LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (42115) Reaction – How to Get for a Good Price?! Review

In this video we react to the new LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (set 42115) that has just been revealed. We also look at historically when is the best time to purchase this car as it is a really pricey set. We also cover facts about the real car that have translated into LEGO, it is the first Lamborghini Electric hybrid and what does the “Sian” name actually mean?

Not a petrol head but always loved Lamborghinis since I was a little kid. Porsches and Ferraris never did it for me, but those low to the ground sleek lines of the Lamborghini contouch just always awesome. So naturally excited for this one. We’ve been teased over last few weeks, a wheel a couple of weeks ago and teaser trailer yesterday.

Fun Facts about the real car:
– First Lamborghini Electric Hybrid Car
– Only 63 will be made commemorating 1963 when Lamborghini first made a supercar
– Sian means lightning , so slight variation from the bull names they usually go with. But goes along with the fact it is their first electric hybrid
– FKP 37 are the initials related to late Volkswagen Group chairman Ferdinand Piëch who bought Lamborghini into the VW brand in the 1990s, 37 was his birth year of 1937
– Originally a tractor company
– Frosted glass on the top
– press a button and unfrosts
– No two will be alike – so one customer orders in one colour, no one else can order in that colour … wonder who will get the red and black variations
– Green is actually traditional Lamborghini colour
– Air vents are 3D printed – first time for this
– Power for the electric motor is stored in a supercapacitor unit instead of conventional lithium ion batteries.
– 3 times the power and lighter weight

Check out Business Wars podcast which goes over Lamborghini vs Ferrrari https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ferrari-vs-lamborghini-the-gauntlet-1/id1335814741?i=1000434944942

Release date June 1, 2020 VIP, August 1st, general public
Set 42115 3696 pieces Price US 379.99 UK £349.99 €379.99
1:8 Scale

More Information: https://www.brothers-brick.com/2020/05/28/lego-technic-lamborghini-sian-supercar-officially-unveiled-news/

Timecode for the Video:

0:00 Introduction
0:17 Lamborghini Sian FKP37 Trailer Reveal
3:10 LEGO Instagram Official Images and Car Fun Facts .. the number 63
4:00 Why Sian?!
4:35 Wheel Detail
4:45 Rearview spoiler
5:15 Car Build
6:17 Price History of LEGO Supercars
7:35 Why you shouldn’t buy the LEGO Bugatti at the moment
8:05 What is FKP37?
8:19 Lamborghini started as a tractor company
8:35 Conclusion and Summary

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LEGO Yoda 2002 7194 Ultimate Collectors Series UCS – How hard is it to build? Speed Build Review

In this video we are going to review and time lapse build this LEGO Yoda UCS Ultimate Collector Series UCS set 7194 from 2002. It has 1,075 pieces but the vast majority of those are bricks. It’s like having your own little Yoda in a similar style to brick builds that you would find a a LEGOLAND themepark, and there aren’t too many sets like this.

How does it stand up today, what is it like, how hard is it to build, how can I get one? We will look at all these questions.

Time codes for the video:
0:06 Introduction
2:56 Instructions
5:08 Pre-sorting bricks into bowls
5:25 Time-lapse build
6:33 Head construction
7:21 Ear Construction
7:40 Final thoughts on the construction
7:52 Tips on How to Get A hold of one vs Rebricking on Bricklink
8:35 2002 Yoda vs 2019 Yoda
9:00 Building Mandalorian Baby Yoda from 2019 Yoda set
9:20 What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below

2019 Baby Yoda aka “The Child” Alternative Build 75255 instructions mentioned in the video:
https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-38952/Allouryuen/the-child-aka-baby-yoda/

Transcript from the show

Hmmm … Build or Build not! There is no try. <groan>

Introduction

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of Family Bricks and in today’s video we are going to review and time lapse build this LEGO Yoda UCS Ultimate Collector Series set 7194 from 2002. It has 1,075 pieces but the vast majority of those are bricks. It’s like having your own little Yoda in a similar style to brick builds that you would find a a LEGOLAND themepark, and there aren’t too many sets like this.

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Overview

So this is more just a straight up and down brick build. You mainly just build it in layers as you go straight up. There isn’t that much movement in here or play features. There is a couple little things that you can do. Like you can turn the head a little bit. Its motion gets stop by this little necklace through there. If you lift it all the way up you can turn it around and stop it from getting caught in there.

I mean that little necklace thing seems a bit weird. I don’t remember it from the original trilogy set of films but maybe I’m not remembering it correctly. You do also have these eyes that can move a little bit up and down given the way they sit on these technic pieces. But again not a great deal that you can do with them. You can have them cross eyed or wonky or something. But otherwise just looks straight forward.

The head sits on one of those rotating 4×4 type bricks. And that is what gives it that motion there. And that chain is attached in at the back.

Most of it is in this tan or sand green, occasionally do get some of these other reds and browns. Most of it is built straight up. You do get some occasionally some studs to the side for the fingers. Otherwise it’s a big chunky sort of a build.

Just as you are going around you get a bit of a sense of those Jedi robes and sort of flowing. Then in the back you get a special LEGO piece. Coming back around to the front , mainly just detail and the flow there. Unlike the 2019 version of Yoda where you get the studs being in all different directions, this one just comes all the way straight up. You’ve got to keep in mind this was done, whats it now, getting on 20 years ago.

So you had a few less pieces and different ways and styles of building back them.

Then if we have a look up through the middle of him, have a look in here, you can sort of see that it is actually quite hollow. Just holding onto it with one hand, and hopefully don’t really drop it or anything like that. There is no sort of technic inner construction or like that. You have a few of these 1×16 beams at the very beginning to help support it but otherwise pretty hollow straight up to the head.

Instructions

Also pretty lucky when we picked it up we managed to get the original set of instructions. So interesting to see the different art styles and the way they were doing instructions and packaging back then. So you have a picture of Yoda himself but then in the background you’ve got a photographic image of part of the X-wing and Luke when he is on Degobah. Obviously when you are first seeing this character.

So you come to here and it shows you basically a layering system but you can just make out in the background there, you’ve got the rear engine of the X-wing all the way through. There instructions are a little bit of a challenge, don’t know how well it is showing up but these are different types of brown and these are meant to be the same types of brown as well where as this one is showing it as really red so don’t know if it is a printing thing or it has faded over time. These are all showing up as red whereas they should be more these sorts of browns. Particularly in the initial set up, that can make it pretty challenging to do.

You really need to pay attention to where the master grid lines are and also really need to be paying attention to if there is any difference between tiles and the actual bricks as well. You can sort of see in that place you have 3 tiles and you’ve got the one brick that goes there. So really staying on top and focusing on what you are doing.

It just so hard with these types of instructions as you can’t really tell 3 dimensionally when you start building up the next layers where things are and double checking the positions and alignments. It becomes really tricky. So we will take a bit of a flick through and might speed it up.

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You start off by building the body itself until you get to the top , and then in the next bit you do the head separately. The ears are separate as well.

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That is doing one of the ears, then the other ear and just slotting it straight in. Always interesting with older instructions seeing what current sets where also available at the time. You’ve got an early version of R2-D2 and C3PO and you can see they are quite hollow. Darth Vader, Blockage Runner, and another head sculptural type bust of Darth Maul which we also have one of those. So check around the video and you might see a link to a build of that.

Pre-sorting bricks into bowls

As always with second hand sets, try to sort into as many bowls as possible so you can easily find pieces when you are building. One of those sharpening the saw type ideas. Spend a little bit of time upfront and you’ll save yourself a lot of time down the line.

Time-lapse Speed Build

Starting off with the base tiles/plate layer and bricks on top of that it’s a little bit of a challenge. It feels a little bit like open season as pieces can kinda go wherever as opposed to once you get a couple of layers going, you get a general sense of which way the pieces are moving and forming as you are going up each layer.

Previously rebricked a Statute of Liberty from around this time period. Click on the link around the video to see how that one worked out.

Even though that was a much bigger set, that one was much easier, cause you are mainly only dealing with one colour. Where as here you are dealing with multiple colours in terms of the tans, the reds, the browns and the sand greens all at once.

As you saw earlier in the video, the instructions are just layer by layer. So best way I’ve found to approach these is to look at your major gird lines and keep looking at where pieces align relative to those grid lines.

In each step pull out all the pieces that you need which the instructions tell you. If there is a mixture of plates and bricks in a step, pay attention to which is which. Whenever I’m getting something wrong, its usually when I’m getting plates and bricks mixed up and not paying supper attention to the grid guidelines. Through the magic of editing, you don’t get to see where I make mistakes.

Head Construction

Now onto the head construction. Due to the layering way you build this, if you do make a mistake, its actually really quite difficult to figure out where it is as you don’t see it in 3D. You just see this slice at a time. So you don’t get a really good sense of how one layer relates to another.

I find then to go back and fix your mistakes the easiest way is to go back and take 2 or 3 layers off back to where you are pretty confident it is correct and its usually all on the same plane. As you can see, the head construction is quite hollow as well.

This was also quite challenging to build due to the way the jumpers and the way holes were left to give the sense of wrinkles and age, and the way that Yoda’s head is that wrinkly. As you get to the top and start closing in that open gap, it does feel quite satisfying. Its brick building a sphere with all sorts of wrinkles and holes and plates and bricks.

Ear Construction

 Each ear is then built separately. After the complexity of the body and the head, its nice to have a quick simple little build like the ears. The ears connect into the head through Technic pins. The head itself simply connects onto the 4×4 spinning disc plate. Pretty simple isn’t it Yoda.

Final Thoughts on the Construction

This brick built sculptural statues from the early 2000s are always challenging builds. So if that’s your sort of thing and you like the aesthetic of this brick style build with studs usually all going in the same direction, then definitely check it out and try the build.

Tips on How to Get A hold of one

In terms of trying to get ahold of one, ebay is going to be your best bet. People will ask crazy money for these sorts of things so you do need to be a bit patient. Instructions and the box I would consider essential unless you are a completist as you can get the instructions off LEGO.com or some other digital format.

Rebricking vs Bricklink

I did look at parting the set out on bricklink but did find if you don’t have a lot of tan and sand greens in particular, its actually quite expensive and getting to that point where trying to get a good deal second hand is actually a better alternative.

I’ve seen that some consider this to be a UCS Ultimate Collectors Set series, so if you are trying to be a completist, it is going to be one of those ones which is going to be a challenge to get your hands on.

2002 Yoda vs 2019 Yoda

If you are just looking for a Yoda statute, then maybe consider the 2019 version. As at time of recording this video, it is still available and occasionally you can pick it up on sale. Just be aware that the 2019 version is the prequel type Yoda, he has a little bit of greying hair and there are some other subtle differences, but his eyes are a lot more posable. And he does come with a light sabre as opposed to a cane in this version.

Building Mandalorian Baby Yoda from 2019 Yoda set

I have seen online where someone has taken the 2019 version and rejigged it just within the set to make it into a baby Yoda. Given the Mandalorian is quite hot at the moment, that might be something that sways you one way or the other. Note however the person who produced those instructions is charging about £15 or $20 US dollars for the instructions.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge of this old school Yoda from the early 2000s or do you prefer the new one and that is more your aesthetic? Let us know in the comments below.

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You might be wondering, where can I see that early 2000s Statute of Liberty build, click here for the video. Alternatively, here are some other videos you might be interested in.

That’s all from us here at Family Bricks. Thanks very much for watching. Until next time when we talk about all things LEGO and Lifestyle.


Sailor Moon LEGOIZED Time lapse Marker Sketch – What would Sailor Moon look like in LEGO Form?

In this time lapse marker sketch video, we take a still frame from Sailor Moon and LEGOIZE it. A trend at the moment on the internet to take this Sailor Moon image and do it in our own art style. I offer a quick commentary and a few thoughts that went into producing this quick marker sketch.

This is the first time I’ve ever done one of these screencap redraw type challenges.

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Kevin Hinkle Life After LEGO: Illustration & Design Freelance – Whats Next for MrHinkleDraws: Part 1

In this video interview Kevin Hinkle aka MrHinkleDraws talks about life after LEGO, where he had spent 12 years working as community manager for North and South America, in the marketing department and starting off as a stockist boy and working himself up to store manager.

Kevin has gone back to his first love of Illustration and Design that he has a fine art degree in (Kevin designed the Beyond the Brick and Brickfest logos, among many others). Kevin offers tips on how to draw and render minifigures.

We discuss Kevin’s artistic influences, his comics (including Bricks in the Middle) and his design work. How did Kevin end up designing the Beyond the Brick Logo. He talks about his work being swiped and his most popular piece. Kevin also discusses his patreon page and his most effective marketing tool.

He talks about what it was like having a year to get prepared to be fired, the seeds he planted and how those are bearing fruit now. Do you really matter to the company you work for?

This is the first part of a 2 part episode. Part 2 can be found here

Time codes to interview.

0:00 Introduction

0:12 Background with the LEGO Group (TLG)

0:55 Being let go from the LEGO Group and spending a year getting ready to potentially loose your job

2:40 Making preparations for the next job and planting seeds in 2017

3:22 Background in Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Illustration

4:44 Short list of companies would want to work at and be excited by

5:30 Launching own art business is a backup plan

6:40 “After spending 12 years of my life, do I want to start over at another company”?

7:18 Do you really matter to companies and self discovery

9:00 Becoming Unemployable, having to provide for a family and the motivation it provides, and flexibility

11:25 Having a strong work ethic, working lots of hours

11:55 How Kevin got into art and illustration

12:40 Impact of cartoons

13:20 Doodling while in meetings, actually means that Kevin is listening

14:25 High School was a Fine Arts Academy

15:40 Artistic Influences – Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, and fan art

16:50 Bricks in the Middle cartoon strip

17:30 Superman Red Sun – favorite story and comic book of all time

19:00 Making comics about work environments – “Minimum Wage”

20:30 Comic about LEGO AFOL Fandom – Bricks in the Middle

22:49 Some ideas that can’t go into the comic

24:00 Ways to collect ideas for the comic … but not offending people

24:50 Making fun of the comic ala Deadpool and breaking the 4th wall … especially on the merchandise… the ultimate compliment

26:20 Art getting swiped – “Vitruvian Man” … evolution to Technic version that got paid for

29:43 Professional Artists getting swiped and artists using social media followings to report those copyright breaches

30:30 What was the plan beyond Art School

31:30 From Stock boy to Assistant Manager at LEGO store

33:00 Initial Freelance Jobs – Luxury ski resort butler … a sweet 1st freelance job

36:15 Moving across the country for jobs with LEGO

37:25 Why didn’t you get the art roles within LEGO?

39:15 LEGO Universe, most expensive investment ever for LEGO – wanting to be head of a sinking ship

39:55 Pursing Traditional 2D studies in college … at the expense of 3D… not listening to teachers

42:00 What to do post LEGO. Designing Beyond the Brick Logo

43:45 Beyond the Brick shining a big, bright light on the LEGO community

44:45 Origin of the “Beyond the Brick” name

47:50 Proof of concept of being able to do brand design, brainstorming

50:00 At Brickworld / Brick fair and people wearing a lot of things Kevin has designed

52:18 Kevin Hinkle and his patreon page – support your favourite creators. Most favourite support level and what happens when you cancel your subscription. Most effective marketing tool

59:03 Tips on How to Draw Minifigures

1:03:15 Sneak peak at some upcoming Minifigure Sketches

1:04:00 Marvel and DC Artists drawing minifigures … and not getting it right

1:05:40 Clicking out of drawing minifigures

1:06:17 LEGO Artists / Illustrators

1:07:40 Tips on How to Render Minifigures

1:09:48 Illustration(s) that has gotten a great response

1:13:00 Bob Hoskins Super Mario Bros Movie sticker

1:15:00 Design, commissions, wait list, no marketing and the LEGO community

1:19:20 Drawing of someone’s SigFig … for free and/or “exposure bucks”

1:23:00 Average wait time for jobs and working schedule

1:24:10 Thinking about your own art projects past client work

1:25:10 Oil Painting, water colours and water color tattoos

1:27:18 Kevin Hinkle’s how to get in touch and contact details

Kevin Hinkle Links
Home Page https://www.kevinahinkle.com/
Mr Hinkle Draws Patreon https://www.patreon.com/MrHinkleDraws
Instagram Personal https://www.instagram.com/mrkevinhinkle
Art https://www.instagram.com/mrhinkledraws/
witter https://twitter.com/MrHinkleDraws
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MrHinkleDraws/
Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/MrHinkleDraws
Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuCmBtG9SqYtnIFljb9IGWw
Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinhink/collections/72157693082330240/
Etsy Store https://www.etsy.com/Shop/MrHinkleDraws

Bricks in the Middle Comic
https://bricksinthemiddle.com/
https://www.instagram.com/bitmcomics/

Other LEGO Artists:
Dan Veesenmeyer http://dansartwork.com/
Greg Hyland http://www.lethargiclad.com/
Paul Lee https://twitter.com/polywen

Orrery Review – Is it any good? Earth Moon Sun by JK Brickworks – For Kids Science Project

In this video we review the Orrery made by JK Brickworks of the Earth, Sun and Moon. FREE Instructions for this have been made available by Jason Allemann in the link below. We’ll cover off some of the gearing, key parts and slightly modifications we’ve had to make to get it working from the limited parts selection we have in our collection. This was done for one of our kids school projects and was a huge hit.

FREE Instructions from JKBrickworks on How to make / build this LEGO Orrery of Sun, Moon and Earth are at: https://jkbrickworks.com/earth-moon-and-sun-orrery/

Video Timecodes:
0:00 Introduction
0:39 Overview
2:00 Approximate Earth and orbiting rotations
3:14 Hand crank and instructions (tip for building)
3:57 How do the gears work?
5:32 Modifications – adding a motor and structure
6:57 Modifications – cosmetic if you don’t have all the right pieces, ground connectors and making it all one unit higher
8:15 Uncommon parts in the build

Excerpt from Show Notes:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of Family Bricks and in today’s video we are going to review this LEGO Orrery of the Sun, moon and earth by Jason Allemann Instructions for this are freely available from JKBrickworks. We’ll cover off some of the gearing, key parts and slightly modifications we’ve had to make to get it working from the limited parts selection we have in our collection. This was done for one of our kids school projects and was a huge hit.

Overall was great to put together an if this is your thing, and /or the kids have a science project in the ballpark, definitely recommend giving it a go. It really helps kids to visualize and understand different orbits and what rotates around what. Also helps for kids to learn key rotation times, like the earth going around the sun in 365.25 days. Of course, anything in LEGO seems far more engaging and tactile, so really hit its mark as a learning objective.

Instructions are pretty spot on if you get out the pieces for each step as you go. While the hand crank is fun for the first couple of turns, you really do need some sort of motor setup to get full value and appreciation out of it. Really recommend making sure you have all the main gears as modifying it on the fly can get tricky depending upon what you are missing.

Great to put it together and really enjoyed it! Having quality instructions like the ones provide really makes a difference. Jason has a huge variety of moving / kinetic instruction models on his website, some free, some you need to pay a token amount for. There are a number of his I would like to build in the future, maybe the actual working safe. What catches your eye, what should we build next?

