Posts Tagged ‘CubeDude’

Star Wars Celebration V LEGO CubeDudes exclusive

August 1, 2010

CubeDudes not only took Comic Con by storm, now they are invading Star Wars Celebration V as well. You can read an interview with Angus MacLane on StarWars.com

Almost makes me want to make the cross country trip to get one of these, but unlike Celebration IV (which was in LA), I won’t be going to Florida for this one. Of course I could build my own from the pictures, but its just not the same.

Comic Con Exclusive CubeDudes Review

July 28, 2010

Hi all, sorry about the long span between posts. Comic Con does take a lot out of me.

SW CubeDudes 1

For all of those who couldn’t make it to Comic Con, or didn’t get a chance to buy one of the exclusive Star Wars CubeDude sets, here’s your chance to at least see what was inside it.

SW CubeDudes 2

SW CubeDudes 3
Angus MacLane was nice enough to sign mine. He signed for about an hour on two different days. It was really nice to see him again. 🙂

SW CubeDudes 4

Here’s what actually comes in the box. I can hear the gasps from here. Yes, I opened the box! 😯 The nice thing about this exclusive is that you can gently pull the sticker up to open the box without really damaging it. One thing you can’t tell from the pictures is that the instruction booklet has glossy silhouettes of the CubeDudes. It looks really cool, but really hard to photograph.

SW CubeDudes 5
Here’s what a random page in the instructions look like. The instructions are a little bit strange. They look a little like they were thrown together at the last minute and some of the steps are a little interesting. Angus actually told me about that when he was signing my box.

SW CubeDudes 6
Each figure is in its own bag, which makes it easy to build them. The models each take only a few minutes to build and its a nice way to learn how to make a CubeDude.

SW CubeDudes 7
The final built figures. Yoda is my favorite, but then he’s always been one of my favorites. 😀

SW CubeDudes 8

Overall I’d say it is a very cool exclusive. $75 is a little pricey, but considering the price of last year’s exclusives (six of which were just minifigs), 5 CubeDudes at $15 each isn’t too bad. At least you can do something with the exclusive once you get it home — that is if you open the box. 😉

Comic Con 2010 Thursday and Friday

July 23, 2010

P1210940

Before I say anything else I have to just say — yes, that is what you think, and yes, it is real!

From my sources I got confirmation that that is an official LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean! Now if you were paying attention earlier when LEGO canceled the regular Pirates line while at the same time announcing the LEGO/Disney relationship all you had to do was put two and two together. This prototype model was leaked into the Prince of Persia display as a sneak peek of this new line. No word on when it will come out but I would have to guess that it would be June of next year, about a month before the movie will be released.

P1210924

Here you can see the built CubeDudes of the Comic Con exclusive set. The models are pretty cute, my only complaint is the $75 price and the very thin cardboard box. Angus MacLane, father of the CubeDude movement, was there today signing. He’s a pretty cool guy. I’ve met him before at Bricks by the Bay and have chatted with him online many times, but it’s always nice to talk to him in person. 🙂

P1210811
Not only is there a raffle to buy the CubeDudes but there is also a drawing for a custom display case with three Boba Fetts — White Boba, Gold Boba, and Silver Boba. This is the one I forgot to snap a shot of before.

Although I usually stay away from mentioning Mega Blocks at all I had to post this, their attempt at model building.
P1210803

P1210800
I have seen models by them before in New York’s Times Square Toys R Us. And I was equally unimpressed with those models. The Halo fig and the Iron Man Bust seem rather blocky (pardon the pun) and about twenty years behind LEGO in design quality.

P1210834
On a totally unrelated note Joe Meno of BrickJournal had his panel yesterday. It was really well presented and well attended. Jim Foulds (LEGO), Jonathan Bender (LEGO a Love Story), Brandon Griffith, and Nathan Sawaya made up the panel.

P1210844
Attending the BrickJournal panel was Gabriel Cuevas, a huge LEGO fan and aspiring Model Builder, who created a LEGO Comic Con shirt using the brick baseplate t-shirt

P1210934
Today, with the BrickJournal Panel behind him, Joe Meno is letting himself have a little fun with the Staro mask I found for him. 😀

P1210931
Another random LEGO find was the Brick Testament books at the Quirk Books Booth.

