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# Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Just read about the happenings at the 2010 Toy Fair at New York, aside from the new Lego models, I found out that some lucky people got a White Boba Fett minifig along with a Star Wars collector's book for 2010.

You can check out the following Flickr album for a photo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47496150@N05/4360062182/

And there are also rich details at:
http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2010/02/16/cool-lego-toy-fair-swag/#more-3282

Wednesday, 17 February 2010 20:36:10 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 31 January 2010

I was very excited to see this impressive creation from Audi, who is a Taiwan based Lego artist. It proves again that Lego can be used to come up with Chinese style creations even if such theme does not exist yet. I know that it would take a bit of ingenuity and inspirations.

Source:
http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!LuDuPnudEgRGpkCiTWEs78Kf

Being able to pack so much details into a 32 X 32 space is truly impressive, this work depicts the garden of a noble family in Ching Dynasty, while the pool, bridge and the guards are all nicely crafted, the roof of the small pavilion (涼亭) is particularly interesting and requires special technique to achieve.

I would seriously suggest everyone to check out Audi's blog for more details, as well as his other wonderful creations.

Sunday, 31 January 2010 22:07:53 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 30 October 2009

I found a great photo by Flickr user legofenris showing two Lego Viking soldiers on a cold night watch, aside from the photographic skill and the nice mix of nature and Lego, which creates a very realistic sensation, what caught my attention is the only element in the photo that seems not to be as realistic as the rest.

It seems to me that the idea is great, just not sure how to create a minfig scale compatible fire though.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/legofenris/3995201932/

Friday, 30 October 2009 23:11:08 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 25 October 2009

May be you have seen a lot of elegant Lego built structures, but this creation is truly special! At least this is the first time I see something of this kind, this work is not about size or grandeur, but on ingenuity and skills, designing a Lego pop-up structure that can be folded into a box shape is simply astonishing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYlA3NV0rFA

And the youtube video is nicely done too!

Sunday, 25 October 2009 09:59:19 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 04 September 2009

I recently blogged about the nice review I found at Eurobricks on the Lego Pirates Chess set, and later I found out that the "hats" wore by the imperial soldiers in the Chess set is different from those from the Tic Tac Toe set, I am not good at western history and asked about this in Eurobricks, and a number of nice people shared very helpful information, please find the thread at http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=32695, I think a good understanding on this "hats" history can help us to recreate accurate historical scenes on Lego.

Friday, 04 September 2009 22:00:18 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The power of the internet as a great medium for information distribution is indisputable, so is its power to distribute misinformation, I read about a forum post in a Greater China Lego forum about a body part of a Lego Giraffe in Germany being stolen, and they also posted a link to Yahoo news in Taiwan, which says that the body part is a sex organ!

When I read this news, I was a little puzzled, could that be real? I really doubt if the Lego builder in charge of building the giraffe would pursue details up to that level, obviously that part should not be a focus of effort involving 15000 pieces.

A quick research reveals that it was not the sex organ, but the tail which was stolen:

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE57O4AO20090825

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090825/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_germany_giraffe

So after all the power of the web can correct itself, all we as readers should do is to remain alert on any possible misleading articles that do not seem to make sense, and use the power of the web to dig out the real news. I am not sure where is the origin of the misinformation, I think the editor of the Yahoo News may be a victim as well, so perhaps a safer way is to search for pictures of the Lego Giraffe, which I did find some:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lego_Giraffe_Potsdamer_Platz_Berlin.jpg

http://www.reisenews-online.de/2008/07/11/lego-giraffe-ohne-schwanz/

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PsGz4e0N8BpwTYl3kSjl0g

On the topic of the tail being stolen, I also wonder on the motive, is it simply greed as the tail is the part that can be easily detached? Or is it the passion of lego turning evil? What do you think? 

Wednesday, 26 August 2009 12:40:16 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 16 August 2009

There are so many great Lego artists out there that can impress us again and again with their great work, but some are very exceptional in certain ways - their creations can bring back many good memories - in the lego way.

One such Lego artist is AndyBear (小熊), a very popular Lego Master in Hong Kong, his work, usually labelled as <小熊建築>, is a symbol of great architecture work here in many greater China forums.

