Posts Tagged 'Lego'

Remembrance Sunday

For me, Remembrance Sunday means taking a two minute silence at 11am in memory of those who have been affected in the conflict of war.  The tribute started in 1919, a year on from the official end of the First World War on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month in 1918 - Armistice Day.

Tower Poppies

Marking 100 years since the start of World War I there has been more coverage this year than in previous years with the poppy installation at the Tower of London.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red features 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat at the Tower of London, each one representing a British military fatality during the war.

I went to see it a couple of months ago, and it is stunning.  Beautifully poignant and a fitting tribute.

Not to detract from the typical annual donations to The Royal British Legion, I opted this year for something slightly different.  A poppy with a twist.  And what better twist than Lego!

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As part of a limited collection of 100, each Lego poppy was hand created by Justin Ramsden with all proceeds split between The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

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The collection was designed and built in memory of Thomas Henry Hodgson, and “all those who not only fought in the First World War, but every state of conflict ever since”.

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The poppy arrived carefully boxed and wrapped in a lovely brick graphic printed paper which, in true Lego fashion, shows the pieces that comprise it.

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You can see more of Justin’s work here.

Lego Banksy

Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen has made quite a name for himself in his “other line of work” by using different combinations of Lego bricks and minifigures to create entirely new outcomes.

What started out as simply afternoon playtime with his daughter has evolved into The Brick Fantastic.

One particular project of his that caught my eye was his work as “Bricksy“, a Lego interpretation of the infamous artist Banksy.

bricksy2Pulp Fiction

bricksy11Sweeping It Under The Carpet

bricksy1Girl With Balloon

bricksy12Foreclosure

bricksy7Laugh Now

bricksy8Keep It Real

bricksy14Fridge Kite

bricksy13Caveman With Junkfood

bricksy15Love Deep

bricksy10Choose Your Weapon

bricksy9Naked Man

bricksy6Soldier With Spraycan

bricksy5Tightrope Rat

bricksy4Kissing Coppers

bricksy3Bouquet Grenade

In researching the images used here it had never occurred to me that as big a fan of Banksy’s work as I am, I didn’t know the proper titles of many of his works.

Seeing them written below the work makes them all the more poignant and profound particularly when you consider what the likes of “Choose Your Weapon” and “Foreclosure” really represent.

More on the website gallery here.

Lego World Cup Final

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably noticed that the Fifa World Cup final was on last weekend with Mario Götze grabbing the winner in extra time for the Germans.  With the hype and celebrations slowly fading I’ve got just one more World Cup related post to round it all off.

Following the final it took barely 48 hours for the brick-by-brick team at the Guardian to output this wonderful Lego recreation of the highlights of the match.

Granted I’m a bit slow off the mark (I’ve been out enjoying the sunshine!) but it’s still worth a watch and great attention to detail as ever.  Lego plus football, what’s not to like?

Enjoy!

Via Kayleigh on Twitter.

Behind The Scenes Of Lego Ad Break

About a month ago we were treated to a promo spot for The Lego Movie with the brilliant Lego Ad Break.

It always intrigues me to wonder how things are made or put together, and fortunately we’ve been allowed a brief glimpse behind the scenes of the advert and how they turned confused.com‘s Brian the robot into “blocky brilliance”.

The frame by frame attention to detail is fantastic (all 1000 bricks-worth that the scene required!), consider me suitably inspired to see what I can recreate using my crate of childhood Lego!

Lego Ad Break

If you have even a small interest in Lego then you’ll know that The Lego Movie is on the horizon and last night, to celebrate the upcoming release, ITV ran an entire ad break in Lego!

It was during Dancing on Ice so you’ll be forgiven for not having seen it.  In case you didn’t, or if you did and just want to watch it again, here it is.

The ad break concept was dreamt up by PHD and Warner Bros in partnership with ITV and creative agency Drum.  The actual Lego content was created by ITN Productions and Bricksports.

The instantly recognisable ads used were for the British Heart Foundationconfused.com,  BT, Premier Inn,  and of course The Lego Movie itself.

All of these prove that “even the most mainstream TV ad spaces can, in the right circumstances, be used in a playful and slightly cheeky way“.

More details here.

Build With Chrome

About 18 months ago, Google announced a rather fun looking WebGL Lego simulator called Build which gave a limited number of people a small plot of land on which to build your own Lego creation online.  Pretty neat.

Now, fast forward to present day and Google have just launched the much improved Build with Chrome to everyone, and it’s a whole lot more brilliant!

I haven’t been this excited by a web application in a long time.  Give it a couple of years, maybe a touch more, and I think as a community we will have large portions of the world entirely mapped out in Lego!  Very cool!

You can build on any device running the Chrome browser, so because you’re not restrained to your desktop that bus journey home is suddenly looking a lot more fun.

Additional geographical features let you browse other creations by location around the world, with popular items so far including an attempt on the Eiffel Tower and even a tardis on the bank of the Thames in London.  The best thing to do is head over and explore the world of bricks for yourself.

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It’s not a replacement for original Lego building blocks, but more an extension of the idea into the digital era.

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With the Build Academy Challenges and an option to just build your own creations on a standard base plate there is many hours of fun to be had (and no need for a Brick Separator* when you get a couple of 1×2 pieces get stuck together!).

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My first build was something very appropriate, even if I couldn’t resist the odd add-on pieces to decorate.  Happy building!

*I didn’t even know these existed until researching for this blog post!

Lego Masterpieces

As Christmas approaches it is no surprise that one of my favourites, Lego, is top of most people’s lists.  I recently read that throughout the year a staggering eight Lego sets are sold each second, with that figure increasing to a mind boggling 28 sets each second as we near Christmas!  That’s almost 300 sets sold since you started reading this blog post!

We’ve seen before how a minimal approach with Lego bricks can create something so recognisable with the Imagine Lego series, but taking it a step further Marco Sodano has pixelated the paintings of three classic masterpieces.

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Marco Lego 3

Did you get them all?  If not, just scroll down and I’ll leave the answers in the comments below.

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