The second issue of Railbricks magazine is out for your perusal. It’s a high quality PDF magazine edited by Jeramy Spurgeon and dedicated (unsurprisingly) to LEGO trains and includes building instructions, articles and much, much more. Even if you’re not interested in brick railroads it’s worth a look for general building ideas.
Archive for February, 2008
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Toy Fair 2008 is approaching and there have been pictures of the late 2008 sets circulating on the web. I found Joe Meno with some of the first pictures of themes including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Speed Racer, Bionicle, and Batman.
Update (AB): Ace Kim also has extensive pictures from Toy Fair 2008, nicely organized into photosets with lots of great details — prices, release dates, etc.:
Tyler (Legohaulic) is a master known for his imaginative works of fiction and fantasy. His recent work depicts a groundbreaking theme of dark fantasy, showing a mysterious island with a lighthouse made of an old blackened tree, all overlooked by a hunchback caretaker. Check out Mud Island Lighthouse.
By now, anyone who’s seen the stream of Rocko‘s latest works knows that he’s a super builder, capable of crafting excellently large castle dioramas in a very short time of days. His most recent work is another grand variation of the castle theme with two classic-looking towers connected by a stunning drawbridge. Of course, Rocko adds his signature touch with female minifigs.
Jordan Schwartz (aka Sir Nadroj) shows that the Black Fantasy biomechanical creature invasion knows no bounds. Check out his interpretation of a monstrer demolishing a colorful Russian cathedral to rubbles. What an interesting concept!
I came on air today on LAML Radio to give a quick overview of the Builders Lounge group. I’m sure many have heard of the name while others have not. Perhaps you have seen some of the works by the members or seen the Lounge’s brickshelf gallery. In any case if you are wondering what this community is about, listen to this short podcast episode.
Lino Martins says, “Everyone knows Batman has all the coolest rides.”
As Nathan Proudlove demonstrates above, that’s certainly true! But if you’ve always thought that Spider-Man got hung out to dry or the Green Lantern got left out in the dark, the Heroes and Villains Challenge in the LUGNuts group on Flickr is your chance to give your favorite characters a sweet, sweet ride.
Here’s a bit more from Lino:
Variety is important and I’d like to see this become the coolest and most successful LUGNuts challenge yet, so if the creative juices are really flowing and you can’t decide on just one good guy or bad, then with this and every challenge, each LUGNut is encouraged to “go nuts” and build lots of MOCs! Also, while Marvel and DC offers a vast array of material to work with, you can build for your fave hero or villain outside of the comic book world as well.
Read all about the this challenge in Lino’s official announcement.
Finally, I can’t help sharing a bit of inspiration from one of my favorite builders, MisterZumbi:
Wicked. Okay people, get building! Zoom zoom!
Something rather beautiful happened in the comments on that post — a connection between Joel and Bjarne P. Tveskov, one of the LEGO designers who worked on Classic Space sets in the 1980s.
Bjarne designed many of the sets we all know and love from the 80s:
BB Gadgets: What did designing kits for LEGO entail back in ’80s?
Bjarne: My LEGO career started when I was 17 years old; I saw an ad in the Sunday newspaper…. when suddenly I was offered the job I had to ask my parents if it was OK if I quit high-school to become a Spaceship designer.
Read the rest of Joel’s excellent interview with Bjarne on BB Gadgets.
I’ve always loved small submarines and submersibles. For a long time when I was a kid, I wanted to be an underwater archaeologist, riding around in a submersible very much like this one by Tim Zarki.
“Turn on the floodlights! There, through the starboard porthole! It’s Atlantis!”
With a big bubble to see through and claws to pick up artifacts, this is a great little vehicle. Bonus points for not using any yellow.
In the not-too-distant future, Austria will apparently be a kingdom again, and it will have a formidable military full of big gray vehicles.