Posts Tagged ‘Cafe Corner’

10230 Mini Modulars

September 25, 2011

I know I’m a bit late on the ball with this one, as its already been covered on all the major blogs and forums already, but I thought I’d add my praise to what looks like a spectacular set!

10230 Mini Modulars

Ages 12+. 1,356 pieces.
US $79.99 CA $99.99 DE 69.99 € UK 59.99 £ DK 649.00 DKK AU $119.99

Available only to our LEGO® VIP Program Members, this exclusive mini modulars set is an authentic miniature representation of the first 5 buildings in the Modular Building series: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium. Featuring highly detailed design, each building can be displayed as a stand alone piece or connected to the others buildings in the set. The mini Café Corner includes details like a fan above the doorway and printed hotel signage, while the mini Market Street includes transparent bricks and a unique brick construction. The quaint mini Green Grocer also features transparent bricks and a fire escape at the rear, while the mini Fire Brigade includes a brick bell and white arch wall elements. Finally, the mini Grand Emporium has a rooftop sign, skylight and window washing platform. With fantastic detailing and a huge variety of elements in a range of rich colors, this exclusive mini modulars set is the perfect addition to every VIP Member’s collection.

Exclusively available to LEGO® VIP Members!
Authentic miniature representation of first 5 Modular Buildings: Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium!
Each building can be displayed individually or connected to the other buildings in the set!
All buildings feature fantastic detailing and a wide variety of elements and colors!
Completed model measures over 5″ (14.5 cm) tall, 12″ (32 cm) long and 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide!
Each individual building measures 2.5″ (6.5 cm) long and 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide!

 

There’s even a video with set designer Jamie Berard explaining the model.

I’m certainly excited about this set! So many fun pieces and interesting connection techniques. Jamie knows what AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) want and continues not to disappoint. 😀

Adventures of Clutch Powers Movie Review

February 24, 2010

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With the excitement of going to the World Premiere of Adventures of Clutch Powers on Saturday I realized today that I didn’t actually review the movie (can you say duh? 😛 ).

Well as you can probably guess from the above picture, that although Clutch Powers and his team are based in LEGO City (the Theme that is) that end up in a Castle era world. Although I won’t give everything away, I may be giving some of it away so . . .

**** Warning!!!! Spoiler Alert!!!!! *****
In other words, if you want to be totally surprised when you watch the movie, wait until after you have seen it to read further. 😀

The movie spans four LEGO Themes — Power Miners, City, Space Police, and Castle. Now although this seems like a strange mix, and even I found that the storyline was a bit of a stretch, considering that the movie is basically a 90 minute LEGO commercial for all non-licensed LEGO themes it works (well not completely). I counted about 40 or so actual sets throughout the movie.

The movie opens with Clutch “I work alone” Powers down in a mine driving the Thunder Driller (at least I think its that set). He drills into a new area of the cave and happens to find a whole bunch of “power crystals.” While trying to grasp one he runs into what else? A Rock Monster, naturally. After a bit of a scuffle (where you see another Power Miners set get destroyed) with the Rock Monster he happens to escape and get a crystal.

Clutch returns to headquarters, after driving through what seems like the whole city. All of the modular buildings except the newest Grand Emporium are in LEGO City along with the Grand Carousel and the newer Town Plan. There is at least two Creator houses that the protagonist zips by more than once in the film.

On getting at headquarters Clutch finds out that his boss (I forget his name) decides he needs a team. Although none of them want to work together, they decide they have to. Then they get a distress call from the Space Police prison.

You’re probably asking yourself “What?” at this point. I know I was. Not a very smooth transition of story. My theory is that the when they wrote the script, they figured that since all of the LEGO sets exist at the same time on the toy shelves, they can all exist at the same time in the movie. Yeah, sure, that works. 😉

Anyhow, back to the movie.

So they fly (using the Galactic Enforcer ship) that was “created” by their resident scientist Artie to the Space Prison. Upon arriving and finding no one about they get attacked by the evil wizard Mallock the Malign one of three prisoners (the other two are seen as shadowy cloaked figures behind the wizard). Mallock and his cohorts steal their ship, while destroying the two other ships on the landing pad (two more Space Police sets, big surprise). But since it is a LEGO world the team just builds a new ship.

