Monthly Archives: November 2009

The gales of November came early for the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest freighter operating on the Great Lakes until she sank in a storm on November 10, 1975. This LEGO version by John Beck measures 8 feet 6 inches long, but it’s not just big — John has packed a lot of detail into the ship.

LEGO SS Edmund Fitzgerald

Photo from bill.d’s photostream. I can’t seem to find any current online presence from John, but if you know where he posts his own photos, drop us a line.

Sailing the Spanish Main aboard Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Tom Jacobs (Bonaparte) and Rick Bewier (Captain Green Hair) have collaborated to bring the world this gorgeous Spanish galleon, the Nuestra Señora de la Concepción.

LEGO Spanish galleon

Rather than paper or existing LEGO sails, the ship uses real canvas, complete with sewn seams. I also love the checkered patterns on the hull.

LEGO Spanish galleon

See all the photos on or Flickr.

Another Vic Viper

I’m sure I’m going to have to do a round-up post at the end of the month with all my favorite Vic Vipers. In the meantime, I couldn’t resist posting one that I just saw.

Stefan (Brainbikerider) has a pretty different take on the Vic Viper shape. His ship is a lot less pointy than most, and barely has wings. It’s also great. He’s done some great color-blocking and used stickers impeccably.

Vic Viper MK2

Who needs LEGO electronics when you can build your own?

The MP3 Player, CD Boombox, Digital Camera, and other devices LEGO has licensed Digital Blue to manufacture may be out in stores now, but we all know they’re not “real” LEGO. If you want electronics built from actual LEGO bricks, you’ll have to make your own.

Well, that’s exactly what John Park over at Make Online has done, building his own wall-mounted charging station that handles an iPod and a cellphone, along with hooks for two pairs of keys.

LEGO recharger

Click the pic to read exactly how John built his recharger.

Meanwhile, Andy Lunn has built an ingenious flip light from LEDs and LEGO. Watch the video here, and read his instructions on how to build your own LEGO flip light:

Handsome masonry heralds the end of the 10182 era

The latest 10182 Café Corner building from L.G. Orlando (lgorlando) arrives just as the set that inspired it all begins to come and go, hearkening the end of the set’s availability.

LEGO Brickstone Manor Victorian house

L.G.’s brickwork under the porch is excellent, and little details like the round 1×1 plates in the window frames break up the plane of the wall.

It’s been nearly two and a half years since LEGO released Café Corner, inspiring thousands of LEGO builders to try LEGO Town creations — many of us for the first time. Though we all know that LEGO sets aren’t available indefinitely, it’s hard to imagine this inspirational set being gone forever.

See more photos of L.G.’s Brickstone Manor on MOCpages.

Latest BrickForge items include printed military headgear, saw, cleaver [News]

BrickForge has just released a huge new batch of minifig accessories, starting with headgear printed to add realism to the helmets and berets. The new medium-blue helmets are printed with “UN” and the dark green berets are printed with a military badge

BrickForge UN helmet BrickForge UN helmet

Other new items include:

See photos of all the new items in the BrickForge Store.

LEGO wants to hear from you again

Hi All,

TLG want to hear from you again about AFOL/TFOL matters.

The LEGO Group Wants to Hear From You!
As Adult or Teenage Fans of LEGO, you bring an important perspective to the LEGO Group. We respect your creativity and passion for the LEGO brand.

Since December 2008, we have done quarterly online surveys to learn more about the needs and wishes of global AFOL (defined as ages 20+) and TFOL (defined as ages 13-19) communities. For your information, we have listed the key findings from the latest survey in July 2009 below. Now we ask you to take the survey again. It include some of the same questions, but also a set of new questions for you.

Please take a few moments to complete this short online survey to let us know your opinion about the LEGO Group.

You might notice that the link refers to the LEGO Kids Inner Circle; this is because Satmetrix, which hosts that site, is also supporting our efforts to track AFOL/TFOL opinions. Rest assured that this survey is for AFOL’s and TFOLs only.

Here are some of the key findings from the July 2009 survey:

  • The survey was completed by 4800 AFOLs and TFOLs. 32% of respondents were TFOLs, 68% was AFOLs. When asked about likeliness to recommend LEGO products and services to friends and family, AFOLs are (consistent with the previous surveys) more likely to recommend than TFOLs. When asked what the LEGO Group can do to improve willingness to recommend, most frequent answers center around request for products and benefit/recognition programs targeted specifically to AFOLs and TFOLs.
  • In this survey we asked some questions specifically about BrickJournal. The reason for this is that the LEGO Group has been providing start up support for taking BrickJournal to a printed Magazine and together with Joe Meno and his publisher Tomorrows, we are interested in getting feedback from the AFOL/TFOL community. Here’s what we learned:
    • High awareness among adults, but there is work to be done with teens! BrickJournal has 70% awareness among AFOL’s, but less than half of TFOL’s have heard of it.
    • Of those aware of BrickJournal, however, only 20% have acquired a printed copy.
    • On a scale of 1-4, with 4 the high score, readers gave BrickJournal an average score 3.13. Only 14% of fans gave it a score less than 3.
    • BrickJournal has some ways to go before being truly international. For those who did not purchase a copy of BrickJournal, almost half cited how difficult it is to get as the top reason for not buying a copy yet.

Thank you,

The LEGO Community Team