henrysunset

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  1. henrysunset

    Lego Architecture 2020

    I hadn't seen that the new FLW sets by Adam's new company were being discussed here, and just created a new thread about them. Nonetheless, they look very interesting, and I had a chance to interview Adam about them. LINK TO INTERVIEW: https://brickarchitect.com/2020/adam-reed-tucker-the-atom-brick/ I'm hoping to build and review at least one of the sets soon!
  2. Long-time fans of the LEGO Architecture series are probably familiar with Adam Reed Tucker, since he founded the LEGO Architecture series in 2007 in partnership with The LEGO Group. Adam designed 16 sets in the LEGO Architecture series, and helped write the book LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide. I recently noticed (on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's website) that Adam designed three nice looking models based on iconic Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which have not been included in the LEGO Architecture series yet... Martin House (1904, Buffalo, NY), 1961 pieces. Taliesin West (1937, Scottsdale, AZ), 1763 pieces. Unity Temple (1908, Oak Park, IL), 912 pieces. All three models are designed using common LEGO Elements, so you can try to re-create them from the photos if you like. I personally really like the model of Taliesin West, with it's angular roof-line of alternating white and dark red stripes. In full disclosure: All three models are available for sale through his new company The Atom Brick, but the kits do not include LEGO Bricks. Instead, they come with parts supplied by LOZ, which are 3/4 the size of LEGO bricks, but have the same shapes and proportions. Because I love seeing beautiful Architecture models, I reached out to Adam to learn a lot more about the models, his passion for Architecture, and his decision to create a new company in order to create these sets. I interviewed Adam and wrote an article about these models on my website—It's an interesting read for anyone who loves the LEGO Architecture series like I do! Sincerely, —Tom Alphin LINK TO ARTICLE: brickarchitect.com/2020/adam-reed-tucker-the-atom-brick/ P.S. I definitely have mixed feelings that these nice looking models aren't available with LEGO Bricks. What do you think of the models?
  3. henrysunset

    Lego Architecture 2020

    I forgot to add links in this thread to my reviews of both #21051 Tokyo & #21052 Dubai Skyline sets! To make a long story short, Tokyo was a bit of a disappointment, and Dubai exceeded my modest expectations. Nonetheless, here are the two reviews, and a few highlights from each article... ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ: #21051 Tokyo Skyline The Tokyo Skyline set looked great from the initial photos, but upon closer inspection, it is a bit of a dud. My main critiques were the unsatisfying building techniques for the Tokyo Tower, the over-reliance on printed parts, the disconnect between physical geography and the layout of the model, and the disregard for historic architecture by not picking specific historic buildings to re-create. Nonetheless, many people will still enjoy it, as it looks nice on the bookshelf die to brightly colored components and a pleasing overall effect. ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ: #21052 Dubai Skyline By Contrast, the Dubai Skyline exceeded my expectations! The model feels sparse compared to Tokyo, but this is faithful to a city where each building is pretty far apart. The city is not very walkable; it's a dust-covered landscape dotted with impressive buildings and connected by roads and railways. The LEGO models are cleverly built, especially the models on either end: Jumeirah Emirates Towers on the left, and Burj Al Arab on the right. It's harder to tell how popular it will ultimately be—Dubai is a world class destination, so I suspect it will be popular with the diverse global audience which visits this unique city! I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews, and have a chance to read the longer versions. I'd love to know your thoughts too—Did you have different impressions after building these sets? Sincerely, —Tom Alphin
  4. henrysunset

    Lego Architecture 2020

    I just spent several hours looking critically at these two sets (21051 Tokyo & 21052 Dubai) to offer a more detailed preview of what to expect when they are available on January 1. This includes highlighting some of the creative parts usages, new parts, printed elements, and the relative scale of the buildings in the model. The thing that surprised me most is that the scale looked way off in the Dubai model (Burj Al Arab looked too large to my eye) but it's actually pretty accurate—I did the math! For a much deeper look, please check out my article at:https://brickarchitect.com/2019/preview-21051-tokyo-21052-dubai-skyline/Sincerely,---tom
  5. henrysunset

    2019 LEGO Architecture

    For anyone on the fence about the new Empire State Building set, we wrote an in-depth review... LINK: https://brickarchitect.com/2019/review-21046-lego-empire-state-building/ (The review also includes first impressions from three highly-respected LEGO Architecture builders: Rocco Buttliere, Spencer Rezkalla, and Deep Shen.) Cheers, —Tom
  6. These are some great LEGO Skylines! I especially liked how many of the models include something less common in the official sets like public artworks, river fronts, and a prominent hill. I've added them all to my Pinterest collection of great LEGO Skylines. LINK: https://www.pinterest.com/tomalphin/lego-skylines/ Thanks for sharing! —tom
  7. henrysunset

