Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Hiatus

I do want to apologize, readers, for the abruptness with which I have departed the blog. Let it be known, however, that like Arthur of old, I shall return when needed most - most likely late August. While not at school, my access to the interwebs is rather limited, hence my absence. I do hope to recruit someone by next year to help keep things running, however.

That all aside, thank you for sticking around, folks. I looks forward to our reunion.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PoP Culture

Prince of Persia Month

Eurobricks is hosting an exciting TLC-sponsored contest, challenging you to enter into three available categories.  Your quest this time around is to extend the LEGO Prince of Persia line-up, create a 'Persian Version' of an existing set, or build a market stall. Official sets are up for grabs and entries are due by May 17th!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

An Unlikely Combination

WW/Steampunk Contest

Well, folks, The Lego Contest Network is at it again with their latest challenge and, as last time, BrickArms weapons and prototypes are on the line (yahoo?). Your task this time around is to create vehicle and minifigure in an either Steampunk of World War (I or II)-themed creation. Contestants are allowed to enter two creations, allowing one per category or two in one. Entries are due by May 5th.

On a side note, [PhiMa]'s entry is definitely worth checking out.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Block and Load

LEGO Military Group Annual Build Contest #003

Bad puns aside, the LEGO Military Flickr group is announcing their third annual contest, featuring categories aplenty for you to choose from. Specifically, there are five categories of entries with two subsections apiece. Prizes will not be announced 'til later in the contest, but if last year's prizes are any indication, not to mention sponsors including BrickArms, Steve Witt/TLG, and Brickmania, they ought to be good. Entries are due by May 31st, but submissions are not allowed until mid-April.

Kudos to Thunder-blade for the tip.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Put Up or Shut Up

Put Your Brick Where Your Mouth Is!

In an attempt to discern whether LEGO fans have what it takes to criticize the professionals, Happy Weasel has announced a contest said to be judged by the illustrious Mark Stafford, a professional LEGO designer! The proof is in the pudding, as the aphorism goes, and in this case the pudding is a space MOC which must fall at a price point of $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100, using the tried and true 10¢-per-part rule. There are some further specifications, so make sure you check out the original post. Next step? Get out there and prove yourself! Just make sure your set is released by June 1st.

A Question

Seeing as the flow of contest announcements has slowed from the rather rapid pace it was taking a few weeks ago, I have a question regarding posting for my readers:
Would you like to see only initial announcements for contests or would you like to see following coverage, such as entries, deadline reminders, and ultimately, the winners?
Leave a comment below and let me know!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Whackage for Fun and Profit

Whack-a-Fig II

Siegfried, on Eurobricks wants to see some slapstick! His new contest asks you to create a vignette depicting your sig fig perpetrating some kind of cartoony violence on a sig fig of a fellow fan of LEGO. The prize is described as "TBA (If any) and entries are due by April 2nd. Have fun!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bending The Rules?

LEGO Theme Bending

GeekyTom has announced a new contest and set up a Flickr group to boot. The title should give you a pretty good idea of what's being asked of you here: Take an official set and give it a twist, fitting it into another genre altogether. The prizes are nothing to sneeze at either, with a V-19 Torrent going to the first-place winner, a Sports Car going to second, and a Le Mans Racer for the third. Entries are due by March 31st, so get bending!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Save The Date!

I don't know about you folks, but it definitely helps me in keeping track of my deadlines to see things visually. To aid you in just that, I've created a Google Calendar with the dates to all announced LEGO contests.

I'm looking for a good way to integrate it with the blog itself. If anyone has any good tips, please leave a comment. I'd love to hear them!

Apparently, It's Not Futile

Join the Resistance

Flickr group The Lego Contest Network is hosting, unsurprisingly, a contest. With a wealthy backstory to direct your creativity, you are asked to build a scene of resistance featuring at least a squad and a vignette. Prizes have not been specified beyond being provided by BrickArms (a common prize these days, apparently). Entries are due by April 1st.

By the way, I was particularly pleased by this entry.

Bumpin' It

The Power of Sound

Music is a powerful thing, folks, and it's time for you to build it in LEGO! The Flickr group Urban Culture and Lego is holding this contest and they want to see mash-up music and whatever ridiculous genre you can. Numerous examples and inspirations are posted in the contest thread, and while the first-place prize has not yet been announced, second and third have. Get your entries in by April 31st!

The Force Compels You

We've got two Star Wars contests to report for you, folks, on FBTB and ToysNBricks.

