Saturday, 29 September 2007

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Too big for his boots ... well one boot anyway!

Ok, so he might have only been around a few days, but he is already causing trouble!

He has already claimed the lounge as his own territory and is planning an assault on the study next!

I was going to make some more of his friends to keep him company, but not sure now as he will probably want to take over the whole neighbourhood!

Aye Aye Captain!!

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Thank you.

I'd like to say a HUGE Scaled-up thank you to Darren and Claire for letting me stay this weekend - its just what I needed after my extremely busy week at work.

It was fun taking a trip down memory lane too. Hopefully I will be able to visit again and you vice versa.

I saw an advert for the Train Show on the way home too - how spooky.



Saturday, 22 September 2007

Pirate Captain!

What do you get if you cross a teacher from Hitchin with a Data Analyst from Exeter, a Pirate Captain of course!! This weekend your two blog writers met up for some team building and after 9 hours of pretty intense building came up with this.

The pirate captain is based on the Pirate Lady model that was made by LEGO and displayed in Hamleys. They were also featured in the Bricks 'n' pieces magazine.

We would love to hear from any of the original modelmakers or anyone who has any photographs of the display in Hamleys or if you know where any of the models are now!

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Harry Potter

Even though I missed out on Spidey, I did buy this! I know you don't particularly like this model Richard :-) but it was reasonably priced so I went for it! I think Hagrid is going to be harder to find ... It is actually in excellent condition.

This Harry Potter model was a prize in Toys'R'Us stores in the UK (and possibly Europe?) and I think that stores had one each to give away as a prize. The US had a different one (as far as I know) which is shown below.

I much prefer my one, but there is one interesting feature with the legs on this model. They have tried to get over the fact the legs slope outward towards the bottom (thanks Richard :-) by actually stepping it out a brick half way down. It looks rather weird! The hands are a lot better than the Euro one though as they can actually hold stuff!

Spiderman Statue!

I saw this on ebay recently. I did bid on it, but got outbidded. I have been regretting this and think I should have gone for it a bit more, but it sold for £272 ($543 USD) anyway, so I was reluctant to spend that kind of money with a seller with zero feedback from Hong Kong.

Was I wrong? Do you think this is even real? (I have never seen one before, but it looks along the same lines as the Harry Potter one).

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Same Scale.

Are these two new minifig sculptures the same scale? - What do you think Gizmo?

It would be brilliant if LEGO sculptors are making 'real' minifigs now instead of 'Friends'. I guess over the ten years or so that the 'Friends' have been displayed there could have been a shift in opinion about them - or even a new generation of designers (who favour the traditional minifigs).

Fingers crossed. (Now - they just need to work on that nose!).

Get Plastered

The red minifig is there to give you an idea of scale.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Mars Mission Astronaut

There is a competitition in the latest LEGO Club magazine (arrived today) to win this 12:1 scale Astronaut based on the new Mars Mission sets. I will certainly be entering!

Sorry about the quality of the pictures, but I had to photograph them as I don't have a scanner :(

SW Maquette Chase Heads!

OK, I have now found pictures of the randomly inserted Han and Anakin heads that come in Darth Vader/Stormtrooper maquettes. I think I am going to have to open mine to see if I have one!!

I REALLY have to have these! (The Han one is fantastic!)

EDIT: I ripped open (well, more like very carefully separated!) the boxes when I got home last night and there was no Han head ... boo ... but there was a Anakin head, woo hoo! Number 11 and a Anakin head ... double woo hoo! Now I really want to know how many of the 1000 had them inside :)
They are very nice items, made of heavy resin rather than plastic, and I will try and put together a review of them pretty soon, but I will be doing a show at the Windsor park at the weekend so it will be next week sometime.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Ferrari F1 Race Car

I thought I had posted about this before, but couldn't find it (please tell me if I'm wrong!). It is made by renowned LEGO sculpture artist Sean Kenney and it has approx 7,500 pieces. Just one criticism ... where's the logos :)

This car was featured in the August 2007 of Elle Magazine.

Friday, 7 September 2007

Star Wars Maquettes

I don't know if anyone has seen them, but these 6 inch high statues by Gentle Giant Studios are very nice! They are based on the look and feel of the Video game. The heads are removable and interchangable.

The Darth Vader and Stormtrooper ones are being shipped now, but are limited to 1000 pieces each and were sold out very quickly when they went on sale. I got mine a couple of days ago, but they have been delayed a long time as I ordered them in October 2007! I was happy when I looked at the number on Darth though as it was 11 of 1000! I think the first ten would probably be held back or given as prizes, so it might be the lowest number sent out normally! (The Stormie is number 161 if you care!)

The 'Blackhole' Stormtrooper was limited to only 500 pieces and was only available from one Star Wars event in Japan. I got mine from ebay a last month. They are already selling for silly money on ebay, so Iam glad I got two at the time when they were cheap :)

The Boba Fett one is still on pre-order and a few more are going to be made than the others as they are limited to 1500. There are not all sold out yet and you can order theme here.

I havn't opened mine yet, still deciding whether to or not :) but if I do I will post again with more pictures. I am really interested to see what kind of scale the plate they are standing on is though, so I might have to 'bite the bullet' and open them! Also, randomly inserted in the boxes are an extra 'chase' head of Anakin for Darth or Han for the Stormie, so I want to see if I have one. I have no idea how many of the 1000 contains them, and havn't even seen any pictures of them yet!

Darth Vader Sculpture

This is one of only 6 Glued Darth Vader large minifigs, made by LEGO themselves.

This one was signed by Dave Prowse (the original actor if you are not a SW fan!) at the Celebration Europe event in London recently. It was featured on athe TV programme, 'Richard and Judy' in the UK, but I missed it :( It was sold on ebay to raise money for charity and made an incredible £1,650 pounds!! (about $3300 USD).

It is approx 20 inches tall and it looks to be about 9:1 scale. It is very cool and I would love one of the other 5!