Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Atlantis’

New LEGO Games on the horizon

July 18, 2010

Several new LEGO Games are now available in Europe. One of the ones getting the most buzz is the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game (Β£24.99 — around $33 US) but there are three more games that look equally fun and haven’t gotten nearly enough notice. If you are interested in seeing an in-depth review of the Harry Potter Hogwarts game you can read it on Eurobricks.

The Orient Bazaar looks particularly interesting both for gameplay and as an excellent parts pack. The Belville perfume bottles have only been available in a handful of sets and only in three different colors. The last time it was available at all was in the 2007 Hogwarts Castle

Then there are the corner slopes, the 2×2 gold round tiles, and the 2×2 brown tiles with one knob. All very desirable parts. It retails for Β£17.99 which will most likely go for $25 in the US.


I’m not quite sure what the point of Meteor Strike is. The description says:

Launch satellites deep into space to seize these valuable cosmic rocks and sabotage your opponents lunar mission with laser blasts in the new LEGO Games Meteor Strike!

The classic space tiles and the dark red and blue elements make this one to look out for though. Also Β£17.99 — $24 US.

Atlantis Treasure looks fun and interesting.

I like the tiny micro subs that are the game pieces and I see lots of potential from the fun tiles included with this one. The long dark blue plates are also a definite selling point to me. The price is Β£19.99 — probably $30 US.

On a related note, for those of you in the States, there is a LEGO Games Truck Tour going on right now through September 6th. The weekend of August 14th at LEGOLAND California and the Chicago LEGO Discovery Center they are also having a LEGO Games Weekend

With both the prior wave yet to be released here in the States and this one to look forward to, I can see lots of LEGO games in my future. πŸ™‚

Portal of Atlantis #8078

May 10, 2010

Daoudbazaar on Eurobricks reviewed the new and upcoming Portal of Atlantis set. I have yet to have seen this here in the states yet (its supposed to be out in June). Apparently the set is 98 Euros (roughly $120 USD) and in Daoudbazaar’s words the number of pieces is “a lot.”

In this set we get a look at a new Atlantis minifigure

Here you can see the full set built.

In some ways this set doesn’t make sense, why would under water creatures need stairs? πŸ˜€ I guess the “excuse” could be that the ruins had once been above the water, but whatever. Even so, this is a pretty sweet model.

One of the features of the set is a “Stargate-like” portal that can only be opened with the five disks

There is also a bit of insider humor —

That’s a Aquaraider’s helmet the skeleton is wearing. πŸ˜‰

To see more images you can read the full review here.

Bricks by the Bay Day 2 and 3

April 22, 2010

Okay, I realize that I’m about a week and a half late with this, but hey, it’s my blog so I guess I can write what I want when I want. So, lets go back in time to April 10th and 11th and pretend that Bricks by the Bay is still happening. πŸ™‚

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In some ways Saturday was very similar to Friday, lots of hanging out with lots of old and new LEGO friends. There were also panel discussions where you could learn different LEGO tips, tricks or info.

We’d already spent a nice sum of money on the “scratch and dent” (I made a mistake when I said “ding and dent” earlier). Many of us also ended up spending another nice sum of money on all the vendors that came.

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That is one cool thing about going to LEGO conventions. With the vendors, not only do you get to find fun unique stuff like LEGO related T-shirts but you can also sometimes find that certain minifigure or element that you’ve been seeking.

Not only were there vendors selling Brickarms and Brickforge but there were others selling minifigures, bricks, and full LEGO sets. I managed to get a Harry Potter phoenix and a pretty rare horse pony for really decent prices.

