Somewhat to my shame, in my time as a contributor to this blog, I have not been a particularly prolific writer. This was particularly true at times when I was also busy writing things for work or dealing with a lot of deadlines, as I have been for a while now. I think all of us at TBB have been struggling with similar issues lately, as you may have gathered from the reduced frequency of posts. Even our lemur isn’t safe, although, to his credit, the kitchen tiles in the compound are now shinier than ever. Since for me stress-relief is a big reason for building, perhaps surprisingly, the upshot of being busy at work is that I do build lots of new models. This is far easier and also more relaxing than writing.
I’ve been working on a collection of famous vehicles from movies and TV series for about two years now, but by October last year I felt I was about done. However, enthusiastic reactions and suggestions for new ones that I got when I displayed them at the Great Western LEGO show in Swindon (UK) made me decide to continue and to diversify a bit more, by including helicopters. The vehicles in the picture are most of the ones I built since. I already wrote about Blue Thunder and Airwolf, in the back row, but you may not have seen any of the others. The third helicopter is the UH-1H “Huey” that serves as the personal transport for the surf-obsessed and completely insane Lt.Col. Kilgore, from Apocalypse Now. The other vehicles are Korben Dallas’ flying taxy from The 5th Element, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Capt. Nemo’s car from The League of extraordinary gentlemen, the Munster Koach from The Munsters, the GM Ultralite police car from Demolition Man, the AMC Pacer from Wayne’s world and, last but not least, the motorcycle with sidecar from Indiana Jones: the last crusade, all built to the same scale.
It’s time! Registration is now open for BrickCon 2015. The convention is set for Oct. 1 – Oct. 4, 2015, in Seattle, Washington at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. This year’s theme is MOCking History.
1. Early Bird Registration is $60, and is available until Aug. 1.
2. Regular Registration is $75, available Aug. 1 – Sep. 18.
3. Late Registration is $100, after Sept. 18.
4. Door Registration is $120, during the event.
For those of you who wish to sign up for Games, you can now do so during the registration process.
LEGO ReBrick has partnered with McLaren to put together what is really quite a sweet contest. I’m not easily wooed by contests, but I am a sucker for supercars, and the prize on this contest is a paid visit to a UK racetrack with McLaren. Below is the official press release, and here’s the official contest site. Good luck to all our readers, and may the best car win!
Do you dream of designing your own luxury Supercar? Well, now is your chance to live out that dream: In collaboration with McLaren Automotive, ReBrick and LEGO® Speed Champions ask you to build the McLaren road Supercar of the future.
What supercars will be accelerating on the country roads and autobahns in the future? Help McLaren build the future of Supercars in LEGO version and get your LEGO Supercar displayed on the McLaren Automotive stand at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in United Kingdom plus win LEGO® Speed Champions prices. The winner and a guest will be flown to United Kingdom and get VIP entry tickets to the Goodwood Festival of Speed as McLaren Automotive guests on Sunday 28th June 2015.
In 2013, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking McLaren P1™ to critical acclaim. The aerodynamic shape was penned by the renowned McLaren Automotive Design Director, Frank Stephenson, who explained that:
“Our main objective with the McLaren P1™ was to design the best drivers’ car in the world, on road and track. Managing airflow in and around the car’s bodywork and optimizing aerodynamics was key in achieving this goal. This design philosophy crafted the highly unique and emotive shape of the car”.
To learn more about the McLaren Automotive supercar range, please visit: cars.mclaren.com
The latest edition of the free online Lego fan magazine, HispaBrick, is now available. In this issue you will find some extraordinary medieval constructions by Cesar Soares, the creative process of the science fiction genius Pierre E. Fieschi or how to create Japanese dolls by Mike Dung, and you will learn a little more about Paul Vermeesch, another one of the Great Creators of the world. Check out all this and more on the HispaBrick website.
Well, I’ve a had a rough week. Apparently Josh thought I was getting too big for my britches (whatever those are) and decided to replace me with someone more easily manipulated. Without anyone else’s knowledge, he sent me on a “special mission” to one of our remote listening posts and conveniently forgot me there.
It was very cold and all I had to eat were old surplus MREs. I would have starved, except the wrappers were rather tasty.
Once I was out of the way, he brought in my replacement. Apparently Josh had him bred in a secret lab somewhere (No, not Ralph’s…he had nothing to do with it). The little bug-eyed freak tried to take my place in your hearts and minds but thankfully you all realized something was amiss. After reading your comments, Andrew also came to his senses and demanded that Josh bring me back. Apparently the new guy couldn’t keep the yacht as shiny as I did. Thank goodness for that!
Now for the good parts!
I’ve got pieces from fairly new sets (less than a year) that have got cracks in them. Does LEGO want to know about these pieces? Should I send them a picture that includes the pieces’ numbers?
Absolutely! If you come across any quality issues with new LEGO, you should contact them. I can’t guarantee how they will respond but LEGO’s customer service department has a rather good reputation. If you do contact them regarding damaged pieces, you should have the pieces with you when you call. The numbers inside the brick can tell them a lot of information, including exactly which mold the piece came from. If there is a molding issue, this will help them zero in on the problem. If you know which set the piece can in, that can also help, especially if you still have the box. Most manufacturers put codes on their packaging so that they can tell the date, time and batch the product came from.
Also, if you are missing pieces in a new set, you should contact them. They will probably send you the missing bits and it helps them track any issues in their packaging system. Please do not abuse this! There have been rumors that a few dishonest people have taken advantage of the Missing Piece system. Don’t be “that guy”, okay?
The Clone on a Plate Contest wrapped up with an astounding 124 entries! This one day flash contest kept everyone here on the edge of their seat to see what the creative LEGO geniuses out there would come up with! This isn’t our biggest contest ever, but if we extrapolated the number of entries over a typical contest length of a month this would have generated a whopping 3840 entries!
With so many entries we had a very hard time determining what would be worthy of the COAP Prize Pack. It was a tough for the contestants as they were given just one instruction: “Clone on a Plate”, with multiple interpretations:
From an artistic side, I think we all agreed VerSen‘s “Walk on the Water” entry was simply gorgeous:
Equally artistic, with a very Shepard Fairey entry, we have Nick Royer (HJ Media Studios) with a cool rendered clone and some 3rd party weapons:
But the winner of the Prize pack was the entry that made us laugh the most. Despite the fairly obvious method of creating entries, Jonas (Legopard) provided the perfect dead pan entry of “Clone on a Plate WITH INSTRUCTION”:
This made us laugh not once, not twice, but three times as Mr. Jonas proceeded to submit his entries to LEGO Ideas, and subsequently get rejected.
And on behalf of the TBB team, I do wish to apologize to LEGO Ideas for the extra work, though I assume that was definitely the highlight of their day, as it was ours.
In Part 1 of our Helicarrier review we focused on the ship itself, covering the build, the design, and looks. In Part 2, we explore the smaller details (including the new microfigs) as well as all the minifigs bundled with this set. And we finally answer that all-important question… Does it fly?
Once again, if you feel video is some form of witchcraft, there’s a written review below the fold.
Well, we hoped you enjoyed our April Fool’s day pranks! But it’s time we chose the REAL cover photo for this month. And our pick for April is the Rod Dog by Lucius Sweet. This super-patriotic hot rod features three different representations of America’s national food substitute. I particularly dig the use of silver dog parts for the exhaust pipes.
After a long period in beta test, LEGO today finally announced its new “wearable assistive brick-sorting technology”, better known as LEGO Glasses™. We were always intrigued by the idea, so we decided to get our hands on a set and thoroughly review them: