Trains

I love trains.

Maybe it is because I grew up in front of a train station. Maybe it is the promise of new adventures in charted territory. Or maybe it is some nostalgic memories of the very first steam trains.
Anyway, I love trains.

We were discussing in one of our hangouts a fun little side project of sharing our train experience around the Xmas tree (we have had a running LEGO train under our Xmas tree for a few years now) when our good friends over at LEGO must have had a similar idea and kicked off a little rebrick context.

Build your own train for the winter village, submit it to Rebrick before the end of this month, and win some fantastic prices

I could not resist and make my own LEGO Train based on the Ninjago City. Why be static, when the fantastic Ninjago City can be traveling around my Xmas tree these winter holidays.

Here is my submission.

My little train …

A train with a story …

Our “crab” train is running on a “crab” engine and the chief machinist needs to keep the engine happy with crabs. His hammer helps him to deblock any crayfish party happening inside. Not sure if our chief is Swedish.

 

A train with a sushi chef on the second floor of the third wagon, who likes his Corn Flakes more than anything else. Could it be because he does not like the Crab Chief?
A jacuzzi is just not of these days anymore. The traveling pond holds not only young romantic lovers but also green water lilies … a developing story for sure.
Where is my tea? The confluence of movies …
2001 Space Oddesy. Did anyone say, Goldfinger?

Ohh.
And there is more.
Much more, but the rest of the story I will keep for under the Xmas tree.
For now, the key question is: will you join the ultimate train challenge of Rebrick or just build one for your Xmas tree.

I decided to do both.

Boris

Post Scriptum.

And yes, the train is electrified and has a build in motor so it will run under the Xmas tree all by itself. 

A visit to the LEGO House

A long time ago, in a faraway land …

A good three years ago, I traveled to Billund to visit the factory as part of the release of the original LEGO Movie and a little building contest we won. The center of Billund was turned into one gigantic building site and a vision of what was about to come was revealed. However, it is fair to say that the epic building wharf was what left the impression. A whole city center being redesigned. Fast forward to the latest RLFM days this spring, and we saw the inside of what is now known as the Home of the Brick.

The wharf, three years ago. September 2014 when we visited Billund.

When we visited earlier this year, we got an epic preview of the LEGO tree, and have shared some images before. Not all was ready.  The Master Gallery was still waiting for its guests to arrive. The activity rooms were still very much WIP (read Work In Progress). A lot of work was still ahead for the LEGO House Crew to make it all come together just a few months later.

A good hour before the doors would open this Friday.

And then there was last Friday. The avant-premiere of the official opening of the LEGO House with 600 AFOLs gathering in Billund to explore the House first hand. The real fire drill before the house will officially be opened next Thursday for the world to explore. And what an opening it was. Continue reading “A visit to the LEGO House”

Your Anton

The Anton Saga

We are having a little Anton craziness here on the blog. As you know we are giving away three (yes, three) LEGO Old Fishing Store boxes as part of our creative contest (cc).
And all of you can participate in this fun photo challenge.
You can make your own Anton.
You can pick up Anton in the LEGO store. This set is so awesome and packed with toy photographers little objects you will reuse time after time, that ending up with an extra set through this contest is worth it.
Or, you can get a real Anton from us. Continue reading “Your Anton”

Gone Fishin

When Kim (the LEGO one) told us he sent us a box full of Ninjago Awesomeness to creatively review in the middle of our summer holidays, we were excited. The box full of new and unreleased minifigures would reach us only a few days before we returned from our Italian adventure, so with some luck we could score some great creative minds and get the reviews out just in time before the release on August 1st. And so we got in touch with you on Instagram and we got our models shipped out, but they seem to have gone fishin. Continue reading “Gone Fishin”

Holidays

Hāligdæg

The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig “holy” + dæg “day”). The word originally referred only to special religious days. Today it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school.

In Sweden, we just finished the Midsummer celebrations, and in the Northern hemisphere most people are looking forward to a smaller summer break, also called summer holidays. At least in the Commonwealth nations, while the US may just call it a vacation – although today is a holiday. Happy 4th July !).

A new month. A new word. A new challenge. And the first half of the year completed. Continue reading “Holidays”

Wonder Woman’s Lipstick

This month’s word is craftsmanship and the crew is having some great discussions behind the screen on where to take the craftsmanship.

Lipstick and the Healing Brush

When selecting this month’s word one of the influences came from Maelick comment or should I say “ask” in one of the social channels on how much you clean up your images, and I can tell you it is one of my basic skills I almost always apply. I use the lipstick to clean up the major flaws of LEGO prints, dust and the non-authentic scars of age. I do post correct, and I can tell you, the one single reason why I cannot abandon Adobe Photoshop for just Lightroom is the magic properties of the Healing Brush and it’s Hogwarts magical properties of healing. It is subtle, yet so amazingly powerful. Continue reading “Wonder Woman’s Lipstick”