Here is my version of famous Eiffel Tower. Unlike Palace of Culture, i have never seen it with my own eyes, so i was building entirely using photos and blueprints as a reference. It is more like artistic impression of the Tower, then the exact model, but taking in consideration that this shape is not very brick friendly, i’m pretty happy with the end result. There is a little story behind it too, so “stay away and listen”. Continue reading Eiffel Tower
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First LEGO Store opens in Poland
6.08.2016 First LEGO Store opened in Poland. Store is located in the middle of one of Warsaw’s shopping mall – Galeria-Mokotów. Opening the shop was celebrated by a huge event where kids, as well as adults are building enormous 3d map of Poland. The event was organized by LEGO Poland with cooperation with polish AFOLs, and the map was designed by Zbudujmy.to’s member – SZWW.
After opening there was huge queue, which was a few hours of waiting long. What draw so many people was probably rare opportunity to get 40145 exclusive that you can only aquire during LEGO Store openings. To get it you had to spent 600 pln (about 150 euro), but if you just bought anything you could spin a wheel of fortune and win some goodies.
Prices in the shop are exactly the same as in catalogue, or shop.lego.com, however because the shop is not owned by Lego Brick Retail, but is frenchised, we do not have VIP program here as of now. There is a pick-a-brick wall, where small cup cost 50pln (about 12 euro), and big one 90pln (about 22 euro). This is more than in the western Europe, but it really depends of the currency exchange rates. I do not know if that will be common practice, but during opening there were no problems with packing the cups really tight. We also heard that store menager is open to suggestions for new parts.
There is also make a minifig stand. 3 minifigs cost 45pln (11 euro), pretty steppy, especially considering that the element selection was not very broad.
The staff is very nice and professional and despite huge amount of customers bothering them all the time they kept smiling and level of service was at the same high standards as in the western LBR stores.
There was wide assortment of lego sets, including exclusives and lego ideas sets, but due huge demands those were cleared from the shelves pretty early. Looking through sales perspective, opening was real success.
Opening of the shop has also made a lot of people around here really happy. Having brick wall around is something we have been waiting for. And if there was first Lego Shop open around, that means there will be more 🙂
Building map of Poland
Next to the shop there is an event spanning for 4 weekends of August, where public takes part in building 3d map of Poland. After the map will be built, it will be populated by brick creations.
The event was designed by Zbudujmy.to’s SZWW, and entire LUG was involved in making models of key landmarks of Poland so the map would not start totally empty. I will present those landmarks with more detail in another article.
Except building the map kids could just build with thousands LEGO bricks, and there was also area for smaller kids to play with Duplo
Except those attractions there were also models from Stefa Dorosłych Fanów LEGO (adult LEGO fans zone) including my Palace of Culture and Science. It was really nice to look at people getting amazed by the build. Surprisingly what was getting the most attention were the microscale cars parked around the building.
There were 2 other models presented, Warsaw’s King’s Castle by Nexus7 and Biskupin by BHs. Gdansk’s Port Crane got broken during transport and it was not rebuilt on time. There is a chance it will be rebuilt soon and will join the event next week.
We will be watching the building process of the map and will post another article with more details and photos, once the map will get finished, so stay tuned, and better yet subscribe!
Hercules – The Spaceship
Michał Kaźmierczak aka Migalart is building a spaceship fleet for his brick built comic book. He surely can photo edit to make his creations look great.
But if you want to admire the build more than pretty photo here is the version that will let you look at the great greebling. Notice how the small windows were made with plain 1×1 transparent plates and some gray tape.
I’m sure this is not the last time we will host Michał here. Oh and as a bonus, take a look at the ship from his comic in microscale:
Yet another Palace of Culture and Science
This is time-lapse video of me and Krusia, my girlfriend’s plush duplo rabbit building Palace of Culture and Science. This is not the first time Krusia helps me build, but it has never been shown to public how do we build a model from start to finish.
Some might wonder why we are building another version of famous Warsaw’s landmark. This time we were involved in another project by LEGO Poland. There were 17 landmarks to be built by people involved, i have chosen something else, but as nobody wanted to build PoCaS and i was already familiar with the geometry, i ended up building this version. I’m not sure how much info i can share now, so i will not say much more.
