Works With Lego: My Foot

Click the pic to find out if my foot Works With Lego! (SPOILER ALERT: the answer is no, it most assuredly does not.)

On my way back from a midnight pee, I stepped on something incredibly painful. I knew it had to be a Lego. Only it wasn’t, exactly. But I didn’t bother looking for it in the dark. I limped back to bed and awoke several hours later to a throbbing foot and a comforter stained with little pools of dried blood. And a hunk of missing foot meat.

A couple of days ago, I was tinkering with my MOC Engine hoist, when it slipped off a six foot shelf and EXPLODED all over my hardwood floor. I thought I’d found all the pieces. But that’s just what the pieces wanted me to think.

Here’s the culprit. Well, not the exact one, but two of its cousins. A Tyco Blocks 4×3 red roof slope from 1986. You might think a hunk of thirty-seven year old plastic would be fragile by now, but nope! Tyco made these bastards to last. Unlike my ability to walk, the piece was entirely unaffected. I never did find the chunk of skin this thing bit off of me in the night. I can only assume the roof slope consumed it, and is now even stronger than it was before. And the verdict? Is my foot something that Works With Lego… or Tyco Blocks? HELL NO. This son of a bitch hurts.

Dollar Tree Legaux Christmas Ornaments

Faux + Lego = Legaux. Lego knockoffs were hard to come by back in the day, but you can get them anywhere now. These are from Dollar Tree, and the advantage over Lego is that I can buy all the green and red I need to make Christmas ornaments without blowing a whole paycheck on sets full of pieces I don’t want. And they’re cheap enough to give away as presents… which is exactly what I did! Click the pic and check out what I came up with. I’ve even included tips to help you build your own if you’d like. Ho ho ho!

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Chris’s MOC Engine

Years ago when I built my little Lego engine, I had no idea that building Lego engines was a thing. I was just messing around. And since I decided to turn this into a full sized article, I wonder if I will go overboard and build something unnecessarily complicated to go with my engine? It’s a real mystery. Click the pic and find out!

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From The Archives: Ghostbusters Minimates Design Sheets And Prototypes

I must have been a busy boy back in 2009. I have so many folders of unpublished material from that year that it makes me wonder what the hell I was doing instead of writing. Come on in and check out these design sheets and prototype photos for Diamond Select Toys/Art Asylum’s then upcoming line of Ghostbusters Minimates!

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Mega Orthanc

There’s no easy way to draw attention to one’s own creations without sounding at least a little like a pompous ass, so instead of trying to avoid it I’m just gonna dive in headlong. HEY, EVERYBODY, LOOKY WHAT I MADE!!

Yep, it’s Lego Orthanc. Well, really I should call it Mega Orthanc, since easily 99% of this is made from the far-superior-for-castle-building Mega Bloks Dragon Wars bricks. To give you a sense of scale, I’ve got 10 foot ceilings, but it’s standing on an 18 inch tall table. I’d ballpark it to be in the seven to seven and a half foot range.

Sci-Fi Girl and I built this a couple of years ago and it’s been smashed up in a big Rubbermaid bin for a long time. I finally got it back together in something very much like its original form. The pics aren’t that great, so just look at them and then sprinkle on about 30% more awesomeness in your head. That’s what it looks like in real life. Sprinkles of awesomeness.

Click the pic for a closeup of the top. If you look really closely, you can see the tiny Gandalf trapped up there. Only don’t look too hard because I’m 100% lying. The only thing up there is dust.