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Don’t Be Sad, Another Needy Child Wants Your LEGO 26 Oct 15

Needy Child

Seems to me the whole point of the ‘recent’ decision (well in Sept) was to drum up publicity for Ai Weiwei and his upcoming build and it has been achieved – I don’t dislike him for it, I admire that he has achieved his aim. He’s an awesome artist and campaigner.

The ‘banned’ from using LEGO or ‘refusing to supply’ is related to a direct bulk order from a LEGO Certified Professional. Not many people direct buy in bulk from LEGO and, as a business, it’s their right to limit what this is used for…want to build a 50ft Christmas tree in a city – okay, want to make a political statement – not okay.

He can walk into any LEGO store and buy as many bricks as he likes, or Megablocks or Kreo or whatever else kind of bricks. What he actually wants is media attention, publicity and controversy and he wouldn’t get that by walking into a shop and buying LEGO or Megablocks for that matter.

His media campaign has been well done and it has worked thus far, I’m just surprised that anyone thinks that a toy manufacturer should be upholding his right to freedom of speech, he can do that himself (as he has proven in the past) without help from LEGO. If people want to send him their LEGO then that’s up to them.  I love his work so I look forward to seeing what he creates!

Idea by Tim from www.newelementary.com/ and built by me 🙂

Custom Brickazon by www.firestartoys.com/

Custom sad face by citizenbrick.com/

Custom WII by minifigs.me/


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Lego Back to the Future Courthouse photographs

LEGO Back to the Future Courthouse

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Photographs by Daniel Jamieson aka MacroLegoUniverse. macrolegouniverse.com/

Hill Valley Courthouse Set built by me – Elspeth De Montes.

Custom clockface and custom Doc minifigure by Andy Watts at www.minifigforlife.com

MacroLegoUniverse shot the stopmotion animation at Brick 2014 in London.

Check out the final movie on the front page of macrolegouniverse.com/


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LEGO Back to the Future – IT”S HERE!!

Last year I was contacted to ask if I would build the courthouse from Back to the Future for a LEGO version.

As is turns out, the plan was to shoot the entire penultimate scene in an exact Lego replica of the original movie.

By the time Brick 2014 arrived, my part in the project was over after about 5 months of a gradually enlarging set of LEGO Back to the Future was moved from my living room to the London Excel Centre.  Andy Watts from minifigforlife made the custom clock face and the custom Doc minifigure while Warren Elsmore kindly lent me a lot of grey bricks to raise the set up a brick height!

Vicky Smith and Daniel Jamieson painstakingly took photo after photo during the show. Their colleague Chris Hetherington was involved in some of the technical wizardry such as the fire and the lightening plus the opening and closing credits.

I am absolutely amazed by the process and all the post production work and very excited to present Macro Lego Universe’s version of the penultimate scene of Back to the Future.


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Lego Back to the Future 9 Dec 14

Lego Back to the Future was built and animated at Brick 2014.

Set built by me, photo by Macro Lego Universe who are making the movie. macrolegouniverse.com/

Custom clockface by Andy Watts at www.minifigforlife.com

Lego Back to the Future is still in post production but here are some sneak peeks to whet your appetite

Hill Valley Courthouse, Doc's slide down the wire.

Hill Valley Courthouse, Doc’s slide down the wire.

The conduction wire is ready

The conduction wire is ready

Behind the scenes - BTTF at Brick 2014

Behind the scenes – BTTF at Brick 2014

Lightening strikes the clock tower.

Lightening strikes the clock tower.

Hill Valley Courthouse and conduction wire setup

Hill Valley Courthouse and conduction wire setup

Looking down the street towards the movie theatre for the 88mph drive scene...

Looking down the street towards the movie theatre for the 88mph drive scene…