They figure out that Mallock has headed to the medieval planet of Ashlar. This is where I again asked myself “What?” Why would an evil wizard who has magic powers in a “modern” world decide to go back to a medieval planet? Even after watching the whole movie, I was still asking myself this question. The movie definitely is not very big on well thought out story lines.

Once Clutch and his team arrive they find out that they have to help the crown prince fight Mallock and his skeleton army. Without making this review too much longer, they end up wining the war and recapturing Mallock to take him back to the Space Police prison. They learn the valuable lesson, after much squabbling throughout the whole movie, that they need to work together and “build on each other” to get the job done. The movie ends with the team getting yet another mission. Can you say sequels?

All in all the 90 minutes was a little long for me. I loved the cute characters, but the story was just a tad too strung out and slow in the middle. I can see Power Miners and City going together, and maybe even Space Police, but throwing in Castle (especially as the whole second half of the movie) was just a little much, and not in a good way.

6-10 year-olds will like it. The obvious plot holes, the unlikelihood of the story, and the randomness of it all will make perfect sense to them. I enjoyed seeing, but I can’t say that I would buy the DVD.

**** Spoiler Alert Ends ****

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post. 😉

The Adventures of Clutch Powers Premiere at LEGOLAND California

February 20, 2010

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LEGOLAND California was seeing stars today. Specifically Ryan McPartlin and Yvonne Strahovski of the NBC TV show Chuck. They are two of the voice actors for the new straight to DVD movie The Adventures of Clutch Powers.

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Today was the World Premiere at LEGOLAND California including a walk down the red carpet, a lunch box, and even a LEGO set for every person. Besides all of the people that worked on the movie and media like me many LEGOLAND pass holders who had entered online were chosen randomly to get a chance to see the movie.

In fact I got to sit right behind Ryan McPartlin (aka Captain Awesome on Chuck) and his family during the movie. Ryan is really nice and I enjoyed meeting him and Yvonne Strahovski. Actually I got to meet several people involved in the movie including the director Howard Baker and the music composers David and Eric Wurst.

Howard Baker was sitting a little bit behind me and he noticed how much I was laughing at certain parts of the movie (I have to admit, I have a loud laugh 😀 ). Without giving anything away, there is a nice nod to the LEGO enthusiasts out there which he noticed I really liked. Howard told me that for the scenes where you see LEGO city from the air he was inspired by many of the town layouts that LEGO fans create. I counted around 40 or so real LEGO buildings, cars, and other sets that were used throughout the movie including the Cafe Corner, the Grand Carousel, and the Fire Brigade. Howard said that he used whatever LEGO sets the LEGO company gave him Maya images of.

After the DVD movie we were all given the special treat of watching the new Clutch Powers 4D movie. Although they still have some kinks to work out on the effects, (we kind of got soaked by the water effect) it was an enjoyable experience. 😉

“We at LEGOLAND California are honored to have the opportunity to host the premiere of this fantastic film,” said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort. “It was especially exciting to watch the movies surrounded by the creative team that made it all happen.”

Clutch Powers is a brand new character from LEGO and is the best builder and explorer in the LEGO universe. In “LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers,” viewers join Clutch on his most dangerous mission yet as he and his team travel from LEGO City to the Space Police prison planet to the medieval world of Ashlar where they must help the rightful heir to the King’s throne find the courage to regain the kingdom from the evil wizard Mallock the Malign.

In “A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure,” Clutch and his team head out on another mission where they are forced to battle with an evil Rock Monster. The movie features amazing 3-D effects combined with wind, water and snow for an action packed and fun 4-D adventure.

LEGOLAND California also honored the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption today with a $10,000 donation to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a program responsible for dramatically increasing adoptions for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Louis Elguera, the Vice President of Operations for Wendy’s accepted the donation.

In the U.S. “A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure” will be playing only at LEGOLAND California and at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. The movie is included in the cost of admission.

via LEGOLAND California’s press release

The voice actors also sat for signings and photos at the end of the event. I didn’t get in line since I had already gotten to meet them and I wanted all the kids that were in line have a chance.
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I won’t give any of the movie details away or mention any spoilers, but I really did like the movie. I loved seeing the LEGO Minifigs come to life and finally talk. For any true LEGO fan it is definitely worth watching at least once. 🙂

BrickCon 2009 the first Images

October 3, 2009


Photo Credit: Aaron Mathews

From the looks of all the pictures I’m seeing, BrickCon looks like its bigger and better than last year. 🙂 They opened up the entire floor hall this year and it looks like they filled it in well.

