When I named my blog, I did so because I liked how “Blocklog” sounded like “Block Blog.” But recently it’s been bugging me that everybody else calls individual LEGO pieces “bricks.”
Perusing some Japanese LEGO blogs today (links in a new section on the right), I figured out that Japanese LEGO fans call LEGO pieces “blocks” (ブロック). Now it all makes sense! Growing up in Japan, all my friends called them blocks! It just never sunk in that they’re called “bricks” in English. Oops…
Twenty years ago or so, my brother and I spent our free time alternating between building giant castles and giant moon bases. To populate our spaceports and star cruisers, I designed several alien/robot heads and stuck them on my space torsos. My parents wouldn’t buy me a digital camera in the ’80s (heh heh), so these are recreations:
I’ve been focusing on vignettes for a while, but this weekend I thought I’d try building a bunch of new minifigs.
Here’s the crew of the Pequod from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick:
(A note on Captain Ahab: This minifig is an essentially unmodified Hovercraft Pilot from 7045 Hovercraft Hideout. The head even has a scar that spans his face, just as Melville describes. I almost think the designer at LEGO had Captain Ahab in mind when developing this minifig.)
Here’s the title character from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe:
I’ve just added a bunch of LEGO blogs to my “Blocklogroll.” (I still don’t know if I like “blocklog,” since most people call ‘em bricks — myself included, but I suppose I’m committed at this point. Oh well…)
I’d just like to highlight klasbricks. Go ahead, click the link.
You back? A DUPLO blog? DUPLO?! Yes, that’s right.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve taken pictures of the things I’ve built. Let’s just say events in the real world have proved somewhat more compelling than little plastic bricks. I’ve created a couple political cartoons inspired by recent events, but I’m debating whether or not to post them.
In the meantime, here’s something I put together over the weekend — a crucial scene from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe:
More importantly, though, I’ve added links to Bruce’s blog posts about what adult fans of LEGO can do to help with Katrina relief efforts. Specifically, the LEGO Company will match contributions. My employer won’t even do that for my coworkers, much less for our customers.