Posts Tagged ‘New York’

BrickWorld Chicago 2013

May 26, 2013

Hi all. I realize I’ve been totally off the grid for the past couple weeks. Finishing up a large commission (which will be covered later) and feeling under the weather has been keeping me occupied.

But I’m back now, and the only thing that’s on my mind at the moment is BrickWorld Chicago, which is just about 2 1/2 weeks away. I have a pretty awesome new mosaic planned, we’ll see how much of it I’ll get done before the show. Its in four parts, so even if I don’t get it all designed, at least some of it should be ready by then.

And if any of you readers are coming, either for the whole thing or just the public days on the weekend, stop by and say hi. I’ll have my vendor table there and I’ll be selling not only my own stuff, but also BrickShirts shirts so that’s a good place to find me, at least during public hours.

Oh and if you some how weren’t paying attention to any of the other LEGO blogs and sites out there, there was an unveiling of the largest LEGO Model ever in New York’s Time Square this weekend

As I wasn’t there, I defer to Joe Meno and his guest post on Brother’s Brick for all the details.

The exciting thing, at least for me is that now that the event is over, the giant X-wing will be coming here just in time for Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California on June 15-16. Of course I’ll be in Chicago for BrickWorld, but it will be here for the rest of the year, so I’ll get to check it out soon enough. 😉

And if you are coming to LEGOLAND California for the Star Wars weekend, then be sure to check out the LEGO display put on by LUGOLA, SandLUG, LGuage and FBTB.

Lego Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 21, 2012

Lego Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Okay, there’s a little bit of Photoshoping going on here, but it looks so good, who cares? I love the mesh of microscale with the flashlight Minifig. And the fact that the only Photoshoping going on is digital removal of the fishing line holding up the “Balloon Minifig” its even more impressive!

Here’s what Kristi “McWii” has to say about her creation:

Tomorrow, November 22nd, will be the 86th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

When I think of the Parade 3 things come to mind: ginormous balloons, the Santa Float and Miracle on 34th Street.

This is my Lego version of the parade complete with the Santa float and Lego Man balloon.

A little about the build:
The Lego Man balloon is a lego flashlight with the pin and key chain removed.
He was then suspended above the vignette with fishing line and the lines were digitally removed.
Size is 16×32 studs
A special thanks goes to my friends husband, Michael, who suggested that I do a Lego Man balloon instead of a regular balloon.

The scale is perfect, and I love the feel of a crowded parade all in a 16 x 32 stud (5 x 10 inches) space.

9/11 Tribute in Light

September 11, 2012

I wanted to find something to commemorate 9/11, but until I saw this nothing really came to mind except my Remembering 9/11 mosaic that I made last year.

Tribute in Light

The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by The Municipal Art Society of New York. It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2010, it has been repeated every year on September 11.

This simple microscale New York skyline by Kristi is a fitting tribute.

My thoughts go out to all the families that lost loved ones on that fateful day.

Remembering 9 / 11

September 13, 2011

Its a couple days late, but that’s what happens when there’s a massive power outage in a good portion of the Southwest.

For the tenth anniversary of 9/11 I didn’t want to remember the tragedy. I wanted to remember the Patriotism and the spirit of unity that grew from that terrible day. So I could think of no better subject for a mosaic than the Raising the Flag at Ground Zero.

Remembering 9 11 a

It was one of my most complicated mosaics ever, mainly because it was a real picture. I was also watching a lot of the programs about 9/11 as I was building it so it was a very emotional model for me to create.

To think of all those people that lost their lives and all those who spent months on the rubble that was Ground Zero, it changed everyone including me.

You can see more images on my Flickr set.

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.

2010 LEGO Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank and Hoth Wompa Cave Sets

February 10, 2010 brings us hi-res images of two of the newest 2010 LEGO Star Wars sets from New York’s Toy Fair.

8098 Clone Turbo Tank $120 USD

8089 Hoth Wampa Cave

I’m pretty happy with the Wampa, although it reminds me a lot of the Rock Raiders cave monster from years past. What is it with LEGO making monsters that have ridiculously long arms?

With the Wampa and the Taun-taun now a reality the only important Classic Star Wars animal that is missing is the Rancor. Yet another long-armed monster. 😀

On a totally unrelated note, there are finally clear images of two of the upcoming Disney Toy Story 3 sets now on

The LEGO Architecture does it Wright

May 18, 2009

You can read the whole press release here or just the highlight:

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.

The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures, Inc. officially introduced the LEGO Architecture line in 2008. The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater.”

After seeing this on Brothers Brick I just had to put my two cents in. To be honest, I’m not really into the LEGO Architecture line. The main reason is the price. At $20 each, the original four buildings are all way over-priced for the amount of LEGO you get. The only one that I even really liked the design on was the Space Needle. The new “Fallingwater” one looks interesting, but by looking at the amount of pieces, it looks like it will be even more than $20.

