“There’s always money in the Banana Stand!“
I’ve wanted to make the Banana Stand from Arrested Development, and once I saw that the figure from 76026 Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas is a dead ringer for a Banana Stand employee, I wanted to make it my first (published) build of the new year!
This past October I travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada to build a 6′ LEGO sculpture of the NetApp logo. The build event took place at the NetApp Insight Conference 2014 at the MGM Grand over the course of two days.
Audience participation was a key aspect of the build. The NetApp logo is blue, and while the primary color used on the sculpture was blue, different colored bricks were added by the participants based on different levels of sponsorship.
The final product was over 8,500 pieces and was shipped and installed at NetApp’s corporate campus in Sunnyvale, California.
Be sure to check out the time-lapse video below:
“Going somewhere, Solo?”
This Iconic Scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was recreated with figures from my birthday set (75052 Mos Eisley Cantina).
The lights used for the window and table were provided by LiteUpBlock. Their new selection of battery and USB powered mini LED lights are amazing, and caused me to finally take a picture of this vignette I’ve had sitting around for five or so years (albeit with the older versions of Han and Greedo).
The BlasTech Industries DL-44 heavy blaster pistol was Han Solo’s weapon of choice in the original Star Wars trilogy.
I originally built this back in 2010 (and posted the picture four years ago yesterday) when the ski poles came out with Series 2 of the LEGO Minifigures. The design has remained the same but I was able to add a few pieces in that weren’t available at the time.
Jordan Schwartz’s book The Art of LEGO Design came out back in June. It is filled with some of the best creations by the leading AFOLs in the community including Mike Nieves, Nannan Zhang, Tyler Clites and, of course, Jordan Schwartz. I also happen to have some content in there. This book is great for any new or seasoned builder looking for inspiration or just to pass the time.
The section on Dynamic Sculpting has a nice four page write-up on the Lowell Sphere (pictured above), with instructions and several examples of its application, including my donut, cactus, and Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!