Thursday, January 29, 2015

The LEGO Brick Turns 57!

My gosh, where has the time gone!? The almighty LEGO Brick turns 57 today! LEGO is the most successful toy company in the world, and it's no wonder.

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Now every 80's kid sing the LEGO Birthday song:



Happy Birthday LEGO Brick!

How do you LEGO?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Houzz Tour: A Home Built For LEGO Play

"Candy colored and classically inspired, this remodeled Seattle home combines the best of past and present."

One of my many interests is interior design, especially when it comes to incorporating toys into the layout of a home. 
Great home designed by LEGO lover Fred Albert!


I'm guessing Fred Doesn't have any small children, not necessarily because of how clean his home is, but rather because he has sets on the bottom shelves. Ava would destroy every single one before you could bat an eyelash!


The thing I like most about this home is that you don't have to be a LEGO fan or toy fanatic to enjoy it. I could see myself and my wife loving it. Check out the full house tour HERE!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mason's Toy World, Coming to YouTube!

I have been itching to start a toy variety/review channel on YouTube and I was finally able to get together with my brother-in-law and our good friend Dan Smith. My brother-in-law, Brad, is an entrepreneur specializing in film, so the footage he shot looks great! The only catch is he doesn't have time to edit. So it is up to me, a rank amateur, to edit the first episode, and probably every future episode. 

It took hours, but I finally cobbled together just the intro video. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into my Toy World. Please tell me what you think, I am open to critiques, pointers, tips, etc.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

LEGO Series 13 Mash Ups

So you've probably read one billion and one reviews of the new LEGO Minifigures Series 13. As much as it pains me to spend 4 whole dollars on a toy I just could not miss out on these. Although I did score a deal on some of them, one dollar off, not bad I guess. 

Anyways, since I'm sure you've seen several reviews I decided to mash things up a bit, because isn't that the whole point of LEGO?

D&D Illithid

Using parts I scratched from the Evil Wizard and the head of the Squid Alien I made a quick and easy Illithid from D&D and I must say I rather like him! That Squidy head also has some great potential for a Cthulu MOC as well.

Space Mongrul 

I believe in using all the parts of a LEGO animal, so I nicked an ADU helmet and used the Squid Alien's suit for our Evil Wizard friend here. Now he's an Evil Wizard in spaaaaaacccee!

Master Yoshi with The Mighty Samurai

And the last scrap of Evil Wizard, the beard, goes to Samurai Warrior from Series 3! Him and Lady Samurai make quite a pair! Lady Samurai was perfect as is, so no customization here. She is quite a refreshing change from Kimono Girl (Series 4). Whenever I see Asian Minifigures of any kind I try to snatch them up. I really miss the pre-Ninjago Ninja theme, a short lived sub theme of castle. Why are the best themes always so short lived?

Goblin

The Goblin is awesome! I like him just the way he is, so I just gave him a crocodile mount. Very clever reuse of the Elf head piece LEGO!

Lady Troll

Another fantastic female minifig from this series! There were 5 females in this series and this one's my absolute favorite female LEGO minifig of all time! What's not to love!? I'm quite impressed with LEGO and all the female figures they're producing. I would honestly be happy if the next series was half females, or even all females! Ask any AFOL you know, we always want more lady figs. 

Sheriff

I just couldn't miss out on a chance to add to my Wild West theme. I was going to pass on the Sheriff, but I kept feeling that darn hat, so I thought what the heck. I love his moustache piece and the WANTED poster is a nice touch. He also has printing of a gun holds tee on his right leg. Nice!

I know what you're all thinking: what, not hotdog guy!? Nah, I'm very serious about my LEGO collection and that guy makes a mockery of LEGO! (Just kidding!)

Also, if you collected some of these don't forget to keep the papers! They have codes so you can "enter and win!" Just go to LEGO.com/minifigures to enter your code. You will need to be logged into your LEGO account. If you don't have one you will need to create one.


Once you've entered your code it will take you to the above screen. Click next.



Thankfully you then get 2 options: 
1. You can claim the virtual version of your new minifigures on the new LEGO Minifigures Online game OR
2. Enter for "a chance to win awesome LEGO sets."

Series 12 gave only option number 1, and the game wasn't compatible with Macs yet. Maybe it still isn't, I don't know. I think option 2 is the way to go.

So, what does everyone think of Series 13? Have you made any crazy mashups or cool customs using Series 13 parts? Has anyone played LEGO Minifigure Online? Tell me in the comments below!








Saturday, January 17, 2015

Box of Awesome! Episode 1: LEGO

I recently brought home an amazing toy haul from Capitol City Antique Mall. One of the vendors has a huge wooden chest stuffed full and everything is 50 cents. Usually there isn't much of note inside, but one day I came in and they were restocking and they had several boxes full of junk and I went a little crazy. I have decided to break up the madness into little themed episodes. Since this month is LEGO, let's see what LEGOy junk I found:

Well, it's not much, but it's a pretty cool key chain. 



Tune in next month for episode 2, Garbage Pail Kids!

Friday, January 16, 2015

No Camera, No Phone, No Service. Legosssssss? (Mass unused pic dump)

My phone went for a swim a few months ago and ever since then it has been heck on earth trying to post stuff here to the ol' blog. Every once in a while I am able to steal the iPad for a few precious moments and snap pictures of my precious little plastic gems. I had such grand plans for LEGO month, but I'm so sick of trying to find the time, not to mention a camera of some kind, so I can post my silly little blog posts. 

So, it looks like hiatus until I can secure a camera/phone of my own. I guess I could dump pics that are saved on the hard drive...




















































Okay, that's enough.