Fly Me To The Moon

Earlier this year I said that in the LEGO universe all sets that are space-related are my absolute favorites.
Please let me extend my statement: 
Every space-related set AND part of the LEGO Ideas theme are my most favorite sets.
(Yes, of course, the Monster Fighters do have a special place in my heart, too, just like Fabuland. But unfortunately, those were removed from the shelves long ago.)

So I was happily surprised when Hasan Jensen from the LEGO Ideas team announced on their blog that from the 1st of November 2017 there’d be a new set available:  21312 Women Of NASA.

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Forget. Relearn. Repeat.

Initially this blog post was intended to be a successful report about my approach to the topic of last month´s word, craftsmanship.

Many moons ago in an earlier life I used to be carpenter, so the idea of craft is nothing new to me. To master a craft one has to be curious; eager to learn new things; (sometimes) willing to release the inner child and let it push all the buttons there are just to see what happens. Easy as pie. Or at least that´s what it should be. Especially when you´re an AFOL playing  working with a toy that proverbially screams for being played and explored with and bending the rules (Rules? What rules?) : the LEGO brick.

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And I Think It´s Gonna Be A Long, Long Time…

(I´m seriously wondering how many of you can sing along with this article´s headline. Seems as if Reginald Kenneth Dwight chose a famous topic for that certain song back in the days.)

 

About two weeks ago, on the day of its release, I was kindly given a long awaited set from the LEGO Ideas theme, specifically the 21309 LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket. In case you didn´t know all things space are my most favourite LEGO sets. I can´t explain in words what specifically attracted me to this set. Was it the fact that it reminded me of one of the earliest sets I remember in my family, the #367 Moon Landing from 1976? Was it the size of it (1,01 m)? Was it the brand new astronaut nano figures? Or simply the fact that it´s another fan designers´ (Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche) set?

 

The LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket

 

You´ve probably all read a dozen reviews about the rocket so far so I´m not going to bore you with the same details and facts like that this set contains 1969 parts (wait, what year did they land on the moon?); or that it consists of the original three single stages that can be taken apart and put back together easily; that it comes with a LunarModule (you know, the tin can that actually landed on the surface of the moon) and the control/service module that took the astronauts safely back to Earth at the end of their mission; that the building instructions are 184 pages thick…!

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Visiting the RLFM days 2017. Excuse me, the what..?

When Boris and myself went to Billund, Denmark last week to attend the RLFM days  2017 (RLFM aka Recognized LEGO® Fan Media) as representatives of StuckInPlastic I was excited and nervous at the same time. Excited as it was my first visit to the domicile of LEGO System A/S – and nervous for the same reason.

From the schedule that had been sent to us in advance by AFOL Relations Manager Kim E. Thomson I already had an idea of what was going to happen:

On the first day we would meet the other participants and learn about their groups; we would meet the company´s CEO for a dialogue session and have a tour of the new LEGO house and a Q&A session with its director and designer, followed by a dinner.

Listening to the CEO

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One Number To Unite Them

When I started thinking about numbers related to our favourite plastic toys the magical SEVEN instantly appeared in front of me. Like in The Magnificent SEVEN, Snow White And The SEVEN Dwarfs  or SEVEN Deadly Sins. Just…well…a little more out-of-this-world kind of…

Back in 1978 Red and White were the first two spacemen to enter our galaxy. Yellow, Blue, and Black arrived with the same spacesuit. Much more were to follow but as time went by so did fashion. Spacesuits became more colorful, helmet´s shapes and visors changed and spaceships evolved. We had to wait until the year 2014 to see Green in a classic spacesuit again and another three years until with the latest series of collectible minifigures  Grey completed the group of the SEVEN Classic Spacemen. Continue reading “One Number To Unite Them”

Excuse me but…

Today I´ve got two topics that I´d like to share with you. The first is a quick update:

At the end of May parts of the StuckInPlastic team will be attending the Recognized LEGO Fan Media Days at TheLegoGroup (TLG) in their hometown in Billund, Denmark. It is a unique occasion to meet some of the designers of sets that are so dear to us (and hopefully to sneak a peek inside the Lego factory or the new LegoHouse that will be open to public from September on). When Boris went there last year he asked the community “What would you ask?”. Continue reading “Excuse me but…”

A Physical Exercise- For the Brain

When I first read Boris´ post Travel I was totally infected with the idea of his little exercise! I may not be a frequent traveler in terms of flying to Japan or road-tripping to the polar circle for the weekend. But having been introduced to that quote generator was great fun and I could easily think of packing some Lego and gear, hopping in my car and leaving my neighborhood for a mystery photo session out in the wild. Continue reading “A Physical Exercise- For the Brain”