Japan is a place with incredible builders, but compared to Europe and the US, they have a low profile. Part of why this happens is the language barrier, but another part is that what is seen is only online, where a good build or layout is quickly glanced at, only to be put aside for the next hot MOC. He also has some thoughts too Everyone was so helpful, from doing research, providing information and contacts, to helping with or actually writing articles. I hope that through these articles, the many wonderful things being done with LEGO here in Japan shines through.
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Japan is a place with incredible builders, but compared to Europe and the US, they have a low profile. Part of why this happens is the language barrier, but another part is that what is seen is only online, where a good build or layout is quickly glanced at, only to be put aside for the next hot MOC.
He also has some thoughts too Everyone was so helpful, from doing research, providing information and contacts, to helping with or actually writing articles.
I hope that through these articles, the many wonderful things being done with LEGO here in Japan shines through. I would like to say a big Domo Arigato Gozaimashita to everyone for their support in putting this issue together! The popularity will just build and build and build! Built by Takuya Taxon. Photo by Takuya Harajo. Photo provided by Yoshikazu Saito. Are there other places to spotlight? Joe Meno, Editor P.
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ISSN BrickJournal and its staff would like to thank the LDraw community for the software it makes available to the community, which we use for making all of the instructions and renderings in this magazine. We would especially like to thank Kevin Clague for his continued upgrades of the LPub tool that is a part of2the LDraw suite. An external agency, Naked Communications, pitched an idea to us.
The idea was pretty close to the LEGO Fan concept a web portal for both new and experienced LEGO fans and the community which was born back in and established by a group of fans. From the feedback during this meeting, the initial concept of ReBrick was formed. Also, ReBrick should have a global scope and be developed with members of the LEGO community while seeking to add features different from those of the major fan sites.
Over the last two years we moved from the many early sketches, business model discussions and power point slides to a closed beta in late and open beta a year later. We had many challenges getting it off the ground, as internally we needed to prove it was a solid business case in order to get funding for the project, and involving the LEGO Fan Community from the beginning was an important part of this. We invited quite a number of people from Community sites, LEGO Ambassadors, and others who we felt could contribute to the project—gathering their opinions and creating surveys around it, for example what colors to use, blue or yellow, themes to have and so forth, and everyone involved could vote on this.
BrickJournal: What is the basic idea behind ReBrick? The basic idea is to display all of this interesting stuff that is out there and show off how powerful LEGO is as a storytelling medium while bringing this excitement to a broader mass of people who then might get more excited, be inspired, and maybe even buy some LEGO sets and start building their own things.
PE: With thousands of websites out there dedicated to the LEGO hobby, hundreds of blogs and millions of articles, videos and images of inspiring creations, which in one way or another focus on the LEGO brick, it can be a challenge for AFOLs to share their models with the masses. For example an early member of the Community who has been building models for many years and sharing them on sites like LUGNET, BrickShelf, and MOC pages can reach most of the community, but if they wanted to gain a broader reach for their creations, then we can help by sharing it on ReBrick and other social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and other LEGO sites, of course crediting the original owner.
If you are interested in, say, Trains or Space, where should you go? It is not interesting for us to have a lot of traffic only to our site; we want the whole of the LEGO Fan Community to have the traffic. I also feel that the LEGO Community deserves that we give some of the love back, it is something that we really wanted to do for them. People inside the company are very excited by what is going on with the Community.
We are not managing anything, we are trying to amplify what goes on out there. If the Community sites get more traffic then we are very, very happy. That was just the first step, and now we will continue working with the LEGO Fan Community to help us further with new features.
So yes, we will keep evolving! So Flickr is also on board with ReBrick? PE:Yes, they are; we have been very fortunate that we have been able to meet the right people.
When we have contacted these companies, it has been endless excitement for all involved. For our meeting with Google, we thought there would be one or two people there, and there were thirty who were all excited about the idea!
I hope some of the interesting things that could develop over time would be that people in Google, Flickr or another similar company getting inspired from someone in the community or vise versa; I think that would be very cool. BrickJournal:: Absolutely, there is a huge potential for cross involvement with those companies. BrickJournal:: That is brilliant! I think it is a great service to give to the LEGO Fan Community and has huge potential to expand, grow and bring people together.
This was a pioneering mission in that it was the first space probe to accomplish a sample return from an asteroid. Daisuke was not the builder of the model he submitted, though. I submitted a model built by in who collaborated with Daisuke. Naturally, the challenge is to find those supporters. With those in place, anyone who saw these could go and become a supporter. Since Hayabusa was very popular in Japan , once I announce my project, I thought that many supporters would come.
It was also publicized on Twitter by my tweets and many other retweets. By April, thanks to the efforts of Daisuke and many Japanese websites and blogs, the supporter threshold was achieved. We wish to thank all voters for their great interest and enthusiastic engagement.
We will now do some serious analysis on the business case and other decision parameters. We will therefore get back to you in 4 weeks time with a decision on whether it will be produced and if so, when we will launch it.
We are looking forward to working with the model. At the meeting, the Hayabusa concept model was shown and reviewed. Daisuke also discussed the possibility of including a minifigure of Junuchiro Kawaguchi, Project Manager of Hayabusa. The first model, built by in, and posted online by Daisuke. Set designer for the Hayabusa set, Melody Caddick.
Reflecting on the process, Daisuke most enjoyed the online engagement he received from the project. I was happiest about meeting many people who share the same hobby as I do in this project. With these, his projects continue to engage the community. Article by Nathan Bryan of Brickzen.
Kazuyoshi Naoe with his favorite magazine. I was asked to help with some building for an event and I found out that I really have a knack for it. LEGO Japan used to have most of the large models sent from the LEGO head office, but the shipping cost was very high and sometimes the models got damaged and needed to be repaired.
It made more sense to build them here in Japan, so that became one of the things I do. KN: I am still part of the marketing department, so the majority of my time is spent working on setting up LEGO events in Japan, not building, unfortunately.
I need to write up proposals, find venues, sponsors and put together the events. I then will build special models for display at the events. Inset: The real present-day castle. I also asked them to tell me why they liked the sets. As a bonus, I like the set I got for Christmas so much that I decided to review it as well.
Below is the list of people that contributed, and their position within the company. Article and Photography by Geoff Gray. I love building all our creator sets because it is such a classic and versatile building experience and there are many good elements that can be used for later play experiences. This one is special to me as it was given to me by the executive assistants in my office, when I celebrated my ten years of service anniversary earlier this summer.
I built it with my son Zacharias 7 and he had many hours of play with it afterwards. The functionality the side of the tower opens, there is real light in the tower was much appreciated by Zachy. I grabbed a fog machine we use during Halloween and set up this scene. I love the way the light, reflecting off the silver sticker, pierces the fog and mist. The lighthouse set is one that I have looked at many times and almost purchased each time.
Being a Creator set, there are instructions included for three different builds. I chose to go straight to the main model when I started the build. However, my favorite two things are the functionality of the light itself, and the seagull carrying a fish. The light element is the standard Power Functions light brick with a push button on the back side.
One of the big advantages of this light is the fact that it contains a replaceable battery. The light is at the very top of the lantern house and shines straight dome onto two slopes that have a silver sticker. This acts as the mirror. The slopes are different angles so the light will reflect in two beams see the photo of the light in the fog.
The mirror is hooked to a gear set that has a crank on the back of the lighthouse, allowing the mirror to spin. The light is illuminated by pressing down on the black roof of the lantern house.
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