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 Some more pictures:

Saturday, October 1, 2011