Overanalyzing 30404 Friends Sunflower

A statue to brain-eating aliens or a sunflower?

Is it a peaceful sunflower or is it a statue that celebrates brain-eating aliens from outer space?

Everyone knows that outer space is big – very big. There are many places out there and many places where aliens can live. We don’t know much about these aliens but everybody knows that they must have a color! And BOOOOOOM: there’s colors in this set!

There’s nine colors and white in the model. White is not a color. And what isn’t a color either? Black! The Aliens from the Aliens movies are Black – boom! But! That’s not all! What color are aliens traditionally depicted in? Green (little green men)! And there’s three light green and one regular green pieces in this sunflower! The earth is the third planet from the sun! Ahem: BOOM! Little green men and Aliens are coming to take over the world in a green flying disc!

Don’t believe me yet? How many leaves are on the flower? Eight! Eight is one less than nine. Why would there be fewer leaves than there are colors? Because everyone knows that Clint Eastwood was in A FEW Dollars more! Clint Eastwood starred with Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven, Morgan Freeman Starred with Dan Aykroyd in Driving Miss Daisy, Dan Aykroyd starred with Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters! AND who starred in all the first four Alien movies? Sigourney Weaver! BOOOOOOOOOM!

It’s undeniable: Aliens are coming from outer space to eat our brains!

Or, am I overanalyzing?

LEGO Twin Towers by Rob Gubbe – Interview

LEGO World Trade Center – Twin Towers in LEGO is a LEGO MOC created by Rob Gubbe from Germany. It’s 4 to 6 meter tall LEGO re-creation of the World Trade Center in New York. It’s an impressive LEGO display with more than 200.000 bricks. In this video I talk with Rob Gubbe about how he made the World Trade Center out of LEGO and all the difficulties he had too. Go to http://www.brickbakery.fun for the full Brick Bakery experience.

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LEGO acquires BrickLink

Today, it was announced that the LEGO Group has acquired the secondhand LEGO platform: BrickLink. It is an exciting move for both parties. Reading the announcement on BrickLinks website, the acquisition seemed almost inevitable.

Wrote BrickLink in their announcement:

When two companies have perfectly aligned visions while filling in the missing parts of each other, it’s not too difficult to imagine how the collaboration will go.

In an interview with Julia Goldin (LEGO Chief Marketing Officer) the Brothers Brick pressed for details on the potential conflict of interest. However, CMO Goldin underlined that the LEGO Group does not believe there is such a conflict. An interesting detail that came out of the interview: the LEGO Group will only support LEGO-branded sellers on BrickLink.

In the view of this AFOL; the acquisition of BrickLink is a smart move. Controlling the largest online platform for selling and buying secondhand LEGO is a huge opportunity. The potential for the LEGO Group to – essentially – compete with themselves in the sale of bricks-on-demand is undeniable. Traditionally, the LEGO Group has been very fan-minded and service-oriented and this acquisition can be an interesting way to improve that even further. Supplying builders with the bricks they need, when they need them, is key to a thriving LEGO fan community.

What is your view on this acquisition by the LEGO Group? Let me know in the comments!

Project Update: Interiors!

I’ve been working on the residential masonry building over the weekend. I’ve finalized the interiors of the four apartments and I’ve completed the first floor exterior as well. It now sits in it’s unfinished state in the city. I’ve realized that I will probably run out of light grey 1×1 SNOT (Studs Not On Top) bricks before I get the second floor done. I’m now contemplating building the roof and add in the second floor later on.

Let’s Build: LEGO 5918 Scorpion Tracker [Review]

LEGO 5918 Scorpion Tracker is a small LEGO set from the original LEGO Adventurers theme. It’s a small exploration and safari LEGO car. The LEGO set contains a LEGO jeep and one minifigure. It was released in 1998 and marks the first wave of LEGO Adventurers sets that came out during the 1990s. In this video I build and review the LEGO 5918 Scorpoin Tracker. Hope you enjoy!

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Overanalyzing LEGO 31078 Treehouse Treasures

This is a secret code that puts you on the track of a secret society of spidermen!

It seems like a cute little nostalgic set but in reality it’s a tower that celebrates a secret society of spidermen!

Did you ever wonder why there’s a small spider in this set and why it’s near the water? Everyone knows that spiders don’t live near the water – at all. They hate it. In fact, I once heard a spider say: “I really hate water”, and that should be proof enough. So why is the spider near the water and not near the tree? Well, if you count there’s exactly – like EXACTLY; two – TWO: studs from the spider to the edge of the water. Everyone knows that B is the second letter of the alphabet and that 2 is the second number in the row of numbers! Bam-bam-baaaaaaaa!

But it gets weirder! Everyone knows that Emo Peter Parker was in the THIRD Sam Rami Spiderman film. And what number comes after two? BOOOOOM: it’s 3! This is the first evidence that this set is really a celebration of a secret spidermen society!

Not convinced? Look at the red X on the front of the model. You see a red X leading to a treasure – yes? WRONG! This X has four – FOUR – points pointing to every corner of the world! And what lives in the world? BOOOOOM: Spiders!

I’m sure you can find even more evidence. But, who needs it – it’s clear! There’s a secret society of spidermen ruling the world!

Or maybe I’m just overanalyzing?

Check the live build of this set here!

LIVE LEGO BUILD: LEGO 31097 Townhouse Pet Shop and Café

LEGO 31096 Townhouse Pet shop and Café is a LEGO set in the LEGO 3-in-1 creator theme. It’s three things in one – a townhouse, pet shop and café! It’s got different interesting play features including a neat hotdog stand. Today I’ll be building the LEGO townhouse and I’m looking very much forward to it! It’s got some awesome minifigs and a very nice cup build too! Join me as I build this LEGO Townhouse Pet shop and Café in this LEGO Livestream!

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How to build LEGO furniture [LEGO Tutorial no. 6]

How to build LEGO furniture is something you have to ask at some point when building a LEGO city or LEGO MOC. LEGO furniture are essentianl to make LEGO MOCs look realistic. In this video I offer a tutorial for building 10 pieces of LEGO furniture. I take you through all the steps of creating custom LEGO furniture. So you’ll get a guide for building and maybe get some ideas on how to implement custom LEGO furniture in your LEGO city and LEGO MOCs.

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Project update: Masonry House for Bakersville

I’m currently working on a dark red masonry house for Bakersville. You may have seen the two big cups of masonry bricks that I’m using for this, in my latest video on Youtube! I was lucky to get them and am now really exited to get to use them (all?). It’s meant to be an apartment building inspired by early 1900s buildings that are seen often in Danish cities. However, I will take some liberties in upper floors regarding windows – you’ll see what I mean in the future. I’m planning three floors in all with room to add more if needed. It’s a building I intend to furnish completely so all my sigfigs can have a home to live in.

Let me know what you think in the comments!