Posts Tagged ‘LEGOLAND Florida’

Happy Birthday to Me!

April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

Yes, its my birthday today! I actually created this quick table scrap a few days ago. I thought about using one of the official LEGO cake elements, but then I thought, who actually has a cake like that? Normally you get a sheet cake. Once I decided that I wanted to make that kind of cake it was surprisingly simple to add some custom stickers to create the trim and inside of the cake. The addition of Friends utensils and the birthday cake torso made it perfect!

Although I do have to work on my birthday, I don’t mind. Being in Orlando Florida and getting to build a model at a fun convention is a great birthday gift. And after my commission work I’ll be checking out several of the great theme parks so I am going to have a pretty darned cool birthday!

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Costa Mesa, CA LEGO Store Building Event

April 20, 2012

If you are in the Orange County area this weekend, there will be a Ninjago building event at the South Coast Plaza LEGO Store in Costa Mesa, CA.

The LEGOยฎ Store
South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA, USA

3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 668-9017

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

LEGO Store One Year Anniversary Celebration!
Celebrate the one year anniversary of the LEGO Store at South Coast Plaza and help build a large scale Ninja out of LEGO bricks! Plus, show your creativity by helping build a giant, free-form LEGO display! You’ll receive a free LEGO Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last!

April 21 – 22
Carousel Court

Saturday, April 21: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, April 22: 11 am – 6 pm

During the event, visit the LEGO Store during the event for special offers that weekend only!

LUGOLA, the LA LEGO group will be helping out with the build. I would be up there too, but I can’t make it this weekend.

As you can probably guess, I’ve been pretty busy recently. Which is why I haven’t been posting much lately. And that’s also why I won’t be at the building event. One of my commissions is taking me to Florida this Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜€

I still don’t know if I will be able to post about this commission, I have to get permission from my clients, but as I will be heading down to the Sunshine State I plan on visiting both LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGO Imagination Center Store at Downtown Disney.

I have some pretty interesting commissions right now and I should be able to share some of them with you a little later so stay tuned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bricks by the Bay 2012 Recap

March 31, 2012

Okay, so its a tad late, but I’ve finally found a bit of breathing space to sit down and talk about Bricks by the Bay 2012.

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As always, I love going to LEGO Cons! They are just downright fun and I love hanging out with friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

I did make a bit of a mistake this year though, I agreed to do too much!

Not only was I a vendor as always, but I also agreed to give 2 presentations and participate in 2 panels as well as being the Art Theme coordinator.

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And although I did love making the Art trophies, I wasn’t very good at coordinating, mainly because I wasn’t there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

That coupled with a semi-accident while driving up there — don’t worry, I didn’t get hurt or anything, but I did puncture 2 tires and have to get a whole set of new ones 400 miles from home — kind of wore me out.

I had planned to drive back down to Southern California on Monday, but I totally underestimated my exhaustion factor. I ended up staying up there one more day and checked out the Winchester Mystery House, which was only a few miles from the convention — I see a potential MOC, that’s all I’m saying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Needless to say, I won’t be doing as much next year.

One of my favorite models this year was Bill Ward’s Kermit
BBTB 2012: Kermit

I was happy he won my Supreme Sculptor Art Award. ๐Ÿ˜€
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And it was no surprise that Norbert Labuguen almost exclusively swept the Bionicle category.

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I really liked this Tron model
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I didn’t get nearly enough pictures, but Bill Ward took quite a few. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As seems to be common now, I didn’t get to see or do everything I wanted too, but even so, it was the fun start to my LEGO Con season.

Oh yes, it is a season of conventions for me this year. Not only am I planning on going to 5 LEGO Cons, 2 Comic Cons, but also one or two other Cons this year! I’m not complaining mind you, I’m just looking at a very hectic year. I was already planning all these trips in January, and since they go till October I was a little amazed that my year was already so full! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hopefully I’ll do a little better reporting at my next convention. I will be working a commission at a convention next month, and if I’m allowed, I’ll post about it, but I have to wait and see if I get permission.

One fun fact I can say about it is that it will be in Florida and since I’ll be down there any way, I plan on visiting LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGO Downtown Disney store to check out all the cool models with my own eyes. Of course I’ll be checking out the other theme parks as well, especially as the trip just happens to fall on my birthday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In May I’ll be at the Phoenix Comicon. I’ll have some of my LEGO models on display with the local LEGO LUG and if I have time, a new mosiac for the event. So I will certainly be talking about that as it gets closer.

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Star Wars Miniland at LEGOLAND California

April 2, 2011

Thursday March 31st, 2011 marked the grand opening of Star Wars Miniland. After much anticipation and just a few teaser pictures from LEGOLAND, it was nice to finally see the finished product. I tried to get in on the actual official opening, but it was so packed that I didn’t get a chance to even get into the park until it was all over.

It is really cool, especially to see the Millennium Falcon at over 4 feet long.
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There are 6 clusters, focusing on main scenes from the 6 different movies. My only complaint was that some of the classic scenes were so far away from the viewing public (2-3 feet or more) that its really hard to see the details.
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While at the same time the scene I thought was a little boring was right up close
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Now being as I worked at LEGOLAND and I took care of Miniland for 4 years I do understand why models have to be far away. If models are too close grasping little (and big) hands can make off with models. Its happened before, in fact I had to rebuild the hearse for New Orleans as one of my early assignments due to that very reason. And even if the model is too big to be stolen, they can easily be damaged even if they are glued.

There was also a giant mosaic that was built by park guests earlier this month.
P1260031 There was a small 6×6 panel missing, but I’m probably one of the only ones who noticed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I found almost more interesting than the finished product was the time lapse video LEGOLAND released of all the Model Makers and maintenance workers hard at work getting the Star Wars area ready. I’ve been there; working long, hard hours for weeks and even months on end to get everything ready for opening day. It is a truly unique experience working so closely with your coworkers for so long on such tight time restraints. A lot of minute details have to be remembered, all while making sure to finish it all on time.

I always enjoy seeing LEGOLAND grow, in some ways there will always be a part of me that remains at LEGOLAND with my friends and former coworkers who still work there. Star Wars Miniland is a nice addition to Miniland USA and a much better replacement than Daytona which I never really liked (even when we installed it). I have to admit, I do miss Miniland Kennedy Space Center, as I created several fun models for that cluster, but I also know that the Space Center lives on at LEGOLAND Florida, Windsor, and Billund. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have a whole bunch of pictures of the whole Star Wars Miniland area on my Flickr photostream. I was also told by one of my friends in maintenance that it looks almost as amazing at night because of all the LED lights. I’ll have to test that out when the park is open in the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

LEGOLAND California is looking for Model Builders

April 23, 2010

Do you have what it takes to be a Master Model Builder? LEGOLAND is currently looking to add five people to the team at the LEGOLAND Development Model Shop. Work on exciting new projects for LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Malaysia and the new LEGOLAND Water Park in California opening in June. Applications will be accepted from now until April 30th.

You can check out the job listing just click on “Model Builder” to read the job description. I’ve heard that they are looking for 5 Model Builders (possibly more) so if you’ve always wanted to join the ranks of the Master Model Builders, here’s your chance. ๐Ÿ˜‰