Golden Studs Awards 2019

Golden Studs Awards is a yearly event where Zbudujmy.To! awards best Polish brick builders. Let the title not mislead you. 2019 edition run at the beginning of the year is actually for the builds that were published in 2018. Judges who are top builders themselves  chose pretenders and then select winners form among them in 12 categories.  Works are taken from both polish lugs and polish internet and exhibitions. This year results have been just published. And this time i also won one of the categories \o/  Here are the categories and winners with short description form judges:

Imaginator

Category description:  Innovative idea, or new approach to old ideas. It’s more about entire build than interesting building techniques. Winner: jetboy for  3… 2… 1… START!

Obrazek

Quintesence of microscale. Great thing built out of few bricks. Great dynamics of the launch of space rocket. Genial in simplicity.
Animator
Category description: Best use or posing of minifigs, “giving life to minifigs”
Winner Janek for Punkt Agonii / Tymczasem w postnuklearnej Rosji… (Point of Agony / Meantie in postnuclear Russia…)

Obrazek

Well earned victory for giving “life” to “dead”  minifigs.
Kreator
Category description: Best non minifig character – built out of the bricks – humans, animals, robots, etc.
Winner JAREMA for Alien Queen

Obrazek

Not the first time Jarema proves he is master of characters. Except perfectly realized shape of Alien Queen there is lots of NPU.
Konstruktor
Category description:   Model of vehicle, ship or other contraption designed by builder, or know only from book description.
Winner Ciamek for Goliath

Obrazek

You can feel the mass and power. Such a crude mecha, well fitting vision of alternative WWII. It is so different to mechs we all know from other media. It has it’s own style. Ciamek did it again!
Modelator
Category description:  Model of vehicle, ship or other contraption  existing in reality or known form movies, comic books, art, etc. In this category we judge how faithful to the original model is and creative depiction of hard to build details.
Winner Mateusz92 for Alstom Pendolino ED250 PKP Intercity

Obrazek

Mateusz and his train themed models are impressing us for long. It is no different with Pendolino model, which except phenomenal look is fully functional (has full lightning) and adds to each display she rides on.
Mechanizator
Category description: Vehicles and stationary models having moving functions.
Winner eric trax for Amazone Pantera 4502

Obrazek

Eric trax each time surprises us with his vehicles. Each time it seems he reached the top, and each consecutive creation of him seems to be better.  His topic selection, exotic color schemes on models that are not often built out of Lego bircks made the work that left no chances for runners up.
Innowator
Category description: Use of new building techniques, unusual solutions and surprising parts usage.
Winner Servator for Steampunk Monowheel

Obrazek

Servator for long time is building small models in steampunk style, which gives chances for unusual piece usages, but in the case of this monowheel he reached the tops.  Using “useless” turbine makes for a great NPU.
Murator
Category description: Interesting and cleverly built architecture, interior or scenery.
Winner Insomnia for Layers City

Obrazek

Insomnia with his  Layers City presented fresh approach to city building giving builder opportunity to express himself on three levels, and viewer a chance to feed his senses multiple times on the same area of diorama. Great concept and execution!
Reduktor
Category description: Smaller than minifig scale.
Winner Toltomeja for  Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza w Krakowie

Obrazek

Next work that is perfect example of microscale build. Here you can see entire part of the city built realistically.  It depicts AGH in Krakow. If it was built in minifig scale it wouldn’t fit in most of the exhibition halls, but as a microscale it can pu put on the table, and still everybody familiar with AGH will recognize aech building easily. We are impressed with completeness and size of the build.
Kondensator
Category description: Smaller than 256 square studs.
Winner Janek for Neo Tokyo 2039

Obrazek

Janek with such a tiny model managed to describe future history and give the feel of the post apocalyptic city so well, we would want to see more of this metropolis,

Special prizes:

New Hope
KarolWes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/151766161@N07/page1

Nowa Nadzieja jest bardzo ważną kategorią i wszyscy wiedzą dlaczego. Spośród nominowanych w tej kategorii, KarolWes wyróżnia się różnorodnością podejmowanej tematyki oraz niebanalnym podejściem do budowania.

Chosen One – Public Award 

Winner Insomnia 

Przegląd tegorocznych prac:
Obrazek

Last year’s New Hope, this time most popular from advanced builders, what an instantaneous career! Insomnia builds MOCs small and monumental, happening in the past and future, sterile and messy, but always full of interesting details, colorful and extremely climatic. We wait for more!

