Soren Roberts has updated his Galbady Gamma with a ballute system:
While we’re at it, here’s a bonus mecha, a Soren-original called Gravity:
Editor Joe Meno has announced the release of BrickJournal issue 5. Click the image to download the “BIG” issue (10.9 MB):
On a related note, LEGO Shop@Home will be donating 1% of all purchases to BrickJournal (up to $10,000) between now and December 31st — which of course includes Christmas shopping — if you start your shopping from the following page:
So, how does one pick up sponsorship from LEGO? Hmmm…
Eurobricks reports that Amazon Germany has posted more pictures of the January-June 2007 LEGO sets. Check out the Ferrari, Technic, and Exo-Force sets in this post, and the Aqua Raiders, Star Wars, City, and Creator sets in this thread.
Here’s my favorite new Aqua Raiders set, the as-yet-unnamed 7776:
A shipwreck?! Unbelievably cool.
And check out the set Jamie Berard designed, 4953 Fast Flyers:
Finally, LEGO is releasing two official mosaic-building sets with some cute designs, 6162 and 6163:
For those of you who want to see all the 2007 set pictures from Amazon.de in one place, Brickshelfer HJR has them all in a set of conveniently organized galleries.
You’d be insane to not love multi-genre-builder Nelson Yrizarry’s latest floating rock. Featuring arctic landscape, polar bears AND a mashed orange ship, it is sure to be something special!
Pantsbots are adorable, convivial characters who want nothing more than to help their Spacemen friends:
(Spider-Pantsbot, Schizo-Pantsbot, and Bodyguard-Pantsbot by Arpy 2.0)
Sometimes, though, Spacemen take advantage of the loyal little fellows:
JordanTN put it best:
One day when pantsbots become Minorities they will use this image to show young PantsBots how cruel the spacemen were to them all those years ago…
Arpy, you’re a bad, bad man.
Hurray for the 1 MHz processor! Three cheers for 5 KB of memory! Spend countless hours in your mom’s basement playing Blitz!
The castle layout at NWBrickCon included an adorable female minifig with a long skirt I’d never seen before. I’ve recreated the design as a princess below:
I asked for permission to take her apart, learning that the “skirt” piece was actually the torso from an old fig. I promptly ran off to the Brick Bazaar, where by a stroke of luck Bob Kojima was selling these old figs for 50 cents each. I picked up a pair of them:
Taking a break from sorting this weekend, I tried to recreate this minifig design, but couldn’t figure it out, so I came up with something similar of my own:
To create a long-skirted castle minifig of your own:
Note: The Technic pin will only fit into an old-style minifig torso. The new-style torsos have flanges (or something) that prevent it from fitting.
Unfortunately, my camera’s battery was dead by the point when I saw this in the display, so I didn’t get a closeup picture of the black farmer’s hut the lady was standing next to. If you know whose design this is, please speak up!
EDIT: According to commenters on Flickr and Classic-Castle Forums, the farmer’s hut was by Gary McIntire, and the weird little figs are from BASIC sets released between 1981 and 1990.
Back in July I blogged Tim Gould’s LDraw version of a “Maschinen Krieger UDK38 Schenkel.” Now, Tim has posted pictures of his design in real bricks, complete with a nice diorama to showcase it: