Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Convention’

BrickCon Giveaway

October 5, 2013

Hi all! I’m having tons of fun a BrickCon. So much so that I haven’t had time to post anything. I haven’t even uploaded any pics yet except one rather fuzzy one on Facebook. I will be writing a post, all about my BrickCon experience later, but in the mean time, since I know how much everyone likes to get free stuff, I’m doing giveaway in honor of BrickCon. 🙂

I’m giving away one of my custom models. This is a glued model, but his arms and legs can bend and his head isn’t glued on so that you position it whichever way you like 😉

As always there will be three ways to enter:
1)Comment on this post
2)Like my Facebook Page, and then Like, Share, and Comment on my link about this post
3)Follow me on Twitter @MariannAsanuma and reply to my tweet about this post with the #ConGiveaway

Yes, you can enter once all three ways. I will leave the giveaway open till midnight October 12th (pacific standard time). This will be international, so as long as I can mail this to you, I will.

Have fun and good luck!

11th Doctor

September 17, 2013

I know I’ve been missing in action here on the blog, but if you’ve been following me on Facebook, and you really should be 😉 , I posted yesterday that I’ve been getting ready for BrickCon with my newest mosaic.

Oh yes, bow ties are cool! Ever since Doctor Who returned to the airwaves on 2005, I’ve become an unashamed Whovian. As it is the 50th anniversary of the classic show, I figured I’d try my hand at portraying the current Doctor Matt Smith in my mosaic style.

LEGO 11th Doctor Mosaic 1

Overall the mosaic from concept to completion took about a week and a half. It actually took longer as I did the initial design 2 months ago, but I was too busy with commissions and LEGO conventions to actually get around to building it till just a few days ago. I started building Friday and just finished up an hour ago.

I posted a “teaser pic” on Facebook also
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Several people correctly guessed that it was the Doctor. 😀

People often ask what computer program I use. And although I do used a few programs to do the initial color values, I mainly design the mosaic by hand. Here’s what it looks like.

LEGO 11th Doctor Mosaic Plans

This will be debuting at BrickCon 2013 next month and if you are still thinking of going as an attendee you only have one more day to register, so get on it!

Long time no post

March 15, 2013

Wow, I’ve now gone longer than I’ve ever wanted to go without posting here and I really do apologize for the three week absence.

Going to Emerald City Comic Con and BricksCascade sounded like such a good idea when I left my house February 25th and drove the 1200+ miles to Seattle. And it was a fun trip with much hanging out with friends and meeting of new people. But the crazy thing is that I’m still not home!

I have one more day of driving and around 200+ miles left before I finally make it back to my house. 😯

Over the course of my trip I’ve gone up to Seattle, Washington then to Portland, Oregon and I’m on the last leg of a journey that’s taken me almost 3 weeks to complete.

I shall be posting both images and posts of both Emerald City Comic Con and BricksCascade once I finally recuperate from this crazy trip.

But there are some great photos of both on Flickr.

Emerald City Comicon Logo
You can find a whole set of ECCC photos on Sean Edmison’s photostream. (Okay I know I’m posting my own mosaic, but a lot of people took pictures of it and even ECCC posted it on their Facebook page 😉 )

Bricks Cascade 2013
LEGO’s own Kevin Hinkle has a nice set of photos of BricksCascade 2013 including some nice crowd shots that I was too busy to get while working my vendor booth.

So was the trip worth it? Well the jury’s still out on that one. I’ll have more to say about that later.

Right now all I can say is its been a long, long trip and driving what will end up being a total of 2,700 miles total by the time I get home by myself isn’t really all that great. I love road trips, but they are much better shared with at least one other person who can take the wheel now and then and talk to you as you try and stay away.

Thankfully (knock on the proverbial wood) I haven’t had any problems so far and I will get home safe and sound by the end of today.

