Posts by hillel:
- Like the Lego booth, the MegaBloks booth was cordoned off and by appointment only. I couldn’t bring myself to go in there. They did have a requisite statue made of MegaBloks out by the entrance. A big dragon. All the bricks looked cheap as usual. But even worse, they did some airbrush painting on the sculpture to give it some flair. Ugh.
- I saw the NanoBricks from Japan. (I’d seen them before at BrickCon.) I don’t know why they don’t elicit the same reaction as the MegaBloks do. They’re small and cute and adorable I guess. Notice the tiniest Taj Mahal ever. I took a shot of some loose brick so you could see what the bottoms look like.
- I couldn’t find the Hasbro booth to see their new Lego competitor. I don’t have some sort of religious loyalty to Lego. I am loyal because they put out great products. MegaBloks puts out garbage. Just the feel and look of the raw brick is crap. But after I saw this picture of one of the new KRE-O sets I was half bummed, half relieved at how bad it looks up close. Bummed because I think competition is good, and KRE-O isn’t in the same league as Lego from these early pics. Relieved as if it was good, I’d have to pick sides in the religious war that would ensue.
- OK. Enough about the wannabe competitors… onto the good stuff. Saw a cool Atlantis set. Lots of gold pieces as well as those striated column pieces from Diagon Alley. Rock!
- Nice splitting/sliding action on the Ninjago building.
- I was pleasantly surprised by the Alien Conquest theme. The nod to the vintage blue Space vehicles was cute. The boxes look gorgeous though the actual colors on the models aren’t as exciting. The sound and light bricks are way cool. SOUND BRICK!!!! (Can I upload my own MP3 into it???) But best of all were the tentacle bricks under the flying saucer. One piece made from one mold where half the piece was regular ABS Lego plastic, and the other half was this rubbery stuff that held onto the minifig as the beam of light sucked him in to no doubt receive his Lego anal probing. Ouch!
- I’m not that into the Lego board games though they seem fine and all. I took particular notice of Lego champions because of the healthy number of pink and purple 2×4 bricks.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean sets looked fantastic of course. Love those mermaids. And another light brick. Some of the sets feel like they could sit comfortably with the Medieval Market Village set.
- As for Star Wars… I don’t mean to be blasphemous, but I really feel like they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. Some of these ships… where are they from? Some of the novels? Knights of the Old Republic? Whatever. They did have the new Millenium Falcon. It does have an interior including some recognizable spots. But it could have used even more detail. What the hell do I know. The PR lady said it still sells like a motherfucker. (I may be paraphrasing… I don’t remember exactly.)
- The collectible minifigures weren’t there except for their cases. No news here. (BTW, the box for series 5 is teal, not blue despite what my shitty iPhone camera thinks.
Typically we don’t do a “holiday” card as such. And frankly, Chanukah is a third tier holiday and gets undue attention because it comes near Christmas every year. That said, We have the whole family appearing in a reproduction of our actual living room (complete with oriental rug, fireplace, etc.) where we will be lighting candles this year. Some details include presents, our three cats, all five family members, the menorah, the lit shamash (the candle you light the other candles with), soufganiot (jelly donuts – a holiday tradition), and a lit fire (thank you light brick). Enjoy!
I was fortunate enough to be invited back to Brickcon 2011 to give the keynote. The video of the talk was just posted on YouTube. Here it is (hopefully) for your enjoyment.
This is literally one of my own creations or rather that of me and my 8 year old daughter. We based our Boston Tea Party scene on the 1846 Lithograph by Nathaniel Currier. We built it for Brickcon.
Check out all the details here.
Every year at the beginning of October Seattle sees the advent of one of the biggest Lego conventions in the country. And each year lego hobbyists (like me) start working months in advance on their Lego creations to display at the convention. Enormous 7 foot spaceships with fully detailed interiors, moon monorail layouts, entire cities, castles, sculptures and more fill every bit of surface area. This year I decided that my Lego creations would be collaborations with each of my three children. My 10-year-old son Sivan and I decided to build a miniature Lego arcade cabinet. But what to do for the actual game? Instead of building a screen out of Lego we decided to use an iPad as the arcade monitor. And on that iPad we would have a game. A game made entirely of Lego. Not just for display, but actually playable. And then we decided that the game would be good enough to actually put up for sale in the app store. And thus Lila the Ladybug was born.
The characters on the top of the cabinet are the actual Lego we scanned in to make the characters in the game.
Clearly this was an insane idea, but once we started there was no stopping us. We started with the game. It was originally going to be Frogger, but with a ladybug. Cause… well… ladybugs are cute. But that turned out sucky. So we shifted gears and created something a touch more original. Sort of a Centipede/Kaboom combo starring our adorable ladybug… Lila. And while most ladybugs do eat aphids, some are veggie eating leaves and mushrooms and avoiding raindrops that can derail them from their munching progress. The game is targeted at little kids which is only fitting since a 10 year old did a bunch of the programming, designing, and building.
