Friday, April 29, 2011

Money Bin

Chris Deck has a tiny version of Uncle Scrooge's Money Bin. I think I can just see the tiny Beagle Boys sneaking up behind it.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

LEGO Imagination Center

The LEGO Imagination Center just outside of DisneyWorld recently went through a renovation to make their store design more Disney-centric, including this huge sculpture of Maleficent in dragon form (surely the best of the Disney villains).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dead Men tell no tales

If ye be brave or fool enough to face a pirates' curse, proceed...

That's what Davy Jones tells park visitors when they start their way through the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Set 5945, Pooh's picnic

I do intend to go back and look at other official LEGO sets based on Disney characters, but figured I should start with something current. I was actually kind of surprised to recently learn that there was a new line of three Duplo Pooh sets, including 5945, Pooh's picnic. I know that most AFOLs don't look at the Duplo aisle, but I've got a two-year old and a big pile of Duplo on my living room floor, but I haven't seen these in stores yet, so I assume they're pretty new (Brickset says they were released this year - two of the three are up on now).

Anyway, this is a redesign of the previous Duplo Pooh fig. I don't like the new one; it looks like he's gone on a diet and the legs on the new version seem out of proportion. They've also got a new printed bee brick in this new one (you can see the old bee brick below), and they've also redesigned the honey pot piece. This last is a good thing, IMO, as my son has a really hard time attaching and detaching the old honey pot piece. It would have been good to include a picnic blanket with this new set, as that was a nice cloth element in the earlier line. Bread is nice (hmm, the earlier line had cake - maybe now we know why he's thinner). I do like that the rest of the set is basic bricks. Not many, of course, but this is just a ten dollar set. I should note that in the other sets from this new run of Pooh they have also redesigned Piglet and Tigger to make them articulated - which is nice as the old versions were solid pieces. But more on other sets on another day.

BTW, a quick note on the tags below. I used the tag 'character'. Obviously, most of the MOCs I will feature will include some sort of character, but if that character is tied primarily to a particular movie, short, or TV program, I won't use this term. Instead I'll link them to that particular movie etc. For instance, the Steamboat Willie mosaic a couple of days ago was tagged with with 'animated', 'short' and '1920's'. OTOH, with something a sculpture of Mickey there is no specific tie-in (unless there is, like, say, Mickey in his outfit from the Sorcerer's Apprentice section of Fantasia). Pooh is like this - he's been in so many movies and TV episodes that you could hardly pin this to a particular one (not to mention, of course, the original books, but here I'm focused on the Disnified red-shirt-wearing fellow).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stuffed with fluff

Here's one for my wife. She collects Pooh, and a few years ago I made this mosaic for her.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Steamboat Willie

Of course there would be no Disney without Steamboat Willie, here in a mosaic by a GFLUG member, perhaps Michael Huffman.
Edit, May 10 - I think this may be by Brian Korte of Brickworkz.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


This one is for my daughter, as Up is her favorite movie. It's certainly one of mine as well - that first sequence where you see Carl and Ellie's life together, is pure art. Anyway, Angus MacLane is one of the fine folks at Pixar who brought us the film, and also a LEGO fan who brought us a sculpture of Carl Fredricksen.

Monday, April 11, 2011

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Finding a different kind of Nemo. Years ago, Joe Meno (no relation) made a great model of the Nautilus, from the Disney movie - or from the classic ride at the theme parks. Take your pick.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Finding Nemo

This one's for my son, as Finding Nemo is his favorite movie. Sean Kenney, LEGO sculptor extraordinaire, made great versions of Nemo and Marlin.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Alice in Wonderland

I guess I should start off with the MOCs that set off this little phase of my insanity. Recently there have been two great MOCs based on the classic Disney interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, one by Legohaulic and another by M-and-M.

I thought these were both awesome, but didn't really fit any of my blogs. I did bend the rules and post the second one on MinilandBricks, for which I got ribbed a bit, but it didn't sit exactly right with me. Add to that that I've always thought that Disney is such a rich set of source material for LEGO MOCs (and a few runs of official sets over the years) that it deserved its own blog. And so you get DisneyBricks. One word in advance - I'm going to focus on the things that I think of as Disney, which means classics and animated movies. So you're probably not going to see any Prince of Persia MOCs here, or things along those lines. Pixar, OTOH, is something I'll feature, even though my understanding is that Disney is involved pretty much on the marketing side. Oh well, I never claimed to be rigorously consistent.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Welcome to DisneyBricks

M-I-C. See ya real soon. K-E-Y. Why? Because I'm a masochist. :) This is the other niche blog that I've always thought someone should start, but I've also always promised to not start another blog. Since my recent redesign of my blogs, though, they're fairly easy to manage. Also, since I have small children, when I'm scanning through Brickshelf and Flickr, we often stop and look at Disney themed creations.

Anyway, rather than think of this as a separate blog, I more think of this as opening up a new section on my multi-section site. The idea here is to feature LEGO creations based on Disney (and Pixar) inspirations.