Monthly Archives: March 2013

Building on water

How do you build a diorama without a baseplate or a solid surface underneath? Leave it to the creative geniuses Sean and Steph Mayo (Siercon and Coral) to figure out a way. This diorama is floating on water and there’s no baseplate that holds the pieces together. Each brick had to have a plate attached underneath to trap the air inside the brick. Check out the video on Flickr to see this floating wonder.

Erickson Isle

Go with the Flo

This model of Flo, from Pixar’s Cars, is just fantastic.  Peter Blackert (lego911) has managed to capture the iconic Cars look perfectly.  I especially love the way he’s used an upside-down fender piece for the bottom lip.  Also, the fact that he brick-built the eyes, rather than using a sticker, really puts it over the top.  I’d love to see this built from real bricks, rather than as a render, but I doubt most of the parts are available in this color.  If you’re a Cars fan, or a fan of cars, take a look through Peter’s Flickr gallery, it’s chock full of great models.

Disney Pixar Cars - Flo

C733 ‘Daimyo’ Landmate by Carter

Carter Baldwin ([Carter]) once again proves his prowess with mecha chock full of wonderful detailing. As ever I am endlessly impressed by what builders can do with olive green considering it is such a new colour. Carter also made perfect use of the Citizen Brick diamond plate custom printed tiles.

C733 'Daimyo' Landmate

If you want to see what others are doing with this fabulous colour, check out Carter’s new group.

The exclusive “Pigs vs. Cows” BrickArms crate has been unveiled

Guy Himber’s Pigs vs. Cows project is well underway, but still needs pledges! An exciting part of some the pledges is an exclusive PvC BrickArms crate that will be included with the Pig and Cow heads.

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Also one of the $1000 pledges has been picked up so everyone will be receiving cat heads as well! As the picture states, the cat is still a work-in-progress.

Cat Warrior Work In Progress for Pigs vs Cows on Kickstarter

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Fill her up in style

In the world of gas/ petrol stations, corporate blandness rules. If it weren’t for the scenery, just looking at the building and the forecourt doesn’t really tell you whether you’re at a petrol station next to, say, the M3 in the UK heading towards Southampton, the A2 between Utrecht and Amsterdam or even I-70 through the Rocky mountains. Back in the thirties, there was still something glamorous about owning a car and it showed in the architecture. The stylish gas station built by Marcus Paul (ER0L) looks like a work of art.

Shell Art Deco Gas Station

I know ER0L mainly from the cars he builds, but even though I prefer my own minifig scale cars to be a bit smaller, his vintage truck doesn’t look out of place.

Shell Art Deco Gas Station - Front

The proportions, clever build techniques and all the small details really appeal to me. The building also has an interior and I encourage you to take it all in by looking at the other photographs.

It’s exactly what she wants it to be

A few years ago, while I was still living in the UK, my neighbour Jon and I took Becca, his six-year old daughter, to see LEGOLAND Windsor. I had spent way too much money at their shop during their Christmas shopping a few months before and had ended up getting two annual passes, as well as several discount vouchers through shopping at LEGO on-line. Furthermore, while I had been to the park several times before, this was never when it was actually open to the general public.

It was fun to see the park in operation and all the children and parents enjoying themselves, but two things stood out to me: girls like pink (and Dora the Explorer) and girls do get what LEGO is about if they are presented with it. The former was driven home to me when we were in an outdoor play area. Becca ran off to play with the other kids. I said to Jon: `don’t worry, we’ll find her. We’ll just have to keep an eye out for a little girl wearing a pink coat and a Dora the Explorer backpack’. We looked around, somewhat oafishly. Almost all the little girls were wearing pink coats and Dora the Explorer backpacks! The latter became clear in one of the indoor play areas, where parents and their children could build small cars and race them down wooden slopes. After having retrieved Becca, we spent at least an hour there. She loved every minute of it and so did we.

As I’m sure many of you know, LEGO’s girl-friendly Friends-line has been very successful, despite the toy being criticised for supposedly reinforcing girly stereotypes. Yes, the sets have pink and purple elements (girls like pink) and it does have cutesy figures, but ultimately it’s about getting girls to build and play with LEGO (and girls do get LEGO if they are presented with it). I think LEGO has expressed this very well in a new magazine ad, posted on flickr recently by LegoMyMamma.

LEGO Friends magazine ad 2013

I love how the ad captures the spirit of the old advertisement of a girl holding up her LEGO model and clearly makes the point: critics be damned, it’s exactly what she wants it to be.

I realise, of course, that the quality of the MOC and photography may not be quite up to our usual standards and that not all girls like pink.

I pulled it from the fire and called it Bat’leth!

Kahless cut a lock of his hair and dropped it into the lava of the Kri’stak volcano, then plunged the burning lock into the Lake of Lusor and twisted it into a blade. After forging the weapon, he used it to fight the tyrant Molor and then gave it its name, Bat’leth! Andrew Lee (onosendai2600) simply built it with Bionicle parts.

“Do not think of it as a weapon. Make it part of your hand – part of your arm. Make it part of you” – Worf