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A Catablog of Tools, Tips, and Techniques for building with LEGO®

from my lego lens, originally uploaded by slackware.

This is not a complicated MOC, and we’ve seen the LEGO camera have an added lens to it. But add the camera bag on the side, the pose, and the fact that this is a beautifully taken photo, and you have a very simple, yet revealing portrait of a photographer.

Brick Side Road, originally uploaded by ??a??i? ?o..

Looks at this beautiful technique for a brick road. I love the variation of the color; I think they work well; and the spacing — all help convey the idea that this is an old city road made of nice stones or brick.

Here’s a cool new use for the recent Green Minifig Stands that come in the Toy Story Army Men on Patrol Sets — foliage for trees! continue reading…

Bring on the Desks!

I’ll admit I can’t come up with all the great ideas on my own. (So I’m humble, right?) And we AFOLs have an awesome community of great builders from which to draw inspiration. Of course you can get into a whole long discussion here over who came up with a particular technique first, and while it’s nice to be able to ascribe credit where it’s due … you’ve got to admit that good ideas spread until everybody’s done it. (Ripping off someone else’s Flickr photos and posting them as your own is a completely different matter and anyone who does such things ought to have their LEGO bricks taken from them and given to other kids).

Anyhow, I love minifig scale furniture—particularly if it’s done right. 🙂 For an upcoming series for The Brick Side I needed to do some research on LEGO desks, and wanted to take a few minutes to share with you some of the cool creations I found.

The setting for my upcoming series will be in an office with a cubicle-like atmosphere, so I need to figure out some good ways to build desks. So here is a gallery here of some of the LEGO desks I could find in minifig scale. I started with items already included in my LEGO Minifig Furniture pool on Flickr and also went in search of others. A couple of these aren’t exactly in minifig scale, but I don’t think the world will end because of it. If it does, then so long and thanks for all the fish!

Office Desk Tablescrap

Office Desk Tablescrap by 2 Much Caffeine

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BrickMagic is upon us. Last week Joe Meno was gracious enough to take time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for me about the life of the BrickJournal editor and his involvement with this new LEGO convention. Here’s what we had to say…

Joe Meno, editor of BrickJournal Magazine

Joe Meno at BrickWorld 2009

BrickMagic is a new convention this year. Why another LEGO convention? (not that I’m complaining…)

JM: Why not?

Seriously, BrickMagic came into being when my publisher asked me if we could do a convention in Raleigh a couple of years ago. My first reaction was that we could do one when a LEGO store opens here (yes, the discounts on a convention are a big incentive to many), and last year, a store opened in town! More to the point, another convention is another opportunity for AFOLS to meet and show the public what can be done with bricks, imagination and dedication!

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