Archive for the 'Toys' Category

Pop-up Kinkaku-ji in LEGO

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

This is a completely insane model. I am wordless.

“レゴで世界遺産の金閣寺を作りました。飛び出る絵本の様に飛び出します。 ”

Via The Brothers Brick

LEGO kitchen helpers

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Lego Kitchen Crafts

The wait is over!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I have mentioned over and over again, that it was my beloved cameras and lenses I missed the most after the fire a few years ago. I’ve lost my first SLR: Canon 100QD (which was broken at the time), and the Canon 20D.

Since then, I haven’t, and couldn’t get my hands on another DSLR, such as the recent 40D. Emotionally, the experience was so traumatic; and financially, it’s just not easy to get started on photography again. With the body and all the lenses and accessories I want, it’s going to be a huge investment again from scratch.

I almost got the 40D over the summer, but I thought I should wait, thinking that perhaps the next one would come out soon (it’s been a year already). And sure it is, Canon announced the new 15 mega-pixels 50D today, shortly after rumors popping up on the Web.

Looking at the specs, the $400 price difference is definitely worth the upgrade. So 50D it is, I am going to take the dive this time. Perhaps I should start getting the accessories now…

The menu:

Lens: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO [$400]. My 2 top priorities for my first multi-use lens: wide angle and macro. So Canon’s EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is out. The Sigma not only has macro, but also lighter and a larger aperture. And it’s cheaper too, as usual. I’m always impartial to Sigma’s lenses.

Flash: Canon’s Speedlite 430EX [$240], which will be replaced by a new version, the 430EX II, soon.

Memory: A brand-new UDMA-compliant CF card [4GB; $90] that has a read/write speed of at least 45MB/sec! And a firewire-enabled reader [$60] for the UDMA CF card.

And a hand grip [$19.50]! I can’t use an SLR without a hand grip!

That should be it for now. Ka-chink… the grand total is $2,210.

Hmm, told you it wasn’t cheap.

Café Corner

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

I have finally decided what to give myself for birthday present… A Lego set! Again! For this grown up! Since getting the 50th anniversary Town Plan a few months earlier, I have been wanting to own the entire line of the realistic buildings. From left to right, Café Corner, Green Grocer and Market Street. Among all 3, I want the Café Corner to start with, because it’s slightly older and I want to get it while it lasts!

Lego porn

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Gizmodo has been posting a series called Gizmodo goes to Lego, by jesusdiaz who reports from Billund, Denmark — where each and every pieces of Lego is produced.

A couple of days ago, he showed us a tour of Lego’s secret vault that holds all the sets (never opened) ever made and sold, which apparently is for copyright purposes. Heaven!

Today there is a super-long QA session, some highlights:

1. On why Lego is producing so much more specialized pieces or “cheater” bricks now:

…in fact, the piece count has been reduced drastically and there’s a move back to roots in Lego, not only for creativity but to save money. Lego went from 12,000 different pieces to 6,800 in the last few years—a number that includes the color variations.

Sometimes larger bricks are used to help kids ease into building and help them complete the model faster so that they can get to the play experience. We have learned that there are many different types of builders out there – some are all about the building experience, but some are about the play experience. We try to balance our portfolio to appeal to both groups.

2. New train sets will be on sale in 2009.

3. Lego never made gun-like elements because they have a “no gun policy” for realistic or military play scenarios.

4. The plastic used to make Lego is almost the exact same plastic used 20 years ago, despite slight changes to the mix.

5. Over 1 million Mindstorms sets were sold globally, making it the best-selling set ever.

6. Standard pieces are called bricks. Flat ones that have studs are plates, the ones without are tiles.

Lego never grows old!!!

I want this rabbit

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Petit Lapin
This is super cute. Following the link to see more pictures. By the way “Petit Lapin” is the French for Little Rabbit, how perfect…