Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Minifigures 3

So there's more minifigures in Series 2, so here's some more pics...

Lifeguard! The initials on the suit are those of one of the sculptors who worked on these. In fact, many of the names of the designers were slipped on the minifigs... The rescue float is a new part.

And with lifeguard, a surfer dude. With new surfboard.

Skier - with new skis and ski poles. What's really neat about this guy is that the skis fit together so they can be held by one minifigure hand, and the ski poles attach together and can be held by the other.

A better look at the Karate Kid. And his trophy.

And the pharoah. With scepter.

This isn't a complete listing of the minifigures coming out, as I took more pix. Look for them soon at the BrickJournal website!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Minifigures 2...

So here are some more photos of minifigures from Series 2.

First up, the vampire.

He's a figure that has the bat that has been around for a while.

Now, the Pop Tart:

New 'do and a microphone! You can also see the weightlifter in the foreground and the DJ and witch behind.

And last for this note,

the Karate Kid. Check out his trophy!

More coming soon....

Friday, June 25, 2010


I got to see some upcoming minifigures a little while ago on a business trip and got the following pics.

These are the Series 2 figs, and there are more coming. Expected date is September, although I would expect them to be out a little earlier. I don't know if Europe will be releasing early, like the previous wave, which was a month before the US.

The figure to the left is a Spartan, with spear, shield and helmet. Because of all the accessories, this one is among the most expensive and will probably be the rarest of the second wave.

Oh, the mime. With a beret and three faces.

Mexican with maracas! And they are colored!

More coming!


It started with a crowd...

on the Wednesday before the event started.

Almost 800 LEGO fans young and old drove, flew, or found some way to get to Chicago, Illinois to attend Brickworld 2010, one of the largest LEGO fan events in the United States. In the three years since Brickworld began, the event has grown to massive proportions, overtaking the space of it's host hotel.

Setup took place over the days before the weekend - Saturday and Sunday served as public display days. In the days before, though, setup wasn't the only thing going on. On Wednesday, there was a game

The Monster Chess game that has been seen online went through a rehearsal at the hotel restaurant. The bodies of the chess pieces weren't placed yet, but were marked by mosaics of their 3D counterparts. The man standing in the back is Steve Hassenplug, the leader of the team that built the set.

Here's what the interior of a chess piece looks like. The big brick on the side is an NXT brick - the brains of the piece. The wheels are on the top and bottom.
Another view of the game.

On Thursday, there was more, as presentations and workshops took place, such as:

Arthur Gugick talking about LEGO architecture. This seminar had about 150 attendees.

Here he is with some of his models.

There were models starting to show up for display too.

As well as other models, like this RC car built with LEGO components.

But there's more. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Peeking at Brickworld

The largest LEGO fan convention in the US is going to be happening in Chicago next week! there will be hundreds of attendees showing up with their models. I go there every year, mostly to see what's up and to meet fellow fans. This year, there are some things that will be going on that will be worth going to:

1. Monster chess. Developed by MINDSTORMS genius Steve Hassenplug and a team of fellow NXT builders, this FUNCTIONING chess game features LEGO renditions of pawns, rooks and knights, do name a few chess parts. You can see all the information and video here.

2. The boat race. Ever see a LEGO boat in competition? You will here.

3. City of Lights.


One night, attendees get to see the lights go down and many models lit internally.

I will be there this year taking pics and video, so start looking here for news during the event!