Posts Tagged ‘Mermaid’

Official Miniland scale figures in a set

March 3, 2014

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I love Miniland scale. Ever since my first trip to LEGOLAND I fell in love with the scale. And once I started working at the Model Shop, Miniland USA was my responsibility for 4 years. So naturally I fell in love with the scale. Minifig scale is all well and good, but you are limited by their very small size. Minilanders are bigger, brick built, and much more versitle than Minifigs.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this on BrickSet

Now its not the first time that there has been a miniland figure in a kit. There was one in 2003 –King (Legoland Deutschland)

And one was designed by a co-worker of mine, George Corn, at LEGOLAND California in 2006

Neither set was widely available however, which this set seems to be.

There is something distinctly “wrong” with the new set — they have no chins! Whoever designed this set clearly didn’t consult the LEGOLAND Model Builders when they created it. None of the Miniland people are built without chins, and the mom looks rather anorexic.

Here’s some samples of Minilanders I’ve designed —

Wonder Woman 3

Mini Superman 2

Segway 1

Mermaid 2

You can see more on Flickr

Now granted — some Miniland building techniques would not stand up to the rules of proper set building — there are different guidelines on what can and can’t be done depending on if you are a set designer versus a Master Model Builder. But that doesn’t excuse the lack of chins. All they would need is to add an extra jumper plate (1×2 plate with a stud in the middle) under the head. The lack of chins is a common mistake when people are building Miniland people for the first time, but surely a set designer that is right by the LEGOLAND park in Denmark should have fixed this before it when into production.

On one level I’m happy that LEGO is recognizing Miniland as an official scale outside of the LEGOLAND parks. But on the other hand, these set figures are poor representations of the scale.

Siren’s Song

September 6, 2013

A Siren's Melody

Okay its technically called Siren’s Melody, but I like my title πŸ˜€

I love mermaids, always have, so I fell in love with this scene by Sean and Steph Mayo. What I love most is the fact that the mermaids are not minifigs. They are very cleverly built out of just a few simple bricks.

Of course the rest of the scene is awesome too. The use of the large clear panels and the round transparent blue and clear parts for the top gives a nice feel of moving water and the palm trees are brilliant.

Sneak Preview of Collectible Minifigure Series 9

November 26, 2012

On LEGO’s Facebook page they have release sneak preview pictures of all 16 Minifigs of Series 9. The catch? They are shown from the back. Even so, it confirms the rumored list that has been going around.

You can click on any of the images to go to the full set on Facebook. On December 3rd they will be showing the front images of them. I have a feeling that even though the release date is in January, they will start showing up in stores some time in December, just in time for Christmas. Its not a guarantee that it will happen, just a guess. πŸ˜‰

The LEGO Mega Mystery Mural in Australia

January 25, 2011

Photo Credit: Charles Brewer

Recently at the Sydney Aquarium the world’s largest publicly created LEGO mosaic was built with the aid of Master Model Builder Steve Gerling. Here you can see a section of the 17,280 6×6 knob spaces waiting to be filled.

Photo Credit: Charles Brewer

And here’s Steve himself working on the mosaic. You can really get an idea of size with him standing next to it.

Photo Credit: Charles Brewer

As a sort of “build-by-number” guide each 6×6 plate has the colors printed on them and the back of the plate tells Steve where that particular plate goes on the overall mosaic.

Photo Credit: Charles Brewer
Photo Credit: Charles Brewer

It takes 622,080 1×1 bricks in various colors to build the entire picture!

So, what did the final mosaic look like? Well unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture of the actual mosaic, but I did find a picture of the image:

If you find yourself in Sydney this year, stop by and see the finished mosaic. It will be on display through 2011.

Fairytale and Historic Minifigure Set

December 27, 2010

A new set has popped up on lego.com, unfortunately, it is not available in the States, at least not yet. 😦

This is a very different set from most LEGO sets and seems like a fantasy version of the new Community Minifigure Set which also will be available starting in Jan. (again, not sure if it will be in the States yet).

