LEGO Fast and Furious Dom’s Charger – Why Technic?! Really? Set 42111 Reaction Official Images Video

LEGO Fast and Furious Dom’s Charger has just previewed. Why is it in Technic? In this video I react to the LEGO Fast and Furious Dom’s Charger that has just been announced by LEGO. I give my thoughts and little breakdown of what we are seeing.

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LEGO Ninjago Birthday Party. How to do & save hundreds on supplies, games, activities, bags, theme.

LEGO Ninjago birthday party ideas, supplies, games, activities, bags, decorations and favours are some of the things we cover in this video. We go over the various elements and ways you can make / source cheaply so you and your child can have an awesome birthday. We even had a few novel ideas you may not have considered before.

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Decorations

LEGO Ninjago Eye Stickers – Different Sizes for Lollipops Balloons Bags Cones
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Ninjago Balloon – Amscan International 3615101″ Lego Ninjago Foil Balloon
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30 Pack Ninja Balloons – Kreatwow 30-Pack Ninja Balloons, Red Black White Printed Latex Balloons for Birthday, Ninja Warrior Party, Karate, Judo, Martial Arts Themed Party
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Warrior Party Supplies – Party Decorations Pack Black and Red, Crepe Paper Streamer, Ninja Balloons for Birthday, Karate, Judo, Martial Arts Themed Party
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Ninja Wall Poster – amscan 670523 Ninja Scene Setter Decorating Kit
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Birthday Candles – LUTER Metallic Birthday Candles in Holders Champagne Gold Tall Birthday Cake Candles Long Thin Cupcake Candles for Birthday Wedding Party Decoration(24 Pieces)
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Fountain Candle – LUTER Metallic Birthday Candles in Holders Champagne Gold Tall Birthday Cake Candles Long Thin Cupcake Candles for Birthday Wedding Party Decoration(24 Pieces)
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Drink Dispenser – 5Lt Plastic Screw Top Colour Summer Drink Beverage Serving Dispenser Jar w/ Tap
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Helium Canister
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Balloon Weights – TRIXES Helium Balloon Weights x 20 – Assorted Shapes and Colours Stars Hearts and Smiley Faces – Great for Birthday Parties and Celebrations
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Plates, Cups, Tablecover – BoxedUpParty Ninja Party Kit 7 For 14 Children | Ninja Party Tableware
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Birthday Card – Personalised LEGO Ninjago Pop Up Card
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Inflatable Ninja Sword – Inflatable Ninja Sword Toy Loot Party Bag Fillers Wedding Kids halloween gifts
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Plastic Bowls with Lids – Pack of 3 Eco Friendly Premium Hard Plastic Food Containers with Lids | Salad and Pasta Bowls | Plastic Bowls with Lids – 10″ (25.5cm) – 80oz (2.25 Litre) – Black
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Ninja Cupcake Stand – Fun Express Ninja Cupcake Holder, Multicolor
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Food

Lollipops – Code 0937 Fun Kandy’s Apple Mega Lollipops Jar Pack of 40-950g
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Cocktail Appetiser Sword Picks – 50 pieces amscan
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Cake Topper – Ninjago Personalized Cake Topper Icing Sugar Paper 7.5″ Ninja Red Kai
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Cupcake Toppers – Cakeshop 12 x PRE-CUT Lego Ninjago Movie Stand Up Edible Cake Toppers
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Jelly Snakes – Retro Sweets Party Wedding Favours Candy Buffet Pick n Mix
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Ninja Noodles Gummy Pot x 12
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Party Bags

Ninja Temple Treat Boxes (12 pieces)
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Ninja Jet Balls – BAKER ROSS Ninja Jet Balls (Pack of 8)
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Stretchy Flying Ninjas (12-pieces) – Pick A Toy Stretchy Flying Ninjas [12-Pieces] | Elastic Slingshot Ninja Toys For Boys & Girls | Great Birthday Gift & Party Favors Idea | Red & Black Colors | Eco-Friendly, BPA-Free Materials
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Fortune Cookies – Silk Road Chinese Fortune Cookies – Individually Wrapped (50pcs)
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Finger Lights – Novelty Place [Premium Quality LED Party Finger Lights for Kids (80 Pcs)
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Miscellaneous

LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded: With Minifig
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LEGO Ninjago Boys Costume – LEGO Ninjago Movie DISK98092L Classic Lego Lloyd Costume, Boys, Green, Small
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LEGO Wear Boy’s T-Shirt – Ninjago Print
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Outdoor Furniture

Wicker Chairs and Table – New Algarve Rattan Wicker Weave Garden Furniture Patio INCLUDES RAIN COVER Conservatory Sofa Set (Light Mixed Grey/Dark Cushions)
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Fly Catcher – The Buzz Fly Catcher – 2 Pack (Super Effective, Refillable Insect Attractant for Outdoor Use)
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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com and in this video we are going to look at how you can put together a LEGO Ninjago birthday theme, or just a general ninja theme. We will look at the different elements you can put together yourself, and some items you can generally buy cheaply to compliment. We’ll also look at a couple of custom LEGO build MOCs we made to complete the theme. The instructions are available for FREE on our website mattelder.com so you can also give it a build if you are inclined to do so.

We have given this ninja theme a LEGO slant but nothing to stop you just making it a more broad ninja theme (and possibly reducing the LEGO specific elements). We’ve mixed the two together here and works well, without elements being too jarring next to each other.

You can go as elaborate as your budget allows – the bulk of items can be sourced and made relatively cheaply.

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We know that kids parties can get quite expensive really quickly, particularly if end up with a lot of kids.

We will provide affiliate links to most of the products so you can easily find them (without having to scour the internet trying to find a needle in a haystack). We may get a small commission but goes along way to helping out our small channel.

As can be seen in the videos, it is everything we used for our own party. Over time some of the links may become dead as generally dealing with small retailers. Usually a general search of the item name will give an alternative seller, or a close substitute.

Colour Scheme

The first thing to do is to choose a colour scheme, in this case we went with a red and black. You could just as easily do anything with black if your kid has a particular favourite character or colour. This helps to keep all the pieces looking like they belong together.

Decorations

One thing you get a lot of mileage out of quickly is the LEGO Ninjago Eye stickers. You can put them pretty much on anything, things with single solid colours work best. Once you’ve done so, it instantly turns that object into the impression of a LEGO ninja head.

Simply take the sticker and apply to something like a balloon – job done. You can also use more generic eyes and works in a very complimentary way. It is easy enough to get red and black balloons, or pretty much any colour you’d want.

We’ve even used them on drink beverage dispenser, paper lanterns and lollipops.

Next up are these inflatable ninja swords. What little one doesn’t wish to unleash their inner ninja by role playing with swords. Being the inflatable kind, these can be played with in relative safety.

Lets have a look at what other decorative elements can be used. The backdrop is a ninja themed happy birthday banner. Watch out for the throwing stars and swords : )  We also got this Party Decorations Pack which included the lanterns, crepe paper streamers, ninja Balloons in black, red and white, and 3 pompons, each in black and red.

We also got a helium canister for the balloons, which says it would do 50 balloons. You can get bigger or smaller canisters depending upon the number of balloons you have. Along with any helium, you are going to need some novelty balloon weights to stop all the balloons flying off, or just tie it to a chair or similar. Naturally you can also get LEGO Ninjago balloons like this one that you can inflate yourself with the helium canister.

If you have no clue on the LEGO Ninjago characters and mythology, you can always pick up a LEGO Ninjago encyclopedia like this one and impress your kids … or they’ll thank you for the included minifigure. You can also get personalized LEGO Ninjago pop up cards like this one, so the whole gang of warriors are there for your child.

LEGO Builds / MOCs

We designed and built our own LEGO cupcake stand. You can build it yourself from pretty standard LEGO bricks. We have created FREE instructions and tried to build them from commonly found bricks. There should be a link around this video to our website, mattelder.com , with full details. We also have another other video showing how to make it and where to source parts. We have continued to use at other parties and events. Here it is at our other son’s Jurassic Park dinosaur birthday party.

