The Machines Are Taking Over

Finally Back In Billund

The last time I went to The LEGO House was quite some time ago.
Back in March, I went to Billund to pick up my copy of the Tree of Creativity.
I had planned to return just two months later in May.
And guess what. Covid-19 made me change my plans.

Yesterday, a good six months later I finally was able to stop by the Home Of The Brick on my way further north for some holidays.
And lucky me it was.
It turned out that yesterday was only the second day of a new attraction at the store inside Ole Kirks Plads 1. A brand new Minifigure Factory. Open to the public. And yours truly.

Your reporter in the field …

Here’s the original press release by the LEGO House:

The LEGO Minifigure Factory to be revealed in the LEGO® House store in Billund

At the LEGO Store in LEGO® House a big secret has been hidden behind decorative cardboard boxes for a while with the text “coming soon” written outside it. From Friday guests will be met by the brand new LEGO Minifigure Factory when they enter the retail store.

The unboxing

The LEGO Minifigure Factory lets you customise and personalise your own minifigure torso by adding text, decorations and even drawings on it. All done on a computer and a few minutes later – a freshly printed personal minifigure is ready just for you!

Guests will be able to pick between a few pre-selected designs to start with, but it is also possible to create a new design by drawing and adding text to the minifigure torso.

Furthermore guests will be able to pick among approximately 20 exclusive LEGO House prints like the LEGO House logo, a Play Agent torso, the house drawn in drone perspective, the dinosaurs and many more iconic illustrations from the house.

The printing machinery

Store Manager, Thomas Jensen is super excited about the new retail experience and especially the exclusive LEGO House decorations are dear to him: “The most fantastic part of having this new retail experience is the possibility for our guests to personalise and create their unique LEGO minifigure. With the exclusive LEGO House decorations they get the possibility to create their very own piece of souvenir from their visit and in that way bring home a little piece of LEGO House.

Exclusive LEGO House Prints

Exclusive LEGO House Prints

In the store we look very much forward to creating lots of minifigures together with our guests and feel the creative and playful atmosphere even more.” 

This unique experience is available in LEGO Stores in Berlin, Orlando and Amsterdam, and now also in LEGO House, Billund.

New Shirts Galore

And of course I had to try it out myself. Luckily there were no massive queues so without waiting time I gave it a go.

First I had to go to the cash desk to pay for my own printed minifigure. After paying 89 DKK (12 €) I was handed out a box. This box had to be scanned at the designing station. On screen instructions guided me through the entire (simple) process: I typed in my name, chose a front and a backside for the torso and clicked on “OK”. While my personal design was transferred to the printing unit I got to choose a head, a headpiece, legs and an extra accessory (like with a regular Build A Mini).

Happy Me

After only five minutes the store agent happily handed me over my brand new, freshly printed and uniquely customized minifigure torso, along with a white 1×3 brick which had my name on one side and “LEGO House” on the other.

That is me … in my box.

The result not only made me happy. It also made me spend a significant amount of my holiday pocket money on more torsos t-shirt.

And remember we were only on our first day of our holidays, just on the way to our destination!

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Conclusion

Yes, 12€ is a lot of money for only one minifigure but… I will definitely get back and choose more designs to be printed. They are simply too adorable not to.
And the possibilities are almost endless.
You can not only choose from several designs, but you can also decide on the size of the print or you can paint your own ideas with your fingers.
And last but not least the designs from LEGO House are exclusively available in Billund (while I noticed that some/all designs from the store in Berlin are available, too).

More Minifigure Factories will surely come to stores across the globe.

Meanwhile Somewhere In Northern Denmark

After this exciting experience we left Billund heavy-hearted and proceeded to our holiday destination.
Now I’m sitting in our summer house.
Outside the winds from the North Sea are blowing heavily and it’s raining cats and dogs.
But I don’t mind.
I’ve got a cup of tea and am happily waiting for the sun to come out again so I can rock my new shirts on the beaches of the Danish westcoast!

Stefan.

Fix-It

Last week around this time the very first SiP goes Virtual toy photography safari went live. And we have to admit, we did not know how the weekend would go.
We had done our preparations.
We had a good story to tell.
Or so we thought, more on the behind the scenes coming later (cliffhanger).

What we did not know is where we would land.

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Hello September and Film Noir

The Golden Age of Film Noir

Last weekend the crew, along with old and new friends. we hung out together on our virtual toy photography safari. While the heat was on to make the deadlines, we sadly missed the scheduled post for our movie theme. So, here we are, one week the late introduction to this month’s theme, Film Noir.

This genre was prevalent in mostly American crime drama’s and regarded as the “classic Period” of film Noir between 1945 and the 1950s. However, the Noir style still continues to date with one particular movie that comes to mind. Typically known as Neo-Noir is Sin City. The style of filmmaking was characterised by such elements as stark lighting, cynical heroes, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and an underlying philosophy.

