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

Gold, green and powered by steam

This elegant train, brought to us by Moko, is comprised of beautiful lines, delightful colors, and screams Steampunk. Or rather, given the refined nature of the train, perhaps it quietly states its Steampunk origins while giving a bit of side-eye out of a monocle. Either way, it’s gorgeous.

I particularly like the use of the One Ring to give nice color to the passenger car, between the windows, as well as on the engine. The gold, green, brown, and brass are a stunning color combination which make this train particularly eye catching.

Steampunk Train

I also invite you to read our original write-up of Moko’s matching Steampunk car and mech. It’s wonderful to finally have a family portrait!

Steampunk Train

Swimming in gold with Scrooge McDuck

As a kid, I absolutely loved Duck Tales and Scrooge McDuck. Despite his miserly ways, Mr. Scrooge was always so much fun to watch. At any rate, his grand-newphews seemed to adore him so I guess there’s that.

Sweetsha brings us a lovely model of Mr. Scrooge swimming through his stockpiles of gold, and it’s a timely creation: Alan Young, who lent his voice to many iconic roles like Mr. Ed and Mr. Scrooge himself, passed away earlier in May at the age of 96.

Scrooge McDuck

Incredible LEGO Space Shuttle, Launchpad and Space Launch System

Space is pretty fantastic. Right now, we space fans have a lot to be excited about with SpaceX’s reusable, landing first stage rocket; Blue Origin’s reusable, landing rocket for space tourism; and the recent achievement on the International Space Station with Bigelow Aerospace’s Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, an experimental expandable space station module.

Lia Chan gives a glorious look into the past at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. This beautiful, beautiful build features the launch platform, crawler transport system, and NASA’s retired workhorse, Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A

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One-upping The Brothers Brick in Alien Weirdness

We were so proud to show off our building skills in April. Of course, Djordje has to go and one-up us all. This slightly creepy, bushy-eyebrow’d fellow looks like he belongs in the world of what Galidor should have been.

In all seriousness, this guy has character. He looks like he’s plotting someone’s terrible demise with those old dinosaur-head-eyes. I’m not quite sure if he belongs squarely with other aliens or if he’d be more at home in The Labyrinth. I’ll leave that decision to you.

Glurkin

Das alte Gewächshaus

FiliusRucilo brings us a wonderful glass house, or green house. This lovely little building is chock full of plant life, with keepers caring for the beautiful flowers and catching things outside. I am fond of the colors and the approach to the windows, which give the building a nice “old” feel. The vines up the back are a nice touch.

Das alte Gewächshaus
  

Teeny Tiny Cinderella’s Castle

Cinderella’s castle is iconic. The tall spires and bright blue roof are highly recognizable to anyone who’s walked through the front gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Delayice‘s version is far, far smaller but just as beautiful in its size, scale, and excellent technique.

This small-world version makes excellent use of the brick-profile bricks, and the spires are tall and recognizable. The landscaping is simple and effective.

castle of cinderella

The (LEGO) Walking Dead

I have to disclose I’ve not ever seen The Walking Dead, inspiration for Jerome Vaillant‘s gorgeous diorama. I can’t speak to show accuracy or what it’s portraying, but man do I appreciate some of the lovely landscaping techniques going on here.

There’s a lovely sense of overgrowth, and I absolutely love the goat pen. That, along with the sunflowers, really caught my eye. Then there’s the buildings. They are lovely, dilapidated, and full of detail with the siding, doors, and foundation. I love how the windows look with the brown framing.

Here's not here

I highly encourage you to check out Jerome’s photostream for more amazing scenes from The Walking Dead and other popular films and shows.

Attending LEGO fan conventions, Part 4: So long! Farewell! [Editorial]

The convention is over. The last builds have been torn down, carefully packed (or tossed in a bin), and the staff have packed up and cleared the space. What’s next?

1. Sleep
I can’t state this enough: a convention is a draining experience regardless of your physical health, activity level, or personal preference for human interaction.

Naptime

You’ve just spent the last four or five days on your feet, on a cement surface, surrounded by 500-1000 of your new best friends, along with a few hours of thousands of devoted fans ogling your LEGO builds. Your body needs to repair itself. If possible, I recommend taking the day after a convention off from work to rest and work in some self-care.

2. Take care of your physical self
Since you’ve been around hundreds of strangers for the last five days, it’s very common to catch the common cold. By taking time to care for your physical self after a convention, you reduce your risk (in addition to basics during the convention, like hand-washing, hand-sanitizer, and doing your best to get ample sleep and water).

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Italy’s il Duomo di Milano

Sometimes great things take time to create, as is the case with the Milan Cathedral. Construction began in 1386, with the final details (a gate) being completed in 1965. Renovations on the magnificent building continue even today. Hopefully brickbink‘s version did not take six centuries.

This inspired version is recognizable as the famous landmark, with its beautiful doors and statues. The only thing missing is an exorbitant amount of pigeons.

the cathedral

Attending LEGO fan conventions, Part 3: Convention Time! [Editorial]

It’s convention Day One. Now what? (Spoiler: meet people!)

BrickCon 2015: Opening ceremonies

1. Get there!
It’s time to get to the convention. By this time, if you’re traveling long distances, you’ve already left home, and you’re in close proximity. Now’s the time to get to the convention hall, meeting space, convention center, etc. and follow directions for unloading what you’ve brought. If you’ve got smaller stuff that can be easily carried, park elsewhere and save the close spots and loading docks for builders who require crates and teams to carry in their builds. Make sure you have the load-in information, since details vary from event to event.

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