Monthly Archives: April 2007

How Mark Sandlin Survived Mars Mission

At its most basic level, the LEGO Ambassadors program enables LEGO fans to have representatives who speak for them and work directly with The LEGO Company. Because we sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), those of us who are ambassadors can’t always talk about what we do. This has resulted in a bit of frustration from non-ambassadors — an understandable frustration, which I couldn’t help but share until I joined the program in March myself.

With the new Mars Mission sets coming out later this year, Mark Sandlin is now able to discuss how he was involved in the design and development of this new space theme.

That’s Mark with LEGO executives Jørgen Vig Knudstorp and Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen. Click the image to read Mark’s fascinating post on Classic-Space Forums. Mark was specifically involved in building prototypes of my favorite set, the 7692 dropship:

Be sure to check out Mark’s pictures from his trip to LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark.

There are very good business reasons why we can’t talk about future products we might be working on. (For example, would you want to see pirates or competitors release a knock-off version of something LEGO spent years designing even before LEGO can release the real thing themselves?) But it’s great to learn more how the program works, and to understand that fans are actually involved in the design of themes like Mars Mission and the new Castle sets.

Eurobricks Wizard’s Challenge Contest

Eurobricks member The Brickster is running a minifig building contest called Wizard’s Challenge. In addition to the wizard minifig, you can also build the interior of the wizard’s workshop.

There are three categories:

  • Overall Best Wizard
  • Most Creative Wizard
  • Best Wizard’s Workshop

The contest began with the first entry on April 25, and runs for one week, so you have just four more days. There are already some strong entries from a couple EB members, such as Aves Hawthorne by SirNadroj:

And Mapones the Druid by Alex54:

So, four days to go. Get building!

A deal with the devils of fame

Classic-Castler Maedhros may not listen to the same music I listen to, but the minifig versions of his favorite bands are really rather cool.

The mohawk on this guy in Diary of Dreams is awesome:

Goth rockers Bauhaus:

Fields of the Nephilim:

And finally, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes:

See all of Maedhros’ musical minifigs in his Brickshelf gallery.