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I have to say the highlight of the day was Mads Nipper, the Executive Vice President of LEGO, giving the key note address.
He gave us a nice insight in to the company and where its heading in the future. And from what he said, the future of LEGO is looking bright. πŸ˜‰

Mads not only gave us a nice look into the LEGO company, he brought gifts.
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50 ultra-rare Collectable Minifigures. Why are they ultra rare? Well in the manufacturing of process one leg of the minifigs somehow is 1 millimeter shorter than the other one. A difference so slight that you almost can’t notice it unless its pointed out. Normally figures like this would be destroyed. I can hear your gasps from here — why destroy them you might ask? Well you know that whole “only the best is good enough?” LEGO actually means it. That’s why it is really rare when you find any misshapen bricks. I’ve seen a few, but only because when I worked in the Model Shop we work with millions of bricks.

So back to the ultra-rare Minifigs. I was not fortunate enough to get one. They were raffled off, like most of the door prizes are. Some of my friends did get them though and so I have actually held a few in my hands. Now, you might have heard of a “secret” second barcode on the back of the bag that identifies what the figure is. I will say here what I said there, you don’t need it.

When you hold the bag, if you take just a moment or so, you should be able to tell what the figure is if you know anything about LEGO. Each figure has distinctive elements (the Spaceman’s helmet, the Caveman’s club) that you can tell just by feel alone what it is.

Now, back to Bricks by the Bay. The Sunday Public Day was both good and bad. Good because we had such a great attendance, and bad because we didn’t have the space to accommodate everyone.
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Some people waited in line for over 2 hours! And because the line was so long we had to shut it down early and turn some people away. It was supremely crowded inside.

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All in all it was a wonderful first convention. Yes the space was too small and yes some of the public wasn’t happy, but most of the public were happy and when I asked them if the 2 hour wait was worth it they said “Yes.”

I now return you to the present. πŸ˜€

The big “secret” revealed

April 14, 2010

When I said I was back I forgot that I would need a day or two to recover from the weekend and from my commissioned model. I’m still not in tip top form but at least I’m feeling more human.

So, since I still haven’t talked about it yet I will tell you what my big “secret” model is
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The new Critical Care wing of the Scripps Encinitas hospital that will be finished in 2013. I took the virtual images along with the actual blueprints and created a 1/50 scale replica.

To give you an idea of size, look at the minifigures in the picture. But here is what the footprint looked like with only baseplates.

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As you can see it took up my entire dinning room table. It took me just a little over 5 weeks to go from flat baseplates to finished model.

In general this was a pretty simple model, mostly rectangle in shape and pretty straightforward in design.
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The only thing that was tricky was the curved walls in front.
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So, how do you go from a funky curved wall and build it back into a straight building? Lots and lots of headlight (or washing machine) bricks and technic 1×1 bricks.
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As you can also see, just because the building is white and tan on the outside, the interior bracing is whatever color I had the most of.

One of the cool things about this building is the signature tiles on the roof. Employees and sponsors were given 2×6 plates with three 2×2 gray tiles and asked to sign their names. They had no idea what it was for. After the model was unveiled last Thursday, I noticed several people pointing out where they had signed. πŸ™‚
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I’m a pretty messy builder. Ziploc bags and small bins are everywhere. Because this was such a huge project there were bags, bins and boxes all over my floor as well.
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In the time frame I had couldn’t have completed this project on my own so I called in some assistants.
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Tiffeny Nervig, Kevin Rooten, my brother Mike Asanuma, and even my mom Karen Asanuma helped out with building parts of the model.

One of the things that this building had was a green roof to achieve that effect I used almost a thousand plants. Since LEGO plant plastic doesn’t glue like regular LEGO brick plastic I had to literally nail them down with tiny nails.
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The guys that came and picked the model up were really nervous about dropping it. It actually only weighed about 40-50 pounds. They just didn’t want to break it. I assured them that when I make a model I make it to last. πŸ˜€
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All of the details like trees, minifigs and cars had to be installed on site. Kevin and I worked till it was too dark to see on Wednesday and up until the last minutes before the event started so that we could get it all finished.
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My model even got featured in the local Union Tribune newspaper.

