Posts Tagged ‘Brickset’

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. 😀

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. 😉

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.”

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10240 – Red Five X-wing Starfighter

February 15, 2013

10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter

My interest in Star Wars isn’t what it was when LEGO came out with their first sets in 1999, so yet another X-Wing isn’t really my thing. Sure its big, its grand, and I’m positive many of you can’t wait to get your hands on it. I however, can’t get too excited, sorry.

Here’s the press release

10240 – Red Five X-wing Starfighter™
Ages 16+. 1,558 pieces.
Build the ultimate LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter!
US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99 £ DK 1699.00 DKK

Collect and create the most highly detailed LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter ever produced. This iconic starfighter is featured in many of the most exciting Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle scene above planet Yavin™. Recreate the moment when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star! With 1,558 pieces, this realistically detailed model features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2.

Includes R2-D2 atromech droid
Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit
Includes 1558 pieces
Measures over 10″ (26cm) high, 20″ (52cm) long and 18″ (46cm) wide
Includes display stand and data sheet label!
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
May 2013

And the video

One thing that did interest me about this set was the controversy of how this set was announced.

What I am much more interested in is the new Palace Cinema which I realize I haven’t posted anything about here on the blog yet. That will be in my next post. 😉

LEGO VIP Promo

February 9, 2013

VIP Keychain Picture Credit:Chris Malloy

Have you gotten one? I wish I could say that this one in the picture was mine, but sadly I’ve yet to receive one. I’m really hoping I do, but nothing in the mail so far.

According to BrickSet this promo is running in North America and Europe for VIP members.

If you don’t know what the VIP program is you can read about it on the LEGO website (this is the US link, you might have to change country region to find out the details for where you live). But the basics of it is that for every $100 you spend, you get $5 in credit (USD).

Its a great program and I can honestly say that I’ve gotten several large sets for “free” using VIP credit.

Sadly, even if you are a VIP member that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get one — only “the most active and engaged VIP members based on a list of criteria including purchase frequency (will get one)” — whatever that means. Many are still trying to figure out what the “list of criteria” is exactly.

One of the comments on BrickSet said that they called LEGO and was told you needed to spend at least $500 in the US to get one, but even that might not guarantee that you will find one of these rare ruby figs in your mail box.

This is one of those good / bad promos. We all want one, but not everyone will get one. There are listings on both Ebay and Bricklink selling them for $25 and up, but I’m not really one to pay for something that others got for free.

I much prefer promos where if you spend “X” you get “Y.” And I think there would be less frustration if whoever in LEGO that came up with this promotion would explain what the criteria was.

Back in the days before the internet LEGO (or any company for that mater) could run whatever limited run promos they wanted and it wouldn’t be instantaneously known worldwide. This however is not that age. We know, we all know. One post on BrickSet, Flickr, or Facebook and it goes viral.

Sure super special limited LEGO promos are very cool and when you are lucky enough to get one its an awesome thing. And I’m still hoping I’ll find one of these in my own mail box (if I do I promise to let you know). But for those that don’t get one, especially all the kids that read the posts and see the shiny red keychain but don’t end up being one of the lucky ones, it brings more frustration than happiness.

Sneak Preview of Collectible Minifigure Series 9

November 26, 2012

On LEGO’s Facebook page they have release sneak preview pictures of all 16 Minifigs of Series 9. The catch? They are shown from the back. Even so, it confirms the rumored list that has been going around.

You can click on any of the images to go to the full set on Facebook. On December 3rd they will be showing the front images of them. I have a feeling that even though the release date is in January, they will start showing up in stores some time in December, just in time for Christmas. Its not a guarantee that it will happen, just a guess. 😉

Happy Birthday LEGO!!!

August 1, 2012

Via Brickset
Did you know its the 80th anniversary of LEGO! I did, I was still working at LEGOLAND for both their 70th and their 75th Birthday so I’ve been keeping track. 😉

So to commemorate this momentous birthday you can get this awesome slice of cake set from LEGO.com or at your local LEGO store with any purchase of $50 (not all that hard to do). From what I understand this is only in the US and Canada.

