Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Podcast

If you don't listen to the LAMLradio podcast, you should start. Podcast 36 focuses on Nathan Proudlove's Miniland scale Mystery Machine.



Nathan says that "Miniland scale is a little more freeing as far as your figs, because you can suggest things a little more easily." This MOC was inspired by his wife noticing that the colors of the pieces he was sorting matched the famous Scooby Doo van. Nathan has built several vehicles at this scale before, starting with a 1965 Lincoln Continental. He says "I like the scale of the vehicles, because you can put a lot more detail into them."



Episode 37 also notes the start of this blog. Thanks for the mention, guys.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Buns of steel, stomach of iron

Over on Reasonably Clever they're running a contest to create specialized suits for Iron Man. Gfox has chimed in with a couple of Miniland creations, including my favorite, Iron Man's Extreme Eating Buffet Armor.



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Saturday, April 26, 2008

I want a balloon really really badly!

Really, really badly.

Steve Bishop continues his Spongebob figure series with Patrick and Mr. Krabs.



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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Snowfall

Our first reader submission comes from Andrew of the Brothers-Brick. Flamelillyfox visited Legoland Windsor on a snowy day and got this beautiful shot of St. Paul's. Thanks, Andrew. Anyone else, feel free to contact us with Miniland creations to highlight.



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Welcome aboard, Nathan!

You may have noticed that the post below wasn't by me, but my new co-blogger, Nathan Cunningham. You may know Nathan from his site Sly Piggery, his blog Based on a True Story or his participation in various on-line forums where he usually goes by the name eNiGMa. Welcome aboard, Nathan!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Who lives in a miniland under the sea?

Haha. You were totally singing the rest of it in your head.

Steve Bishop is on a roll with his miniland figures. Now he presents Bikini Bottom's favorite fry cook, Spongebob Squarepants.



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Skaters

Sean Kenney is certainly one of the leading lights of the LEGO community. His Miniland (or 1:20) scale MOCs include this Skater Park.



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Monday, April 21, 2008

Simpsons in space

Next up, the series that confirmed my decision to start this blog, Steve Bishop created the entire cast of Futurama.



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Characters and cars of my childhood

I should probably start this blog off with the two MOCs from this Brothers-Brick post that got me two start this. Both of these are from the "Claim to Fame" challenge on the Flickr Lugnuts group. Nathan Proudlove presents the Mystery Machine with Scooby and all his friends.



Also, Lino Martins gives us Batman and Robin, with the classic Batmobile.



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Contact us

Feel free to contact us with Miniland scale creations, photos from the Legoland parks, other relevant news or feedback on the blog. You can find us at:

Bruce: bricktales AT gmail DOT com
Nathan: the DOT great DOT sly DOT pig AT gmail DOT com

making the obvious substitutions of . for DOT and @ for AT.

Join me!

As noted in my welcome message, I've already got two other LEGO blogs. In a comment on Brothers-Brick, I said that Miniland scale building needed a blog of it's own, but I was too busy. Well, I figured that rather than simply opine about what should be out there, I might as well start it up. However, I am always behind on my other blogs, so don't want to overextend myself too much. So I'd love to have a partner in crime. If you're interested in doing this (and it's easy, so don't be intimidated), let me know at bricktalesATgmailDOTcom (making the obvious changes).

UPDATE - As you see in this post, I've got a co-blogger now, so we're probably good for now. Thanks!

Welcome!

Welcome to MinilandBricks. This is going to be a side project to my other blogs - VignetteBricks and MicroBricks - but this will focus on Miniland scale building. This is the scale of building that is most clearly seen in the displays at the various Legoland parks. I'll highlight MOCs and also great photography of the official park models. This blog probably won't get updates on a terribly frequent basis, as Miniland scale is not as popular for building as fig scale or microscale. I may bend my rules a bit from time to time and include Scala, Belville, Technic fig or Model Team scales, as these are all somewhat comparable.

Why start another blog? Good question. From time to time I see great MOCs out there, and since they fall outside of the most popular building scales and themes, they sometimes get overlooked. Why not just post these on my existing blogs? That's just not my personal vision of LEGO blogs. While I really love Brothers-Brick and Klocki (the two best out there, IMO), I don't think there's a lot more room out there for general "all things cool" type blogs. Instead, my view is that a blogs should have a clear focus, so that it can do one thing and do it really well. Say you're into mechs, for instance. If there was a MechBricks blog out there, you could check that one and get all your mech needs fulfilled in one place, without having to page through stuff you were less interested in. That blog would also serve as a history of the subgenre and an archive of great creations. So, to, this blog for Miniland scale building.

Sunday, April 20, 2008