That’s all from us here at Family Bricks. If you are wondering if I’ve ever made my own moving/kinetic works, be sure to check out my LEGO Scenario standard such as this Star Wars one. Otherwise here are some other videos

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How to Get Into LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery Tips. Interview with Caz Mockett Micropolis Tour

In this video interview Caz Mockett gives tips on how to get your LEGO models in the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery in Billund, Denmark. Caz currently has 6 base plates of her Micropolis LEGO builds in the LEGO House Gallery.

In this interview Caz talks about her approach to Micropolis, general thoughts around building, composition and working within constraints. We also get a discussion and tour of Caz’s Habitats and Brickheadz. We talk about her LEGO City known as Blockville with an extensive tour of her fabulous Ninjago District.

We also get an insight into Caz’s background with our usual rapid fire question and answer session.

Video Time Codes

0:00 Introduction
0:32 Micropolis – What is it?
2:32 LEGO House Getting in touch and asking to display
2:52 Travelling to Install Models at LEGO House – roadtrip adventure
3:48 Feedback since LEGO House installation
4:55 The story that goes along with the build and influencing the design
5:35 What does your inspiration come from
6:25 Tensegrity Micropolis
8:00 Selecting Micropolis builds for the LEGO House
9:00 Student of Colour and a Photographer as well – using framing and composition to select Micropolis buildings and how to structure them in a display
10:07 Micropolis at shows – compositing and staging thought process
10:34 Hanging out and Experience with other selected builders at Billund LEGO House
12:00 You don’t need many pieces to make micro-scale … really?!
12:50 Large parts you need to use as key features and get creative with
13:30 How did you learn the micropolis scale and design language. First building was terrible.
15:30 Looking at peoples work and builds
16:00 Caz’s Introduction to Micropolis and Tutorials
17:05 Thoughts on providing building instructions
18:30 Guided Tour of LEGO House
19:20 Tips for Getting your buildings into the LEGO House
21:30 Instagram vs Flickr for showing LEGO work
23:30 LEGO experience prior to a Dark Age – LEGO Classic Space
26:00 Little Landmarks Exhibition and not building from sets
28:05 Habitats and Brickheads – working best with restrictions
29:00 Habitat Standard
30:40 1st Habitat – Fox, Grain and Chicken Conundrum
32:10 Steve Guinness, Habitats and CMF
33:15 Spiderman Habitat example and developing it
34:09 Brickheads Collection
35:50 Red Dwarf Brickheadz MOCs and others doing MOCs of most licensed properties of interest
36:30 Caz’s LEGO City – Blockville, Modular buildings
37:40 Classic monorail 39:00 Ninjago City and the Dock
41:05 Mixing Chinese New Year Sets with own MOCs, and the less brick requirement
45:20 Using Friends and Disney sets in Ninjago District
46:30 Building up in Ninjago City
48:25 Tips for planning out a LEGO City
50:20 Why are there no roads in Blockville?!
51:25 Think about sightlines. The what?!
53:40 Using backdrops and backgrounds
54:00 Rapid Fire – Favorite Set
55:10 Theme You never understood
56:06 Like Technic or Not … and GBC
58:05 MOC that you are proud of
58:35 How much space do you have for LEGO
1:00:35 How Many LEGO Pieces do you have?
1:02:04 What is a theme you wish they’d bring back
1:02:31 Favourite LEGO Build of the Last Year
1:02:55 Favorite LEGO Resource
1:04:21 AFOL Groups you are part of
1:05:37 Best way to get in contact
1:06:25 Close up tour of Habitats
1:11:33 Brickheadz Tour
1:13:31 Shelving for Brickheadz

BlockHeadUK Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/blockheaduk

Caz’s Twitter:
https://twitter.com/cazphoto

Caz’s Introduction to Micropolis Tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqC8xh5SSU

Flicker:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rugbymadgirl

The Ultimate LEGO Tensegrity Anti-Gravity Sculptures! – Beyond the Brick Compilation https://youtu.be/2ieGV5pv6Ks

Twinlug Micropolis Standard:
https://twinlug.com/micropolis-micro-city-standard/

Little Landmarks Exhibtion:
https://www.bricksmcgee.com/blog/little-landmarks-lego-exhibition-in-south-shields/

Steve Guiness: https://www.instagram.com/thebrickconsultant

#micropolis #LEGO #legohouse #legoarchitecture #legominifigures #legohousebillund #legomodular #legoart #legobricks #legoman #legolife #legobuilder #legocreations #legoinstragram #legofan #legocommunity #legofun #legomania #legostagram #kidsplay #kidsplaying #kidsplaytime #keepingkidsbusy #funwithkids #homewithkids #boredkids #legovideo #legoquickreview #interview #afol

Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader (Empire Strikes Back Cloud City) LEGOIZED Time lapse Watercolor Star Wars

In this time lapse video, we take Star Wars Empire Strikes Back iconic Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader Empire Strikes Back Lightsaber Duel at Cloud City climatic scene and LEGOize it into LEGO Star Wars Watercolor. We talk about the process to do so and offer a commentary on the timelapse.

Transcript from the Show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of Family Bricks and in today’s video we are going to have a look at this LEGO Mini figure Empire Strikes Back watercolor illustration that I did. This artwork is of the climactic scene of Luke Skywalker vs Dark Vader duel at Cloud City. This time lapse will show you from thumbnail through to finish piece with commentary.

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The process for this Star Wars piece is to start off with a small thumbnail, about the size of a credit card. It’s a minute or 2 sketch just trying to get a general sense of composition, guesture and how the characters are going to work together.

From here I do a slightly larger drawing about the size of a postcode. I’m really trying to get the LEGO  proportions and the overall feel working, while maintaining the energy that was in the credit card sized thumbnail.

Once I’ve done that, I then redraw a rough of the illustration on the final watercolor paper – in this case A3 (which is roughly 11×17 inches). From here I’m just refining the pencil lines and really working through all the little details. Nothing is really set in stone so will be constantly erasing til I get something I’m happy with.

As you can see, I’m always spinning the page. Just helps to see better and hit the lines in away that is comfortable. Onto Darth Vader’s head and really want to get LEGO proportions for the helmet. This is an earlier LEGO helmet version so the fact it always looks up, doesn’t matter too much in this perspective up shot.

I’m happier with how Darth Vader’s lightsaber turned out and will go back and refine Luke’s later to be consistent.

It might seem like a lot to have redrawn it 4 or 5 times but if the drawing is solid, can really just have fun with the painting. If the drawing is wonky, the expression I always think of is that you are just polishing a turd. No matter how good the rendering/painting is, it just won’t save the piece if the underlying structure is rubbish. To me, this will always stand out in the final piece. Its like building the ideal house… on the wrong side of the street.

Once the pencils are done, I’ll go through and ink it. I remember not feeling great about inking Darth Vaders mask. It’s a really complex shape with lots of different directions. But if going to mess it up, might as well do it early and go from there.

I have a print out of some turn arounds for the LEGO characters just so I can make sure the costumes are pretty accurate. I’ve just realized now I’ve forgotten Lukes Firearm … oh well, it all gets hidden anyhow.

With hindsight I shouldn’t have inked the lightsaber blades as they are just pure light. It helps to define the form but a problem I don’t really deal with til the end of the piece, and throws out how the lightsaber blades feel until then.

I’m always careful using a ruler with architectural elements. To me it feels like the uncanny valley of illustration. It they aren’t dead perfect, the drawing just feels strange. But if they are a little consistently wonky, somehow it just works much better. That’s why a lot of the circle and ellipse elements are freehand and not done with an ellipse template.

Now onto the painting part. I start off by squirting the paper with water just to moisten it up and helps the colours to blend on the page. I’ll apply color in many washes, slowly building up the colour and variety each time.

The key focal element is the light coming from the lightsaber blades so just conscious to try to get this to work first and halo out from it.  I haven’t been using watercolor for long so still approach it like I do oils … which is admittedly backwards.

I can go for dark, moody and atmospheric lighting. Where as water colour is better suited for bright, light and airy scenes. One day I’ll play to its strength.

The platform I’ll start out with rich reds and browns, knowing it will get pushed mostly to black. This helps give the black a warmth, rather than a dead coldness which can make the image seem a bit off.

I think Empire Strikes Back is my favorite Star Wars film. Star Wars was a trilogy I saw in reverse order but didn’t connect the dots til later on. I didn’t understand how the ending could have a cliff hanger with Han in the Slave 1 taking off … how could the film end there?! Ah what fun it is to be young and naïve.

I think that is most of the background and environment elements dealt with. Now onto the characters.

Again like the background, just build the characters up in layers of wash. Pretty much knew they where going into full silhouette which is going to obliterate any of the detail. That can be hard to put that much work into the detail but Its just a safety blanket to know the structure is solid.

It also gives some flexibility in how I want to render the characters and have them finished. So if you look at the finished original, you’ll be able to see all that detail, and not just a suggestion of it.  

This piece was done to be a prize to be given away to a donator on LEGOLAMANIC’s 24 hours charity stream, raising money for the Snow Leopard Trust (see links around the video as did some painting during that stream). He built a 7,000 odd piece Executor Star Dreadnought MOC, so a Star Wars image seemed to be fitting for the 24 hour live stream.

Very rare I don’t want to let go of a piece. As an artist, you see the mistakes within the artwork, and happy to move on. That said, I work off deadlines and had I not be in the 24 hour stream, I would never have painted this anyhow and put in as much time.

Finally got around to addressing those lightsaber blade inks and now they really feel like they are glowing.

