Posts Tagged ‘Classic Space’

21109 Exo-Suit Review

July 11, 2014

A couple of days ago I got sent a very special package in the mail.
Look what I got from Denmark

I’ve never gotten a set before the release date direct from Denmark. I don’t know how I got on the list, but I want to thank whoever at LEGO put me on it so that I could get to review such a great set! 🙂

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This is the first LEGO Ideas set that I’ve opened. I bought the Ghostbusters set, but I’ve been too busy to get to it yet — isn’t it a bummer that I’m too busy building with LEGO to build with LEGO? (totally sarcastic) 😉

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The instruction book is really nice, with great pictures of Peter Reid — the LEGO fan that created the original concept and Mark Stafford — Senior LEGO Set Designer
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As well as the story of the Exo-Suit Adventure
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This set also features new green suit Classic Spacemen (and woman 😉 ) as well as Peter’s signature turtle
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I have to say, I love the new green suits! When Classic Space originally came out green wasn’t even a LEGO color yet or we would have seen this sooner I’m sure.

The suit design is simply stunning! I’m not a mecha builder, but this just might convert me! There’s so much greebling. This model is sleek, totally pose-able and just plain awesome!

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This isn’t the greatest pic, but it shows how well the five fingered exo-suit hands can hold the turtle.
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Here’s a quick time lapse I made of the build

So my final verdict — buy it!!! Its coming out August 1st and will be $35 USD. I was already planning on picking up the model brfore I got this, and I’m certainly interested in getting more than one of these, its just that cool!

Benny!

January 23, 2014

The LEGO Movie Benny

So Chris Miller, one of the two directors of The LEGO Movie, tweeted this picture of what Benny, the Classic Space Guy will look like in sets.

Now if your of my generation, you’ve got a few of these guys. They were known for their space logos rubbing off and for the chin strap braking. Which is exactly why Benny was made the way he was.

Of course his chin strap is thicker than the original ones and the “rubbed” off torso is printed that way. 🙂

Benny will be available in two awesome sets coming out later this year

Metal Beard’s Sea Cow
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And Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship!
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These sets aren’t on the cheap side, but they are both stunning and two of the best sets from this theme.

Even if you were not interested in the LEGO Movie (and who isn’t?) if you like Pirates or Classic Space then these two sets have something for you. 😉

Day at the Beach

July 18, 2011

Sorry for the long absence.  I just got finished with my large commission last week and I’m trying to recover from all the lost sleep I’ve had the last month or so. As soon as I can I will be posting about my model but for now I’ll post this instead. 😉

Although I haven’t been on vacation, LEGO Comic Artist and fellow LUGOLA member Paul Lee took his family to the beach recently, this little guy was the result. 😀

What a great way to spend a day by the ocean. 🙂

New LEGO Games on the horizon

July 18, 2010

Several new LEGO Games are now available in Europe. One of the ones getting the most buzz is the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game (£24.99 — around $33 US) but there are three more games that look equally fun and haven’t gotten nearly enough notice. If you are interested in seeing an in-depth review of the Harry Potter Hogwarts game you can read it on Eurobricks.

The Orient Bazaar looks particularly interesting both for gameplay and as an excellent parts pack. The Belville perfume bottles have only been available in a handful of sets and only in three different colors. The last time it was available at all was in the 2007 Hogwarts Castle

Then there are the corner slopes, the 2×2 gold round tiles, and the 2×2 brown tiles with one knob. All very desirable parts. It retails for £17.99 which will most likely go for $25 in the US.


I’m not quite sure what the point of Meteor Strike is. The description says:

Launch satellites deep into space to seize these valuable cosmic rocks and sabotage your opponents lunar mission with laser blasts in the new LEGO Games Meteor Strike!

The classic space tiles and the dark red and blue elements make this one to look out for though. Also £17.99 — $24 US.

Atlantis Treasure looks fun and interesting.

I like the tiny micro subs that are the game pieces and I see lots of potential from the fun tiles included with this one. The long dark blue plates are also a definite selling point to me. The price is £19.99 — probably $30 US.

On a related note, for those of you in the States, there is a LEGO Games Truck Tour going on right now through September 6th. The weekend of August 14th at LEGOLAND California and the Chicago LEGO Discovery Center they are also having a LEGO Games Weekend

With both the prior wave yet to be released here in the States and this one to look forward to, I can see lots of LEGO games in my future. 🙂

LEGO Nighthawks

June 24, 2010

From the thumbnail it looks exactly like the original painting.

Alex Eylar recreated this classic painting. The lighting and figures he used are perfect.

Then, just because he could he changed all the figures to Spacemen 😀

Everything is better with Classic Spacemen.

Alex isn’t the only one that has recreated images into LEGO, in fact Marco Pece has a whole set of LEGO homage pictures.

Doctor Who’s K-9 — Bladewood Style

February 27, 2010

Louise Dade creator of Tranquility Base Comic has created a trio of K-9 models in a variety of colors — classic Doctor Who gray, Classic Space blue, and Space Police white.

Simple in design yet properly proportioned considering the Minifig scale. I can just see them rolling along behind the Doctor. 😀

Pictures from the Past

January 20, 2010

On Eurobricks member Def shared scanned-in images from a LEGO souvenir program for the LEGO World Show that was on display during Christmas time in Canada in 1984.

Many of the younger builders (early 20 somethings and teens) may not remember LEGO Truck Tours and shows. With four LEGOLAND Parks, the LEGOLAND Centers, and LEGO Stores all over the world LEGO just doesn’t do elaborate shows that travel around quite as much.

Compared to today’s model building standards, some of these models seem quaint and even simplistic. However, it must be said that models such as these were the inspirations for many of us when we were children. It also must be stressed that Master Model Builders of the 80’s did not have all the various colors, parts, and elements that we do today and yet they still managed to create some stunning creations.

