Posts Tagged ‘Buzz Lightyear’

Building Jack Sparrow

May 12, 2011

Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi talks about how a life-size model is built.

Erik has created many other life-sized sculptures during his tenure at LEGO such as Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, Capitan Rex of Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Batman.

Andy’s Room

December 9, 2010

Andy's Room

Although this has already been posted on both FBTB and Brother’s Brick I would be remiss in not posting this jaw-dropping creation by Matt De Lanoy. At first glance it doesn’t quite hit you how big and detailed this model really is, that is until you notice that the room is scaled to the Toy Story minifigs.

That’s right, just like in the movie, Buzz, Woody, and all the other cast of characters (except the Toy Soldiers of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) are doll-sized to Andy’s Room. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

My newest layout comes from Toy Story 2 – Andy has moved in to a new house which remarkably has an almost identical looking room as his last. This

This took me roughly five weeks to create, start to finish. The full layout is 30″x30″, and roughly 36″ high. The ‘scale’ I did this in would put the room at roughly 16 feet square.

A few changes have been made to the actual room in the movie. Since this is meant to be seen at shows, one wall needed to be taken out. The missing wall contains the main door to Andy’s room – the door on the side is just a closet. Because of this, the dresser and shelves had to be relocated. Fortunately there was plenty of open space – those corners were mostly empty in the movie.

For those of you in the Chicago area who would like to see this in person, this will be going on display for the first time at the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club’s Christmas Show in Wheaton, Illinois, Dec. 11th and 12th. I will also be bringing this to Brickworld 2011 as well as numerous smaller local shows all year round.

The mosaic on the bedspread is stunning!
Bed from above

I love the bookshelves!

You can see the full set of images on Matt’s Flickr photostream.

Toy Story as Miniland Models

April 17, 2010

I realize I still haven’t finished my review on Bricks by the Bay and I apologize for that. I’m still processing the weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As a tiny tidbit I’d like to focus on these models.

In an earlier post I talked about the John Lasseter bust that was made by Erik Varszegi. My favorite part of the model was the Miniland scale Buzz and Woody figures that Erik had made. I really wanted a better look at them.

As a nice bonus to going to Bricks by the Bay not only was Erik there, but he had brought Buzz, Woody and even more of the Toy Story gang to display.

I was especially happy that I could get a look at the back of Buzz.

And the LGM (little green man) Alien was super cute too. ๐Ÿ™‚

On a slightly related note I have to mention LEGOLAND California Master Model Builder Joel Baker’s claw machine model.

Even though I knew he was making this, it was still a wonderful model to see in person. He even had the lettering on the side.

More pictures and reviews from Bricks by the Bay to come. ๐Ÿ˜‰

LEGO City Fireman Model

April 15, 2010


Today I got quiet a surprise when I visited my local Toys “R” Us. There was a life size model of a Firefighter made out of LEGO bricks.

Being the picky Master Model Builder that I am, I couldn’t just look at and admire it, I had to study how it was built.


The first thing I noticed was that it was very round. Now as I know a little about LEGO building and how many of the models are done now I figured immediately that it was probably designed with Brickbuilder, the internal LEGO computer program that takes 3D computer images and turns them into LEGO models. There a subtle clues that the average non-Master Builder would never recognize.

Here’s a Model Building Tip for you. If you notice the gray stripe right under his belt in the front the way the brick layers curve tell me that this was originally designed by a computer. Why? Well if the model had been designed by hand the curve would have been smoother. A computer doesn’t have the “artist’s eye” so it doesn’t see the abrupt curves as a problem. When Brickbuilder was first used this problem showed up a lot. Over all the model looked impressive, but there were all these funky curves per layer that didn’t make any sense. My guess is that the model designer fixed most of the curves on this model but either didn’t notice the one I mentioned or didn’t see it as important enough to fix.

I encountered that problem myself when I was building my giant lady bug. Transferring the half-dome to make the shell only took a few minutes, but fixing all the funny curves took three days. I also added the black dots at the same time.

Erik Varszegi, Master Model Builder extraordinaire, truly is a master taking Brickbuilder to the next level. He uses it as it is meant to be used, as just one more tool in the Master Builder’s bag of tricks.

In fact there is a great article about designing with Brickbuilder that Erik wrote in Issue 9 of the BrickJournal Magazine

Just because many of the LEGO models start out with a computer designing them doesn’t mean that Master Model Builders will disappear. The Master Builders still have lots of steps to do before it can go from computer screen to actual 3D LEGO model. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So if you get a chance to see this at your local Toys “R” Us, take a moment to look and admire it.

LEGO Toy Story 3 7599 Garbage Truck Getaway

March 22, 2010

via FBTB

Toys R Us will have a LEGO Toy Story 3 Exclusive, the Garbage Truck Getaway. The price will be $44.99 for 402 pieces and from the looks of it, there are a lot of good elements in this set. ๐Ÿ™‚

New toy alien minifig, “dirty” Buzz, purple bear, and Jessie. Not to mention the garbage truck itself. The design is excellent and all those fun dark green elements make it that much more cool.

