Comic Con came and went, and while it’s been over week since I’ve bid farewell to the last day of the Con, I’m not done reporting the news. I got a few more SDCC-centric posts to do so let’s get to it.
LEGO wasn’t the only building block company at this year’s Con. Clone brands were well represented by two other big brands and one newcomer to the scene that made its debut at the show. Hasbro leveraged their gigantic booth to showcase their Kre-o line. Megabloks had a tiny booth space. And the biggest surprise of the show was Todd McFarlane announcing his Walking Dead building block toy line.
Well now you’ve decorated your tree. As you stand there basking in the glory of all the ornaments you built, you start to think that perhaps the angel that’s been in your family for the last five generations just isn’t going to cut it this year amongst all the beautiful ABS that adorns your tree. Maybe it’s time to build your own tree topper out of LEGO and that’s where I found myself three years ago.
I’ve never been one much for angels as tree toppers, but I’ve always loved stars. Even though, the one my wife and I bought our first Christmas together had lost its luster and we were ready for something new. Everything I saw in stores was ‘meh’ at best and then my wife suggested I build one with LEGO. Challenge accepted! The first year I went for something more classic and it was a big hit with everyone, so it was decided (by my wife) that it would be a yearly occurrence. Last year I found myself under the gun and hastily threw together my gaudy Death Star topper that was influenced by the flashy Death Stars from Futurama: Bender’s Big Score. I was happy with the garish attempt regardless of the rush job.
The plan for this year was to make a dragon, inspired by Smaug, perched atop the tree with a long tail that wound down around the tree like garland. I wanted it to be red with a golden underbelly, but as the time approached I was disinterested with doing it this year. In part due to not enjoying the first Hobbit movie, but mostly due to it being the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
The idea of a TARDIS on top of the tree was a big hit with the family and away I went. I had to make some creative sacrifices to ensure sturdiness and I didn’t have certain parts in blue, but I’m still pleased with the results. I picked up a string of LED lights that had a “phasing” (actual setting on the battery box) feature and threw on some much needed decals against my purist urges.
I wanted to share these because in making them, I have had more then a few other people mention that they’ve done the same thing and yet, I haven’t seen any pictures. So let’s see them people. Let your geek flag fly and trick out the tops of your trees with some wicked LEGO creations. Your friends and family already think you’re crazy anyway.
Looking for something fun to do with the kids, shut-in roommates or that feral cat you found in your Christmas tree? Why not start decorating that cat infested tree with some fancy LEGO ornaments?
You could head to your local Hallmark store and grab this years official LEGO Star Wars ornament and I highly suggest that you (or a loved one looking to get you something geeky as a gift) do, or you could build your own! “But buriedbybricks,” you say because you spend far to much time talking to your computer (I CAN’T HEAR YOU GUYS!), “I just don’t have the time. If I sit down to design an ornament, my kids or shut-in roommate may loose interest and I’m already feeling a little woozy from the feral cat bites.” No problem.
With the Comic Con announcement of the licensing of Marvel and DC there was a collective nerdgasm with LEGO and comic fans alike. There is so much potential with this it boggles the mind. Not only is there a positively vast library of reference material in the form of comic books, comic book movies are hot these days. It’s really too bad this didn’t happen a bit earlier because with this summer’s offering of Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America a lot of people (including myself) feel it was a bit of a missed opportunity. (more…)
Just a fair warning, this post is completely off-topic, but since I used this site as my press credential to attend Anime Expo, I figure I should at least post about my experience there this year. So feel free to stop reading here.