Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Share your own Lego set and game reviews. You can easily leave ratings for each Lego set or game on the site. Add comments and give each Lego set a star rating.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
"WTF? I should have kept this for my personal blog. This has got nothing to do
with technology, and this blog is called TechCrunch for crying out loud. A
report and pictures about a visit to a theme park have absolutely no place here
on this blog. I wasted a couple of minutes of your life, and your time is
valuable. You can, and perhaps should, unsubscribe from and never visit
TechCrunch, ever again."
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is Japan's largest Lego block themed hall in which about 1.5 million pieces of Lego are being used. The exhibits include "Mini land area," original Lego recreations of famous structures in Japan such as Tokyo Tower and Yokohama Chinatown, and other creative Lego models such as a highly realistic Lego football stadium. Dinosaur models created using Lego blocks are also very visually appealing. The exhibition is located in the Nasu Highland Park.
Lego Digital Designer or otherwise known as LDD is a 3D modeling tool that enables you to play with Legos without paying for Legos. It also allows its users to design and build models using virtual-Lego bricks. What's more about LDD is that it can provide you with the complete set of step-by-step instructions for your designs and you can have it printed or have it in HTML format.
The worldwide known marvel superhero spider-Man became a Lego construction toy last 2002. Lego Spider-Man was introduced to tie with its first Spider-Man film. The second Spider-Man film came last 2003 and three new sets were introduced and produced by Lego. However the production of Lego Spider-Man was discontinued despite having a third film.
Lego to sell 4-foot-long Star Wars ship in September
Tech site CNET reported the toy will cost $400 (about P17,408) and be the longest Star Wars set in Lego history.
"Lego said Friday that it will begin selling a new Star Wars model seat featuring Darth Vader's own personal ship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor. The set will go on sale on September 1 on Lego's Web site and in its branded retail stores," the CNET report said.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
by Lyanne Thomas
言うまでもなく、大衆はこの新しいテーマに大変魅了されました。そして他のキャラクターとグラウンドバギー、ロボットのようなデザインが Read More
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
The old days when Lego blocks were just toys for little boys and girls to play with at home are long gone. This summer in Japan, Lego blocks will be used to stimulate people’s imagination into building the future—a look at what streets, buildings and landscapes will look like 50 years from now.
Celebrating 400 years of the founding of Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, Lego Japan, in cooperation with local authorities, will launch the company’s largest participatory event ever, where some 40,000 visitors are to take part in the construction of the future look of Matsue.
The event, starting on July 23, will take place at the Matsue History Museum, where the Lego construction will spread over a 19-meter-long space specifically assigned for the event. Visitors will be given boards and Lego blocks, and they will construct Matsue people, buildings, plants or landscapes as they imagine them to be 50 years in the future. Some 50,000 Lego blocks will be used in the event. Read More
Sunday, May 29, 2011
位のエネルギークリスタルを集めることなので、ロックレイダースは十分なエネルギー結晶を集めるために道の洞窟に挑みました。 レゴ ロックレイダース
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A great underwater theme set in Bermuda, Lego Aqua Raiders is a Lego theme released last 2007. The story is about a brave and courageous group of excellent divers equipped with hunting treasure gear and high tech submarines. The team of diving treasure hunters is known as the Aqua Raiders team who were sent to Bermuda Triangle to recover an ancient king's lost treasure.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Lego Space - Introduced in 1978, the theme was one of the most expandable themes in Lego history. The limelight was on astronauts and spaceships. It contained more than 200 sets.
by Lyanne Thomas
The first set was very much apart from previous Lego spacecraft designs. The space designs have finer details and new parts previously unseen by the public. Read More
Sunday, April 24, 2011
by Lyanne Thomas
The best way to enjoy your Lego blocks is to have a building plan to create a certain design. Some people are creative enough to make their own design with the help of computer software like the famous Lego Central.
There are several sources of Lego plans online and one of these is the official website of Lego.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sorry this is not about Lego, but this is too important a time to pass up saying this!
Though I agree that we need to start thinking about what kind of alternative forms of power we are going to use not just in Japan, but worldwide. I don`t think now is the time to debate this in Japan. We need to deal with first things first, which is getting the people up north houses and safe, and fixing the reactors or burying them if that is what is needed.
Most importantly we need to stay positive that we can get all of the above done in a timely manner. It is still winter up north and will be cold for a few months more.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
by: Dave Rogers
He's hairy, hot-headed and handy with a bowcaster. Kids love him because he's like a big teddy bear. Grown-ups value his loyalty and battle savvy. There's no one like Chewbacca, the beloved Wookiee of Star Wars™ fame.
Thousands of kids recently submitted questions to the "walking carpet" in anticipation of his debut in the one-hour season finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars™. Chewie took some time from his duties to answer some of the most popular questions in this Yahoo! premiere video:
Saturday, March 26, 2011
the biggest disaster in Japanese history continues and we need your help!
Imagine America losing her west coast. This is essentially what has happened for a much smaller and less populous nation. This disaster
is unprecedented in Japanese history.
The Latest News from Japan
Monday, March 21, 2011
“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.
If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.
Whatever good things we build end up building us.”
- By Jim Rohn (American Business and Motivational Coach)
by Cheema Beckham
Lego gives you the opportunity to set new and demanding goals. Lego also offers innovative and novel ways to set these goals and achieve them in due course of time. Read More
by Cheema Beckham
One of the most evil and malicious, yet most adored items in the Star Wars movies was the artificial moon - Death Star. The Death Star was the ultimate weapon for the absolute destruction of the enemy. Read More
Sunday, March 20, 2011
by Dr. Dorene Lehavi
Many of my clients are working harder than smarter. This is not a put-down of their intelligence. It is a statement about the conventions of the way most of us live and work. Without a concerted effort to step back and take an objective look at how we function day in and day out, we find ourselves subject to old ways of doing things without periodic checkups to see if they are working.
The first step to changing the high stress road to burnout approach to your work day is to build in “joy breaks” or mini refreshers. It is not true that you get more done if you don't stop for lunch or other refreshing breaks during the day. On the contrary, I always remember the days I sat at my desk searching for a solution to a particular problem. I tried very hard to come up with the answer and was not successful.
www Lego Com -- Plan your Breaks
In the afternoon of the second day, I threw my hands in the air, exasperated, and went out to pull a few weeds from my garden. That's when the light bulb went off and I had the answer.
In order to have meaningful joy breaks a plan is necessary. Start by making a list of things you consider fun and refreshing that can be done in 5 or 10 minutes, a half hour, an hour or more. Then list the supplies you will need to have on hand when you want to do that activity: magazines, puzzles, a musical instrument, books, CD's, running shoes, Legos, phone numbers of friends or family, gardening gloves, crayons, paints, jelly beans, yoga instructions, a basketball, a movie schedule, etc. Make sure that your breaks have NOTHING to do with your work.
www Lego Com -- breaks help us to think!
You will experience even more benefits than feeling refreshed. You will start thinking out of the box, be more creative, productive, and make better decisions. You will also notice that there are more facets to your personality than are reflected in your work. You may remember old interests you forgot about or discover new talents you would like to develop. Your joy breaks will bring more joy to your daily life and make you a more pleasant person to be around.
At some point you may want to take a closer look and examine in greater depth how you are spending not only your work life, but your whole life. Are you actually doing what you are supposed to be doing in the world? We will take a deeper look into that in the future.
Master your next level and enjoy the journey.
www Lego Com Author
Dorene Lehavi, Ph.D. is principal of Next Level Business and Professional Coaching. She coaches Professionals and Business Partners and teaches teleclasses on techniques to break through barriers to the next level. Dr. Lehavi offers a complimentary coaching session so you can experience how coaching can work for you. Contact Dr. Lehavi at DL@CoachingforYourNextLevel.com or on the web at http://www.CoachingforYourNextLevel.com
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
On Legoland Windsor:
I have visited Legoland many times over many years, as well as having made and heard suggestions from many, many families over the years. It has given me a set of “rules” that have become invaluable in attacking and surviving a day out at Legoland in Windsor.
There really can be nothing worse than planning a trip to Legoland and to turn up just after the park is open at 10am. This is the first fatal move. You will end up queuing almost as soon as you get off the M4 motorway (see Getting To Us for directions). This inevitably means you get to the Legoland park some time after 10am, more likely nearer 11am, then queue into the parking area, queue to get tickets, queue to get through the ticket barrier, queue to get on the train down the hill and then you continue your day with a bit more queuing on all the rides. Lovely!
I think you can all see the picture I'm painting here. I will just add that this is normally only this bad on peak days in summer, at weekends and during the school holidays, but it can happen at any day to a greater or lesser degree depending upon the weather – it suddenly turns hot and sunny, everyone decides to go to Legoland – or there’s a special offer on you didn't know about – all the locals with their Legoland annual passes turn out for the day.
Legoland Windsor - What to do?
So how do you start off on the right foot?
The most important thing to remember is that the Legoland park opens at 10am, and by park I don’t mean the parking, the pay points, the Lego shop or the hill top restaurant!
Yep you guessed it, this is all open earlier, at 9.30am. This is when you should be rolling up to the parking area. From the previous scenario you are already 1 hour ahead of those less fortunate who are about to get stuck in the traffic queues off the M4!
Legoland Windsor - Have a Plan
So you’ve arrived and parked up, its about 9.40am and you’ve unpacked the kids and are wandering off to the ticket booths, but of course if you’ve planned ahead – which you should have because you’re reading this for a start – and have bought your Legoland tickets online (normally a slight discount) or bought them from Langton House with your accommodation and got the 2 day passes …. You can pass straight into the Beginning, get your bearings, form The Plan of attack, and try and keep the children away from the shop! Try and get some stickers for the kids, these have your mobile phone number on them in case they (or you) get separated. Check out the Model Makers Workshop and Hall of Fame – some amazing Lego models, a near life size 747 cockpit, the Lego Crown Jewels amongst many other exhibits. Alternatively, just get a coffee at the Pitstop Café. There is plenty to do here for ½ an hour to chill out and relax before you hit Legoland proper. The Plan will help you get an idea of where to head first, which rides your children want as well as those with height restrictions and the times of the shows throughout the day.
Legoland Windsor - To train or not to train?
It is getting towards 10am, head down to the Hill Train. Now it may not be worth getting on the train, particularly if there is already a queue, after all, the purpose of this guide is to cut down the queuing, so why would you want to start the day in one! Just wait until they let you past and walk on into the park.
It’s all downhill into the park, but it’s now time to follow The Plan you thought about earlier. The basic rule is to walk to the back of Legoland and work your way forward. Its important to get to the major rides as soon as you can, do them and then you can relax and make the most of the park for the rest of the day.
Legoland Windsor - Which rides are best?
In my opinion the best rides at Legoland in 2006 were the Dragon Ride, Pirate Falls, Jungle Coaster and the Driving School. The one thing you can guarantee is that by midday there will be at least a 45 minute queue for all these rides, so its best to try and tick them all off you list as soon as possible. Of course if your little lovelies are too small or just into something else, then make sure you have it in The Plan.
On the walk down the hill, do not get distracted by the show at the Harbour area or the model village, these will be your saving grace later in the day. When you’ve done the rides that are important to you, or the queues have built up, this is the time to start doing all the many other things that are on offer in Legoland.
Legoland Windsor - Avoiding the Line ups
There are so many things that you can do that will not involve much, if any, queuing at all, for instance:-
1. The Harbour show is always fun for adults and children.
2. The Rat Trap – an adventure playground.
3. The Amazing Mazes -yep, its a maze, but done in a Legoland theme.
4. Enchanted Forest – good for a slow quiet wander, full of Lego animals.
5. Mini Land – do not underestimate this, it's brilliant. I thought it was going to be the most boring bit of Legoland, but for adults and children, its often the most interesting. Loads of moving boats, cars and trains moving all around a superb model village made of lego bricks. Constantly being updated every year with more and more buildings.
6. Water Works – get the swimming costumes on and let them run in and out of the water jets, great fun and us adults get to sit and watch the mayhem! Take sun tan lotion in summer and swimming costumes.
7. Model Makers Workshop - If you didn't do it earlier then here's your chance. Probably more interesting than you think, I shall say no more!
8. Imagination Theatre - Usually a show of some sort, again good entertainment and a chance to sit down!
9. Discovery Zone - A chance to play, build and learn with Lego.
10. Duplo Play Area - A fun area with slides and climbing frames, and seats for us adults! Aimed more towards the younger children.
Legoland Windsor - Important things to Remember
The following is a list of some of the important things to remember to do and things to bring to help make your day at Legoland as fun and painless as possible.
Legoland Windsor - Checklist
1. Legoland Windsor Map – check your children’s height before you set off, and make sure of the rides they are able to get on.
2. Tickets – pre-book if possible. We at Langton House are selling tickets as part of our accommodation - see conditions.
3. Food – Sandwiches, drinks and snacks. It is expensive in the park, but there is plenty of room to sit out on the grass and have a picnic, although I have found the food sold in Legoland to be generally very good quality.
4. Show times – Find out the times of the various shows and plan your afternoon around these.
5. Swimming suits – The Water Works is fantastic fun in the hot weather but expect the children to get absolutely drenched!
6. Sun screen - don't get burnt in the sun, even England gets hot in the summer.
7. Double check that the park is open! It has varied opening times and dates. Don't make the mistake of turning up to find its closed.
Legoland Windsor - In Summary
I really think Legoland is a brilliant park for the younger children. After about 11 or so it becomes progressively less interesting and for young teenagers I think other parks like Thorpe Park are better suited. Children under 3 can also find it a bit restrictive, but then again they are free to get in! But don’t let this put you off in any way. Legoland was built as a safe and fun place for the kids to explore. Enjoy your day, don’t expect to get it all done, it now really takes a good day and a half to cover it all. Think about staying in Windsor (at Langton House of course!) and looking around Windsor and using a two day Legoland pass. This way you really will be able to get to the park early with allot less stress and less stress = more fun! The main problem and perhaps the only real criticism with Legoland is that if you are a lone parent and you want to take 2 children, it becomes very difficult unless one or both are old enough to be left on their own, as so many of the rides are based on a parent and child combination.
Above all, remember this guide is only here to aid you.
If nothing else, get there early!
If anyone has any comments, suggestions or updates, please let me know, so that I can pass on good and accurate advice to others.
Lego Facts:- There are 52 Lego bricks for each person on Earth Children spend five billion hours a year playing with Lego bricks If all Lego sets sold in the last 10 years were placed end to end they could reach from London to Perth in Australia A Lego brick is measured to the 2/1000th of a millimetre Source: Lego
If I’ve got anything wrong, let me know and don’t sue me!
Paul Fogg Proprietor at Langton House and survivor of over 35 trips to Legoland!
