Posts Tagged ‘MOC’

The Haunted House of my Dreams

June 9, 2012

I’m sure everyone has a “MOC Bucket List” — the models you dream of making some day. I’ve had a MOC list for a very long time. Ever since I was little I’ve had certain models that I’ve wanted to make — an entire castle valley, a Miniland scale house, and — a Haunted House. (Just to name a few)

We got a brief glimpse in the Ultimate Collector R2-D2 video when the model was “accidentally” left on the table. 😉

Well now we can see it in all its awesomeness and LEGO has come up with one as good as anything I could have built!

Introducing the 10228 Haunted House

10228 Haunted House
Ages 14+. 2,064 pieces.
US $179.99 CA $199.99 DE 149.99 € UK 119.99 £ DK 1499 DKK
Enter the Haunted House at your peril!
The crooked Haunted House is home to the scariest ghosts and monsters. Tremble in fear as you open the gate, go weak at the knees as you step onto the porch and gasp in horror at the fireplace, kitchen, office, folding staircase, bedroom, potion room, music room and collection of other creepy objects. Dare you enter the Haunted House?!
• Add to your LEGO® Monster Fights Collection with the first officlal LEGO® Haunted House!
• Includes 6 minifigures: 2 glow-in-the-dark ghosts, Vampyre, Vampyre’s Bride, Zombie chef and butler
• Features unique ‘crooked’ design featuring boarded up windows and working front gate.
• Haunted House opens to reveal detailed interior with 3 floors.
• First floor features fireplace that swings open and displays a ship in a bottle on the mantle.
• Cook up a ghoulish meal with the Zombie chef in the kitchen complete with old-style stove, jars and table.
• Write letters from the Vampyre’s haunted office.
• Pull the lever hidden in the chimney to release the drop down staircase and access the top floor.
• Top floor features gramophone, records and newspaper LEGO® elements.
• Customize the Haunted House with new stickers for wall hangings, spider webs and curtains.
• Measures 15.4” (39cm) high, 9.4” (24cm) wide and 7.5” (19cm) deep

At $180 USD its a little pricey, but the sand green, interior details, and the sheer coolness of the design make up for the price. And its out in September, conveniently right before Halloween. 8)

This year is really pushing my wallet to the breaking point, but LEGO just keeps coming out with such cool sets! 😀

Guys build with Friends too

January 23, 2012

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Cale Leiphart’s newest MOC (my own creation) is a good example of what LEGO Friends mixed with “normal” LEGO bricks can look like.

As I pointed out to a hesitant AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), the building potential of the new friends sets is very high, why limit either guys or girls to gender-specific sets? LEGO is LEGO is LEGO. Even the worst themes have great parts.

Regardless of the LEGO Friends controversy, this is a great model. 😉

LEGO Friends — Controversial or Cool?

January 9, 2012

If you’ve been paying attention at all to the buzz around the internet, you’ve probably seen at least on or several posts or articles about the LEGO Friends line. When I first heard about a new girl theme coming out over a year and a half ago at the LEGO Conventions I kept hearing “It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

My reaction, like most AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO), was — we’ll see.

The first low-res pictures didn’t do much to sway my cynical opinion. It looked like a rehashing of older themes. Once I finally saw good quality pictures, I thought it looked a lot like Polly Pocket. And it does. But so do a lot of other toys geared towards girls.

Unlike previous girl LEGO lines, LEGO Friends was widely promoted by the company. And almost before the first press release got out, the backlash started.

“LEGO already has a LEGOs for girls — they are called LEGOs” one person touted (and I apologize to all who cringe when an “s” is added to LEGO).

This comic posted on FBTB.net showed another side of it.

But what a lot of those who are complaining don’t know, or don’t care to research. Is that this is hardly the first time LEGO has made girl sets. They’ve been doing it for decades. Ever since the first Homemaker sets in 1971, LEGO has made sets clearly geared towards girls. That’s over 30 years people!

So why now? Well part of it is just because these naysayers can. Part of it is because LEGO didn’t promote previous incarnations like Belville and Scala as strongly as LEGO Friends. So all of these people who never really paid attention to LEGO themes before are taking sides over LEGO Friends. There’s even a petition to stop LEGO Friends.

A petition? Really? Don’t we have anything else to worry about?

I admit, Belville, Scala, and Clickits were never my favorite lines. I felt and still feel that they were an insult to my intelligence. There were no difficult builds and the figures looked like Barbie for LEGO — especially Scala. The only girl lines I liked were the Homemaker line which is a little bit before my time, and Paradisa.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I’m not a girly girl. In fact I took over my brothers’ LEGO bricks when they grew out of them. Something I never did. So even though I like Paradisa, it was too girly for me. I much preferred Castle or City — before it was populated only by cops, firemen, and robbers. I grew up in the golden age of LEGO when some of the truly great lines came out. I was just as into space and pirates as my brother (my little brother was a little too young at the time).

So when Scala and Belville were finally available in the US — they were originally only available in Europe — I was already a die-hard LEGO fan. These sets annoyed me and I ignored them. I refused to buy them because I didn’t like them. But what I didn’t realize was how many cool accessories there were. Food and cooking elements especially. So as I got more building savvy and started looking as sets more like parts packs and less like sets, I started to purchase Scala and Belville.

So what do I think of LEGO Friends? Well I wanted to wait until I had gotten some before I gave my opinion. I was getting more and more excited as I saw all the fun elements. And now that I have a couple sets I really, really like them.

