Name: Timmy Kennedy
Interests: Candy and cowboys and ninjas and Legos and Star Wars and pizza pockets and Bionicle and Coca-Cola and Grand Theft Auto and peanut butter and Yu-Gi-Oh and…
Once you let it slip that you build stuff with “Legos,” the floodgates open for “Oh, oh, can you make a minifig of me?” So I finally broke down and did so. The resulting minifigs were all pretty boring, so I made alternate versions that give each person a little more personality.
First up, Joe, who’s always annoyed about something, and likes Audis:
Pete, whose Greek heritage is a point of pride (of course, Pete’s family comes from a mountain village, not an island — something much harder to represent in a LEGO minifig):
Paul has a podcast (RSS), in which he plays really cool music and interacts with a mechanical entity named Weasel_bot:
(Paul gets a full-size picture only because both of his figs appear in the same pic; everybody else is like Superman and Clark Kent — they can’t both be in the same picture at the same time.)
This is just too funny to pass up. A couple weeks before Girl’s Day (Hina-Matsuri) on March 3, families with young girls display a multi-tiered stand of dolls (picture). You can see a minifig-scale version in Nelson Yrizarry’s recent vignette in this picture.
Note the brick-built Jabba the Hutt between Boba Fett and the Gamorrean Guard, as well as the mini-scale AT-AT and AT-STs. Sweet.
To welcome the figure-skating fans referred here to see my Michelle Kwan vignette, here’s Johnny Weir:
Johnny is wearing his unique swan outfit, and he apparently named the red glove on his right hand “Camille” (presumably after Camille Saint-Saens, who composed “The Swan”).
Too bad Johnny didn’t even medal…
MisterZumbi brings us a couple more interesting characters.
And the invisible man (visible on the left, invisible on the right):
These aren’t brand new, but Mike Psiaki recently updated his P-38 Lightning, so that gives me an excuse to post these — two of my favorite World War II fighter planes in LEGO form.
(Click each image for the full gallery.)
And just for fun, check out Brenden Wilson’s Corsair Light Fighter — a space-worthy version of the F4U.
A good friend asked me to make a minifigure of Michelle Kwan, who recently withdrew from the 2006 Olympics. Unsatisfied with the minifig on its own, I hauled out my white bricks and whipped together this vignette — my first non-minifig creation in several months:
I’ve been waiting for Moko to post this on Brickshelf, but it’s too cool to wait any more:
Nice use of the new Viking horns, helmet, and axe heads, as well as the Harry Potter Deatheater face and black wings.
Bruce just posted a Valentine’s Day vignette by mumu, so why am I posting about it here on Pan-Pacific Bricks? Isn’t Valentine’s Day common to both the U.S. and Japan? Look closely at the minifigs in this vignette:
In Japan, girls are the ones expected to give chocolate to boys — not the other way around. The interesting thing is, Valentine’s Day on February 14th is followed a month later on March 14th by “White Day,” on which men give women chocolate. You can read all about Valentine’s Day in Japan here.
And what PPB post would be complete without a little something by Izzo? Nothing specifically Japanese about this, but it’s a lovely bar of chocolate:
Names: Charles and Judy Chen
Notes: An eccentric son of a New York real estate developer, Charles met and married Judy while attending Burning Man. At the age of forty, Charles grew a Fu Manchu mustache and began wearing traditional Chinese clothing to “get in touch with my roots.” Of course, Charles doesn’t speak either Mandarin or Cantonese, and the furthest east he’s been is Taos, New Mexico.
Here’s what Nelson has to say:
Now known as “Children’s Day” in Japan (a National holiday), this is the day when sons are traditionally honored. Most notable are the large koinobori (carp) banners that are flown – one for each male son. The carp is considered as the most spirited of all fish, able to overcome obstacles such as strong currents – hence, it serves as a symbol of the desired strength and success of the family’s male childen.
I have incorporated other aspects of the Japanese culture – Father enjoying sake; a katanakake (sword stand); a small Zen garden, etc.