Monthly Archives: July 2009

United farm workers

I went to college in a town with a heavy agricultural focus and a large number of migrant farm workers, who labored in the apple, onion, cherry and grape industries, so this little scene by Chris Blessing (Mdrn~Mrvls) really appealed to me.

Mdrn~Mrvls Cherry Picking

There’s a lot to love in one small scene, but I especially like the brick-built ladder and that the cherry crates stack up on the back of this fantastic truck.

What Stanisław Skalski did on the first day of the September Campaign

Ciamek (Piglet) has incorporated his Polish PZL P.11c fighter into an interesting diorama that tells a fascinating story.

Polish PZL P.11c WW2 fighter

Stanisław Skalski was a Polish fighter ace during World War II, credited with 18-22 victories over Axis forces. Escaping to the UK after the Nazi/Soviet invasion of Poland, Skalski later even commanded an RAF squadron.

Click the photo for lots more pics of Ciamek’s LEGO creation, and be sure to read the full story.

Comic-Con 2009 wrap up: LEGO themes that never were & exclusive set revealed

Though San Diego’s annual Comic-Con is about the popular arts in general, the presence of the LEGO fan community there has expanded in the last several years. This year, The LEGO Group rented an exhibitor space that was about twice the size of last year’s space and was in the center of all the action. In addition to kid’s play tables, there were two daily raffles oriented toward adult collectors (I don’t know many 8 year olds who would pay $50 for 3 minifigs). My personal highlight at the LEGO booth was that I actually built the Star Wars Dropship/AT-OT and helped with the giant Ultimate Collector Series Millenium Falcon, then got to see them on display in the fancy cases.

Prohibition Theme

Enhanced version of my photo by bluemoose

BrickJournal, the quarterly LEGO fan magazine, had a table that included several adult fan creations and its own fan panel on Friday morning of the convention. One of the highlights of the panel for me was LEGO set designer Mark Stafford sharing some of LEGO’s theme concepts from back in the ’80s and ’90s that were not pursued beyond the development phase, and simply aren’t going to happen as official themes, which is why he was allowed to display them (Above: 1920s-1930s Prohibition theme). As a history person, I envy him the ability to pour through the LEGO archives for hidden gold.

At the SandLUG meeting on Saturday night, Mark said there are additional photos in slides, but nobody can find a projector that works on those slides, so he hasn’t been able to get a good look at them. Which brings me to the other great highlight, which was meeting lots of great people both at the convention and those who made it to the SandLUG meeting, including Megan Rothrock (LEGO set designer), Joe Meno (editor of BrickJournal), Steve Witt (LEGO community relations), and Joel Baker (new model designer at LEGOLAND California).

Josh’s post from late last week already showed some of the great new themes and sets that were displayed at the LEGO booth, but some of you wanted to know what was actually inside the Comic-Con Exclusive, so here’s the pic of the contents still in the packaging:

SDCC09 Exclusive

I would have built it for you and taken pics, but this is the only one I managed to pick up in the raffle and it’s destined for another Brother Brick.

Capt. Slow’s plan to build a LEGO house goes ’round the Web at record speed

James MayThe BBC is reporting that Top Gear host James May will attempt to build a two-story house entirely out of LEGO for his Toy Stories show.

The show is looking for volunteers to help build the house, as well as unused bricks with which to build the house. (Though if you have unused bricks and you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you can think of better things to do than donate them to James May.)

Via several readers, and the entirety of the World Wide Web.

V&A Steamworks’ clockwork fish chug through the clouds

Guy Himber (V&A Steamworks) recently kicked off a series of LEGO creations that each incorporate a Knights Kingdom II shield.

LEGO steampunk lionfish

Guy started with a clockwork lionfish (above) and followed it with an eagle ray (below).

LEGO steampunk eagle ray

As always, Guy combines SYSTEM, Duplo, and Bionicle elements in new and interesting ways.