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Gistok
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First of all, I want to correct any subsequent posts.... LEGO is singular and plural.... not LEGOS OR LEGOES..... (The Lego company asks us AFOL's (Adult Fans of Lego) to promote the correct use of their copyright!)

Now I want to blow your socks off with the work of a metro Detroiter named Jim Garrett who just completed a 7 foot copy of the David Stott Building. Absolutely Frigin' Amazing!!!!!!

www.mocpages.com/moc.php/18219
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Gistok
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Post Number: 2134
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 12:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I met Jim last summer at Preservation Wayne's Downtown Historic Theatre Tours, where he introduced himself to me.... well.... cuz.... (blushing) I'm somewhat of a Lego celebrity among AFOL's (Adult Fans of Lego), which number probably in the tens of thousands worldwide.

Outing myself (that doesn't quites sound right)....

http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~erikred/ brick/classic/istok.html

I have collected Lego since 1960, a full year before they were even sold in the USA. I happen to be a Lego historian, who is nearly complete with an encyclopedic 900 page book (on CD)of the history of Lego parts and sets. Unlike just about all other antique toys, no reference document exists that tells all about the "Toy of the Century". All antique and hobby books are totally silent on Lego. Until now. I've talked with DuMuchelles (sp?) folks in their Art gallery about tips for making it "antique collectibles compatible".

I've also been on TV in USA, Canada, Germany and Austria, in a book (The World of Lego Toys, 1986), and magazine and newspapers. There was even a mention of me in one of the Detroit Convention/Visitors guides a few years back.

But enough of me, Jim Garrett is the true downtown architect. Check out his website Fisher Building (2nd one), as well as other downtown buildings. Just awesome.
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 495
Registered: 11-2003
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 1:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

wow that is very impressive
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Jimelnino
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Wow thats nice, Legos kick ass, I always said when I have a kid I'm gonna buy them tons of Legos, and probably spend more time playing with them than my kid does :-)
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 496
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 1:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Check out the Fisher building I found on the one site..

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.ph p/5401
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Karl
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Post Number: 2497
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 1:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jimelnino, it is obvious you still have some nino in you.....................:-)
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 497
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 1:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

ok.. ok.. last link I think.. I keep finding stuff

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.ph p/12376
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Pam
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Post Number: 197
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 9:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not Detroit related but still fun with Lego. Lego Bible stories:

http://www.thebricktestament.c om/
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Lowell
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Post Number: 2639
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 9:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Beautiful Gistok!
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Gravitymachine
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 9:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

awesome!

<--grew up on lego
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Canuckr
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 10:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kick arse...

<-Grew up on lego also...
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 498
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 10:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

that Brick Testament is great....

I love that Stott building and the Fisher the best
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 10:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Check out this 1962 Lego Christmas window display at J.L. Hudson's...

www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gal lery.cgi?i=1332737

And here's a Gothic Cathedral that I built about 10 years ago (20,000 pieces... in red because that was the only Lego color at the time that had all the necessary parts):

www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gal lery.cgi?i=1332748

www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gal lery.cgi?i=1332750

And some of my other Lego buildings:

www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gal lery.cgi?i=1332752

None of my buildings are based on any particular models.

And here's something I like to call "I'm dreaming of a 1960's Lego Christmas" (some of my old sets under a tree):

www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gal lery.cgi?i=1047452
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Gistok
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Post Number: 2137
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 10:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That guy with the Brick Testament has gotten some mixed reviews from other Lego fans. Some of his depictions are quite violent (little Lego minifigure beheadings, etc). I guess one can be thankful that he hasn't done Sodom and Gomorrah!! :-)
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 499
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 11:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I guess it is what it is.. if he is re-enacting the Bible... it should be representative of it in it's entirety.. not censored.

I saw the little clear red Lego blood and the 2nd coming was interesting as well.
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Supersport
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 11:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

<-Grew up on Legos too. Then, one day mom loaned them out to my grandma as kids were visiting. When they finally got returned, my huge trash bag full of legos was stripped down to a small brown box. Obviously, grandma gave my legos away.....bitter. :-(
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Valkyrias
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Post Number: 252
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 12:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

<--also grew up on legos, although it was my younger brother who always got the sets. but him being younger, most of the time he couldn't put the models together and would often ask me to do it for him (as well as put his g.i. joe, transformer, and other toys together) or sometimes build things from scratch. he was always so amazed at what i could put together and would leave them intact for months before taking them apart and having me assemble something else. eventually he got to be old enough to not need my help. and now he is an engineer and i essentially push papers for a living. kinda odd how that panned out...

anyways, those are totally cool. i wish i could still play with toys like that :-)
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Eastsidedog
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 12:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amazing!

<--also grew up on legos

So who on here followed the instructions? I never did! Made all sorts of cool spaceships and castles!
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Hysteria
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I would follow the instructions the first time and then would add stuff from my other sets. I got a LEGO castle (it was yellow) for Christmas in 1983 and spent the whole day building it. We were snowed in.

Memories ...
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 500
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 2:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was a Lego head and still have all of mine in a box at dad's house. I never followed the direction either, I used to make the RoboCop version of the police car and the Chrysler Dynasty, lol. I even attempted to make the Ren Cen, but I did not have enough blocks for all of that and the colors sucked.

I refuse to pass them on to my kids, I willget them their own, lol.. let them get sucked into the vaccuum cleaner if they are careless :-D

I was yelled at tons of times for my parents stepping on a 2x1 or 1x1 in the dark.. ha ha
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 2:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I should have a Forum gathering in my basement.... 750,000 Lego elements and climbing... no such thing as running out of a particular piece or color (the bane of kids everywhere!).

