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The LEGO Movie Experience at LEGOLAND California

February 21, 2014


I’ve been on LEGO Movie overload ever since it came out two weeks ago. First, seeing it 3 times in 3 days, plus buying the LEGO Movie Video Game for both PS3 and 3DS (review to come later) and playing the PS3 version, and the ongoing news, reviews and accolades that the movie keeps getting from pretty much everywhere. The “Everything is Awesome” song is now permanently lodged in my brain — it doesn’t help that they keep playing it throughout the video game. And then to culminate it all, yesterday I went to The LEGO Movie Experience that made its debut yesterday at LEGOLAND California.

Warning! Spoliers Ahead!!!!

If you haven’t watched the LEGO Movie yet, and don’t want to find out one of the major spoilers, read no further. Come back after you’ve watched the movie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay, now that that’s done, lets get to this.

The Lego Movie Experience at LLCAVia: Miro Dudas

Like I said when I wrote my Non-spolier review, I still have a lot to write about this movie. One thing I didn’t like that much in the movie was its biggest spoiler — entering the real world. I get that it taught a valuable lesson of creativity over keeping things just so, but I felt that it pulled you out of the story. I would have preferred if we never entered the real world. Even if remnants of it (band-aid, “kragel,”etc) were in the LEGO world.

However, if they had not added that real world element, The LEGO Movie Experience would not have been possible.


In the movie, the “real world” is basically an Adult Fan of LEGO’s basement LEGO room. And what a room! A full town layout in the middle, castle, western, and space themes along the wall, a corner that looks very much like my desk with all the “nuts and bolts” drawers full of LEGO and various LEGO kits and creations on display. But of course Finn — the son — isn’t supposed to play with any of it. Those are all Dad’s collection — not toys!




Sound familiar? Many of us die-hard AFOLs have LEGO Rooms of one sort or another. Our rooms vary in collection size and how much our roommates or families allow it to exist. Not all have rooms like Will Farrell’s character in the movie, but I know quite a few who do — me included.

And some have the “my collection” and the “kid’s collection.” Most who do will allow their children to borrow from them, but there is a definite line. Even my brothers (who I took their LEGO when they grew out of it) like to play with my collection (they are 35 and 27 by the way) when they visit and sometimes I bristle silently (or not so silently) when they mess up my system.

Finn’s LEGO collection
You can see the “Magic Portal” tube in the back of the room.

But, despite all that LEGO can be, it is first and foremost a toy. If and when I have children they will definitely be allowed to play with my LEGO, and they will have their own. Of course I’ve never been one that leaves huge LEGO displays out. For one, leaving displays out permanently causes them to get dusty and color fading can happen. For another, I don’t have the room to leave large things out. I never know when I’ll need the space for a commission. I’ve been known to take over the dining room table when the project is too large for weeks. So leaving a large model or display up, at least at this point, is not in the cards for me.

As an added bonus for the grand opening, they had a special guest — Jadon Sand, “Finn” of the LEGO Movie.


He was on hand to tell of his experience working with Will Farrell and being in the LEGO Moive. During the question and answer part, I asked him if he wanted to be a Master Builder. He said yes, he definitely does. When I got to talk with him and his mom later he said he would like to be a Master Builder, Director and Writer. I also asked him what his favorite theme was and he said he loves the Harry Potter sets. He even treated us to a rendition of “Everything is Awesome.”

I took lots more pictures, you can see them on Flickr as well as these pics by Miro.

I was fortunate enough to get in as Media, because when I emerged from the building it was to a massively long line. Some of my fellow SandLUG members were in line for over an hour and a half!


I would have taken more pictures, but as the public came in, and it got more and more crowded, I felt it was time to leave.

One cool thing I got was a picture with Jadon that his mom took
Me and Jadon Sand 1

It was great meeting Jadon Sand and seeing the awesome models that were used in the movie.

And check out this Awesome video LEGOLAND made for the opening.

