Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Certified Professional’

LEGO “Elvis”

January 11, 2013

LEGO "Elvis"

Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional has created yet another mind blowing LEGO model of staggering proportions! And no, its not Photoshoped, its just that big.

Close-up you can start to get an idea of size
LEGO "Elvis"

LEGO "Elvis"

LEGO β€œElvis” Erickson Air-Crane.
100,000 bricks.Built for Brickvention 2013.
At just under 4m and over 1m high (that’s a little over 13 ft long and 3 ft tall), this is by far the largest Helicopter I have made.
It took me just over 1 month to design and build, with its unusual shape and virtually no ground contact made it technically challenging to build.

Last year’s model was a Saturn V rocket and the year before that the Love Boat. So Ryan building big isn’t all a surprise to me, he just had me waiting on the edge of my seat for him to reveal this year’s creation.

If you happen to be in the Victoria area of Australia next weekend, BrickVention is being held on Jan. 19th and 20th. Public tickets are available through the website and selling fast.

And like last year a batch of my LEGO jewelry, keychains and stickers will be available for sale.

“Building a winning business” at Focus 12 Conference

August 28, 2012

I know, I’ve been MIA yet again on my blog. That seems to be happening more and more this year. I can’t really complain though, getting more large commissions is a good thing. πŸ˜‰

So any how. The reason I’ve been offline is I’ve been too busy building. I was contacted by the John Hancock company to do their logo a a financial conference called Focus 12 here in San Diego. The reason they wanted a LEGO model was because their theme was “building a winning business.”

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The trickiest thing about this mosaic was the fact that it was in cursive and I decided to make it as “studless” as possible — in other words, showing as few studs as I could. Of course making it studless and using normal (well normal for me πŸ˜€ ) twisting and turning techniques made the model much more complicated than it could have been. But it looks sooooo much better because of that.

Here’s a close-up
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And for those that are wondering the model is 4 feet long and 2 feet tall.

They also asked me to build some giant LEGO bricks with words on them
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The 2×4 giant brick is 11 inches long x 5 inches wide x 4 inches tall. The small black bricks with their logo on it are clone bricks with printing on them.

The funny thing was that because of the theme, not only John Hancock wanted LEGO at their booth. I was contacted by a second company, Deutsche Bank, thanks to LEGO and asked if I could help them with their LEGO mystery mosaic building event.

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Now obviously I couldn’t be in two places at once so I did the next best thing and recruited my brother Mike Asanuma. It may be hard to believe, but I’m not the only master model builder in my family. Mike creates special effects models and does illustrations and toy design up in Los Angeles, California. He just happened to be available for the weekend.

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A fun bonus of working the convention was a private Journey concert!!!!
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And a total surprise was seeing LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney
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Sean was hired by Wells Fargo to create a San Diego Trolley. It was kind of funny because I got an email from him on the second day of the event and he mentioned my John Hancock mosaic in the email saying

“Nice job so far! I’m across the aisle at wells Fargo πŸ™‚ “

We’ve emailed back and forth and we keep in contact through Facebook but I hadn’t seen him in person for about 10 years! So it was nice to actually chat in person with him for a few hours.

So last weekend was pretty cool. It was so funny that there were three LEGO models at the convention and that Sean, Mike and I were able be involved.

And on the heals of that event, I’ve got another one coming up next week. I’ll be posting about that one a little later. πŸ˜‰

A look at Brickvention 2012

January 22, 2012

It may still be Sunday here in the States, but in Australia, Brickvention 2012 is now just a memory.

Meet the artists and architects using Lego to create spaceships, Buckingham Palace and more.

Click on this link to check out the video Block magic.

(I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to embed it properly, sorry.)

For all of us who couldn’t make it, this great video by the Herald Sun shows some of the sights and sounds of BrickVention.

Its nice to see some of my Australian Facebook friends in the video, some that I still haven’t met in person.

LEGO Certified Professional Ryan Mcnaught’s Saturn V rocket can’t be missed, and I love all the Miniland figures that were built this year.

Hopefully everyone had a good time and maybe I can go in person one day and report on it myself. πŸ˜‰

Rocket Man

January 12, 2012

Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional Ryan Mcnaught has outdone himself once again!

Me next to the Saturn V

Known for his Love Boat and Qantus Airbus, Ryan is familiar with making big models. But his newest model the Saturn V rocket has 120,000 bricks and is 5.76 meters — nearly 19 feet tall!

Compared to the one we built at LEGOLAND California for Miniland Florida years ago (now on display in Denmark), this one is at least three times taller.

I love all the fun little details he adds to these models.

With the help of a little dry ice, its about to blast off!
Its a long way to the top....

The crew is about to board, but somebody is a little nervous πŸ˜€
Houston, We have a problem.....

There is so much that is downright awesome with this model! It will debut to the public at this year’s Brickvention January 21st-22nd in Melbourne, Australia.

