Monthly Archives: January 2006

The Crew of the Betty’s Kiss

Names and Ranks: S/Sgt. Bob Berg, Engineer; Sgt. James McCooey, Gunner; Capt. Tom Coomer, Pilot; Lt. Tim Stout, Navigator/Bombardier; and Lt. Eddy Coursier, Co-Pilot.
Interests: Defending freedom and getting back on the ground.
History: Served together in Italy with the US Army Air Forces in 1944-45. Multiple citations. Disappeared somewhere over Switzerland on their 35th mission. Reappeared over Wangerberg, Liechtenstein exactly 60 years later.

The Explorers Club

Names: Reginald Fortescue, Miles Cavendish-Dehavilland, Nigel Pugthorne, and Clive Smith-Smythe-Smith
Occupations: Member of Parliament, Sargeant Major, Viscount, and president of a national bank.
Interests: Uncharted Asia (which they pronounce Ayyyzeea), darkest Africa (with a rolled R), and the wild tepuis of Venezuela. Oh, and cashews, lots and lots of cashews. They have them in large bowls at the club-house in Nigel’s backyard. Mmmm…cashews….

Batman Minifigs and BatBrick.com

As a professed purist (though I’m sometimes tempted to make just one little tweak), I’m always excited when The LEGO Company announces a new batch of minifigs. I’ve withheld judgement on the new Batman line, but more detailed images are beginning to trickle out of the minifigs and the sets. Brickshelf user KimT seems to be the primary source for these pictures lately.

Posted a while ago, here’s a scan from the magazine Toyfare:

(Check out rendered versions of some of these figs as well.)

I’m not nearly as impressed with Batman himself as I am with some of the other minifigs. Perhaps I’ve begun to think of minifigs from a reusability perspective. At any rate, I think Alfred and Penguin’s tuxedo and the Joker’s purple suit are fantastic, and Croc is certainly interesting. Politically speaking, I’m a bleeding-heart liberal pacifist, so I’m conflicted about the new weapons (Tommy gun and modern-looking pistol). That said, they are kind of cool…

Finally, every LEGO theme needs its fan-site, and the Batman theme is no different. I’ve added BatBrick.com to the list of community sites in the navigation area on the right.

More Proverbs by Izzo

Bruce has posted again that Izzo has posted another batch of Japanese proverb vignettes in his gallery.

Here we go…

Japanese: Strategem 36: If all else fails, run away.
English: He that fights and runs away lives to see another day.

Japanese/English: Dead men tell no tales.

Japanese: When one god deserts you, another one picks you up.
English: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Japanese/English: Good and quickly seldom meet.
(It’s a fast-food noodle stand. Not exactly gourmet cooking.)

Japanese: Providing is preventing.
English: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
(In other words, always be prepared. Thus the Swiss Army robot.)

Japanese: A bird taking flight does not pollute the place it left.
English: It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.

Japanese: Even dust piled up will make a mountain.
English: Many a little makes a mickle.

Japanese: The moon and a soft-shell turtle.
English: As different as night and day.

Japanese/English: The nail which sticks out gets hammered down.

Japanese/English: A near neighbour is better than a far-dwelling kinsman.

As before, check out Izzo’s if you want to see Flash versions that include the original Japanese text.

Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII

With my Final Fantasy VII characters done, the next logical step was to move on to Final Fantasy VIII. (Classic-Castle and FBTB user boses’ post of his gunblade also spurred me on.) Without further ado, here’s my Squall Leonhart minifig with brick-built gunblade:

My gunblade is by no means perfect, but I like its smallness. The perfect gunblade would attach the sabre blade directly to the end of the pistol, but that would require cutting and glue.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Minifigs

My favorite anime director by far is Hayao Miyazaki. Although my favorite movie is Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (「風の谷のナウシカ」), I’ve always enjoyed Laputa: Castle in the Sky (「天空の城ラピュタ」). With my increasing collection of US-released Miyazaki DVDs, I thought I’d try my hand at some minifigs.

From left to right, Muska, Uncle Pom, Pazu, Sheeta, and a couple of air pirates.

Watch this blog for more Miyazaki minifigs soon!