Posts Tagged ‘Eiffle Tower’

LEGOLAND California’s Ambassador Class

September 13, 2010

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Last Sunday I was fortunate to participate in a very special building session — the Ambassador Pass Master Model Builder class. This is an annual building class that is available only for the lifetime park passholders (at $2500 per person) and LEGOLAND California is the only LEGOLAND Park that offers it.

Now as I don’t have an Ambassador Pass, I wouldn’t normally get to go to this event. But as I was covering it for both BrickJournal and my blog I was able to sit in. πŸ™‚

The Ambassador Class has a special meaning for me. I remember before I worked at LEGOLAND I thought it sounded like a really cool thing. Every year the Ambassadors get to go to and build a model with the LEGOLAND Master Model Builders. But of course, I worked in the Model Shop. So while I worked there, I not only got to be part of the Ambassador classes, but I also got to design some of the models and actually teach the class.

This is one of the models I did for the 2005 Ambassador Class.
Photo credit: John Cooper

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Master Builder Gary MacIntire designed this years model, and I have to say it is one of the coolest so far. He, along with Model Builder Ryan Ziegelbauer taught the class. If you would like to see pictures of the class you can see them on my Flickr photostream

You can also see what all the past years models look like on LEGOLAND Ambassador John Cooper’s brickshelf.

10214 Tower Bridge

August 6, 2010

In the same vein of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal the 10214 Tower Bridge promises to be a great addition to the large scale building series.

At first glance this model doesn’t seem quite as impressive as the Taj Mahal, in fact it almost looks like a fan created MOC (my own creation), that is until you take a closer look at the Hi-Res picture. πŸ™‚

This model is teaming with lots of small details and new elements, the most notable in my mind as well as many others is the Tan cheese slopes! Up until this set cheese slopes in tan (which come in virtually every other color) have been but only a much requested dream element of LEGO fans. But of course its not just the cheese slopes. There are multiples of tiles, technic wheels, windows, and if I am not mistaken (which I might be πŸ˜‰ ) baseplates in medium blue.

Although there is no official word, with the part count at over four thousand pieces this will not be a cheap set. It will most likely be in the $300 range like the two previous Building sets. The Tower Bridge is slated to be available this October, at least from what I can find on BrickSet. There is also a forum on Eurobricks discussing the set.