The cupcake stand was done with a yin yang design to match the theme of the party, and the colour scheme as well. It could easily be modified to any colour scheme you may have for your own party. It is quite strong and supported a 12 pound weight, so the top could also be used just to hold a full cake.

We also had this Ninja Temple Cupcake Foam stand if you aren’t feeling that creative… or plan on having many, many cupcakes.  The cupcakes themselves are regular cupcakes with pre cut LEGO Ninjago Movie stand up edible cake toppers (now there is a mouth full).

Master Wu

Another custom built LEGO element was this Master Wu Minifig we made in LEGO bricks and stands about 2 feet high (or 60cm tall). This was a center piece that all of our son’s friends loved, and make them think they are at LEGOLAND. It was a real hit. Again, there will be a link around the video to instructions and another video showing how exactly this was made. My son helped build it and was thrilled with his bragging rights about it, and being involved in helping organize the party.

Other Kit

We also managed to pick up this LEGO Pinata which the kids really had to hack at to get in at the sweets and candy. Once the candy was falling out, there was a mass stampede for all the sweets – you’ve never seen kids move so quickly like vultures. Parents certainly didn’t want to get in the way as they weren’t taking any prisoners. We used this wooden sword to whack, hack and slice into the pinata.

The plates, cups, napkins and table cover with the ninjas and Asian script, was all from a single Ninja Party Kit. That helped to be a one stop solution for dealing with the drinks and munchies. We also got a generic 3 pack of 10 inch eco friendly premium Hard Plastic food containers with lids. We could throw into those any of the other snack size serving portions of goodies the kids could then have ready access to. 

Food

Given LEGO Ninjago have snake enemies, we cut this cucumber in the shape of a snake, with tomato eyes and carrot fangs – something the kids got a real kick out of. The eyes are held in place with these cocktail appetizer sword picks. These had the additional benefit that the kids loved playing with them, so doubled as a toy they got a lot of enjoyment out of.

We’d also ordered a Victorian Jar Pick n Mix snakes to compliment this. We’d also picked up some 5 litre screw top drink dispensers and stuck some LEGO eye stickers on them.

We also had an existing LEGO Ninjago clock. Always helpful for keeping track of time and helping little ones learn how to tell the time. The LEGO brick cases were lunch boxes from a previous visit at LEGOLAND Windsor UK – click around the video for a quick 3 minute tour of the park and everything you need to know before going.

Party Bags

Now onto the all important goodie bag kids get to take away with them from the party. This is me struggling to get a shot with one hand tipping the contents out yet filming with the other. The gift box is a ninja themed one in a bit of a temple shape.

We start off with those ninja eyes being applied to lollipops that we managed to get in bulk. Next up a packet of fortune cookies so our brave little ninjas can know their destiny. A Ninja Noodle Pot – a gummy noodle with candy sauce and candy chopsticks.

A Ninja Jet Balls Bouncy super ball

LEGO water transfer tattoos – what kid doesn’t love a good tattoo

Pick a Toy Stretchy Flying Ninjas – I guess you have to be a kid to understand the appeal of these

Novelty Place [Premium Quality LED Party Finger Lights for Kids (80 Pcs) – a little light for night time ninja-ing

The Birthday child themselves can have their own ninja costume. These are readily available from thrift stores, pound or dollar shops, or for anyone planning in advance, you should be able to find one in the discount bin following Halloween. Alternatively Amazon invariably has them as well.

Otherwise it doesn’t take much to pull one together. A bit of cloth for a bandana with a painted on logo can go along way. A Youtube search will also come up with many videos that will show you step by step how to create one. Or if you want something that can be used in everyday past the party, you can get one of these great print T-shrits.

If your child happens to do martial arts, you could just as easily use their gia or karate whites.

Hosts

Another idea was having the local martial arts club acting as hosts. They bought some of their own training mats and able to do a little bit of a ninja training session. Anyone with active boys will know that directing this fighting energy in a good direction can be a blessing.

Thus some structured activities around the ninja theme, with its own novelty and uniqueness. Even had the really special element of cutting the cake with a samurai sword – one of those little details that the kids always remember and rave about. How often do you get to cut a cut with a real samurai sword, mind you it is razor sharp?!

Birthday Cake

For the birthday cake we got a store bought chocolate cake. We then added one of these personalized toppers. So ended up with a personalise LEGO Ninjago cake and spend very little on it. The main candle burning here is a sparkler candle which gives the cake an added wow factor while burning like a fire cracker.

It is also the type of theme that lends itself to doing at own home if want to keep the costs down and brave enough having your household overtaken by little  kids. The one downside is you have to clean up yourself, whereas sometimes after spending a couple of hours on parent duty for a kids party, you’d rather a drink than the prospect of having to clean up the mess and left over chaos.

You do also however spent the week before hand hoping for a nice sunny day, as the prospect of a hoard of kids inside the house for a party on a rainy day is not a fantastic idea. Always pros and cons.

Outdoor Furniture

We didn’t have enough seating for everyone so picked up some additional wicker garden furniture like this. Its sturdy, strong and comes with a rain cover so something that will last beyond the party.

In our area you have insects to deal with and nothing worse than them getting all over the food guests are about to eat. We picked up a couple of theses fly catchers, discreetly placed them around the garden and they worked pretty well.

Naturally you can have all the standard party games of musical chairs, pass the parcel etc. Another simple game is to have a jar full of LEGO and get kids to guess how many LEGO pieces are in the jar, with a prize being awarded for the closest to it.

If you have the space and inclination, you can always add in a bouncy castle hire as well.

Around this video should be a link to our website and a checklist of all these different ideas and things for the party. So you can download the checklist with links to have everything in one convenient spot.

That rounds out our list of different elements for the party so you can have a great and memorable Do It Yourself / DIY LEGO Ninjago birthday party theme.

Recap

So a quick recap of what we’ve covered. Start off by choosing your colour scheme. You’ll need to get general decorations for the party area. In doing a LEGO party, kids will invariably have LEGO. See if you can get them involved by making some decorations for the party.

You’ll need to get things for the kids party bags. You’ll need to keep your kids occupied so have a think about activities and games to keep them amused. Consider reaching out to your local martial arts club and see if they are available. Consider a costume for your child, don’t forget the birthday cake and have a great time – they grow up so fast.

Are there any obvious other ideas and things that we have missed out on? Let us know in the comments below.

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LEGO Scenario: Gears, Tyres, Wheels, Name, Future Star Wars, London, Great Wave OFF Kanagawa Part 3

In this video we have a closer look at the gears and configurations needed to drive the LEGO Scenario boxes. We also look at various tyres, wheels and the process to build them. The “Scenario” name isn’t as random as it may seem and talk about why. Our discussion is rounded out with a look to what the future direction of the LEGO Scenario boxes might be.

Think of it as a cross between LEGO building with micropolis, mosaics, technic, architecture and Dots techniques all thrown into the mix. Add a little motion and wrap it up in a narrative.

Visit https://www.mattelder.com/scenario for all LEGO Scenario resources

This is the 3rd video in the series. The others can be found here: Part 1 – Introduction: https://youtu.be/qhQ-CA1BanY Part 2 – Standard: https://youtu.be/uQu14XxU-zI Part 3 – Gears, Name and the future: https://youtu.be/ET0f-ma5c-c

NOTE: In the future, plan to release video instructions and plans so you too can build these … or your own versions.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com and in this video we are going to look at the LEGO Scenario Gears, Wheels and Tires, the name and the future direction. This is the 3rd video in the series and be sure to check out mattelder dot com forward slash scenario for the LEGO Scenario resource page. Lets get started.

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Gears.

Quickly wanted to touch upon gears. In the London module, it is effectively a single axle that runs through all the wheels (it is made up of 2 technic axles with a connector as you need at least a 17 length axle. If you didn’t mind overhang and had one, you could use a single 32 length axle).