It looks like there is a great turnout for the Public Hours.

Photo Credit: Mark Sandlin

I’ll just have to wait and see what my friends who are there have to say about this weekend.

BrickCon 2009 has begun

October 2, 2009

Well even without me BrickCon 09 has started (like I’m that important). 😉

Here we see Steve Witt — official LEGO Fan liaison — who, according to Mark Sandlin is holding a “New Pirate Ship” and that will be available January 2010 for $180.00. If that’s true, that’s a pretty sweet model. Even if it’s not true, its still sweet. 😀

Without actually being there, it will be hard to really report much about the events and what not, so I’ll have to rely on others’ pictures and my friends from The Brothers Brick too keep all of us non-attendees up to date. I’ll try my best to troll Flickr to find the best representations of BrickCon 09.

For those of you who have never attended a LEGO convention, it truly is a wonderful experience. To have so many like-minded individuals in one place and to be able to share your creations in real life with people who will appreciate them for what they are (including all the intricate details that the non-LEGO fans would miss) is absolutely enjoyable. 😀

The next LEGO Convention that I know of in the States is Bricks by the Bay which will be held on April 9-11, 2010 in San Francisco. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend, but that’s still months away, so we’ll see.

I also really hope that I can attend BrickCon next year, since I’m really bummed that I’m missing such a fun weekend with so many of my friends. 😦

So, everyone that is at BrickCon 09 and reads this blog, have fun for me! 🙂

Eurobricks 10197 Fire Brigade Review

July 19, 2009

I mentioned the 10197 Fire Brigade set last month. Now we can finally see what it really looks like. Jansued, a member of Eurobricks, has done a rather in depth and humorous review of the new Fire Brigade set. There are nice close-up images of the engine, the station itself, and what I find most interesting — how they built the 1932 in plates.

I love what Jansued said about the 1932

I guess this took forever to develop and right now there are running some mentally damaged naked designers through the floors in Billund, Danmark while there shouting 1932 loudly again and again…

Now I am very familiar with the numbers and lettering built in this style. We used it all the time in the Model Shop at LEGOLAND California. When we used it however, we never had to make all the parts connecting per se. Usually it was built as part of a mosaic or into the side of a Miniland building. As long as it was held in by gravity — in other wards just sitting in there — than it was “legal.” Of course we would then glue it, so that it could go out into the park.

I understand how and why they did it the way they did, but I still think it would drive me bonkers too trying to figure it out. 😛

If you are interested in reading the full review and seeing all the pictures they can be found at Eurobricks.

10197 Fire Brigade

June 15, 2009

At the start of April I blogged a post asking the question “What’s under the black cloth?” We speculated about:

Considering that it is right next to the Green Grocer and the Market Street and the fact that its about the same height, there is a lot of speculation that it is the next Modular Building

We wondered:

No one knows what it really is (except the LEGO designers of course) 😉 but time will reveal if it is really a set or not.

But now we know!

It is indeed the next Modular Building! The 10197 Fire Brigade.

10197 – Fire Brigade

Ages 16+. 2,231 pieces.

US $ 149.99; CA $ 199.99, UK £ 97.85, DE € 149.99

Build an authentic vintage fire station!

Ding ding ding! There’s a fire in town! The fire brigade drives to the scene from this detailed and realistic 1930’s fire station. Designed to fit with other modular buildings like 10182 Café Corner and 10185 Green Grocer, the station features rare LEGO® pieces and innovative construction techniques. It includes a ‘30s-style fire truck, 4 minifigures, a fire-dog, an opening station garage door, and a removable building roof for interior access. It also includes 2 fully-furnished floors with fire-fighting tools, racks for the firemen’s helmets, fire-pole, ping-pong table, kitchen with fully-stocked fridge, couch, bookshelf and a roof with a water tower and bell. Measures 14″ (35 cm) high and 10″ (25 cm) wide.

