Series 15 Minifigs

I’ve still not had time to think about the booklego series I was doing last year, however I will be continuing it until all 52 are done, then I will see where I go after that. I have an idea, I just need the time and opportunities to implement it.

In the meantime there is a new set of LEGO minifigures due out. Series 15!

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It’s nice to see a few completely different figs appearing for parts usage and for adding to existing sets. Crutches with clumsy guy are great, as is Shark Suit Guy. Nice to see a ‘baby’ fig too as part of a main fig, as well as a couple of animals as accessories.

I will definitely be picking up a few. I didn’t buy many of the Monster series, but I’m hoping a new injection of figs for the collection will inspire me to find the time to get on with the project.

Which figs do you like out of this set?

Week 41……It’s Wheely Good

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Frank was ready to put the tyres on once Hank had finished putting the cab together

This set ( 4643) has been sat in my cupboard for quite a while waiting until the right time for it to be built. Today was that day.

My ES has had a horrible habit of not only biting his nails, but also chewing the top layers of skin surrounding the nails and quite often the other side as well. Quite frankly it was horrible, and looked horrible, not to mention the risk he was running of getting horrible infected fingers one day.

So to help him cure his habit of chewing his fingers (no he’s not hungry either, he eats me out of house and home as it is) I bought this set for him when it was on sale. The condition of receiving this was not only did we have to see he had stopped eating his fingers and nails, but to see them pretty much back to normal with nails that actually need cutting from time to time. It’s taken a good few months from him starting to stop himself chewing on them to get to this point, with the odd set back here and there, but I am pleased to say he has finally done it…………but please don’t start again now you finally have your Lego!

Week 19…….Thrillseeker

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Bob loved living life on the edge

Life the past few weeks or months seems to have got a little mundane around here, just the same old stuff day in day out. Which in the main I don’t mind, but I feel the need of a bit of thrill seeking, live life on the edge for a change. I am actually quite a spontaneous type of person, and love just deciding to do something, normally fairly random, and go off and do it. But due to commitments in life I’m not able to do it that often these days, and I think it is that that I’m missing.

It used to be filled by playing rugby a few times a week but the past 2 years that’s not been an option, so has been replaced by geocaching. But I can’t do that as routinely as I could the rugby. It was great at the weekend as I got a whole day to go and play (geocaching), just me by myself without the family. Some me time, spent with like minded people, and I had a blast. But I need more, it’s good for my metal health too.

I love the big wide outdoors, space to think and most of all be me, the slightly mad nutty me, the real quirky me, the inner child me, not the boring sensible uptight me that I probably portray to those closest to me.

So what do you guys do for a bit of thrill seeking, live life on the edge kind of stuff?

Fabuland….

Been wanting to do this piece for a while, round about the time I did the one on the original Lego minifigures. However one of the kids had put away, not in the right place as usual, one of the pieces I needed. I finally found it in some randomly obscure place, and have only just found the time to play with them.

Fabuland was introduced in 1979, aimed at young children (like myself at the time) to fill the gap between playing with Duplo and standard Lego pieces.

The Fabuland sets featured animal characters, with articulated heads, movable arms, and legs that could be moved independently to each other. The hands themselves however are fixed.

They were smaller than a Duplo figure, yet slightly bigger than a Lego minifigure and the sets used standard Lego bricks as well as specially designed pieces for the theme.

Size variation between Duplo, Fabuland and Lego ranges

 

Fabuland was the first theme by Lego to have names for the characters.

 

Fabuland figures are the only Lego I can remember that was ever bought for me specifically. I’m not sure if the Duplo was bought for me when I was very little, or as is more likely the case it was my brothers beforehand, and I certainly played with my brothers Lego later on in life.  But I have a fondness for the 2 Fabuland characters that I was bought around and about the age of 7.

So the only two I have are Marjorie Mouse from set 3704 and Elmer Elephant from set 3706.

Marjorie Mouse - Set 3704

 

Elmer Elephant - Set 3706

I can almost, if I dredge the depths of my memory, visualise myself in the toy department of a well known department store, and see myself looking at them on the shelves as we walked past, thinking how I’d like another one, or even my 1st one! I think at the time it was likely we were there to buy my brothers new school uniform and certainly not to buy me a Fabuland figure. But I got 2 in the end, so something must have worked.

 

Each figure in the basic sets, which these were from, came with 2 tools/items each.

 

Marjorie came with a vacuum cleaner and an old fashioned carpet beater

Marjorie with vacuum cleaner

 

Marjorie with carpet beater

 

Marjorie’s, hip joints are a little lax these days, must have been all that cleaning  she’s been doing for the past 25 or so years!

 

Elmer Elephant came with a spade and a broom

Elmer Elephant with spade

 

Elmer Elephant with broom

 

Although the hand size is the same as a modern minifig, due to the slightly larger size of the actual figure itself, the tools and accessories do not transfer across to the standard Lego range.

Bob (that is the name of the particular Lego minifig in the first image on this post)  is really going to struggle to use a carpet beater that is a fraction taller than he is.

 

Fabuland lasted a whole decade and was discontinued in 1989

Week 10…..It’s a dog’s life

I had to go out Monday lunchtime into the local countryside. It was a nice day. The sun was shining, there was no wind for a change, and no-one around, so what better time to fit in the weeks photo as well as doing the stuff I had to do whilst there. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out, but it seems the new lens kit I got for Christmas is proving it’s worth.

I’ve had a set of minifigs put away until the time came to either give the set to one of the kids, or I found the use for them in a photo, which was the main reason for buying in the 1st place, and don’t worry the kids will get their hands on them soon enough.

Although I took both the policemen and the dog from Set 7279 with me, I only used the dog. Bob also came along as you can see. Bob will be making a fair few appearances throughout my project 52 🙂

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Max loved going to the woods with Bob and indulging in a spot of stick chasing

We only have one other Lego dog, which came from Set 2230, which a friend gave us a few years ago. There is a big difference in how the dogs are designed. The dog in this set, which featured in Week 3, has articulated legs and head, which in some ways is quite good, but it looks less like what you’d expect a Lego dog to look like. Whereas the dog from Set 7279 is more of a standard looking dog for Lego these days. My guess would be the latter is easier and therefore cheaper to produce.

However there is a small story to go with this weeks photo.

Before I got to the woods, I had been walking down a farm track alongside the fields, and thought I’d initially try my photo there. The only way, as you can well imagine of taking photos of Lego, is to get close down to the ground so you are on a level with it. Now I don’t have a fancy tripod that you can reverse to take low down macro type shots. So the only way to do this was to lie prone on the ground with the camera out in front of me.

The ground was fairly muddy, but I had my rucksack, now devoid of it’s contents to lie on. So this was the position I took up to commence photographing Bob and Max on a grassy farmers track. I took a good number of photos in this position, before deciding I’d give the woods a go.

I got up, put Bob and Max safely in my pocket. Put the stuff back into the rucksack, and put it on my shoulder, then put my camera round my neck and set off up the track in the opposite direction to which I had been facing whilst taking photos.

I had only walked a few metres, when a couple were walking towards me, coming down the track from the bridge over the motorway. I’m assuming that they hadn’t seen me lying there, wondering what on earth I was doing. They did have a tripod and a camera between them, so maybe if they did, they would understand. However I’m not quite sure how I would have explained my presence lying on the ground photographing Lego figures if they had come across me whilst in the process.

Not only that, when I first arrived at the part of the track I thought might work as the backdrop, I had a minor incident. Well ok it was a major incident at the time. I had put Bob and Max in my pocket ready whilst I looked for a suitable stick for Bob to throw. However my phone rang and I took it from my pocket to answer it. However in the process of this Max must have fallen out. For a good 10 – 15 minutes I could not find him in the grass and mud anywhere. I’d only taken him out the sealed packet just before leaving the house, so this was the 1st time he’d been played with. I couldn’t believe I had managed to loose a piece of prized Lego (all Lego is sacred!) before I had even had chance to use it. Thankfully as you can tell I did manage to find him again. Phew!

Note to self: Always always place your Lego in a highly secure pocket that does not contain any other objects. That way you’ll be less likely to misplace it when you need it most

In the early days……

Minifigs haven’t always looked the way we are used to them today. They have followed an evolutional process which started back in 1974 with the introduction of the LEGO family.

They looked a little different to todays figures. The head was much larger and had studs for ears. they had no body or legs, these you built yourself. But they did have arms. Posable arms, jointed at the elbow, and a hand that is almost looks similar to the modern day version. Rather than being ‘C’ shaped they were a complete circle with a hollowed nobble part.

I still have a body part, head, hair and a hat for this original LEGO figure, known as Maxifigs these days., sadly they do not have hands. But I know that a grandmother that came in the LEGO family set is lurking at the in laws house.

 

Original figures from 1974 LEGO family set

 

 

In 1975, LEGO made a precursor to the minifig. These newer version people were the same size/scale as a standard minifig is today, but they had solid torsos and leg pieces. In fact they didn’t even have faces!

They had hair and hats, but were still pretty basic. They had no hands or arms. And in our house they generally graced the stations and drove the trains on the good old ‘blue’ LEGO railway track we had.

 

The 1975 version Minifig

 

 

The first modern Minifig was released in 1978, introducing new characters for the Castle, Space and Town sets. They were produced with a simple printed face, just 2 eyes and a smile. And this was they way they pretty much stayed for the next decade. When LEGO introduced the LEGO Pirates in 1989, they introduced different facial expressions and things like eye patches, hooks for hands and the odd peg leg. However the minifig still remained with the classic yellow head that we all associate with minifigs, and they stayed this way until 2003, when skin tones were brought in for various sets.

Although the 1975 version by todays standard are pretty naff in terms of what you can do with them, for me they still remind me of childhood days, but I do enjoy the endless possibilites that  can be made with the modern version. I wonder if LEGO would ever make the current minifig with an articulated arm joint like the original ones of 1974. Would be fairly tricky I guess as the arms are a lot smaller, but just think what cool positions you could get the minifigs to do

Lord of the Rings….

LEGO have released official images of the minifigs that will be gracing the new Lord of the Rings sets due for release late in 2012

Offical release image of the Lord of The Rings Minifigs

Lord of the Rings Minifigs 2

Admittedly for me I’m not into LOTR, however I’m liking the minifigs themselves, and can see lots of potential mixups one can do with them for photographic purposes. But I know they will be a big hit with LOTR fans and lego collectors alike.

So what themed sets would you most like to see LEGO recreate?

Week 2……The joy of reading

8th – 14th Jan 2012

I can’t fully remember how this concept came to me. It might have had something to do with Lego sets that were still lying about the lounge from Christmas. However my mad brain took over and the idea was born.

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Harry couldn’t wait to see how the story ended

It took a while to set this up, merging several sets together and customizing them to achieve what I wanted. The background was 2 walls of the Hagrids hut set, the bookcase came for a Pirates of the Caribbean set. The books were an assortment of plates and other things procured from various other Lego things of the kids. However I was pleased with the overall result, not to mention the miniature Lego book