Monthly Archives: October 2007

Taking the Plunge with Tânia

I really enjoyed the photo of Portuguese LEGO Ambassador Tânia Baixinho on page 28 of BrickJournal Issue 9. Fellow Forum 0937 member Rupi has built a lovely vignette that provides a bit of a backstory for the picture of Tânia in BrickJournal:

While we’re at it, Rupi has also built a vig showing 0937 mascot “Manel” bringing a LEGO fan out of his “dark ages”:

(Via Tânia and her husband Luís’ blog, LegOficina dos Baixinhos.)

Historical photographs, LEGO’d by Marcos Vilariño

After we posted Mike Stimpson’s Classics in LEGO, we got an e-mail from Juan Macias that reminded me about some other historical photographs recreated in LEGO:

These were showing up all over the ‘net earlier this year, but I never managed to track down the actual creator, so chose not to blog them. (Side not: Shame on people for posting other people’s things without proper attribution for the creator!!!)

We really appreciate readers like Juan who point us in the right direction. So, it turns out that the builder is Marcos Vilariño, who has an entire collection of historical photos turned into very cool LEGO creations. Whereas Mike builds at minifig scale, Marcos builds in the larger Miniland scale, and frequently uses vintage LEGO figures from the pre-minifig 1970s.

Here’s Marcos’ version of “Lunch atop a Skyscraper”:

Be sure to check out all of Marcos’ photographs on the Centro de Estudos Fotográficos Web site.

And we’re back (again)!

I was a bit shocked myself when I opened the browser this morning and saw this, as many of you probably saw too:

Of course, I knew we were at 97% of our 10 GB/month bandwidth limit on Monday, but I was just being cheap and hoping we’d squeek by through the end of the month. I guess the downtime is actually my fault. Sorry! Anyway, I’ve upgraded our hosting plan, so we now have plenty of room to grow.

Yihaggothan Flight Commando

The elite Yihaggothan Flight Commando leads the Yihaggothan Imperium into battle against the “frail” human horde. Human Marines, fighting a desparate battle against the alien invaders, have nicknamed this commando the “Tse Tse Trooper,” due to the buzzing sound emmitted by his hover-pack.

Witness the “Tse Tse Trooper” buzzing around in the upper-left corner of this photo:

Tsubo Niwa (Courtyard Garden) by mumu

Space is at a premium in Japan, but many city residents still find ways to bring greenery into their lives through their courtyard gardens (or tsubo niwa).

Mumu‘s tsubo niwa vignette includes many elements common in Japanese gardening: a shoji screen on the porch, a stone lantern, a kokeshi doll, various rocks and stones, and a shishi odoshi (“deer chaser”).