Sunday, November 16, 2014

LEGO Fan Weekend (Skærbæk) Round-Up

Name of Event: LEGO Fan Weekend 2014
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Details: This year's LEGO Fan weekend event in Skærbæk, Denmark was announced to be the last, just weeks before the event. Being both a fairly official event and the last event of its kind, the usual issues of precedent and favoring one event above others didn't apply - so LEGO bigwigs Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Jorgen Vig Knudstorp were able to meet with some of the 350 exhibitors (from 24 different countries) and 2300+ public visitors. As an added bonus, the participating exhibitors also received an exclusive run of this year's Inside Tour set.

Word is that the event will actually happen again next year, but as a fan-run event instead of an event LEGO runs for the fans. It should be interesting to see what that means for the future of the event, since it appears that most of the seminars for exhibitors at this year's event were run by LEGO employees.

Now that we're back to rounding up events that none of our contributors personally attended, we've got coverage of this event:
Mr. Tomato Bread's Flickr photos
Community Team Blog: The Last LEGO Fan Weekend (event coverage)
Community Team Blog: The Last LEGO Fan Weekend (announcement)
Bill Ward has both uploaded photos to Flickr and blogged about the event.
Cassiebsg's Brickshelf Gallery
Gianni Bassini's Flickr photos

The photo used above was taken by Bill Ward and shows a recurring miniland-scale layout by Stephan Sander.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Statler and Waldorf of the Muppets

Name of Model: Waldorf And Statler
Created by: grubaluk
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Details: Once again, the newer eye elements LEGO has been making lately make it easier to build iconic characters. This time, it's Statler and Waldorf of The Muppets, seen here in their famous perch at the Muppet Theatre. In this case, the design isn't entirely obvious - while the eyes are important, it's the clever use of curved slopes and cheese slopes that makes these the distinctive characters.

The balcony is also a pretty clever build - the curtains look like alternative rows of red bricks and dark red plates, while the body of the balcony is made of dark orange 1x2 bricks curved using plate hinges. The pearl-gold-colored decorative flourish on the front is even more clever - note the clever use of Sensei Wu's hat, as well as a pair of bars with side studs connected to a pair of elephant tails.

Friday, November 7, 2014

ComicBricks Art Show at DesignerCon 2014

Name of Model: Star Wars #1
Created by: Tommy Williamson
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Details: At this year's DesignerCon, there will be a Comic Bricks art show. The whole Comic Bricks Flickr Pool is worth checking out, but my personal favorite is this Star Wars cover. I always prefer a mosaic background when one can be done, and it's particularly effective in this case, allowing brick-built lettering to pop and the fiery effect around the Death Star to show up properly. Having the round sections of the Death Star itself be one stud out from the background makes it possible to use actual curved elements too, which really makes the roundness more obvious in a situation like this where parts of the "circle" are obscured. Then there are the characters - Luke's outfit comes across perfectly and there's no mistaking the plate hinge making an appearance as his nose.

As a sidenote, the builder of this particular model is Tommy Williamson of BrickNerd fame. Word on the street is that he's doing this model-blogging thing better than we are these days, but please, don't leave us, we still love you! It's alright - most of us LEGO bloggers actually get along in person (I'd show photos of our secretive cabal's last meeting, but what happens at BrickCon stays at BrickCon, and besides, no one looks good in photos of secretive cabals meeting in a basement under the cover of darkness), and longtime readers will remember I've raved about his builds before.

DesignerCon is at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California (USA) this Saturday, November 8th, from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, November 9th, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Tickets are $7 per day at the door.

Monday, November 3, 2014

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Round-Up

Name of Event: San Diego Comic Con International
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Details: It's been a little too long since I've rounded up an event I didn't personally attend. July's San Diego Comic Con International is an enormous event that attracts an unreasonable amount of media attention, so rather than try to find everything, I'll focus on grabbing the LEGO-related coverage. While there's still plenty of that out there, my understanding is that the event itself isn't conducive to the sort of in-depth LEGO photos I like to see. If you've got a highlight we missed, let us know in the comments or by sending us an e-mail.

IdleHandsBlog's Flickr photos (somehow, the blog these photos are tied to doesn't seem to have a dedicated post for LEGO coverage). MASSIVE LEGO STAR WARS 15TH ANNIVERSARY MINIFIGURE CASE – SPECIAL PREVIEW!

LEGO Connect App
LEGO Systems Unveils New Products, Experiences and Exclusives at San Diego Comic-Con
MTV Reveals 75084 Wookie Gunship, Rebels’ Chopper Statue
LEGO Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Statue to Debut at Comic Con
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man On Display
More Pictures of 79018 The Lonely Mountain Set
LEGO Smaug Statue Details
The Statues of The LEGO Booth
The LEGO Star Wars Minifigure Gallery
LEGO Batcycle Sculpture

Allen "Tormentalous" Tran at The Brick Fan was in attendance and covered the event (and the announcements leading up to it) rather thoroughly in real time. Here are some of the highlights:
POP! The Art of the Geek Exhibit at San Diego Comic Con 2014
San Diego Comic Con 2014 LEGO DC Comic Book Image
Full LEGO Booth Details at San Diego Comic Con 2014
The LEGO Movie Unikitty SDCC 2014 Exclusive Minifigure
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Panel at SDCC 2014
A Look at Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary Panel at SDCC 2014 (Note: this is about the documentary film and not related to our favorite YouTube channel)
The LEGO Movie Panel at SDCC 2014
San Diego Comic Con 2014 LEGO Recap
He also took the photo shown above and about 200 more great photos (on Flickr), including close-ups of the four exclusive minifigures he was able to acquire.

Rather impressively, LEGO and CREATACOR have put out official coverage of their presence at SDCC this year as well:
CREATACOR's Flickr photos
More of CREATACOR's Flickr photos
CREATACOR blog post
LEGO Press Release

We've previously rounded up coverage of LEGO events at SDCC in 2010.