Wall-E has been a fan favorite on Ideas almost from the beginning. The little robot from Pixar just goes so darn well with LEGO.
Wall-E campaigns have taken several setbacks in the past but with MacLane (Pixar veteran AND creator of the Cubedude) we finally have a Wall-E rocketing to the 10k mark.
If you have not stopped by MacLane's Wall-E campaign in a while, make sure to do so. The updates
to the robot's eyes really bring out the emotion in the little guy's face and really demonstrates how each brick matters.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Pick of the WeekWallace & Gromit Brickfigures
I kept waffling between this project and the Moon Landing. In the end, I thought this idea was more creative and overlooked. Any fan of Wallace and Gromit will instantly recognize this build. I am impressed by how accurately the characters have been recreated. Well done sir!
Moon Landing-Apollo 11
The Moon Landing is one of those special projects that really makes me wonder why Lego has not made it yet. LEGO's bread and butter is a figure or two and a vehicle and a sizable chunk of those sets are space themed, and a lot of the space ones are actually NASA themed.
So yeah. This is one of those projects concepts that I assume will get to 10k eventually and then get produced. I was very sad when Suzuki left Ideas and took his Lunar Lander with them as I felt it was a great model.
This lander is a great and worthy model. It is perhaps missing a bit of polish that I have seen in others but that is more than made up for in this excellent presentation. The grey blanket makes for an excellent lunar surface and the flair on the helmet is spectacular. I do wish there were a few stars Photoshopped in and perhaps an image of Earth in the distance, but all in all an excellent shot and one that will certainly bring in supporters.
War of the Worlds Martian Tripod
Wow! Now that is some difficult building. For some reason FOLs love Tripods but this is the first I have seen to use the tail element and to such rewarding effect!
TMNT Party Wagon
I often contemplate recreating toys from my childhood in LEGO. This his exactly how I remember the TMNT Party Wagon of yore! Wow, just, wow!
This build has a lot of character.
Operation: Steam Knight (OSK140718) - Vladamire /
Pittstop has a TON of creative mecha on Ideas, each with its own theme and character. I really like how this vampire themed mecha has the vampire's coffin on its back.
Metal Slug SV-001 (being decommissioned)
A successful recreation of a memorable video game vehicle.
Not a big boxing fan but I have to respect the quality of the build here. I really like the full breadth of content. Great use of the Fabuland chairs.
BeeBot - The Honey Detecting Robot
I love JanYap's creativity. You never know what to expect. On top of that the projects always showcase great building skill and great presentation.
These are very well done. I especially like the details to co into the cup part.
I especially include this project because I love it when people do something creative within the platform, like when AndrewClark2 used a stack of images to create a single large one. Clark's method is not viable anymore in the Ideas format, but Andrijan94 has created a mosaic of images using an array of tiny images. It is pretty spectacular.
The only problem is that is someone is looking at it in a smaller browser or on a cell phone, it breaks down the organization of images.
Knight's Golfing Club
This is just a fun idea.
NotablesLOTR - Rivendell Part 5
It is basically a hallway, with generic figures. Yes, an extremely pretty walkway. It also does not appear to be constructed to separate to assist in placing figures. This obviously is not critical, but you want to sell a set using every angle you can and playability is one of them.
This project does counter the difficulty of reading the image by adding the "Blackest Night" logo, but poorly places it so it becomes cropped.
The worst video is still better at describing how a dynamic build works than the best description.
Here is a tutorial I have written up for this.
Everyone loves Benny. LEGO love Benny. Benny is doing just fine.
LEGO is either working on a new line of Benny stuff OR they are not going to until the next movie. The Movie is a gold mine for LEGO and they are currently thinking long and hard about the best ways to monetize it well into the future.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Extra fun bonus, 1997 was a Nautical theme year, so a big chunk of the elements are aquatic themed. The full story can be found here.
LEGO Ideas Digest introducedThis week, LEGO started sending out the Digest. It is a computer generated email that you can opt in to that gives updates on LEGO Idea activities. I have not received enough to really establish any patterns of content, but it does include the support increases of projects the recipient has submitted, links to comments on those projects, links to additions of followers, and what appears to be a few other, random tidbits. Give it a try.
Pick of the WeekTropical Beach Hut
Miro has a fun, beautiful, and attractive build here. It has enough greenery to look organic and real without going overboard.
