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# Saturday, 07 August 2010

Aside from the work of the finalists of the local Hong Kong Lego competition, there were actually other very impressive Lego arts being displayed in this year's Ani-Com.

I had actually tried on the Lego Mah-jong idea before but was not able to complete it, obviously this is an excellent work that I can learn from! I wonder if it is feasible to come up with a Lego mahjong set that can be played with.

Saturday, 07 August 2010 00:10:27 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 04 August 2010

To be fair to Lego Hong Kong, their booth in Ani-com does provide values to some Hong Kong Lego players, but as an ordinary person (not a VIP of any kind), you would need to set the right expectations, and IMHO, the management is not really impressive in handling this event, I am quite curious on what they wish to achieve in setting up a booth in ani-com:

1. For Product selling - the hot items would go anyway regardless of what they do (they have a stock supply shortage issue and not demand issue), for slow moving items, I don't think they can sell many anyway, in general, whatever they can achieve in sales in these few days, I think they can achieve the same easily in many other channels

2. For customer satisfaction - By providing hard to get products, and also selling parts, this should make local Lego fans happy, but somehow there are many complaints on alleged lack of fair play in distributing hot items, no matter whether the accusations are true or not, obviously there are many unhappy customers, it is definitely a failure in event logistics and managing customer expectation

 

3. For Lego promotion - Well, I have once worked in a very large global company before and I played major role in running events and evangelism, for me, promoting brands and products would be a top priority, and the exhibition of top local competition entries is a right thing to do, which Lego Hong Kong did a great job, however, the way the booth was setup definitely was not able to maximize this effect, the Lego booth is very much like a castle, I guess more people can be influenced if the booth has an open area




Perhaps this can be a good way to setup an open booth to draw more people to appreciate Lego? A separate area for product selling and an open dedicated area for exhibition?

Anyway, one of the biggest thing in this anicom Lego booth were the local lego competitions that highlight important Hong Kong land marks, and here are some of the photos that I have taken:

寶蓮寺與天壇大佛
Giant Buddha / Po Lin Monastery / The Wisdom Path
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/outlying-giant-buddha.html

 

黄大仙祠
Wong Tai Sin Temple
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/kln-wongtaisin-temple.html

 

鴨寮街
Apliu Street
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/kln-fashion-apliu-street.html

 

李小龍像
Avenue of Stars (Statue of Bruce Lee)
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/kln-stars-avenue.html

 

大埔林村
Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees and Tin Hau Temple
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/nt-lamtsuen-wishing-trees.html

 


屏山文物徑
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/nt-pingshan-heritage-trail.html

 

 

香港鐵路博物館
Hong Kong Railway Museum
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/museum-hongkong-railway.html

 


長洲太平清醮
Cheung Chau Bun Festival
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/events/festival-cheung-chau-bun.html

Interesting to see Buzz competing for the buns!

 

香港體育館 (紅館)
Hong Kong Coliseum
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/hkc/

 

萬佛塔 - 萬佛寺
10 Thousands Buddhas Monastery
http://www.10kbuddhas.org

 

香港魅力之都
Hong Kong - A City of Charm
A mix of the best of Hong Kong


1881 Heritage
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/kln-1881.html

Great work and although I have preference on a number of them, I admire the skills and dedications of all these lego artists!

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 23:30:39 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 10 February 2010

A group of local Hong Kong Lego masters have organized an exhibition that is attractive for all ages! It is not very often that we can have such opportunity here, fortunately I was able to find time to visit, it is very different indeed to be there in front of the real thing, watching everything in one grand view.

The exhibition is until Feb 12 only (11:00a to 9:00p), so any lego fans who are currently in Hong Kong may want to check it out, the venue is within walking distance from MTR Kowloon Tong station.

Venue:
4th floor, Amenities Building,
City University of Hong Kong

Thanks to all the experts, including a friend from US, for giving us a chance to enjoy and learn more about Lego creations!

You may also check out the creations online at:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/bricksadventure2010/

Wednesday, 10 February 2010 22:16:46 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 06 September 2009

One of the real life category that people uses Lego Bricks to build is food, in the recent ani-com event, local Hong Kong lego experts also demonstrated their lego skills on this aspect, mostly delightful for me is the lego dim sum, as dim sum is my most favorite food over all, I am glad to have a chance to take photos for these impressive creations:


Lego Dim Sum!


Lego Cakes


Lego Sushi


Lego fish dishes


Lego Pizza


Lego seafood, a lobster in this case


Lego Steak and wine


Lego snacks (Hong Kong style egg pie)


Lego ice cream and desert

By the way, if you shall visit Hong Kong and like to know more about food in Hong Kong, feel free to check out my food blog at http://www.biginhongkong.com too!

