Hello and a very big pirate-y welcome to ye all as we set sail for 'Behind the Helm' Episode #3! Today we have the honor of talking to a Eurobricks Fellow. This Fellow is very active on Eurobricks as a Reviewers Academy teacher and he has recently volunteered his time and effort to do some chores aboard Classic-Pirates.com. That's right, it be Shipyard Master, Erdbeereis in question!
C-P: Welcome to the show Erdy!
Erdbeereis: Thanks a lot Zuloo!
C-P: No worries! So, tell us a little about yourself and your interest in LEGO.
Erdbeereis: Well, I always enjoyed casually building when I was younger, but mainly around Christmas time setting up a LEGO train around the tree. I really started getting into LEGO in 2007, when I got a set (Creator Highway Haulers) from my cousins in Germany. There's not so many of the usual things like computers and T.V. to distract you, so I had a lot of time to enjoy the set, build all of the different models and such. Seeing all of the amazing things you can really do with LEGO bricks got me hooked, and when I came back home I bought a few more sets. Soon after that, I searched for some LEGO websites, and found a little site called Eurobricks. I joined January 31st 2008 and haven't looked back since.
C-P: What was the first set that you bought yourself?
Erdbeereis: Hmmm... I really can't remember. But the first set that I got when I really got excited about LEGO was the Aquaraiders Lobster Strike. Those darn lobster legs never stayed on....
C-P: Hehehe. And what would you say is your favourite theme?
Erdbeereis: For MOCing, definitely Pirate-type things. Islanders, Imperials, Pirates, any of those are my favorite MOCing areas. However for sets, besides Pirates I also enjoy most lines, but for current themes Star Wars, Agents and Indiana Jones are certainly high up there.
C-P: You do a bit of work teaching how to make a good LEGO set review. Can you tell us a little about the Reviewers Academy?
Erdbeereis: Sure! The Academy is basically a school, where the students learn to write great reviews. How it works is a student writes a review, and in order to pass that review he or she must earn passes from 3 teachers. If a review is not quite ready to be passed the teachers let the student know what needs to be improved, for example fixing up grammar errors, sharpening blurry pictures, etc. Once a student has passed 3 reviews he "graduates" and earns a bronze badge. If a student reaches a level of 9 passed reviews, he or she too becomes a teacher. The Teachers also work hard keeping the index of Academy reviews, and also the report card in order.
C-P: Sounds busy! Yet you still find time to do some work for Classic-Pirates.com. Could you explain what you do for the Pirate blog?
Erdbeereis: Well, I write articles for the frontpage, and check over other people's news articles and make sure there aren't any code errors in HTML, spelling errors, etc. The main project I'm working on now is writing pages for all of the LEGO Pirate sets ever released. After that is done C-P with have a great log of info about every Pirate set out there.
C-P: Just for those who don’t know, the set pages that are complete can be found here. What do you enjoy doing outside of the LEGO hobby?
Erdbeereis: Some of my other hobbies are playing sports like golf, soccer and tennis to name a few. I also enjoy traveling, I visit relatives in Germany every year and often go to Mexico, along with some travel within the U.S. Another thing I love is food, and cooking. Thus the chef sig-fig I have.
C-P: And could you please tell us where you got your username from?
Erdbeereis: Erdbeereis means strawberry ice-cream in German, and that's one of my favorite things to eat there. It's much better than anything you can get here in the States. So, there you have it!
C-P: Ok, well thank you for taking the time to speak to us about yerself, and shed some light on the real Erdbeereis!
Erdbeereis: Many thanks for your time Zuloo! Happy building everyone!
C-P: Thanks for joining me for this episode of 'Behind the Helm' you scallywags, I'll catch you next time with a special Eurobricks Administrator guest...