Yearly Archives: 2006

New Years 2007 Japanese LEGO Creation Roundup

As I predicted in a recent post, New Years Day in Japan has brought a spate of timely LEGO creations, including many inspired by the Year of the Boar.

First up, a boar ATV by Izzo:

Next, a new years card (or nengajyou) from mumu and his wife:

Here’s another new years card from Ayucow over at Bacalogue (turning boars into vehicles is quite the theme this year):

A boar by sumi_handy’s son:

Finally, two creations by inago100. Here’s a very large batch of new years eve noodles, or toshikoshi soba (link):

And new years decorations (link):

Spacey christmas presents – Thomas E. Dewey By Adrian Drake

Hey all! There have been a pretty good output of nice models during the holidays – in addition to spending time with family and friends, it seems people are taking the time to finish old projects. A good thing! Lets start by taking a look at Adrian Drake’s Thomas E. Dewey, the steam powered airship:

 Thomas E. Dewey

The Dewey has been under construction for a long time – the earliest pictures (depicting the starting construction of the hangar bay) came up on Adrian’s flickr in May 2006. Heck, the smaller crafts this beast carries were finished in April! With a unique, sculpted exterior and a deliciously detailed interior, this ship is nothing but a work of art.

Minifig Display Stand by Tim Gould

Have you ever wanted a nice display stand for your minifigs that doesn’t say “Star Wars” or “Sports” on it? Tim Gould (aka “Gambort”) has developed a great brick-built solution, complete with a slot in which to put a paper backdrop:

Click the image to go to Tim’s Brickshelf gallery, where you can download a PDF containing instructions.

DIY Japanese New Years Card

2007 will be the Year of the Boar. Of course, tigers eat boars for breakfast, so I’m thinkin’ it’ll be a good year.

As I explained on New Years Day 2006, Japanese homes begin to fill up with new years cards — called nengajyou — this time of year.

I assume we’ll see lots of boar-themed LEGO creations over the next week or so, but mumu gets things rolling with the first new years card. According to his blog post, he created a LEGO boar that LEGO/graphic design site 05cube! has integrated into a nice DIY card-maker. Here’s mine (note personalized message to our beloved readers):

Click my card to go to 05Cube! and make your own. There are enough English instructions that you should be able to get by. :) Just leave a comment here if you have any trouble.

Just recieved Gary Istok’s Lego CD!

Today my copy of “The Unofficial Lego Sets/Parts Collectors Guide” finally came in the mail and it was definitely worth the wait.

Gary Istok has spent a lot time and effort on this CD and it shows. There are over 1,000 pages of wonderful Lego information. So much information that I don’t know if I will ever be able to read it all!

But the nice thing is that you don’t have to. Gary has divided the CD into multiple .pdf files with an excellent Table of Contents. It is very easy to find exactly the information you need. This work will be a significant resource in the Lego community for years to come.

Have a look at Mr. Istok’s website. There are sample pages and chapters. You can also check out the full Table of Contest as well.

News: Summer 2007 Set Pictures!

2007 catalog scans are available on, with pictures of previously unseen summer-release City sets (click to go to the page on and view full-size images):

Czech LEGO fan site Kostky also has a picture of the new Castle sets for 2007 (via Eurobricks):

I’m very excited about the undead horses, new skeletons (with non-floppy arms) and new accessories (curved swords, round shields, etc.). I can’t tell too much about the castles from this picture, but I like the bone cage on the undead fortress. Wicked!