Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Kimono Girl and Viking

May 16, 2011

I know its a strange title, but I just recently noticed these two MOC builds by Seth Christie. Both are based off of the Series 4 Collectible Minifigures.

Seth seems to have a wonderful ability to tell a story with his building. The Kimono Girl scene is in a wonderfully tranquil setting while the Viking vignette is full of movement.

Kimono Girl

Viking

I look forward to more MOCs by this new-to-me builder. πŸ™‚

Bricks Helping Japan

March 28, 2011

Seeing the devastation in Japan many of us want to help in our own unique LEGO way. Brothers Brick is helping us just that by creating an auction we can all get involved in — either by donating a model, by purchasing a model for sale, or by donation money to the cause.

You can go to Creations for Charity to read all the details on submitting a MOC.

Japan is near and dear to my heart as my father is Japanese and from the Osaka area. It tears at my heart to see what is happening and my prayers go out to those who have been affected.

The Ronin

May 8, 2010

Two things make Fradel Gonzales’ Ronin model great. One, it is a great representation of a Ronin Samurai from feudal Japan. Two, its made in Miniland scale (one of my favorite building scales). πŸ™‚

This is yet another example of why LEGO is one of the best creating mediums around. Where else would you use pistols as horns on the samurai helmet and car elements for the armor?

This will be a great addition to the collaborative “Big in Japan” display at BrickCon this year.

LEGO Star Wars 2010 Slave 1

February 16, 2010

One new set that is high on my list is the new 2010 LEGO Star Wars Slave 1

Now considering that I have all of the past versions of Slave 1 including the rather lame 2000 version and the Japan exclusive mini I don’t really need another Slave 1. But the color scheme along with the Minifigure assortment has pulled me back in.

Bossk, a newly designed Boba Fett, and my ultimate favorite an actual Han in Carbonite are the definate selling points to me. Ah heck, who am I kidding, its all about the Han in Carbonite. πŸ˜€

Instead of the really lame 1x2x5 brick with a printed on Han this set has a poor tortured Han locked forever in a plastic mold. And the greatest thing is that the normal Han fits inside his carbonite coffin, smirking all the while.

To be honest I’ve lost interest in Star Wars in general over the years. Clone Wars just can’t get my interest. I can hear the gasps from here.

This set just might be my return to long ago in a galaxy far, far away. . .

MisaQa’s Advent Calendar 2009

December 10, 2009

I would be truly remiss if I didn’t mention MisaQa and her amazing advent calendar creations. For the past several years she has come up with a different theme and shared her designs with the world. πŸ˜€

This year she doesn’t disappoint. Her micro scale buildings are fun, whimsical and as always innovative. You can view more of her creations on her website stud-and-tube.com.

And if you are unfamiliar with MisaQa’s works be sure to check out her previous advent calendars:

2008 — Mythical Creatures

2007 — Micro Buildings

2006 — Fancy Ladies

2005 — Birds

Pop-up Golden Pavilion in LEGO

October 19, 2009

The Golden Pavilion or Kinkaku-ji is one of Japan’s most treasured landmarks. Now the builder known only as Talapz on Youtube has built it out of LEGO in a way I’ve never seen before — Pop-up!

What’s really cool is that you can kind of see how the building was designed at the end of the video. How Talapz managed to get the look of the Golden Pavilion while figuring out how to make it a Pop-up is pretty mind blowing. 😯

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to go to the real Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It is a stunning building that is actually leafed in gold.

Of course the day I went the weather wasn’t quite as beautiful, we had snow, rain, hail and sunshine –sometimes two at once — that day.

Now that Talapz has figured out how to do a Pop-up, I’m wondering if someone will do it again. (Not that that is a suggestion or anything.) πŸ˜‰

Winter Toy Shop Set #10199

August 9, 2009

In an earlier post I mentioned the new Christmas set. At the time we only had a small image, so we couldn’t see all the details. Now thanks to Eurobricks we’ve finally gotten some better pictures. πŸ™‚

We also know the official name of the set now: Winter Toy Shop.


Seeing the Christmas tree close up, I’m not that thrilled with the design. I am happy that it is brick built, but I don’t like how they designed the top. It’s just not the best solution in my opinion. πŸ˜•


I really like the carolers. πŸ™‚ They are sooooo cute! And I can already see uses for that head design.

I really look forward to getting this set and I hope that LEGO makes more of them to compliment this in the future. πŸ˜€

New Christmas Set 10199

May 22, 2009

Thanks to Dɐno aka Daniel Drisdelle on Flikr, we get our first look at this upcoming set. As for price, well on Amazon Japan the original price is οΏ₯12,600 (Yen) and the discounted price is οΏ₯8820 (or around $93). Japan is normally more expensive than the US on LEGO sets, so I still don’t know the price here. Not much else is known about this set, at least not yet. Over at Eurobricks there is a forum discussing how cool this set is. As for me, I’m really excited! This is what the Medieval Market Village was last year, the set. So far I haven’t seen anyone say one thing bad about this, except for maybe the possible cost. Someone even mentioned that they hope it might be the start of a LEGO Holiday Village.

With each of these new Ultimate Collector sets I see, the more and more happy I get with the LEGO company and the direction they are going in. πŸ˜€ What I love about these newer sets is that the appeal to both boys and girls, something that the company has been lacking in for the past 30 years.

No offense to the boys out there, but it seems that LEGO is finally realizing that they’ve been missing out on marketing their products only for guys. Every time they have tried to sell something as a “girls” set, it didn’t do as well because they were going about it the wrong way. Not every girl likes to build in pink, not every girl wants to make jewelery, and not every girl has to have a Barbie-like set. Sorry, rant over. πŸ˜› I’m just happy they are making the kind of sets that I’ve always wanted. πŸ˜‰

Professor Maple

August 31, 2008

Professor Maple is my second entry in Resonably Clever’s Brick Science Contest. This model is for Class 2 – Evil Scientist Impulse Build. You can only build with a limit of 50 pieces. This is a great challenge, to get your point across without going over the piece limit. Chris Doyle, creator of Reasonably Clever, allowed for the use of Mega Blocks or non-LEGO elements, since the scientist is evil.

I figured that this would be perfect excuse to use my Pokemon Mega Blocks bricks. I got these in Japan about 7 or 8 years ago, and I just never found a use for them. As a general rule I don’t buy Mega Blocks, they are far inferior to LEGO in quality, but the Pokemon were just so cute I couldn’t resist.

As for what Professor Maple — rival to Professor Oak — is doing, he is creating “Poke-cubes” just to upset the balance of things. πŸ˜‰