Posts Tagged ‘Lego Batman’
Some more pics of the Calgary Comic Expo Mosaics.
Mario and Star
The Batman Logo. This was rebuilt for the show, and still the only “studs up” piece I’ve built.
My erstwhile assistant Brickwares Jr. made this one.
Next time, the Superheroes!
I’ve been busy on various projects, mostly non Lego. Though I did do my first “Secret Mosaic” with my son’s beaver group. I’ll have to get the pics from the photographer and tell you about it soon. One of them involves “reclamation”, the process of finding parts my son has borrowed for various things, and returning them to the collection. I’ll have to take some pics and write a post about that soon as well.
Right now i’m coming up with ideas for the Calgary Comic Expo this summer. I’ll have a table in the Artist’s Alley area, and am coming up with ideas for small mosaics I can sell there. So far I’ve experimented with some 8-bit videogame characters, and a few other small things. I’m trying to keep the size small, so 8×16 baseplates, 16×16, and maybe up to 32×32.
Anyhow, a few pics of the results so far. Apologies for the quality of the photos, I’d rather bring you a new post that make you wait until I have time to properly photograph these.
This guy is a star.
The Stampede mosaic I made this year marked the twentieth mosaic that I’ve made. Full disclosure, the very first one was lost to the ages with no photos, a mosaic of my sweet dog Molly, made on a 32×32 baseplate, mostly black, grey, and blue. There was also an album cover I began, but quickly grew bored with and abandoned. But let’s not quibble. Twenty it is. I guess the first six would be what is referred to in the literary world as my “juvenilia”, after a fashion.
The idea to make mosaics came from a trip to the Science Center, where the LEGO Egypt exhibit was on display. I loved the tapestry recreation. Here it is.
I started wondering if I could make something as cool as that. I’m still working on achieving that.
In the beginning, I had no idea what to do, so I just started making pictures. Also, I spent a lot of time on the internet, seeing what was possible, and what others were making. By far, the most interesting and involved work was made by Eric Harshbarger. While I don’t think my work resembles his in any way, I took a lot of encouragement and vision from his creations, and consider him a bit of a mentor. I’ve never met Eric, but I thank him in my head quite often.
The first mosaic I built, and in glorious color. a single 48×48 baseplate, a large black bar down the right hand side, and a lack of cohesive background. Still, it’s my first, and I like it, weird green brick in the bottom right corner and all. Little did I know where it would all lead.
Woman With Book (2006)
Not one to take baby steps, the next mosaic was over 3 times as large as the first. It’s based on Picasso’s work of the same name. I’ve owned a print of this picture since I was in college, and I’ve always loved the colors and the simplicity of it. I decided to see if I could make it work in bricks. Turned out pretty well. Again, a lot of extra unneeded splashes of color, but a bit clearer. I’m still threatening myself to attempt a version of “Guernica”.
Around this time, I decided that the simplest pictures would be logos. Arsenal is my favorite soccer team, they play a very beautiful game, lots of pace, passing, and style. So i decided to try their crest out. Used a different program to pixelate this one, and i’m not happy with the blue areas. On the plus side, I had to change the design to make the Cannon’s wheel work properly, and learned that while computers can help a lot, you still have to get in there and make the mosaic your own.
This one will always stick out for me as the mosaic that taught me many lessons about mosaics. The biggest one is that easy is easy. It doesn’t take a lot of skill or effort to fill in giant areas of single colors. This was the fastest mosaic I’ve ever made, and as a result, it was a bit…boring. This one ended the big logo experiment.
Katie Color (2007)
This one was renamed after I made a second mosaic of my lovely wife. The second attempt was one of my favorites. This mosaic doesn’t quite live up to the subject, and suffers from extreme dithering of the image. Also, I clearly ran out of brick for the background, as there’s no good reason for a red, yellow and blue background. On the plus side, I experimented with shadow and outline, and you can make out what the picture is.
this Mosaic is unique among my work, in that it’s the only piece I’ve made “studs up”. That’s a LEGO term, meaning that the studs on the top of the brick are facing upward, rather than outward (towards the viewer). For this type of mosaic , you don’t use a baseplate, but rather you build a wall with a picture on it. It’s also the only mosaic I’ve made with plates in addition to brick. (the plates are the little flat pieces). This style allows for much more detail as 3 plates equal 1 brick in height, thus you can make angles and curves more easily. Another Logo, but I wanted something easy for the attempt.
So, that’s the early stuff. After these come the mosaics that are more similar to my current style. More on those in later articles. Thanks for joining me for the equivalent of looking back at your high school yearbook. Many zits, my friends, many zits.
I was at Toys R’ Us this weekend, and picked up an Indiana Jones Motorcycle Chase set (7620). My thinking was that it was reduced in price, and that it has an Indiana Jones minifig in it. I’m not one to speculate Lego-wise, or buy sets simply to hold and resell, but my recent attempts to find a reasonably priced Batman set has left me stunned.
The sets are not in production, not available from Shop at Home, and unless you’re willing to pay insane amounts of money, Bricklink and ebay are not your friends either. The Harley Quinn Hammer Truck set is going for over $100 USD, The Batcave for $150(no minifigs), and Arkham Asylum between $200 and $300.
I’ve had no luck in sorting out why Lego no longer stocks or carries Batman sets, or whether it’s a license issue, but a total lack of Batman last summer with the success of “The Dark Knight”, and the Lego Batman video game seems ludicrous. And Lego, if you’re reading this (you’re not), If you could see your way clear to even sell the minifigs from the Batman line on Shop at Home, I could make a 5yr old very happy. Daddy is currently not willing to spend over $10 per minifig.
So I bought an extra Indiana Jones, and am thinking hard about buying multiple sets if and when they start dropping into clear-out pricing. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask for a few sets in the line to be available, especially for a perennial favorite like Batman. As far as I can tell, the video game sold very well. I’m a bit baffled. I’m interested in hearing from other AFOL, or others as to whether they have thoughts on the “Batman Scarcity issue”.
****Note, Eurobricks has a message board concerning this topic. It can be found here.