Monthly Archives: May 2006

Welcome, Josh!

“Dunechaser’s Blocklog” has evolved quite a bit since I first launched it last year. I first envisioned it as nothing more than a showcase for my own LEGO creations, but then I just couldn’t help posting the best creations I found on sites like Brickshelf and Flickr. With so much good stuff out there, keeping up with it has become a bit of a challenge (and quite a time commitment).

To help make your experience here on this blog even better, I’m pleased to announce that Josh Wedin has joined the Blocklog team! Josh is an all-around great guy who’s active in the LEGO community, so many of you may recognize his name.

But enough from me — I’ll let Josh tell you about himself. So, welcome to the team, Josh!

Ninjas 4Evah!

I sure hope we never see the end of ninja LEGO creations. Here’s Nelson Yrizarry’s “Ninja Training Camp.” Natually, it’s totally sweet, with a secret entrance, lookout holes, and everything else a ninja clan needs to get ready for their next mission.

Be sure to check out all the pictures in the Brickshelf gallery, which includes lots of action shots of ninjas training:

Whoa — this hall is dangerous!

I was never a fan of the Resident Evil games (the controls were just too nightmarishly clumsy). But who cares — I always like to see minifigs based on video games. Richard McCarthy recently posted a batch of cool minifigs based on the series.

Here’s the S.T.A.R.S Alpha team from the original Resident Evil:

And the crew from Resident Evil 4:

Holy Batcave, book316!

Not to be outdone by the recently released, official 7783 Batcave set, Brickshelfer book316 has posted a highly detailed Batcave that incorporates many elements that should be familiar to Batman comic book fans.

Be sure to click the image below and check out the full gallery for detailed close-ups:

The Omnibus Legend of Zelda Post

The Legend of Zelda holds a special place in my heart for a couple of reasons. First, like lots of people my age, I remember playing the game back in the eighties.

Second, I’ve actually had the privilege of working on a Zelda game. So, fast forward nearly twenty years, and I land at Nintendo of America. One of the projects I worked on was Wind Waker (credits on IMDb). As a bilingual writer in the Engineering department, I was one of the first people outside the development and test groups back in Japan to play Wind Waker. I’m very proud of the fact that I wrote the world’s first walkthrough for the game, which was used as the test plan for our “debug” project. My walkthrough also served as the basis for several official strategy guides. w00t!

So, I was pleased when Lukas W.P. posted this little beauty — a “Kokiri girl” (presumably from Ocarina of Time):

That reminded me that I never posted my appreciation for Flail’s gorgeous Wind Waker creations. They made the rounds of the gamer community a while back, but here’s Link and the King of Red Lions very nicely dropped into game art (click for the full gallery):

Here’s Link picking up the big black pig:

I’ve tried my own hand at a Link minifig, but meh.

Here’s hoping Twilight Princess will inspire a whole new crop of LEGO creations.

Tomb Raider: The LEGO Revelation

Brickshelf user Legokinsfolk (featured several times over on PPB) recently posted a Lara Croft minifig that uses Moko’s leg design and a rubber-band bikini design I’ve seen several other builders use. Together, they make an immediately recognizable Lara:

And since I never posted my own Lara Croft minifig here on DB, here she is:

Lara Croft

Arkham Asylum?!

Apparently I’ve been living in a cave. I thought 7783
Batcave
was the next large set LEGO would be releasing. (Incidentally, it’s been showing up in stores a couple months early.) Well, crawling out of my hole, I see that LEGO employee Steve Witt has posted box art and the minifigs from an upcoming 7785 Arkham Asylum set. Sweet!

I’m not sure what the security guards’ muskets are about (“Holy blunderbuss, Batman!”), but the other figs are pretty cool.

(Click each picture to go to Steve’s Flickr page and check out the full-size versions.)