As you can see this MOC is much less detailed, but that was the idea of the project to build a little bit smaller and simpler. Proportions are also skewed a bit like in my previous build, but i’m more perception builder than the robot architect. The general look and feel of the object build is much more important to me than accuracy.
This was also an experiment to try to mix time-lapse with stop motion animation. I’m pretty pleased with results, are you? Would you like to see more videos like that? If yes, subscribe, comment and share.
School of Dance Modular Style
Krzysztof Pusz aka Servator moderator from LUGPol has tried his strengths in modular building for the first time. The results are amazing. Someone might argue that the floors are too high for modular building, but someone else might argue that they are too low in regular modulars. Decorations on the outside are just perfect, enough to make facade interesting but not cluttered. The real treats are hiding inside.
There is dancing room with piano, balet room and a place to train break dance. The place even has some space for wheelchair dancing! There is also some football player sleeping on money at the roof. If i know Krzysztof that would be Robert Lewandowski.
Some of the girls want to bring some colors to the school painting it pink and clothing one of the statues in their own pink skirt.
This modular was built for LUGPol’s event in Łódź that will be held this weekend, but has already been presented on LUGPol, Zbudujmy.to and Eurobricks where you can read some more on this moc.
Biskupin – premedieval Polish setlement.
After half year of work Bartek H has finished his brick recreation of Biskupin. That long it took from first sketches and LDD project to the final MOC to be created. The build consists of 36000 elements and is 5×4 baseplates big, not counting wooden bridge sticking away.
Here is short history behind Biskupin: Continue reading Biskupin – premedieval Polish setlement.
LEGOWISKO ŁÓDŹ 2016
What is the better way to invite fellow AFOLs to your event than by making MOC? I do not know better, as did Krzysztof Pusz of LUGPol who built this inviting scene.
The event will take place in:
Łódzki Dom Kultury
ul. Traugutta 18
The date is 2-3.07.2016, that is next weekend. You can find more info on LUGPol’s website if you are interested to go.
We will be there on Saturday as regular visitors, and will be capturing some video footage and photos, so subscribe or follow us on facebook not to miss the report.
Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science
Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science was originally build by Russian architect Lew Rudniew in 1952-1955. This LEGO brick version was built by me (Jetboy) during 2015-2016.
This build consist of almost 30000 bricks, is over 125 cm high, and it is the biggest thing i ever built. It’s base 4×5 baseplates, although i seen bigger things built out of LEGO bricks, is huge enough to call it crazy.
In late 2015 Polish LUGs were approached by LEGO Poland, to build some most iconic Polish landmarks AFOL style fir their Zone of Adult Fans of LEGO. We made projects in LDD, and 4 of them were selected to be built with real bricks. Palace of Culture and Science was one of them. It took me about half year from starting project in LDD to handing the model to LEGO Poland, it was and adventure of it’s own. I will write in depth article about it soon. Subscribe, so you will not miss it!
I was building it keeping LEGO Architecture style in mind. That’s why there is that black, stripe around it. The thing is that Palace is so huge, i had to make it 2 studs wide, as one stud tiles would be hardly noticeable.
The Last Mission – LEGO Sci-Fi comic book by Michał Kazmierczak
Fellow Zbudujmy.to AFOL Michał Kazmierczak also known as Migalart, famous for his extreme builds of Erebor and Mustafar has just published his brick build comic book.
The entire work took him about half year of hard work, where he put both his building and photographic skills to the test. The effect is stunning! Some example photos after the break: Continue reading The Last Mission – LEGO Sci-Fi comic book by Michał Kazmierczak
A Few Adventures of Sparrow Tweet
“A Few Adventures of Sparrow Tweet” (Przygód kilka wróbla Ćwirka) is a Polish cartoon from the 80’s from Se-Ma-For studio, more well known for it’s Flappy Bear (Bear Flappy Ear) stop motion animation. Animation itself was mediocre, but wonderful narration of Jan Kobuszewski was making up for it. That however was lost in translation and the series never was very popular outside Poland.
This beautiful creation of Sparrow Tweet, and his friend Klekot* in under who’s nest Tweet was living was brought to you by BHs, who built it for LUGPol‘s exhibition in Łódz Poland. That is where Se-Ma-For studio was located, hence the “Polish Cartoons” theme of the show.