A Win at LEGOLAND Star Wars Days 2016!

Han, Leia and Luke watch little Ben Solo play with his best friend, Chewbacca.

Han, Leia and Luke watch little Ben Solo play with his best friend, “Bacca”.

LEGO is a huge outlet for our family. One of our favorite uses for the bricks is in storytelling.

A website I’ve been following over the past four years is FBTB.net. The site features news and reviews on LEGO products and hosts frequent LEGO building contests. They also host a LEGO fan gallery during Star Wars Day at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA. When they announced an open call for builders to submit their models to be displayed during the Star Wars event, I quickly registered my LEGO Ideas project, The Moldy Crow, to help get exposure and feedback.

One of the five contest categories FBTB announced for this years event was titled “Skywalker Family Reunion” and Calista was excited to enter her own build. She thought of a series of small vignettes featuring Ben Solo as a little boy playing with his furry friend, Chewbacca, reminiscent of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Thus, Ben and Bacca was born.

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One of My LEGO Creations On Display at LEGOLAND

A huge thank you for everyone who has voted to support this LEGO Ideas project!

The encouraging comments everyone has shared have offered great suggestions to better this project. This post aims to cover some of the ideas that have posted.

The Custom Minifigures:   The designs for Kyle’s and Jan’s torsos were created using Adobe Illustrator. As soon as I felt I had developed strong enough LEGOized versions, I used Photoshop to digitally map the designs into the photos of the minifigs.

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For anyone interested in applying these designs to their own Kyle and Jan minifigs, the .png files have been posted to my Flickr page.

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LEGO Disney Minifig Series Dot Codes

We love LEGO’s collectable minifigs! They are sold in blind polybags which make hunting down the specific LEGO characters we hope to add to our collection so much fun. To avoid buying duplicate figures, Calista and I have become adept at feeling the bags and indentifying the dot codes found on the packages, revealing which minifigs are hidden in each polybag.

LEGO Disney Minifig Polybag

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program…

… to bring you MOC LEGO Instructions: The Moldy Crow

I was recently asked to share instructions for one of my early LEGO creations. It’s a space ship from the 1995 video, Star Wars Dark Forces, and its 1997 sequel Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces IIThe ship is called The Moldy Crow and its unique in-game design made it a fan favorite in the Star Wars video game community.

My Flickr Album of The Moldy Crow

LEGO The Moldy Crow by Travis Hiner

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A New Science-Fantasy Adventure

For the past three years, I’ve been pouring an increasingly large amount of my creativity into writing projects. The first of these projects is a novel I’ve been adapting from a movie idea I created during film school. The weight of writing this novel has been heavy, however, and about 18 months ago I decided I needed to supplement my writing with something much lighter in tone. Producing this blog went a long way in satisfying that need. However, my family’s love of creating with LEGO inspired another story concept that snowballed into a personally ambitious writing project.

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