I really like both of these sets. They are full of fun minifigs, great for both boys and girls, and have a lot of potential for all kinds of fun scenes. πŸ™‚

Apparently both sets will be available in the UK, Australia and European countries. Maybe all of us AFOLs in the States will have to petition Customer Service to bring the set over the pond. That or contact a friend (if you have one) that lives where these are available. πŸ˜‰

The Pirate Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 21

December 21, 2009

Pirate Advent Calendar Day 21

Hopefully this shark isn’t in the mood for pirate a la carte!

He is swimming to help his fellow sharks guard the mermaid’s treasure. With the extra visitors on the island the mermaid is worried that more people will visit her little paradise. She hopes that if they see shark infested waters the people will think twice about staying.

The Pirate Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 15

December 15, 2009

Pirate Advent Calendar Day 15

Knowing that the visitors are looking for something, the mermaid is glad that they can’t get to her own treasure.

Years ago when a massive storm tossed the upper levels of the sea she found her beautiful jewel. It had been part of gift to some far off king from some equally far off land. The storm was so strong that it broke the ship apart spilling the jewels, gold and people into the cold, dark waters. The crew would have drowned if not for the quick action of the mermaid. She saved them all.

While swimming through the wreckage later she found the gem. Placing the pink ruby in a white shell for safe keeping, she asked a friendly shark to guard it. Occasionally she brings the jewel to the surface, she loves how it sparkles in the sunlight.

The Pirate Advent Calendar Review β€” Day 14

December 14, 2009

Pirate Advent Calendar Day 14

Deep in the ocean surrounding the island a beautiful mermaid swims through the clear blue waters. From her friendly fish she has heard of these new visitors to her island and wishes to see them. Up till now there has only been that sad old man who stares longingly out to sea.

At first when he came she would only allow him to get glimpses of her diving from a rock or bobbing her head above the water. But as time passed she swam nearer and nearer to shore, finally swimming right up to him.

They have become good friends. He has taught her much of the world of man and she has taught him much of the ocean depths. She knows that he will not betray her secret, but she hopes that if he does leave with these visitors she will get to wish him farewell.

Going Back In Time — The Octopus

September 10, 2009

First Octopus

Okay, I’d like you to think that I’ve always been the consummate Master Builder that I am today, but of course, everyone has a learning period. πŸ˜‰ Since I’ve finally got a scanner that works, I can now post some of my earlier models and show people where I came from (building-wise). So, I’ll be occasionally posting my pre-LEGOLAND days models here to give you a glimpse into my younger, less refined building self. πŸ™‚

This was my very first LEGO animal sculpture. I made it go along with my Aquanaut models that I was building at the time (95′-96′). I’ve always liked the ocean and underwater, both real and fictional (did I mention I like mermaids πŸ˜‰ ). So when the Aquanauts sets came out, I loved them. Of course I couldn’t just be satisfied with the sets as is — I never have been — so I created my own underwater scenes and bases. If I can find some of the pictures I’ll scan them in.

Like most LEGO hobbiest I built mostly Minifig related scenes and models. I do the complete opposite now, I rarely build in Minifig scale mainly because it is so small. Sometimes its hard to go back to just play with the bricks like I did before I got a job at the Model Shop. I have to admit, I don’t look at building the same way anymore.

But when I was still just doing this for fun, I rarely ventured in to sculpture at all. To be honest, I didn’t really know how to go about it. So I stuck to what I knew, building Minifig scenes and buildings.

However, when I got the Aquanauts I thought they need an enemy besides the Aquasharks. So I decided to build an octopus. And, because I had a lot of red bricks that decided on what color I would make him. For those younger readers out there, you have to understand that this was before Pick-a-Brick and Bricklink. I couldn’t make him whatever color I wanted and at that time I couldn’t have really afforded to do that either. I had to build with what I had and only what I had. Those were simpler times. πŸ˜€

Even now I really like how the legs all have the feeling of movement. Looking back, I would probably do several things differently. But considering that I didn’t use reference photos and this was one of the reasons I got my job in the Model Shop, I’m pretty proud of it even now. πŸ™‚

Miniland Mermaids

August 24, 2009

Mermaid 1

While I was still working at LEGOLAND California I designed five different versions of Miniland mermaids. As you can see I really like mermaids. Here are my first two versions. Looking back at them now I really want to create a whole underwater scene. πŸ™‚

Mermaid 2