Some examples of the classic noir style to name but a few include, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Kiss Me Deadly (1955) a novel by Mickey Spillane, or Orson Welles’s baroquely styled Touch of Evil (1958). Even though it is hard to classify some movies into this genre, the turn of the decade brought about the Neo-Noir. You are probably more familiar with films such as Brad Pitt immensely successful Seven in 1995 or Quentin Tarantino’s popular movie, Pulp Fiction.

How you interpret this theme is completely up to you, perhaps you might want to create your own plot and play around with artificial lighting.

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The SiPgoesVirtual special edition of the Daily Prophet

Remember yesterday, in our special edition of the Daily Planet, we ended up on a cliffhanger with the Yellow Lantern leaving the journal for its parallel universe competitor, the Daily Prophet. Well wewe just happen to have a special edition of the Daily Prophet for today…

The Daily Prophet is getting live reports of an ongoing situation at Azkaban Prison. The known Death Eater and #1 Female Tyrant, Bellatrix Lestrange has staged a breakout. Or has she? We understand that the person believed to be Bellatrix, who has been in lockdown in Azkaban for 7 months now, is in fact, star Hogwarts pupil, Hermione Granger. She has been protesting her innocence ever since and was able to get messages out to the wizarding world via the window in her cell.

Thanks to our special reporter (and editor in chief) @shtacyp

Initially, when people believed the prisoner to be Bellatrix, the suspected mastermind behind the escape was the powerful evil wizard Lord Voldemort. We have since confirmed that Voldemort was spending an easy Sunday morning in his pyjamas, reading his favourite newspaper.

Thanks to our special reporter @ballou34

Our sources claim that Hermione Granger was accidentally under the influence of polyjuice potion. She made the potion herself, a simple task for such an accomplished wizard, but the potion was intended for someone else.

Thanks to our special reporter @bevvypix

In an incident in the Gryffindor common room, Neville Longbottom clumsily tripped over, splashing polyjuice potion in Hermione’s face.

Thanks to our special reporter@sophiefigs

The whole operation almost came to a standstill however, key character Moaning Myrtle got stuck in the toilet! Attempting to pass on a message to Harry Potter (who she is also in love with), Myrtle got stuck in the pipes.

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The SiPgoesVirtual special edition of the Daily Planet

The Green Lantern has taken over as the Chief Editor of the Daily Planet this week. Having had successful spells at LEGO News, Brain Times, and the Gotham Gazette, he hopes he can bring some of his signature wit to his new newspaper.

Thanks to our special reporter (and editor in chief) @shtacyp

And there is more trouble ahead in the DC Universe. Mister Miracle wants to move to Fabuland City. But before he’s allowed in, he has to prove his incredible escapologist powers to the Major and Sheriff of the city. Will he make it and become the next citizen?

Thanks to our special reporter@_me2_

Other than Mister Miracle, Star Girl is already living in Fabuland City. Upon her arrival, she picked up the duty of lighting the stars above the city every night. So far the citizens are impressed and in love with her skills.

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Breaking News: HP confirms new CEO (or so they say)

If you have been anywhere close to Social Media today you could not miss the news.
HP had some big announcements to make.
And at times it felt as if Her Highness Margaretha II of Denmark personally announced that the world-famous HP is now fully owned by that little start-up from Billund.
Or something like that.

Of course, we are not talking about the original HP sauce Her Majesty, The Queen of England supports. Yes, we are talking about the one and only Harry Potter. The brainchild of Her Highness J.K. Rowling of the Wizarding World of Warner Bros.

LEGO Inc. (that little startup from the lands of Hamlet) announced today the long leaked anticipated Diagon Alley that will be released tomorrow.
Together with more HP awesomeness packed in small little silver bags.
The CMF Harry Potter Series II, or better known to the Muggles as 71028.

For sure there is a lot happening in HP world this week.

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My struggle with Instagram (and social media)

I struggle with social media. Particularly with Instagram.

It’s been going on for years now. More than once, I wrote a draft for a blog post about it, but never posted any of them. It gradually became worse, but it felt like it couldn’t get any worse during this summer.

I still check Instagram multiple times a day. However, each time I scroll the app on my phone, I feel the same: there’s barely anything interesting. I feel completely disengaged from the platform as a viewer.

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How I failed at recreating one of my toy photos

Sometimes you make an image that you love, but end up not entirely happy with it. There is a tiny detail that you think is a bit off. You might notice it as soon as you take it. Or it might be years later. Eventually, you decide to attempt to fix it by reshooting the image.

The sad truth is that this is not always a successful endeavor.

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SiP Goes On Safari 2020- Online Edition

The Story So Far

After yet another unforgettable toy photo safari in Denmark last year, happy expectations and joyful anticipations from both old and new friends had been expressed. Yours truly crew got together and figured out possible travel destinations for the 2020 meet-up. After passionate discussions, we agreed on the city of Tallinn in Estonia as our base camp. The rest is history.

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Tell a story

Huston, July we had a problem

And what happened to our sense of humour? We do have one , saying that as a team with the exception of @herrSM, we are guilty for not joining in last month, so please accept our apologies for our absence. As a result we did not have many entries either and choosing a winner was an easier task than normal. Thank you so much to everyone else who entered. So drum role please…

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