Its been a pretty crazy couple of days and there are still two days to go. Now I’ve got to go to bed so I can wake at the insane hour of 3 am to get decent parking tomorrow.

Lino’s Lionfish Starship

July 19, 2010

Lino Martins, no slouch when it comes to model building, is currently going head-to-head with equally talented builder Guy Himber in what can only be called Iron Builder (naturally). 😉

Just like Iron Chef there are secret ingredient pieces that must be used in clever and interesting ways. They are building these for a Builder’s Lounge challenge.

Not to be out done Guy created this Urchin

It all started with a simple CubeDude version of Lino:

Cube Dude Lino was concerned as to what fate V&A Steamworks had planned for him.

He should be VERY afraid……….

Another creation by Guy with the same mystery part is this:

I don’t know exactly how they will tell who wins this competition, but I will keep an eye on both of their photostreams on Flickr.

Can you guess what the mystery part is? Hint — its white and curved. 😉

LEGO San Diego Comic Con 2010 Exclusives

July 17, 2010

The rumor of yesterday’s post is in fact now a fact: Five of Angus Maclane’s fun and funky Star Wars CubeDudes will be this year’s LEGO Comic Con Exclusive. 😀

Not only is there an image of them in the latest issue of Toyfair Magazine, but none other than Angus himself confirmed it on his Facebook page.

This will be the first time LEGO has ever offered a built and guled model, much less a CubeDude model, at Comic Con. Up until now they have all been either set or minifigure exclusives. You can read the entire press release at FBTB.

The CubeDudes will most likely be offered through a raffle ticket process where only those with the “winning” tickets get the chance to purchase the exclusive. This is a pretty standard way of offering low-quantity exclusives at Comic Con. As there are five, it will probably be one per day like last year. The 2009 exclusives were $50 each, pretty steep for three minifigs in a box, but there you are. There were 300 of the daily exclusives last year, no word on the amount made or the price point for this year’s. Also, Angus will be on hand both Friday and Saturday for an hour signing his models.

White Boba Fett at the San Deigo Comic Con

July 16, 2010

News and rumors are coming from FBTB that the elusive White Boba Fett minifigure will be handed out at next weeks San Diego Comic Con.

LEGO is working with the 501st Legion to help distribute the figures. These will not be available at LEGO’s booth. Supplies are limited. No further details yet. It may involve participating in their popular Droid Hunt activity they seem to do at every convention where they have a presence. If I get anymore info, I’ll post here.

Now if this is anything like the distribution of much coveted Golden C-3PO a few years back, then they will most likely only be giving them to children. But as I will once again be helping out at the LEGO booth, I will find out soon enough how they will be passed out and let you know. 😉

The rumor part from FBTB is this:

Gooker1 from our forums reports that the latest issue of Toyfare magazine has revealed what LEGO’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive will be: a set of Cube Dudes designed by the father of the Cube Dude movement himself, Angus MacLane. The Dudes will be R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Captain Rex. The convention runs 4 days, 5 if you include preview night, so I’m guessing they will sell one Dude per day. Stay tuned for more info as I get it.

Now I don’t know how true this is, there have been no other posts anywhere that I can find that confirm or deny this. If it is true, than it is very cool! I will know soon enough next Wednesday, so not to worry I will be keeping on the case!

As for other LEGO Comic Con news, there will be both a BrickJournal panel and a LEGO Universe panel. I look forward to going to both.

If you are coming to Comic Con, stop by the LEGO booth and check it out. If not, don’t worry. I will do my best to post the happenings over the course of the convention. 🙂

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.

CubeDudes: The Fad Begins

September 25, 2009

Barely days after Angus MacLane posted his jaw dropping array of Cubedudes others are joining the bandwagon and creating their own. 😀


Fox — Jordan Schwartz Blues Brothers — Duq


CubeZaku — R.J. Waldman Pam and The Hoff — nolnet

I wonder who else will show up next. 😉

CubeDudes

September 23, 2009

Usually when someone comes up with a new building style they make one or two sample models to start and immediately put them on display on Flickr or some other photo sharing site or forum. Angus MacLane on the other hand made 101 different CubeDudes before he posted them!! 😯

Just a little smaller than Miniland scale, but with larger heads these Chibi-like characters are definitely their own scale. If you are going to BrickCon, look for the ones that Angus is bringing there.

They are so cool and so cute, you just can’t help but want to make your own set of CubeDudes. 🙂