…To enter the 2011 “Be My Brickentine” contest sponsored by Brick Architect. The lovely Miss Klementina Kos is organizing this international contest to find the most original or seductive love story told using LEGO bricks. The main goal is to win the hearts of the all female panel of judges. Love can be expressed in different ways: through songs, gifts, love letters, etc. Be creative and build the most original seductive or love story.
The grand prize is a complete set of Series #3 Collectible Minifigures from Brick Architect and free worldwide shipping is included. Head on over to MOCPages or Flickr to check out the contest rules and get to building the love!
Fellow AFOL Community member Nannan, brings us this heartwarming scene involving Minifigures from all over the LEGO Universe. There are City, Castle, Star Wars, Space Police, Power Miners, PoP, Harry Potter, and Collectible Minifigures all represented in this scene. Nannan says he built this for a contest on a French Lego forum called LEGO 13. There are lots of great details here, but my favorite has to be the gingerbread house. It looks almost good enough to eat*!
*WARNING: Classic-Town.net does not condone the consumption of LEGO pieces. Please do not eat the simulated gingerbread house.
I know this may not be a “Town” MOC, but it really was just too good to pass on blogging. Flickr/MOCPages user (and Twin-LUG member) Garth Danielson has found a great new way to store his Harry Potter book series. He has constructed a phenomenal set of bookends capturing many of the iconic scenes from the series.
He managed to incorporate 29 of the Minifigures into his creation along with some really cool features such as lighting and walls that open to reveal more scenes and characters. Be sure to make the jump to either Flickr or MOCPages to give Garth some feedback on this great MOC.
Harry Potter Bookends
Just a quick reminder to all our Classic Town readers that Brickworld 2010 is only a week away and it looks like we have quite a few Eurobricks members who will be attending the convention! Rumors are that a lot of people are putting in some long nights to get their fantastic creations ready for the event.
The convention will be held June 17th – 20th, 2010 in Wheeling, IL USA at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel. This year, the theme is “Bricks in Space!” and we are expecting to see some really cool Space creations show up at the event including a Vic Viper fly-in as a tribute to the late Nate Nielson (aka nnenn). In addition to Space-related MOC’s, creations include train layouts, tall buildings, sculpture, towns, mosaics, futuristic battle scenes, replicas of many things, castles, things that move, things that are stationary, space displays, animals, architecture, artistry, history, and much much more.
If you can make it out to the event, we strongly encourage you to come join us for a few days (or even just a few hours) of fun and a little bit of mayhem. For those of you who can’t join us this year, your Classic Town team will be (attempting) to keep you up-to-date on what is going on at the event through pictures and blog posts. Hope to see you there!
This past weekend, a new AFOL convention called BrickMagic was held in Raleigh, NC USA. It was organized by Brickjournal (Joe Meno) and TwoMorrows Publishing (the publisher of Brickjournal). In case you weren’t able to attend, a number of people have posted pictures from the event and it looks like it was a really good time. Check out these photo galleries for more!
BrickMagic Pool on Flickr
TJJohn12 on Flickr
Brickapolis on Flickr
Joe Meno on Flickr
It looks like a good time was had by all and this was a successful first run of the convention. Congratulations to Joe and the organizing team and here’s to an even better BrickMagic 2011!!!
New to the 2010 convention circuit is an AFOL convention in North Raleigh, NC called BrickMagic. BrickMagic is presented by BrickJournal magazine and its publisher (TwoMorrows Inc.) who are both based in Raleigh, NC. Joe Meno is the primary organizer for this festival and it looks like he has a lot in store for the weekend.
The general public is invited to attend the Saturday and Sunday Festival, a ticketed event showcasing the LEGO hobby through spectacular sculptures and displays, special guest builders, panel discussions and presentations, and to join in on interactive “group builds” or to just admire what others have created.
AFOL attendees are taking part in the private portion of the convention on Thursday and Friday, and before and after public hours on Saturday and Sunday. There will be advanced presentations and classes, door prizes, goodie bags, a special private sale event at the local LEGO retail store, and other benefits not offered to the public.
You can check out more about the event at http://www.brickmagic.org/. Here at Classic Town we will be trying to bring you updates and links to photos from the event for those who aren’t able to attend this new event.
I know a lot of people over the past couple of years have been bashing the RC and PF systems say that they will never be as good as the 9V system and I couldn’t disagree more. I think the new systems offer a plethora of innovation possibilities that we as LEGO builders never had prior to now. It appears that EB user Esben Kolind agrees with my sentiments as he has built this fantastic high speed train using an RC train base.
High Speed Train
But what really makes this MOC so amazing is how he has incorporated the PF system to provide internal lighting as well as … (wait for it) … actual working doors for the coaches! This is a perfect example of how the RC and PF systems can come together to form something that we never saw with the old 9V system.
I encourage everyone to stop over to the thread on EB to take in what Esben has done here and offer your comments. It’s great to see LEGO builders stepping up and embracing the new PF system and we will be highlighting this at the Train roundtable discussion at Brickworld 2010.
Every now and then I stumble upon a MOC the literally sends me into a laughing fit. It might be a homicidal bunny with a chainsaw or the ‘JellyBean Knights’ meeting their untimely demise. In this case…it’s simply children being eaten by a shark in a ball pit. Eurobricks user I Scream Clone has put together this hilarious little vignette and the presentation in traditional ‘motivational poster format’ really finishes it off for me.
Ball Pit - No one comes out alive.
While I’m not a fan of 1×1 round bricks for the balls and would prefer to see 1×1 round plates, I Scream Clone makes a good point regarding piece use. He states:
“That was my preference too, but found I had loads of bley, brown and tan, but nowhere near enough of the bright colours, and I didn’t want to put in a mammoth order for 1x1s at moment. It was the kind of MOC you build in the spur of the moment, not the wait for a fortnight BL order MOC.”
Well played I Scream Clone…well played. Let us all remember to ‘build in the moment’…and perhaps sacrifice a few children in the process.
Simplicity often times yields some of the most beautiful objects and this MOC is a statement in beautiful simplicity. Eurobricks user CoolerTD has entered this gorgeous arch in the ‘DoubleBrick’ contest where builders must only use simple bricks and plates in their creation. This MOC takes us back to the days when all we had as LEGO builders were simple bricks and plates and shows us that we don’t need fancy specialty pieces to create something beautiful.
I love the wide variety of building techniques that were used to achieve the detail on the front of the arch. There is excellent use of the TOPLESs building technique along with great use of selective compression to achieve recognizable detail at a small scale. Be sure to stop over to Eurobricks and let CoolerTD know what you think about this great architectural MOC.
Keeping with the bank theme, Eurobricks user Righteous Squid has recently posted his Gotham Central Bank in the LEGO Licensed forums. What grabbed my eye here was the playability that he has incorporated into this MOC. It has the open-back ‘Classic Town’ feel to it and offers a lot of options when it comes to playing with the creation.
The gothic exterior is pretty well done with some nice greeble details on the towers, but where it really shines is in the interior details. The teller windows are nicely done and the movable vault door is a great idea. And of course the two Star Wars kids fighting on the front steps is priceless. Head on over to Eurobricks and let Righteous Squid know what you think about his latest creation.
Gotham Central Bank