Lego in town

Today’s been a very exciting day, I managed to meet the online marketing manager for Lego, Frank, a tall chilled bloke from Wisconsin working and living in Enfield, Connecticut (if i remember correctly), Keith is really cool and the meeting went really well,I got to see some amazing new products lego will be launching supplimentry to the standard Lego offering, the big ticket item from Lego which has already been blogged is the ATST walker, which I have to say is totally amazing. Aside from this there’s also cutler, book ends, and a really cool name plaque, i reckon these will be great for AFOLs but i don’t think these are the core proposition or big sellers, and sadly Frank didn’t have a Lego minifig card…apparently only the exhibition guys get those.

Conversation then continued to Lego Universe, sadly Frank couldn’t divuldge anything more than the 2010 Launch, and admit (much later on and a few beers in) that this was very much a venture into the unknown for Lego, Brave steps!

The really cool tidbit of news however is to do with Lego games, as you’ve probably seen from the Lego pyramid thats been doing the rounds, I was mentioning brickwars and Warhammer (Games Workshop) as brilliant for Lego which really got Frank getting excited about Legos 2009 plans, so I think its safe to guess this is an area that Lego is exploring.

Whilst this wasn’t really an interview or a serious meeting by any means and I realize there’s not much to go on, you have to remember this was a chance meeting and a casual conversation, nevertheless hopefully we’ll get more nws from the good sir in the coming months!

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A lego custom marine minifig

A lego custom marine minifig
A lego custom marine minifig by ~Mkj~

whilst at first glance this looks like another insignificant custom job, with a standard minifig and a few well chosen accessories, take a look at the modified firemans helmet, if you’re at all short of cash and looking for an alternative to the clone M1 helmet going around this looks like a good solution.

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Custom minifig video

SO our resident Exxtrooper has created a really cool video for custom minifig, i have to admit, he’s one of the most enthusiastic supporters of custom minifig, and you have to admire some of his custom minifigs too! Here’s the video.

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Surveillance state minifig

Actually a pretty simple customization on this minifig, but i think its actually quite a powerful statement on the state of the UK at the moment, having the largest population of CCTV cameras in the world, the brits are a pretty paranoid bunce, or more accurately a pervy bunch, which is why this minifig is quite a powerful statement, i’d like to see graffiti stencils and tshirts made up of this character, called camedian, not because its an amazing custom minifig, but because it communicates a statement on todays big brother society.

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Clone Raider custom minifig

Clone Raider custom minifig
Clone Raider custom minifig by Andromula

I like the plain grey paint job on this custom minifig, as it brings out the masked face and gives the minifig an urban combat feel, it would be cool to have a hint of black camo but it still looks pretty good, the real unique part of this custom minifig however isn’t the standard lego parts, but the chest piece which has been modified to have two clips which attach a grenade and binoculars, the weapon is a custom job on a brickarms part and fits in will with the overall look.
here’s the back story on the minifig which is actually pretty good:

After a massive increase in crime on the City – planet of Coruscant. A new type of clone was devised to keep the streets safe. Introducing the Clone Raider! With a 36 Channel radio pack, advanced sight binocs, a thermo-electric stun grenade, and the ACS Auto Shotty, this clone will stop at nothing to keep the city safe!

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