If you get a chance to come to LEGOLAND California, be sure to check this out. I’m not sure for how long this will be there, but I imagine it will be for quite a while, especially considering the popularity of the movie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wil Weaton signing a model of Wil Weaton…

April 2, 2012

Although some people are into April Fool’s jokes, I’m not one of them. So I avoid the silliness all together. I did however post this on my Facebook page yesterday. I would have posted it here too, but Iain Heath hadn’t posted it on Flickr yet. ๐Ÿ˜€

While I was hanging out with the guys of FBTB, SandLUG, and LUGOLA at LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days, Iain and the rest of SeaLUG was at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle.

I will be posting a follow up to Star Wars Days, but until then check this out.

Since Iain is Iain (you have to know him, or at least his models, to understand that one ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) he created a LEGO model of Wil Weaton signing a LEGO model of himself and then he had the actual Wil Weaton sign it. Its so meta, it almost blows my mind! ๐Ÿ˜€
Lego model of Wil Wheaton signing a Lego model of Wil Wheaton ...actually being signed by Wil Wheaton!

Here’s a close up of the model
Wil Wheaton signing (front)

Of course there were other, much larger, models on display. I know Scott Fowler’s MOC certainly deserves its own post. But I’ll be visiting those another day. For now, live long and prosper! — Hey, I had to get a Star Trek reference in there somewhere!

LEGO for Charity

December 4, 2011

There are lots of ways to be charitable with LEGO this year. One of the fun, and easiest ways is is providing an extra incentive to get you to be charitable.

You may have seen the post I made in the forums last week about pledging to donate up to 1 million gifts to the US Marine Corpsโ€™ Toys For Tots program. The catch is they only donate one gift for each e-greeting sent from the website and so far the total is limping along at just over a hundred donations a day.

Letโ€™s see if we canโ€™t kick that number up a notch. Ace has generously offered a MISB 8095 General Grievous Starfighter set to one lucky winner chosen at random who sends an e-greeting from to Make sure the message reads FOR THE TOTS! and feel free to send as many as you like. The more you send, the more chances you have and the more donations get made to a great charity. The giveaway ends when they shut their program down, so be quick and get those greetings in!

You can also be charitable on a local level. My local LEGO club SandLUG gathered sets and cash donations that were turned into sets to donate to a local charity.

SandLUG Toy Drive 2011 (everything)

So come on guys and donate! You can send an E-card through or donate a set at your local toy drive. Whatever you decide to do, Happy Holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

Karen’s Southwestern Ranch House

April 3, 2011

Southwestern House

Karen Farmer is relatively new to being an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), in fact, she’s only been building for about 6 months! Karen, along with her boyfriend Skyler are new members of my LUGs (LEGO User Groups) — SandLUG and LUGOLA. She was worried that her Southwestern Ranch House didn’t fit into the rest of the layout, but that didn’t stop her from entering and winning “Best Building” in the Town and Train Layout at Bricks by the Bay. ๐Ÿ™‚

Southwestern House

The exterior design is impressive, but it doesn’t stop there. There are three interior levels as well.
Attic/Bell Tower

Downstairs living room and kitchen

If you want too see even more images of this very cool house check out Karen’s Flickr sets.

Karen’s attention to detail and enthusiasm in building make her a nice addition to my LUGs and to the AFOL community as a whole. I look forward to seeing more of her wonderful creations. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California

August 3, 2010

If you are in the San Diego area this weekend you might want to check out LEGOLAND’s Star Wars Days August 7th and 8th.

Activities include: a Star Wars Costume Contest, the 501st Druid Hunt Game, a Building Competition, Jedi Trivia (winners will receive the super collectible White Boba Fett minifig — its only for kids though), and a layout display by my very own LEGO fan group SANDlug.

Here’s what part of the layout looked like last year.

For those of you unable to attend, don’t worry. I’ll be covering it here on my blog. However, if you are planning to attend, I will be on hand at the Fan Display in Miniland. Come by and say hi. ๐Ÿ™‚

Danish Day at Balboa Park

June 6, 2010

If you actually live in the San Diego area I, along with my fellow SANDlug members, will be down in Balboa Park at the House of Denmark for their Grundlovsdagsfest(Danish Constitution Day).

Come and show your Danish red and white colors. People come and go as they need to. Danish food will be sold and a group of lego enthusiasts will show their talent. You may get a chance to play with lego yourself.

At 2 p.m. we will have entertainment on the stage. Performers include:

– Niels Lund will sing Danish and English songs including sing-along for children and adults.
-The Scandinavina Children Folkdancers and Balboa Park Dancers will dance folkdancing
-Anne Goldman will tell a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

We will sell Danish food from noon to 4 p.m. Danish sausage (medisterpoelse), meatballs (frikadeller), red cabbage (roedkaal), cucumber salad, and pastry (kringle) will be on sale from the cottage, so bring your appetite!

Please be aware that the Rock and Roll Marathon will take place on the same day as our Lawn Program. There will be roadclosures in the downtown area, including Southbound 163 Freeway. Therefore, your usual route to Balboa Park may not be possible. To help you plan your best route, here is a link that tells you about road closures including freeways and ramps. Road Closures

We will have a LEGO model display as well as some LEGO to play with. So if you are interested, come join us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Boys and Girls Club builds a Disney Toy Story Mosaic

March 27, 2010

Just this last week a massive LEGO mosaic was assembled up in Los Angelos.

LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi joined kids from the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club to assemble a one-of-a-kind mural in support of the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 release on Blu-rayโ„ข (March 23). Kids from six different Boys & Girls Clubs across the US in regional markets each built a portion of the elaborate Toy Story mural out of LEGOยฎ bricks, which were joined together for the first time in Los Angeles. Participating Cities included: Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

via BrickJournal

A couple days before this event Erik dropped by to our local LUG (LEGO User’s Group) SandLUG. It was nice to see my friend since I haven’t seen him in person in years. He was a little jet lagged though, he’d just arrived from Australia.

SandLUG March 1

One of the highlights of the meeting was Super Minotaurus — a super-sized version of the LEGO Game Minotaurus. It featured 3 minotaurs, 8 players, two dice and twice the board game space. It was a much more interesting variation than the original game. Predictably the game took hours. ๐Ÿ˜€

Super Minotaurus

LEGO Board Game Monster 4

October 25, 2009

The LEGO Board Games won’t be available in the States till next year, but considering the season, I figured I’d post this very timely set. Over at Eurobricks Oky Wan Kenobi has posted a review of Monster 4.

The back of the box

The board game after you build it

A close up of the heads

I really like the different heads and the built spider (although he does only have 6 legs). ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, if you notice on the front of the box that the spider has 1×1 round plates with a hole in the middle. This is a new piece. I don’t know if this will replace existing 1×1 round plates, hopefully it will be in addition too. I can see some good uses for that piece already. And of course it comes with the new dice piece.

The one thing this set doesn’t have is any of the Microfigs that I mentioned in a previous post.

I finally got a chance to look at the Microfig at my SandLUG meeting last week. Andy Grubb, one of LEGOLAND’s Master Model Builders had bought the new set Creationary when he was in Denmark recently.

Although they have been tried in the past, the new LEGO Board Games seem to have been better thought out and better packaged. They certainly peaked my interest from the first time I saw them and I look forward to purchasing at least a few of them when they come out.

LEGO Ship in a Bottle

September 28, 2009

bloody pirates!

“Yo ho ho and a bottle in a ship . . .”

I dub thee…S.S. SandLug!

Matt Armstrong has never been known for his conventional building style. Here is another one of his clever creations. ๐Ÿ™‚

Whats great about this is that it is all official LEGO parts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Supper never looked so Shiny

September 21, 2009

The Last Supper (Chrome Version) 3

At the latest SANDlug (San Diego LEGO Users Group) Meeting. My good friend Bill Vollbrecht (a Master Model Designer and the LEGOLAND California Art Director) brought one of his latest creations — the Last Supper in Chrome Gold and Silver. Well it is a tad irreverent, so is Bill’s sense of humor. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seeing so much chrome all in one place like that can be a little blinding! ๐Ÿ˜€