Posts Tagged ‘Bricks by the Bay’

Purple Mixels Sets Review

September 11, 2014

Wow, sorry for the long absence. I kind of got out of habbit entirely of posting here. I post a lot more on my Facebook page, but I don’t want to completely forget this. I even missed my 5 year anniversary of this blog which was in August.

Anyhow, I just recently got the new Purple Mixels sets and I really like them

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If you like purple as much as I do, and I like it a lot, then these are definitely a must buy! I will most likely be buying multiples of these. Now don’t get me wrong I love lots of other colors too, but the fact that purple is one of the more rarer colors — a lot less rare than it used to be — I’m super happy that its part of the Mixels sets. And fun fact there was a more reddish purple but that was replaced with dark purple when they made the first Knight Bus for Harry Potter.

I’ve broken down each of the three in pictures on my Flickr Page

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The part selection of the flying one is really nice — sorry I don’t know the names.

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I missed the wings in this pic, they were still in the bag. I’m liking all the 1×2 purple plates, the 1×2 curved slopes and the fun eyes and teeth.

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He’s got kind of a evil flying wizard vibe going on, somebody told me they are supposed to be the wizards, which may or may not be true. I’m not watching the show, I tried one episode and it was just too stupid for me, but the sets are awesome parts packs so I can forgive a stupid show. πŸ˜‰

The second guy is kind of the happy wizard, at least that’s what he looks like to me.

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Another nice parts pack, and he even comes with one of those little black creatures — don’t know what they are called either.

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Oh and the extra parts with the completed models are the extra parts in the sets.

The third and final of the purple guys is kind of a spider / dog monster just not quite as “scary” as the recent spider dog prank. **Link might be a little scary for younger kids**

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Of the three it has the least interesting — at least to me — parts

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He is pretty cute when built though πŸ˜‰

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I also picked up one of the green slime guys. I thought about getting all 3 of each color, but I just didn’t want to spend that much that day.

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I guess I missed on taking a parts pic for this guy, but here he is built.

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I totally got this guy for the trans-neon green starfish, and I’ll probably be buying a few more for that very reason.

All in all a good part to price ratio. At $5 a pop you can’t really go wrong with all the good parts and colors in each line.

Now that my convention tour is coming to a close, I’ve only got BrickCon in Seattle at the start of October, at least that’s all I’m planning on doing convention wise for the rest of this year. So I can settle back into posting on here more regularly. The whole 3 conventions in 3 weeks — Comic Con, BrickFair and Bricks by the Bay — really took a lot out of me and I didn’t want to do anything at all for a while. 3 conventions sounds fun, but by the second one the lack of sleep and traveling cross country twice was really starting to catch up to me then after flying back from Virginia and 2 days later driving up to Northern California for the last convention I was just wiped out. Luckily that won’t be happening next year. There’s still 2 Cons back to back — Comic Con and Bricks by the Bay, but then I get a week break before BrickFair.

I do have lots of pics that I took at all three cons, I have to go through and check if I have made them all publicly available. And I still have to group them into sets so that you don’t have to stream my entire Flickr feed to look at them.

I should really do a recap of all three, there was a lot going on and Comic Con did have a lot of great info and set releases.

Okay that’s all for now, I promise I won’t wait 2 months to post my next post. πŸ˜‰

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 BrickCon.com.

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˜‰

Current Mosaic Teaser

July 3, 2013

Mosaic Teaser Photo

So, this is what I’ve been staring at off and on for the last month. And its part of the reason I’ve been less than active in posting here — that and the infernal heat wave that has thankfully broken.

Believe it or not, there’s a mosaic in there, or there will be when I get finished. Each of those letters stand for a color:

T– Tan
Blk / B — Black
DO — Dark Orange
etc.

People often ask what program I use for my mosaics. And although I do use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Bricksaic — a freeware LEGO mosaic program created by Bob Kojima, who also created BrickShirts — they all only get me to my starting point. Which is pretty much the same starting point I’ve used for the past 10 years — the picture, brick paper and a pencil.

Cheese Slopes Image via: BrickSet.com

Now of course, they didn’t have cheese slopes in all the lovely colors that it comes in now, dark tan double cheese which I’m using for the first time in this mosaic is new this year and makes a huge difference in the shading of the image. I couldn’t even conceive of making the mosaics I’m doing now when I started so many years ago. And the more cheese the better in my opinion. πŸ˜€

Because of the cheese slopes, and my tendency to turn bricks sideways a lot, I can’t use any one program. I’ve yet to see a program that can account for all variables that I constantly throw in so the design still needs to be done by hand.But that’s half the fun — building is the other. πŸ˜‰

I see my mosaics as a puzzle, evolving on paper and then through the bricks. And sure, I’ve done dozens of mosaics (I’ve lost count to be honest), but a lot of the basic logos just aren’t all that challenging anymore so I have to find more interesting images to stimulate my creative side.

