Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Jones’

Andy’s Room

December 9, 2010

Andy's Room

Although this has already been posted on both FBTB and Brother’s Brick I would be remiss in not posting this jaw-dropping creation by Matt De Lanoy. At first glance it doesn’t quite hit you how big and detailed this model really is, that is until you notice that the room is scaled to the Toy Story minifigs.

That’s right, just like in the movie, Buzz, Woody, and all the other cast of characters (except the Toy Soldiers of course πŸ˜‰ ) are doll-sized to Andy’s Room. 😯

My newest layout comes from Toy Story 2 – Andy has moved in to a new house which remarkably has an almost identical looking room as his last. This

This took me roughly five weeks to create, start to finish. The full layout is 30″x30″, and roughly 36″ high. The ‘scale’ I did this in would put the room at roughly 16 feet square.

A few changes have been made to the actual room in the movie. Since this is meant to be seen at shows, one wall needed to be taken out. The missing wall contains the main door to Andy’s room – the door on the side is just a closet. Because of this, the dresser and shelves had to be relocated. Fortunately there was plenty of open space – those corners were mostly empty in the movie.

For those of you in the Chicago area who would like to see this in person, this will be going on display for the first time at the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club’s Christmas Show in Wheaton, Illinois, Dec. 11th and 12th. I will also be bringing this to Brickworld 2011 as well as numerous smaller local shows all year round.

The mosaic on the bedspread is stunning!
Bed from above

I love the bookshelves!
Shelves

You can see the full set of images on Matt’s Flickr photostream.

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Ancient Lady’s Museum

July 20, 2010

Marcos Bessa has created a truly remarkable model. There is so much detail that it can’t even really be appreciated unless you look at the hi-res images.

Even a simple bench is cleverly constructed.

You really must take time to look at all the exhibits. The busts on the second floor really caught my eye and the staircase is a true masterpiece. πŸ™‚

Bricks by the Bay Day 1 Recap

April 11, 2010

Hi guys, I’m back! Well in the virtual world that is, I’m actually hundreds of miles away from home up at Bricks by the Bay in Freemont, California. I would have posted sooner but with so much to do and lack of sleep for the past week or so it just didn’t end up working out. πŸ™‚

I will be posting about my big commission soon, but I felt that as I am actually at a LEGO convention, I should talk about that in this post.

So, where to begin? After a long, but fun late night drive up with my friend and fellow SandLUG (San Diego LEGO Users Group) member Tiffeny Nervig we arrived at the Freemont Marriott where Bricks by the Bay is being held. First we set up our models. Mine were relatively simple, even if my LEGO Batman Video Game mosaic did end up breaking into multiple pieces. Tiffeny’s very impressive Booty Bay had a little more work.

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It was brought in three sections, with a table to display it on, along with all my models, and all our other stuff in her very small Honda Fit. Now with all the LEGO we bought at the “ding and dent” sale on Friday night, I’m not sure how we are going to get it all into the car and back home. πŸ˜•

There were several panel discussions and round table presentations going on, but I ended up checking out all the cool MOCs (My Own Creations) that people had made and meeting new friends and some internet friends for the first time.

One of the cool things at any LEGO event is the new LEGO sets that LEGO brings to display. This year LEGO didn’t disappoint, giving us our first look at a couple of the new LEGO Toy Story 3 sets
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Finally seeing Rex and Hamm in person, and actually getting to hold them was really cool. I’m really looking forward to these sets when they come out.

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One of the cool new vendors and friends I met at this convention was Ann Bartling of ToyRobott.

