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Zac's Lego

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Three years ago I got all of Jake's Lego and spent a couple of months sorting it all out.  I had a blast.

In September I got all of Zac's Lego to do the same thing.  Zac had fewer sets (only about fifty five of them) but on average they were bigger sets.  One had something like 1500 pieces!  So all up I think there was quite a bit more Lego to work with.

As with Jake's Lego, I first spent a lot of time sorting out the pieces into the different types (probably at least two weeks), then spent another few weeks assembling all the pieces for each set so that I could build them in front of the tv or at the club or whatever.  

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

When it was all assembled it took over the entire dining room table (I could only just squeeze it all on), and then I took photos of it all.

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

And then I spent another few weeks pulling it all apart again :)  It all takes up two big tubs but I haven't returned it all yet.  I figured I could give it all back to him at Christmas and say "there, all your Christmases have come at once!" 

Sydney Icons in Lego

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Waaaay back in January, immediately after seeing Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick, I took a train (it was free. and it was hot.) from Central to Circular Quay, had a quick bite to eat, hacked some portals and went to the Museum of Sydney to see Sydney Icons in Lego, by Ryan McNaught.  It was a bit of a strange exhibition in that as well as the Lego displays (which were awesome), there was thousands of Lego bricks to play with. So while each session was an hour, most of the kids took a quick look at the displays then started playing with the Lego.  I just tried to get photos, which sometimes proved difficult with lots of kids heads in the way.  

Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney

Opera House in Lego
Opera House in Lego

Opera House in Lego
Opera House in Lego

Front of Opera House
Front of Opera House

Steps of the Opera House
Steps of the Opera House

Interior of the Opera House
Interior of the Opera House

Darth Vader and Chancellor Palpatine attend a show at the Opera House
Darth Vader and Chancellor Palpatine attend a show at the Opera House

Endeavour and Opera House
Endeavour and Opera House

HMS Endeavour in Lego
HMS Endeavour in Lego

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego

Harbour Bridge deck
Harbour Bridge deck

Bridge climbers
Bridge climbers

Reckon that's Paul Hogan painting the Harbour Bridge?
Reckon that's Paul Hogan painting the Harbour Bridge?

Accident in the Harbour Tunnel
Accident in the Harbour Tunnel

Pacific Aria in Lego
Pacific Aria in Lego

Pacific Aria in Lego
Pacific Aria in Lego

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Jack and Rose and some random on the prow of the Pacific Aria
Jack and Rose and some random on the prow of the Pacific Aria

Galley of the Pacific Aria
Galley of the Pacific Aria

Partying on the Pacific Aria
Partying on the Pacific Aria

Swimming on the Pacific Aria
Swimming on the Pacific Aria

Someone having a shower on the Pacific Aria
Someone having a shower on the Pacific Aria

Sydney Harbour yachts
Sydney Harbour yachts

Sydney Harbour yachts
Sydney Harbour yachts

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Channel 7 helicopter
Channel 7 helicopter

Bricks!
Bricks!

Waaaaaay back in January I saw another one of Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibitions in Sydney.  This one had a DC Comics theme, so lots of comics and super heroes.  It was at the Powerhouse Museum, and very nicely they let you take photos.  And they didn't overcrowd each session, so it was possible to get photos without a thousand kids heads in the way.

Nathan's trademark yellow man, done like the Joker
Art of the Brick

Batman
Art of the Brick

Wonder Woman and Superman
Art of the Brick

Justice League of America
Art of the Brick

Action Comics
Art of the Brick

Green Lantern
Art of the Brick

Superman
Art of the Brick

Trident
Art of the Brick

Detail in the trident - fish, starfish and crabs!
Art of the Brick

Flash Forward
Art of the Brick

Cobblepot
Art of the Brick

Superman (I really liked the mosaic that made the mirror)
Art of the Brick

Mosaics of comic book covers, and the original covers

Art of the Brick Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick Art of the Brick

Cowl Collection
Art of the Brick

Joker
Art of the Brick

This completely black sculpture of Batman looked transparent because of the way the light reflected.  A photo doesn't capture this.
Art of the Brick

Next to Batman is a Batman logo
Art of the Brick

Inside the logo is all different kinds of bats and Batman weapons
Art of the Brick

The Batmobile
Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

Check out the detail in the wheels!
Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

BBT

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I'm sure Yvonne would love this - Big Bang Theory Lego!

Big Bang Theory Lego

SPACESHIP!!!!

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Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP!!!

:)

This was one of my Christmas presents.  I built it yesterday afternoon.

Spaceship

Spaceship

For something that is supposed to be based on 1980s Space Lego, there's very little actual original space lego pieces.  Here's pretty much all there is:

Spaceship

Every time I get a new Lego set, there's always some new piece I've never seen before.  In this set it included little spring loaded laser firing bricks, elbow plates and circular plates with a hole.

Spaceship

Spaceship

Spaceship

Jake's Lego

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So over Christmas/New Year/January I had all of Jake's Lego to sort out and check for completeness.  