Also there is an awesome contest running through this month to promote the LEGO VIP Program

Click on the picture for more details.

If you are already a VIP member, then you’ve already been automatically entered. If you are not, then join. Its a great program and since we already buy LEGO, you might as well get points for it. 😀

A trip to any LEGOLAND in the world is nothing to sneeze at! And I know which park I’d like to go to — Denmark! Where would you go?

LEGO Friends — Controversial or Cool?

January 9, 2012

If you’ve been paying attention at all to the buzz around the internet, you’ve probably seen at least on or several posts or articles about the LEGO Friends line. When I first heard about a new girl theme coming out over a year and a half ago at the LEGO Conventions I kept hearing “It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

My reaction, like most AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO), was — we’ll see.

The first low-res pictures didn’t do much to sway my cynical opinion. It looked like a rehashing of older themes. Once I finally saw good quality pictures, I thought it looked a lot like Polly Pocket. And it does. But so do a lot of other toys geared towards girls.

Unlike previous girl LEGO lines, LEGO Friends was widely promoted by the company. And almost before the first press release got out, the backlash started.

“LEGO already has a LEGOs for girls — they are called LEGOs” one person touted (and I apologize to all who cringe when an “s” is added to LEGO).

This comic posted on FBTB.net showed another side of it.

But what a lot of those who are complaining don’t know, or don’t care to research. Is that this is hardly the first time LEGO has made girl sets. They’ve been doing it for decades. Ever since the first Homemaker sets in 1971, LEGO has made sets clearly geared towards girls. That’s over 30 years people!

So why now? Well part of it is just because these naysayers can. Part of it is because LEGO didn’t promote previous incarnations like Belville and Scala as strongly as LEGO Friends. So all of these people who never really paid attention to LEGO themes before are taking sides over LEGO Friends. There’s even a petition to stop LEGO Friends.

A petition? Really? Don’t we have anything else to worry about?

I admit, Belville, Scala, and Clickits were never my favorite lines. I felt and still feel that they were an insult to my intelligence. There were no difficult builds and the figures looked like Barbie for LEGO — especially Scala. The only girl lines I liked were the Homemaker line which is a little bit before my time, and Paradisa.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I’m not a girly girl. In fact I took over my brothers’ LEGO bricks when they grew out of them. Something I never did. So even though I like Paradisa, it was too girly for me. I much preferred Castle or City — before it was populated only by cops, firemen, and robbers. I grew up in the golden age of LEGO when some of the truly great lines came out. I was just as into space and pirates as my brother (my little brother was a little too young at the time).

So when Scala and Belville were finally available in the US — they were originally only available in Europe — I was already a die-hard LEGO fan. These sets annoyed me and I ignored them. I refused to buy them because I didn’t like them. But what I didn’t realize was how many cool accessories there were. Food and cooking elements especially. So as I got more building savvy and started looking as sets more like parts packs and less like sets, I started to purchase Scala and Belville.

So what do I think of LEGO Friends? Well I wanted to wait until I had gotten some before I gave my opinion. I was getting more and more excited as I saw all the fun elements. And now that I have a couple sets I really, really like them.

Even with the images I’d seen of Friends to Minifig scale comparisons, I didn’t really appreciate how very small they Friends dolls are. They are tiny! Which naturally makes them cuter. They won’t replace my love for the Minifig, but they won’t be relegated to the back of the LEGO box either.

When I saw the sets in the stores I wanted to buy all of them! Okay, maybe that is my girly side coming out, but I am a girl, so that’s okay. 😉

Lots of non-LEGO people are complaining about the pink. But there is actually very little pink in the sets. And there are all these great new colors and parts! There are just as many, if not more, male AFOLs wanting these sets because of the accessories.

So in short — after this long rant — I like LEGO Friends. Is it exactly what I would have wanted as a child? No, but that’s what Modular Buildings are for. I do want all of the sets, if not multiples. I love the new accessories and colors. The MOC (my own creation) potential is very high! And I will be recommending them to everyone. I hope they come out with more. My opinion — Cool. 🙂

If you love Maersk you’ll love this

January 23, 2011

For those in the know Maersk is a worldwide shipping company based out of Denmark. But for LEGO fans Maersk has an entirely different meaning.

Maersk is a rather rare and hard to get color, made in only a small amount of parts in half a dozen or so sets based off the actual Maersk shipping trucks and container ships. It was also made in a larger selection of bricks for the Model Shops, an exception to the “you can get all these parts yourself” rule that is always claimed.

The shipping container seen above has been released twice, once in 2004 and then again last year with only a few minor changes other than packaging and the sticker sheet. It is currently available at LEGO Shop at Home. Up until now it was the only Maersk set that has been commercially available to most LEGO consumers, all previous sets were only available through promotional release. That however, is about to change . . . 😉

Introducing the 10219 Maersk Container Train!
Update: Apparently LEGO took the image off its website.

Although very little is known at this time about the set, it does have a five digit set number and the image itself is directly from lego.com leading me to suspect this will also be available to the general public. Looking closely at the image there are a lot of very cool elements new to the color and I know all the Maersk lovers out there will be drooling over this set.

Thanks to Brickset.com for tipping me off to this. 🙂

10214 Tower Bridge

August 6, 2010

In the same vein of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal the 10214 Tower Bridge promises to be a great addition to the large scale building series.

At first glance this model doesn’t seem quite as impressive as the Taj Mahal, in fact it almost looks like a fan created MOC (my own creation), that is until you take a closer look at the Hi-Res picture. 🙂

This model is teaming with lots of small details and new elements, the most notable in my mind as well as many others is the Tan cheese slopes! Up until this set cheese slopes in tan (which come in virtually every other color) have been but only a much requested dream element of LEGO fans. But of course its not just the cheese slopes. There are multiples of tiles, technic wheels, windows, and if I am not mistaken (which I might be 😉 ) baseplates in medium blue.

Although there is no official word, with the part count at over four thousand pieces this will not be a cheap set. It will most likely be in the $300 range like the two previous Building sets. The Tower Bridge is slated to be available this October, at least from what I can find on BrickSet. There is also a forum on Eurobricks discussing the set.

Forestmen’s Crossing – version 2010

July 6, 2010

Eurobricks member Jonas really likes the classic 1990 Forestmen Crossing set but as he couldn’t get the original he made his own.

For us, lovers of the Forestmen (Robin Hood) Lego line in Europe, the 6071 set Forestmen’s Crossing has been like a frustrating dream. Unlike the other sets from the same series of 1988-1990, it has never been sold in Europe. Nobody knows why.
I always wished to have it, but was not ready to pay extreme prices for which it is offered on Ebay or Bricklink, now. Hence, these days I decided to built my own version of the set. My small MOC is made 20 years after the release of the original, so it is a sort of homage to this wonderful set. The idea to build it was stimulated also by the fact that this year two minifigs from the Forestmen series were released: a forest lady in Vintage Minifigure Collection Vol. 5 and a forest hunter in Minifigure Collection Vol. 1.

I have to say, although I loved the original set — the Forestmen line is one of my all-time favorites ever 🙂 — this is truly an improvement. I never really liked the printed river baseplate. Brick built landscape is much better in my opinion. And of course, brown wasn’t available in bricks in the 90s it was only in the very short-lived Dark Forest theme in 96 that we even got brown trees.

You can see more images of this model on Jonas’ Brickshelf gallery.

LEGO City late release 2010

June 28, 2010

We are starting to see images of a couple new LEGO City sets that will be released later this year.

7848-1: Toys R Us delivery truck

8404-1: City Public Transport

Both of these sets would be wonderful additions to any LEGO collection. 🙂

The Toys R Us truck is really cute. Granted it is almost identical to the LEGO City Truck. But even so, it can add a touch of realism to any town layout. 😉

The City Public Transport has a whole bunch of fun details that make this worth while. Postcards in the shop, a green bicycle, and all those fun vehicles make this a very desirable set. You can see more images of this set at Eurobricks.com

No word on when they will be released or how much they will be so stay tuned.