What we would think of common colors today such as brown and orange were not even close to being available. Not to mention medium blue, lime green or dark red. There were only six colors back then. Six — Red, yellow, blue, white, black and light gray. 😯

In fact I can still remember clearly when all of these “newer” colors became available. 😉

Although many of us look back fondly on our childhood memories of Classic Space, Classic Castle, etc. LEGO shows and truck tours such as the one pictured here were the only way most of us ever got to see the larger than life creations of Master Model Builders. In many ways the younger builders of today are spoiled in comparison.

Nowadays with the internet, the LEGOLAND parks, LEGO stores, etc. even if we can’t physically go to these places, we can see images of the models around the world. Also, with resources such as Flickr, Eurobricks, and MOCpages not only can we see what Master Model Builders are doing but we can see what other LEGO fans are creating. And with Pick-a-brick and Bricklink we can create monumental creations of our own.

So, even though I still haven’t gotten that cypress tree element yet or the monorail that I wanted so much when I was little, I am glad to be in the here and now where we can relive the past through scanned in pictures and build towards the future. 🙂

Christmas Ray Gun

December 20, 2009

Who doesn’t want a festive ray gun to spell out “Merry Christmas?” Andrew Colunga has created this ray gun for just that purpose. This is so retro-classic space. I could totally see this in some B-movie from the 50’s. 😉

Bending the bounds of LEGO

September 3, 2009

Okay, maybe bending isn’t quite the right term. (No LEGO was harmed in the making of this MOC) 😉 But Alex Eylar has certainly reinterpreted what you can do with it. Although the curving technique in itself isn’t new, you normally see it used to make buildings like lighthouses or castle towers. The simple elegance of this model without excessive amounts of greebles along with the lower set of wings makes this model a nice change from others I’ve seen.


I only feel sorry for the pilot. It can’t be comfortable driving this thing! 😀

LEGO Ambassadors Program Cycle 7

June 5, 2009

The LEGO Group is looking for the next Ambassadors

Hello LEGO Enthusiasts

We’re happy to announce that the nomination process for LEGO Ambassador Cycle 7 is now open.

The LEGO Ambassador Program is designed to give the AFOL Community a direct line into the LEGO Company. The Program is essentially a gathering of community representatives that speak on behalf of the larger communities they are a part of. This group is able to bring forward the interests, concerns and questions directly to LEGO Employees.

Who’s allowed to nominate?

Any AFOL Community Group (online or on the map) will have the opportunity to submit nominations from their group (up to 3 people if they so choose). Not everyone can be selected for the program in order to keep the group manageable.

If you choose to submit a nomination it does not mean that your candidate will be chosen, but it does mean that your group will have just as much an opportunity to get involved in having a direct representative in the LEGO Ambassador Program. We will try to get a diverse group of people who are able to represent the whole AFOL community as good as possible.

Groups can certainly nominate someone already in the Ambassador Program, but the program has a two term limit in order to opportunites for more people to be involved. After a term out of the program, a previous Ambassador can be re-nominated (this rule only started with cycle 6 so all current Ambassadors are still eligible).

A group that submits a nomination for the LEGO Ambassador program should be established and known within the LEGO Community.

What should a nomination have in it?

* Name and age of the nominee.
* Where is the nominee from?
* Which Group does this nominee represent?
* Does this person consent to being nominated (Please do not submit a nomination on behalf of someone you have
not discussed with beforehand).
* Explanation of who the nominees are, what their activities are, and why they would be a good representative of
their community (at least 3 testimonials from members of nominating group are required)
* Key interests of the nominee (themes, building styles, and some examples of their building)
* NEW!!! Platform – The nominations should now include a list of the goals that the nominee and the community
he/she represents are looking to accomplish as part of the program. Remember the LEGO Ambassador Program is all
about the AFOL community having representation into the LEGO Group, so this is an effort to have you think ahead
as to what you really think would benefit your communities the most.

When is the Nomination Due?

July 1, 2009 by midnight GMT. If a nomination is received after this time it will be automatically rejected. The new cycle will be announced on approximately July 8, 2009.

Who Should the Nominations be sent too?

Nominations should be sent directly to steve@lego.com

What might a LEGO Ambassador be committing too?

* LEGO Ambassadors are committing to represent their communities interests to the LEGO Group.
* There are projects that Ambassadors can take part in, it is up to the individual to decide what they may or may not
be interested in working on. It all comes down to how they feel they can best represent their community.
* Online discussions will be held for the Entire group of Ambassadors that will include members of the LEGO Community
Team and other LEGO Employees as well.
* In order to get the most out of the program you should be willing to give some time to in order to help discussions
along. If you don’t give time to it then you may not be dishonoring the nomination you received from the community.

There is no NDA requirement to take part in the LEGO Ambassador Program for Cycle 7. There may be an instance where a special project will come up and the Ambassadors may have to sign an NDA to participate in that, but it will take place in a separate forum in order to limit confusion as to what can be said outside of the Ambassador program. Otherwise, anything shared in Ambassador Discussions can be shared with the AFOL Community.

This next session of the Ambassador Program will last approximately one year.

Thank you all. Your nominations are very valuable for helping the LEGO Community Team choose the next round of LEGO Ambassadors.

Steve Witt – LEGO Ambassador Lead
&
Tormod, Jan, Jim, Lenka, and Phil
The LEGO Community Team

Although I don’t plan on participating (unless someone nominates me 🙂 ). If you are interested in Nominating some one or want to even nominate yourself, check with your local LEGO users group or go to one of these sites:

Eurobricks
Classic Castle
Classic Space
Bricklink
Flickr