Check out this awesome sculpture by Xavier of Sailor Moon‘s titular character. A ton of nice parts usage from the SNOT (Studs Not On Top) technique in the head to the cheese slope mosaic in the base. Nicely done, Xavier! Continue reading Sailor Moon by Xavier→
BrickFair NJ 2014 took place for the first time near NYC in Somerset, NJ at the Garden State Convention Center. Although it’s a relatively smaller LEGO fan-built event, it still had a great turnout and was a great size for fun exhibitor camaraderie and a great start for our LUG BrickFair newbies (Bert, BG3D, Skaare42) and brand-new LUG members (Marco & John).
ILUGNY, a tri-state LEGO User Group club, turned out with a large table layout of a seamlessly integrated display with 2 trains and 2 monorails.
Check out this incredible MOC by Blake- the M:Tron Magnet Factory. It’s based on the LEGO M:Tron series from 1990-1993. He’s been working on it for a long time and giving us tiny previews here and there. Now we finally get to see it in all its glory.
We were wondering why he was always talking about needing red, tan, and old light gray.
Unfortunately, without the other half – there’s not a heck of a lot you can do with it. The pin is not a standard Technic pin, and there’s nothing “In System” that you can do with it. We handed out these bricks to anyone that would accept them at our March and April meetings… and only two people dared to MOC with it – with wildly different approaches. Read on to find out who attacked it head on, and who weaseled out…
Bill P and Rick visited the Westchester NY LEGO store and swapped out the Portal display for a Batman one.
The Laffco Building/ Joker’s Hideout will be on display through the month of September. It is it’s first public appearance since its debut at Brickfair Virginia back in August. It was completely rebuilt from the ground up and now features a loading bay and Harley Quinn’s delivery truck. Rounding out the display are Clayface (an old Rock Raiders rock monster), some Joker’s gang thugs, and Bane’s Tumbler and the Batpod from “the Dark Knight Rises.”
Also new is the prototype LUG Showcase Window base, which adds some height to displayed MOCS as well as prominently features the I LUG NY logo. The idea shows promise, and we’re likely going to build more of them to place in all of the local windows handled by the LUG.
This was a fun build: inspired by recent visits to antique shops, I LUG NY member Sid built this vintage-looking (and, sadly, non-functioning) typewriter, complete with 2×2 pearl gold round tile keytops, a platen comprising wheel hubs held together with a 32-long Technic axle, and typebars made from 1×12 trans-clear bars. It’ll be on display at the Rockefeller Center LEGO Store in Manhattan through October.
SOLDIER, TEACHER, AND BUILDER WITH LEGO BRICKS: Mike Bader has done all these things. Living on a quiet street in New City, Rockland County, Mike’s LEGO collection is a considerable one, with stacks of plastic containers, curio cabinets and various sorts of tables either containing or holding pieces, retail sets, MOCs or whatever the latest large-scale project is underway for I LUG NY. Besides running a BrickLink store, Mike also teaches brick building classes at nearby Brick U., co-owned by fellow I LUG NYers, and one of his pieces was recently selected for inclusion in world-renowned artist Nathan Sawaya’s Times Square art show.
Mike, a co-founder of I LUG NY, recently took time out from buying and sorting LEGO bricks to answer a few questions. (Interview by Sid Dinsay with answers edited for clarity and length.)
QUEENS RESIDENT VICTOR TYhas been at his Lego hobby since he was a young boy living in the Philippines. He’s lived in Africa, Asia, and traveled around the world before moving to New York City. After more than 20 years in the fashion industry, Victor enrolled in nursing school and now works as a radiation oncology nurse at a major New York City hospital. He is the father of two boys — one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder — and says he has been “an advocate for special education, especially for children and adults with autism.”
Victor’s creations are inspired both by his line of work and his other interests, including tennis. Like many AFOLs, he doesn’t have a favorite theme — “I love Lego, plain and simple” — and he delights in making creations from the selection of elements available on the Pick-A-Brick wall. He shares his love of the brick by bringing MOCs to his neighborhood Lego Store and now his two kids — as well as his brother and nephews — are Legomaniacs as well. Now, meet Victor — our Builder Of The Month! (Interview by Sid Dinsay)
SD: How did you get into Lego, and how long have you been building?
VT: I have loved LEGO since I was introduced to it at age 10, and have been building since whenever I got a hold of a set. Building close to 40 years. My sons Ben (9) and Nick (14) are avid LEGO builders, as are my brother and his two sons.
THIS MONTH, WE MEET CODY WELLS, one of the newest I LUG NY members, but who is certainly not new to LEGO. This 34-year-old Queens resident and dad has been collecting and building with the fabled toy brick since he was four years old, and his MOCs run the gamut from Ghostbusters to the WWE to – author’s personal bias here – Star Trek. Throw in some mosaics and historical scenes and you’ve got a true Lego fan in Cody, whose personal website, c3Brix.com, showcases works for our ILUGNY Builder Of The Month. (Interview by Sid Dinsay)
CW: I have two younger brothers named Charley and Casey, and my kids’ names are Colton and Cydney – so It just made sense to include the three “C’s” in my love for Lego.
SD: Judging by what you build — TMNT scenes and vehicles, WWE championship belts, and Starfleet ships, to name a few — it seems safe to say you have diverse interests. How do you decide which project to tackle?
CW: My motto when it comes to Lego in life is “rebuild your childhood.” I am actually not a big fan of Lego sets anymore – anyone can buy a set! I make my own sets. If I see something I think is cool, I automatically start designing it in my head in Lego. What I decide to build comes from many different avenues, just like it did when I was a kid. I loved Star Wars but Lego only had Space sets, so I would make what I wanted with the pieces that I had at the time.