About Caylin

A life-long LEGO fan, Caylin returned to the hobby as an adult in 2003, after her mother bought her a basic creator tub as a joke. Her mother regrets this. She regularly attends BrickCon in Seattle, Washington, where she goes by the title of Prize Goddess. You can check out her flickr account here.

Posts by Caylin

Moon exploration with a LEGO Apollo 15

In 1971, the lunar rover was delivered to the moon as part of the Apollo 15 mission, and used on all subsequent missions. As I have a fond appreciation for “real” space ships, I am delighted to share with you Luis Peña‘s absolutely beautiful lunar lander module, Apollo capsule, and the ever-adorable and oh so fun lunar rover.

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The Apollo capsule is instantly recognizable. The curves convey the shape wonderfully, and I love the properly cramped interior that Luis is able to show. The rover’s colors are so vibrant!

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And if you like LEGO Apollo models, remember that LEGO is currently working on an Apollo 11 set, so you’ll be able to buy your own in the near future.

Elemental Ice Dragon

With the heat rising everywhere, it’s time to bring in some ice. Some beautiful, well designed, sleek, dragon ice. Cecilie Fritzvold has brought us this lovely beast. I like the trans-blue highlights. The bone-like ridges add great texture to the dragon’s body, making it look particularly dangerous.

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One week left to win the LEGO Star Wars Shuttle Tyderium from TBB [News]

There’s one week left in June, which means you have one week left to enter our monthly drawing on Facebook! This month, we’re giving away the LEGO Star Wars 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium.

Click here to enter!

LEGO Imperial Shuttle Tyderium

We love giving back to the LEGO Community, and are able to do so because of your support! To help continue to support TBB, buy your LEGO (and other things!) after clicking through from Brothers-Brick.com.

Fine print: In order to make a global contest manageable, TBB uses the Contests app on Facebook. As a result, this contest is limited to TBB readers with Facebook accounts. Yes, we still love if you you’re on G+. For winners in locations that are very expensive to ship to, TBB reserves the right to substitute a monetary value equivalent to the cost of the set in your country. We’ll send you a cool TBB T-shirt either way.

LEGO Creator 10253 Big Ben [Review]

The clock tower of the British Houses of Parliament is an English icon known the world over. Oddly enough, the famously named Big Ben is actually the largest of the 5 bells housed within the tower, with the clock tower being properly called the Elizabeth Tower. However, over the last 157 years since the tower’s completion, it’s become globally known as Big Ben. And now it has inspired LEGO’s second largest architecture set ever, 10253 Big Ben, with 4,163 pieces. The set is currently available to LEGO VIP members, and will go on sale to everyone beginning July 1 for $249.99.

10253 Big Ben

Click to read the full review

In Memorium: Daniel August Krentz (1937-2016) [News]

The LEGO community lost a great man this past week. Daniel August Krentz (1937-2016) was a retired set designer for LEGO, and his contributions and impact to our community are vast and deep.

Daniel began building with LEGO in college, in the 1960s. Soon, his creations gained the attention of the right people and he found himself recruited as a designer, moving from Chicago, IL to Billund, Denmark. Daniel was the first Adult Fan of LEGO to be hired as a designer for LEGO. He began designing in the 1970s, continuing until 1999.

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Even if you’ve never heard his name, you know his work. You’ve played with the sets Daniel designed, as his work likely helped form your LEGO childhood. While the list of sets he designed is extensive, below are a few of the more nostalgic sets he designed:

  • 375 Classic Yellow Castle
  • 6067 Guarded Inn
  • 6074 Black Falcons Fortress
  • 6078 Royal Drawbridge
  • 6081 Kings Mountain Fortress
  • 6267 Lagoon Lock Up
  • 6276 Eldorado Fortress

Last year, Bricks Culture interviewed Daniel. The author, Are J. Heiseldal, has kindly posted the interview online for others to read. I encourage you to take the time to read the article and reflect on Daniel Krentz’s impact on our community.

Thank you, Daniel, for all of the wonderful memories.

LEGO ribbon memorializes Orlando shooting victims

On Sunday, June 12, an armed individual walked into Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire. When the attack was over, 49 people had lost their lives with another 53 injured. There are many things that make this tragedy terrible: the loss of life; the fact the nightclub was meant to be a safe place for the LGBT+ community; and the clear preparation the shooter took prior to walking into the club that night. Many questions remain unanswered about the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

As the days pass, we’ll see many conversations surrounding this, but today, I encourage you to take a moment of silence for the 49 young people who never went home that night.

Ryan Howerter has built a ribbon of mourning. It is simple and profound. It is a memorial to the lives lost.