Now just a lot of noddling and tweaking details. The paper is now pretty rough with so many wash layers and can’t physically take much more paint or water. A quick signature and date in the bottom right corner, and think time to call it done.

Some quick looks at the final image – a LEGOised version of Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader at Cloud City, from the Empire Strikes Back Star Was film for charity.

I like to have a pretty raw color blending style that isn’t too delicate – just feel like it keeps the energy of the artwork.

I’ve had a number of people ask me about getting a print of this. If you are interested, drop me a line at matt@mattelder.com or comment around this video

There are some wonky things and less than perfect blending. Always like it to have a rawness and an energy about it.

Works great as a gift for your significant other, friend or even just yourself (as we AFOLs have been known to buy LEGO for ourselves anyhow).

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Would you like to see this classic Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns Batman LEGOised? If so check out this video here for a quick time lapse.

Otherwise here are some other videos you might be interested in. That’s it from us here at Family Bricks, until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

Batman Dark Knight Returns LEGOIZED Time lapse – Would Frank Miller Approve?

In this time lapse video, we take Frank Miller’s iconic Dark Knight Returns Batman image and LEGOize it into a LEGO Batman. We talk about the process to do so and offer a commentary on the timelapse.

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of Family Bricks and in todays video we are going to have a look at how I created this LEGOized Dark Knight Returns Batman. It is based upon this classic image by Frank Miller in the seminal work, The Dark Knight Returns.

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This was the first time I’d really tried to take an iconic image and LEGOize it. So it is always going to be an interative process of working things out as you go along. So I had to initially figure out how much it would stay like the original Dark Knight Returns image, and how much it leaned towards LEGO constraints.

The biggest challenge was just getting proportions right. Usually when drawing superheroes, they are a heroic 7 heads high. LEGO figures are usually broken into rough 3rds, 1/3 legs, 1/3 torso, and a small 1/3 for the head. The Batman LEGO minifugre has an extra complication of the cowl piece being quite tall compared with normal heads.

So the first part of the video I’m really wrestling around with the proportions – the head starting off way too small and the body feeling too lanky and too lean. Then I’m bouncing between how the Frank Miller image looks, and how that translates into Batman LEGO – it is always much simplified. This then restricts movement but don’t want to lose that pose.

I have a Batman minifigure as reference but it isn’t the Dark Knight version so also having some artistic license in the interpretation. I’m also trying to keep the cape feel from the original Miller image but then wanting it to still have a feeling of LEGO cloth.

I’m bouncing backwards and forwards between grey and blue pencils, with the original rough in done in Prismacolor markers – it does make it all a bit of a mess and need to simplify this in the future. Once I’m happy with the general layout, I start tightening the linework and making it crisper with a standard felt tip. I’m continuing to refine as still not 100% happy with everything.

So once get the linework done, break out some watercolours to add some colour. I’m trying to keep it very much in the same realm as the original colorist Lynn Varley did, but lightening it a little as it is a LEGO mini-figure. The base colours are Batman’s blue and grey outfit. Then just add in some darker shadow colors.

I’ve always had a nostalgic connection with this image as when we were in junior high, the school let students paint a life size version of this on the hallway wall. Wasn’t til years later realized it was actually from The Dark Knight Returns. I believe it is were Batman is jumping out of the tank – my copy of the book is in storage so don’t have it to hand.

Then just constantly refining, noodling and tweaking detail colours. And of course adding in a signature in the bottom right. A few more tweaks and think we’ll call it done.

And there you have it. We’ll go in for some close up detail. As an artist, always see how it could have been improved but for a first attempt, think it is reasonably successful.

Just another look at the source image it was based off.

And back again one last time. If you’d like your own original LEGO artwork, or an artwork of your sig-fig, drop me a line at matt@mattelder.com

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If for some crazy reason you’d like to see the real time version of this, it was done as a 3 hour livestream here. Otherwise here are some other videos you might be interested it. Until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

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LEGO SigFig Illustration Commission of Mini Figure for Greg / London Bridge Bricks LEGOised AFOL

In this timelapse video we are going to have a look at this Mini figure SigFig illustration that I was commissioned by Greg of London Bridge Bricks to do of his own Sig-Fig. We talk about the process to do so and offer a commentary on the LEGOised timelapse.

Check out London Bridge Bricks Youtube Channel Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5BTrPDK9zSe4lvhMfPXsfw

For your own original LEGO Illustration, works great as a gift for your significant other, friend or even just yourself, email: matt@mattelder.com

Transcript from the Show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of Family Bricks and in today’s video we are going to have a look at this Mini figure Sig-Fig illustration that I was commissioned by Greg of London Bridge Bricks to do of his own Sig-Fig. This is ink and watercolour on A5 watercolour paper (which is about 5.5 x 8 inches).

For this, Greg sent me this photo of his Sig-Fig and wanted the popsicle changed to a telephone and include London Bridge Bricks Logo in it somehow. For anyone who doesn’t know, Greg has the London Bridge Bricks Youtube channel and live streams a lot. I’ve been on his stream a number of times and a great guy – check him out in the links below.

Process for this is pretty simple, I’m just roughing in with a pencil and refining. I’ll erase and redraw elements to make sure I’m happy with the proportions and the overall feel. Very much keeping to LEGO constraints but still trying to infuse a little life and movement by separating the legs. Then a pass with a felt tip to finalise the actual drawing itself.

Then into the watercolours. I like to build up the colour in several wash layers, where the colours are slightly different. The phone and headphones will start out with a blue base but end up with a dark bluey-black colour. I just find doing it this way gives a richness to the colours. Especially with black as it is an easy colour to feel very dead and dull.

Then it is just a lot of noodling and subtle adjustments, tweaking shadows, pushing some more sublte colour changes into it etc. And there it is all done. Just a close up so can get a better look at the colours and texture.

Works great as a gift for your significant other, friend or even just yourself (as we AFOLs have been known to buy LEGO for ourselves anyhow).

This is a Family Bricks video. Be sure to hit that like button, share or if you want to be super awesome, subscribe! Click the bell and select “All”, to be notified of new videos as they are uploaded.

Would you like to see this classic Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns Batman LEGOised? If so check out this video here for a quick time lapse

Otherwise here are some other videos you might be interested in. That’s it from us here at Family Bricks, until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

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London AFOLs – Tips for What Makes a Great LEGO Meet Up? With Founder Richard Selby Interview

In this video interview Richard Selby gives hints and tips on what makes for a great London AFOL (Adults Fans Of LEGO) meetup. London AFOL is a Registered LEGO Users Group (RLUG) and discuss the pros and cons of this. London AFOLs monthly meet ups have been running for 7 years and every meeting max’s out at 60 attendees with a waiting list. As with most things, the monthly meetup has successfully transitioned online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regular London AFOLs have passionate experts in Digital Lego, MOCs, Exhibitions, GBC, Spaceships, Micropolis, lightsabres, Technic, electrical retrofitting, links to New Elementary, dedicated LEGO Youtubers etc and at time of recording, even have models in LEGO House in Billund.

See below for time codes to various parts of the interview. Topics and Discussions covered include:

0:00 Introduction

1:40 What is the London AFOL Meet all about?

3:40 How Did London AFOLs get started?

4:45 How did it grow over time and LEGO as a hobby and LEGO Movie influence?

6:49 Its a group effort for a successful meet – unsung heroes.

7:28 Monthly Themes

9:20 Raising Money for Christmas Charity Meet

11:05 Registered LEGO Group (RLUG) and Official Relationship with LEGO / Billund.

12:20 LEGO Ambassador Network and offers that go to RLUGs only – House of Dots example

13:39 Is being a Registered LEGO User Group (RLUG) for every LUG?

14:14 How to start a LEGO AFOL local group meeting – things to consider, advice and tips

15:15 What is the main job / role of a LEGO meetup organizer?

16:20 The great skill … welcoming new comers

18:00 Tips for a successful meet

18:45 Door cost / annual membership

20:00 Storage and brick keepers

21:55 Communication and Slack. Who can access it, advantages and lack of flame wars that characterize other forums.

24:15 Why doesn’t Slack have payment options for non-profits?!

25:35 Taking part in other LEGO User Groups (LUGs), they are not exclusive groups

26:48 How to take part in London AFOLs if you’ve never been … and moving online while in Covid-19

28:00 Talented members within the group, knowledge share and amazing builds

29:10 Other AFOLs passing through London and meeting up.

29:45 Favorite Set

30:39 Favorite Theme

31:10 MOCs Richard has done

32:45 Favorite LEGO build in the last year

34:27 How to get in contact with London AFOLs

35:21 Structure of the group – formal vs informal – speed of decisions.

36:35 Lots of people help behind the scenes to make a meet successful.

London AFOLs website:
http://londonafols.uk/

Meetup.com
https://www.meetup.com/LondonAFOLs/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pg/LondonAFOLs

Twitter
https://twitter.com/LondonAFOLs

Youtubers (London AFOLs)
https://www.youtube.com/user/silentmodetv https://www.youtube.com/blockheaduk https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5BTrPDK9zSe4lvhMfPXsfw https://www.youtube.com/c/familybricks

Brickish Lego User Group (LUG)
http://brickish.com/
Northern Bricks LEGO User Group (LUG)
http://nblug.org.uk/

Richards MOCs
https://flic.kr/p/tMCsne
https://flic.kr/p/urTmCs
https://flic.kr/p/tMstfs
https://flic.kr/p/uJHoMB
https://flic.kr/p/bFyT6x
https://flic.kr/p/dYMWbT
https://flic.kr/p/dYTEby
https://flic.kr/p/QwxKfx
https://flic.kr/p/QtMypf

Slack Communication Tool
https://slack.com/

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