On a slightly unrelated note, for any of you who are going to be at Brickvention, my LEGO jewelry and key chains will be available for sale at the convention. I can’t be there unfortunately, but at least I can be part of it in this small way. πŸ™‚

Giant LEGO Christmas Tree

November 29, 2011

From this picture you’d never know it was LEGO. That’s right, LEGO. All forty feet of it, and all the decorations as well, are LEGO. The LEGOLAND Christmas tree is only 30 feet in comparison, and made of Duplo. This tree, which is in London’s St Pancras Station is made of regular LEGO and was created by England’s only LEGO Certified Professional Duncan Titmarsh in two monthes and has roughly 600,000 pieces! 😯

The star could only be reached by crane, or maybe a really, really big ladder. πŸ˜€

David Buxbaum, marketing director at Lego told Toy News: ‘The Lego brand is all about play and creativity and Christmas is the time for celebration and fun.
This magnificent Christmas tree is a shining example of these values and shows that with Lego bricks you can let your imagination run wild and build anything.
‘We hope that it will work to remind people that Lego toys are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.’

It truly is a stunning model. But heck, anyone could build anything with over half a million bricks. πŸ˜‰

WQYK Guitar

October 11, 2011

Okay, I know I’ve been off the internet airwaves for a while. I have lots to talk about — BrickCon, LCP Dan Parker’s studio, and the Mission Viejo LEGO store Grand Opening for starters. I’ve just been so busy doing LEGO events that I haven’t had time to write about them. Now that I have a lull in the tide of events I can get back to blogging. But, as I haven’t yet written about all those things I’ll give you a MOC to look at in the interim.

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Radio station WQYK held a contest for their listeners — build their name into a LEGO creation for a family 4 pack of LEGOLAND Florida tickets. Naturally Tyler Clites aka Legohaulic would create something spectacular and he was declared the winner! πŸ™‚

The contest simply asked you to build “WQYK” into a Lego creation. I chose to incorporate it into the station’s iconic Guitar. I threw this together in about two days and was informed to day that I won the contest.

Not a bad recreation of their guitar and I love the 3D effects of the logo and the palm trees being raised up. A well deserved win, congrats Tyler! πŸ™‚

LEGO Buildings at the National Building Museum

August 25, 2011

During the end of my BrickFair Trip (after the convention) I was able to visit Washington D.C. for a couple of day. It just happened that Adam Reed Tucker — LEGO Certified Professional, designer of the LEGO Architecture sets, and founder of BrickWorld in Chicago, has a display of LEGO Architecture (what a surprise πŸ˜€ ) at the National Building Museum.

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So since I was in the area, I decided I’d check it out. πŸ™‚

The first thing I saw when I walked in was the donation box, a replica of the museum.
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There’s even a model of the model in the model, how meta.
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A huge banner showed some of the models
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Adam made the famous “Corncob” Marina City apartments of Chicago.
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Jin Moa Tower (and a building I can’t remember the name of)
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Falling Water (without the water πŸ˜‰ )
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The models are on display till September 9th. But unfortunately during the recent earthquake on the East Coast a couple of the models suffered minor damage.

Unlike most of my buildings, Adam’s models are all unglued. But, since they are LEGO they “can and will be repaired.” πŸ˜‰

If you can’t get to D.C. you can see all of the models on my Baltimore and D.C. set on Flickr.

BrickWorld 2011 Recap part 1

June 22, 2011

Well as you can clearly tell my plan to cover the whole of BrickWorld while there pretty much failed miserably. That’s what happens when you stay up every night of the convention talking to friends from all over the world (literally) and then getting up at 7 or 8 am the next morning each and every day of the Con. I didn’t have time for all the presentations, challenges and events that were offered, there was just too much going on. But I still had a wonderful time all around!

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I did attend Roy Cook’s Advanced Mosaic’s workshop. It was very informative and I learned a lot more about that style of mosaic building. Its not really the kind I build, but I love to learn all the different styles. πŸ™‚

I have to say, his Halle Berry mosaic was stunning and rightly deserved the trophy!
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One of the amazing things I was truly looking forward to seeing in person was my friend Ryan Mcnaught’s Love Boat. Ryan is Australia’s first LEGO Certified Professional and a great guy to boot!

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I liked how he put all kinds of great scenes in the boat (sorry for the poor picture quality)
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I even stood still long enough for someone to take our picture:
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The truly awesome thing was that Princess Cruse Lines found out about the Love Boat model and brought Gavin Macleod, Captain Stubing himself, along and he signed the boat!
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This just the first installment of all my BrickWorld goings-on. I’ll be posting more pictures, and more comments soon. πŸ™‚

Sean’s Lifesize Bike

May 11, 2011

BrickMagic 2011

I’m a little bit late on mentioning BrickMagic which happened Mother’s Day weekend. I couldn’t attend unfortunately, but one of the special guests was LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney. Sean created a lifesized lime green bicycle while attendees were encouraged to create the most congested traffic jam around the bike.

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There are lots of pictures of BrickMagic on Brickapolis’ photostream set and of course on Joe Meno’s photostream (founder of BrickJournal and BrickMagic)

I have to say, one of my favorites is of Joe dressed as a LEGO Stormtrooper πŸ˜€
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Brickvention 2011 Video

January 17, 2011

Check out this cool video from BrickVention 2011.

And this Love Boat created by my friend and LEGO’s newest Certified Professional Ryan Mcnaught that was unveiled at BrickVention.
The Love Boat

Side view

Ryan is known for his NXT powered Airbus A380 that he created last year and had on display at BrickWorld 2010. He said that he plans to bring his Love Boat to BrickWorld this year, so those of you heading to the Chicago LEGO convention will be able to see it in person. πŸ˜‰