This can be turned manually by hand if you didn’t have any motors. If the speed seems a little fast, you can place on this configuration of gears and a hand crank to really slow it down. Or if you did have a motor, here is a basic technic tower that can plug straight in.

Next up is the Wave setup. At the bottom you have the same Technic Wedge Belt Wheel. The different speeds are caused by having different sized pulleys at the top. Here you have a Technic Steering Pulley Large, Technic Wedge Belt wheel, and a Motor 9V Micromotor pulley. You can put them in any order to get differing speeds.

Here we’ve used extra large rubber bands with square cross sections. It is the one thing I don’t like about the pulleys as the rubber bands will gradually stretch over time if left taught.

To get the different directions, it will depend upon which side you have you Technic Wedge belt wheel. One side will go one direction, the other side the other – depends upon which way you turn your motor.

In the top to get the wheels turning in independent directions, there are 3 separate axles here, not a singular one running the whole length. You’ll notice between the wheels however is only 1 brick wide. What this means is that each brick has ½ an axle sitting on it. Not ideal and not pretty but given the 16 x16 limitation, only way to do it.

These support beams are very important. Without them, because there is only half a length of axle sitting in the brick, the pulleys will pull the axles and wheels straight out.

Now the Star Wars wheel box has a single axle that runs through it but the center wheel turns in the opposite direction. How is it possible as all wheels should turn the same way? The 2 outer wheels are standard wheels with rims like this. The middle wheel however doesn’t have a rim, it has a custom setup of gears and lift arms. The rubber wheel itself is literally resting on the gears which turn it.

To do that it does however need an anchor point which is why this section here exists – it needs some friction so it can turn in the opposite direction. This means you have to be really careful with the spacing so anything rotating downwards doesn’t hit the lift arm and break. You’ll notice this is why this band with Star Destroyers is so far over to stop it crashing into the support.

Tires and Wheels

The dots bands grip really wheel on a 56 tire diameter, but you need a lot of internal space to make the gears work. Thus these 56×28 ZR Street tires are ideal – the only downside is they haven’t been in many sets and a little hard to come by. If you are using one of the other drive mechanisms, then you can use the 56×26 wheel and the band fits snuggly on that, like in The Wave wheel box.

Process

I find the process to this Scenario building a lot like art. You are trying stuff then assessing, removing or adding, and continuing. Judgments of things are relative to one another. It can be a reductive process as initially included sand green trees for variety but it was throwing the whole saturated colour palette off. Once it was removed, it all came back together. 

As a process feel it is the whole “less is more” approach. How do I represent complex detail with not very much? 

Name

As for the name Scenario, there is a reason for it. There was an artist called Syd Mead who did the concept art for Blade Runner and designed the light cycles in Tron, amongst a wide variety of accomplishments.  He painted traditionally in gouache and each picture he though about as a “scenario”.

Syd would consider everything which, apart from Technical skill, I think made his pictures so compelling. He would think what was happening in the scene, what was the back story, what was the mechanisms for making cars fly. Everything in his picture had a reason for being there and not just their for the sake of looking cool.

In the mid naughties he did 4 instructional DVDs released by the Gnomonworkshop / Design Studio Press. What was fascinating was his commentary and thought process. He talked about this scenario idea extensively.

With this you are creating little scenes using a variety of methodologies and technics and made the most sense to me. You are creating you own little narrative, the LEGO snowglobe / diorama and thinking of all the elements in the scenario.

So it is a nice Segway from the visual futurist to talk about the future direction of the LEGO Scenario

Future Direction

In the future plan I to release videos that give breakdowns, time-lapse and tutorials, and possibly instructions. We be great to see others pick up the ideas and what people come up with. Hoping others can see and know of ways to improve and make better – not a technic guru, know enough to get things working. Sure experts looking on in horror as do something clunky when there are much more elegant ways of doing things.

Visit mattelder.com/scenario for all your LEGO Scenario resources. It is bare bones at time of recording but will be populating it with more content moving forwards.

As for where this could head, have many different ideas.

Collaborative

I can see this as being really collaborative – someone working on the bracelets, someone else the mosaics etc. Alternatively, pick a movie and each do a scene, or a trilogy and each a film. Something where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

LEGO Ideas

We plan to submit this to the LEGO Ideas site for consideration to become a future set. So if there is a link around this video, it would be fantastic if you can give a vote over there. We can just really see it as a canvas/ platform for a line of sets, which has scenes and story telling in built into it.

LEGO could have the base modular models and structure. Then they could sell different scene packs to theme them out and finalise the scenario. So the base might be Star Wars with Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader. The 2nd pack might be Empire Strikes Back with Luke fighting Vader and the Hoth battle scene. The 3rd pack might be Return of the Jedi and Sarlacc Pit, with Luke fighting Boba Fett. 

Next obvious step is to add lights and sounds. Maybe create a programmable bluetooth speaker that can sit within the model. Through an associated app, you could record dialogue and have triggers.

Wheel with Studs

While I’ve been using a DOTS bracelet wrapped around a wheel, don’t think it would take much for LEGO to make a wheel with studs similar to this one. Can really see it being useful and having a full 360 degree ability to stud. Pretty sure GBC community will pick up the bracelets in some way shape or form and really curious to see what they come up with.

For mine, I’d also really like to see the DOTs bracelet made in white, it would give the greatest contrast and really make the tiles and DOTS designs ‘sing’. Would also be good to have DOTs bracelets in a red or orange or a traditionally saturated warm LEGO colour

Social Media

The LEGO Scenario also lend themselves to social media pictures and clips. So if you do come up with LEGO Scenario models be sure to use the #legoscenario hashtag and will look to put links on the Scenario page and social media accounts to feature your LEGO Scenario creations.

Congratulations on making it this far in this video – that is a real accomplishment. Leave a smiley and sad face in the comment and I’ll know you got this far into the club.

What are your thoughts? Are you inspired to create any of your own LEGO Scenarios? Let us know in the comments below and respond to them all.

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LEGO Scenario: Standard Star Wars, London, Great Wave OFF Kanagawa MOC Part 2 DOTs Mosaic Micropolis

In this video we look at the standard around building LEGO Scenarios. Thus all the parts can come together easily and you can spend more time on the themeing, rather than driving yourself crazy with the engineering.

Visit https://www.mattelder.com/scenario for all LEGO Scenario resources

NOTE: In the future, plan to release video instructions and plans so you too can build these … or your own versions.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com and in this video we are going to look at the developing standard around LEGO Scenario boxes. This is the 2nd video in the series and be sure to check out mattelder dot com forward slash scenario for the LEGO Scenario resource page. Lets get started.

The Standard

Just want to talk briefly about the standard we’ve been developing around this, similar to how Great Ball Contraptions, GBC and Micropolis building have standards. Thus you can develop sections in modules and easy to interconnect. In this case too, when there are standard configurations and components, the drive components can more readily be plugged in.

Thus one can spend more time on just theming and being creative with the overall scenario, than spending days pulling your hair out developing the drive mechanics and gears (as I’ve done to date).

Action Box

The Action box is built on a 16×16 base. In the middle of each side is a 1×4 technic brick with 3 wholes. This allows the modules to be interconnected on all sides. On the 8th brick high, another 1×4 technic brick with 3 holes is placed. This allows for the main axle height for any wheels to be placed. A drive motor is designed to be connected up easily at this height.

By doing so, it gives a 1 brick height at the base to place any other technic gears or axles and will be out of the way of any objects on the wheels turning and bumping into it. The height of the box is 10 bricks high with a finishing layer of tiles if desired. This can help securely connect any way bricks.

This 10 brick height enables maximum height of objects placed on the bracelet bands, and also hiding any of the visual noise of the action box components. 10 high also means it could be placed infront of any GBC module to theme out the GBC.