* Includes a 1930’s-style fire truck, 4 minifigures and a fire-dog!
* Features lots of realistic details including fire-fighting tools, racks for firemen’s helmets and even a fire-pole!
* The station house features an opening station garage door and 2 fully-furnished floors including a kitchen with fully-stocked fridge and a ping-pong table!
* Remove the roof for interior access!
* The roof is equipped with a water tower and bell!
* Fire Brigade features rare LEGO elements including bricks and plates in dark tan, 1×1 dark red tiles, a red hot dog and the 3×6×5 Belleville® arch. It also features gold fireman’s helmets, a tan hand bag and a red sliding garage door!
* Measures 14″ (35 cm) high and 10″ (25 cm) wide.
* Add Fire Brigade to your LEGO® Town and combine it with other modular buildings like 10182 Café Corner and 10185 Green Grocer!

The new element I immediately noticed was the tan Indy pouch. I also noticed the brick-built “1932” (the year LEGO was founded). 😉 As far as I know this is the first time they have included that type of LEGO lettering in an official set, although the Master Model Builders (including myself) have been using this technique for years at the LEGOLAND parks.

I’m glad to see that LEGO is finally showing some of the tricks that the Model Builders have known for years. In fact, that is one of the main reasons I started Model Building Secrets. I wanted to finally reveal the “secrets” of Model Building. They have never really been secrets, its just that no one has come out and explained them. 😀

Any how, sorry for the little tangent, if you would like to see more photos you can see Dunechaser’s Flickr Photostream aka Andrew of Brothers Brick.

The Bad Day is Over, And Now For the Winner

May 25, 2009

Over at Reasonably Clever the Bad Day for Micropolis Contest is over. Because I was a guest judge (I donated a copy of my book ) I didn’t want to post my thoughts on the contest until it was over.

And the winner is:

Not only did Roguebantha win my book, he also won the top prize. 😀 Choosing a prize was really hard, but his just stood out. Especially the Micro versions of the Cafe Corner, Green Grocer, and the Market Street. I loved the look of the rain and lightning too.

Some of my other favorites were Dragma’s Tornado through a trailer park

Dragma’s Tsunami bad day

pbpancho’s Octan HQ is burning!

And Polywen’s It came from BELOW!!!

There were a lot of really good models, and I applaud all those that entered! 🙂

And now, a message from TwinLUG:

The contest may be over, but the FUN doesn’t have to stop!

The first-ever massive Micropolis collaborative layout will be held at Brickworld this year.

Your task: To construct one or more Micropolis modules to add to the huge city layout.

The micropolis standard can be found here: micropolis-micro-city-standard and a number of sample MOCs built according to the standard can be found at the recent Micropolis ‘Bad Day’ building contest at Reasonably Clever

We are hoping to have a HUGE layout, and already have a large number of modules confirmed.

Get building, and have fun!

I look forward to seeing what people come up with. 😉

Gotta love that little Cafe Corner

January 22, 2009

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Marcos Bessa from Portugal made this incredibly small and fabulously detailed Cafe Corner. I love the challenges that Microscale and Marcos did an amazing job. You can see more images on MOCpages.

He even made it so the the different floors come apart.

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Model Building Tips – Tiles on a Baseplate

September 12, 2008

Sorry for not posting yesterday. Life, as it occasionally does, got in the way. 😉

So, here’s my tip. On several of the Modular Houses sets like the Cafe Corner and Green Grocer LEGO put a layer of tiles to indicate sidewalks, etc. This is all well and good, if you don’t ever have to take to tiles off, but if you do want to actually use your LEGO pieces and baseplates for something else down the line, taking the tiles off can be a real pain in the neck!

When I got my Cafe Corner, I dutifully copied the design, placing the tile directly on to the baseplate. But with the Green Grocer, I got smarter. Instead of following the directions, I first put a layer of two-stud wide plates down. On the edges, and anywhere it would be seen I used green and anywhere else I used whatever color of plate I happened to grab (I sort my larger 2-wide plates by shape only).

Now, if you are using this for a train or town layout and want it to actually attach with other builder’s buildings, this might not work for you (unless they also follow my tip) 🙂 But if it is a stand-alone model this works great, especially when you take the model apart. You can just peel the plates off and then get the tiles off the plates.