Thus bringing me to my current project — a set of 4 mosaics. The teaser photo is only of the first one, my goal is to get at least this one and maybe the second one before BrickFair Virginia in August. They will all be about the same size as my Baby Colby mosaic and all but one of them is a portrait mosaic.

Intrigued yet? I’ll be unveiling the mosaic in due time. And if you are going to either BrickFair or Bricks by the Bay in August as an attendee, I’ll be doing a more in depth presentation on how I do my mosaics — “Mosaics — SNOT what you think.”

BrickWorld Chicago 2013 Recap

June 25, 2013

Okay I know I’ve totally been MIA for the last couple of weeks and I apologize for that. BrickWorld was fun, amazing and totally exhausting! I’m still not fully recovered from the trip. That’s what happens when you only sleep 2-4 hours every night. πŸ˜€

So BrickWorld this year started out with a bang, literally. I happened to fly in just before a major storm that actually had torrential rains, lightning, thunder, and even tornado warnings. I only really experienced it while riding in the shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. Even though it went on all night, and lots of flights were canceled, once I was in the hotel / convention center I rarely looked outside as I was busy setting things up, talking with friends, and starting on all the LEGO Convention fun.

This year’s theme was Heros and Villians
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There was a set unveiling — the Sydney Opera House
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It looks really good in person and all that dark tan! Also there’s a 48×48 stud baseplate in blue!
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And they also showed what the next Cusoo set will be
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There were awesome models, here’s some of my favorites:

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I think this was my favorite micro scale model
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There was a lot of buzz about the new roller coaster LEGO compatible parts. I was going to get one, but I didn’t have any room in my suitcase, so I’ll be ordering one instead. πŸ˜‰
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And this was rather random but cool — tiles and flowers making a “glove”
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What it looked like during Public hours
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I have tons more photos on my Flickr photostream although I know I didn’t get pictures of everything.

It was a great show and I look forward to next year. Now on to planning for BrickFair Virginia and Bricks by the Bay — back to back weekends I might add and cross country for me. But I’ll be at both. πŸ˜‰

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!

Bricks by the Bay 2012 Recap

March 31, 2012

Okay, so its a tad late, but I’ve finally found a bit of breathing space to sit down and talk about Bricks by the Bay 2012.

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As always, I love going to LEGO Cons! They are just downright fun and I love hanging out with friends. πŸ™‚

I did make a bit of a mistake this year though, I agreed to do too much!

Not only was I a vendor as always, but I also agreed to give 2 presentations and participate in 2 panels as well as being the Art Theme coordinator.

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And although I did love making the Art trophies, I wasn’t very good at coordinating, mainly because I wasn’t there. 😦

That coupled with a semi-accident while driving up there — don’t worry, I didn’t get hurt or anything, but I did puncture 2 tires and have to get a whole set of new ones 400 miles from home — kind of wore me out.

I had planned to drive back down to Southern California on Monday, but I totally underestimated my exhaustion factor. I ended up staying up there one more day and checked out the Winchester Mystery House, which was only a few miles from the convention — I see a potential MOC, that’s all I’m saying. πŸ˜‰

Needless to say, I won’t be doing as much next year.

One of my favorite models this year was Bill Ward’s Kermit
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I was happy he won my Supreme Sculptor Art Award. πŸ˜€
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And it was no surprise that Norbert Labuguen almost exclusively swept the Bionicle category.

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I really liked this Tron model
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I didn’t get nearly enough pictures, but Bill Ward took quite a few. πŸ˜‰

As seems to be common now, I didn’t get to see or do everything I wanted too, but even so, it was the fun start to my LEGO Con season.

Oh yes, it is a season of conventions for me this year. Not only am I planning on going to 5 LEGO Cons, 2 Comic Cons, but also one or two other Cons this year! I’m not complaining mind you, I’m just looking at a very hectic year. I was already planning all these trips in January, and since they go till October I was a little amazed that my year was already so full! πŸ˜€

Hopefully I’ll do a little better reporting at my next convention. I will be working a commission at a convention next month, and if I’m allowed, I’ll post about it, but I have to wait and see if I get permission.

