Around the world in 90 minutes

You may remember back in July 2019, the image I created of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander appeared on LEGO social media. The good folks from Billund have now sent me the not yet released 21321 LEGO Ideas International Space Station to review in preparation for the official launch at the beginning of February.

The International Space Station

For those of you who do not know what to expect, here are three interesting facts about the ISS:
1. It is one of the largest single structures that mankind has ever put into space.
2. The space station was taken into space piece by piece and gradually built in orbit.
3. The ISS circles the globe every 90 minutes at a speed of 17,500 mph.

I really did not know what to expect when I said yes to reviewing this set. I knew it would either be something else or just space junk. Once my son put it together we could see just what I had to work with for producing images for LEGO.

It’s big… And it really has to be if LEGO is going to create a replica model. Indeed, the actual space station including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a US football field. This scaled-down model spans a width of 19 inches (49 cm). The solar panel width span is 12 inches (38 cm) so you are going to need ‘SPACE’ to store it.

The International Space Station

It is fragile, oh boy is it fragile. I would not recommend you purchasing it for children to play with as it will be broken into the tiny little pieces it started off as. It is definitely a display model if you have the ‘SPACE’. The attention to detail makes it like the actual real thing and this set includes eight movable solar panels.

Three are a Team

The ISS generally holds crews of between three and six people who are responsible for science experimentation and maintaining the station. Included in this set are officially two (well actually three) Astronauts. However if you are expecting the usual size mini-figures I will have to disappoint you. These figures are only half an inch high. Nevertheless they add to the scale of the model. In addition as a nice little touch, a little Space Shuttle is also included.

Three Astronauts

The Mission

My mission was to photograph the International Space Station ready for the official release. As a matter of fact, it was a challenging mission. Firstly I needed ‘Space’ and not to mention good lighting. The model reminds me of the size of an old fashioned television aerial, remember them? Secondly, I knew I would have a few hours editing the final images. Nevertheless, the build itself took a few hours and I have created five different images in more time than the ISS circumnavigates the world. (Keep an eye out for the pix, remember to check every 90 minutes).

The question is, would I purchase this set? Personally I do not have the ‘Space’ to display it but if I did, yes I would, simply because I love the idea of this set and what technology can do for our learning experiences. I will never get close to the real International Space Station (ISS). Still this set gives me the opportunity to explore and learn. It allows my perception to envisage just what Space Agencies are achieving. The fact that different nationalities live together in harmony shows that it can be achieved. The team from LEGO Ideas has created something special and again I will say: If you have the ‘Space’ then make this station yours, too.

“This will all end in tears. I just know it.”

Let me tell you of a man

Some years ago I stumbled across a feed on Instagram. The name of the feed pointed out clearly that most of the content was about hotdogs and burgers. Clearly something I was interested in. I followed that account and saw that its owner was visiting my hometown. I texted him and we met in person. That’s a long story short of how I met Lasse.

Find the passion

It took us quite some time to find out that we shared another passion (other than just eating out at Havnen’s Perle in Aarhus, for those who remember our last safari). It’s the passion for a construction toy, a system or plain and easy: the brick. Lasse and his wife even received LEGO as a wedding gift from their friends! What a base to start a marriage from!

From idea to reality

The other day when I showed Lasse one of our SiP custom minifigures, he seemed instantly hooked. I’m supposing that an idea instantly took shape. Not much later he came up with the idea of a custom minifigure of his company’s mascot. Some designing and fine-tuning later he had a draft. Lasse contacted a printer (great work, Lars!) and got his vision printed on a mini torso. He was so happy (and maybe also a little inspired by the first postcards he received from our Xmas card exchange) that he took his creation out and about and took his first toy photo (with his phone)! (Let’s see if we can get him into LEGOgraphy as well…)

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Better Run… Or Get Your Camera Out

The News Is Out

Today the LEGO Group announced some great news for all fans of Jurassic Park AND for toy photographers. Whether you’re into dinosaurs or not, this set will probably be a gem if you like to spend your time taking pics of toys.