    LEGO Tower

    I just noticed that LEGO Tower is no longer in Beta. It is available for iOS users now, and surely will be available for Android soon. I played the game for a few weeks as part of the public beta, and have very mixed feelings about the game. For one, there is very little strategic decisionmaking, so it is barely a game at all. Further, some of the limited strategy is hidden behind the "Tower Club" paywall - I'm certainly not willing to pay 2$ for 5 days of moderately-improved gameplay. The good news is that the game was designed with a great deal of respect for the LEGO brand, and the models featured in the game are really beautifully designed. This is clearly the result of a close partnership between LEGO and game designer Nimblebit. For a much more in depth review of the game, check out the article I just posted: ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ: LEGO Tower Sincerely, --Tom
  8. I had the pleasure of building an intricate LEGO Ideas model of Machu Picchu, built in the style of the official LEGO Architecture sets. The model was designed by Diego Baca, a proud Peruvian who wanted to help LEGO enthusiasts learn more about the globally recognized UNESCO World Heritage site.Not only did Diego build the model both digitally and using LEGO bricks, he also created a beautiful instruction manual in the style of official LEGO Architecture sets, and a matching glossy box. I had a lot of fun building the model using the easy-to-follow directions. The completed model is immediately recognizable, and looks great next to the official sets, especially the recent Great Wall set which also features historic architecture in a mountainous landscape.For an longer, in-depth review of the set and an interview with Diego about his project, you can read the whole article at: https://brickarchitect.com/2019/lego_ideas_machu-picchu-diego-baca/ If you want a chance to build it, be sure to vote for it on the LEGO Ideas site!Sincerely,—Tom
  9. henrysunset

    2019 LEGO Architecture

    Thanks for the kind words! It is always a pleasure to know that your work is being appreciated. :-) I'm glad to hear LEGO Architecture is being widely distributed in Germany! Here in the USA, it is pretty much only available in official LEGO stores and Barnes and Noble. They also used to sell them in Toys"R"Us, but as you probably heard they went out of business.
  10. henrysunset

    BrickHeadz 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    The decision to release TLM2 Brickheadz as limited edition regional exclusive business is crazy! By my math, The LEGO Group might only make $10k, and pissed a lot of people off in the process. I shared my math, and some more wild speculation in this article: https://brickarchitect.com/2019/2019-year-of-the-exclusives/Love to hear more speculation, or see if I made any errors in my analysis and estimates.
  11. henrysunset

    2019 LEGO Architecture

    I agree with the sentiment that ESB is a bit boring, and architecturally bland... I will quote my Interview with Rok Žgalin Kobe from last year (link: https://brickarchitect.com/2018/interview-lego-architecture-rok-zgalin-kobe/), as I think it helps add clarity around which buildings The LEGO Group think make good LEGO sets... Unfortunately, I don't think we will see anything like Villa Savoye again from the LEGO Architecture series, because it has too little mainspream appeal and awareness. While this totally bums me out as I want to see the LEGO Architecture series raise awareness of Architecture as a field, commercially viable projects like ESB are likely to win out in most cases.
  12. henrysunset

    The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

    For folks who got to see the movie today and want to see a second opinion, or want to read a detailed review before seeing the film in a couple weeks, feel free to read my review of the movie.LINK: https://brickarchitect.com/2019/review-lego-movie-2-the-second-part/ (The review has very few spoilers!) Without giving anything away, I am happy to report that it's a fun movie that fans of the original film will definitely enjoy. I didn't think it was *quite* as good as the original, but it's always hard for sequels to be better than the original film. Sincerely,---tomP.S. In the review, I also talk about which sets most closely match how they appear in the film, in case you are curious!
  13. henrysunset

    2019 LEGO Architecture

    I am working on the Paris review, which I hope to share too. The Paris model is much less ambitious, and more similar to the rest of the series. It does incorporate some nice mini-builds.
  14. henrysunset

    2019 LEGO Architecture

    2019 is just around the corner, so it's probably time to create a new thread for discussing the upcoming sets. As of now, there are two sets coming out on January 1, 2019: #21043 San Francisco (skyline) #21044 Paris (skyline) It is fair to assume that there are a couple other sets being explored for 2019, since sets receive a number when they are in the production process. Since Las Vegas was delayed and re-designed, it received a new set number, 21047. That gives us hope that 21045 and 21046 are also coming out in 2019 - although we have no way of knowing what those sets might be. I'm also excited that I had a chance to build both of the new sets. The first one I built was #21043 San Francisco, which is an overall great set, despite a few sections which aren't as elegant as I would have hoped. It also marks the first set int he skyline series with significant terrain features, and the first to leverage Forced Perspective to add visual depth. I look forward to sharing my review of the Paris set soon too! #21043 San Francisco. LINK: http://brickarchitect.com/2018/review-21043-lego-san-francisco-skyline/ Question: Which of these two new sets are you most excited about?
  15. henrysunset

    Discussion: LEGO Architecture 2018

    @Lucarex I think Las Vegas is a bit more complex than that, although it is hard to argue that it is not a well-rounded place. As a place that is constantly re-inventing itself to follow the latest trends, styles, and fashion, Las Vegas has played a role in amplifying various movements in Arts and Architecture. There is an honesty in a street lined with billboards and neon - we don't care about you, we just want to sell you stuff. The Las Vegas of the early 1970's was captured in Denise Scott Brown's 'Learnings from Las Vegas', a seminal text which played a role in breaking architecture away from increasingly boring Modernist designs; creating Postmodernism. While Postmodernism is remembered for some of the most garish examples, some of the buildings are quite beautiful. It made room for experimental styles like the works of Frank Gehry or Daniel Libeskind, and also set the stage for revisiting sincere classical buildings in the 90's and 2000's (especially on university campuses.) Today, Las Vegas continues to be appalling and delightful at the same time. There are some really interesting projects which were recently finished or underway, including CRYSTALS at Citycenter (Daniel Libeskind), and a new Arena project underway. I can't imagine living in Las Vegas, but it's fun to visit for a day or two to see the architecture, take in a show, and see how the city continues to redefine itself. ---tom