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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.

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!

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

Lech Walesa visiting Billund

We try to keep as far away from politics as we can, but when famous Freedom Fighter, Nobel Prize Winner, former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa takes a photo with our models, it is something to be proud of.

Lech Wałęsa was invited to the 50th anniversary of Legoland, and Lego made special surprise for him – his own brick build Miniland scale figure.

During the visit, he and his grandsons also visited LEGO House, where he took photos with models of Polish Builders that are being presented in Masterpieces Gallery. Here is he with Jetboy’s creations:

And with Jerac’s builds:

The laboratory of Maria Skłodowska-Curie

 

maria-curie

Maria Skłodowska-Curie was one of the most outstanding figures in the world of science. Born in Poland, she studied and worked in France. Together with her husband, a French physicist – Pierre Curie – she discovered two radioactive elements – polonium and radium. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person in the world and the only woman to receive this award twice – in two areas – chemistry and physics. She was friend of Albert Einstein. As one of the first women she made a driving license. She was not afraid to break old rules in the world where woman were just starting to fight for their rights.

I am very impressed by the achievements of Maria Skłodowska-Curie and therefore I decided to honor her in a way that I am the most familiar with – with a LEGO® creation. By voting we can make the scene an official set. Let’s do it!

Writes Krzysztof Słomowski also known as Crises, my Zbudujmy.to! colleague,  in his LEGO IDEAS submission. I think the project is worth supporting, and spreading around, so lets all help to make it a real Lego set!

You can vote for this project here and then remember to visit Krzysiek’s Flicker account, as he has some more cool builds in his account. I always admire him for putting so much story into his builds!

Classic Space IDEA set

I rarely write about Lego ideas submissions, unless they are already made into the official set, but this time i feel the urge to share this project to help make it happen!

What m’i talking about? I’m talking about Cristiano Grassi’s project you can see on the picture below:

Playing In Space Since 1978 by Cristiano Grassi
Playing In Space Since 1978 by Cristiano Grassi

Do if you, like me, are a Classic Space fan go to the Lego Ideas site and vote!

How do we transport our models?

How do we transport our models? Is the question we often hear on our exhibitions. Today i have 2 videos showing hour our models are transported:

If you wonder, the boxes are made out of 5 layer cardboard in a  international standard FEFCO301. We ordered them here: http://www.cart-pack.pl/fefco.html but i would recommend finding local producer, as the boxes have to be sent folded, and that would be quite expensive.

As you see on video we have one of the sides unstapled so you can easily open it and remove the model. Cover is fully stapled.

If you have any more questions, please leave them in the comments, either here or on facebook.