Legoland was sold in late 2005 to a major entertainments group - this can only be good as we can look forward to much more investment over the coming years. There is expected to be an investment of over £7 million in late 2006 in preparation for the 2007 season. This should be mainly on a brand new ride even larger than the Jungle Coaster. 2006 sees 4 major changes in the park:- Digger Challenge Spellbreaker 4D movie New Johnny Thunder adventure show Miniland London skyline
Please note that the park is really aiming at children from 3 to 12 years old, and even then the extremes in this age range will not get the most out of the park.
Paul Fogg is the Proprietor of Langton House bed and breakast in Windsor England. www.langtonhouse.co.uk
Legoland Windsor Author
Paul Fogg has been running the Langton House bed and breakfast since 1996.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Lego`s Laws for Life
Just about everybody owns or has owned a bucket of Legos in their time. There’s no denying the fun they provide for a child or even for an adult, which is why, many Lego collections are passed down from one generation to the next. These brightly colored blocks of joy serve to challenge our creativity and our imaginations. They act as an empowering influence on our lives in that they almost beckon us to transform them into anything we want or can imagine.
Michelangelo was never short on imagination despite the fact he knew nothing of Lego. On completion of the Pietà [one of his greatest works of art] he was heard to have said, “The work of art was always in the block of marble. My job,” he went on, “was to chip away at the unneeded bits of stone to reveal the creativity and beauty within.”
It’s not a stretch to believe that if Michelangelo were alive today, he’d no doubt see similarities in a simple box of Legos. He may have pointed out; the art is always in the bricks… the challenge is to assemble them to reveal a thing of beauty.
How true - but where’s the relevance?
Lego Website - Lego Law #1: With Legos, There are No Restrictions!
Metaphorically speaking, Lego Law #1 in tandem with Michelangelo’s rationale clearly demonstrates a similarity to human beings and the laws that govern life.
Each one of us – without exception – is blessed at birth with creativity and imagination. To be fair, we’re not all blessed equally but there are still no limits on what we can do with the gifts we’ve been given. Although I could wax on about this for days, my point is, humans, like Lego, possess the fundamental building blocks to accomplish almost anything we want or can envision. And from Michelangelo’s perspective, the beauty [we all have the power to create] is already within us. We just have to chip away at life to find it.
Lego Website - Lego Law #2: Legos need Sunlight!
No imagination, beauty or creative works of art will ever come to fruition if the Lego collection is under a bed or in the back of a darkened closet. That is to say, to create great works of Lego art, one must liberate them from the dark to the light so that then – and only then – steps can be taken to build structure from inspiration and imagination.
How sad it is that most people go through life keeping their creative building blocks in the darkness of their mind. Henry David Thoreau noted, “Most people live lives of quiet desperation.” Like hidden Legos waiting for new creative opportunities, human beings innately posses the fundamental building blocks for improvement that sit patiently for new marching orders to express themselves.
Lego Website - Lego Law #3: Don’t be Afraid to Tear Down and Start Again!
Parents are often taken aback to see children destroy a Lego creation they worked hours on to complete. Psychologists are quick to remind parents, the act of destruction is both developmental and healthy. In the end, children learn better and more innovative ways to construct their ‘Lego-ations’.
Not surprisingly, the most successful men and women from all walks of life will attest to the fact that success of any kind results from the act of teardown and rebuild. The psychological motivation for this is not rooted in ongoing feelings of dissatisfaction or lack of accomplishment but rather a positive belief in the vital need to improve through renewal.
On the other hand, whether it’s Legos or Life, a complete teardown and rebuild is not always essential. In Legos, the addition of two imaginary jet engines may be all that’s necessary to turn a plane into a JET – and the same is also true for life strategies. Sometimes a fine-tune is all that’s required. The trick is, recognize it and don’t be afraid!
Lego Law #4: Lego Art Becomes an Immediate Target!
Don’t ever expect your childhood siblings to share in your Lego vision. The fact is; little brothers and sisters are always ready to help you expedite the Lego Law #3 ritual - especially the ‘Teardown’ phase. Experienced Legoists learn quickly to protect their creations to ensure they continue to reap the rewards of their hard work.
So too in the laws of life! Those who toil upward attract uninvited scrutiny on all they do as a result of their undaunted dedication to success. To dare to stand apart from the crowd, to embark on an uncharted course, to risk everything by tearing down to rebuild – opens one up to green-eyed interpretation and not so unexceptional ridicule.
For the true Legoist, it is risk that fuels the fires that create the new and improved work of art. For high-achievers, risk fans the flames of passion, which, in the end, is what separates them from those who are destined to sit, uncomfortably, on the sidelines – having already put away their proverbial Legos!
About The Author
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Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Ever Popular Lego Train Toy Building Sets
By: Bronnie Vaughn
Bring up the word “Lego” to adults and they will start to think back to the childhood days spent at home building youthful masterpieces made out of plastic Lego building bricks. This is a proof that Lego has been a part of many peoples childhood years going back to the colorful plastic interlocking bricks were patented in 1958. From houses to vehicles, to shops and train sets, Lego has had them all in its ranks. Even the newer generations of children have developed a fascination with Legos. Although they cannot compete with Lego Star Wars on gaming systems such as Playstation 3 and Xbox, Lego toy trains remain to be in the list of “toys to buy” during holidays and special occasions. Of course, it has helped that Lego has partnered with companies that have allowed popular franchises to be given the Lego transformation. What’s astonishing is that even with the emergence of new Lego sets, the classic Lego train sets remain a favorite. It might even be surprising that trains sets are particularly very popular to grownups that consider themselves train enthusiasts. Building trains out of Lego pieces has proved to be a fun pastime activity to alleviate stress, and of course, bring out the inner kid in every adult.
It’s quite amazing that Lego has endured the changing times highlighted by the onslaught of high tech toy products. Customer loyalty has played a big part in Lego’s survival, but more than that, it’s the continuous reinventing that has made Lego stand firm, even when faced with fierce competition. Take the case of Lego train sets and train station sets. The early models were introduced in the late 60’s and ever since then, the trains have undertaken various makeovers to keep up with the times. This means that the newest models you see today are products that have had some inspiration from the older models of yesterday. Train enthusiasts will even go so far as to create their very own train models using Lego building bricks to build them. If you see Lego train models being displayed in exhibits or trade shows, don’t expect to see them, as such, in the toy sections of your favorite toy store. Lego aficionados utilizing advanced Lego construction techniques most probably made them. Having said that, anyone can make his or her own train set from scratch. The important thing to remember is to start from the basics. People who were inspired by the classic models of station trains made the awe-inspiring Lego train sets you see on public display.
Lego may be selling pre-designed train sets but what hardly any people know is that through Lego Digital Designer and Lego Factory, they can design there own trains. It’s a simple process that can have amazing results. The trick is to know the fundamental laws of Lego construction. Add a little creativity and inspiration and you’re off. Of course, having plenty of patience and enthusiasm will go a long way. It takes a great deal of skill to build complex train sets, but with a lot of practice, you can find yourself getting very good at building even the most sophisticated train layout.
As an added bonus, and what’s really cool, is that using Lego toy building sets can be a great bonding activity between kids and their parents!
About the Author
Originally from Texas, I now live in the mountains of Arizona. I have 2 online stores the 1st of which is http://bikertshirtsandtanks.com which sells a complete line of Harley Davidson and other biker apparel. The 2nd store is http://toybuildingbricks.com and offers all Lego toy building sets.
