (I wasn’t driving πŸ˜‰ ).

Who knows what I’ll be building next year. I’m certainly excited. πŸ™‚

Hopefully you had a wonderful 2012 and welcome 2013!

BrickCon 2012 Day 1 recap

October 5, 2012


The first day of BrickCon is underway. As I write this I am waiting for the start of the Opening Cerimonies for the 10th anniversary. Last night we had a great meet and greet at the Maxwell Hotel. It started at 8 pm, I left at midnight and it was still going on.

Today many of the presentations, including mine, and games are going on. We also had an excellent lunch provided for us that I caught the tail end of. MOC (my own creations) set up is well underway. I still have yet to set up my contribution to Miniland BrickCon, I will share pics later, but it will be up later tonight. I also bulit 3 trophies, 2 for the Brothers Brick layout and 1 for overall Town and Train. I still have to take all my pictures. So much to do and so little time. I will try and post again later tonight. πŸ˜‰

The most interesting AFOL in the world prefers BRICKCON

September 13, 2012

The most interesting AFOL in the world prefers BRICKCON

To drum up interest in going to BrickCon Iain Heath with his zany sense of humor has created a set of photos that just had to be posted.

The Rules of BRICKCON

The Rules of BRICKCON

First rule of BrickCon: You don’t talk about BrickCon.
Second rule of BrickCon: Register your MOCs early.
Third rule of BrickCon: WAYNE IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center.
October 4th – October 7th, 2012.

OMG, BC2012, FTW!

Buy tickets for the BRICKCON public exhibition online. Avoid the queues. Impress the ladies.

Saturday, October 6th 10am – 4pm
Sunday, October 7th 9am – 3pm

Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center.

Seeing these, I just know you want to go. πŸ˜‰

BrickCon 2012 is around the corner

September 11, 2012

This is the last week to register for BrickCon and be guaranteed an engraved brick badge and all the goodies in the swag bag. This is the last full LEGO Con of the year and one that I look forward to going to every year.


You can bring a model to display on its own or join one of the collaborative displays like last year’s Cube Dude display.

If you’ve never gone, this is definitely one of my favorites and the largest one on the West Coast.

Hope to see you there! But for all of you who can’t make it, I’ll do my best to cover all the BrickCon fun.