Posts Tagged ‘Minifig’

Spring Cleaning 2016 Giveaway

March 5, 2016

Hi all. I’ve been planning on doing a giveaway for a while now. At first I was planning on doing it when I got a certain number of likes on my Model Building Secrets Facebook Page, but as my page gets more popular, the number changes daily and the certain number I was waiting for is already 200 likes in the past. 😀

So I’m calling this my Spring Cleaning 2016 Giveaway!

Spring 2016 Giveaway 1

Its a bit of this and that — the Bunny from last year, Olaf’s summer time fun, a Clone Trooper Lieutenant and a hard to get LEGOLAND Train, only available at the LEGOLAND parks.

There will be three ways to enter —

1)Comment on this post

2)Like my Model Building Secrets 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 #MBSGiveaway2016

Bonus entry —

4)Follow me on modelbuildingsecrets Instagram and Like and Comment #MBSGiveaway2016 on the entry photo to enter

There will be one winner. Yes, you can enter once all three  (four) ways. I will leave the giveaway open till midnight March 12th(pacific standard time). This will be international, so as long as I can mail this to you, I will. Thanks to all my fans and good luck! 😀


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! 😉


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


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. 😀

T’was the night before Christmas: FOL version

December 24, 2010

LEGO Snow Globe Photo Credit: Jameson Gagnepain

I found this wonderful twist on the traditional poem on the Flickr LEGO group. It was written by Sam Z aka TheBricks and was simply too cool not to share: 😀

The Night Before Christmas: Fan of LEGO

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the web,
no one was posting, not even a thread;
The MOCs were arranged in the display case with care,
In hopes that new sets would soon be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Duplo danced in their heads;
And Mamma with her dio, and I with my vig,
Had just settled down to build a thingamajig,
When out from the brick room, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the floor to see what was the matter.
Away to the brick room I flew like a flash,
As the silence was broken by a second crash.
(I had just built this really cool set,
But hadn’t taken pictures yet),
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
Built by a little man, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick,
My mech! My spaceship! My scale Titantic!
My heart raced and I became frantic,
“Get of here, Santa.Get out of here now,
Or I swear that I’ll kill you some way…somehow!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount up to the sky,
So out of the room Santa did fly,
Leaving me to hold my scattered parts and cry,
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof,
As I gathered my ruined creations,
I saw one of Nick’s fabrications,
It was covered in cheese slopes and 1×2 grills
(I have to admit, this guy had skills),
Gears ran inside, with axels and pins,
So I grabbed the lever and gave it a spin,
It opened up with details inside,
And hundreds of NPU’s I spied,
(Like TLC rifles used in weird ways:
E.g. minifig headgear, and ties on railways),
It was covered in rare colors like Dk tan and old bley,
And trans bricks I didn’t even know were made,
Then I called Santa back to where I sat,
“Hey Santa” I said, “let’s chat.”
He was a good builder, and a kind looking elf,
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Made me realize I didn’t want him dead.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And rebuilt my sets with clicks and a smirk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He gave me some really cool stuff,
The Death Star alone was enough!
And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Merry Brickmas, everyone!
-TheBricks, Dec. 2010

Thank you to Jameson for the photo and TheBricks for the poem.
Merry Brickmas to all and to all a good night! 🙂

New LEGO NY Store takes a bite out of the Big Apple

July 1, 2010

New York’s Rockefeller Center will never be the same now that a LEGO store has moved in. For the past three days there has been a Building Event extravaganza as 4 Master Model Builders have been constructing a massive LEGO apple to culminate the opening of the new LEGO store.

I couldn’t be there in person (as it is across the country from me) but my friend Scott Lyttle was kind enough to take lots of pictures and allow me to share them with all of you. 🙂

Here you can see the giant apple as it is half way done. It was just completed this morning and is an awesome sight.

above photo taken by Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi

Unlike regular LEGO stores, the Rockefeller LEGO Flagship store is similar to the Downtown Disney Stores or the Mall of America store because it has theme specific models to the area.

One of the interesting is a smaller version of the LEGO logo made completely out of minifigs — there is a much larger version in Denmark

There is a massive pick-a-brick wall, although anything about adult height is just for show. 😉

They even made a minifig scale Rockefeller Center so that all of the minifigs could shop too.

This mural is similar to the actual Rockefeller one.

If you want to see more, you’ll just have to go to New York. 😀

I just found out that the Big LEGO Apple will be on display until Tuesday of next week (I heard it from a very reliable source). So if you are in the area, check it and the store out for yourself.

World’s Largest LEGO Minifigure

June 5, 2010

Recently in the Netherlands they built the World’s Tallest LEGO Tower. As part of the event they asked Robert of Amazing Brick Creations to design a the World’s Largest LEGO Minifig.

During the World’s Largest LEGO tower Event June 2010 held in Limmen children also build their own World Record: World’s Largest LEGO mini figure. This so called Dutch Flower Girl is build using around 135.500 LEGO bricks. She is 3,648 m tall and weight 300+ kg!
821 Children, 100+ parents, teachers and many volunteers helped building.

I was actually involved in the planning, if from very far away. That’s why I love the internet, you can connect with people all over the world. 😀

Robert contacted me because although he has experience building, he had never designed or built something so large, plus he didn’t know how to plan a building event. As I have done both designing in large scale and building events, I was able to help him through a series of emails to plan it out.

From the looks of the video it came out great. Congrats to Robert and all the people involved in this event! 🙂

Oh yeah, Christmas is going to be good!

May 15, 2009

I’ve been hearing rumors of this set since the start of the year. Okay, so this isn’t the greatest image, it’s still in the “Preliminary” phase. Just looking at all the wonderful piratey goodness makes me all excited! Last year’s Castle edition was my most favorite of the Advent Calendar sets since they first appeared in 1998 (at least I think that’s the first year). I was totally bummed when I heard that they wouldn’t be available in America. Then, like some Christmas miracle, they magically were. Maybe it had something to do with all of us here in the States wishing and hoping that there just might be a chance. 😉

This one is getting me equally excited! Just the fact that the Mermaid is one of the figures makes me want to get a couple of this set. Okay, so I did break down and buy two of the Mermaids on Bricklink and I bought two of the Harry Potter Rescue from the Merpeople sets when they were out. Can you guess that I really like mermaids? 😀

But where was I? Oh yes, the Pirate Advent Calendar. I really can’t find anything wrong with what basically comes down to a nicely priced parts and Minifig pack. The only thing I’m hoping is that LEGO will make it internationally available, or that a shipment will “accidentally” find its way to the States.

Oh, and here’s a preliminary picture of the Town Advent Calendar too: