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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.

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

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:

60 Alternative Models of 40270 Valentine Bee

During Easter Holidays we went to my wife’s family. I knew we wouldn’t have much to do there, so i took 40270 Valentine Bee Brickheadz set to start #60yearsOfTheBrick challenge.

My task was to build 60 alternative models out of one set. I shared it on Facebook and Instagram so people could ask what should i build next. Here are results:

If you want to take a better look, please go to my flickr account. Actually there are 63 alternative builds, as there were some additional requests. Also sorry for the poor quality of the photos, i was taking them at the holiday table.

How do YOU think, which set should i use next time for similar challenge?

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:

75 years of Le Petit Prince

It seems exactly 75 years ago Little Prince book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was released. Thank you Sue Ann for reminding. I have something for the occasion i built some time ago:

The model is currently being displayed in Masterpieces Gallery in LEGO House.

Celebrate 60 years of the Brick with Zbudujmy.To! and LEGO.

This year is 60th anniversary of the brick! To celebrate it Zbudujmy To! with help of Lego is organizing 2 contests.

First one, is about building something cool out of as close as 60 bricks as possible, second one is just about building something cool.

If you want to take part in the contest all you have to do is publish your build on Instagram, Flickr or Facebook with #WhatWillYouBuild and #60bricks tags and post link to your work on the Zbudujmy.to forums. To prove hove many bricks you used another photo is required listing them.

60 bricks for 60th brick anniversary

What Would You Build?

Here are links to the contests, unfortunately rules are in Polish, but if you want to take part in the contest and need help,  just send me a message here or on Facebook.

The prizes are set that Lego made for the 60th anniversary for 3 top entries, and some polybags will be drafted among all participants – the more entries – the more polybags!

3… 2… 1… LIFTOFF!!!

This is my entry into LEGO Moments in Space contest on IDEAS.

If you like it,  please vote and it may become Gift with Purchase Set available at Shop@Home.  The set has 2 modes – first is the rocket standing on a platform that can be great ornament on any shelf, second is the rocket in the very moment of start, which looks even greater.

Here is a closer look:

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!