Monday, November 30, 2009

Twins Tower

Twins Tower, originally uploaded by MisaQa.

One of the traditions of the holiday are advent calendars. LEGO has two currently available (well, only one in the US - the Pirate Advent Calendar is only available in Europe, which has caused much consternation elsewhere), and there are AFOLs who build their own.

One of the best known AFOL advent calendars is built by the Japanese builder MisaQa. Every year, she builds a thematic calendar - in 2005 she made birds. 2006 had her build Victorian ladies, and 2007 she did a microcity. Last year, she built mythical creatures.

This year, MisaQa starts out with a micro skyscraper. Looking forward to what she is building for the holiday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

LEGO Business Cards...

Got this today from Hadley Scrowton:

New business cards were issued to LEGO employees - and here's an image of the old cards.

The bottom two views are of the new cards. So who"s the new minifigure? More coming on the BrickJournal site!

Helping the Community...

A fundraising event is going on now to provide LEGO sets for underprivileged children. Leading AFOL builders and vendors have donated models and services for auction, with over $1000 in revenues so far for Toys for Tots. This charity event is maintained by Nannan Zhang, an AFOL.

Builders contributing models for auction include: Kyle Peterson, Jason B, Michael Jasper, Don Wilson, Keith Goldman, Brian Kescenovitz, Heather Braaten, Jordan Schwartz, Dave Kaleta, Zack Milenius, Tom Williamson, Tristan Bowersox, Alex Eylar, Tyler Clites, Dan Rubin, Lloyd W, Jörg F, Jared Burks, and John B.

Current auctions can be seen here.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another build in Orlando

Buzz Build in Orlando!

DSC09688, originally uploaded by jmenomeno.

Festival of the Masters is going on now at Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida and the LEGO Imagination Center is doing a Master Build with Buzz Lightyear! Here's the reference model.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Biggest LEGO Mario ever built - Grootste LEGO Mario ooit

To the many that missed LEGOWorld, here's a look at one of the models there that *wasn't* done by LEGO model builders!

When You Wish Upon a Star...

Here's something that is going on in Japan:

LEGO Cuusoo is a site that has been around for a bit, but only recently got translated to English. You can read the FAQ here.

In some ways, it looks like LEGO Design byME. You can create your own set. However, there is a big difference - LC allows for the opportunity to make production runs of selected sets. The LEGO Group is an official partner in this, also.

The site is in open beta, so there are bugs, and the error messages are in Japanese, so have Google translate handy. Registration takes a few moments to do, but it allows you to vote and create wishes.

However, the idea is pretty cool - make a wish, get 1000 supporters, and your wish gets considered for a production run!

Main Street Train Station, Walt Disney World

DSC02102.jpg, originally uploaded by jmenomeno.

In a few days, I will be at Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida. It's an arts show, with chalk drawings on teh sidewalk and many, many vendors. The LEGO Imagination Center has a display from the local LEGO group to join in the fun. This year there will be a Master Build of Buzz Lightyear too!

This is one of the models on display in 2008. Built by Robin Werner, this is a nice rendition of the Main Street Train Station at the Magic Kingdom.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Clutch Powers?

Busy news week....

It doesn't look bad.

Tip of the hat to Katrin Elster of Strategic Play.

LEGO Rock Band!

Coming out today (Nov. 3)!

Competing Brands...

DSC03900.jpg, originally uploaded by jmenomeno.

It was a bit ago that there were a few competitors to the LEGO brick, including the military Blockmen and of course Megabloks and Best-Lock. One competing brick that did not last was the Tyco brick. Here's an ad from them, displayed at the LEGO Idea House in Billund, Denmark.

From BrickJournal's photo archive.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lighted LEGO Lamp Post

Lighted LEGO Lamp Post, originally uploaded by brickmodder.

If you want a light for your layout....Rob the Brickmodder made some self-contained lights!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Odds and ends...

For those using Power Functions motors and controllers, there is an updated version that is superceding the previous version. The hardware is the same - it's the firmware that is different. You can get more information at TechnicBRICKS For the most part this will not affect the casual user yet but for those who are using the NXT with Power Functions, this adds more potential functionality.

If you want to see a nice model go to this link. It's not very often that real objects are modeled, and this is pretty cool in that the model does everything but actually work.

And if you are a Mac user and play with building LEGO models with Bricksmith, there is a new version out that you can get here! I use it for making models (yes, I did build Wall-E, but it's a 2000 part model!!) and use it with LPub to make instructions.

And there is progress with the website going on...more in a bit on that.