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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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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LEGO Trophies: Year Three

This past Saturday, I had another great time being part of SMaRT Education’s FIRST LEGO League tournament. This year I was able to once again referee on the competition floor. However, hats often change heads as the tournament progresses, and this year I found myself filling in as emcee as well.

But, I get the feeling that’s not why you’re here, is it?

Oh, right! This year, I once again designed and built custom LEGO trophies for the winning teams.

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The LEGO Infiltration

Since April, production on new artwork, music and writing has been locked in overdrive. So much so that about two weeks ago I finally hit a creativity levee. Calista and I had so many things on our plates that, for my part, something had to give.

However, the factors that have been pulling my attention in different directions are 100% positive.

Factor One: An Old Friend Returns.

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