Toy Trucks As Educational Toys - Wooden Toy Trucks Versus Lego Toy Trucks
By Tracy Roth-Rotsas
Although wooden toy trucks have been a prized possession of children for decades, there is no doubt that the innovation and excitement involved with building your own truck with Lego construction blocks is unparalleled.
Learning though play is one of the most popular forms of educating children during their early years. However, the quality of knowledge and a child's development are very much dependent on whether the toys with which they play are educational toys or not. As a parent, one of the most important responsibilities is therefore, to provide suitable educational toys to your children in order to encourage and enhance their learning and development.
In terms of educational value, Lego is widely-renowned as being an educational toy forerunner in international stakes for children aged three and up. Whereas wooden toy trucks have fixed dimensions and capabilities, the variation of each Lego toy truck remains limited only by the imagination, creativity, and skill of the child building it.
Every child has a unique perception of what an ideal truck looks like in his or her mind based on seeing cars and trucks on a daily basis. Because of this, a child can relate to them, learn their movements, construction, and capabilities through building replicas or variations of them.
Through observation, parents can get an idea as to how their child's motor skills are developing and on an interactive level, are able to participate in the building of a Lego toy truck with their child, which fosters good child-parent relationships.
Lego blocks are designed to develop young starters' minds while stretching their imagination and cultivating their ability for creativity. Not only do we as parents believe that, we remember it, having built our own toy trucks from Lego as children all those years ago, with little thought for any wooden toy trucks that may have been in the vicinity.
Toy Guru is Australia's number 1 online toy store stocking a huge range of educational toys including Lego. Toyguru.com.au is the only Australian online toy store to give you the chance to earn free delivery based on the number of toys you buy. Each toy is allocated shipping points and when you accrue 100 points, your toy delivery is free! To see the full range of toys including Lego and other educational toys available to buy online at Toy Guru, visit http://www.toyguru.com.au/.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
About the Author
Chris is an avid Star Wars fan. You can find more information on the different Lego Star Wars sets and characters at Lego Star Wars and remember, may the force be with you!
For the Star Wars and/or Lego fanatic in all of us, Lego brought a new era of enjoyment when they agreed to a license with Lucasfilms, enabling them to produce a unique Star Wars line of Lego toys. The Lego Star Wars series has been available since 1999 and has been continually expanded upon. It was introduced with characters and vehicles from the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV-VI). Since then there have been new sets and releases that encompass the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) and even the latest Clone Wars animated film and TV series.
All of the mainstays of the Star Wars franchise are available in Lego form. The characters, for the most part, maintain the typical Lego figure. That means that they have a square body with a block shaped head, with just slight variations such as colors and accessories like capes or hats/helmets. However, due to the wide discrepancy between the shapes and sizes of many of the Star Wars characters, unique and original molds were created for the Lego Star Wars line. Darth Vader for example, has his own easily recognizable head and head shape, as do the Stormtroopers, Yoda and many other aliens and characters. Yes, the lightsabers are available with some figures as well!
Outside of the characters, Lego Star Wars also produces all of the recognizable and famous ships and vehicles from the franchise. This includes the ultra-popular Millennium Falcon, which has been tweaked and improved upon since its original release. Also available of course is the X-Wing fighter. Other available vehicles and ships include the Imperial AT-ST, TIE fighters, a Rebel Blcckade Runner (the starship you see being chased by the Imperial Star Destroyer in the opening scene of the original movie) and several speeder crafts. There are also location sets including the Death Star, the Hoth Rebel base and more.
In addition to these characters and vehicles, Lego has released a vast array of Star Wars products, including several additions to their Technic line, which is based on complex parts and movement and are less reminiscent the classic block look, feel and construction of Lego figures. Also released was a mini figure magnet series with a dozen Star Wars characters. Additionally, Lego released several Star Wars products for their Ultimate Collector Series, which are large and highly complex designs. The Millennium Falcon for this series, with over 5,000 pieces, was the largest and most complex Lego product ever released for the public.
The single most popular Lego Star Wars product however would have to be the videogame series. These videogames sold tremendously well and reached critical acclaim across both the Star Wars and videogame community. The first game was based on the prequel trilogy, and the second game was based on the original trilogy. Afterwards, both were released together in one complete addition.
Lego Star Wars toys, figures and products are fun for just about everybody. Whether you are an adult reliving his childhood, or a child discovering the series for the first time, Lego Star Wars combines the best of two great franchises into an amazing line of products that should give you hours upon hours of entertainment.
Lego Star Wars Guys Chris - About the Author:
Chris is an avid Star Wars fan. You can find more information on the different Lego Star Wars sets and characters at Lego Star Wars and remember, may the force be with you!
Friday, March 4, 2011
by Cheema Beckham
A smile is the key that fits everybody’s heart and a Lego instructions pamphlet is the key to a fun-filled Lego treasure. I know how disturbing it can be when you have something but you do not know how to use it. Read More
by Cheema Beckham
Architecture is one of the most loved occupations by parents and many a time, by children as well. Parents fantasize about their children as famous architects, and children dream to be one themselves. Read More
Thursday, February 24, 2011
LEGO Star Wars Review - Set 10179 UCS Lego Millennium Falcon Review
By Inger Fountain
Star Wars LEGO Set 10179, The Lego Millennium Falcon, is part of LEGO's Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) that has wowed fans with large models, attention to detail and high collectability. The Lego Millennium Falcon is not only the largest of these sets ever released it is the largest LEGO set ever, with over 5000 pieces. For Star Wars fans there is the added bonus that this ship is built to minifigure scale. So that means that the minifigures that come with the set are in correct size proportion to the huge ship that transports them across the galaxy.
The minifigures are probably the least interesting part of the set, given the appeal of the ship, but it is nice that LEGO sought to include minifigures with the set as previous UCS releases have not included any figures. There are five figures, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Obi wan Kenobi and Chewbacca all in Episode Four, A New Hope garb. It is a good selection of figures that could have been improved by adding the final two characters that travelled with this crew on their travels, the two droids R2-D2 and C3PO.
The Millennium Falcon ship is a Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 freighter and was won by the smuggler Han Solo in a game of Sabacc. The person he won the ship off was none other than Lando Calrissian. The LEGO model itself is obviously very big and would warrant a significant display area if it is to be put on show. The ship is over 33" long, 22" wide and 8" tall (84cm long x 56cm wide x 21cm tall). And given the piece count this is not the kind of set that you will be assembling very often, so defiantly decide where it is going to go before you start building!
The detail on the UCS model is beautiful and the attention given to even the smallest surface extends all over the ship. A large variety of small pieces are applied to the top surface to give it the realistic look. Given all the attention paid to the outside it is a shame that there is almost zero playability inside the ship.
Two people can sit side by side with another two people in a row behind them. There is a boarding ramp underneath and a gunner chair at the top. That is about it. Granted, much of the inner space is taken up with construction pieces to keep this large and wide set together but it would have been nice to see a dejarik table or some sleeping quarters etc. But this is a minor quibble.
The set comes with a large spiral bound instruction book and will take some hours to build. It also features a display card with detailed ship specifications of the ship to accentuate the display. Overall it is a highly recommended for those with the money to afford the $499 model and the space to store it.
Inger loves stories and loves to write. As a librarian in a previous life she also has an insatiable thirst for general knowledge. You can visit her latest website which takes a look at the highly popular Calico Critters and Sylvanian Families figures, playsets and accessories including the Calico Critters Townhome.
Lego Star Wars - the Coolest Star Wars Stuff to Collect
By: Tracey Edwards
LEGO is no longer just for kids! Star Wars fans were delighted when in 1999, the first Star Wars themed LEGO set was released to coincide with The Phantom Menance movie and became one of the coolest things for fans to own.
Very soon after, the LEGO sets for the newer movies (Episodes I to III) started to emerge following each movie. You could build many scenes from each movie or just play with the models of the ships or LEGO men characters.
Recently LEGO extended it's licence with Lucas film Ltd to continue releasing sets until 2011.
Not only are the sets themselves popular, but they also spawned a series of video game releases based on the Star Wars LEGO sets.
The Lego Millenium Falcon and X-Wing
The Millennium Falcon and X-Wing spacecraft are still to this day the most popular sets to own. Specific LEGO pieces were created to achieve the accurate look of each spacecraft.
Over time many of the sets, including the Millenium Falcon, have been redesigned to improve the accuracy of each model.
The mini figures have also undergone many transformations over time. Obi-Wan's torso and face have changed color, the Storm Troopers have had three different helmet and head shapes, not to mention many different torso colors to help improve their look.
There is no doubt that the vehicles were the most popular sets, and therefore LEGO went on to create the Ultimate Collector's Series which included more detail and were generally larger in size. They were more expensive that the original LEGO sets (due to more pieces and a higher skill level to build) but still proved popular with fans and collectors alike.
Expanded Universe sets are in plans for the future based on the fictional background of the Star Wars universe.
Most of the Expanded Universe information comes from Star Wars related books, comics, video games and other media which can take place anywhere from 25,000 years before The Phantom Menace to 137 years after Return of the Jedi, so LEGO designers have a lot of background to choose from.
Whether you collect them for fun or as a serious hobby, the LEGO Star Wars sets have become popular with both adults and children and will probably go on to provide lots of enjoyment for many years to come.
About the Lego Millenium Falcon Author
Lego Millenium Falcon Article Source: articlesbase.com - Lego Star Wars - the Coolest Star Wars Stuff to Collect
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A Day At Legoland California
By: Michael Stazko
On a recent trip to San Diego with my five year old daughter, I was in for a pleasant surprise in the form of Legoland California. I've known about the Legoland theme park for a few years and, on a recommendation from a good friend of mine, decided to give the place a try. What a good decision it was because for any family with children under the age of ten, a day at Legoland is something that shouldn't be missed. I took more pictures of my daughter during our visit to Legoland California than I did at Disneyland and The San Diego Wild Animal Park combined.
Legoland is divided into eight different areas, each with their own theme, featuring rides and attractions that are on a Lego scale. And when I say Lego scale, I mean that almost everything in the park is made of those famous toy blocks that so many of us played with growing up. The best way to describe what to expect from a visit to Legoland is to play a game of Lego Star Wars with your child on your favorite video game system. The experience is something that kids will love with just enough fun left over for an adult. One of the main goals of a theme park, which Legoland achieves well, is to create attractions that parents and children can enjoy together.
The main thing separating Legoland from most other theme parks is that most of the attractions offer children a hands-on experience. There were several times throughout our visit that I had to interrupt what my daughter was doing in order to reach our goal of seeing the entire park. Each activity that she participated in could have easily occupied our whole day if allowed to do so. It's not hard to see why when your child can play with thousands of Lego blocks, shoot water cannons at pirate ships, dig for dinosaur fossils, drive Lego cars, and run around in large playground areas. The most unique feature of Legoland, which I found both interesting and clever, were the Lego playing areas that were near many of the rides. It allowed the children to play with Legos while the parents waited in line. Anyone who has ever waited in line with their young child at Disneyland or Six Flags would understand what a great idea this is.
As mentioned before, Legoland offers many great picture taking opportunities because the attractions are, for the most part, interesting and easy to approach up close. One area of the park that is a must-visit is Miniland USA. It features Lego built models of famous structures such as the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many others. The model of the White House even included a moving presidential motorcade that drives down a replica of Pennsylvania Avenue. My daughter's favorite parts of Legoland were The Dragon rollercoaster and The Hideaways play area which are both located in the Knight's Kingdom. As for myself, I couldn't resist the temptation to test my aptitude as a fireman at the Fun Town Fire Academy. This attraction reminded me of the physical challenges you see on today's reality shows. Of course, I did let my daughter help me drive the fire truck just a little bit.
Overall, our trip to Legoland California was a fun filled day of family togetherness. The marketing of Legoland, although not far reaching, is excellent because it accurately portrays the excitement to be had at the park. Legoland's employees were both friendly and efficient, and the facilities, especially the bathroom areas, were clean. Bring your wallet because Legoland is a bit pricey, but the wide variety of food is good by theme park standards and there are plenty of gift shops to buy souvenirs and every type of Lego set you can imagine. The next time you and your family visit the San Diego area, don't forget to squeeze a trip to Legoland California into your schedule, you won't be disappointed.
Lego Land San Diego Author
Michael A. Stazko is a Dallas real estate agent and founder of a website that provides information on Carlsbad CA real estate and attractions. Visit his website to see pictures of his trip to Legoland California.
I took the Keikyu line to Shinagawa, transferred to the Yamanote line for Tokyo Station, then boarded a Tohoku line Shinkansen for NasuShiobara, transferred again to the Tohoku JR line one station and changed to a bus for the park. Total transport, round-trip was about $130. Entry and free pass was 4900 yen ($45)
I had many issues this day from lost train tickets, forgotten change, left my CC at home, etc. I missed the bus I wanted, causing me to arrive back home almost two hours later than I had planned. I was pretty stressed and I almost gave up on this trip, but I’m now less than five coasters from hitting #400, so I forged on. Here is my thoughts on the park and coasters, minus my headaches. A huge “domo arigato gozaimasu” goes to the park manager who helped me shortly after I arrived at the park.
I arrived at Nasu Highland about 11:15, and proceeded to the Dragon, a small trailer-mounted powered-coaster, but I don’t think that it is an actual Go Gator, so I took a spin. Two round trips, basic helical course, but surprisingly quick.
Next up, I climbed up to Panic Drive’s elevated station. Neon pink and mint green, with blue and yellow antique car trains, this custom mouse is a Meisho creation. The four passenger cars roll out of the station, dropping slightly and curving around 180 degrees to the left on it’s way to the lift. From the top the train drops through another left turn and rises up into two standard switchbacks before dropping again. The car rises for one switchback, followed by two 225 degree turns. After dropping slightly and rising again, the train hit’s the breaks before a final 180 degree left turn into the station. There was one trim brake that engaged when I rode with two other adults, but allowed an unchecked ride when I rode alone. Not particularly thrilling, and without even the slightest pop of air, the saving grace of this mouse was that it wasn’t a cookie cutter coaster.
After Panic Drive, I checked out the LEGO display nearby. The best part was a showing of the CG animated short; LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick. This 5 minute, zero dialogue film has appearances by most of the cool characters in ep. III, but no boring bits. It is hysterical at times, and was a highlight of my day. The website shown was treehouseanimation.com, maybe it’s available for viewing online.
Also in this area were a miniature railroad and flying Dumbo-like ride.
Lego Land Japan Report Continued
By Jessica K Little
It is really easy to see that legos are a toy that will probably never go out of style. This will be a toy that is popular for anyone between the ages of five to fifty five. Even though most fifty year olds do not head out to buy their own sets, they seem to be pretty quick to build something with their grandson or granddaughter. This is simply because this is a toy that involves the mind and creative fun all at the same time. And with so many sets out there, it is easy to see why no one ever seems to loose interest in these toys.
