Posts Tagged ‘Times Square’

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.

Toys R Us at Times Square

September 30, 2008

On my recent trip to New York, I was able to go to the Times Square Toys R Us. Although the LEGO section wasn’t quite as big as I’d hoped — I’m spoiled though, by living so near LEGOLAND California — it was still pretty neat to see.

Although its not made of LEGO, it is really cool!

Although its not made of LEGO, it is really cool!

I was surprised (but not too suprised) to see that the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and the Statue of Liberty are copies of the models that we have at LEGOLAND California. LEGO actually does this quite a lot, copying one model multiple times. Being a Master Model Designer, I totally understand why this is done, since once a model is designed, why reinvent the wheel so to speak?

They actually did that a few years back when LEGO first acquired the Star Wars license. One Model Shop had designed a Darth Vader that was standing with his hands on his hips and one had designed a Darth Vader holding a light saber. Because the Model Shops had not contacted each other, one Darth Vader (the hands on hips model) was actually at least a foot shorter than the other Darth Vader.

The Model Shops all around the world are now in much better communication with each other so situations like this don’t happen as much. In fact, even though I don’t work at LEGOLAND any more, since all my models are still there, some of my models have made their way to the other LEGOLANDs around the world and are on display there as well. Its kind of nice to know that I left a little bit of a LEGO footprint of my own after I quit. 😉