The general idea of the LEGO Architecture sets is good, and I understand why people like them. I just can’t justify spending that much for so few LEGO bricks. Especially when I can design my own LEGO microscale buildings for way less.

LEGO Rock Band Is Real

April 22, 2009

The rumors have been floating around the internet for months, people have speculated on if it was just somebody’s pipe dream, or somebody leaking things a tad too early. Many people, including me, thought it was an unusual combination, but that just made the rumor seem more true. 😉

Well now, after all the speculation, it’s been confirmed. You can read the entire press release or you can read the highlights here:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are joining forces with the LEGO Group, Harmonix and MTV Games to merge two of the most popular videogame franchises with the creation of LEGO® Rock Band®.

The game will be available for the Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and Wii™ home videogame console (as well as) LEGO Rock Band for Nintendo DS™. All versions are scheduled for release holiday 2009.

LEGO Rock Band combines the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band® with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO videogame franchise packed with brilliant chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences, including:
Blur: “Song 2”
Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
Europe: “The Final Countdown”
Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”
Pink: “So What”

Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also continuing the LEGO “build-and-play” gaming experience, players will be able to create their own LEGO Rock Band style as they customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew. LEGO Rock Band supports Rock Band instruments, as well as other music game controllers.

Now, the only problem I have with this is that I don’t have a PS3 yet! 😦 However, hopefully by the time this comes out for the Holidays, my gaming situations may change. 😉

I have heard, on the same forums that talked about this when it was a rumor, people complaining that it looks just like every other LEGO Video Game the TT and now Warner Brothers Interactive has produced. That is completely fine in my book. I’ve loved every single one of them, so I have no problems with it. Heck, I even helped launch the LEGO Batman Video Game in New York last year.

I’m pretty excited for this game, I love Guitar Hero, I even made a Guitar Hero Controller a while back. I haven’t played Rock Band yet, so I don’t have an opinion on that one, but I really am looking forward to this game! Two of my favorite things — LEGO and music combined — sounds like music to my ears.

Talk about pocket-sized!

April 3, 2009

LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney has just unveiled his latest creation, a giant Nintendo DSi.

This sculpture of the Nintendo DSi was created to coincide with the release of the real Nintendo DSi on April 5, 2009. The sculpture is nearly 7 feet wide and contains 51,324 LEGO pieces. It took over 200 hours to create and weighs over 250 pounds.

You can see more images on MOCpages.

LEGO Batman and Robin Sculptures

October 22, 2008

LEGO Batman

LEGO Robin

I really love these two LEGO models. The first time I saw them was at the San Diego Comic Con and then again at the LEGO Batman Video Game Launch Party in New York. I did not build them, but I am really impressed by them. Although it may not seem like it by just looking, these two models had to have been difficult to build. Its easy enough to design a LEGO Minifigure that is posed like real Minifigs can move, its pretty straight forward actually.

As you can see in the above picture from the new SeaLife, the LEGO Friends (that’s the official name by the way) are pretty much straight up building. Each “movable” section is actually individual models that are built onto a steel frame that can be posed.

I actually designed and built several of these LEGO Friends at my time in the Model Shop at LEGOLAND California. Most notably were several of the Driving School Minifig models including the “Fancy Lady” (Her official name) with the white hat and pet poodle and the Pilot that ran out of gas.

Fun Fact: There is a Minifig in Driving School that is holding the newspaper. The date on the paper is the one when they officially renamed it Volvo Driving School and the “writers” of the articles on the paper are the two Graphic Artists that worked there at the time and who made the newpaper.

Any how, back to where I was.

No, what makes the Batman and Robin Minifigs different is the fact that they are made to look like the LEGO figures in the Video Game. The game figures are able to move more like a normal person, so to be able to fully capture this “movement” is the really tricky thing. Its also really difficult to make any sort of pattern such as Robin’s belt when it is not on a flat surface. I had to make the Flute Playing Pirate in the Pirate Shores area with a checkered patch on the back of his pants, trust me, its hard.

Now I don’t doubt that they were partially designed using LEGO’s Brickbuilder program, its a computer program that helps design 3D sculptures by first creating them in a program like 3DSMax and then transferring them over. The program basically makes a virtual model as many bricks high as you tell it to. But its not straight out instructions on how to build a model. Its more like a rough sketch of what the model will turn out to look like, an outline if you will. There are still curves that have to be fixed virtually on the model and you still have to design the steel frame that will go inside as well as a lot of other details that I won’t go into at this time.

But even with the program, there still was a true Master Model Designer behind it and who ever that was, I commend their skills! 😉

P.S. I’m going to do some checking and see if I can find out exactly who designed it. If I find out I’ll let you know (actually I have a pretty good idea who designed it already, but I don’t want to say until I know for sure).