Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Revenge of the Werewolf - A Lego Stop Motion

The Werewolf wants to get all the Moonstones to make the sun disappear. Will the Monster Fighters, Frank Rock and Major Quinton Steele manage to stop him? Find out in my latest Stop Motion!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lego Bricktober 2013 - Make N' Take event October 26th, 2013

Hellego! Today was the Bricktober Make N' Take event and it was great! The Model we got to build for free this year was the Superman "S" symbol!

This year was great! There was a Lego representative like last year making sure everything was going well. I got to chat with her which was cool. This year, there was not a choice of build like last year (click here to see last year's post), but Lego sure did make a great model to build! In case some of you didn't know, mosaic is a type of build and this is what it was. We built the Superman crest all with 1x1 pieces so you can imagine that it took some time to build. What was cool is that to hold all the pieces together, you get a 16x16 plate under it. Don't forget, at the Make N' Take event, you get to bring the model home for free! Here are some pictures of the table where we would build it.

As you can see, in the boxes, there were all the bricks that you would pick out of to build the model.

Here is the table where we would all build.

 The final product, all wrapped up by the Lego representative with the instructions inside.

So as you can see, it was a lot of fun. I made a small review of the model for you guys. Check it out!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lego Stop Motion - Gun Shooting

Hellego! In my stop motion videos (that you can check out here), I have never used a gun, tried to put effects synchronized with the gun, etc. Except for my stop motion, The Pirate's Shark Adventure, where the Pirate shoots one bullet. It was really simple. So I wanted to give a more advanced approach to it.
  1. The first sequence is only the pictures I took with nothing added. Not much to say here. Time: 0:19
  2. Now the second sequence though, I added the gun effects at the end of it. I used simply Paint to add some white and yellow combined. I personally think it came out pretty well. Time: 0:31
  3. Next thing I added was sound effects. The walking effect you have most likely already heard in my previous stop motions. But the machine gun effect was the first time I used it. I must say it fit pretty well with the effect I added to the end of my gun. Time: 0:45
  4. After, I added a bit of suspense music. I have nothing to say about that since it was nothing really special. All it did was give it more of an action feel. Time: 0:58
  5. Finally, I decided to try and modify the colours. Sometimes, in action movies with guns, the lighting is a bit dark and there a bit of blue in the air. I don't know if you can kind of grasp what I am trying to describe, but all I was trying to do was give it more of an action movie lighting style. I find it did not turn out as good as I would have liked. Time: 1:12

I hope you found this interesting. I was doing these tests and I wanted to document it a bit to you guys. It could maby help you with future stop motions. Please leave a comment telling me which sequence you preferred and how you found it in general. Don't forget to share this post and follow my blog. Have a good day!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vintage Lego Video Series Video #15 - Huge Vintage Lego Haul

Hellego! I am really excited because I just got a huge box filled with vintage Lego! It was such a surprise! I made a video explaining everything. Check it out!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Thoughts

Hellego! As you probably know, about a month ago, Lego released their brand new Mindstorms robots technology: EV3.

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During that period of time after it came out, I have been spending a lot of time researching it, watching reviews, exploring the site, etc. After doing all that I thought it would be a good idea to share you my thoughts and impressions on the Lego Mindstorms EV3.

First off, let me just say that I love it! The design is great and you can tell they have upgraded their technology a whole lot! Right when you start there are five different robots you can build and program with instructions which I think is great. The only thing about this that disappoints me after seeing reviews, it gives you the instruction booklet for only one robot. The rest you have to download from the Mindstorms website which can be a hassle. I think for the price you pay for this set they could have at least included instruction manuals for all five robots.

All the different technological elements that come with EV3 are awesome! You can go so far into the programming feature it's incredible. There is a colour sensor, touch sensor, etc. Plus, with all the technic bricks you get (over 550), you have endless possibilities with this set! So whether you just know the basics in technology or you are a really advance programmer, anyone will love this! Although I do personally suggest that only older kids get it like 10+. That is the suggested age on the box and I highly recommend people follow it as it is not a set for younger kids.

Lego's Mindstorm website is also very cool! There is a whole community dedicated to Mindstorms, great stuff to download and I wanted to mention that they have a really cool online game. It's really well made and I recommend you go check it out. I've almost beaten the game.

I am a Lego club member so I get the Lego club magazine. In the issue of September and October 2013, there was a small Mindstorms booklet included which I thought was really cool. It gives you more in depth info about the whole EV3 technology.

Now the only reason I sadly probably will not be getting it soon is because of the price. It costs a total of 400$ which is a lot. Now don't get me wrong, this set is far from over priced. It's a great price for all the pieces you get and all the technology in it. But even if it's a good price, no matter what, 400$ is 400$ and it's still a lot of money.

I hope you guys enjoyed my thoughts about the new Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots! Please leave a comment and tell me YOUR thoughts about the EV3 robots. Don't forget to follow my blog if you are not already and please share this post. Have a great day and keep on building!