Posts Tagged ‘UFO’

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2012

Hi all. Sorry I’ve been off the grid for the past few days, but that’s what happens when you want to spend Christmas with your family and not think about all the things you do the rest of the year.

Well, since it is still Christmas day, at least here in California. I thought I’d share a few of the fun Christmas pictures I’ve been seeing recently before they all go back into storage for another year.

One that I some how missed was this awesome advent nativity calendar
Advent Calendar - Completed

Apparently we don’t know the whole story of Santa and his elves…
Workshop Escape

Here’s a fun little Christmas house
Christmas House

Something that is either a table center display or a festive UFO πŸ˜‰
Festive Joy To You All !

And cuteness!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me to you! πŸ˜€

Newest Contributor to the Model Building Secrets blog

September 25, 2011

I’d like to introduce the newest member of the Model Building Secrets team — Paul Lee! Not only is a great builder, he is a professional LEGO Comic Artist for the LEGO Club Magazine. If you’ve received your Club magazine lately, either here in the States or abroad, you’ve probably seen his work.

Here’s a couple samples:
Alien Conquest Comic
You can see my sig-fig being abducted by aliens in this page. πŸ˜€

Pirates of the Caribbean Comic

He will be posting from time to time, sharing his unique finds and for the first one . . .

Xenophobia

August 27, 2011

I think we all have to agree that the new face clingers from Alien Conquest sets is awesome. I immediately wanted several, although I only have 1 at the moment (but I’m accepting donations — just kidding πŸ˜‰ )

Anyhow, back to the post, when I saw Karf Oohlu’s latest creation and the story that goes along with it, it made me rethink of the face clingers as the menaces they are portrayed to be. πŸ˜€

Xenophobia

The day Grxzz always feared had arrived. Rumours of…HUMANS…seen wondering in the area. They’d always been a horror fantasy, something you used to scare the kids. But now, it seems they’re here, Quivering down to the very ends of his tentacles, he really wished he’d waited for others to arrive before coming out here – alone…

That’s not to say that I’m not impressed with the building techniques. The use of the Clickits elements — a theme that wasn’t so good, but elements that were, in my opinion — as mushroom tops is very cool.

Poor little Grxzz, all by himself searching for humans. Of course as he is a face clinger he could always just grab hold of them and take over their brains, at least that is what they did in Futurama. πŸ˜€

Next wave of 2010 LEGO Board Games

December 17, 2009

Although we in the States still haven’t gotten our hands on the first wave of LEGO Board games thanks to legomilk of Eurobricks.com we get a chance to see what is coming in 2010.

From the looks of things this next wave looks pretty promising. “Shave a Sheep” seems like a strange concept, but that won’t stop me from considering to get it. πŸ˜‰

Actually the one that looks the coolest to me is “Pirate Plank.” I love the concept! And the captain with the “gaint” minifig hat and the “sharks” in the water made me smile. πŸ™‚

I really hope that these come to the US. You can join the discussion at Eurobricks.com

LEGO “Cowparade 2008”

September 19, 2009

This may be one of the strangest posts yet on my blog. Apparently in Billund Denmark the LEGO employees had a contest called “Cowparade 2008” in which they could decorate a LEGO cow how they saw fit. It makes me think of the actual Cowparade that began in 1999 (check out the website).

On a recent trip to Denmark Blue Moose snapped some photos of the altered bovine.

In a staff restaurant at LEGO’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark, there is a display of entries from a customised cow competition held last year called “Cowparade 2008”; it looks like it was an internal competition open to LEGO employees only.

Now some of you “purists” out there (i.e. people who don’t alter their LEGO in any way), might be shocked at the alterations these cows have under gone. I can just see some of you out there asking “why would they do that to a perfectly good LEGO cow?!!!!!” 😯

Setting hysterics aside and the fact that the cow only comes in a few larger sets you have to remember that for those that work for LEGO many of them are not as obsessed with the little plastic pieces as we of the LEGO fan community. Also you if you are working for the company that makes said plastic pieces, getting a sizable number of what we would consider a rarer piece isn’t that hard. πŸ˜‰

Plus, you have to admit, some of them are pretty funny. πŸ˜€
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For the last set you need to see it in its original size to fully appreciate the different models. There are so many to appreciate. The “Iron Cow” and Silver Surfing Cow are a couple of my favorites. I would have to say, it is a mooooooooving experience. *

*Sorry, bad joke. πŸ˜†

Miniland Comic Book Shop

September 14, 2009

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Here is another of my earlier models. I made my Miniland scale Comic Book Shop over six years ago. This model was part of a set of models I designed for my portfolio to get my job in the Model Shop as a Model Gluer (one step below Model Builder, the position is now called Model Associate).

Before this, I had never built in Miniland scale and didn’t really appreciate how versatile it is. I have to admit, once I really mastered it I haven’t gone back to Minifig scale very often. I know everyone loves Minifigs and their cute expressions, but you can only do so much with a Minifig. Their legs only bend at the hips, their arms can only be positioned so many ways, etc. Even with some of the more unorthodox methods that are out there (such as disconnecting said arms and legs), you are still limited with what you can do in Minifig scale.

I loved Miniland from the moment I first saw it over ten years ago. The main reason I got into LEGO in the first place was because I loved miniature houses. However, even as a small child, I realized that normal miniature houses you build and decorate and then they just sit there. With LEGO, you could build, decorate and play with your house then take it apart and build something else. All I built when I was a child was houses, castles and Forestmen hideouts. πŸ˜‰

During my time working at the LEGOLAND Model Shop Miniland continued to be one of my most favorite areas of the park. In fact one of my nicknames at LEGOLAND was the Miniland Mom because I took care of Miniland throughout my tenure at the park.

There are a lot of details in this model, something vital in Miniland scale building. I also made as many different types of Miniland people as I could so that I could show that I understood the scale. If you will notice, all of my people have yellow skin. The main reason for this is that I didn’t have all that much Tan in my LEGO collection back then. And here’s a fun fact, the original Miniland people built in Denmark at the first LEGOLAND park were all yellow. That was because at the time LEGO only came in a few colors and Tan was not one of them.

There are Micro scale models of an X-wing, AT-AT, Tie Fighter and a UFO, racks and racks of comics, a bin of Lightsabers, “Life-size” Jedi and Spiderman displays, and a clown to attract buyers to the huge sale at the front. You can’t tell it from these pictures, but he guy buying a Star Wars comic at the register is dressed as Luke Skywalker. πŸ˜€

I don’t have this model any more, mainly because my cat knocked it off the table a little while after I made it. 😦

It was a fun model to build, and it helped me land my job, so it holds a special place in my hear. πŸ™‚