Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another pulse-pounding edition of Friday Night Fights! Tonight’s bout features a struggle of nerds with nothing to lose but their pride. Let’s go to the tale of the tape:
Fighting out of the red corner, from the nerdiest corner of the internet…the Lompoc Lightning-bolt Tommy Williamson (Geeky Tom) and his “The Oatmeal“.
And fighting out of the blue corner, from the bad streets of Berlin…Brucewaynelego-Toyshansolo and his “Family Portrait – Kids playing on the Beach“.
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, the battle for trainyard supremacy, it came down to a single vote as TBB rookie Nik J Dort took down a living legend 7-6. Tune in next week for more action!
This stunning mosaic, by Adam Meyers (AKA getdamonkey), is real eye-candy. I love the technique of stacking different transparent colors in order to achieve colors that LEGO doesn’t make. It isn’t a technique that I have mastered myself but I do love it. The technique really makes this particular mosaic pop! Awesome job, Adam, simply awesome.
This 25″ x 30″ mosaic of Geoff Notkin from the Science Channel’s, Meteorite Men was commissioned by Arizona’s Challenger Space Center as a gift to Mr. Notkin. According to builder and celebrity stalker Diamond Dave Shaddix: “It was a wonderful evening filled with some interesting conversation and great people.” Way to schmooze it up, Dave.
If you want to get a better look at the mosaic, click here.
Katie Walker (eilonwy77) pushes the definition of LEGO building yet again with this thoroughly accessorized version of Hello Kitty. We’ve seen mosaics made like this before, but never one this colorful. Also, in what is surely a first for Katie, I don’t think I spy a single cheese slope in there.
This past weekend was Brickworld 2013 in Schaumberg, Illinois, and Chris and I attended. I attended for the first time; it was fun being a “newbie” for once, despite this being my 11th LEGO convention. This was my first event outside of the Pacific Northwest! Though really, Chicago, the tornados were a bit much. Really. No need for that.
All weather and terrible airline travel aside, the event was a blast. This was the first year in the new location and by all accounts, it was a fabulous decision to move and improved the convention-going experience greatly. Unlike last year, all the creations this year were housed in the same MASSIVE space.
Over the next few days, pictures of some of the amazing creations will pop online. I want to highlight a few of my favorites:
Smaug by Sharon Vance
Area 51 by Brian Williams
This was really fantastic. We’ve blogged the warehouse previously; now he’s added the shooting location for the Moon Landing, a Stargate, and a number of other fantastic references!
There were two bits of news which we already reported: the reveal of 10234 Sydney Opera House and announcing the Curiosity Rover.
For me, the value of any convention comes from the memories; I attend just as much, if not more, for the people as I do the brick. I saw people I haven’t seen in years, met new friends, and made enough memories and paper planes to last a lifetime. Or at least until BrickCon.
Diamond Dave Shaddix and his co-conspirator Stephen Lanyi recently finsihed a 40″ x 30″ mosaic of maybe the best-loved starship engineer in the galaxy this side of Scotty. Also, unlike Jimmy Doohan, she’s not missing a finger. I’m talking of course about Firefly’s Kaylee Frye, played by actress Jewel Staite and now immortalized in ABS. Shiny Dave, very Shiny.
When I first encountered the work of Sean and Steph Mayo I thought to myself “Who are these new-age musician weirdos and what do they want from us?” I looked up articles on how to identify cults…you know, just to be ready.
This mosaic is titled Once Upon a Time…which to be honest doesn’t do much for me as a title. It simply isn’t new-agey enough. Perhaps something like “The Diagonal Woman”, “Lifescape” or “Quantum Dreams” would have been better?. The mosaic itself is masterful, but looking at it long enough has the same effect as new age music…I start to drift off.
See you next Friday at the fights, it has been a pleasure being your weekend DJ.
Hong Kong’s Andy Hung (andybear) has created a striking mosaic to honor the birthday of the Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Gautama) on today this seventeenth of May, a national holiday in many parts of the world.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the birthday boy. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
Does this count as a mosaic? Regardless, this creation by diegoboy is flippin’ rad!
I totally have revolution909 in my head now…and that is a good thing.
Many of you may have missed it, but it was hard to miss in the Netherlands, my home country: since yesterday we have a new king and queen: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (yes, that is the name given to her by her parents). This momentous occasion prompted Paul Toxopeus (P@u! +ox) to build these wonderful portraits.
Considering the limits of the colour palette, these are surprisingly recognisable. Hail to the new King!