After much chatting, picture taking and vendor shopping we all went to the Valley Fair Mall to go LEGO shopping. πŸ˜€

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For those of you who have never been to a LEGO convention a “ding and dent” sale is a special shopping night held only for full attendees of a LEGO convention. Not only does the LEGO store give you a discount on everything in the store for the entire weekend (up to 20% depending on how much you spend), but they also have dented or other wise damaged LEGO product available for 30-50% off! And its not just the little stuff people, the Grand Carousel, the Death Star, and even the new Grand Emporium (which is what I managed to snag) were all 50% off! πŸ™‚

I got a rather impressive hull, the Emporium, several Star Wars sets and a Miniturus Game for 50% off, plus a Fire Brigade for 20% off when it was all said and done. It was a pretty eventful day that didn’t end till around 1:30 am. I hadn’t planned on spending so much, but as it will soon be my birthday, I figured it was just an early present to myself. πŸ˜‰

I will add more pictures and more goings on in the next post. You can also see my entire photo set on Flickr.com There is also a very cool audio and picture slide show at cnet.com

AFOL A Blocumentary

February 22, 2010

Although I can’t seem to get the video to link directly onto my blog you can watch the video if you click the picture.

This is a nicely in-depth look into the minds and world of the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) created by Jess Gibson. The half hour video features several of my North West Coast friends including:

Lino Martins
Thomas Rafert
Wayne Hussy
Mark Neumann
Robin Sather
Jordan Schwartz
Jason Ruff

It was filmed at Brickcon 2009 and at a SEALUG meeting. I really enjoyed watching my friends getting a chance to see BrickCon 09. πŸ™‚

New Indiana Jones Case for Nintendo DS Lite

October 27, 2009

I mentioned on an earlier post that LEGO was coming out with a build-on LEGO Star Wars Nintendo DS Lite Case with printed tiles and it only makes sense that it wouldn’t be a one off product.

The new LEGO Indiana Jones DS Lite Case is just as cool with an equally awesome tile picture on the front. It looks like both cases will be sold wherever Nintendo DS accessories are available, although I did check Gamestop.com and I didn’t see either one available (at least not yet).

Both Toys R Us.com and StarWarsShop.com have the Star Wars Case available, it looks like Toys R Us is the only one selling the Indiana Jones one at the moment. For some reason its for “pre-order” at the Star Wars Shop, but “in stock” at Toys R Us.

My only problem with Toy R Us is that the cases cost $16.99 there instead of the $14.99 at the Star Wars Shop! 😯

Toy R Us is often more expensive than other toy retailers, a fact that is blatantly obvious if you do any sort of price comparison. However, if the cases are available at my local Toy R Us I just might have to make an exception for these (because when you factor in the shipping costs, it would be about the same) and I don’t even have a DS Lite! πŸ˜€

New LEGO Star Wars Case for Nintendo DS Lite

October 11, 2009

Who doesn’t love LEGO Star Wars and Nintendo DS Lite? Well with this latest DS case you don’t have to choose. πŸ™‚

Although there have been other DS cases and stickers for both LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones this is the first time that the case actually had LEGO elements on it. And what’s even sweeter is the awesome tile mosaic of the classic Star Wars scene.

# Protective carrying case for Nintendo DS Lite has two buildable LEGO surfaces for extra fun!
# LEGO surfaces work with any LEGO blocks
# Play-Thru design: play games while the system is protected in the case

Available at StarWarsShop.com It retails for $14.99 UDS, ships worldwide (except Mexico, sorry for those of you South of the Boarder πŸ˜• ) and is currently available for pre-order (product ships in November, just in time for Christmas).

Hopefully (fingers crossed) they are printed tiles and not some lame stickers that you have to put on. I’m not a fan of stickers versus actual printed LEGO elements.

Thanks Ace over at FBTB for pointing this out! πŸ˜€

BrickCon 2009 has begun

October 2, 2009

Well even without me BrickCon 09 has started (like I’m that important). πŸ˜‰

Here we see Steve Witt — official LEGO Fan liaison — who, according to Mark Sandlin is holding a “New Pirate Ship” and that will be available January 2010 for $180.00. If that’s true, that’s a pretty sweet model. Even if it’s not true, its still sweet. πŸ˜€

Without actually being there, it will be hard to really report much about the events and what not, so I’ll have to rely on others’ pictures and my friends from The Brothers Brick too keep all of us non-attendees up to date. I’ll try my best to troll Flickr to find the best representations of BrickCon 09.