And since the IKEA thread is active... here's some Lego furniture..... a Lego desk and a grandfather clock...

www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/d esk.html
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 3:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As I stated, there are probably over 100,000 Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL)...

Here's some other Lego nomenclature:

MOC: (My Own Creation)

Dark Ages: The period between when you were a child and stopped playing Lego, and that period as an adult when you started playing with it again (usually when you buy it for your child).

BURP: Big Ugly Rock Piece (a large gray chunk of Lego with studs on several different levels).

SNOT: Studs Not On Top (when you build a Lego model, and the studs are facing sideways or on the bottom).
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 501
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 3:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That desk is crazy.... I wonder how much that company paid for it...
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 3:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Viziondetroit.... let's put it this way.... it was way more than what they want for a desk at IKEA..... :-)
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Viziondetroit
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I imagined so... For an employer to accomodate an employee with a desk like that.. The employee has to be high profile and the company has to have a nice budget :-D to pay for such a labor intensive job.

I think I will flex some muscle next time I negotiate a contract, I want some perks lol
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Jasoncw
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I've seen most of these before and all I have to say is cool!

I'm one of those lego mecha people, but unfortunatly I haven't made anything in 4 or 5 years. Here's a picture of one. It's not 100% done (missing a hand and some other things), but here it is. http://img361.imageshack.us/im g361/6880/pic4oo.jpg
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Viziondetroit
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it would be sick to see someone make the MCS outta legos
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Gistok
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Well since I have 11,000 Lego windows and doors, I could do it, but in finishing up the reference book on Lego, I currently don't have the time! :-(

As far as the biggest Lego collection goes, there's a guy in Minneapolis who (with the help of a rich uncle) has a 2.5 million piece collection.

But as far windows/doors go, I may be tops, especially since 90% of my windows/doors are from the 1955-79 era when many Lego sets/parts were more architectural.

Sets starting in the mid 1970's (to the present) are more dollhouse like (buildings with 3 walls and minifigures with furniture & accessories).

(Message edited by Gistok on May 23, 2006)
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Viziondetroit
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that's a lotta bricks my man... Where do people buy them in bulk?

That should be a challenge for the Mich Lego peeps.. the MCS
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Gistok
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Since 2001 there has been an online secondary market for people who want to buy Lego bulk (Jim Garrett could not have built his Stott Tower nor his Fisher Building with this). It is called Bricklink, and there are over 2,100 people worldwide who collectively are selling over 50 million loose new or used Lego elements:

www.bricklink.com/index.asp

The Lego Group (official name of the corporation HQ'ed in Denmark) sells only limited bulk parts, but they have sold their excess inventory in in something known as "Pick-A-Brick" (buy select loose parts by weight), at the Lego Outlet stores. This is where most of the Bricklink inventory comes from.

As a 10 year old kid (many years ago), I built a copy of the Detroit City-County Building out of Lego for school Show-And-Tell. My classmates loved it!
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The_rock
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At the model train show in Novi a few months ago, the display that really captured the attention of the fans was a Lego Model train club whose display ( including the engine and cars) was made entirely of Lego. It was really fascinating. They had a complete Lego city, including a duplicate of the Fisher Building and I think last year they brought in their Sears Tower. The whole set up was so authentic and in such detail, it was just mind-boggling. The club may have been from Ohio,and they sure were a crowd pleaser.
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Gistok
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No, that was MichiLUG (Michigan Lego User Group), one of the long list of Lego train clubs in the world of Adult Fans Of Lego (AFOL). And the Fisher Building is the same guy who did the David Stott Building listed at the beginning of this thread.

In August there will be BRICKFEST 2006, a national annual even in Washington DC, where USA Adult Lego fans get together annually. Last year the Chairman and principal owner of LEGO were both there.

TLG (The Lego Group, HQ in Billund Denmark) is owned by the Kristiansen family of Billund Denmark. 3rd generation Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is the principal owner. His family is one of only 2 billionaire families in Denmark (the other one owns the Maersk Shipping company).

Here is a copy of the very first USA Lego Catalog of 1961-62:

http://home.comcast.net/~stran dee/v1867_2/60s_d2.htm

In 2005 the National Trust awarded the Lego company an award for the 50 year anniversary of the TOWN PLAN (1955-65), the earliest Lego system series of sets.

Lego building blocks started in 1949 in Denmark under the English name "Automatic Binding Bricks", but changed to "LEGO" by 1953. By 1959 they were selling Lego in most of western Europe. Britain came online in 1960, USA 1961, Canada & Australia in 1962.
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220hendrie1910
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Viziondetroit wrote:


quote:

that's a lotta bricks my man... Where do people buy them in bulk?




Scrappers, obviously! Some of those Lego constructions in Chicagoland have terra-cotta blocks with disturbing connections to Detroit.

Happily K'nexing in Ottawa.
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Viziondetroit
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they must took the floor too from the Fine Arts building... lol
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Bvos
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Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 1:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's an urban planning graduate who's vying for a job as a building for LEGOland

http://www.thedailypage.com/da ily/node/1541
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Pacypacy_
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I would like to see a Lego Tiger Stadium and Olympia Stadium.
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Gistok
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Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 12:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow! I didn't realize just how many news people read DetroitYes.... Jim Garrett (the Lego artiste who built the David Stott Building and Fisher Building) is getting media interview requests! Kudo's to Jim! .... and to Lowell's DetroitYes Forum!

The power of Lego.... "Leg't Godt" ("Play Well" in Danish).

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