There is a well established narrative to the build build that leverages many specialized elements: birds, crabs, sea shells, clams, ship wheels, leaves, etc...I especially like the ores used for the rails and the sign. I do think using two ship wheels for decoration in a single build is overdoing it a little though.
When thinking critically about the build (which I try to do with any "pick of the week") I do have to wonder about the scooter. The tan plates on the ground clearing give the impression of a sandy beach. I can't claim to have personal experiences with beches and scooters, but I can't image taking a scooter to the beach, a Three or Four wheeler sure, but not a Vespa. This is a small point of course, but it sticks out to me.
Winnie the Pooh Brickfigures
I really appreciate how many variations in depth the heads of these characters have. Eeyore is extremely well done. I really like the fins used as ears. The unikitty tail for honey is pretty clever too.
NotablesModular Police Station
by fredfunkeKickstarter has proved that fans of SoMI's creators are active, numerous, and willing to put money out to get a product.
If you have a serious project, you need to present it as impressive as possible. Rendering can be done for free and many will volunteer their time to help you out.
Friday, July 18, 2014
What we don't have yet is an official picture. So there is a lot of speculation on the size of the build.
Well, I am pretty sure we do have a bit of a teaser that has been out for a while.
This awesome "poster" came out a while ago and it seems pretty official, or an amazing forgery of legitimate. In it you can see Batman is in front on a 60's era Batmobile and from the image it appears to be an 8 wide.
Just rumor mongering but hey, it's fun to play with rumors when we get them.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
NewsWow, well, I am back again. I have been quite busy but I am finally getting my feet back under me. Among the many things I have been working on has been updating my codes on this site to be compatible with the changes that have taken place in the Cuusoo to Ideas transition. I do believe they are about 75% complete.
In some ways the codes are better, in others not quite as accurate, but hey, that's life. If you see something "weird" going on on one of my pages, please send me note and I will see about stamping it out.
- The daily support page does take a long time to load, and I need to fix that.
- Rate to 10k page won't work for another week or two. It needs to collect more data from Idea before the equations have enough data.
- The Rate Sort is still my favorite of my custom pages. It organizes the projects based on their lifetime support vs age. This shows you the projects that are performing the best and also shows you popular new projects as well as they tend to get a lot of support in the first few days. The question is, will they keep up the pace?
Joining the Brick Journal StaffI have been added to the staff of Brick Journal as the "LEGO Ideas Correspondent." I did have one article in issue #29 about the Doctor Who project I did with Jared Burks but starting with issue #30 I will have regular articles. The format is subject to change but currently the concept is that I will write one brief article about a cool project and one article about project creation and promotion.
Brick FiestaBrick Fiesta San Antonio 2014 came to a close two weeks ago. Much fun was had by all and I will share more on that later. The new fun is that we at TexLUG move Brick Fiesta around each year and the voting attendees picked Austin for 2015.
On top of that, I, along with Will Horner and Will Heron will be the Co-Chairs. It is an interesting concept. Each year we have a new set of people orchestrating the whole production. I look forward to the challenge but if anyone out there has suggestions for what they want to see in a LEGO convention, please drop me a line.
I am very interested to discover what we come up with.
Personal Projects.Doctor Strange and the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Darthky and I continue our series of Themed Modulars with the Sanctum Sanctorum. I am very pleased with how me managed to pull of the central window which is critical feature of the structure.
On the second floor we took a more whimsical approach by having a laid back living room/kitchen area. The first floor we reserved for Doctor Strange's study. Darthky kept this one much simpler than our previous projects, avoiding the unfolding aspect we added to Wayne Manor and X-mansion.
Joe Meno, the editor of Brick Journal, and I have teamed up to create an Ideas project themed on his popular Olaf build based on the character from Frozen. Joe updated the design a bit to utilize the new Mixel joints for more twig like arms but the build is otherwise unchanged.
All proceeds we might receive from this project will go to the FIRST LEGO League.
A Few Interesting IdeasI have decided to go ahead and write one massive post to cover all the projects I think have been noteworthy since the transition to Ideas. A note on order, all project are sorted in their category (Pick, Honorable Mention, Notable) according to their support level at the time the article was started.
Pick of the WeekNormally I try to keep the Pick of the Week down to one, maybe two if I can't decide, but since I have been on hiatus for so long, I decided to list several projects that really stand out.
RAKRONDEWL has provided a model that is quite engaging. I love that it expands upward. I know that this cuts down on its practicality but it certainly adds character.
Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child
Extremely well done visuals, great custom figs. All in all an excellent send up of the First Doctor.
Spaceballs - Eagle 5
Ah Space Balls. The Classic Sci-fi spoof film by the epic Mel Brooks. This is an awesome recreation of Eagle 5. I think this project would have been very well served by including an Indiana Jones figures, sans fedora of course for the Lone Star character. Remember, people LOVE minifigs.
Stake-Out Steak Delivery Surveillance Van
JanYap is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers on Ideas. They create intriguing, fully actualized projects with a humorous bent to them. On top of that they put effort into the quality of the presentation.
This one actually made me chortle when I saw it. I am a sucker for good pun.
Kung Fu Teahouse
I know that Ninjago is taking up the "theme-space" of "Martial Arts" centric sets right now but I really like the concept and, for the most part, the execution of this idea. I would like to see integrated action elements somehow implemented though that could really bring the "kung fu" to life.
Honorable MentionsThe Honorable Mentions are projects that were not quite as good as the "Pick of the Week" but deserve strong recognition.
This is a stunning piece of work. Truly astounding. I applaud the detail and effort involved.
This project is one of he rare examples, like the Sandcrawler, where the model is so extreme that in many of the images "muggles" would not even recognize them as LEGO builds.
I love the classic Hellicarrier, I love the Marvel Cinematic Hellicarrier. I considered MOCing it myself and maybe will some day.
I think it is awesome that Ysomt has shared their build on Ideas with us all, but, being honest I don't think it has very good chances of getting produced, at any scale. If LEGO was going to make a Hellicarrier, it would have been during the Avengers release. On top of that (SPOILERS) the Hellicarrier is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That being said, if LEGO does produce a Hellicarrier, I will be one of the first in line to pick one up.
I am always a fan of JWG258's work and this fine example carries on their tradition of fun, single pilot ships with great color and part usage.
Laser Guided Catapult-on-a-Truck
An awesome mash up of modern and medieval. This is well executed and looks like a really fun design to play with.
NotablesNotables are projects that I have something to say about, maybe good, maybe a suggestion for improvement.
Like most Modulars on Ideas though I think this one suffers form Inevitable discovery. Any building you might find in "every" downtown is likely already on LEGO's to do list.
There are a few elements of the building that serve critical to the Avengers movie but they can't be easily replicated in an architectural build.
Dynamic builds, much to my chagrin just don't move anywhere on Ideas though.
Just like the Star Wars planet series there is no reason for the figures to be to scale with the build.
It has inspired me to see the film again, it has been too long. The project is quite beautiful. The part where it looses me, personally, is that though I remember many scenes from Marry Poppins, I don't really recall the house very well.
I remember the adventures, and I remember, the bedroom scene with the spoonful song, and I remember a lot with the chimney. The chimney though is where the house splits.
I think Mary Poppins would be much better served by a small collection of settings rather than the whole house, but again, it has been long since I have viewed the film and only speak from my own opinion.
The photography on this one is top notch.
I can't help but feel that this project is an expansion of the Research Institute. It might not be the intent but it is my gut response. It is very well done, certainly, that is not in question. I just feel that the Research Institute is occupying this niche right now.
This build does a very good job reflecting the Mustang. I would however like to see the vent grille though I know that is a very tall order. A reference to the stripe on the side would be ideal as well.
Lamborghini Countach LP400
PrimeMerlinian has demonstrated a heroic effort of bringing the series "Merlin" to Ideas with no less than six projects on the theme.
PrimeMerlinian has done an excellent job of creating core project images that showcase the subject of the project and the minifigs.
They have also done a great job with this project in particular of balancing a display castle and a playset. Too many project creators would have made an entire castle and crammed the play content inside it.
LOTR - Rivendell Part 4Mickey Mouse and Friends Brickfigures
by Anduin1710Anduin1710 has a whole series of Rivendell builds. If that is your thing I suggest you check them out.
by TheMugbearerTheMugbearer has found an excellent way to pay homage to Exo-Force for the fans of the line.
JanYap's designs. Plus they have very clean projects
by ewald_77Ewald_77 has a very nice series of projects based on a licensed vehicle and a setting. Excellent photography and setup as well.
by Hajdekrwant the video to admire its construction. I will have to try out the trick Hajdekr used to get the wings on.