ARE YOU READY?

DECEMBER 6, 2013

Are You Ready?

   


HAPPY THANKSGIVING

NOVEMBER 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

   


A TRIP TO PLATE POINT

NOVEMBER 27, 2013

A Family Trip to Plate Point

Smile for the Camera!

   


THE CREATURE TAKES A HOLIDAY

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013



   


LEGO® BACK TO THE FUTURE - 21103

AUGUST 3, 2013

BTTF Mod

BTTF Graphics

With a quick modification the DeLorean from the Back to the Future is much improved. All you need are a few extra pieces. Outside the minifigures, the best part of the set are the printed pieces. I've scanned and posted them here. You can see that there's a misspelling on the Flux Capactor. It seems that LEGO forgot the old -"I" before "E" except after "C" rule.

There have already been a few reviews of this set out there. Here are the links:

Huffington post
Brickset
Eurobricks
Brother's Brick
FBTB

BTTF Mod




   


LEGO Nature Connects at Powell Gardens

JULY 8TH, 2013

Orchid

Powell Gardens (a botanical garden east of Kansas City) is currently hosting an installation of works by famed LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenny entitled "Nature Connects: LEGO Brick Sculptures".

I will be honest and tell you that large LEGO structures don't typically hold a lot of interest for me. Life-sized composites of similarly colored bricks always seemed to have a "seen one/seen them all" quality about them. However, it's not just Sean Kenny's builds that are visually arresting, but most importantly the environments in which they are placed.

The Nature Connects displays (there are 14 in all) are placed along the main trails that lead through the gardens. Interspersed among the wide variety of floral displays is a menagerie of LEGO made creatures and objects including a butterfly, a dragonfly, a hummingbird, a bison and even a gardener.

Each of the builds is composed of thousands of unique colored bricks - no primary brick monoliths here. The volume of dark green, dark brown, pink and other "rare" colors was dizzying.

Finch


Our visit lasted about three hours on a beautiful Sunday morning. We saw all of the LEGO sculptures, but could have spent much more time just wandering and exploring all that Powell Gardens had to offer. It really was a splendid time that I highly recommend. Go for the LEGO. Stay for the gardens.
Butterfly




   


WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

JULY 2ND, 2013

With the mid-point of Summer at hand I thought it would be fun to share this LEGO graphic. I came across it in a lot I purchased off Goodwill.com.

Ice Cream

It's a beautiful LEGO ice cream! The graphic is actually printed on a white 1 x 2 brick - two of which were in this particular find. Unfamiliar with the piece, I turned to Bricklink and found that it appeared in a four sets from 1979 to 1985. My favorite is 6601 Ice Cream Cart

6601

The graphic (and the 6601 set) are so typical of that time - small, simple and with just enough detail to suggest the absolute essence of the real world item. Becuase it is so small I redrew the graphic. A vector version of the redraw can be found on my Sticker Reference page. This delicious image has joined my list of favorite graphics along with this sticker from the 6000 idea book that I posted on Twitter a few weeks ago.

redraw

Happy Summer Everybody!



   


ORIGINAL LEGO® PATENT

JULY 1ST, 2013

Here's a .pdf of patent number 3,005,282 - LEGO's toy building brick from 1961. Interestingly, this expired in 2011. Time to break out the 3D printers!


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PLAY BALL!

JUNE 16TH, 2013

Play Ball

When the LEGO Series 3 Collectible Minifigures showed up with a Baseball player in 2011 I knew that it was only a matter of time until the opposing team's player came along in some future series of collectible figs. Fast forward to 2013. We now know the names of the two teams: The Clutchers and the Stackers.

I spent a lot of time last month in Target and Toys R Us feeling up packets trying to find nine members of the Stackers team (I already had nine Clutchers waiting patiently at home).

With all the players acquired I now needed a good home for them. It was time to build a baseball field (yes, I know this is kind of the opposite of build it and they will come).

The project started small, but once I decided to use a couple walls from the warehouse that appeared in my short movie, "Ice Cream Crisis" the project just expanded.

I grew up in Chicago going to White Sox games at old Comiskey Park. That's the image I had in mind as I built this old school ball park.



   


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