Create Your Own Star Wars Scene

While the name may be a mouthful, the premise of this contest is simple: build a scene from one of the six Star Wars movies. The catch is that you must build it as if was a LEGO set priced between $24.99 and $29.99. Prizes include a Snowtrooper Battle Pack or a set of equivalent value and a Boba Fett minifigure. Make sure to read Toys N Bricks' general contest rules and get your entry in by March 31st! Thanks to Thunder-Blade for the reminder!

The ASS Model Contest

The name of this contest is certainly, dare I say it, cheeky, and it stands for Alternate Separatist Shuttle. The good folks at FBTB are asking you to take the pieces of 8036 Separatist Shuttle and build something new and wonderful. If it's new and wonderful enough you'll be leaving this contest with a new-in-box 8088 ARC-170 Starfighter. Entries are also due by March 31st.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

We Can't Just All Get Along

World at War

Brick of the Somme, a relatively new Flickr group, wants your World War I-based MOCs, both figures and vgenettes/dioramas and is offering BrickArms weapons for you to do so. The entries are few thus far, but you have until April 2 to enter yours.

A Creatively-Named Contest


The Flickr group 2034: United States Defense Force, is throwing a Contest! and you're all invited. Entrants to this particular contest are expected to build a custom minifigure or a vignette depicting the USDF invasion of the Urag world. Prizes include BrickArms weapons and custom figures. Entries are due March 15th.

Please, No Batmobiles

28th Build Challenge...The Animal Kingdom

Lino M., recently featured in AFOL: A Blocumentary, has posted the latest Build Challenge for the Flickr group LUGNuts. Participants are called to build a car, as always, but with a twist: these cars must be animal-inspired or related. This is a challenge, rather than a contest, so there are no prizes, but I'm posting it because I like the uniqueness of the concept. Entries are due by the first of March, so get building, folks!

Friday, February 19, 2010

In the Last-Minute Department

Official BBC Contest #57:The Final Frontier!

If you want to enter this one, folks, you're going to have to work quickly. BZPower is holding their 57th consecutive Bionicle Building Contest and this time around you are tasked with building something straight out of a work of science-fiction. There's an impressive prize on the line, namely a 8989 Mata Nui signed by Michael Dorn, who voiced the character in his latest film. It may sound nigh-impossible, but I have faith in my readers. Arkov managed to do it . . .

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's Simple, Really

Favorite Soldier, Favorite Weapon

Flickr group The Brickarms Files is hosting a contest with a simple premise: showcase a soldier using a BrickArms weapon in one of a variety of settings. No deadline has been posted, but "surprise BrickArms" are being offered as prizes.
Update: The deadline has been placed at March 31st.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When One Just Isn't Enough

2010 Community Build
In what's sure to be good news for those who love to build Pirates, is hosting their first Community Build and the winner will be receiving booty!

Those who wish to toss their hat in the ring will do so by creating a building that would fit in a Pirate-era town. But, avast, ye must board this particular vessel by the 15th of March!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

But, Wait: There's More!

Blood in the Snow

The Flickr ApocaLego group is hosting the Blood in the Snow contest, challenging its members to create a scene of arctic Armageddon, departing from the oft-used fiery catastrophes. Just make sure your world is destroyed by March 31st.

The Jolly Roger Contest
Put on your fancy hats and sharpen your hooks-for-hands, because The Forbidden Cove wants you to build all manners of piratey things, like ships and forts and monsters and minifigures (and more!). Read the rules and build your bricks, but do it by March 15th.

Enjoy, my readers!

The "We're Back" Round-Up!

The Time Twisters Contest

The Time Twisters Contest, hosted by AlienCat, is running at!
Your task is to take an official LEGO set and transform it into a legitimate Castle creation. Entries have already proved to be creative and humorous, but there's almost two weeks left 'til the February 28th deadline.

BiM 2010: Avant-Garde

Bricks in Motion, the leading online LEGO stop-motion community, hosts an annual filmmaking contest which has produced impressive results. This year the theme is Avant-Garde.

Entrants to BiM's latest challenge are asked to break free from the mold of traditional brickfilming and come up with something new. This theme is rather open-ended and the prizes are impressive, so let your creativity go wild! Just make sure you do so by July 25th.

Also, check out this promotional video, created by the inimitable Leonardo812.

More to come, folks!

. . . And We're Back!

Well, folks, it's been a while. Real life, stuff happened, etc.

The important thing is that I want to bring this blog back. I'll be posting some links in the quite-near future; don't forget to send in your tips!