There is a slight problem though as it seems that legos are marketed more for boys then for girls. Even though this is a toy for both genders and for just about any age, a lot of girls are finding that they are left out. Walk down any toy aisle in a major department store or toy store and look for legos. When you find them you will probably notice that there are a lot of sets that are for boys. There are cars, spaceships, cowboys, and aliens. When it comes to entertaining the boys, there are more options then anyone could ever find enough time to build. There are legos for girls but they generally are not found on the shelves in the department stores.
There may be nothing you can do about the girls legos not being sold in your local store, but that does not mean that you are stopped from purchasing some for your daughter. There are many places online that sell sets designed with girls in mind. For a small shipping fee you can finally give your little princess all of the legos she could ever want. But when it comes to lego for girls, what options are there? To start with, the basic set of legos, which is the big box full of various lego pieces for free play, can come in a pink color. This will help your little girl see that there really are sets for her out there.
With so many different girls legos sets out there, it can be hard to list them all but the following will give you a good idea of what is out there. With a little bit of looking around, your little girl could have the following lego for girls:·Hospital
With so many options out there for girls legos, it is easy to see that you can easily find and purchase your daughter or granddaughter all of the legos for girls that she could ever want. No longer does the little girl have to feel these toys are only for the boys. Now she too can have fun building with these toys and exploring the depths of her imagination.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jessica_K_Little
by Jason Denszar
A video game based on the Star Wars movie was released back in April 2005. It had some few changes when it was rendered into a video game, the most apparent of them being that it was made of the ever-popular building block toy-Lego. The game was made to be child-friendly but is still somehow enjoyable for adults to play.
And now, its developers have come up with the sequel to this game. This is an action/adventure game that is reminiscent of the movie from which it was based on. The action is a full combination of foot levels and opportunities to ride vehicles such as Millenium Falcon, AT-ST walkers, and speederbikes.
There are two main modes of play for this game: Story and Free Play. In the Story mode, one or two players can play through the entire gaming adventure as characters from the movie. Meanwhile, any levels you have competed in can be saved automatically so you can come back to them during Free Play. If you are in the middle of the game, and someone wants to join in, it is possible. All you have to do is plug in a controller and push the start button, and you and your friend can enjoy the game together.
Lego Game - Mos Eisley Cantina
You start the game in Mos Eisley Cantina, which also serves as the central hub for all the levels. There are also three lounges labeled IV, V and VI, where you access the levels. You start off with the first level of episode IV available, and once you have completed that more levels will be opened.
If there is something lacking in this particular title it is that it does not allow online play. It would be interesting to see an online match of Lego-ized characters, but this game promises so much action that this is not really seen as liability. Meanwhile, the shorter loading times for the game is a really good thing as you do not waste so much of your time waiting between levels.
As characters have infinite lives, the difficulty level is pretty much gone in this game. If your character gets killed, it will eventually reappear later on and you would only have earned some penalty in the process.
The controls for this game is simple, requiring only single buttons to make different moves such as attack, to unlock special abilities, switching between characters and jumping. However, other times you need a specific control for your character to do certain things. If you want to switch into a particular character in the middle of a game, simply face that character and press the triangle button.
As for the graphics of this game, there is not much to leave you disappointed as it is so much like in the movie version. Some minor glitches might be too minor for it to affect your overall enjoyment of the game. And with sounds that are so much alike that of the movie, there is some huge reason for you to be nostalgic of the film.
By: Jason Denszar
About the Author
Jason writes for Absolute PlayStation 2 and has written more about Lego Star Wars 2 for the PS2 including cheats and tip.
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/ - Lego Star Wars 2 For Sony PS2 (Playstation2)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We have heard it before: The average Japanese student is doing as well in mathematics as the best US students. In test after test, the top 5% of US math students are matched by the top 50% of their Japanese counterparts.
Why should that be so? Surely US students compare well with Japanese learners in terms of intelligence, and potential.
Well, we know that schools stay open longer in Japan, an average two hours per day longer, than in the US. It has also been pointed out that in order to promote proper attention to classroom lessons each Japanese classroom period is followed by a recess aimed at allowing excess youthful energy to be discharged. Sadly, this is at a time when many US schools are being forced to abolish recesses altogether because of the threat of violence recesses pose.
Until recently, the one area in which US students continued to outperform their Japanese counterparts was that of creativity. That is, in tests measuring the ability of students to innovate, US learners seemed to be able to consistently rank higher than Japanese learners in their ability to formulate a number of solutions to any given problem.
However, beginning roughly in 2004, Japanese schools introduced a system of creativity training that seems to be opening doors for Japanese students. Today, Japanese students' performance on creativity evaluation instruments is at least as good as that of American students.
Surprisingly, the creativity training system being referred to here was developed by an American University (MIT), and is available to every American school and family. However, the system has not been utilized as in the US as hoped. The name of this magic system is Lego Mindstorms.
Dr. M. Csikszemtmihalyi, in his work entitled Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, emphasized the importance of providing a sense of freedom, a sense of educational flow to students if we wish them to be creative in mind and spirit.
Creative flow is, unfortunately, the one environmental element that formal accredited US school programs, especially at the middle and high school levels, find difficult to promote. This is no one individual's fault really. It is rather a logical result of an emphasis on strict adherence to administratively approved programs geared to satisfy state mandates, and the effect these programs have on creative flow, especially when accompanied by the bells and buzzers that John Dewey introduced into American education after his exposure to successful Prussian military training camps at the turn of the last century. See: http://www.sntp.net/education/school_state_3.htm
Lego Mindstorms creativity programs have, of course, been attempted in American schools, and occasionally one such program can still be found. Unfortunately though, Lego creativity programs have run into obstacles on American campuses as students, in the competitive atmosphere created by the reigning system, aggressively compete for Lego resources, sometimes resulting in violence. When this occurs, the subsequent threat of litigation posed by parents quickly forces school authorities to retreat from free flow programs toward fully restrictive, "in your seat" offerings. This situation then exacerbates the lack of "flow" necessary for promoting creativity among learners.
However, all is not lost.
Many parent groups are attempting to encourage public school districts throughout the United States to look closely at their delivery systems.
In addition, motivational scholarships are being offered by entities such as ToysPeriod in the form of Mindstorms scholarships to encourage free flow creativity in the schools.
Further, there are school models that continue to serve as models for how free flow can work in the US.
For example, Waldorf Schools present materials to students as they, the learners, are ready for them. The Waldorf system looks to each student and responds to each student's academic and physical need as it occurs. In other words, Waldorf never imposes subject matter on segmented age groups as if students were all the same. Waldorf's student-first philosophy then goes a long way toward motivating a student body to enjoy learning, and therefore to fully benefit from Lego Mindstorms offerings. In the online school community, Linda Christas Academy has promoted a similar philosophy.
A warning blast, however, has shaken California Waldorf Schools recently. As Waldorf begins to accept state money, the State educational bureaucracy is looking with some disfavor on the individualized educational concept for which Waldorf stands. Only time will tell if Waldorf is able to maintain its integrity in the face of such state challenges.
From the Lego Mindstorms perspective, beginning with the individual student and his or her learning needs is not rocket science, although with Mindstorms rockets are a definite option.
Lego Education Author
Dr. Rob - Toy Tech writes for "Ask Toy Tech" - the ToysPeriod blog. ToysPeriod is a premier online vendor of classic Lego set toys and model trains. Dr. Rob also writes for ivi.tv.
Dr. Moore is the holder of two PhD's, one in mathematics, the other in physics.