For those of you who have never attended a LEGO convention, it truly is a wonderful experience. To have so many like-minded individuals in one place and to be able to share your creations in real life with people who will appreciate them for what they are (including all the intricate details that the non-LEGO fans would miss) is absolutely enjoyable. πŸ˜€

The next LEGO Convention that I know of in the States is Bricks by the Bay which will be held on April 9-11, 2010 in San Francisco. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend, but that’s still months away, so we’ll see.

I also really hope that I can attend BrickCon next year, since I’m really bummed that I’m missing such a fun weekend with so many of my friends. 😦

So, everyone that is at BrickCon 09 and reads this blog, have fun for me! πŸ™‚

Let’s go to the Movies

August 22, 2009

LegoLyons has recreated several iconic movie posters over the past few months. You might have seen some of his work on Flickr, but I just stumbled onto it. He’s got all kinds of them from Jaws, to Batman, to Invaders from Mars.

I have to say that my favorite is the ET poster, although the movie scared the heck out of me when I was a kid! It was one of the first movies I remember going to at a drive-in theater. And yes, I’m old enough to remember when it originally came out! πŸ˜‰

The Brick Adventures of Indiana Jones

August 1, 2009

I saw a few photos of Brian Williams’ incredible Brick Adventures from BrickWorld (which sadly I was unable to go to 😦 ). Looking at these models I can just hear the iconic music playing in the background.

Brian’s attention to detail and all the wonderful lighting effects earned him the World of Lights award at BrickCon.

I had no idea the shear size of his entire layout until I saw this picture. He even has a mosaic sign.

Brian’s work is truly amazing! πŸ™‚

First look at LEGO exclusive for Comic Con 09

July 17, 2009

The San Diego Comic Con is now less than a week away. Rumors are swirling at what the exclusive LEGO set (or sets) will be. I’ve heard from different sources that there are possibly three different sets going to be available this year.

This image was in the latest BrickMaster magazine as a teaser for the convention. They had a similar picture last year for the Indiana Jones set. Sadly, unless you got your tickets way early, the Comic Con has been sold out for the last three months. 😦

Comic Con exclusives have been a long standing tradition. There have only been three official LEGO Comic Con exclusives: the Indiana Jones and Star Wars Clone Wars ones last year, and the Batman and Joker exclusive three years ago.

The Batman and Joker exclusive is probably the hardest one to get since it was LEGO’s first Comic Con exclusive ever and they only made 250 to start with.

What makes it even more rare is the fact that it isn’t a set. It is more of a stylized diorama with a sound chip where you hear the Joker laughing.

Even if you are lucky enough to attend, it doesn’t guarantee you a set. Because they only make 500, LEGO has a lottery system in place. You put your hand in a box and if you are one of the people that gets the right ticket, you can buy the set. Both the Batman set and the Indiana Jones set were done like that. The Star Wars set was available for purchase by anyone last year. Even so, they still ended up with a few extras at the end that they took back to LEGOLAND because of the high price point and the fact that they had basically repackaged two older Clone War sets with just a few additional items.

LEGO is not the only company with the lottery system in place, many companies do this at Comic Con to more fairly distribute the ultra-rare sets and figurines that are available only that year.

You could actually say there have been four LEGO Comic Con exclusives, since there was a “scavenger hunt” at LEGO, DC, and Warner Brothers to get LEGO Batman and Joker minifigs in an exclusive box for the promotion of the LEGO Batman Video Game last year too.

I’ll be helping out at the LEGO booth once again, so if you do get to go, stop by. As I mentioned earlier, I know that there will be a life-sized LEGO Buzz Lightyear model on display.

There will also be a presentation done by both the BrickJournal at 10:30 am on Friday in Room 3 and DK Publishing for the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary Thursday at 1:30 pm in Room 8.

Apparently, DK Publishing will also be handing out nine LEGO minifig postcards:

DK will be giving away a total of nine Star Wars LEGO postcards as well as a folder that will hold them. In addition, they will be unveiling an exclusive minifigure that will be included with LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. While eight of the postcards depict multiple LEGO Star Wars minifigures, a ninth will include the exclusive new minifigure

I am getting super excited! πŸ˜€ Every year there is something new and different to see. If you’ve never gone, it is truly a unique and intense experience. If this is your first time going hold on to your wallets, it could be a financial hit. πŸ˜‰