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How Can I Get A Job Like This?

 

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LEGO logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LEGO Master Builder Steve Gerling has one of the best jobs…like ever.  He builds Lego models for a living.  The tiger at the Bronx zoo is one of his creations. (check out the interview to see even more awesome pictures).  Have I mentioned how much I love Legos?  Hmm?

How would you like this dude’s job?  I really enjoy Legos.  Now, my creations are nothing compared to Steve Gerling’s, but oh, the ideas I have now.  Sign me up!

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Photo from Huffington Post. 150,000 piece recreation of Helms Deep

Just in case that wasn’t enough to inspire you to get playing, Huffington Post has some fun Lego facts for you.  This is an image from their article…that looks a bit different from the Helms Deep I made…photo (21)

Well, I don’t even know if the big one would fit in…any one room in my house.   It just goes to show “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” (Eames, Inception)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S. I want to send a “thank you” out to all of my friends and family who send me awesome little tidbits like this one!  You guys are awesome.

 

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LEGO + Doctor Who = Happy I Love Geekology

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Lego Doctor Who Concept photo from Lego

So, there I was just bouncing through the web.  A little bored, and definitely ready for the weekend when I came across Geeks of Doom.  Definitely worth checking out, right?  There I found the post that made my day. (Maybe even my week.  It’s been a little rough.)  LEGO CUUSOO is accepting fan submissions for Doctor Who LEGOs.  Yip-eee!

What’s the big deal, you ask?  Well, back when I discovered this nifty little site, I poked around to see if I could find any Doctor Who sets, because…just because.  When I searched for Doctor Who I found the following message.

Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren’t able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can’t secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party. If such a conflict goes away, we’ll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license.

Bummer.  That is just no fun at all.  The licensing conflict has been resolved, and the floor is open for submissions.  When I searched the site today, I find 29 submitted projects.  Most of these have gone up in the last 5 hours.  Yes, please.  Do you know what that makes me?

Yes, indeed.  This makes me happy.  Also, this may be my official Friday afternoon song…Whovians the world over are one step closer to getting the Doctor Who Lego sets they’ve been clamoring for.  Personally, I’m glad someone will give me directions for making the inside of the TARDIS…I wasn’t doing so well on my own.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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More LEGOs!

A pile of Lego blocks, of assorted colours and...

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Oh, the things I come across on the internet.  Today, I found a link to all kinds of amazing things people have built with LEGO’s…hmmmm…I have some building to do!
‘Til next time,

Jessica

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LEGOs…It’s the Little Things that Make Me Happy

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Get it?  Little things?  LEGOs are…okay, I’ll stop.  Sorry, the over caffeinated, sugar high got to me.  Hint: If you haven’t had soda in approximately two years, you should probably moderate that…because otherwise…you get this.

Have I mentioned that I like LEGOs?  LEGOs make me happy.  As a matter of fact, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about them during the holidays.  He was telling me about how he bought LEGOs by the pound online. (I think he said Ebay…maybe.  I’ve slept since then.)  His boys love them, and I have a sneaking suspicion they don’t always play alone.  There was a definitely interest in a pirate ship.  Because, I have a pirate ship now…and I got a castle for Christmas.  Yeah, I know.  I’m in my 30’s and getting LEGOs for Christmas, but who cares.  They make me happy!

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A couple of months ago, I came across a great deal on the Lord of the Rings ship from the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.  Because, if LEGOs make me happy in general, then LEGOs based on my favorite books, movies, or television shows make me incredibly happy.  Okay, it isn’t actually a pirate, pirate ship…but it could be.  I have no self-control.  Could you?

photo (14)Because I get a childlike thrill out of these toys, of course, my family, who loves me, wanted to give me LEGOs for Christmas.  Woo-hoo!  They got me another Lord of the Rings set.  I now have the Battle of Helm’s Deep…in LEGOs.

So, now you have an idea of how I spent my Christmas night.  Watching the Doctor regenerate in the Doctor Who Christmas Special with some friends, and putting together my castle…there may have also been some mulled wine.  No, I didn’t let my friends help me with the castle.  Sorry!

photo (20)LEGOs have gotten more advanced than they were when I was a kid.  I don’t remember being able to shoot stuff or a catapult to take into battle.  Now, I have catapults, and built-in levers to help me blow up my creations.  The wall the orcs blow up at Helm’s Deep…it really blows up.  I tested it…a lot.  There’s even a side door for Aragorn and Gimli to sneak out and a catapult perfect for dwarf tossing.

Now, I’m in need of some LEGOs with Smaug.  Every good castle needs a dragon, right?  What better dragon to attack my castle than the mighty Smaug?  Is this a thing?  I need it to be a thing.

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That isn’t to say that the holiday LEGO battles were without casualties.  Unfortunately, poor Frodo died.  Did he die at the hands of Sauron?  Nope.  The poor lad was felled by the worst beast of all.  After surviving  the Nazgul, Moria, Shelob, Mordor, and the fires of Mt. Doom, Frodo met his match in the deadliest of all creatures, the Lord of the Great Toy Wars…..Dexter, a Labrador.

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Alas, he looks like such a loving innocent beast.  With the perky ears, and the tail wagging so quickly it is a mere blur.  However, looks can be deceiving.  Dexter is the bane of all toys, large and small.  He just chews them up and spits them out, spreading destruction far and wide. Fortunately, Dex, of the Great Toy Wars doesn’t wreak havoc too often, but when the beast unleashes his fury…beware!  No toys are safe from the Lord of the Great Toy Wars.

‘Til next time,

Jessica (and Dexter)

P.S. Just count yourself fortunate that your screen doesn’t have the Dexter nose art that mine currently does.  Apparently, he likes you guys too!

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