So for now signing off and regular posting will resume shortly. 🙂

Tardis and K-9

February 6, 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m prepping for my two upcoming conventions — one a Comic Con, one a LEGO Con.

One of my goals for each new convention that I go to is to have new products to sell. And because the first convention is a Comic Con, I wanted more iconic Pop Culture products. So I created these two new models for Doctor Who fans.

LEGO Tardis Keychain

K9 keychain 1

Now for the LEGO purists out there — yes, both of these are cheated. I can see you wincing from here, but frankly I don’t care. How do you think new LEGO parts are made? You have to “break” the mold as it were.

And the main reason I’ve “cheated” is because it was the best way to make the models the desired size of about an inch and to look as close to the original at that size.

Oh, and for those of you that don’t know what cheating means it is when you cut or alter your bricks or just glue parts on where they other wise could not connect.

For both of these models I’ve done both.

And if you’re wondering most of my online and in person customers don’t care either. 😉

I think they are simply adorable (even if I do say so my self 😀 ) and if you are interested in either model you can find them at my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy Shop.

BrickMagic this weekend

May 17, 2012

If you are near Raleigh, North Carolina this weekend check out BrickMagic!

I am unfortunately not going this year, but there are lots of my friends that will be there. And the Brick Engraver himself, Tommy Armstrong, will have an assortment of my products on hand to sell. 🙂

LEGO Certified Professional Dan Parker will be there creating a 5 foot Death Star and everyone can help.

See a huge hall of custom LEGO creations by top builders from around the country!
Play with over 20,000 loose LEGO bricks in our FREE BUILD ROOM (sponsored by Lay-N-Go)!
Meet professional minifigure customizer JARED K. BURKS, who will hold FREE minifig workshops!
Attend workshops on building tips and techniques!
Meet the team from SHATTERPOINT ENTERTAINMENT, as they demonstrate the making of animated LEGO films (which will run continuously in our Theater Room all weekend)!
Watch a robotics competition by First® LEGO® League teams, and try hands-on demonstrations of MINDSTORMS robots!
Shop for hard-to-find LEGO parts and sets, and purchase our special LIMITED EDITION SPACEFIGHTER EVENT KIT, available only at BrickMagic!
Be the first to see the TOP SECRET NEW SETS that LEGO will debut exclusively at BrickMagic 2012!
Meet JOE MENO, editor of BrickJournal magazine, and author of the new books YOU CAN BUILD IT and THE CULT OF LEGO, which debut at BrickMagic 2012!
Enter the SPACESHIP BUILDING CONTEST and win prizes!
Plus lots more!
Public ticketed event: MAY 19-20, 2012
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM * Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM

Private exhibitor-only convention: MAY 17-18, 2012

3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

Presented by TwoMorrows Inc. and BrickJournal Magazine

TICKET PRE-SALES ARE NOW CLOSED! PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE DOOR STARTING AT 10AM, MAY 19 & 20!

Single-Day TICKETS:

Adults (age 17-up): $12 ($11 in advance)
Kids (age 4-16) and Seniors: $8 ($7 in advance)
Age 3 and under: FREE

For all of my friends that are going, have fun! If you can make it, you should too! 😉

Bricks by the Bay 2011 Recap

April 1, 2011

As I mentioned in an earlier post I was preparing for Bricks by the Bay so my posts would be spotty. I really am sorry I’ve been so bad at posting lately, I was pretty tired after I got back from this last LEGO convention and I’ve been fighting a cold for about two weeks, not fun! So I should be much more on the ball with posting from now on.

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So Bricks by the Bay. This year was an excellent improvement on top of an already great convention from last year. Most notable was the venue change. Having the convention in a larger hotel and convention space allowed for a much roomier feeling convention, as well as lending to growth in the future.

There were a lot of awesome creations this year, including several new-to-me builders. My brother Mike (somewhat of a closet AFOL) even came along to his first LEGO Con ever. Not only did he come and help me out with my vendor table, but he also brought along a couple MOCs of his own.

