Monthly Archives: November 2011

Awesome Veritech fighter(s)

I’m glad that Mike Yoder (builder42) covered and added to maxvf1‘s amazing Valkyrie/Veritech fighter as it gives me an excuse to blog both. maxvf1’s is available on LEGO Cuusoo and was mentioned by Nannan a while back. Unfortunately maxvf1 has restricted use of his pics so we’ll have to provide a link to the Gerwalk and Battloid modes.

Luckily Mike doesn’t.
Veritech Fighter

And now maxvf1 doesn’t
VF-1J/S Valkyrie Gerwalk and Battloid 03

Brickvention 2012: Jan 21-22 Melbourne [News]

Registration for Brickvention 2012 and tickets for the public days are now open. The 2012 event will be held in the same place as the 2011 event (Melbourne Town Hall) with public days on the 21st-22nd January 2012 and a registered attendees only day on the 20th (with setup on the 19th).

As ever I expect this event to be heaps of fun. Last year’s event was huge and if past growth continues we can expect this year’s to be even bigger. I’m sure details of collaborative events will be announced closer to the time so keep an eye on the website for future announcements.

DCP_3943The timing makes BV 2012 a bit closer to Australia Day this year so if you’re coming from interstate or overseas try booking your accomodation sooner rather than later.

Please note that this year a new system is in place for registration. And especially note that a pre-purchased ticket will be required to attend the public days. This is to ease waiting times for those attending.

To become a registered attendee able to attend all days and display your models:

Follow this link to the Brickvention 2012 registration page at TryBooking

Registered memberships cost $60 (plus booking fee).
Make sure you bring along your printed tickets to the event.

Due to venue size, there are only 150 registrations available. The first 50 people who register will be entered into a special competition organised by LEGO Australia.

If you want to just check out the displayed models on the weekend:

Saturday 21st and Sunday the 22nd from 9.30am – 5.30pm are the Public Expo days, allowing the general public of all ages to watch LEGO® builders at work and view LEGO® creations and displays.

You will need to pre-purchase tickets for this display.

Adults – $10 (plus booking fee)
Children – $6 (plus booking fee)

Children under 3 are free

You can purchase tickets at TryBooking

Make sure you bring along your printed tickets to the event!

And if you don’t know where and when it is:

The next Brickvention will be held over the weekend of 21st and 22nd January 2012 at The Melbourne Town Hall, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets Melbourne Victoria, where anyone can come along and view the amazing creations made out of LEGO.

10 days left in Creations for Charity

The Creations for Charity fundraiser benefiting Toys for Tots is ending soon, and prices on most items have been reduced to the lowest allowed by the donors. Many builders and customizers have contributed to the 100+ creations waiting to be sold, and they’re counting on the buyers to find a new home for their works. You can get more updates about Creations for Charity at their website or visit their store on Bricklink.

10 days left

Leveling up in Gears of War 3 & Skyrim with LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots

Though I prefer to earn my experience, medals, and achievements the old-fashioned way, I never cease to be impressed (and mildly amused) by those who design LEGO robots to accomplish their video game goals.

Guy Himber built a robot to get the Onyx Active Reload medal in Gears of War 3 (watch him get the medal).

Meanwhile, Justin built his own robot to max out his restoration level to 100 in Skyrim.

What do you think? Fair play or hax0rs?

1-day sale for LEGO VIP members [News]

The LEGO Shop online continues its pre-holiday series of sales & deals with a special offer for LEGO VIP program members. Get free shipping on orders over $49, get the second holiday set for free with orders over $99, get that plus 10% off your whole purchase for orders over $149.

LEGO VIP program deals

Look for more sales news early next week, leading up to Black Friday weekend.

Escape from Docking Bay 327 – Death Star dio big enough for UCS Falcon

German LEGO Star Wars fan David Wagner wasn’t content just to build 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon and let it gather dust in his basement. He built an entire Death Star diorama full of classic details.

LEGO Star Wars Death Star diorama

Oh, and it lights up! David incorporated LEDs throughout the diorama, including the Falcon’s cockpit and ramp, landing lights, and more.

LEGO Star Wars Death Star diorama

Obi-Wan Kenobi makes his last stand against his former pupil:

LEGO Star Wars Death Star diorama

Check out for tons more pictures.

Minecraft in Lego: Blocks to Bricks

What’s the first thing everyone says when they try Minecraft? “It’s like building with Lego!” And to me, Minecraft really is the perfect Lego-esque game. So, it was natural to combine two of my favorite things, which already seemed destined to be together. Some of you may have seen this at Brickcon 2011 back in October where I displayed it, but now it’s finally online just in time for the official game release date tomorrow!