LEGO ERA |OT| Rebuilding One Brick at a Time.

Not feeling that Winter Village set this year. Which is fine, since I never picked up last year's train station.


Also, for anyone who wanted the fishing shack, Walmart has it on sale.

 
Hmm deciding between that and brick bank. Im at the point where if I get new sets I have to disassemble others so I gotta be careful.
OFS is an amazing good looking set (as display) but a simpler building (nothing really extraordinary in building technics). A favorite of mine, but also does not display well side by side other modulars, either you display it on a shelf or makes a beach for it.
 
OFS is an amazing good looking set (as display) but a simpler building (nothing really extraordinary in building technics). A favorite of mine, but also does not display well side by side other modulars, either you display it on a shelf or makes a beach for it.
Pretty much this. It looks amazing, but to achieve that look it uses a lot of repetitive and straight forward techniques. I didn't really enjoy building it, but love having it on display.

Brick Bank was a fun build (like every modular is), but is one of my least favourites in the looks-department.
 
I absolutely adore that Target Exclusive Coffee Shop that's coming out. I've been on the hunt for it ever since I saw the pic of it last week. None of the stores I visited had it. Bricklink said it was instock at most, typing the DCPI code into the price scanner usually said they couldn't find the item.

A guy at one of the Targets was nice enough to help me look and said they're not allowed to put them out until Sep 30th.
 
So I’ve been window shopping for my annual big set and I was wondering: is the Parisian Restaurant soon getting retired? If so, I might jump on that (it would be my first modular).
 
The cinema went just over 4.5 years and Pet shop made it a bit over 5 years. Parisian came out Jan 2014 so currently at 4 years, 9 months. I would guess it is retired in January when the likely next modular releases.

It's also a fantastic set, so you won't be disappointed.
 
Walmart Canada put the Pet Shop and Palace Cinema on clearance in July of the year each set was retired. This year they haven’t put any modular on clearance. Ghostbusters HQ and Silent Mary were put on clearance though.
 
I traded a Death Star without most of its figures for a complete silent Mary, I’m hyped to build that ship
Death Star cost me $70 too lol

Now I gotta sell bins of pieces to save up for hogwarts castle
 
I'm working on an entry for the Bricklink AFOL Design Program. Here's the smaller of the two builds:

(The new Stud.io renderer is off the fucking hook.)



Yes the handle makes it go up and down

 
Exterior complete. The lids hinge open and the front panels pop off easily so you can see the insides (still in progress)





The keys move (in groups of 2 or 3) which cause individual hammers to strike. The sustain pedal will lift a damper bar.



Now to buy some of the more unusual parts and mock some of this up in the flesh to make sure I ain't crazy...
(32L spiral poles from the carousel effectively limited this to 5 octaves of 6 studs each, compared to 7.3 octaves on the real thing)
 
Exterior complete. The lids hinge open and the front panels pop off easily so you can see the insides (still in progress)





The keys move (in groups of 2 or 3) which cause individual hammers to strike. The sustain pedal will lift a damper bar.



Now to buy some of the more unusual parts and mock some of this up in the flesh to make sure I ain't crazy...
(32L spiral poles from the carousel effectively limited this to 5 octaves of 6 studs each, compared to 7.3 octaves on the real thing)
Wow, that is very impressive.
 
Exterior complete. The lids hinge open and the front panels pop off easily so you can see the insides (still in progress)





The keys move (in groups of 2 or 3) which cause individual hammers to strike. The sustain pedal will lift a damper bar.



Now to buy some of the more unusual parts and mock some of this up in the flesh to make sure I ain't crazy...
(32L spiral poles from the carousel effectively limited this to 5 octaves of 6 studs each, compared to 7.3 octaves on the real thing)
Whowza, that is awesome!
 
Well, this is new. I did think Ideas would evolve into crowd funding at some time but it looks like they are using Indiegogo.

https://www.brothers-brick.com/2018...uct-line-lego-forma-hosted-by-indiegogo-news/

LEGO reveals new experimental product line LEGO Forma, hosted by Indiegogo



LEGO has revealed a new experimental product line designed for adults called LEGO Forma. The first wave of small-batch sets produced under the LEGO Forma line will be kinetic sculptures of fish, created with a moving Technic core and wrapped with four “skins” made of foil to represent three types of Koi and one shark.


The core set, 81000 Koi Model, contains 294 pieces including the Technic base and a single life-like koi skin. The model measures 10 inches high (27.9 cm) and 11 inches long (12.7 cm). The initial wave of LEGO Forma sets are available for pre-order on Indiegogo as “backer perks” from now until November 6th or whenever product runs out. The base set sells for $45 USD and is only available in the United States and United Kingdom for the time being. If the project meets its funding goals, the sets will ship in early 2019.
 
Is the "Lego Forma" name referring to the crowdfunding approach, the idea of having realistically-moving creatures or the skin-wrap component?
This sentence from the project page makes me think it is a new line like Ninjago or City but I guess it can be interpreted as an approach - like Ideas.

LEGO FORMA mechanical models are cleverly designed but simple to assemble.
 
Exterior complete. The lids hinge open and the front panels pop off easily so you can see the insides (still in progress)





The keys move (in groups of 2 or 3) which cause individual hammers to strike. The sustain pedal will lift a damper bar.



Now to buy some of the more unusual parts and mock some of this up in the flesh to make sure I ain't crazy...
(32L spiral poles from the carousel effectively limited this to 5 octaves of 6 studs each, compared to 7.3 octaves on the real thing)
I need this
 
Thanks for the praise everyone :)
Y'all got me juiced up enough to actually order an assortment of parts to road-test the design and then fingers crossed it makes it through the selection process!

I'm going to submit a non-functional version too, with a lower part count and more robust construction (it's currently around 1,200 parts)
 
Thanks for the praise everyone :)
Y'all got me juiced up enough to actually order an assortment of parts to road-test the design and then fingers crossed it makes it through the selection process!

I'm going to submit a non-functional version too, with a lower part count and more robust construction (it's currently around 1,200 parts)
What’s the actual size of it? Can you take a picture of it next to something for reference?

It’s gorgeous.
 
What’s the actual size of it? Can you take a picture of it next to something for reference?

It’s gorgeous.
The pics are actually renders! The new rendering engine in Stud.io is the absolute nuts.

It's 34 studs wide 12 studs deep and 23 bricks high, so about half the size of a small modular building. 27cm/10.5" wide, 22cm/8.5" high
 
Thanks for the praise everyone :)
Y'all got me juiced up enough to actually order an assortment of parts to road-test the design and then fingers crossed it makes it through the selection process!

I'm going to submit a non-functional version too, with a lower part count and more robust construction (it's currently around 1,200 parts)
I totally want to see a grand piano now!
 
Thanks for the praise everyone :)
Y'all got me juiced up enough to actually order an assortment of parts to road-test the design and then fingers crossed it makes it through the selection process!

I'm going to submit a non-functional version too, with a lower part count and more robust construction (it's currently around 1,200 parts)
Absolutely stunning . Hope your project is selected.
 
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