Monthly Archives: June 2009

LEGO Star Wars 8038 The Battle of Endor and 7749 Echo Base now available [News]

Following quickly on the latest LEGO Star Wars and Indiana Jones sets, 8038 The Battle of Endoricon and 7749 Echo Baseicon are also now available from the LEGO Shop online.

The Endor set includes 12 minifigs and a great-looking AT-ST. The rebel commando minifigs have torsos that will work really well for military minifigs.

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For only $25, Echo Base has a Tauntaun — let me repeat: a Tauntaun!!! — Han Solo, two rebel troopers (with new goggles), and two Imperial snowtroopers.

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Blacktron Falcon – 5973 Hyperspeed Pursuit made more classic by Nabii

Those of you who’ve built the LEGO Space Police sets will have noticed a number of subtle Easter eggs the LEGO designers included for long-time LEGO fans, including “Blacktron” spray-painted on the side of 5972 Space Truck Getaway.

Less subtle a reference but no less awesome, LEGO Designer Mark Stafford has built a Blacktron version of 5973 Hyperspeed Pursuiticon:

LEGO Blacktron Falcon

See more photos on MOCpages.

Cutest city destroying tag team ever

David Pickett (fallentomato) built this pair of lovely creatures he’s named “Piffish and Herbart” during the BrickWorld 2009 Combo Build competition out of the pieces from three sets (8113, 8114 and 8115). I love the coloring and especially that what in other builds might be considered the “wrong” side, in this creation adds visual texture. There’s also the creative incorporation of so many different kinds of pieces.

fallentomato Piffish and Herbart

Apparently the team of monsters fell in love at first sight and have been crushing cities ever since.

More ’80s flashbacks

1985 CatalogA few weeks ago I spent a few great hours with friends just poring over old catalogs from the early 1980s through late 1990s. I especially treasured the 1985 catalog (right, US edition) and kept a copy that my friend could spare. That was probably the first year that I was old enough to start building up my own Black Falcon army to challenge my brother’s cowardly lions. This last Saturday, one of the most prized items in our LEGO user group’s gift exchange was a stack of Idea Books from the last 30 years.

So I was absolutely ecstatic to see that Robert VH (flickr and MOCpages) had built The Spearhead, a spaceship that appeared in the 1986 LEGO comic story “Jim Spaceborn.”

Robert VH Spearhead

During my “dark ages,” I did a pretty good job of preserving most of my bricks and instructions, but I regrettably let the catalogs and idea books go. Luckily, I have friends who have plenty of extras. Reliving those memories and garnering inspiration from those classic documents can be a refreshing addition to building.

Reminder: Testimonials needed for 2009 LEGO Ambassador nominees

LEGO Ambassadors logoAs many LEGO fan communities discovered last year, convincing community members to step up and say something nice about each of the nominees proved to be harder than anticipated.

Some communities were even unable to submit their nominees due to lack of testimonials. Unfortunately, this part of the process is proving no less challenging this year.

So, this is a reminder for all of you out there to go to each of the communities where you’re active and write a testimonial for your LEGO Ambassador nominees.

Here are the three nominees for The Brothers Brick:

Classic-Castle.com | Nominees:

Classic-Pirates.com (process complete) | Nominees:

  • Bonaparte
  • Zorro

Comunidade 0937 | Nominee: Pedro “El_Gordo” Silva

Eurobricks (process complete) | Nominees:

FBTB | Nominees:

Flickr | Nominees:

HispaLUG | Nominee: Lluís Gibert

MOCPages voting is over, and testimonials are being collected by the individual nominees.

Palikkatakomo | Nominee: Tuomas Kukkamaa

PLUG | Nominees:

RoLUG | Nominee: Adrian Florea

SandLUG | Nominee: Fradel Gonzales

TurkLUG | Nominee: Cagri Yuz

Kockice | Nominee: Matija Grguric

I’ll be adding more lists of nominees as I encounter them. Other contributors are welcome to edit this post and do the same. Commenters are encouraged to add links in the comments as well.

If you’re wondering what a testimonial looks like, check out the three testimonials I posted for the nominees chosen by the LEGO fan community on Flickr.

Zombie minifigs infest Brian Colin’s paintings

Artist Brian Colin recently painted a series of small canvases featuring LEGO zombies. Gotta love that Classic Space zombie leading the horde.

LEGO zombie paintings

Perhaps not the thing to hang in your baby’s nursery, but awesome on so many levels that I wanted to pick up a couple myself. Sadly, I was vetoed by my wife. The good news is that I’ve picked up a couple as prizes for Zombie Apocafest 2009.

Via Boing Boing.