All in all it was a fun project. I hadn’t built something this size since leaving LEGOLAND and it was refreshing to know that I still could. It was nice to deliver the model and even nicer to get my dining room table back. 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

2010 LEGO Preview from the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair

February 6, 2010

On Kris Able’s Tech Life blog he recently paid a visit to the Canadian Toy and Hobby Fair and due to the over whelming response of his readers last year was good enough to take pictures of every LEGO set on display. πŸ™‚

Included in the pictures was the first images of the Collectible Minifigures and their packaging.

He also mentioned something that I’ve heard rumors of but have yet to have seen any images of:

Not included are any sets from the upcoming Harry Potter release. LEGO didn’t have any mock-up boxes or prototype sets, but they will be releasing kits both for the Hogwarts Castle, the Hogwarts Express train, and other elements from that world.

From the rumors I’ve heard, there will be a LEGO Harry Potter line in conjunction with with the upcoming video game that will be released later this year.

There are lots more images on his blog including summer’s line of LEGO Atlantis and the new Duplo LEGO Disney Cars, so be sure to check it out. πŸ˜‰

LEGO Atlantis Movie

January 24, 2010

I don’t know how I missed this! It aired on Cartoon Network Friday, January 15th and then replayed the next day.

For all of you who have seen it, its pretty cute. They show some of the up coming sets and hint at possible sets we haven’t seen. One thing I found rather interesting is that Bruce Boxleitner of Babylon 5 and Tron fame is the voice of Ace the Captain. It is a half hour movie and it gives you an idea of what the LEGO The Adventures of Clutch Powers direct to dvd movie will be like.

If you haven’t seen the LEGO Atlantis movie yet you can find it if you look. πŸ˜‰

Atlantis 2010 Summer Sets

January 16, 2010

Like I mentioned in my last post, all kinds of new sets are starting to be seen online. The next wave of Atlantis sets is already starting to come ashore. (Bad pun I know) πŸ˜‰

Atlantis 8076 Deep Sea Striker

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Atlantis 8080 Undersea Explorer mouse-snake

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The new minifigure looks cool, I’m not as sold on the new sets themselves, they seem to look a lot like so many older sets with just a few new parts. I’m still hoping for an actual City of Atlantis type set. I guess we will just have to wait and see. πŸ™‚

LEGO Atlantis #8958 — Guardian of the Deep

November 17, 2009

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The wait is over! Well at least if you were wondering what set I found at Toys R Us yesterday. πŸ˜‰ In case you didn’t read the title of this post, I got Guardian of the Deep. The other LEGO Atlantis set the had was #8056 Monster Crab Crash.

Here you can get a close up of the diver and the new ring element
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The ring element reminds me a lot of the old Insectoid crystals and it has a similar connection on the back. There are five different colored rings with different images on each ring.

There are a couple other new elements
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The built set looks like this
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The shark’s tail look ridiculous, but I can’t complain too much since you get two 1×12 yellow plates to make that tail. πŸ™‚

All in all, for $15 (USD) its a great set. You get lots of the new larger tooth element in both white and black. Diver has decorated printing on the front and back of his torso and also on his legs and feet! And finally, the ring element is just cool, even if it doesn’t seem to have a purpose. πŸ˜€

I did a full review with more detailed pictures on Eurobricks.

2010 LEGO Sets starting to show up.

November 16, 2009

Well the calendar may still say 2009, but apparently Toys R Us doesn’t know that. πŸ™‚

Despite it being more than five weeks before Christmas, rumors of 2010 sets showing up at people’s local Toys R Us drove me to see if they were true. I didn’t see that many really. I only noticed three, but two of them were LEGO Atlantis sets and one was the new Creator Helicopter. I did pick up a set, but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to find out which one. πŸ˜‰

The sets that arrive seem to be sporadic, depending on where you are. So if you can’t wait, check out your local Toys R Us and see what you can find.