Monday, November 30, 2009
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
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.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
To the many that missed LEGOWorld, here's a look at one of the models there that *wasn't* done by LEGO model builders!
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!
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
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
Sunday, November 1, 2009
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.