Posts Tagged ‘Taj Mahal’

Tiny Taj

February 8, 2011

Recently I was asked to make a birthday cake topper. It was for a LEGO fan and his wife asked me what I could make. I told her I could create him building and she said that sounded great. He just happened to be building the LEGO Taj Mahal model at the same time so she asked if I could make him building with white bricks. I figured I could do something even better:

Guy building Taj Mahal 1

I want to say it was a challenge, but in actuality, once I thought about it, it came together rather quickly. The inspiration was the cheese slopes. I can not tell you how much I love that element!!! It was the only way to create the eight sided building at that tiny of a scale.

Guy building Taj Mahal 2

I was even happier when I realized that it was almost exactly to scale with the Miniland figure. The real Taj Mahal model really is about that size to a person. Hopefully he had a wonderful birthday (it was yesterday) and loved his totally unique birthday present. πŸ™‚

Working on St. Basil

September 15, 2010

WIP St. Basil

I don’t normally post WIP (works in progress) but even in its unfinished state Arthur Gugick’s latest model is a wonder.

Having computer and mathematical background, he’s a math teacher, Arthur has a very different design process to me. I’ve known Arthur for several years, ever since he tried out to be a Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND California. He didn’t end up getting the job, but that didn’t stop him for getting worldwide recognition for his LEGO buildings. He even flew to Australia for a movie that featured his Taj Mahal.

I look forward to seeing this one when it is completed. πŸ˜‰

10214 Tower Bridge

August 6, 2010

In the same vein of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal the 10214 Tower Bridge promises to be a great addition to the large scale building series.

At first glance this model doesn’t seem quite as impressive as the Taj Mahal, in fact it almost looks like a fan created MOC (my own creation), that is until you take a closer look at the Hi-Res picture. πŸ™‚

This model is teaming with lots of small details and new elements, the most notable in my mind as well as many others is the Tan cheese slopes! Up until this set cheese slopes in tan (which come in virtually every other color) have been but only a much requested dream element of LEGO fans. But of course its not just the cheese slopes. There are multiples of tiles, technic wheels, windows, and if I am not mistaken (which I might be πŸ˜‰ ) baseplates in medium blue.

Although there is no official word, with the part count at over four thousand pieces this will not be a cheap set. It will most likely be in the $300 range like the two previous Building sets. The Tower Bridge is slated to be available this October, at least from what I can find on BrickSet. There is also a forum on Eurobricks discussing the set.

Bricks by the Bay — A LEGO Convention

March 10, 2010

In just about a month Northern California will have its first LEGO Convention — Bricks by the Bay. It will be held April 9th – 11th and will be located at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont, CA (very close to San Francisco). The public hours are from 10am-4pm on Sunday, April 11.

I was on the fence attending this at first. I wanted to go, but even though it sounded fun and its relatively close (roughly an 8 hr drive) I was afraid it conflicted with my schedule. But now, thanks to a friend, it looks like I’ll be going. πŸ™‚

There is still time to register. The cost is $50 ($85 for deluxe) for a full attendee which includes exclusive perks like attending panels, taking part in activities and games, displaying your creations, and chance to go to the “ding and dent” sale at the LEGO Store.

If you’ve never been to a “ding and dent” sale you don’t know what you are missing. A couple of years ago when I went to BrickCon 08, I managed to get a Taj Mahal for 40% off! Sets range from 30-50%. Yes the boxes are dented, but the sets themselves are perfectly fine. There will also be discounts throughout the LEGO store for the entire weekend.

LEGO conventions are a lot of fun. Think a LUG (LEGO users group) but much bigger. It is an opportunity to meet many of your long distance LEGO friends that you may only know online and to share your creations with a much larger crowd.

For those of you who are going, I look forward to seeing you! πŸ˜€