Where Is Anton

A must have iconic set.

When LEGO revealed the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store on the first night of the RLFM days, we knew we had just laid our eyes on a most gorgeous, iconic set. A collector’s item in the making.
Most probably one of the best sets of 2017.
A toy photographers dream.
A must have.

The RLFM Days

So, when we met with the LEGO ideas team the next day for our 30 minutes fame with the LEGO ideas developers (real journalists call it an interview, but we are creative photographers), we were happily surprised to meet Robert Bontenbal, the original fan designer side by side with the in-house LEGO Ideas team.


From left to right. Our reporter of the day, Stefan. Robert, the original designer, and the LEGO Ideas team. Hasan, Adam, Tara and Lisa.

We discussed a variety of subjects in the 30 minutes we had together, ranging from everyone’s favorite set over the LEGO flower challenge (more on that later) to the Saturn V which kind of dominated the room.

The Sea Village

Sea Front Village
Robert’s Complete Sea Village – All Rights Reserved by Robert.

And then there was Robert.
A warm-hearted Dutchman, who has a passion for LEGO.
A passionate designer who build his own Sea Village of which the Old Fishing Store was part of. If you want to see the full village, have a look at Robert’s Flickr page.
Robert shared with us how his village is an evolving project, and told us how the Old Fishing Store was created.
First, there was a mood book to collect some initial sketches and the colors. Colors are key to get the mood right, according to Robert and we could not agree more.
Then there is the whole process of designing the house in CAD.
And finally, the actual brick building process starts.
From ideation to final build took six months.
Talk about a project.

And when you look at Anton’s Old Fishing Store, that was six months well spent.

Thanks, Robert!

Julien exploring the creative possibilities of Anton’s Fishing House
Where is Anton going ?

Your Own Signed Copy

If you want to get the chance to meet Anton’s godfather in person and get a signed copy of the Old Fishing Store, then now is your chance.

Robert and Anton are taking a tour around Europe and will be signing your exclusive copy ahead of everyone else this week in London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

Here are the exact dates and times:

24 August, Leicester Square – 1pm – 4pm
25 August, Paris Les Halles – 1pm – 4pm
26 August, Berlin – 10am – 1pm
27 August, Copenhagen – 12am – 3pm

Where Is Anton

Now, that is not all.
The great folks at LEGO asked us to get you all participate in the fun and show Anton (The Good Old Fisherman) your place of the world and have the chance of winning a full set of, yes, the LEGO Old Fishing House, but more details on that later this week.
For now, if you go and meet Robert and Anton, don’t forget to tag your images with #whereisanton and start thinking where you would want to take Anton to.

Let us know in the comments below and we may have a (limited) surprise for you.

Gone Fishin ?!? Is this where our Ninjago friends have been hanging out.

A waiting Kendoka

Kai doing Kendo in the garden

Kai was lonely.

His brother had gone to Japan to learn from the top Sensai and was due to return any day! Kai waited by the door (in Seiza of course) on the day he was due to arrive, but the doorbell never rang. It turns out, Kai’s brother had posted himself back to the UK and was lost in the postal system!

Kai practicing Seiza whilst waiting by the door.

All Kai really wanted someone to fight with at Kendo again. All the other Kendoka were far bigger than him, and it scared him to go to the dojo alone! (Although being strong of heart and mind, he went anyway!)

Kendo Kai at the dojo
Kai attends the local dojo – ‘Are all the Kendoka here so tall?’

Kai will keep waiting for his brother to show up. He must be somewhere in the system, waiting to escape from the envelope!

In the meantime, Kai is practicing some Suburi in the garden so he can show his brother how much he has improved whilst he has been away!

Kai doing Kendo in the garden
Kendo takes a lot of hard work, but Kai is determined to do his best

Lizzi’s blog.

SiP note. This story is part of the Gone Fishin series where we continue to creatively review the latest Ninjago Series.

Story book (a summer project) – Status report

Summer holidays.

What a great moment of the year. I really hope you are enjoying yours.

Like every year, the summer season is one of the busiest time of the year at work, for me. This June/July did not fail to be so.

And since I don’t have any child, I tend to take my summer holidays in June or September. What a delight to be on vacation when everyone is back at the office. :-)

This time, in September, there is the Edinburgh toy safari planned followed by a trip to Denmark (but more on that later on the blog).

Don’t get me wrong, I will have a short break this August during which I will drive to the South of France, to visit my parents.  Continue reading “Story book (a summer project) – Status report”



Across the Ninjago Madness of the last few days, one can easily loose focus. And that is what this month’s word is all about. Focus. A new month. And a new word in our series of words this year.

A definition.

So, what does focus actually means? According to Merry, focus is a point of convergence of a beam of particles. Ouch.
That did not really help.
A convergence of beans.

Continue reading “Focus”

Rumours confirmed: Ninjago Models are everywhere

Rumors confirmed.

The rumors are now confirmed. Most of the Ninjago models have made it to their final destinations and the reviews are pouring in. The Ninjago models continue to be tight lipped on where they have been since they originally left our Studio here in Sweden. We will most probably never know. Rumors have it they all joined a massive after party with the crew that is putting the final touches to the Ninjago Movie, coming to a theatre near you in  September. Here is what our reporters have to report. Continue reading “Rumours confirmed: Ninjago Models are everywhere”

Special Report: Invasion in Britain started

Special Report: We continue our breaking news series on the disappearing Ninjago models.  Our reporter on shore, Ian Cockayne, has spotted what seems to be a #Brexin instead of a #Brexit.  He reports straight from his undercover position using an old school long wave radio. Hence the short twitter style like post on what seems to be an ongoing invasion. An invasion of little plastic creatures listening to the code name Ninjago. Continue reading “Special Report: Invasion in Britain started”

Developing Story: Ninjago models arrived in Belgium

DEVELOPING STORY. As we mentioned earlier in our breaking story our Ninjago models went awol. The first models have made it to France and Finland.  We got some sightings in the UK, and now our Belgium correspondent Jo Van Holder has this brand new developing story for us.  Continue reading “Developing Story: Ninjago models arrived in Belgium”