Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links
# 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)
# Friday, 17 July 2009

I live in Asia (Hong Kong) and we don't have a lego store locally, being able to visit one is an exciting thing indeed, but even when travelling abroad and visiting a city where Lego Stores are available, getting to the store amidst the original trip plan can always be a challenge (I don't think many of us would travel solely for visiting a Lego Store).

This store I visited last year was quite convenient, especially for people like me who do not drive.

And I am wondering, could this probably be the most convenient Lego Store in the world?

Would you like to guess which city this Lego store is located? The low resolution picture below is a hint:

Add another hint on 2009-07-20:

Another hint, this one should be obvious...

Some friends in a forum got it!

Here are the clearer pictures of the hints, plus more... I think the answer is now more than obvious...

The Store is in Hillsdale Shopping Center at San Mateo, California, only a few stations away from San Francisco via Caltrain!

Friday, 17 July 2009 21:57:44 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 16 July 2009
 #
 

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)
# Wednesday, 15 July 2009

I read a Chinese blog entry talking about Lego 21003 Seattle Space Needle, and little surprise to find out that a scissor is needed for doing this set, so could this be the start of something even worser than stickers?

http://www.wretch.cc/blog/whatsthejob/11146822

You can check out the Official Lego instruction at Page 12 of the document

Cutting this seems to be simple, just hope that no complicated cutting will be introduced in future sets.

By the way, it is also a surprise that The Seattle Space Needle is made into a Lego set, the place is nice, but not really that special, if not because the local vendors charged HKD 269 (around USD 35!) for this set, I may get one as this is a place I visited a couple times after all.

Seattle is a wonderful city, and being close to Vancouver (where a lot of Chinese immigrants live) is a good thing to me (it is only a few hours away via Amtrak), only caveat is that the Chinese restaurants there are mostly terrible (let me know if you have tried a good one).

I do NOT own this set, but I can share some photos on the Seattle Space Needle:

What you can see on the Seattle Space Needle, nice view!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 11:56:38 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 13 July 2009

I saw some folks in GCR (Greater China Region) doing a review on 8420 Street Bike recently, that reminded me of this old set which I got quite sometime ago. With a engine, gearing system, and suspension mechanism, plus many parts (such as the two big wheels) which are not available else where, it is a great set with great playability.

Somehow I sense that this item has been quite hot in mainland China, but I do not see many talking about it here in Hong Kong, the price has reached around USD 90 already here, not much more costly than bricklink price.

By the way, I have taken a set of outdoor pictures of this bike model:

This red Lego 8420 Street Bike in my opinion is one of the best set of Bike (or may be one of the best Technic Set) ever made by Lego.

Monday, 13 July 2009 21:58:20 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

As expected, I do observe some unplesant exhanges regarding the Lego Ambassadors annoucements, but strangely, it was someone who did not make it who become the target of attack, I find such attack unreasonable and nasty, it triggered a lot of bad talks in the forum.

As someone who had worked on community programs before, I fully understand that there are always risks that things like this would happen, but fortunately for Lego, the fans involved are very loyal and would not question Lego for mishandling. But it is quite interesting to me on how the ambassador for that particular geography is selected, coz it is funny that the new assignment of an ambassador have just triggered a war.

Monday, 13 July 2009 11:50:21 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 09 July 2009

Music plays an important part in most of our lives, I would not consider myself a Fan, but I truly respect those great artists whose sounds and moves once touched our hearts, especially during some of the most frustrated moments.

Thanks to fellow Flickr user Jack'o (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_is_great/) for inspiring me with his comment, and of course, this great work from Ciamoslaw Ciamek  (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/131223)

MOC
Thursday, 09 July 2009 23:55:08 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

Like a competition, people from different groups in a particular geography who sought to become a Lego Ambassador will feel differently as the result is announced, there will be joy and disappointment, while I believe that all the ambassadors definitely deserve the honor, there must be folks who also deserve such honor but have not gotten it this time. I have known some good people whom I feel have made significant contribution to the Lego community, compared to them, I feel like a very small potato.

I had worked on a community building role before (for the Hong Kong subsidiary of a big company, bigger than Lego I think), the hard thing was that there were always more people who deserved recognition than the resources that could be made available to make such recognition possible, the only good thing was that with proper recognition beyond the official ones, the community would still grow harmoniously.

I hope the same recognitions will go to all those who shared their passion for Lego everywhere, in one form or the other.

Thursday, 09 July 2009 18:08:35 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)

Just read the news from Brothers-brick.com on the Cycle 7 LEGO Ambassadors announcement
http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/07/08/cycle-7-lego-ambassadors-announced/

I noticed that there seems to be more representatives from Asia this year than last year, and Thailand has two representatives, which I think is really exceptional. I think players in some countries in Asia are having more challenges than US and European players:

1. Parts Supply: Local shops usually may not have rich varieties of parts, and ordering from Bricklink etc can be costly due to shipping costs.

2. Family Support: Unfortunately, in many Asian Families, there seems to be misconception that Lego are for Kids only, so it is hard to get support from family, I guess the concept of AFOL is more mature in US and Europe.

3. Working class in many Asian countries need to work longer hours, and may have less time to dedicate on personal hobbies

Hong Kong's situation on parts supply is not that bad though may still get people frustrated at times, but Family Support and free time would definitely be big issues, and we have another super big challenge - Space! With the high real estate price, it is really hard to find space to build lego, not to mention the needed space for keeping them.

Congratulations to all the ambassadors, I guess many of them overcome a lot of challenges to achieve that.

Thursday, 09 July 2009 11:06:06 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)