Congratulations for all the winners, if you want to see all the contenders please go to Zbudujmy To! forums.

The LEGO Group launches a new educational “fun-fact” series on its newly created STEM YouTube Kids channel, LEGO Discover.

How far is it to the moon? What are rainbows? Which was the first animal to go into space?

Those are exactly the questions the new “Explained with LEGO Bricks” series is aiming to answer with both educational facts through live-action, but also humorous LEGO stop motion sections and cut-scenes.

The show’s purpose is to use the fun of the LEGO Bricks to draw kids in a topic they would be naturally curious about, and prompt them to know more. All episodes will aim to do this with various topics about science, nature and technology as part of the larger effort to get more kids interested into STEM related topics.

Early October, the LEGO Group launched a dedicated YouTube Kids channel for everything STEM related: LEGO Discover. This channel aim is to teach kids modern skills in a fun way thanks to the LEGO product and bricks and make the overall LEGO STEAM programs and initiatives accessible to a younger audience. The channel community has already grown to over 10,000 subscribers.

youtube.com/LEGOdiscover

Skaerbaek Fan Weekend here we come!

Skaerbaek Fan Weekend is the biggest and most prestigious LEGO FAN’s event. It is held in beautiful Skaerbaek conference center near Billund, heart of LEGO World.  This year we will be there again, and not only we will publish photos and videos from event, but we will also visit LEGO House and share our experiences, so stay tuned for the next weekend when we will share all the fun!

LEGO online store expands to 5 new countries

The Official LEGO Shop has had exciting news this summer, as its expanding into 5 new countries, including Slovakia, Greece, Latvia, Estonia and Slovenia.

This expansion marks 29 countries globally – where shoppers can enjoy the full LEGO Shop experience, including access to the full assortment, exclusive products and promotions each month, extended line items and other unique services like Pick-A-Brick.

To commemorate this milestone, LEGO Shop is running a promotion in before mentioned countries* with an opportunity to “Win a one-of-a-kind buildable flag”. This extremely limited and rare set is not available for purchase anywhere. To enter simply make a purchase in one of  newly opened shops versions and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win. Hurry – this special promotion ends September 23rd. Visit one of the linksbelow now to learn more!

The URLs for the campaigns are:

Slovakia https://shop.lego.com/en-SK/lego-shop-slovakia-competition?icmp=HP-SHM-P-MT-flagsw-955

Greece https://shop.lego.com/en-GR/lego-shop-greece-competition?icmp=HP-SHM-P-MT-flagsw-953

Latvia https://shop.lego.com/en-LV/lego-shop-latvia-competition?icmp=HP-SHM-P-MT-flagsw-954

Estonia https://shop.lego.com/en-EE/lego-shop-estonia-competition?icmp=HP-SHM-P-MT-flagsw-952

Slovenia https://shop.lego.com/en-SI/lego-shop-slovenia-competition?icmp=HP-SHM-P-MT-flagsw-956

*you need to be resident of that country to be eligible.

Netflix’s LEGO House documentary – my 0.5 second of fame

Netflix has produced interesting documentary about LEGO House. It was available in us for quite some time, but it finally can be seen in Poland where i live.  I’m featured in the documentary for a few frames, filmed while preparing models for Masterpiece Gallery, where my models were exhibited for almost a year.

You can view the video following this link: https://www.netflix.com/title/81002885

Turkish Airlines have the best safety guide video!

This safety video for Turkish Airlines is AWESOME! Starring Emmet, Wyldstyle and Batman himself! It’s full of humour and advertises Lego Movie 2 too! Fasten your seat belts and enjoy!

Old Polish comic book tribute

Fiki Miki is tribute to old classic polish comic books – “Awantury i wybryki małej małpki Fiki Miki” by Kornel Makuszyński and Marian Walentynowicz, more famous for their “Adventures of Koziołek Matołek”. This build was supposed to be exhibited during Polish Comics exhibition in Krakow’s National Museum, along with some other builds from my LUG Zbudujmy To! but was canceled lastminute.
That is not the only model i made for this exhibit. Gapiszon is another hero from my childhood reads. Here he is in a Brickheads version:

crazy creations made of Lego bricks