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Lego man helps a poor Sap

Lego man helps a poor Sap

A friendly Lego guy jumps secretly into action to help out a poor sap who has misplaced his keys.

I had a Saturday free once and decided I would try making a stop motion animated Lego video.  My plan was to mix live action and stop motion.  This is the second time I’ve tried this, but the first time in the era of digital cameras.  Using my digital camera really sped up the work on this little project.  A major take away from doing this little short was next time, I’ll film stop motion at night using artificial light so that the sun and clouds do not interfere with the lighting for ever frame.  Some thing you might not figure out by watching is how I got the car to do jumps.  I actually rigged up a pole over head and used fishing line to dangle the car.  It would turn a little, so I would sit poised at the camera until the moment the car was facing the exact direction I wanted.

Another little detail was how I filmed this alone when my wife was out of town.  When she came home, I had her go upstairs, and filmed her lines using the camera down stairs to get the audio to sound right.

I know the whole video is a little rough, but I think it came out fairly well.

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Glorious 2ft Lego Big Ben Announced – Set 10253 Expert

Glorious 2ft Lego Big Ben Announced – Set 10253 Expert

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Lego has announced that they are producing a fantastically detailed Big Ben set.  Clocking in with 4163 parts and a US price of ~$250, this set comes in with a triumphantly low price per part of ~$0.06 Cents per part!  The video and released photos give you some great views of the exterior and of the few functions of the tower.  The most notable function appears to be that turning a dial causes the clock faces to turn their hands.  There is no gearing between the little and big hand of course, they move as a cluster.  The Building attached to the tower is adorned with detail but no mention or photos of what’s going on inside.

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Minifigure Series 16

Minifigure Series 16

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Collectable Minifigure Series 16 has had a good deal of buzz and what can be gleaned from the few available photos, its all for good reason. First off, the costume character count in most series is normally 1, where this set has arguably 3 costumed characters.  The star of the show is usually whatever costume is most garish and here we have the delightful banana suite guy.

  • Banana Suit Guy –   A Lego Banana suit at this point is nearly obligatory.  In fact, many Lego fans including one of my friends has attempted to make some custom banana suits for their figs.  And after the HotDog suit came out, it was all just a matter of time.
  • Penguin Suit – The second costume figure which graciously can be added to the previous Animal Costumes list will help anyone’s Zoo display or Animal parade.

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POLL – Lego Ideas 2016 1st Review

POLL – Lego Ideas 2016 1st Review

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Do any of these ideas stand a chance?  

Which do you think are going to make it through?  The official announcement won’t be until September 2016 or so, so there is plenty of time to ponder.  Select your top 2 from the poll:

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Lego Ideas 3rd 2015 Review – Who will Win?! [POLL]

Lego Ideas 3rd 2015 Review – Who will Win?! [POLL]

Nine go in, how many will come out?  The 2015 3rd Review period is near a close so the question on thousands of supporters and at least 9 designers minds is which ideas will make it to actual production.  All of these have something going against them and some things in their possible favor.  Select the two that you think have the best chance:

I can’t say that I know who is going to make it through to production, but here are a few thoughts on each submission:

  • Jurassic Park Car – JP is a current lego theme and they do have plenty of sets, but mostly from the newer movie.  This car is neat, but almost seems like the designer was factoring the success of other Ideas Movie Car sets such as Ghostbusters and Back to the Future.

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Disney: Collectible Minifigures Series – Review

Disney: Collectible Minifigures Series – Review

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For most of the Lego Collectible Minifigure Series, I’ve been able to select a few must have figures from each series and leave the others in the store.  It was a nice way to get my hands on the gems and not spend all my money.  For a normal series of 16 figures, 4$ each adds up to the unfortunate total price of 64$.  Now for the Disney series, you are at extra risk since there are 18 figures in the series which ends up being 72$.  Now here is the tricky part, attempt to not want them all.  Lets review each figure:

  • Those that come in pairs:
    • Mickey and Minnie 
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      Source: Wikipedia

      – these two came out pretty good.  The bodies seem flat when you consider how bulbous the heads are.  I really like Minnie’s skirt piece but have learned that since it is rigid, you can’t squeeze here into as many places.  The skirt also prevents a minifigure that is wearing it from sitting down.  So Minnie is forced to stand.  Where Minnie comes complete with a bow and skirt, Mickey has zero add on or accessories.  He could have at least come with a paint brush maybe?  Finally, some figures in this series came with tails such as the ducks and the cat…but not these mice.  And being that the mice are pivotal characters, I would have thought they could have done a nice thin rubber tail insert….missed opportunity for greatness.

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BB-8 Gets noticed at Home

BB-8 Gets noticed at Home

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Beyond the 10000 supporters over at Lego Ideas, this little Lego Set hopeful has been spotted in a few fun places:

  • BB-8 was invited to hang out at the local Lego Re-sale shop in Plano: Brick & Minifigs for a small celebrity apearance.  For the few hours BB8 was on display, there was a constant stream of children and parents with dozens of questions.  One fellow came with his camera to record a brief interview for his youtube channel.
  • BB-8 was recently recognized by Texas Instruments, the employer of Rolling Lego BB-8 Co-Creator Mark Smiley.

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The Rolling Lego BB-8

The Rolling Lego BB-8

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This little Lego BB-8 is attempting to become a reality. Much like the Lego Dr. Who set, this Lego BB-8 is starting off as a grassroots movement on the Lego Idea submission system known as Lego ideas. If the little idea with big heart makes it to 10K supporters, Lego vows that they will review it for product potential. If you are hoping to get your hands on one then vote today at: Lego Ideas! This project has blown up with over 6000 supporters in about two weeks, but still has plenty more ground to cover so offer your support today!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

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The culmination of the 2015 Christmas Lego Advent calendar and a sweet BB-8 Minifig from the Poe’s X-Wing Set.

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R2 shot First

R2 shot First

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Perhaps after hearing so much press about the new droid in town, lovelable wise guy R2-D2 proves he has a limit.  This little Lego scene also includes a few other characters of note including an aged Solo and what might be an offspring of Greedo.

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