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Lego Duplo Toy Building Sets - Perfect Toys For Toddlers To Five Year Olds
By: Bronnie Vaughn
Lego is a Danish toy company that got its beginnings in the 1930's. Originally, and still, based in Denmark, the brand has been acclaimed worldwide for its line of construction toys. In 1934 the products, as well as the company, officially became known as Lego. The Lego toy building bricks come with various themed and designed series of sets. Most of these sets cater to a particular age group. One of the well known series is the Lego Duplo line.
The Lego Duplo bricks are well built and nontoxic. The larger pieces allow toddlers to use the bricks and blocks with their own little hands. Building instruction manuals come in every box set. If the instructions are lost, any parent or older child can visit Lego online and get guides in helping the children build their three dimensional designs.
The Lego Duplo sets are specially made for toddlers with ages ranging from 18 months to 5 years. The Lego pieces' size is eight times larger in volume than the average Lego brick. The dimension is also twice the height, length and width of the conventional Lego blocks. The concept was first introduced in the year 1969, available in only four basic colors: red, white, blue and yellow. Throughout the years, the collection has evolved to different Lego brick sets including train sets, dinosaur lairs, farm and ranch themes and more. Lego Duplo has also partnered with popular children's program and cartoon franchises such as Bob the Builder from the famous TV series. These four feature Bob, Scoop and all Bob's friends. The Thomas & Friends series of toy sets are very popular as a result of partnering with the famous Thomas the Tank product line.
Lego Duplo is certainly one of the best selling toy collectibles for younger kids of all time. The eleven sets in the Lego Bricks series are often cited as being among the all time best selling toys for children ages 2 to 5 years old! This is where the kids can begin getting their building experience. There are three different sized Brick Box sets and other basics to get the beginning brick inventory as well as city, farm, and zoo settings and buildings.
Other Duplo series of sets include:
- Lego Ville is the largest of the Duplo series with 31 sets making up everything a person would expect to find in your average town.
- Duplo Castle series consists of only three sets but these include such exciting things as a fire breathing dragon and a knight on a horse.
- Duplo Dino also has three sets that come with different dinosaurs and cave men.
- Duplo Trains sets are favorites with the youngsters and the eight sets include everything from the Train Starter Set to the Deluxe Train Set and everything in between.
- Princess Castle sets are perfect for the family's little princesses with a pink castle, royal stables. A prince and even horses and a princess with real hair to comb.
About the Author
Originally from Texas, I now live in the mountains of Arizona. I have 2 online stores the 1st of which is http://bikertshirtsandtanks.com which sells a complete line of Harley Davidson and other biker apparel. The 2nd store is
Lego Duplo Toy Building Sets - Perfect Toys For Toddlers To Five Year Olds
Sunday, February 20, 2011
How To Buy Lego Cheap and at a Large Discountby Malcolm SilbermanThere is a huge market for Lego developing, and in large markets there are price variations one can take advantage of. The marketplace for Lego has grown enormously since the introduction of Mindstorm the robotics orientated Lego. Now Lego is not only in the realm of children's toys, but it is of interest to many adult institutions. Engineering schools, executive eduction, hobbyists, and of course hackers, are re-inventing the way Lego is used. For economists the little Lego commodity is the ideal way to study micro-markets.
Lego Bulk -- Micro Market Lego
What better micro-market with near fluid efficiencies is there than can be found on eBay? In fact a huge amount of Lego pieces are traded everyday on eBay. Now like every other market, a little inside information can help you identify pricing opportunities. This article focuses on buying Lego on eBay, and specifically how to buy it cheap and at a discount. In short how identify buying opportunities.
Bulk Lego -- Buying Nuggets
This article should be read together with my longer piece and a web site which produces the information required to identify buying nuggets. Find the links and URL's to these two sites below.
Most information on eBay focuses on the selling element, how to sell your stuff. I have tended to specialize on the buying end and trying to identify market opportunities and price in-efficiencies to really capture excellent deals. Let's briefly understand the dynamics of the eBay market place. Like any other market it is supply demand driven, and like a large flea-market if a buyer has knowledge of how many items are for sale at what prices and how many other buyers are in the market, then that buyer can capture the upper hand.
Let`s examine supply. The eBay supply dynamic is a little different in that supply of an item must be seen at a point in time. In other words, because auctions end at different times, one needs to grasp the number of auctions ending in close proximity for the same item. This gives you a feel for the supply of items or in our case Lego. What makes this interesting is that today there could be a large amount of auctions ending for your item, but next week there could be very few. This is one element driving the price. Generally this information is available approximately one week out on the eBay site.
The demand side is slightly more complex and hidden. It is some of this data that the web site I refer to at the bottom helps identify. Demand in eBay terms is measured (by sellers) as a number of factors - how many people view my auction, how many people ask questions, how many people place me on their watch page, and how many people actually bid. Obviously as we progress down this list the data becomes more valid as an indication of demand. Page views are not easy to obtain, although some sellers place a publicly viewable counter on their auction pages. Questions and watchers are available to sellers, and the special web site mentioned below will expose this information. The number of bids is available for all to see.
Now if we happened to produce a graph as one auction progresses of the changes in the number of questions, watchers and bids, once can easily see how the demand is changing as time progresses. Typically if question numbers are high and watchers are high, but bids are low, this may indicate some confusion and a possible buy opportunity. If watchers are very high and climbing, but bids are low, this can point to a last minute bidding war, and a stay out indicator.
Armed with this information and also a quick summary of other similar auctions ending soon, plus a quick feel for the skill set of the seller and the current highest bidder, once can see a picture very different from the average eBay buyer.
Soon the trained eye will see some nice buying opportunities. For the serious collector or Lego enthusiast this will soon bring in parcels of Lego pieces and sets that are quite a bit cheaper than retail. For example it is quite possible to find gems at 50-70% off retail prices. Let`s face it, most Lego pieces don't degrade or damage easy, so the aftermarket such as eBay is the ideal place to buy cheap Lego.
Lego Bulk Resources Found by Us
Lego Found by Us
Lego Bulk Author
Article by Malcolm Silberman and Education Specialist trained by eBay, for a more lengthy discussion of this topic visit Foundby Us and to see Lego bulk auctions with this value added data visit http://lego.foundby.us or email him at lego ATmacsilber.com.
Friday, February 18, 2011
CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian
HILLSBORO, OREGON (CNN) - In an ongoing effort to push innovation, job creation, and a new relationship with the business community, President Obama toured the Intel facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon, and learned from young math and science students how his boyhood LEGO towers are a far cry from their bio-medical LEGO robots.
“I used to build some pretty mean LEGO towers when I was a kid,” the president told an audience of mostly Intel employees. “I thought I could participate, only these students used their LEGO’s to build models, to build robots that were programmable, to model brains that could repair broken bones.” Read More
I don't know where this came from, but it deserves to be spread. Just to
show that literally everybody has SW on the brain latelly
"You might be a Redneck Jedi if.....
You ever used the phrase, "May the Force be with y'all."
Your Jedi robe is camouflage.
You have bantha horns on the front of your land speeder.
You have ever used your light saber to open a bottle of Bud Light.
At least one wing of your X-wing is primer colored.
You can easily describe the taste of an Ewok.
You have ever had a land speeder up on blocks in your yard.
The worst part of spending time on Dagobah is the dadgum skeeters
Wookies are offended by your B.O.
You have ever used the force in conjunction with fishing or bowling.
You have ever used the force to get yourself another beer so you
didn't have to wait for a commercial.
Your father has ever said to you, "Shoot, son, come on over to the
dark side...it'll be a hoot."
You have ever had your R-2 unit use its arc-welder thingy to get the
barbecue grill to light.
You have a confederate flag painted on the hood of your land
You think Han Solo should wear a flannel shirt, cause he looks like
a little sissy in that vest.
You ever fantasized about Princess Leia wearing Daisy Duke shorts.
You have the doors or your X-wing welded shut and you have to get
in through the window.
Although you had to kill him, you kinda thought that Jabba the Hutt
had a pretty good handle on how to treat his women.
You've ever referred to the Empire as "them damn Yankees."
You have a cousin who bears a strong resemblance to Chewbacca.
You suggested that they outfit the Millennium Falcon with a redwood
You were the only person drinking Jack Daniels during the cantina
If you hear...."Luke, I am your father....and your Uncle."
You can not understand why Luke and Leia never got married
--from the JIGG Forum
Sunday, February 13, 2011
by Susan Green
The word Lego is taken from the Dutch for “play well”, which is leg godt. The word is now synonymous the whole world over for a toy which everyone loves to play with be they old, young, boy or girl. We are so used to making things from Lego that rarely do we stop to think about how each individual block of Lego itself is constructed.
Firstly, granules are loaded from large trucks into the granule silos. After this the granules are taken to molding machines. These subject the granules to high temperatures, melting them into a highly viscous substance. This substance is then poured into molds of various sizes to make the bricks that we all know and recognise. Once the molten granules have been poured into the molds they are transported to the decorating and printing stage. Although the color of the brick is determined by the color of the granules in the first stage of the process, the bricks can have patterns printed on to them, or designs. For example, bricks with words on such as taxi or police have them printed on at this stage in the manufacturing process. Once this is complete, the Lego bricks are taken to the packaging area where they are placed into boxes with other Lego pieces ready to be shipped to stores or to wherever they are required.
Lego also have additional branches which are aimed at different users. For example, Duplo is made by Lego but is widely known by the name Duplo and not always associated with Lego. Individual Duplo pieces are much larger than those of a traditional Lego set and they are aimed at a much younger clientele. Children aged 2-6 find Duplo much easier to get hold of because of its increased proportions and so encourage younger children to exercise their creative minds.
Technic Lego is more advanced than standard Lego and so appeals more to the 10-15 year old market. This often incorporates very small pieces as these kits have moving components. For example, you can make such items as a helicopter with propellers which actually move when you turn a handle.
For some time Lego was aimed primarily at boys with kits based on Star Wars or Batman. This balance has now been redressed somewhat and it is now possible to purchase kits to build Disney Princess Castles and such like. Lego is a great toy for children as it helps to improve their hand eye co-ordination as well as their imagination and so children of both sexes should be encouraged to play with it in preference to watching endless hours of TV.
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Susan Green is a regular contributor to SBG Toys where more information about children's toys is freely available.
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Electric Toy Train - Lego Land Style For Something Very Different
By Tim J Bennett
Electric Toy Train - Lego Land Style
When most people think of Electric Toy Trains, they think of Hornby, Lionel or some other equally famous model train replicas and with good reason as they are simply fantastic trains. But are you aware that Lego also produce electric toy trains and that they not only have trains, but also locomotives, track, rolling stock, train stations, signal houses and a whole load of other track side buildings and they all have the logo construction theme running through them.
This is a great way to introduce kids into the railroad passion without damaging your very expensive collection and also there is a big adult collectors area who are also passionate about this brand. Lego electric toy trains even have their own scale; known as L-scale. The first Lego trains were sold in 1966 (Lego set number 080) and were push-along trains and had a nice bright blue rail.
It wasn't until 1969 that they released a battery powered set (number 115) and one of the carriages carried the batteries. In late 1969, the first truly Lego electric toy train came out (set number 720).
One of the really cool things about Lego electric toy trains was that they could all be upgrade from one to the other. So if you had bought a push-along train it could be upgraded to battery operated one, which in turn could be upgraded to an electric one.
There were no major changes until 1980. Lego changed the tracks from blue to grey and the transformers now supported points, signals, crossing and other accessories and the trains now looked much more realistic.
1991 saw the introduction of the 9 volt system and metal rails being used. The 9 volt system was compatible with other products of theirs. However by 2007 the 9 volt system was completely discontinued. This was due largely to the introduction of the new line of remote control products they brought out in 2006. All rail was now made from plastic and the trains ran on remote control using battery power.
The major advantage of this was that more than one train could be run at the same time and there were no longer any problems with track layouts, point systems and polarity of rails, although there were now problems with range for the remote and also the batteries had to be changed.
In the summer of 2009, Lego released the new "Emerald Night" (set number 10194) and was part of their Technic Line, which I personally think is ugly, but it was a line that was launched to try and help them get some of their investment money back as they had spent so much developing the trains in the last few years.
Lego electric toy trains were very popular and there is even an international Lego Train Club Organization and they exhibit at such festivals as Brickfest. L gauge trains are becoming increasingly popular among middle-age hobbyists who grew up with the building toy as a child, and are frustrated with traditional model trains such as are found in the HO scale electric toy train.
There is nothing quite like watching the real thing to get excited, but if you do not have access to Lego trains, then watch a couple of videos here about the Electric Toy Train - Lego Land Style.
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By Mark Schafferman
The Halo video game has reaped a lot of support both from the young and not-so-young. It is not a huge wonder why many Halo fans want to experience the fun even with LEGO sets. The good thing is that any Halo fan nowadays can easily build Halo-inspired LEGO creations of practically anything. One can build Halo characters, weapons or settings plus any other structure, vehicle or environment using Halo LEGO toys. This is because of the increase in Halo-inspired toys which are compatible to LEGO sets that are now easy with reach for any fan, child or adult. If you are unsure how you, your kids or the entire family can enjoy these construction toys, then know more below...
The LEGO Group, for the record, does not endorse Halo but this is not enough to stop Halo fans from all over the world from enjoying Halo LEGO sets. Fun-loving LEGO builders are indeed evolving as they accept more Halo-inspired creations. This is because playing with Halo characters and LEGO bricks is now possible. It is easy to purchase Halo minifigs online - you can do so on eBay, on Amazon.com and from many countless online toy retailers. There are even videos on YouTube that shows various Halo-inspired LEGO creations built not just by LEGO or Halo fanatics but also by kids and the young-minded adults. There are also now step-by-step instructions on how to create various structures, characters and environments that bring the Halo world to life.
One of the best inspirations for playing LEGO bricks is the challenge of building Halo-inspired sets. The sky is practically the limit because now, anyone can simply tickle his imagination, create new characters or structures and then even post the project online. Surely, kids, teens, adults and entire families can have fun using Halo LEGO toys, minifigs and sets.
The good news is that it is now easier to purchase these sets online. Buying them online is also one of the best ways to get these cool toys or collections at the cheapest prices. You can search for ready-to-use Halo sets from Amazon, eBay, online toy stores and other sites. Some of the most popular Halo-inspired LEGO sets include Halo Master Chief sets, arms and weapons sets, four Master Chief Lego sets, Ghost Custom sets, Mongoose Custom sets, custom gear with Lego minifig sets and many others. In other words, anyone can practically start an entire Halo community with new LEGO-compatible parts or with his old LEGO collection.
Mark Schafferman loves to write about toys for kids. Halo Lego sets are toys for young and old and designed on the Halo story. Another Lego science fiction set that is popular now is the Lego Hero Factory sets, these are the predecessors of the Bionicle series from Lego.
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