Even with the images I’d seen of Friends to Minifig scale comparisons, I didn’t really appreciate how very small they Friends dolls are. They are tiny! Which naturally makes them cuter. They won’t replace my love for the Minifig, but they won’t be relegated to the back of the LEGO box either.

When I saw the sets in the stores I wanted to buy all of them! Okay, maybe that is my girly side coming out, but I am a girl, so that’s okay. 😉

Lots of non-LEGO people are complaining about the pink. But there is actually very little pink in the sets. And there are all these great new colors and parts! There are just as many, if not more, male AFOLs wanting these sets because of the accessories.

So in short — after this long rant — I like LEGO Friends. Is it exactly what I would have wanted as a child? No, but that’s what Modular Buildings are for. I do want all of the sets, if not multiples. I love the new accessories and colors. The MOC (my own creation) potential is very high! And I will be recommending them to everyone. I hope they come out with more. My opinion — Cool. 🙂

Table Scrap Water Pump

November 20, 2011

Sometimes a LEGO model isn’t big or complex. It’s just a hand full of parts assembled in a clever way.

Water Pump

This water pump created by legomocs.’s is a great example of this. With only 8 parts (10 if you count the bucket) the pump is accurate and yet so simple.

BrickFair here I come

August 2, 2011

Well here I go on to another LEGO Convention. It will be my first time to BrickFair and I look forward to meeting all the East Coast AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) that I haven’t met yet and seeing all my friends. 🙂

The full BrickFair runs from August 4th-7th, with public days on Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately I am not bringing any MOCs to display, but I will be bringing my products for sale and I will also be doing two presentations.

If you are going to BrickFair come and stop by, I’ll be sharing a table with BrickShirts once again so come on over and say hi. 😉

The Market District

July 2, 2011

Alex (aka Sirens-of-Titan) has created this stunning MOC (My Own Creation) that pays homage to the Medieval Market Village and then pushes it up a notch.

There are so many intricate details I just want to sit and look at the pictures for a while to figure out how it all was done 🙂


To see more images and read the story that goes with this model you can check out the post on Eurobricks.

Kimono Girl and Viking

May 16, 2011

I know its a strange title, but I just recently noticed these two MOC builds by Seth Christie. Both are based off of the Series 4 Collectible Minifigures.

Seth seems to have a wonderful ability to tell a story with his building. The Kimono Girl scene is in a wonderfully tranquil setting while the Viking vignette is full of movement.

Kimono Girl

Viking

I look forward to more MOCs by this new-to-me builder. 🙂

Bricks Helping Japan

March 28, 2011

Seeing the devastation in Japan many of us want to help in our own unique LEGO way. Brothers Brick is helping us just that by creating an auction we can all get involved in — either by donating a model, by purchasing a model for sale, or by donation money to the cause.

You can go to Creations for Charity to read all the details on submitting a MOC.

Japan is near and dear to my heart as my father is Japanese and from the Osaka area. It tears at my heart to see what is happening and my prayers go out to those who have been affected.

The Mona Lisa

March 2, 2011

The Mona Lisa

She may not have her enigmatic signature smile, but this MOC (My Own Creation) created by Joshua Christenson really got my attention. Its a combination mosaic and Miniland build. It doesn’t look like it at first, but then if you look at a different angle, you’ll see what I mean.

The Mona Lisa

It really is quite clever, especially considering that he’s a TFOL (Teen Fan of LEGO). 😉

Be My Brickentine Contest

January 10, 2011

Will you be my Brickentine? Just in time for Valentine’s Day Klementina Kos has started a new contest. And, as I am one of the judges I figured I better let everyone know about it. 😉

Be My Brickentine – Men’s Contest 2011

NEW CONTEST!! Join our group for all questions and adding entries!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1578666@N20/pool/with/5337226004/

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Klementina is organizing an international contest named “Be My Brickentine”. I am looking for the most original or seductive love story.

Award:
All 16 of minifigure collectable series 3 – get them all!
Free world wide airmail shipping included!

Start: January 8, 2011

End: February 14, 2011

Results:The winner will be announced on February 25, 2011

Organizer: Klementina Kos

Awards provided by: Brickarchitect

Judges: Stacy Sterling, Mariann Asanuma, Klementina Kos

Goal:
The main goal is to win the hearts of our female judges. Love can be expressed in different ways: through songs, gifts, love letters, etc. Be creative, build the most original seductive or love story. Show us your seductive capacities, what you would do to win her heart. Prove that love can be expressed through bricks as well!

Judging:
Judges will pay particular attention to the originality, details, setting, quality of pictures (not a condition), but also to the romantic aspect of the entries.

Rules:
1. Only men are allowed to compete, no women will be allowed to enter the contest.
2. Only one entry per person. Each creation may have accompanying text (optional). Entries may be minifig or other scale. Entries that were published before the beginning of this contest (January 8, 2011) are not allowed.
3. Minimum resolution for photographs is 800×600 pixels. Some basic editing in Photoshop is allowed – cutting out the background, editing color, contrast, etc. LDD is not allowed.
4. Only original LEGO parts are allowed. Entries that have non-LEGO parts will be disqualified, and authors will be notified.
5. You need to post your entries to MOCpages or Flickr group for this contest.
www.mocpages.com/group.php/15409?message=edited
www.flickr.com/groups/1578666@N20/pool/with/5337226004/

If you didn’t notice, this contest is for men only, no girls allowed. But, as most builders are men, that isn’t too big of a deal. So start building and good luck guys!