As most of you might know, TLG have a new survey that’s been active for a while now. The difference between this one and their previous polls is that this time, LEGO have teamed up with Aarhus University in Denmark and Chicago-based DePaul University to ensure a “better understanding [of] user activities and interactions in communities”.
Go ahead and make your feelings known!
The survey ends May 17, which is four days from now, so if you haven’t already done so, why not spare 30 minutes and let those good people in Denmark and stateside know how they can support the AFOL community even better. Naturally, there’s already a discussion going on in Eurobricks, so you can always continue the sharing there and let us know what you thought about the survey itself… Yeah, Inception stuff, I know – but the more you share, the more you care, right?
Keen on getting your hands on a gorgeous spanking new 10219 Maersk Train? Any chance you also happen to come from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece or Turkey? If your answer to both of those questions was “Yes!”, then I’d urge you to get building!
Balkan LUG showdown ahead!
The Bulgarian LUG Lebgo is organizing a big international contest with awesome prizes – and even if you don’t quite manage to snatch the Maersk train, there’ll still be plenty of reason to try and do your best. The contest’s theme is very simple – “The Architecture of Your City”, and the rules are thoroughly presented and explained by yours truly right here. Any further queries you might have should go in that thread, and I’ll try and respond as soon as possible.
As of this moment, there’s over one month remaining until the contest deadline (June 30) – so if you’re from our part of Eastern Europe, you want to impress people with your MOCcing skills and earn yourself a decent reward while at it, now’s the time to strike!
Regardless of whether you’re one of the people who claim to have had enough of all the Royal Wedding commotion (though I must admit I can’t quite understand how one could fail to love such a beautiful and joyous event) or a Kate-and-William die-hard fan, this one comes as an inspired conclusion to this day.
Princess Kate & Prince William's unique LEGO counterparts
The Beeb has provided us with first-hand pics of this beautiful diorama of the Royal Wedding created by a quartet of Portsmouth-based Brickish members. The intricate replica, featuring a gorgeous model of the Westminster Abbey, will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester until 2 May and will go on tour after that, with the icing on the cake here being the unique couple of minifigs representing Princess Kate and Prince William… along with a congregation of nearly 400 minifig guests.
More joy for the train-loving Classic-Town.net readers: Nathaniel Brill (a.k.a. Shuppiluliumas) has (almost) completed his work on the 20th Century Limited.
Totally makes you miss the 20. century, now doesn't it?
The beautiful engine spearheading this legendary train is an EMD E7A, but naturally there’s also a healthy number of cars that make for quite a long composition. Nathaniel’s NYC 4027 is definitely a sight to behold, but he’s still planning on adding a couple of other cars – while also considering options on how to power this whole string of train niceness. Should be an interesting task, but I’m already looking forward to the finished article.
Andreas Groegel switches from banking endeavours to container shipping. And shows Maersk some love while at it (as if they don’t get enough from LEGO fans anyway)…
Only thing missing? The Maersk ship.
This MOC covers four baseplates and features everything you’d expect to see at a container terminal facility. Oh, and of course – a decent bunch of containers to top it all of. I’m guessing that’s pretty much what heaven looks like for CopMike, considering the recent container frenzy he set loose all over Eurobricks’ Train Tech forum.
This project by wooootles (yeah, that is a lot of o’s) has been a long time in the making. Obviously, the effort was worth it.
Midtown Condos - hopefully clear of tentacles this time.
I’m not sure how many apartments this complex contains, but it should provide ample housing for pretty much any LEGO tabletown. What’s even better is that the condominium is just one part of a sweet-looking town layout that wooootles has planned – so keep an eye out!
To be honest, I don’t know how many of you actually do enjoy microscale MOCs (or deviations thereof) – but I really can’t see how anyone could not love this.
It may be called the Micropolis airport, but it still takes up major space.
Rakanishu1024 has actually done what TLG have failed to achieve for decades – and has built a proper, 100% realistic airport. Considering the size of this build, it’s no wonder he’s used micropolis scale, and he’s also made sure not to compromise quality one single bit. Just look at those terminals and the lighting!
Kudos to Andrew for sharing over on The Brothers Brick.
We’re continuing our coverage of the Cityplaza exhbition in Hong Kong which has showcased a bunch of stunning landmark MOCs.
I’m sure you’re all aware that jaredchan has a thing for fashion stores – over the course of the last 2 years, he’s built no less than six of those – and most, if not all of them, have ended up on the frontpage of Classic-Town.net. The Arc de Triomphe is dedicated to those six designer boutiques and you could say it’s their swan song of sorts – since Paris is the city of fashion, I don’t think Jared could have picked a more appropriate landmark.
Vincent Cheung has also taken part in this great event. Surprise, surprise – it’s another jaw-dropping historic monument with gorgeous detailing.
Thailand's Grand Palace has temporarily moved to Hong Kong.
There’s plenty of other awesome real-life-inspired MOCs to be seen as well, like Andy Hung‘s Tiananmen Gate, or Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral built by Scheider Cheung. With all these monumental builds, one can’t help but think that half of the world seems to have been shrunk and moved to Hong Kong.
This scene by Chris Piccirillo totally gives me the creeps.
Spacious apartment for sale. Don't mind the tentacles.
The towers were built for the Phoenix Comic Con 2011 taking place later in May, and the first tennants have apparently been pretty quick to move in. I wonder if Chris will manage to solve his tentacled pest problem in time for the show, although something is telling me that’s probably not going to happen…
…Mors Mors! Christian Kupper bursts onto the scene with this model of a Hamburg street (the Jungfernstieg, to be precise) featuring an absolutely brick-perfect replica of a real-life building.
19. century Hamburg style, all nicely bricked up.
As a MOCcer who fancies drawing inspiration from or reproducing existing buildings and landmarks myself, I tip my hat to these beauties. And if you’re wondering what the weird title means – all I know is that it’s one of those meaningless “you had to be there” kind of phrases, but it makes a damn good drinking toast when you’re in Hamburg. On to the beers, then?