First step was sorting out what was there.  I left things assembled that looked like they belonged to a set, then sorted the rest of the pieces into tubs - bricks, plates, technic bits, wings, round bricks/plates, minifig gear, minifig weapons, wheels, misc bits, etc etc etc.  I also separated out any "old" greys and browns from the new style colours so as not to mix them up.  This all took several days.

Jake's Lego sorted

Then I started building things.  I started with smaller sets, thinking that I'd be more likely to complete them, and then only bigger sets would be missing pieces.  This sort of worked, but Lego makes so many different sorts of pieces that even smaller sets could be missing odd pieces.  So the building took several weeks, and when complete, it took up our entire dining table!

Jake's Lego completed

Impressive, huh!  Seventy-eight sets, and four games (not shown).  Twenty Star Wars sets, sixteen town sets, and a smattering of just about every other series of Lego (ok, so not really).

Then I dismantled it all, double checking as I went against Bricklink to make sure sets were complete, and photographing everything as well.  Any missing parts were documented to be bought online if need be.

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

I returned it all in three goes - two lots of complete sets, and the last lot of incomplete sets.

So yeah, a super fun couple of months getting to play with heaps of Lego that I didn't have to pay for :)

Lego bird

Lego chicken

Lego flying mummies

Lego ring wraith

Lego droidekas

Lego rancor

Last Sunday afternoon I went along with Nat and Andrew to this year's Lego Brick Expo at the Hellenic Club.

Verdict: the Lego was awesome, the venue was a disaster.

They've learnt from previous years, and now you line up outside the venue where they have staff come along and check tickets.  Then when your allocated time slot comes up you can all just go straight in.  So it was much more efficient getting in.  The problem was that inside things were spread out all over the place in different rooms and in corridors, so people were squeezing in to see the Lego while other people were squeezing past, and it was a rabbit warren of rooms so I was worried about missing a room just because I hadn't seen the entrance to it.

Not to mention the crowds and crowds of people.  They sold 12000 tickets for the two days.  !!  So it was jam packed with little kids that seem to know exactly when you are about to take a photo and stick their heads or hands in the photo.  It was amazingly frustrating.  We did get the last session of the day, so at least at about 5:20pm things were thinning out enough to go back and redo some photos with less crowds.

They really need to get a big room at Epic and be done with it.  I think if they do it at the Hellenic Club again next year I might not even go.

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Last year when Neil and I went to Lego Brick Expo, we noticed that there was a "VIP Dinner".  So this year we decided we'd go along to it.  I was expecting more people from the general public, but it was mainly exhibitors and other people already involved with the day.  Still, it was a lot of fun, and the best thing was getting to look around the exhibition not only with no crowds, but sipping on champagne :)

The Saturn V rocket was super awesome
Lego Brick Expo 2012
The Dish
Lego Brick Expo 2012
Government House in Victoria, made by the owner of the OzBricks Bricklink store
Lego Brick Expo 2012
Closeup of the top of the Saturn V rocket
Lego Brick Expo 2012
I drooled over these mosaics.
These two were done with bricks on four boards
Lego Brick Expo 2012

And this one with plates on nine boards
Lego Brick Expo 2012

No crowds!!!
Lego Brick Expo 2012

Carillon, Parliament House and War Memorial
Lego Brick Expo 2012
Where's Wally?
Lego Brick Expo 2012
Wall-e and Eve were there again this year
Lego Brick Expo 2012
There was a pretty big Star Wars section
Lego Brick Expo 2012
Lego Brick Expo 2012
I loved this tree in full bloom
Lego Brick Expo 2012
Domo!
Lego Brick Expo 2012

And then we headed into dinner.

Lego Brick Expo 2012

Lego Brick Expo 2012

I think this was pork, but I'm not really sure.  It was yummy though!
Lego Brick Expo 2012
And a delicious, tender steak
Lego Brick Expo 2012

With chocolate mousse for dessert
Lego Brick Expo 2012

The guest speaker was Gary McIntire from Legoland California.  He talked about his life with Lego and how he got work at Legoland.
Lego Brick Expo 2012

My creation (with a bit of help).  Pretty tragic really, I'm not creative at all!
Lego Brick Expo 2012
I did add to my Lego earrings
Lego Brick Expo 2012
A great night!

The Art of the Brick

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While in Sydney I went along to Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibition "The Art of the Brick" at the Town Hall.  It was pretty crowded with kids but was otherwise awesome, and unlike the money-hungry Warner Bros you were allowed to take photos at this exhibition.  Which made it all kinds of wonderful.

Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Blue Guy Sitting"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Mask"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Mask".  This kind of full face mask is called a Bauta.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Courtney Yellow"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Parthenon"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"The Artist's View"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Swimmer"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Peaces"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Yellow"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Hands".  The sculptor's worst nightmare: living without the use of his hands.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Skulls"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Rain"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Apples"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"T-Rex".  This piece took Nathan 80,000 Lego bricks and an entire summer to create.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Sing"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Globe"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Thinker"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick


New Lego

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Lego is always bringing out new bricks.  Here are two new ones I've never seen before, in the latest Harry Potter Lego..

New Lego
New Lego

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