Plastic Made for Battle – part one. The Robot Battle League card game.

by Travis

Here is a brief history about how The Robot Battle League card game came to be.

Calista and I have been volunteering for a local non-profit, SMaRT Education, for a little over eight years; helping with community events and teaching kids camps. During these events, we often worked along side a local FIRST LEGO League team named X-Treme Team. They were a talented group of 9 to 14 year olds, showcasing SMaRT’s programs, helping teach robotics camps and mentoring anyone curious to learn about technology and engineering. Calista and I became fast friends with the X-treme Team family and were soon involved with their LEGO robotics projects. I mean; lightening smart kids, LEGOs, and an endless pool of creativity, why wouldn’t Calista and I want to be a part of that? Continue reading

Returning to Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California.

The Suboken Brick Projects is heading back to LEGOLAND in Carlsbad for Star Wars Days 2017, once again contributing to FBTB.net’s LEGO fan gallery.

There will be a post on the trip next week. For now, here are some images and videos featuring one of the LEGO builds we’re taking to the event; a motorized Star Wars themed LEGO ferris wheel!

The Kessel Run – A Motorized Star Wars Themed LEGO Ferris Wheel

LEGOLAND Star Wars Days 2017

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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.

LEGOLAND Moldy CrowLEGOLAND Moldy Crow LEGO Idea

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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