Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UCS B-Wing Starfighter

Name of Model: B-Wing Starfighter™
Created by the LEGO company
Found at: http://shop.lego.com/en-US/B-Wing-Starfighter-10227
We've fallen somewhat behind in covering headline-grabbing new kits recently, but LEGO is still churning them out. One of the ones we missed was the latest Ultimate Collector Series Star Wars kit - the B-Wing Starfighter. From the October 1st release date to December 31st (or while supplies last), LEGO is including an exclusive TC-14 minifigure with the purchase of the 10227 B-Wing Starfighter. Like the last few UCS kits, this one is nicely in minifig scale (as compared to the regular kits, which usually have strange proportions in order to fit minifigures). Both Jedi News and FBTB have reviewed the kit, which looks like an interesting build.

Here's the official announcement:
10227 B-Wing Starfighter™

Ages 16+. 1,486 pieces.

US $199.99 CA $249.99 DE 199.99€ UK 169.99£ DK 1699 DKK

Take on the Empire in the Ultimate Collector Series B-wing Starfighter!
Now you can experience the ultimate B-wing Starfighter from the Star Wars galaxy like never before. This fantastic model features everything you would expect from our premium collector range, including rotating, self-levelling cockpit and realistic wing configurations for landing and flight. And when you’re finished battling in the skies above Endor or helping to restore freedom in the galaxy, place this highly detailed B-wing Starfighter on its own dedicated display stand and fact plaque. Measures 26” (66 cm) wide and 15” (38 cm) high in flight configuration, and 17” (43 cm) high on display stand.

• A highly detailed Ultimate Collector Series B-wing Starfighter model
• Features rotating, self-levelling cockpit
• Features realistic wing configurations for landing and flight
• Includes display stand and fact plaque
• Model can be detached from display stand
• Measures 26” (66cm) wide and 15” (38cm) high in flight configuration, and 17” (43cm) high when mounted on display stand

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning October 2012 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone.

Current LEGO Shop-at-Home Promotions

FREE Shipping on all orders of $99 or more. Valid 10.15.12 - 10.31.12

Our friends at LEGO want us to remind you of their current promotions. From now through October 31st, you can get double VIP points on purchases from LEGO Shop at Home. Additionally, orders over $99 between now and December 18th get free shipping. Now's the time to grab those kits you've been putting off getting, and to get an early start on Christmas gifts!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Turing Machine

Name of Model: A Turing Machine built using LEGO
Created by: Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman (full credits are at the site listed below)
Found at: http://www.legoturingmachine.org/
Details: To celebrate what would have been Alan Turing's 100th birthday, the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam ran an exhibition of his work and influence through October 6th, 2012. One of the more abstract ideas, the Turing Machine, was brought to life through LEGO Mindstorms for this exhibit.

If you want to build your own (perhaps with a longer tape), there aren't building instructions (although you can probably figure much of it out from the photos and video), but the full source code is on GitHub.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Wandering Hill / Blue-Shell Turtle

Name of Model: The Wandering Hill / Blue-Shell Turtle
Created by: M.R. Yoder
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoderism/8114718378/in/photostream/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoderism/8114867656/in/photostream/

Here's a solid take on the ancient myth that the world is carried on the back of a turtle. Somehow it works well both with and without the foliage applied. The juxtaposition of the shell sculpted with ordinary bricks and the tan limbs that make great use of slopes is very effective. I never get far trying to make slopes look like natural shapes, but the head on this turtle uses that technique perfectly. I'm both jealous of the realistic form and curious as to whether or not there are actually any pupils in the turtle's eyes. You could spend all day staring closely at this to determine whether or not that's just a perfectly planned shadow.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

LEGO's Booth at New York Comic Con

Name of Model: LEGO Systems, Inc. - New York Comic Con 2012
Created by: Creatacor, LEGO
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/creatacor/sets/72157631746209680/
Details: Today's featured model is actually the LEGO company's booth at last weekend's Comic Con, in New York City. Creatacor has photos of both setup and the completed booth. This is the first year that LEGO has had an official presence at this event - in the past they've stuck with the larger Comic Con in San Diego. LEGO was there to announce next year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series - you'll notice the turtles and a large TMNT mosaic in many of the photos.

Here's a round-up of NYCC photos I've come by that include the LEGO displays. Most of these photosets are of the event in general (I haven't done my usual check for all-ages appropriateness but I doubt there's anything worse than your average superhero costumes).

FBTB's official coverage
dreyesceron's flickr photos
EJP Photo's flickr photos
sonicstarlight's flickr photos (focusing on the I LUG NY fan display)
Official LEGO Press Release on LUGNET
merhawk's flickr photos
ericdecker's flickr photos
cloudcity's flickr photos
saebaryo's flickr photos
marchawkins' flickr photos
Rad_TV's flickr photos
halloween jack

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Microscale NASA Space Shuttle

Name of Model: Micro Nasa Shuttle
Created by: Siercon and Coral (Sean and Steph Mayo)
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/legocy/8097052817/in/pool-44124304756@N01
Details: Sean and Steph Mayo are rapidly becoming the most talked about couple in the AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) community. We could do an entire round-up of just the recent models from these prolific builders. When they're not winning awards at LEGO conventions for our favorite models, they're busy making goofy inverted models (and then inverting them, they're stacking parts sideways instead of connecting them, and they're experimenting with MegaBloks for just long enough to see how well they burn. To continue showing up the rest of us, they're now making great desktop models for friends and coworkers. This one was for a friend who got a job at NASA. As usual, there are some stunning uses of unexpected parts: a knight's helmet for the top of the fuel tank, a support beam for the launch tower, minifig hands to get the shape of the wings, and round plates for tufts of smoke. It's a stunning amount of detail in just a 4 stud by 6 stud footprint.