“These days the holy grail is an octopus or a dragon. I only know of three octopuses being found, and one was by me, in a cave in Challaborough, Devon. It’s quite competitive. If you heard that your neighbour had found a green dragon, you’d want to go out and find one yourself.”
By way of Dangerous Meta, BBC briefly looks into the Lego infestation of Cornwall. “[On February 13th, 1997] 62 containers were lost overboard about 20 miles off Land’s End – and one of them was filled with nearly 4.8m pieces of Lego, bound for New York…shortly after that some of those Lego pieces began washing up in both the north and south coasts of Cornwall. They’re still coming in today.”
“‘I love to document everyday things and build them into mini-series,’ Whyte says…As soon as my kids discovered the camera accessory at the Lego store, which fits in the hand of a mini-figure, I worked out a way to start placing the character in my day-to-day shots and he became a cohesive element.'”
Fast Company‘s Joe Berkowitz and photographer Andrew Whyte chronicle the adventures of an intrepid Lego photojournalist. “Despite his diminutive size, this little guy seems to have had some big adventures. He scales buildings, he’s chased by a hermit crab, and slips on a giant (to him) banana peel.”
Round the decay of that colossal wreck, nothing beside remains: In anticipation of the final eight episodes, Bryan Cranston’s Walter White reads Percy Shelley’s Ozymandias
. Breaking Bad
returns Sunday, August 11th, meaning you now have less than two weeks to beat the Lego game
“This has been a wild and exciting project for us, and it’s taken an international team of designers, engineers, structural consultants, model builders, and logistics personal over a year to bring this model from a conception to reality,’ Varszegi said in an email. ‘In one respect, designing it was the ‘easy’ part, as we were creating a scaled version of an actual toy construction set.'”
It may not have the detail of Lego Hogwarts, but pretty cool nonetheless: A life-size Lego X-Wing is unveiled in Times Square. “The model…has a wingspan of 44 feet and comes complete with R2-D2 and a full range of sound effects…[It] was made with 5,335,200 Lego bricks. That, according to Lego, makes it the largest model ever built, eclipsing the Lego robot at the Mall of America by some 2 million bricks.”
While work has been kicking my ass like Doomsday
on a tear through Metropolis, some big doings for the Big Three on the comic-to-film front. To wit:
- Marc Webb’s Spiderman revamp gets a Gwen Stacey in the very Mary Jane Watson-ish Emma Stone (of Easy A and Zombieland) and a villain to menace Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in Rhys Ifans, most recently of Greenberg and Exit Through the Gift Shop. Apparently, Ifans is playing Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard. Both solid casting (if Stone can pull off blonde), but, honestly, what’s Dylan Baker gotta do to catch a break?
- Meanwhile in DC land, the Nolan-produced Superman reboot has locked down a director in…Zack Snyder. “The character of Superman needs to be relevant again, without disrespecting his mythology. That’s my goal.” Well, Snyder has shown he knows how to recreate comic storyboards in 300 and Watchmen, but he still doesn’t seem like a great fit for this franchise to me. We’ll see.
- Over in Nolan’s Gotham City, word breaks that Tom Hardy of Bronson and Inception will be playing a lead role in Batman 3, which likely means the villain. The Riddler? The Penguin? Black Mask? Killer Croc (to go along with the New Orleans location shooting?) At this point, I’m only ruling out Catwoman and Poison Ivy.
In keeping with LEGO’s recent renaissance as an font of funny memes (this link via pretty much everywhere), check out these LEGO’d video game screens (by way of Lotta.)
Lego’s Run, via Goatee Style. I’ll betcha Gregory Harrison comes by to check the progress every day.