As I’ve said before (I’m sure I say this every twelve months or so), I love that time of the year when new sets are starting to show up in stores and people are beginning to use the new pieces in interesting ways. Agent oo7 has used one of the new beards in 7036 Dwarfs Mining to create an absolutely perfect Edward “Blackbeard” Teach. The old-style capes oo7 used for Blackbeard’s coat are a nice touch.
I saw this at BrickCon and have been itching to blog it ever since — just waiting for creator Bram Lambrecht to “officially” post it:
According to Bram, he used LSculpt to design some of the “studs-out” parts of the nose. And one thing I didn’t learn at BrickCon: The landing gear is retractable. Sweet!
Joe says that this will be the last free issue, and that the journal will be available in printed form starting next February. Read more about this change in his announcement on LUGNET, where you’ll find the link to the download site.
RogueBantha presents a scene from the Star Wars universe. I love the camera angle in this shot.
Those of us who attended BrickCon 2007 last weekend learned that Will Chapman of BrickArms is working on some new weapons. Will generously gave me some early prototypes to show off to everyone out there interested in custom accessories for their minifigs.
The first two weapons should be familiar to fans of a certain trilogy of popular video games:
Will is also working on some real-world weapons, including the M1 Garand rifle:
In a session on Sunday morning, Will also described his development process, including how he uses test molds to create small batches of prototypes before committing to a final design. I thought the test molds were really cool, so he lent me an early version he used to design the M1 Garand:
Will asked me to remind everyone that he’s just experimenting at this point, and he can’t guarantee that any of these will make it into production. I personally think these are very cool, and can’t wait to see the final versions.
But that doesn’t mean that Adrian Florea‘s Stimpy figure isn’t adorable:
I love little fleets of microscale ships. The latest from Lukas was apparently inspired by sharks.
Tim Zarki‘s pirate salvage craft is certainly cool, but I’m a sucker for schematics: