Posts Tagged ‘lightsaber’

Darth Vader and Amidala Wedding Cake Topper

August 27, 2011

The words Darth Vader, flowers, and wedding don’t often come together, but in this instance they make perfect sense. πŸ™‚

On the heels of my earlier Star Wars Wedding Cake Topper, or more accurately because of it, I was asked to create the iconic symbol of the Dark Side Darth Vader and his lovely bride Queen Amidala standing in a field of flowers.

Vader and Amidala on Flower Patch 1a

Okay, so Anakin married Amidala before he became Lord Vader, but heck Vader’s cooler than Anakin any day. πŸ˜€

I really wish the picture showed Vader better, but I still don’t know how to properly capture a black model. Even with extra lighting, it still mainly looks like a lot of black and you can’t see all the very cool details.

Vader and Amidala on Flower Patch 2

Even so, I can say that I’m much happier with my version versus the official on that is on display at LEGOLAND California

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Although I have to admit I didn’t design the Vader helmet, that credit goes to my brother Mike Asanuma who also made the Stormtrooper helmet. He made both quite a while ago, and then challenged me to make the bodies. It just took me a while, and a request from clients, to get around to it. πŸ˜‰

First Review of the new Collectable Minifigs

March 13, 2010

I don’t exactly know how, but CopMike of Eurobricks.com has already gotten his hands on one of the new Collectable Minifigs. He claims that it “came through a wormhole using a shortcut in spacetime.” πŸ˜›

He was hoping for a Cheerleader, but he got the new Spaceman instead.

The nice thing with this review is that it clears up a debate some people had about what actually comes inside a bag. Some people thought that the bag might have random parts from the random Minifigs. As for myself, I didn’t think so. Its bad enough that you don’t know which figure you’re going to get. If you just got say the legs of a Ninja, the pom poms of the Cheerleader, the torso of the Clown and the head of a Zombie that would be far worse. Plus it doesn’t really make sense packaging wise.

Another interesting thing is that the “laser” from the space gun is shorter than a lightsaber blade! πŸ˜€

You can check out the full review on Eurobricks.com

The more I see of these, the more I want an entire case or so. πŸ˜€ They aren’t set to be available till June, but I have a feeling they will crop up earlier if you keep a look out for the. πŸ˜‰

TT Games Announces Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars

February 8, 2010

It’s official, there will soon be a third LEGO Star Wars Video Game.

Based on the popular Cartoon Network animated TV series. The game is set for Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP, DS, and PC this fall. The company promises characters from both seasons of the series, along with cameos from the movie characters. TT is working to make this game an improvement over previous installments with an enhanced level builder, Jedi and Separatist factions, and new attacks and abilities.

“LucasArts is an amazing partner, and working with them on the next iteration of the Lego Star Wars continues to be a great experience,” said TT Games director Tom Stone in the press release. “The team at TT is working hard at making this simply the best Lego game ever with all new gameplay and features never before seen in a Lego game.”

Via www.1up.com

Now although Clone Wars isn’t my most favorite of the Star Wars universe, I’m always a fan of the Traveler’s Tales LEGO Video Games. πŸ™‚

Of course, I’m falling a tad behind on the games, since I’ve yet to get a PS3, Wii or Xbox. But I’ll catch up one of these days. πŸ˜‰

Underwater Panic

October 13, 2009

When I first saw this I misread the title and thought that it said “Underwater Picnic.” Upon closer inspection I realized the actual title and what the scene was about. What I think is kind of funny is that either title works. πŸ˜€

Ricardo Silva aka Evildead on Flickr has created this fun and expressive scene. I really like how he used the new fish element with trans lightsaber bars to suggest that they are swimming away from the underwater behemoth. And I really love how some of the submarine passengers look concerned while others are taking pictures or enjoying the unexpected entertainment. πŸ™‚

Miniland Comic Book Shop

September 14, 2009

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Here is another of my earlier models. I made my Miniland scale Comic Book Shop over six years ago. This model was part of a set of models I designed for my portfolio to get my job in the Model Shop as a Model Gluer (one step below Model Builder, the position is now called Model Associate).

Before this, I had never built in Miniland scale and didn’t really appreciate how versatile it is. I have to admit, once I really mastered it I haven’t gone back to Minifig scale very often. I know everyone loves Minifigs and their cute expressions, but you can only do so much with a Minifig. Their legs only bend at the hips, their arms can only be positioned so many ways, etc. Even with some of the more unorthodox methods that are out there (such as disconnecting said arms and legs), you are still limited with what you can do in Minifig scale.

I loved Miniland from the moment I first saw it over ten years ago. The main reason I got into LEGO in the first place was because I loved miniature houses. However, even as a small child, I realized that normal miniature houses you build and decorate and then they just sit there. With LEGO, you could build, decorate and play with your house then take it apart and build something else. All I built when I was a child was houses, castles and Forestmen hideouts. πŸ˜‰

During my time working at the LEGOLAND Model Shop Miniland continued to be one of my most favorite areas of the park. In fact one of my nicknames at LEGOLAND was the Miniland Mom because I took care of Miniland throughout my tenure at the park.

There are a lot of details in this model, something vital in Miniland scale building. I also made as many different types of Miniland people as I could so that I could show that I understood the scale. If you will notice, all of my people have yellow skin. The main reason for this is that I didn’t have all that much Tan in my LEGO collection back then. And here’s a fun fact, the original Miniland people built in Denmark at the first LEGOLAND park were all yellow. That was because at the time LEGO only came in a few colors and Tan was not one of them.

There are Micro scale models of an X-wing, AT-AT, Tie Fighter and a UFO, racks and racks of comics, a bin of Lightsabers, “Life-size” Jedi and Spiderman displays, and a clown to attract buyers to the huge sale at the front. You can’t tell it from these pictures, but he guy buying a Star Wars comic at the register is dressed as Luke Skywalker. πŸ˜€

I don’t have this model any more, mainly because my cat knocked it off the table a little while after I made it. 😦

It was a fun model to build, and it helped me land my job, so it holds a special place in my hear. πŸ™‚