The Set

The new set to come, 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage,  will not only consist of a fantastic model of a beautiful dinosaur as the Dino will be  accompanied by a giant gate and six minifigures (three of them brand new). Additionally, the gate will be framed by a wall. If you turn this around there will be six rooms that were inspired by movie scenes. That sounds like a whole lotta fun!

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The Survivor of the Apocalypse

The Story So Far

For the past month, we decided to run a little contest to celebrate the release of the LEGO Movie 2. After returning from the 2019 edition of Floating Bricks, we are overwhelmed to having found more than 170 entries. No less but ALL of them are great! Some may even be a little greater. And while many participants truly sent us into an apocalyptic mood (thanks for some sleepless nights), there was a handful that really surprised and inspired us. We do know that we´ve been letting you all wait for far too long. So grab a bag of popcorn and a drink and let us announce the winner of our Apocalypse-contest.

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Week 11 – Bjarke Ingels

An architect

Welcome to another week and another person of interest. This week we´d like to draw your attention to a  man who keeps amazing the world with his ideas and creations. His name is Bjarke Ingels.

Bjarke who?

When reading about Danish architects you will easily recognize some great names who created some iconic buildings. Think of the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon, the extension of the Malmö Library by Henning Larsen or the beautiful design works by Arne Jacobsen. Our man is no exception to this.

The Wall Street Journal named him Inovator Of The Year in 2011 for achitecture. And in 2016 Time Magazine decided that he was amongst the 100 Most Influential People.

Discover Why

The Apocalyptic Contest

Well, it has been a while since we last unleashed some good old school creative “fun” contest. You know, one without too many rules. So we thought it´s about time we did it again. And what better occasion could there be than to celebrate the LEGO Movie 2 ?? With just that in full swing all around the world we want to get your creative energies back to the max.

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Benny´s Space Squad- First impressions of the next generation

Yesterday our weekend shopping was done in no time. To me that meant there was some extra time. Extra time I could spend visiting a local toy store. As soon as I got there I went to check out the latest LEGO sets from the upcoming LEGO MOVIE 2.

Discover the best set of 2018, with Benny’s Space Squad …

Meet Niklas

It is Friday here on Planet Earth, and today we went over to Stockholm to sit down and meet with Peter’s Brother. A builder. A toy photographer. A minimalist. An AFOL who makes beautiful microbuilds.  Our Feature Friday guest.  So, without further ado, let us start at the beginning.

Who is Peter’s Brother?

My real name is Niklas Rosén. I am a 38-year-old AFOL, living in Stockholm, Sweden. I wasn’t born here, my birth town is Växjo, and that is also where I grew up. Växjö is a small town south from Stockholm (a good 400 km south, Sweden is a pretty tall country). The handle Petersbror, which I use on Instagram and Flickr is a nickname me and my brother Peter came up with. He is my brother (bror is brother in Swedish), and he started calling me Peterbror. With him it’s the other way around, I call him Niklasbror.
Weird I know 😊
I guess that is what brothers do. 

Niklas, Peter’s Brother, AFOL, Family man, Microbuilder and Toy Photographer.
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Building The Future

Blue, Beard and ZEUX

A few weeks ago we told you the fantastic story of Blue and Beard and the LEGO Technic 42081 Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX.
If you haven´t yet read the story, now is a good time …

It´s easy to enjoy your coffee when ZEUX is doing all the hard work.

…because: when you return, inspired to design the future, it just even got better! LEGO Ideas teamed up with the LEGO Technic Designers and The Volvo Construction Equipment team to design the future.
A creative LEGO Ideas hackathon of inspiring ideas for the next generation.
That´s a lot of fun and space for curiosity at the same time.
Unconstrained thinking for Big Inc. with a creative twist.

PEGAX at work, maybe inspiring your next idea?
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One year ago today- and what happened along the way

Time went by quickly

I know this is cheesy, but it seems to me the older I get, the faster time goes by. Right now it feels like it’s rushing by at the speed of light.

This morning Ian sent me some pictures from exactly one year ago and simply asked: Can you believe it? Honestly, I hardly can. One year ago we met in Edinburgh, Scotland for our annual toy photo safari. Looking back it was a short yet fantastic weekend meeting old and new friends, driving to the Highlands, playing amongst waterfalls and climbing hills and monuments. But that was only one year ago??

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