Here you can see the set of Chameleons that he crafted for the Art section. He actually ended up winning “Best Little Thing” in the Art category. 🙂
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He also brought along his Incredible Hulk
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And he even participated in the Catapult Launch
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I brought along a new mosaic that I decided to make the week before the convention, my Pac Man Mosaic
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Fun Fact: The Pac Man Mosaic took 20 hours to build and the score is the day and year that Pac Man was introduced in Japan. 😉

One of the largest and most impressive displays was created by Roninlug and friends that had all kinds of lights and sound effects
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The really interesting thing was that there was a Steampunk convention going on at the same time. So, naturally some of our resident LEGO steampunkers Guy Himber and Iain Heath just had to join in 🙂
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There are many more pictures on my Flickr photostream.

Bricks by the Bay Preparations

March 8, 2011

Goodness gracious this month seems to have a lot in it! I’m busily making lots of my LEGO keychains and jewelry for my vendor table at Bricks by the Bay. This year I thought I’d display my keychains and pins differently by having display racks. Now of course they can’t be regular display racks, they have to be LEGO display racks! 😉

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The frame mainly consists of black brick, technic bricks, and minifig jousting sticks.

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Today I built lots of American flags, trains, penguins, Pac Man ghosts, hearts, skulls, and cats as keychains. It seems like a mixed bunch of models, but of course people have lots of different tastes. 🙂

If you are interested in purchasing any of my LEGO models and can’t make it to Bricks by the Bay you can check them out at my Folded Fancy Creations Etsy shop.

I still have lots more to do before I’m fully ready for this upcoming LEGO Convention and at the same time I’ll be going up to Costa Mesa this coming weekend for the Grand Opening of the new LEGO Store at South Coast Plaza. I look forward to helping out with the 8 foot tall Yoda build and hanging out with my fellow LEGO friends. And naturally I will do my best for all of you who can’t make it out to the Yoda build so that you can share in the fun. 😀

BrickFair 2010

August 4, 2010

BrickFair is starting tomorrow at the Dulles Expo Center in Northern Virginia. The attendee event runs from Aug. 5th-8th while the public hours are Aug. 7th and 8th 11am-4pm. As I will not be attending this year, I can only view the event from pictures. 😦

But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be having fun at the LEGOLAND Star Wars Days. 🙂 And maybe I can make it next year.

For all those who are going, have fun and hopefully I’ll see you at the next LEGO Convention.

Off to BrickWorld

June 16, 2010

Safty First

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .” The words of that song ring in my head this morning as a prep for BrickWorld.

My bags certainly are packed, both of them. I had to go with two in the end, even with those darn baggage fees. Its the only way I can take all the books, keychains, and other items I need to bring.

This will certainly be the start of a new adventure for me, I’ve never been to Chicago. Although I most likely won’t get to see much of it as I will be at the LEGO convention the whole time. 😉

Hopefully I’ll have internet connection so that I can keep you all posted on the goings on.

Toy Story as Miniland Models

April 17, 2010

I realize I still haven’t finished my review on Bricks by the Bay and I apologize for that. I’m still processing the weekend. 😉

As a tiny tidbit I’d like to focus on these models.
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In an earlier post I talked about the John Lasseter bust that was made by Erik Varszegi. My favorite part of the model was the Miniland scale Buzz and Woody figures that Erik had made. I really wanted a better look at them.

As a nice bonus to going to Bricks by the Bay not only was Erik there, but he had brought Buzz, Woody and even more of the Toy Story gang to display.

I was especially happy that I could get a look at the back of Buzz.
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And the LGM (little green man) Alien was super cute too. 🙂
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On a slightly related note I have to mention LEGOLAND California Master Model Builder Joel Baker’s claw machine model.
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Even though I knew he was making this, it was still a wonderful model to see in person. He even had the lettering on the side.
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More pictures and reviews from Bricks by the Bay to come. 😉