In case you were wondering… my collaboration with my 8 year-old daughter Bella was a reproduction of Nathaniel Currier’s 1846 lithograph of the Boston Tea Party. And my 5 year-old daughter Rakefet and I built a modular princess castle based on the Jonathan Coulton Song, The Princess Who Saved Herself. Maybe next year we’ll do some games based on those.
Hey all… I was told that I should post my talk at last year’s Brickcon. So here it is.
If you enjoyed that, Wayne was kind enough to invite me back to give the keynote speech tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:30. According to Wayne I’ll be talking about building a community.
I think ToyFair is a little like getting too much of anything good. After awhile it just all turns to shit. No… not another aisle of puzzles. Whatever, you don’t care about that. Here on BrickPOP it’s all about the Lego. So let’s get to it. I headed over to the Lego booth and wrangled an appointment as a member of the media. It was nice that the Lego folks have decided that bloggers count. Yay. Of course when I got there for my appointment the lady at the front desk told me I didn’t have one and tried to shoo me away. But eventually she let me in anyway. Rachel from the Lego PR agency was a sweetheart, informed, and unhurried even though it was the end of the day and everyone was tired.
I know pictures are circulating already so i’m not telling you much you haven’t heard. Here are the highlights that made an impression on me (corresponding pictures are below in the gallery):
Most importantly however is the picture that I couldn’t take. the Cars 2 Lego. This is what I’m saving up for. Mainly because of the colors. There are two sets with small models of all the Cars characters. In terms of scale, the cars themselves aren’t much bigger than Hot Wheels. Pretty small. But the colors were fantastic. Sand green and some other goodness. But the best was what looked like two new colors to me. One looked like Magenta on from the BrickWiki color chart. But the other was a sort of 1950′s kitchen appliance sky blue. The closest thing I saw on the color chat was Bright Light Blue but that didn’t do it justice. The last image in the gallery below (of the chair) is the closest approximation I can find (after investing 12 seconds in Google image search. I have a decent memory for color so I think this is pretty close.
Anyway, all in all a fun time checking out the new Lego goodness.
A word to the competition. I have no doubt you can take small bites out of Lego’s market share at the low end with pricey licenses, lower prices, lots of marketing, and sustained effort. But I believe the AFOLs are influential. And while there’s a degree of religiousness about them, the ones that I respect ultimately care about quality and creativity. To be fair to Hasbro, I haven’t seen KRE-O up close. But if the pictures that they published are any indication, you’re not even close on quality. And as for creativity, even the Lego PR lady was laughing that your Transformers don’t actually fucking transform. WTF!?!? (Again, I think I may be paraphrasing.)
So back on November 16th 2010 we here at Brickpop lucked into a treasure trove of Series 3 minifigs before basically anyone else on the planet. We bought a huge number of them cause we wanted them and are lucky enough that we had the Lego budget. While many AFOLs understood that we were just excited and sharing our good fortune, there was a vocal group that had an unbelievable number of shitty (and sometimes violent) things to say about us. There were complaints that we were showing off (we thought we were sharing, but ok). Complaints that we were going to sell them for a profit (not true). Complaints that I’m fat (I wouldn’t claim to be skinny). But mostly the complaints came down to us being ‘piggy’. Why couldn’t we leave minifigs for everyone else???
It’s over two months later and as best I can tell, anybody who wants can still get as many series 3 figs as they want. The Seattle Lego store still has them in stock (with unopened cases in the back of the store), and you can still get them online at shop.lego.com.
I’m sure the haters will always find a reason to hate, but I guess what I’m asking folks is this… can we establish now that TLG has decided to make enough figs so everyone can get as many as they want (no matter how many I decide to buy)? I’ll supply my answer to this question… yes.
So, attention haters: when I pig out on series 4 figs, you can still call me fat. But I believe you won’t be able to claim that there won’t be enough for you.
Now imagine that as you build that MOC for the next BrickCon or other event, you’ve got to not only build the models, but also do all the programming to bring it to life and make it interactive. You’re gonna need to quit your job.
Thanks to the folks at superspeelgoed we can start the salivating.
All the discussions about how many figs are the right number, what behavior is appropriate, should pretty much dissolve at this array of adorableness.
I have only one word to say. MOHAWK.
Courtesy of the kind folks at Hooked Gamers, we have this blurry shot of a slew of POTC figs.
I don’t see Davy Jones. I find that worrisome. Hmmm…
And yes, I know there was a pic before this, but that wasn’t of minifigures… it was of minifig.
UPDATE: As the commenters have pointed out. I’m a dumbass, and these are probably some random crap. My excitement got the best of me. Thank you commenters.