Posts Tagged ‘Denmark’

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!

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The LEGO House

June 5, 2013

LEGO has announced that in 2016 they will be opening “The LEGO House.” From the looks of the video, which can be found with their press release it looks like a public version of LEGO’s legendary Idea House. Although the video also is an “early concept” so the interior may look totally different when its completed.

Even the building is constructed like its made out of bricks 😀

The LEGO House…
∙ Will cover an area of 80 by 100 meters and it will be approximately 30 meters tall.
∙ Will feature a total of 7,600 square meters – including exhibition areas, a café, a LEGO store and a public square.
∙ Will be built at the center of the town of Billund, and many entrances will open up the building to the surrounding area.
∙ will be built in collaboration between KIRKBI A/S, the LEGO Foundation and the LEGO Group, but the LEGO Group will handle the daily operation of the LEGO House once finished.

Just one more reason to visit Billund, Denmark. Of course you’ll have to wait a few years 😉

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?

Rocket Man

January 12, 2012

Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional Ryan Mcnaught has outdone himself once again!

Me next to the Saturn V

Known for his Love Boat and Qantus Airbus, Ryan is familiar with making big models. But his newest model the Saturn V rocket has 120,000 bricks and is 5.76 meters — nearly 19 feet tall!

Compared to the one we built at LEGOLAND California for Miniland Florida years ago (now on display in Denmark), this one is at least three times taller.

I love all the fun little details he adds to these models.

With the help of a little dry ice, its about to blast off!
Its a long way to the top....

The crew is about to board, but somebody is a little nervous 😀
Houston, We have a problem.....

There is so much that is downright awesome with this model! It will debut to the public at this year’s Brickvention January 21st-22nd in Melbourne, Australia.

On a slightly unrelated note, for any of you who are going to be at Brickvention, my LEGO jewelry and key chains will be available for sale at the convention. I can’t be there unfortunately, but at least I can be part of it in this small way. 🙂

LEGO Life of George

September 29, 2011

A little while ago George popped up on Facebook.

As he was supposed to, at first it was hard to tell if he was even officially affiliated with LEGO. But also as he was supposed to, George is starting to go viral. And now LEGO has offically annouced their new interactive game.

This is a combination of a smart phone app and a LEGO set that will be available through LEGO stores and lego.com.

LEGO Group Unveils First Fully Integrated Digital-to-Physical
Gaming Experience

– Combining physical building with a digital gaming application, LEGO® Life of George invites builders to test building skills in a race against time-

BILLUND, Denmark, September 29, 2011 – The LEGO Group today announced LEGO® Life of George, its first product to combine digital and physical play for a hands-on LEGO gaming experience. Featuring patent-pending brick recognition software, powered by EyeCue, the game challenges players to build models, and place them on a play mat that acts as a “green screen” to capture the image and receive a score based on accuracy and speed. Beginning October 1, 2011, players can purchase the LEGO Life of George set for $29.99 from LEGO Stores and shop.lego.com and download the free Apple iOS compatible gaming application.

LEGO Life of George is a 12-level game that can be played in novice or expert mode. Each level showcases an adventure from George, around whom the game revolves, and is comprised of models of varying difficulty based on the number of bricks needed and the building techniques required to replicate them. Builders are challenged to physically recreate the virtual models from George’s photo album using the LEGO bricks included with the game; once they have successfully completed all 10 models the next level will be unlocked.

In addition to Game Mode which can be played alone or against one competitor in a pass-and-play format, a Creation Mode called “My Life” enables users to design and capture their own models in the app’s virtual scrapbook.

“We understand consumers’ powerful connection to casual gaming, and we have seen how successfully the LEGO brand can translate to a virtual experience, so we pursued development of a fun way to combine both physical and virtual play into one product,” says Paal Smith-Meyer, head of new business at LEGO Group. “Life of George is a result of our desire to provide an innovative way for existing and new fans to play with LEGO bricks and interact with the brand.”

Who is George?
George is a software engineer by day and adventurer by night. His main hobbies are travel, photography and numbers, and has a fun storyline for players to follow and engage with via his Facebook page, I Am George. Fans can expect to see updates and photography from George on his travels as well as hints to new game levels and app updates through his posts.

Unfortunately it is only available for iphone, something that is seriously lacking in my opinion and hopefully will be available for other phones like android soon. But even so it is launching LEGO into a new era of the smart phone. 😉

LEGO Sleigh Ride

December 16, 2010

Sleigh

Jordan Schwartz constantly comes up with unconventional ways to make a model. Who else would combine Duplo and Bionicle in the same model and manage to make it look like neither of them? 😀

This is just a little rustic 19th century sleigh; I built the runners first, using lots of little bits of hose, the PoP/Ringmaster whips and some bars. From there, I built the body… or, more appropriately, stuck the body on [using minifigure hooks.] I’ve struggled with this shape for a long time, and in this case, I found this particular Bionicle mask to be effective. And for a finishing touch, I added what is quite possibly my favorite element, the DUPLO bearskin. I think it adds a nice, warm texture to compliment the minifigure’s fur-wrapped torso and hat.

Sleigh Construction

Here’s hoping his unique building skills will show up in LEGO sets once he starts working as a set designer in Denmark. 😉

MiniFig Presentation by Hillel at BrickCon 2010

October 18, 2010

As if they posted it just for me, Hillel Cooperman’s Presentation from BrickCon 2010 has now been posted on Youtube. It is just as funny watching it a second time.

Warning — for all those parents out there, there is some language in this video.

Hopefully the people of LEGO are listening to this, I know there was at least one LEGO VP in the audience at BrickCon. It would be awesome if some of Hillel’s ideas (which mirror a great many of my own) are implemented in future LEGO sets.

Nicole Snyder, of Dynamic Video Creations, did a wonderful job filming this and running all the audio and visual aspects of BrickCon this year.

Stickers are for wimps

May 27, 2010

That’s whatL.D.M.’s photo description says for this image:

For those of you who don’t know Maersk is a shipping company out of Denmark. 2004 was the one an only time that there was a Maersk Sealand cargo ship widely available but the history of the LEGO/Maersk partnership goes back decades.

LEGO Maersk blue is one of those rarer element colors that until the Sealand set could only be used in quantity by the LEGO Model Shops (the Washington DC Capital Building for example). As most of the sets were not commercially available and in smaller production, Maersk bricks can range from less than a dollar to hundreds of dollars on Bricklink.

What is ironic is that although L.D.M.’s model reference’s Maersk, the bricks he used to make the distinctive logo are not in fact Maersk blue. Instead he used Medium Blue cheese slopes that at the moment are only available in one set. 😉

Regardless of what colors he used or what its for, L.D.M.’s model is a great example of using cheese slopes in a LEGO mosaic model. 😀

LEGO World Shows of the 80s

April 19, 2010

Brickset.com has a new section on their website showcasing the LEGO World Shows that took place in the 80s. Long before LEGOLAND was anywhere other than in Denmark these touring shows inspired a generation of LEGO fans on just what could be done with the brick.

Although not as fantastic as modern LEGO models these earlier sculptures were the precursor to them. Children like me saw these models and have turned into the Master Model Builders, Architects and Artists of today. Who knows what future generations will come up with. 😉

The Pirate Advent Calendar Review — Day 20

December 20, 2009

Pirate Advent Calendar Day 20

After an hour or so of searching Dac Ta has found some transportation. Not quite a dingy, but good enough, this large half barrel is just the thing he needs. Fort Mega is only a few miles away from the much larger island Bilmark Denlund.

With calm seas and a bit of work Dac should be on the shores of Bilmark by night fall. From there Dac can find friends, food, and freedom. 😀