One fun fact I can say about it is that it will be in Florida and since I’ll be down there any way, I plan on visiting LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGO Downtown Disney store to check out all the cool models with my own eyes. Of course I’ll be checking out the other theme parks as well, especially as the trip just happens to fall on my birthday. πŸ˜‰

In May I’ll be at the Phoenix Comicon. I’ll have some of my LEGO models on display with the local LEGO LUG and if I have time, a new mosiac for the event. So I will certainly be talking about that as it gets closer.

Crazy Arms

March 11, 2012

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Have you seen V&A Steamworks Crazy Arms?

I have always loved minifigs and customizing.

Although if you wanted a more dynamic arm position, you are a somewhat restricted or in need of jury rigging some flex tubing to get the job done.

I just finished a batch of these custom arms and have them now available for folks to use. The replacement ‘Crazy Arms’ are highly engineered in that they accept the existing hands perfectly ( they click right in ) and POP in the existing torsos with a nice click. They can easily be swapped and changed out.

They come in Black, Cocoa, and Eggshell White.

I may also run some additional custom colors soon.

Details on ordering a set for yourself are on his Photostream

Just like his Stovepipe Hats these are custom made and only available from the man himself.
New Stovepipe Hats for sale NOW!

Unless you are going to Bricks by the Bay. πŸ˜‰

Guy gave me a whole set of both his Stovepipe Hats and his Crazy Arms that will be available at my booth for sale πŸ™‚

Hats will be $3 and a pair of Crazy Arms is $5. Come on by and get some for yourself.

One week till Bricks by the Bay!

March 8, 2012

New Display for a New Year

As you’ve probably noticed. I’ve been a little MIA here on my blog recently. Well, as you can see from the photo, I’ve had a good reason. I’ve been making all of these earrings, necklaces and key chains for Bricks by the Bay.

I’m rolling out a lot of new designs and thanks to the Friends line (see all the pinks and pastels?), lots of new colors, that will be seen for the first time this month.

Not only did I make all the items you see listed, I made twice that much! My products will also be at BrickWorld Indy this weekend.

I even made new display racks, as my old ones were too small. Even with these new ones, I have to double up on some pegs or I just wouldn’t be able to fit it all. And yes, the display rack is LEGO too naturally. I mean why buy one when I have all these perfectly good LEGO elements I can make one out of? πŸ˜‰

Despite the hundreds (and I literally mean hundreds) of items I’ve already made I still have a few dozen or two to go. But the big push to get them all made, labeled and ready is easing off.

Of course I still have to finish the Art theme trophies, update my power point presentations I’ll be giving, and work on several other projects, but at least I’ve got a little less to do now. πŸ˜€

I plan on being at a lot of LEGO Cons and two Comicons this year. Its going to be pretty busy and a heck of a lot of fun! I am totally looking forward to all of it! πŸ™‚

Micro Golden Gate Bridge

February 26, 2012

Now for the micro scale brilliance I had yesterday:

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Its only got 7 parts, 9 if you count the water. πŸ™‚ Its probably the smallest build-able Golden Gate Bridge out there.

And as I’m busy making all the keychains and jewelry I couldn’t just stop there. So I made these

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Naturally they will be available on my Folded Fancy Etsy shop and I will also have them on sale at Bricks by the Bay. πŸ™‚

Atmospheric Terraforming Factory & Random Thoughts

February 26, 2012

I’ve been hesitant to get the new Star Wars mini models with the planets and then I see something like this that changes my mind.

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Its always fun to see Karf Oohlu’s creations and this is no exception. πŸ˜‰

This is why I love micro scale. Sure anyone with enough bricks can build a house like James May or a giant ball like Mythbusters. But to get such elegance from a handful of bricks is so much better!

This one of his, although nothing to do with micro scale also caught my eye
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I just had my own bit of micro scale brilliance today, but you’ll have to wait for the next post as its pretty late, I haven’t taken a picture of it yet, and I’ve been working hard all day on products for Bricks by the Bay and BrickWorld Indy.

No I won’t be going to BrickWorld Indy, its the week before Bricks by the Bay and two conventions a week apart is too much for me. But what I will be doing is having a friend of mine sell my products for me. So if you happen to be going to that show, I’ll have my keychains, jewelry, etc. on sale there. At least that’s the plan. πŸ˜‰

That’s why I’ve been lax on the posting front lately. Getting ready for one show is hard work, but two at the same time, well that’s just about killing me. Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I have been getting very little sleep and making tons of stuff — I’m already in the hundreds of items so far!

But as always I’ve also got lots of new items that I’ll be showing for the first time. I’ll be posting them soon here so you can see them. They are pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜€

Yes Bricks by the Bay is the main thing on my mind right now. But with it just a few weeks away I still have so much to do!