Posts Tagged ‘LEGO’

Fan Movie Winner Profile: Star Wars: Retold Team | August 4, 2009

As the winner for the George Lucas Selects Award in the Fan Movie Challenge presented by Lucasfilm and Atom at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, Star Wars: Retold shows what can happen when someone who thinks they remember all the little plot points of Star Wars attempted to retell it, with hilarious results. chats with Texas-based filmmaker Joe Nicolosi Jr.

What is your background in film?

I’ve been making films since the day my father brought home the first family camcorder. My first project was a stop-motion animation feature film done totally with LEGOs. Years later, I studied film at Ithaca College in New York where I continued exploring animation and live-action filmmaking as well as writing and theater.

What prompted you to make a Star Wars fan film?

I made this film because I was inspired by how passionately someone who had never seen Star Wars thought she could tell the story. Star Wars was my favorite film growing up and is a big reason I make films today.

Where did you get your idea for your film?

My friend Amanda hadn’t seen any of the Star Wars films, so I was trying to convince her to watch them with me. She was reluctant and stubborn at first because she’d seen so much of the story in pop culture references, like through Family Guy and Kevin Smith films. She started telling me the story as she knew it and I told her to hold on while I got my video camera.

What are some of the technical aspects of your film?

I recorded Amanda’s retelling using my Panasonic DVX100a and cut the audio track in Apple’s Final Cut Pro. I used Adobe Photoshop to cut out all the characters and background and for the photo manipulation I did. I took all the elements back into Final Cut where I did my very crude animations.


The LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary: From Bricks to Books Team | July 23, 2009

lego_cov.jpgHard to believe it’s been 10 years since Lucasfilm and LEGO entered into a partnership to feed the world’s astonishing appetite for Star Wars-themed LEGO bricks. When that deal, brokered around the release of The Phantom Menace, came to light, it felt like a natural to many — a match made in collector and kid heaven. But it’s doubtful anyone would have predicted a future filled with smash hit video games, animated shorts and now, a book dedicated to LEGO Star Wars, due out from DK Publishing on October 10, 2009.

Due out in October, the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary may seem like an odd venture at first, given that previous Star Wars Visual Dictionaries have explored the in-universe details of the saga, applying names and histories to the various bit players, widgets, greeblies and what-have-yous of the visually dense props and costumes. This LEGO edition serves a visually rich guide to the fantastic sets and figures produced by LEGO, a sort of plussed out collector’s bible of the past ten years.

On-hand to discuss it at Comic-Con International were Jonathan Rinzler, Executive Editor at LucasBooks; Rob Johnson, Art Director for the LEGO Group, and Simon Beecroft, author of the book and Publishing Manager for DK Publishing.

“I’ve been championing some kind of LEGO book for years,” said Rinzler. “And finally it all came together… Putting it all together was in many ways a puzzle piece.”

lego03_sm.jpgBeecroft clarified that the book is not merely a catalog of LEGO products, though every set to date is indeed included. “It does follow along the lines of our Visual Dictionaries, in that it attempts to explain things from the universe it occupies. So this takes the point of view from within the LEGO Star Wars universe of sorts.” This is best expressed through themed spreads within the book that often explore a character or faction and its evolution across multiple LEGO sets.

Rinzler explained the narrative voice does switch gears from in-universe, to our universe, occasionally breaking the wall to explain the history of a set or its features as a product. The book includes a timeline of LEGO works, a look behind-the-scenes on the development of sets and mini-figs, as well as a look at LEGO fans. In fact, it was through the generous contributions of one fan, Jeremy Beckett, that the book ended up being as well illustrated as it is.

“We did get a lot of photos. Many from LEGO, but Jeremy also provided so many as well,” said Beecroft.

lego02_sm.jpgJohnson, from LEGO, fielded questions from fans eager to pry any details of future sets, though he remained tight-lipped on specifics. He did say that more Expanded Universe sets — like the Rogue Shadow from The Force Unleashed – were a possibility. He stated that sets dedicated simply to mini-figs were not a possibility due to licensing restrictions — the license to produce Star Wars figures is owned by Hasbro, while LEGO focuses on construction sets. “But, that said, we look to include as many figures as we can in our sets,” he said.


LEGO Designer Rob Johnson (left); Author Simon Beecroft (Right)

At the end of the presentation, DK Publishing was able to reveal the mini-figure that will be included in the book. “Early in the project, there were a lot of emails flying back and forth between LEGO, Lucasfilm and DK, and one of the subjects that came out was including a mini-figure,” said Rinzler. Of the many suggestions, one stood out as perfectly fitting; click the image below to play the reveal video.


Inside Star Wars LEGO: “Behind the Bricks” Team | July 9, 2009

For those of you who can’t get enough of your LEGO Star Wars sets, here’s a fun little video from Toys ‘R Us to take you all the way to Denmark to see the LEGO offices (with special guests!) as well as interviews with LEGO staffers and designers! Our favorite tidbit from the video? We find out that LEGO supplied Admiral Ackbar with his own tiny coffee mug!

This fun and informative video from LEGO Club TV entitled “Behind the Bricks” takes you to Billund, Denmark, the home of the LEGO design lab and the birthplace of LEGO itself. It was shot after completion of online voting by fans of LEGO and Star Wars that determined which Star Wars movie scene would be transformed into an exclusive Toys ‘R Us LEGO Star Wars set.

LEGO designer Jens Kronfold Frederiksen discusses the process of making the hugely popular LEGO Star Wars sets and other LEGO toys and Mini Figures. This interview is amazing not only for its content but for all the classic and current LEGO Star Wars sets that are displayed, including a vintage LEGO Star Wars Imperial Destroyer, LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon and tons of other LEGO Star Wars sets we would love to get our hands on!

WATCH VIDEO: Toys’R'Us Presents “Behind the Bricks” LEGO Star Wars Fan Vote Video

SOURCE: Stoogey

12-foot LEGO Blockade Runner Readies for Diplomatic Mission

Pete Vilmur | May 19, 2009


Gizmodo reports today of a LEGO builder who’s currently bricking together a 12-foot long Corellian Corvette, better known to most as Leia’s Tantive IV blockade runner from A New Hope. Scaled to the ubiquitous LEGO mini figures and featuring interior details throughout, this classic starship follows the flight path of another Corellian craft built by fan Craig Stevens — the Millennium Falcon — although this one measures just four feet long.

Head on over to Gizmodo and have a look!

LEGO Legion Team | May 4, 2009

sw-minifigs.jpg updates today with a fantastic gallery showcasing every LEGO Star Wars mini figure made since the line started 10 years ago. Can you believe there’s nearly 70 already?

Head on over for a hefty hunk-o-LEGO goodness!

52-Pound LEGO Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Team | March 23, 2009

Star Wars and LEGO go together better than intergalactic peanut butter and chocolate. Case in point, this impressive 7-foot long model of the Mon Calamari flagship from Return of the Jedi — complete with integrated lighting!

Jesus Diaz from Gizmodo reports:

The stunning LEGO model — created by Thomas Benedikt — was created to scale from the official LEGO Star Destroyer, which is an impressive 3,104-piece beast on its own. According to Thomas, the ship was almost impossible to recreate in LEGO because of the difficulty of its surfaces: There are no right angles at all. After considering many building techniques, he decided to use studs joined by hinges, with transparent yellow studs to let the light from the Star Cruiser‘s interior shine through.

Check out all the glorious photos here:
52-pound LEGO Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Can Kill Darth Vader on Impact (via Gizmodo)

Toy Fair 2009: LEGO Star Wars and Clone Wars

Pete Vilmur | February 16, 2009


There was a lot to soak in at LEGO’s booth this year with both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones LEGO properties going strong, and we snapped a few pics of some of the great pieces you’ll be seeing later this year.

Easy stand-outs were the Venator-class Republic Cruiser, which had so many moving-opening-separating parts that it made our heads spin — and of course Anakin’s Y-wing Starfighter, the coolest ship (in my opinion) to emerge from The Clone Wars series. A close second is the new Republic Attack Shuttle, which should be reaching store shelves now. You can check out these and more in our Flickr series here.

Stay tuned for an update on LEGO Indy merch, and be sure to check out our continuing photo coverage of this year’s Toy Fair!

LEGO Star Wars Nativity Team | December 16, 2008

(photo by Larry Lars)

This holiday season show off your creativity and the Christmas spirit by making your own Star Wars-themed nativity scene. Check out this LEGO Star Wars Nativity made by fan Larry Lars who has a few tips of his own for others who want to make one as well.

What made you decide to make a nativity scene from LEGO Star Wars figures?
I made the scene to be my entry in a contest held by a SW LEGO fan site Limited to only a baseplate with 12×12 studs you’re supposed to combine Christmas and Star Wars and hopefully show your creativity and building skills. This idea came to me when trying to think up a reason, for the amount of different characters I wanted to have, to actually have a meeting on such a small space.

What is your favorite part of the nativity scene?
The twins of course. I also really like how the stable and the star tricks you into thinking it is the traditional setup before you take a closer look.

Any inside jokes in it that fans will appreciate?
The characters, besides the main family, are chosen for the most variety and Star Wars feel. But with this combination of characters from different movies and with the weight of the nativity story there’s going to be some interesting details to think about. Why so many evil ones? Who is the trooper on the roof? and so on. I think the biggest appeal for fans is going to be the depiction of the Skywalker family together in a moment they were bound to never have.

Any advice for fans who want to make their own Star Wars nativity scene?
Try to find a balance in the scene. I think you need to have a few things that really connects to the traditional scene. You have to know when to stop adding clever Star Wars references. And that can actually be kind of difficult.

Get a closer look here:
LEGO Star Wars Nativity (Flickr)

Jon Stewart and His C-3PO Bobblehead

Bonnie Burton | December 2, 2008

Last night on The Daily Show, show host Jon Stewart did his share to talk about Black Friday by rubbing it in our faces that he beat out holiday shoppers to a C-3PO bobblehead.

He’s also a tad worried about the recession, now that he claims to have bought a lifesize Millennium Falcon made of LEGOs.

VIDEO: The Daily Show
(watch from 2:10 to 3:11)

The Stained Glass Darth Vader Story Team | August 8, 2008

(Photo by Paul Souders)

Not every fan can say they have a stained glass window taken from the design of a drawing they did of Darth Vader when they were a kid. Paul Souders has such bragging rights. Here’s the backstory of the Stained Glass Darth Vader and how it came to be.

What’s the story behind the stained glass design?
In 1977, my family was living in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where my father (a geologist) was working on a long-term project. His colleague Jim was visiting from the Big City (Lincoln) and took the family to see Star Wars at what was probably the only movie theater in town. Scottsbluff is pretty remote — we got all our movies a month or so after the rest of the country. Anyway, Jim was a big SW fan, had read the Lucas novel, and seen it probably a dozen times already. He was an excellent interlocutor — I was 6 years old and my brother was 4, so a lot of the movie might have sailed over our heads if he hadn’t been on hand to translate. For about five years Jim was like my favorite grown-up.