Sunday, 06 September 2009 10:22:56 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 02 August 2009

There were recently some heated discussions in Hong Kong regarding the preservation of a traditional Chinese art - Yue Opera (粵劇) , Yue (粵) is the shorthand name for Guangdong, a southern province in China where Hong Kong originally belongs to (and Guangdong dialect is the local tongue here), the dialect, culture and life style of Guangdong is quite different from the northern part of China, such as those from Beijing, where they have the Beijing Opera (京劇). These opera usually depicts the stories of famous personalities in ancient history, and Yue Opera used to have a large number of fans here a few decades ago, but not any more.

I am not a fan of Yue Opera, in fact, I would switch TV channel when I saw it on TV (when I was a kid), but I strongly agree that such cultural art should be preserved, and this creation from Vincent Cheung (fvin) is truly astonishing! I am not surprised at all to see it featured in brothers-brick!

The work represents a character (with face mask made-up) and the decoration usually involved in a Chinese Opera show, the character is General Kwan (關羽), a famous personality from the Three Kingdom era (around A.D. 200), who is also a symbol of Loyalty and brotherhood in Chinese history, please note his famous weapon, which has a special crescent moon shape. General Kwan is popularly idolized as Master Kwan and served in many homes here in China, I believe that many police departments in Hong Kong also do that.

This creation is one of the 20 finalists in the Lego Hong Kong MOC Competition, I believe that it should be in top 3, and is a true champion material, but I think the meaning of this work is more than Lego skills, I deeply appreciate that Vincent choose this topic, which is both challenging, and helpful for the young generation to understand a shining page of Chinese art.

And I think this creation also proves again the feasibility of a Lego Chinese Theme, looking forward to see more exciting work like this from fellow Lego players in Hong Kong.

Sunday, 02 August 2009 10:28:49 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 31 July 2009

At today's Ani-Com, the Lego booth has two great display sections, one is the Starwars creations section, the other is the display area for the 20 finalists of the Local MOC Competitions!

It is really great to see so many impressive creations by local Lego masters in one place, so here I am sharing my snapshots of these great works:

I wish I can take pictures with much better quality, but the venue was quite small and I did not want to block the passage, I believe that the owners themselves should have better photos of their own work, and you may easily come across them somewhere somehow.

There are a few creations that I especially appreciate, and some of them exhibits the oriental cultures and are the kind of work that most people in Europe and US rarely sees, I'll try to elaborate on a few of them in the next few days.

Friday, 31 July 2009 22:50:20 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

Although it does not sound like the perfect venue for Lego to host a booth, but the biggest annual event of Lego Hong Kong here in this city is at the Ani-Com! (http://www.ani-com.hk/front.htm). Ironically, despite their intention to make Lego fans happy (and having big sales at the same time), they got criticized every year.

It was a long and difficult day of Lego purchase, I am not crazy enough to queue up 5 days before the event starts (someone did here, but not for buying Lego I think), I arrived 15 minutes before the event started, and arrived at the Lego booth 45 minutes later, this was already fast compared to last year, thanks to the rennovation at the Convention Center which makes the flow smoother. But at the Lego booth, the queuing time was still the same as last year, it was another over 45 minutes wait.

I did not make much purchase (I got only a Pirate Battle Pack and Pirate Tic Tac Toe), my main purpose was to buy parts, and it took them 4 hours before I can pick them up, their estimation was 2.5 hours - and for that, I almost skipped lunch. Not to blame the local Lego Staffs, I think they are good tempered and works hard, but it was really too difficult for them to manage. Lego Hong Kong have improved this year, but obviously still not enough.

I once worked for the Hong Kong Subsidiary of a US Company (much bigger than Lego) and took care of the product evangelism of certain product/customer segment, it was always not easy to please everyone, but measurements are measurements, not only that you have to please a lot of people, you are not supposed to make one customer mad, so how to manage customer expectations would be key, I think Lego Hong Kong suffers because they did not handle this aspect well, plus the ineffective flow and insufficient backend support, no wonder there are angry voices.

But don't get me wrong, I was not unhappy at all, as I have been in their places and understand what's going on, I just calmly accept that, and after all, I got the parts I need, and Lego Hong Kong did a great job by getting these parts to Hong Kong, so even if I have to wait for hours, I got them at a reasonable price without paying high shipment costs to overseas sellers. What makes me sad is that my favorite hobby product provider was not able to be the best in making the fans happy, while there sure can be ways to do so.


A small brick-wall (samples), not comparable at all to what I saw in US Lego Store, but better than none.


A narrow Passage with buyers


The product item in the name of the poor general was simply left unattended

I look forward to Lego Hong Kong doing a better job next year, no worries, a true Lego fan should always be forgiving, though most people in Hong Kong usually aren't...

But there are also some super stuffs that is available at Lego Booth today!! See my next blog....

Friday, 31 July 2009 22:23:05 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)