Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Woody: "Look, Jessie, I found the perfect ornament to put on the tree!"
Buzz: "Very funny, Woody."
Toy Story Christmas by Okayaraman.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jedi Mickey

Tommy Williamson's Jedi Mickey is currently on display at the LEGO store in Costa Mesa, CA. If you're doing some last minute shopping, be sure to check it out.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I seriously doubt he's getting this kind of mileage

The Pizza Planet Truck (here by Rick_3691) plays a role in all three Toy Story movies. In 1 Woody and Buzz hitch a ride to get to Pizza Planet where they hope to catch up with Andy after being left at the gas station. In 2 the gang borrows the truck to chase Al to the airport to save Woody. In 3 we see the truck in flashback, as Lotso and friends are riding on the bumper before they come to Sunnyside. What you may or may not know is that the truck also has little cameos in most of the other Pixar films. For instance, when the house takes off in Up we see the truck on the city street as the house flies by, or at the end of Monsters Inc. we see the silhouette of the truck parked outside the trailer where Randall is banished. The truck only doesn't show up in the Incredibles, which seems odd, since there's a lot of running around the city, and the truck could have easily been hidden in a street scene. My thought is that there was a conscious decision in making the Incredibles to get away from some of these Pixar inside jokes. For instance, my understanding is that John Ratzinger was almost left out of the Incredibles, and was only added at the last minute.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The sky is falling!

I'm a little embarrassed. For some reason I had it in my head that Chicken Little was a DreamWorks film, and so, since I've tried to be a stickler about following my own rules, I initially passed over Dave and John Xandegar's (BriXwerX) great sculpture of Chicken Little and Kirby.

Friday, December 2, 2011

RC

Nathan Proudlove made this great version of RC. It's built on an old LEGO remote control car chassis, so it even runs. You can recreate the climactic sequence from Toy Story.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Disneyland "sets"

Sorry to get your hopes up, these are not real. About 9 years ago, Suzanne Rich posted some faked versions of Disneyland sets, including the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Swiss Family Rob... er, no ... Tarzan's Treehouse. These were not by her, so I can't give proper credit to the builder.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Black Hole

I just realized I had no MOCs listed from the 1970's movies, which, let's face it, was kind of a low point for Disney. I suppose I do have Pooh MOCs here, but do those could be connected to any of a great number of Disney products. Anyway, that prompted me to go looking. I wonder how many people remember the Black Hole. It's not one of the Disney classics that people come back to again and again, but it was fairly groundbreaking. They came up with several technological advances in filming (in part because they were unable to use Lucas' systems, so they invented their own), they used the longest computer animated sequence in film to this date, and this was also the first PG Disney movie (later leading to Touchstone etc). Mike Crowley made a great version of Vincent and Maximillian.



BTW, I think this raises a challenge for DisneyBricks fans: We need some Apple Dumpling Gang MOCs! Or LEGO renditions of the Cat from Outer Space! Or ... Okay, I guess I see why we don't have many 70's Disney MOCs. (C'mon, though, their version of Robin Hood was great fun and could make a good sculpture.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Toys R Us build

I wasn't able to get to Toys R Us this weekend (plus I was concerned that they wouldn't let my son build since he is younger than the posted age range), but Ace from FBTB did. It sounds like it was a cool opportunity but chaotic and with varied experiences at different stores.

Friday, October 14, 2011

2012 Cars sets

I found this via BrickHeroes, but now I see that FBTB has it as well. Australian toy seller Hobbyco has listed upcoming LEGO sets that you can pre-order.

LEG9479 Brand Cars - Ivan Mater PRE-ORDER $12.95 -
LEG9480 Brand Cars - Finn McMissile PRE-ORDER $12.95 -
LEG9481 Brand Cars - Jeff Gorvette PRE-ORDER $12.95 -
LEG9483 Brand Cars - Agent Mater.S Escape PRE-ORDER $24.95 -
LEG9484 Brand Cars - Red's Water Rescue PRE-ORDER $34.95 -
LEG9485 Brand Cars - Ultimate Race Set PRE-ORDER $49.95 - v
LEG9486 Brand Cars - Oil Rig Escape PRE-ORDER $79.95 -

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rod 'Torque' Redline

This event appears to be happening at US Toys R Us stores this Saturday. You (probably limited to kids) can build Rod 'Torque' Redline and you get to keep it for free.

Under the Sea!

DATAFX7 made this great mosaic of Ariel and Sebastian.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Set 4164, Mickey's Fire Engine

Back in the year 2000 LEGO had a short-lived (6 sets) Mickey Mouse theme. The cheapest set in the list (at US$10) was 4164, Mickey's Fire Engine. At 26 pieces this was a simple build, but very appropriate for the age range (4-9) years who, at around 4, would be making the transition from Duplo to System (these are System). The Fireman Mickey fig is cute and easy for little hands to grab since it is larger than a normal minifig. Also, since it is all one piece, younger kids won't swallow parts. Of course the flip side for the AFOL is that you can't easily swap out the head or otherwise use the parts.



Buy it on BrickLink. See the inventory on Peeron and the instructions at lego.com. Some more pictures:





Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SCATT

Okayaraman came up with the SCATT, the Star Command Armed Troop Transport for Buzz and his colleagues. This is great - I'd love to see others expand on Buzz's universe.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Disney Villain Contest

Finally, the Best Diorama winner, and IMO the overall coolest creation in the 2002 Disney Villain Contest, was Joe Meno's Night on Bald Mountain.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Disney Villain Contest

Joe Meno's Ursula won the Best Minifig Custom category of the 2002 Disney Villain Contest.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Disney Villain Contest

And my broom won the Creative Use of Existing Bricks category of the 2002 Disney Villain Contest.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Disney Villain Contest

My own Captain Hook was the runner up in the Most Creative use of Existing Bricks category of the 2002 Disney Villain Contest.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Disney Contest

Continuing on from the Disney Villains Contest from 2002, the Best Use of Painted Elements category was won by Nick Goetz's Evil Queen from Snow White. Sadly, that's the best picture I could find, so let's also this Cinderella Castle. I found in his photostream. It seems this was built outside the LEGO store in Downtown Disney (Anaheim? Orlando?) in 1997.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Disney Villain Contest

Way back when (as in 2002), there was a Disney Villain Contest on Lugnet. Austin Surge was runner-up in the painted elements category with his Captain Hook.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011