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For those that wish to help the injured and families of the victims, please see the resources below:

Blood Donations
While immediate need has been met, there is still a need for blood donations for the upcoming weeks. Check OneBlood or call 1.888.9Donate for more information on what their needs are.

Monetary Donations
Equity Florida has established a GoFundMe page, as well as the GLBT Community Center of Florida (GoFundMe). Funds will go to the families of victims. Additionally, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has created the OneOrlando fund, with funds also helping victims and providing ongoing support. Before donating, check with your employer to see if they have a funds matching program available.

Local Needs:

Volunteers
Please click here to check with the City of Orlando to see what assistance they may need.

Mental Health Volunteers
There is a need for mental health professionals; The Center is accepting information from licensed clinicians here.

Translators
Many of the victims were people of color. Their families coming in are in need of translators. If you can provide translating services, you are encouraged to reach out to info at hispanic chamber dot net.

A place downtown to meet your Friends

I love seeing Friends colors and sets incorporated into awesome builds, and Allan Corbeil has done a magnificent job with that. He’s given us a lovely Cafe Corner modular building, based on 41035 Heartlake Juice Bar.

Black and White photo of my Lego Modular Building MOC

While I love the black and white old-timey pictures, I have to share the stand-alone shot, too. The Juice Bar looks just lovely built into the ground floor of this brick building. The detail for the top floor is quite lovely and very reminiscent of the details that LEGO puts into other modular sets, particularly 10243 Parisian Restaurant and 10251 Brick Bank.

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Love through music featuring Mickey and Minnie

Feelings can often be difficult to share, but thankfully, music can do it for us. The perfect song can tell someone everything you want to say but don’t know how. It can take us back instantly to points in our life, reminding us of those we love. James Zhan has built this wonderful gramophone, with beautiful gilded details. Atop the record is Minnie, with Mickey playing the record.

To me, it tells me the song reminds him of her, and there’s something very sweet in that message.

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The record spins, too!

Amazing LEGO Stop-motion Ghostbusters [Video]

Paul Hollingsworth and the fine folks at Digital Wizards have done it again, bringing us a stop-motion LEGO version of Ghostbusters. This 4:30 minute brickfilm is a labor of love, requiring over 2,000 hours of time for animation, building, lighting, compositing and composing the final product! The opening shot alone, according to the animators, took 12 hours to set up and 6 hours to animate.

All of your favorites make cameos to help the fabulous four battle the terrible (and terribly adorable!) Stay Puft Marshmallow man!

Enjoy!

LEGO Dimensions Trailer introduces new characters including E.T., Sonic the Hedgehog [News]

Yesterday’s news about LEGO Dimensions was exciting, with the set images for Ghostbusters, A-Team, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, and Adventure Time. This morning brings us the official trailer for the next wave of characters, and there are some fantastic ones!

Click to meet some of the new characters!

LEGO announces The Beatles Yellow Submarine and Apollo 11 Saturn V as next LEGO IDEAS models [News]

The LEGO Ideas team has announced the winners of the third 2015 LEGO Ideas Review. Nine sets were up for consideration, and two were selected. These projects will now proceed through a design phase, where LEGO designers will tweak the designs. They will then become available as official LEGO sets.

The Beatles Yellow Submarine by Kevin Szeto

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Apollo 11 Saturn V by saabfan and whatsuptoday

LEGO IDEAS Apollo 11 Saturn V

We’ll update you on official pictures and pricing once those become available.

The next round are currently in review, and we expect to hear on those in Fall 2016!

Micro-scale LEGO SLS rocket is ready for NASA’s Next Giant Leap

NASA Engineer and LEGO fan Nicholas Mastramico has brought us a most excellent follow up to the shuttle, launch pad, and SLS rocket we featured last week. Nicholas’s microscale version is eye-catching with the great detail he’s packed into such a small model. What makes his version particularly special is his relationship with the rocket: Nicholas is a structural design engineer for NASA, and is currently working on the real SLS rocket.

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This means his micro-SLS has a unique opportunity to stand in the shadows of its ancestors, like the Saturn V rocket pictured here.

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Nicholas says he’s always been a huge sci-fi fan – but it was the early pictures of Mars from Sojourner that truly hooked him on space travel. He decided then he would build rockets for NASA one day, and that goal guided him through school to where he is now. He was recently involved in a test with a weather balloon, for which he provided a passenger. The experiment took the minifig up to 120,000 feet!

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There are more shots of some of the features of the mobile launch platform and payload capsules, as well as an itty-bitty adorable crawler!