On the back side, drive axles will run 2nd brick height up, and in 3rd stud position along from each side. They are generally designed with a Technic knob wheel on the left (sitting a ½ bush out) and a Technic Gear 20 Tooth Bevel on the right (sitting flush). There is some flexibility with swapping these around but you’d have to update the driver on the power unit.

We’ve tried to design this so it is ‘hot swappable’ so you generally connect it up to the drive unit sitting under the billboard, subtle tweak to align gears and away you go. To keep it quick, simple and interchangeable

Billboard

Looking at the billboard module, you can see the gear and Technic knob that will connect up to these. For the time being, I’ve made this piece readily detachable. At a later date it could be built in but find it is really hand for maintenance, little tweaks, and adds a little support for all the weight coming from the upper levels.

You have a space for the Power Functions L-Motor to slide into here and drive the main wheels. You can have a couple of gears come off the top here as well but just found that wasn’t providing enough torque.

The other motor you can connect into here – this probably needs to be refined a bit. Initially these 40 tooth gears are all about slowing the motor speed down. The wheels and billboard don’t need to turn at great speeds to get a nice effect. Actually the opposite is true, I find the power coming directly out of the motors will spin everything way to fast.

At this point here you have a corkscrew that slows things down again and this leads off to the main lower section to drive anything at the base. If we continue along and up, you’ll eventually get to the main gear that drives the billboard, and from here with a modificiation and a couple other gears, you can branch off and drive the top wheels. If you only wanted to use 1 motor and have enough torque to do so.

To take the billboard off to swap over to another one, take of a 1×16 panel and adjacent 2×16 panel. Then unclip both top and bottom and everything will come off. You then have 2 drive locations with the main axle running straight up here. It is like putting 2 tread mounts sideways and placing some lift arms in between. The lift arms and spaces take the weight down to the lower structure.

You also have a few guide posts here to stop the upper billboard from swaying too much. You are limited by the fact the treads have to flow over the top of this. There is also the ability to have this axle turn from the treads moving all these wheels. I just found the treads are a little too loose fitting to actually do this but sure some bright spark would be able to get it to work.

Treads

The back of the billboard is 2 rows of 20 treads each. In this case I’ve used a height of 16 studs, which leads to the treads being placed in this configuration. Theoretically you could use more of less, you’d just need to adjust the associated billboard sprockets height – which would be simple enough to do by adding or subtracting lift arms.

The billboard is alternating 1×16 plates and 2×16 plates. In this case I didn’t have enough 1×16 plates so used 2 lots of 1×8 plates and joined with a 1×2 plate. So I find this to be really flexible. They are connected to the threads using half pins, which plug into the plates anti-studs. There is something very satisfying about rolling this over.

We use the Technic, Link Tread Wide with Two Pin Holes, 57518 here. Surprisingly with just a layer of tiles, and plates, it does become surprisingly heavy. You could possibly use the smaller 1×3 link treads but they unclip really easily. With the 57518 treads, you really have to get at them to unlink. The alternating 1×16 and 2×16 pattern also means you have the 2 stud wide plates every other link. This is really handy for attaching minifig stands and the like.

Billboard Changing

I only built 1 billboard power unit but 2 of these billboard tracks. That’s why through the video you’ll randomly see either The Wave or Star Wars design on the billboards.

First up, remove the last 1×16 and 2×16 plate on each end of the treads. For the Wave, you can just lie it down and I try to align the join over these lift arm L pieces. Thus when you push down, you have something offering resistance so it becomes possible to clip the treads together. Place the 1×16 and 2×16 plate designs back on. 20 treads seemed to be the magic number for this configuration. 19 was just too tight and wouldn’t join.

And there you have it. A billboard design quickly and easily swapped over. I’ll give the gears a quick test to make sure it is rotating freely. And now it is ready to be joined up to the Action box.

Front Display

The front display I’ve found visually works best when they are using a 8×16 plate. In doing so, the 1×4 3 holed technic brick can go in the middle of the long side. On the short side, place a 1×2 technic brick on the corners. Thus 2 can be connected up if needs be to keep the 16×16 grid working. The Star Wars one does cheat this a little bit but I’m not anticipating anything on the front, and onto sure you could get the crank arm in there otherwise off a standard connection.

In the 3 boxes we’ve generally used 1x2x5 bricks for the walls, but there is nothing to stop you using anything else. We just happen to have a number of these pieces and recently they have been on pick a brick walls so you can get a cupful pretty easily. They are also pretty quick to optimally stack, just grab a plate of the pick a brick wall and going them to it.

Resources

If you go to mattelder dot com forward slash scenario , it will bring up the homepage to this LEGO Scenario. It will be the main resources page where I’ll have videos like this one, the standard, instructions and other resources. It is only early days so plan on building out this resource over time. So do be sure to check this out and come back to it.

In the next video, we’ll look at the gears that drive the various wheel mechanisms and the origin of the scenario name. You can also check out Part 1 video that gives a more general overview.

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Thanks very much for watching. Here are some other videos you might find of interest. Until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

LEGO Scenario: Star Wars, London, Great Wave OFF Kanagawa MOCs Part 1 DOTs Mosaic Micropolis Diorama

In this video we are going to look at what we are calling our “LEGO Scenario” creations. You might be looking at this and wondering what exactly is it that I am looking at. We like to think of it as a LEGO version of a snowglobe, or a diorama.

Think of it as a cross between LEGO building with micropolis, mosaics, technic, architecture and Dots techniques all thrown into the mix. Add a little motion and wrap it up in a narrative.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com and in this video we are going to look at what we are calling our “LEGO Scenario” creations. You might be looking at this and wondering what exactly is it that I am looking at. We like to think of it as a LEGO version of a snowglobe, or a diorama.

Think of it as a cross between LEGO building with micropolis, mosaics, technic, architecture and Dots techniques all thrown into the mix. Add a little motion and wrap it up in a narrative.

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

Introduction

In this video we’ll be covering what these LEGO Scenarios are, the main components, a look at the 3 different themes created here, the standard developing, look at the individual components, the gears involved, origin of the name and ideas on the future direction. This is going to be a longer than usual video.

The concept is based upon wrapping one of these new DOTS bracelets around standard LEGO wheels. Once you do that and pop an axle through the wheel, it opens all sorts of possibilities for motion and storytelling. Sometimes have to think this would have been the furthest thing from the minds of the designers of the bracelets. That is the joy of LEGO – people will mould it for their own uses beyond its original inception.

3 Themes

Here we’ve themed out 3 “Scenario” examples – one being based around Star Wars, another being the city of London, and another the famous 19th century Japanese print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. Each of these have varying levels of complexity so hoping to create an entry point for various ranges of abilities.

These Scenario boxes we like to think of as a blank canvas or framework. Then they can be “skinned” or themed out in any creative way you can think of. A lot of the time when building something mechanical with moving parts, it becomes a single use design and can’t be adapted for anything else.

The goal was to try to come up with a universal base design so don’t have to keep reinventing the wheel each time. So, a fair amount of time was spent on the engineering side, prototyping, reaching dead ends, cycling back and starting again. I’m not a Technic guru and know enough to get by. I’m sure these can be further refined by experts but gives a solid foundation.

At this size, feel that it will enable one to create scenarios based around favourite scenes from books, movies, TV shows, artworks, cities or any other popular culture idea or subject matter. It also means you don’t need thousands and thousands of pieces and months to build. Thus, it helps to keep it accessible to everyone.

Main Components

There are 4 main components to a LEGO Scenario – The Action/Wheel Box, Front Display, Billboard and Drive source (either a hand or a motor). Designed it around a 16×16 plate and interconnecting modules. This seemed like a striking a good balance between size and ultimately cost. It hooks into the already existing design language of micro builds. Connections can be made to micropolis layouts and add motion to cities.  

Lets start off by looking at each of the 3 themes.

Star Wars

This is the Star Wars Scenario. It is based around Episode 4, apart from the minifigs. The front box has is the trench run scene with Luke’s x-wing, which moves side to side. Also has a gun turret that spins around trying to shoot down rebel ships. There is this maintenance panel which opens so you can get in and make any subtle adjustments to the gears if you need to. This is my first attempt at any serious grabbling, or creating the hint of detail and was a fun process.

Moving to the action box you have the rebel ships on the middle wheel flying in one direction, while the Empires ships on the other 2 wheels flying in the opposite direction to intercept.

Ships here are the Tie Fighters, Tie Bomber, and a couple of Star Destroyers. For the rebels, an X-wing, Tantive IV and or course the iconic Millenium Falcon. A few colours might be slightly off but just dealing with the colours and pieces that we have available to us.

On the billboard we have the Death Star in the process of firing the primary weapon. The Death Star itself does have a subtle light relief effect going on over the space of 4 tile heights. Tried to have the main dish area a little countersunk. Being the 16 bricks wide, think it has a nice rotation effect.

The other scene is from the climax of Empire Strikes back with Luke and Vader fighting it out on the Cloud City platform. Been challenging to create the platform in alternating 1 and 2 brick wide sections. Think it has turn out OK and really opens up possibilities with being able to include minifigures. Yes there is some slight inconsistency with scale but think of it as artistic licence. Like when you see movie posters with giant background heads and tiny foreground elements.

My apologies to any Star Wars purists out there. We are probably casual Star Wars LEGO fans so the minifigs have all been mixed up and we only have a handful (yes I know Luke wasn’t wearing his orange flight suit in this scene but you get the idea).

One thing to note, due to the tight tolerance of one of the Star Destroyers, the wheels will only rotate in one direction (as the Star Destroyer can be massaged through the gap. If it tries to go the other way, it just gets stuck. That’s why you might hear a slight clicking sound as the Star Destroyer goes around).

London City

Next up is the London Scenario. We’ll start off with the Action box as it has the icon London red double decker bus. Here we’ve mixed up the colours of the bands to go with the ground type. The first band is teal with trees and parkland type environments. The next band is a road with the bus, car and pickup truck. The next band has a train and some track.

The blue medium azure band is a water way with sail boats and a cargo ship. The last band rounds out with some more trees and foilage, and a plane flying past.

The holes that allow you to adjust the strap while wearing are slightly larger than a stud so if you try to put anything into the hole, it will just fall out. We did find however that if you have a cone piece inverted and push it in, it will start to clutch the cone piece. The clutch isn’t brilliant but enough to hold the cone if you get it just right.

That was how we managed to get some of these trees in. Otherwise as the band goes around, it will have ‘gaps’ where no pieces are attached.

Onto the billboard. The billboard is a 16×16 design so you have to get creative with any mosaic image you come up with. Here we’ve gone for Big Ben and a cloud in light relief. The bottom 3 or 4 rows you always have be careful when designing as you get the elements from the spinning bracelet bands possibly getting caught on them. The front display is a general waterfall scene over some rocks. It gives away to get from top of the Action Box down to any other micropolis base you might want to connect.

This Scenario I did want to keep simple without too many crazy and elaborate building techniques. The 5 bands in the action box we’ve gone a little overboard to show possibilities of planes, trains, automobiles and everything in between. If this wasn’t so much a demonstration piece, I’d probably lose on type of transport and just let the Action box “breath” a little more.

Great Wave Off Kanagawa

Lastly is the “Great Wave off Kanagawa” Japanese print design. Here is laid out the moving billboard image and the design it is based off. This shows the LEGO Scenario can be applied to other media, in this case artworks and designs.

Again used subtle relief for depth as the waves in the front are slightly higher than those in the back. We’ve used quarter circle white tiles to give the wave a better feel of organicness as originally it feel very blocky. Also used transparent blue round studs over blue plates to give a couple subtle shades of blue. There is Mount Fiji in the background but like the original print, it is subtle.  

OK, we’ve wrapped the design around the drive train for that and now we’ll move onto the middle wheel action box. This box is driven by a series of pulleys and rubber bands. The effect that I was going for is the waves closer to you move faster and break more dramatically. The wave in the back has that effect of being further back so slower moving and more subtle. Much like if you stood on a beach looking out at the waves – those closest to you are crashing with quick movements, those in the far distance moving a little more slowly.

The middle wheel has a fishing boat, also present in the original image but more of a second read item. It travels in the opposite direction to the waves and at a speed that is slower than the fastest wheel, but faster than the slowest wheel.

For purposes of this demonstration, I’ve done the back 2 sides in transparent pieces. Thus you can see more the gears, pulleys and what is happening inside the Action box.

The front display is imaging what might be below the water line, so very much where you can start to make your own creative interpretation of extending the scene. So there is some green seaweed locked in between 1x6x5 panels, along with some transparent blue studs.

In the middle is actually a whole section of these studs. I’ve also put a little wheel mechanism in there so it can churn up all the studs. The mechanism is a little undercooked as the little studs can make it really difficult to turn and needs further refinement. But conceptually showing you what else could be don e.  and trying to add a further dynamic motion of the sea churning.

End of Part 1

I’ve decided to split this video into 2 or 3 parts and here seemed like a natural breakpoint. Check for the next video in the series around this one which will cover a more detailed look at the developing standard, mechanics and how it may develop into the future.

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How to Sort and Store LEGO. Tips for Sorting & Storage Bins. Tutorial: Create Labels for LEGO

In this video going to show to sort LEGO and keep it sorted. We will also look at some space saving techniques and what I call “Tetrising” of LEGO. I get asked about storage a lot so in this video I’m going to give some ideas. I don’t believe in a 1 size fits all approach. I think it depends largely on you and your kids building style and play pattern.

What do you do for storage? How do you manage LEGO? We are always on the look out for new ways and ideas so sound off in the comments below.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com here and in this video going to show to sort LEGO and keep it sorted. We will also look at some space saving techniques and what I call “Tetrising” of LEGO. I get asked about storage a lot so in this video I’m going to give some ideas. I don’t believe in a 1 size fits all approach. I think it depends largely on you and your kids building style and play pattern.

3 Approaches to Sorting

There are generally 3 approaches to sorting and storing LEGO:

  1. Dump everything into a box / tub and store away. If you only have a small amount of LEGO and won’t / can’t keep things sorted, this is probably going to work best. Downside to this is that it can be a lot harder to find parts. If the majority of the time is spent looking for parts, going to be less likely to want to build and end up being less creative. Then there is the constant clean up of all the LEGO at the end of each session.
  • Sort by Colour. Literally what it says. You get containers and sort into colours ie all blue pieces go into blue containers. Good if your building style is more decorative, where colour really matters. So if you are building a red fire truck, you’ll have all the red pieces together. I did this a lot when a kid but the colour palettle was a lot more restricted. Also handy for mosaics. Complications can start arising when parts have more than 1 colour and you mentally have to create rules around how it is sorted ie is it sorted by a dominate colour, function etc
  • Sort by Part Type. This is where you look at the individual part and sort by it, or similar groupings. So all bricks go together, all plates go together, all wheels go together etc. This is better for when you are more interested in getting the model constructed in a certain way, or rebricking other models. Ideally everything would be of the same colour but with limited parts, you substitute as best as possible.  

We mainly do the 3rd style with sorting by type, with sub sorting by colour and having a bit of a temporary building and dumping ground. So we’ll focus on this more.

Background

Originally the kids did build models and have a large tub to store stuff in. This very quickly become problematic as when they were playing with the models, they might start to lose bits, everything would get dumped into the tub and not really played with again. It also didn’t really encourage them to pull the model apart and build other things.

Von Haus 44 Drawer

Thus we went for this approach to sort things into draws and label the drawers. There will be an affiliate link around the video for these Von Haus drawers. We get a small commission from each sale and it massively helps support the channel and delivering these free videos.

Here is a quick unboxing of one Von Haus 44 drawer, so you can see what you get.

They are really storage for trades, for screws, nails and bits & pieces. In America I think something similar is these Akro-Mils Drawers. For me I’d prefer the Von Haus as these drawers are all small sizes where as the Von Haus has 32 small drawers, and 12 larger ones. I just think that providers more flexibility.

Sterilite

We’ve also seen some American’s use Sterlite drawers, which generally aren’t for sale in Europe (in a cost effective manner). I did manage to get some medium size ones at a clearance sale. While they are quite nice and stackable, the thing I really didn’t like is these drawers don’t come out. So later on if you are reorganizing, you can’t just swap drawers, you have to empty them all out and change the labels over – which really isn’t appealing.

We like these 44 drawers models as they have a mixture of small drawers and larger drawers. So it gives you a range of options to fit small and large LEGO pieces all at once.

Why we like them

one of the reasons are particularly like these drawers is they actually fit Lego really well and they’re an ideal size because you can get 16 studs along and then six studs across and then in bricks three bricks high and it fits really snugly without being too tight so these are you know 2 by 8 bricks so got to put in the back then 2 on top I’m just dropping a couple in so cos you’re six studs wide and you’ve got your 16 goes back and obviously 16 being a nice multiple number then gives you lots of different combinations being able to do other things

another stacking so there’s three high that will fit in there not together it like super tight so later when you want to get back at them they’re relatively easy just to take apart and they fit in snug but still enough that you can get in and get them out relatively easy or yeah of course case naari just take the drawer out and tip it out it’s no big deal and it’s nice because the the drawer when it’s got in the unit itself the two little teeth at the back and the runners so you just gotta get them to the end angles in them up and pop them out like that so they don’t slip everywhere otherwise

Kids Access

We have them down low and the kids can easily access them. Being trade storage, there are holes in the back where you screw them to the wall or anchor them if you are worried about kids pulling them down on top of themselves. They are also handy if you just want to take a couple of them to a specific resorting area or get better access.

Open Backs

One thing to note is the backs are open. So if they do fall over the wrong way, or get held at the wrong angle, stuff can all fall out and get mixed up. That said, if any pieces get the drawers wedged closed, you can always come around the back and just move things around, or take them out, so they can get un stuck and open again

Originally we got 4 of these Von Haus drawers. We initially sorted into plates, bricks, curved and in between, and the last draw had a combination or car parts, technic and minifigs and accessories. We’d also have a draw or so for what I like to call the “weird and wonderful” drawer. Its just pieces that you might only have 1 or 2 of, never likely to have more and don’t really fit nicely within any other drawer.

How to Start Sorting

We’d start off sorting into the smaller drawers and as the drawers filled up, split the parts up further into smaller drawers, or if only one part, put them into the larger drawers. As more and more LEGO came and we sorted through it further, we’d add extra drawers. With spaces allowing for future expansion.

I generally like to start with smaller pieces/studs on the left, and have them increasing as you go to the right.

Tetrising

and then as you go along add to them so you start off here with one by ones then one by twos two by twos two by threes and so forth and then as you go down you can also add so this is a 2 by 4 and then down here you’ve got four by sixes and then six by sixes so then it’s really easy to remember as you stud count increases that you’re generally going left to right and then sometimes down as well.

One thing that you run into pretty quickly with Lego is running out of space these are two two by four drawers which will be at least full and overflowing but optimized space like to go through and I just call it a tetrasing process trying to get as many of the pieces in a nice snug fit so they can take up a minimal amount of space.

So you can make the most effective  use of space that you have so we sort of see it at the moment this drawer is completely full and you wouldn’t be able to get any more in because it won’t close and then we still got some left over here but then we do have on other models which are currently being made

Lots more pieces here’s just a base of a little peacock thing the boys has made and you should do what lots of two by fours around the outsides of that there so you just want to make it so that there’s plenty of excess capacity but can be used up a new space in a really efficient way so go through and quickly do a little Tetrising process and you should be able to get everything into this drawer and still have some space left over and see how we go

Now we have it through a process of tetra Singh we’re basically able to take what was one and a bit and get them all into one and you could probably still get another couple of bricks along here the other nice thing with doing it like this if you do it by colors then if I’m building anything and I need Red’s you know two by four you know I can automatically reach in and grab whatever I need.

Or I can start to say okay well I’ve probably got these are in heights of four so there’s 16 there so I only need 10 I’m good if I need 20 or 30 then I might be running into problems so by doing this tetra setting process you can always go through and just optimize your space and just push it a little bit more and gain that little bit extra.

Labelling is Key

Next thing which is also important is to label the drawers. Brick architect has created a PDF with labels for 1,200 of the most common pieces which can be downloaded here https://brickarchitect.com/labels/ . They are sorted into the major categories.

As a cheap and effective entry point, just print a PDF page, take some scissors and cut the labels really tight. From here, take some sticky tape, or stock tape, stick the label to it, then stick it onto the drawer, job done.

In another video, I’ll cover the Brother P-touch labeler and even how to create your own labels for pieces that aren’t part of the 1,200 done by Brick Architect. It’s a bit more advanced but the PDF, scissors and tape will go along way, and will be more than enough for the vast majority of people.  

Value of Pictures

These labels are really good as they have the pictures on them. So for any kid that can’t read yet, they can easily understand the pictures. Most people aren’t going to have a clue as to the real names of pieces in any event.

How many people would know a fence piece that is a 4x4x2 Quarter Round? But if you see the picture, you’ll instantly know the piece. It is also great for helping to learn the more technical names and the element ID numbers are also handy for any future ordering.

If a drawer is labelled, if someone happens to empty all of the drawers contents to make a model, you’ll know for later the drawer was actually designated for something. Without a label, you’d have to remember. Doesn’t sound like that big a deal. When you have hundreds of different pieces, you’d need a super memory.

LEGO Table

For us, we have this as a designated LEGO table. It is actually an old Thomas the Tank Engine train table. The track around the edge is great for stopping pieces rolling onto the floor. Underneath it, It also have some larger tubs that can store further larger pieces, they can also come out as well for easier access.

Having it as a work surface is great as the kids can build models, have works in progress, have a play area etc. When it comes time to pack up, all the pieces can end up on the table, and act as a magnet to attract any pieces throughout the house, and be sorted later.

Its great cause them can get all the LEGO off the floor so it doesn’t end up in the vacuum cleaner.

Sort Fest

Which then brings us to the sort fest. Over time LEGO accumulates on the LEGO table and does need to be resorted again. So we sit down with the kids and have some sort sessions to put everything back away. Naturally it isn’t the kids most favourite thing to do. This timelapse here took several hours over the course of several sessions over a weekend.

That said, it means when they have just dumped things previously on the LEGO table and not had to clean up, just shifts the job to doing it in one batch. Which is going to be a more efficient use of time in the long run.  

Generally I’ll break the models down and group pieces together. The kids will then sort into drawers. Start with the larger pieces as it feels like low hanging fruit and makes it easier to see smaller pieces.  I always think of engineering time and motion studies when doing this and encourage kids to create strategies to do things in an optimal way. Have Moses go to the mountain, not the other way around. Kids always seem relieved when last pieces are put away

It is always a matter of striking a balance. Want the kids to explore ideas and models, but not be scared off building cause every part needs to be put away every session. They also take pride in having a clean LEGO table at the end of a sort feast session.

Key Combination

We think the key is the combination of dedicated LEGO table and the sort feast. Know some others who have drawers and taken the time to do the initial sort, and create labels. But very quickly LEGO ends up everywhere else and the drawers not being effective and seeming like a waste of time, and undoing all the hard work to get together initially. The key seems to be the table and sort fest.  

Over time, do have some sorted into colour as well – hang over from Dinosaur and Jack o Lantern pumpkin projects. Click around the video for FREE instructions and time-lapse videos on these LEGO builds.

Really Useful Boxes

I know others use these “Really Useful Boxes” which seem really strong and sturdy for stacking purposes. I haven’t looked into them too much and don’t know the type of tray insets they can have, which would be the key part for me. I think for larger items they might work really well but the downside would be not having them with quick easy access. Here is the better part of 1,000 different parts, all of which can be accessed in seconds so don’t have to play musical boxes.

Technic Expansion

With anything that’s been going along recently and sorting out some Technic like to create one of these weird and wonderful drawers we sort of put all the pieces which do quite neatly fit within quantities elsewhere. And then over time you notice that you actually start building up enough to create their own separate drawer.

I like to leave the spaces so it allows for future expansion for instances like this so just come along pop it in your drawer pop in the new label just going to be a six tooth small sprocket depend all the printout get the bag tape off their labels on there and then just go through wonderful

joy that’s nice man some ones which are left now just the other sorts of circles and fan blades and things like that and that’s how you can easily expand the rest just don’t have labels on yoke just go to here around to doing it it is possible that if you then wanted to completely read you get everything just take that over go up swap and I am

What do you Do?

What do you do for storage? How do you manage LEGO? We are always on the look out for new ways and ideas so sound off in the comments below.

In another video, I’ll cover the Brother P-touch labeler and even how to create and customise your own labels – so be on the lookout for that.

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How to Create A LEGO Mosaic Portrait from a Photo with Tips, Suggestions & Time-lapse Tutorial

In this video we will show how to create a LEGO Mosaic Portrait from a photo. There will be tips and suggestions on how to do this, along with a full time-lapse so you can see everything start to finish.

The topics that are covered in the video are:

– software used to create LEGO Mosaics from a photograph
– how to figure out parts required and where to order them from
– base plate considerations to build your mosaic on
– suggestions for the optimum photo, tweaks and considerations so you get the best result
– an approach to the actual tile application.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of Mattelder.com here and today we are going to cover off how to create a LEGO mosaic similar to this one. This is going to be the first video of a 2 or 3 part series. In this video we’ll give an overview of the whole process and in later videos we’ll go into  a lot more in depth on certain aspects.

We’ll start of first by talking about mosaic maker websites and downloads, to create a mosaic from a photo.

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Mosaic Maker Links

To find a list of links to mosaic makers you can go to my website mattelder.com and then you can scroll down to the November 2019 archive. Give that a click and then if you go down to the one on the 14th of November, Lego mosaic image makers.

There is the one which I’ve done and then below here is the list of different mosaic makers out there and as i find other ones which work, I add them into the list. So you can always come back here and check it.

Pictobrick.de

The one which i used to create this image was the pictobrick.de So if you click on that, pictobrick here. The Einstein one.

There is a download which you can download to your operating system which I quite like so once you’ve downloaded then, you’ve got it forever. Whereas some of the other ones, they’re hosted online, so if they ever go down then you won’t have access to them again.

And in the tutorial there, it just runs you through a few different options on how to use it in the mosaic maker.

Instructions

Once I’d uploaded my picture, adjust to the size selected the colors, I was then able to output these documents. Which tell you a whole bunch of information. So this is the actual image to work off in your image and then if you go under bill of material, it will then tell me here all the different colors I selected, 1 by 1 tiles.

And it’ll tell me all the different colors and how many I need of each then under building instruction. It will tell you row by row, column by column, what each piece should be so you can only use the row by row and column or you can just go back to the image that was created.

Getting Bricks

From this, we then ordered the pieces required from the secondary marketplace bricklink.com , and this is what came back.

Okay I can go to a package it’s got most of the bits which we need. You open it it’s quite heavy for what is 2 kilograms. no the pieces so I’m looking at about almost 9,000. Lime, white, Light Bluish Grey, Dark Tan, Dark Green, Medium Dark Flesh, Reddish Brown, Dark Bluish Grey, Tan, Black.

Base Plates

Normal base plates you get the Lego ones these are 32 by 32 studs which is about 25 by 25 centimeters or once that 10 inches by 10 inches usually get these. But what we want for this one is one a red color and they generally only come in the greens, blues, <white> or large, the grays which near which

reason for that is if you have any little gaps and things showing through, you’ll see the greens or the blues or whatever it is. From art, whenever you do things underneath you generally, for flesh and stuff like that, always start with something room which is like a red. Because if you use a blue or a green, if that shows through or if somebody’s got a slight blue or a green tint to them, they look and feel sick.

So I couldn’t get them in the Lego ones. I managed to get one of these ones here which will give a try. So a fun Haven one could be interesting. The other thing at universities and petrol normal Lego one’s actually gonna be the thickness to them Lego ones

Differences and Clutch Power

What’s that?! Maybe one or two mills. These, a little more like three or four yeah. You can nice and the difference is on the back. This is just a standard tool one wears this it’s got some regular legged fits stick pieces into it. Knowing of these you can’t build it up and put anything underneath it.

So if we just take the normal base, put a couple of these two by ones by fives on each corner and they can all go into the under side and that’s pretty rigid. You can start stacking them.

Usually I stay away from anything which is non LEGO as found the quality or the clutch powe,r which is how they stick, be quite poor so things come off. These ones, just want to try see what they like want to do the demo test on them. They seem to stick pretty well actually.

So I’ll see how they go. I’m going do two of these at once. Actually I’m do it there’s a 64 by 64, so two there – they’re probably going off camera. You know you got a square and then for the second one another for these.

Time-lapse

And now onto the timelapse. We’d actually taken that final image from the mosaic maker, and printed quarters of the image on standard A4, 8×11 ish inch paper. Thus each red base plate was a quarter and just made doing the mosaic easier and more manageable. Every couple of rows that we go along, we’ll mark off on the printer out. Just makes it easier to keep track of where you are up to.

Colour Considerations

The thing with LEGO is that not all pieces are available in all colours. Thus some of the programs that generate the mosaics aren’t smart enough to work out if that colour is available in that brick, or tile or plate or whatever it is you are using.

Other times it might be available in that colour, but really expensive. Where as if you just moved to another similar colour, it is more readily available and far cheaper / cost effective. So it might be suggested to use a Maersk Blue, where as a Medium Azure would be around an 1/8th the price.

Check out our other video where we’ve developed LEGO brick and tile colour wheels / guides. These go into this is a lot more detail and really handy for anyone doing My Own Creations, or MOCs.

We’ve used flat 1×1 tiles but you could have just as easily used 1×1 plates, 1×1 bricks or whatever sizes will fit the colour lengths.

Base Plates

Around this video we’ll also provide an affiliate link to those Fun Haven base plates as they seemed really reasonable. Having the ability to stick bricks on the back makes it easier to join them together with other plates and mount them.

We’ve also discovered that 64×64 studs is just slightly larger than 50cm x 50cm, which seems to be the last standard frame and memory box sizes. So once you go beyond a standard 48×48 stud base plate, mounting and framing become more challenging considerations.

Photo Considerations

For the actual portrait, for best results you want something that has good contrast. Basically this means a photo taken in daylight where there is some shadow on the face. Using a flash will be the worse kind of photo as it flattens the face.

Once you’ve taken a photo, which you’ve probably done on a phone, most have got away to increase the contrast or play with a few filters to make the photo better. It is definitely worth doing this as you will be spending some time on the mosaic part. Thus you want the best possible photo you can get.

Head Size

Try to make the head as big as possible in the mosaic. This just gives the best chance for the eye, nose and mouth shapes to be distinguishable, and characteristic.

Even at the large size of 64 x 64 studs that we’ve gone for here, it still isn’t a lot of detail you are playing around with (even though it is still 4096 1×1 tiles). We did spend a bit of time up front selecting the best image, and tweaking the brightness and contrast. If we couldn’t get something that would work, we’d try with another photo.

Time Considerations

For this one, by the time you select a photo, make adjustments, source pieces and sit down and apply 4096 1×1 tiles, you don’t have much change out of 15 to 20 hours. I might be bias but think the result came out pretty well. The bulk of it is grey tones, with pops of colour just to break up the monochrome look and give a little bit of bounce to the image.

Tiling Approach

The approach to applying tiles would vary but generally start with a row and column and work out hole length. It just became easier to judge tiles relative to one another and prevented too many mistakes. Then might try to block out large patterns of single colours. Which then became easier to place other colours.

As going along, found you could use the edge of a brick separator, or the edge of a plate to align the square tiles. When they don’t sit in straight lines, a slight zig-zag pattern can develop, which might drive anyone with OCD crazy.

This was one of a pair of mosaics we did at the same time, so in the end, dealing with over 8000 1×1 tiles. They were done as gifts and well received. They can be impressionistic like in that when you stand from a far, they appear as a photo. When you get up close however, they dissolve into the square geometric pattern.

All Coming Together…

And here is how the 4 quarters come together…. And here is how they come apart.

If you’d like to get your own custom portrait or pet mosaic, for yourself or as a gift, drop me a line at matt@mattelder.com If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comments and may try to answer in subsequent follow up part videos. If you enjoyed this video, smash that like button or be awesome and subscribe.

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LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Time-lapse & Review Speed Build, Set 75212

A review and time-lapse speed build of LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon, set 75212, from the Han Solo movie. This is also known as the “White” Millennium Falcon due to the use of largely white LEGO bricks, as opposed to the usual grey look. In this video we give a run down of the basic structure, play features and other tid bits. Is it worthwhile buying?!

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here and in this video we are going to do a quick time-lapse / speed build of LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Set number 75212. For an extended kids play and review, check out our kids version of the video, which should be linked on or around this video.

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There are 1414 pieces for £170 pounds or around $200 US dollars. So that works out to 12p or 14cents US per part. It was released in 2018 and still available at time of recording this video (so you maybe able to pick it up cheaper).

The finished set is a really good size, and much bigger than what we expected. It is really sturdy as the kids have been bashing it around. They can also pick it up and swoosh it around without any real issues. This model has the better part of a dozen hinged plates to access the interior of the model. The latest Rise of Skywalker Millennium Falcon set 75257 has fewer, larger hinge pieces to access the interior.

This version has a detachable escape craft between the two front forks. So you can choose to have it with or without, if you are after the more classic look of the vehicle. There is also a center gunners bay that slides out on rails and can hold minifigures.  

The white, with hints of blue, colour scheme is a nice change from the usual grey colour schemes, and I do quite like it – although not sure how well it fits in with the Han Solo movie it was based off. Hence it has become known as the white Millennium Falcon version.

There are 6 minifigs and 1 droid which seems to be a really good number for a set like this. There are also a couple of spring-loaded missile shooters in the front for additional play features.

To get the curve on the rear engine it’s done by assembling these little hinge pieces and connecting them together. A bit of flexible tubing is used to get that blue engine feel archways interconnect of four main play areas in the Millennium Falcon. Thus characters are able to move from area to area.

There is an entry ramp on a hinge joint which opens and closes so characters can get in and out of the Falcon. There are fixed landing gears so the model can always be put down and it doesn’t have much impact when kids are playing around with it and flying it through the air.

Drop in the central Gunners detachable piece. The Headroom for the minifigures can get a little bit crowded as you go more towards the perimeter of the Falcon but there are plenty of studs to connect the minifigures to for when the vehicle is flying around and not becoming loose during flight.

Here you can see the dozen hinge pieces being attached and open showing you how the mechanism works to get to the interior. The detachable escape craft or cargo hole feature is also something which is really quite interesting and unique to this set.

The cockpit allows two minifigs to sit in it and comes on and off relatively easy but it is connected to a solid wall of studs. So there’s no way for the character to walk through from the cockpit to the rest of the ship

And there you have it. The white version of the Millennium Falcon based upon the Star Wars Han Solo film. A great set even for just a casual Star Wars fan or somebody wanting a Lego spaceship.

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Desert Safari Tour Dubai: Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding, Camel Riding, Belling Dancing, Fire Performer and Local Food Review

This is our review of a Desert Safari Tour we did in Dubai while staying at LEGOLAND Dubai. This was the VIP tour done with Arabian Adventures. In this overview / review, we cover the dune bashing, sand boarding, drinks at sunset, camel riding, belling dancing, fire performer, spinning dancer and local food. A great way to spend an afternoon / evening.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com here and today we are going to talk about a desert tour we did while staying at LEGOLAND Dubai. It is independent of LEGOLAND. A desert tour was a great 6 hours or so which covers 4-wheel driving, sand boarding, drinks at sunset, camel ride, and a meal with some local entertainment. We did ours just outside Dubai with pickup and drop off from our hotel at LEGOLAND.

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Please feel free to comment on the videos and let me know any other topics you’d like to cover. I read through them all and try to answer every one of them. Back to the tour.

We did our tour with Arabian Adventures. There are 2 levels of the tour, one standard and 1 VIP. The VIP limits the group to 40 people while the standard takes almost as many people that book. We did the VIP tour so these shots are from that. It means we had a 4×4 to ourselves with a driver, which having little kids with us, didn’t put off anyone else who may have ended up with us.

First stop at the park was to let some air out of the tires to travel across the soft sand, as opposed to hard road. At this point, you start to realise how many other people do these tours when you see another 30 or so 4x4s all in the queue.

Off into the desert and you get to see different types of gazelles. On the VIP tour, the first stop was sandboarding, and the standard group would come after. It was good to have a relatively small group and able to go at a leisurely pace.

It is no coincidence that we sand boarded in the shadow, as  it was still at balmy 33 degrees Celsius at this time in the afternoon. Good bit of exercise as the sand is really soft and you sink straight into it. Surprisingly, this sand hill didn’t have the hard, course, graininess of beach sand (guessing it doesn’t have fragments of marine life in it).

Sand boarding was really fun as if you aren’t confident to be able to stand up, you can still go down seated and enjoy it.

And now you take photo. <laughter>

Then we had 10 minutes of bouncing up and down in the sand dunes while the 4×4 was being thrown about. One of the kids loved it wanting to go higher, faster, longer, while the other, just wanted it to stop. Are you enjoying? Yeah!! One is, one isn’t.

While the red jeeps might look good, they don’t have the power of the Toyota Landcruiser’s (and are better suited for larger rockier formations with the higher ground clearance).

Next stop was some drinks at sunset. Great just to relax, watch the sun go down and get a few good happy snaps. As all kids will do, it was time to play in the sand on the sand dunes. Sometimes with little kids, you do wonder about travelling when the only priorities will be soft plays, playgrounds and sand pits.

It was a quick drive to our evening meal area. Out front where camel rides and weird to have to lean back while they angle up into the air. They are up higher than horses. With little kids, 2 people can ride the camel at once so the parent can be there to reassure any little ones that aren’t too sure.

Next into the seating area for an extensive 3 course meal – the food just keeps coming and coming, and was really tasty.

Throughout the evening entertainment is provided, starting with a belly dancer.

After this was a fire performer. He got really up close and personal with the guests, leaving a great many tales to be told later on.

This was followed by a spinning dancer. I’m always amazed how these guys go on for the better part of 10 minutes spinning around. I spin the kids around a couple of times and have to stop or risk getting too dizzy. Again, there was an interactive element whereby audience participation was encouraged. One of our little ones gave it a good shot too.  

You can also sample arac (as I think it is called), and kick back with a smoke.

The guides will indicate the end of the evening, without prompting a hard time to leave. With little ones we were happy to be back in the 4×4 around 8:30pm for the 45-minute drive back to the hotel.

For next time, we may consider spending a night staying in the desert. We were fortunate that our guide had been with the company for 12 years and in the country for 23, so very experienced and knowledgeable.

One hint I would give is to make sure you have some local currency as tips are expected.

Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend it. Haven’t done the standard tour but happy to pay the extra for a more intimate group and just being able to go at our own pace.

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