AndyBear has many great work as you can find them at his Brickshelf gallery:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=andybear
One of the example that I like a lot is the Japanese Temple, I used to travel a lot and Japan is my favorite destination, but since my daughter was born, I rarely travel and really long for the good times I had, this work reminds me of the great moments during some of my previous trips to Japan.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=378256

AndyBear is very good in oriental style buildings, another of his masterpiece is the traditional Chinese style residence that he built for the Beijing Olympics Lego exhibitions, 四合院 (szu-ho-yuan) is a compound with sections of rooms built around a courtyard (a courtyard with houses on four sides), and is a popular tourist attraction in Beijing, AndyBear did it so well and can fully recreate the essence and atmosphere of the structure.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=373248


The work of AndyBear is not just about buildings and structures, his work usually are also composed of nicely decorated surroundings and furnitures, and people with surprisingly detailed features, you can feel the happiness and warm sensation when going through the details.

Sunday, 16 August 2009 12:12:14 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 15 August 2009

Today I want to blog about a top notch Lego player in Greater China Region, as many may have aware of, Taiwan is a mature base for Lego and many great works circulated around are actually originated from there, you may also have seen Rack911's work in his MOCpages or BrickShelf Gallery, in fact, his work has also been highlighted in Brothers-brick a couple times.

What impressed me most from this gentleman is this solid battleship named "Iron Cross", built amidst a mysterious oceanic background, from the sail down to the sea, and the statue on a piece of sea rock, it is not only a lego model, it is a art piece with so many rich details.

Source: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/114535

Rack911 is also very active and contributing heavily in local Taiwanese Lego forum, it is great to have people like him inspiring Lego players in this part of the world.

Saturday, 15 August 2009 14:09:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Malaysian PhotoBucket user jztrain1 mix Chinese literature with Lego art in recording his dream manifested in an impressive storyline.

Source: http://s289.photobucket.com/albums/ll227/jztrain1/dream%20story/

The story is about a young girl rescued by a hermit, and when the girl grown up, they got married and live happily, but suddenly the girl was found to be a missing princess, and was asked to return to the kingdom to inherit the throne, but then things go for a sharp turn...

It is a wonderful work presenting Lego with great photographic design, but what our western friends will certainly miss when reading this will be the poem, I was truly impressed by the artistic composition.

 

Tuesday, 11 August 2009 09:26:20 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 09 August 2009

I have not been travelling for a long time and really wish I can have a relaxing moment somehow somewhere, although tropicial climate is not my favorite, I do like this interesting creation by Flickr user 74louloute

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74louloute/3775178845/ 

More interesting are the notes on the picture, which lead us to realize what the front of the guy looks like:

Source: http://www.bricklink.com/PL/973pb585c01.jpg

 

Sunday, 09 August 2009 10:17:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 08 August 2009

There has been a lot of great Predator Lego creations being made by experts everywhere, but the fascination on this legendary character is so strong that it would never be enough, another Lego master from Taiwan, cezov0514 created the following Predator model using Bionicle parts.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=333315

And what can more irresistable than an Predator model like this? It definitely has to be an AVP, I wish the author could have taken more pictures to depict this thrilling scene

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=333315

Saturday, 08 August 2009 10:21:32 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 06 August 2009

One of the places that I enjoyed visiting when I was in Taipei definitely had to be the Taipei 101 building, I spent a wonderful hour there, including a mind refreshing moment watching a beautiful sunset on the roof of the building.

Lego player RMing has not only recreated this giant structure in Lego, he has also recently built a mini version of the famous Grand Hotel in Taipei.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=RMingTW

 

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=RMingTW

Please feel free to visit RMing's BrickShelf gallery to enjoy more of his impressive creations.

Thursday, 06 August 2009 21:46:30 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 05 August 2009

Our Hong Kong Lego Ambassador Tsang Yiu Keung created a Lego Eiffel Tower using a part that you may have never been able to imagine: Binoculars

I feel that at this scale the model is even more attractive than the official set, especially with some nice supporting models as nearby environment and background. I also learnt the microscale way of forming the group of trees, which fits extremely well into the model.

