Monthly Archives: January 2009

Colossal Castle Contest 2008 Winners! [News]

This week Classic Castle announced the winners of their huge annual contest! The quality of the entries grows every year, but this year they seemed to really blossom. Quite a few of these have been featured already. But here they are, all in one spot, for your viewing pleasure.

Tapestry:
Knight by Bluesecrets

Vignette:
Double Trouble by Hippotam

Chivalry:
Life for a King by Crises

Haunted Castle:
Tower of Torment by Tyler

Seige:
Estrelaron by SlyOwl

Secret Hideout:
The Empty Barrel by Tom Snellan

Crime and Punishment:
Slaver’s Lucky Day? by Michal H.

Custom Figure:
Bishop by Armothe

Misc:
Market Madness by Rock Adams

Castle:
Herenbosch by Sebastiaan Arts

Congratulations to all the winners!

The sweet sounds of Michael Jasper’s musical instruments

Michael Jasper showcased some cool string bass and saxophone designs played by his Some Like it Hot characters last week, but he’s just added some more amazing musical instrument designs.

Not only do these Scotsmen carry ingenious bagpipes, but they’re also wearing kilts (made from minifig torsos):

This design for an electric guitar rocks my world:

Rock on, Michael Jasper, rock on.

From concept through execution at Jackson Fish Market

It’s not often I look at a LEGO creation, go off to read more about it, and then come back and find that my appreciation for the work has grown. Even as a writer, I’ll admit that words rarely add anything to a LEGO creation for me.

Not so with this scene by Hillel Cooperman from Jackson Fish Market:

Hillel built this as a second-anniversary gift for his startup’s partners, using the restricted palette in LEGO Digital Designer.

The simplicity of the overall design hides some very cool conceptual details, like each person performing symbolic work on a representation of the first website they built, a virtual flower gift site called They’re Beautiful!

Head on over to Cooperman Brick Foundry to read more.

Filling in the gaps of Medieval Market

Huw Millington expands his 10193 Medieval Market Villageicon set to include a full town square layout. The construction isn’t overly complex, but the effect is gorgeous. You can build your own with a baseplate and some additional plates to simulate the water, grass, and paved stones. Everything else is included in the set!

Anyone up for a game of Brickgammon?

It can’t be helped, sometimes excellent LEGO creations get passed over by us Brothers.  However, thanks to the excellent networking of Flickr, it is still quite possible to stumble upon excellent LEGO creations months (and even years) after they’ve been posted.  This LEGO backgammon game by dh-l is a perfect example.  Everything from the classic game is recreated out of LEGO except for the dice.  It even folds up into a carrying case, just like the original!

 

 

The Forgotten Beacon by Nathan Todd

It’s been more than two years since Nathan Todd posted the first installment in his “Entrance to the Caves” story — illustrated in LEGO, of course.

“The Forgotten Beacon” was well worth the wait:

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The mountain has an interior full of caves, and Nathan says that the beacon uses a new curved tower technique.

Check out lots more pictures on Nathan’s website.

LEGO Space Police, Indy, Castle, NXT 2.0, and other late 2009 sets revealed at Canadian toy show [News]

UPDATE: Nearly all of the LEGO sets featured in this post are now available, including LEGO Space Police, Castle, and Agents 2.0.

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LEGO fans don’t normally get an official look at third-quarter LEGO set releases until Toy Fair New York in mid-February. However, CTV technology journalist Kris Abel visited the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair in Toronto this past weekend, posting a full run-down of the late 2009 LEGO releases.

We’ve confirmed with The LEGO Group that this is official. Although Kris Abel reports that many of the sets and box art are still prototypes, his photos of the sets themselves are pretty good. In keeping with our new policy, then, here goes…

First up, LEGO Space Police!!!

5972 Container Heist opens up to reveal a massive cannon:

If you can’t see the photos, click the links at the bottom of this post.

5974 Galactic Enforcer has classic (dare I say Classic?) lines:

The alien criminals in the LEGO Space Police sets have several new, unique pieces:

In LEGO Star Wars news, Endor gets a bunker (8038), the Y-Wing gets a facelift (8037), the Neimoidians get their own shuttle (with Nute Gunray minifig?), and 7749 Echo Base includes a first-ever LEGO tauntaun:

LEGO Power Miners sport a larger rock monster and a very large drilling platform:

The LEGO Indiana Jones assortment includes a boat chase, a pair of fighters, and a new Elsa Schneider minifig:

On the LEGO Castle front, the trolls get their castle and the undead make their return in 7079 Drawbridge Defense:

Finally, LEGO has announced MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0, with a new color sensor.

You can read all of Kris Abel’s coverage on his blog:

We’ll expect even more complete coverage at Toy Fair New York in a few weeks from the usual suspects. In the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments.