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

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!!!

What I wanted

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Browsing through the archive, I found sets that I wanted so badly, that I have keep flipping through the catalog inserts, fantasizing of owning. Of course, there were non-stop nagging…

I have always wanted a service station. I called it “gas station” then. I really wanted the tubes and the accessories from the set.

6371 Service Station (1983)
LEGO 6371 (1983)

6378 Service Station (1986)
LEGO 6378 (1986)

6394 Metro Park & Service Tower (1988)
LEGO 6394 (1988)

6990 Monorail Transport System (1987)
I was hoping to get this monorail system so that I could build a roller coaster. I would imagine building my roller coaster when I was flipping through the catalog (again and again) during bedtime.
LEGO 6990 (1987)

6399 Airport Shuttle (1991)
And the airport shuttle too… same idea.
LEGO 6399 (1991)

6374 Holiday Home (1983)
I wanted this set because I wanted the mailbox and the awning so badly.
LEGO 6374 (1983)

And the train sets. All of them. I couldn’t get any of them them because I was in my teenage years. My mom just wouldn’t get me any more of the city sets, she thought I was too old for them. She had no problem getting me Technics, but I still wanted to build cities and houses… so no train set for me until I was making money for myself later on.

My 3rd LEGO wave

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Recently the LEGO brick celebrates its 50th anniversary and released a revised Town Plan set featuring 3 golden bricks. That, unsurprisingly, has ignited my 3rd wave of LEGO Googling and buying… (1st wave was when I was a kid, 2nd wave was when Mindstorm came out… that’s when I owned my first LEGO train set, believe it or not).

Anyway, I found the LUGNET user group, and they remind me some much of those good old times I’ve had, and those endless nagging of my parents to buy, buy, buy…

733 Universal Building Set (1979)
A set I distinctively remember that I have first owned. I had no clue if there were others before this, but this I remember so well. There were many nights mom would build this set together with me. I wasn’t very smart then to build the models following the exact instructions.
LEGO 733 (1979)

6080 King’s Castle (1984)
Apparently this has been a really popular castle set. It can open up and transform. I never really understood how to build it then. I’ve always loved loved the horses and the knights. Again, I remember that my mom helped me so much building it.
LEGO 6080 (1984)

6680 Ambulance (1981)
My parents might have bought this at a store near my school one day as a treat after a school day. I’ve always loved used the pieces from this set, especially the doctor and nurse little people…
LEGO 6680 (1981)

I have never really owned a real space or pirate set. I had some space pieces and models, but never an major space station set. I was never a space and pirate guy, but I was definitely a LEGOLAND guy. I would build cities and houses with rooms and amenities. I am still fascinated by LEGO towns.

Then it was Technics period when I was a teenager. Somehow, mom had some connection with distribution and could get LEGO sets at a discounted price. Lucky me, she bought me A LOT. A LOT. She got me the educational sets that were not sold in stores, as well as weird catalogs for schools. That was definitely the height of my LEGO-time.

8889 Technic Idea Book (1984)
This Technic Idea Book really made me want more, and it was a constant frustration that I couldn’t build the models they show, because I didn’t have enough parts. I suppose that was really a marketing tool…
LEGO 8889 (1984)