Monthly Archives: October 2006

News: BrickJournal Issue 5

Editor Joe Meno has announced the release of BrickJournal issue 5. Click the image to download the “BIG” issue (10.9 MB):

Of particular note for long-time TBB readers are articles and photo essays by Mark Stafford, MisaQa, and Malle Hawking, among many others.

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…

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News: More 2007 Set Pictures from

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 in one place, Brickshelfer HJR has them all in a set of conveniently organized galleries.

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Pantsbots, rise up against — oh wait.

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.

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The Making of a Princess

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:

  1. Take the head off an old fig with a 2×2 base and no arms.
  2. Insert a Technic axle pin into an axle joiner.
  3. Put the axle pin and joiner inside the old fig’s body and thread the pin through the head-hole.
  4. Insert the Technic pin into the minifig torso.

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.

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MaK UDK38 Schenkel Diorama by Tim Gould

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:

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