There are small images popping up on of the rest of the LEGO Toy Story 3 line including the first images I’ve seen of the Toy Story Duplo sets. I generally stay away from Duplo (other than promo bricks) since I don’t have any kids, but for these I might make an exception — especially for the LGM (Little Green Man) Alien. ๐Ÿ˜€

LEGO John Lasseter

February 15, 2010

John Lasseter of Pixar was presented with a LEGO version of himself along with Miniland scale versions of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. The life-size bust was created by my friend Master Model Designer Erik Varszegi of the Enfield, Connecticut Model Shop.

In related new Angus MacLane of Pixar and Cubedude fame created a very special Cubedude Buzz Lightyear as a 2010 LEGO Toy Fair Premium. Only 150 were made and signed by Angus himself.

Hopefully by next year I will actually be at Toy Fair myself so that I can give you a first hand account.

BrickJournal — There’s an app for that!

February 4, 2010

Now BrickJournal is as mobile as you are.

BrickJournal Mobile is an app that has all the feeds to BrickJournal Magazine’s resources on the web, including podcasts and the BrickJournal website, allowing LEGO fans to keep up with the latest news and events that are happening in the LEGO community! Links go to BrickJournal’s site, photo archive, blog and video podcasts!

Although I’m not tech savvy enough to actually use apps (mainly because I don’t own an ipod, iphone, or any other equipment starting with “i” ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I’m excited that BrickJournal is moving further into the 21st century.

I’m also excited for the next issue of BrickJournal that focuses on all things LEGO Disney. There is even an article by Erik Varszegi and Dan Steininger, two of the Master Model Designers in the Enfield, Connecticut Model Shop. You can find out what else is in this issue at

LEGO Toy Story 3 Sets Early Pictures

December 14, 2009

On the cusp of the LEGO Toy Story sets finally being released early images of the LEGO Toy Story 3 sets are starting to appear. 8)

7789 Lotso’s Dump Truck

7597 Western Train Chase

7596 Trash Compactor Escape

From what I see, these will be a nice addition to a great theme. The Dump Truck doesn’t really excite me all that much, but the other two look pretty cool. I won’t be able to make concrete judgments until I see the actual sets, but I’m starting to get excited. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I picked up three of the current Toy Story sets myself and I’ll be sure to post my reviews of the sets in future posts. One thing I will say is that even if you aren’t a Toy Story fan these sets should not be overlooked. There are a lot of great pieces, parts and colors in the sets.

Thanks to for sharing these images. ๐Ÿ˜€

Update: Images were “taken down.”

Disney’s D23 LEGO Mosaic

September 16, 2009

Photo Credit: Andrew Petersen

I wasn’t able to go to Disney’s first D23 Convention this past weekend up in Anaheim right across from Disneyland, but a lot of other people were. One of the highlights LEGO-wise was the LEGO Mosaic that everyone got to help build. This was very similar to the Bionicle mosaic building event that I helped run at Comic Con. Convention guests were given a 6×6 plate with the color already on there so it was a build-by-color event.

My good friend Erik Varszegi one of the LEGO Master Model Builders ran the event.

Just like the Bionicle mosaic, you couldn’t tell what it was until a good majority of the plates were on there. The mosaic measures 8 feet by 15 feet. And features a whole host of Disney characters and celebrities including the man himself Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Woody, and Buzz Lightyear. What’s really cool is that they made a time-lapse video of the entire build.

Awesome job Erik and all the D23 guests!

2010 LEGO Toy Story Sets Unveiled at D23

September 11, 2009

Photo Credit: just JENN

D23, a all Disney all the time convention up right across from Disneyland at the Anaheim Convention Center is going on this weekend. I don’t know much about it to be honest, but I do know that over at the LEGO booth they unveiled the new LEGO Toy Story Sets. I also know they have some kind of building event going on (the Model Builder doing it told me).

When I first heard about LEGO creating Toy Story sets, I was wondering exactly what the sets would look like. I mean, would they be based off the movie scenes, but then I was having visions of overlarge bed posts, etc. to have it on a toy’s perspective.

I’m glad that they went a different route, making it more like the actual toys set and scenes such as Woody’s Round-up (the return of Western, sort of) set and Buzz’s Spaceship. Toys made as toys, what a concept. ๐Ÿ˜€

I also like the brick built Buzz and Zurg. The nice thing about Zurg is all the fun purple pieces that he comes with. So far, purple has been an under-used color in my opinion. Although I have to say that I can’t see much use for Buzz’s head other than in the set. I’m sure some one will prove me wrong, using it it some interesting way in the future.

I really like the little Army Men and their Jeep. It find it funny that LEGO neglected to give them green guns. I know that they don’t want to encourage violence (and nether do I), but at the same time, that is what the Army Men have — guns. They are Army Men after all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Seeing the sets makes me want to get them even more than when I saw just the figures. Makes me wonder if some of these will be available for the Christmas season. We’ll just have to wait and see.

You can join the forum on Eurobricks and see what others think of the sets.