Please check out CK's Brickself gallery for more of this great creations

Wednesday, 05 August 2009 14:24:52 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Hard to imagine that a gigantic structure like the Olympics 2008 Bird's Nest in Beijing can be recreated on a 32 X 32 stub! This great work from our Hong Kong Lego Ambassador Tsang Yiu Keung challenges the microscale limit, and may be at the same time, inspire us to find a way to keep a good souvenir in the lego way.

Picture Source: minifigs.net

Tuesday, 21 July 2009 10:41:33 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 18 July 2009

I found this wonderful MOC which is also featured in Brothers-Brick (http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/07/12/professor-eggplant-goes-small/), the beauty of this work is a strong sensation of peaceful mind it creates for the viewer - it makes me to imagine a lone but peaceful castle on a small island in the middle of the ocean, how refreshing for people who lives in the hassles and troubles of big cities.

The use of bricks to create the transition is obviously the magic of this work, from the discussion related to the flickr photo, someone pointed out on the rareness of the transparent light blue 1x1s, so it is not easy (or just costly) to recreate a work with this feature. A quick research reveals that the Tr LightBlue 1x1s seems are not contained in any set.

From Eggy Pop's photostream in Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38840828@N08/

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38840828@N08/3715031879/

Saturday, 18 July 2009 13:09:02 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 16 July 2009
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The local HD TV channel is showing the Star Wars Clone Wars annimation series every Saturday, last week's episode features Luminara Unduli. I first notice the lady Jedi character from Lego set 7260 Wookiee Catamaran, but found the face of Luminara not well designed.

Yesterday, I noticed a custom Luminara minifig on Flickr and was pretty impressed, I hope Lego will come up with a set containing a Luminara minifig with this quality! Perhaps with her and Ahsoka fighting side by side against Ventress, just like what I saw in the past episode! 

Source: J.P.s CUSTOM MINIFIGS's flickr album: http://www.flickr.com/people/jps-custom-minifigs/ (thanks for sharing these photos)

Picture Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jps-custom-minifigs/3721418913/

Thursday, 16 July 2009 10:28:03 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 04 July 2009

I am proud to see these great work from a fellow lego player in Hong Kong, IcedPlusCoffee (John Ho) created this pair of transformers duo - Mudflap and Skids! What a time to refresh us with something beyond the Hasbro toys.

Source:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/iced_coffee/3676749481/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/iced_coffee/3677593102/

 

Need to say more? Please visit John's photostream at Flickr for more of his amazing robotic creations!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/iced_coffee/

Saturday, 04 July 2009 11:27:56 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 20 June 2009

This impressive build of Bionic Scorpion from Flickr user birdboykristian's Photostream is a great example on how we can leverage the Bionicle parts to come up with great work, I think Bionicle is one of the under-rated themes of Lego here in Hong Kong (or Asia in general), while I feel that many of the sets are monolithic, they contain great parts for MOCs. 

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24699874@N08/3642076365/in/pool-51035542119@N01

Saturday, 20 June 2009 22:52:40 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 19 June 2009

Found this impressive Lego work from <Aaron>'s Photostream at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbla_member/

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cbla_member/sets/72157619771375751/

It would be great if a bigger and furnished room with ceiling is provided.

Friday, 19 June 2009 17:27:58 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 18 June 2009
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I came across this interesting work from an Asian Forum and it really lights up my day, the creator also has a gallery in Brickshelf.

Source: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=371925

But this is not the most interesting picture of them all, be sure to check out the brickshelf gallary for a surprise of another kind...But if you are a serious person, never mind then.

Thursday, 18 June 2009 23:32:50 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 15 June 2009

I have found some very nice photos on scenes created based on 7749, please check out Gauntlet Run's Star Wars Lego set on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38745162@N05/sets/72157619437111919/

I especially like this snow trooper squad in action!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38745162@N05/3616994680/in/pool-starwarslego

And I have to take back my comment on why people would buy a number of sets of 7749, in capable hands they do can turn into something excellent.

Monday, 15 June 2009 22:10:55 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)