Posts Tagged ‘Enfield’

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.

And now, here’s Woody . . .

September 9, 2009

Earlier I mentioned that LEGO had created a 5’3″ Buzz Lightyear. Now here’s his favorite Toy Story pal Woody.

VENICE, Italy–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LEGO models of Woody and Buzz Lightyear were unveiled by Disney Consumer Products as part of a dedicated Toy Story-themed family area at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Constructed from 13,600 LEGO bricks in 150 hours, this was the global unveiling of the Woody model. The Buzz Lightyear model, seen for the first time in Europe, was constructed from 40,000 LEGO bricks in 250 hours by 3 Master Builders.

My good friend Erik Varszegi was one of the Master Model Builders that helped to create this model. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some better pictures of this model so that you can see it better.

Building a model like Woody can be an engineering challenge because he is so top heavy. When creating the virtual Woody of the films or even the actual toys themselves the fact that his head is too large for his body isn’t a problem. When building a 6’6″ tall replica, that can be a big problem. You notice how the one leg is straight while the other is bent? The straight leg has a steel rod running up it, that is attached to the barely visible (at least in the photo) steel plate that is on the ground. That way this model can stand safely without people having to worry that it might fall over. And trust me, you don’t want a model that size falling on you! 😯

But its all good, Erik and his fellow builders have had years of experience making models. Great job LEGO Enfeild Model Shop! πŸ™‚

This makes me even more excited about the LEGO Toy Story sets coming out next year!