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Archive for January, 2014



Yes I’m so glad this will be a set. Who you gonna call? Ghost Busters 30th anniversary set! Just like for Back to the Future set I’ll get this one day of release.

The female minifigure set is still under review I hope it gets built as well.

Full announcement at LEGO CUUSOO

Zero to Hero Challenge Day 29

Today’s assignment: Think through your idea editorial calendar. Bonus: develop a regular feature for your blog.

The challenge for day 29 is explore my editorial calendar. I have followed a blogging calendar in the past. I ran a 365 project a few years back.  It was the inspiration for this macro photography project. For the past three Decembers  have blogged the LEGO  Star Wars Advent calendar This part October I created Robtotober, a robot a day, to keep me publishing regularly.

Grimlock of the dinobots meets a mouser

When I started Yoda Archives I  planned to post regularly. I wanted to post new images every Tuesday and Thursday.  It didn’t always work. Sometimes I made others I didn’t and eventually I dropped the planned schedule. I’ve been thinking of developing a weekly subject but didn’t want the blog to be too focused  on one character unless it was Yoda. I see the need for a regular feature but I’m not sure.

Some ideas I’m tossing around. Thorsday featuring Thor,  Spidey-Friday, Super Hero Saturday (less traffic on weeknends), New comic Wednesday a new comic book character post on Wednesday since that’s when new comic book hit the stores. Mythic Monday feature a mythic creature every monday. this one expand on Medusa monday i tried in the summer.

Any suggestions? Do you do a regular feature?


Zero to Hero Challenge Day 28

Today’s assignment: Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post.

The challenge for day 28 is to build on a previous post. I checked my stats the post with the most views was the Day 3 post on what was on my mind when I began this blog. That post was made three weeks ago so I had more time to build up views. The day 2o post on creating a new page was not far behind it in views. But the post with the most feedback was just posted a few days ago.

The day 22 was to join a blogging event. I was behind and did not get the post up until after midnight on Monday morning. It is now 10:30 Wednesday night and that post has more like than any other from the challenge. So that’s what I’ll build on for tonight.

Recapping  the post.

I choose to join a photo challenge event. I joined the  “A word a week Photography challenge.” The host picks a random word and you create something based on that word.

Last week’s word was Yellow. I photograph toys, so I picked some of my Yellow skinned mini-figs.



After reviewing the images I picked this one because it  looks like Bumblebee punched Wolverine and jungle boy.


Expanding on the post.

I really liked joining the word a week photo challenge. It has made me eager to try more challenges.  I want to try to shoot something for this week’s challenge as well. Still thinking on it. I have also found another weekly photo challenge that starts soon. I will shoot something for that and post it when the challenge begins.

Now I just need to make the time. My son got send home from daycare Tuesday. He had a cough and we already had an appointment for that afternoon. But the day care said he was too sick to be there so he came home. Turns out he has pneumonia. So he stayed home today but never napped. That’s why I’m writing this post so late. He’ll also be home tomorrow. If he naps I’ll shoot something for one of the challenges.

Bonus Picture

Here’s another image for Yellow challenge. I didn’t post it the other day due  to time constraints.  Here is jungle boy from LEGO minifigures series 7.

series 7 jungle boy

LEGO Ninjago Season 3 starts tonight!

via thebrickblogger

LEGO Ninjago Season 3 starts tonight!.

2014 LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar news

SPOILERS: Reports from the London Toy Fair is the the 2014 LEGO Star Wars Advent will feature Santa Darth Vader! I hope this means an Original Trilogy focused calendar this December.



Tempest is a custom fig from EclipseGrafx. She has a dual printed head a pad printed torso, custom cape from CapeMaddness, and custom hair from Arealight. Love the hair . This is one awesome figure.

Zero to Hero Challenge Day so behind

Today’s assignment: Find a blogging event (try our Blog Event Listings) and throw your hat into the ring.

Days 22 challenge was to join a blogging event. I choose to join a photo challenge event. Weather in the teens and fighting off a cold kept inside. I joined the  “A word a week Photography challenge.” The host picks a random word and you create something based on that word.

Once a week I will dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre.


Last week’s word was Yellow. I photograph toys so I picked some of my Yellow skinned mini-figs.

The Minions are super popular and yellow. Here they stood still just long enough for me to snap a pic. They didn’t touch or break anything while I was looking.


I posed a group photo crossing few themes, Superheroes, Lego mini figures, minions and Transformers.  I clicked the shutter a couples times.  They figures fell down. I reset them and continued to shoot. After reviewing the images I picked this one because it  looks like Bumblebee punched Wolverine and jungle boy.


Avengers vs X-men in LEGO

lego thor lego storm minifigs fight

Tempest is a custom fig from EclipseGrafx. She has a dual printed head a pad printed torso, custom cape from CapeMaddness, and custom hair from Arealight. Love the hair. I’ll have another image of her soon. This is one awesome figure.

I tried to shoot this a few days ago when I shot the updated green guy, blue box photo. But I was missing an accessory, Mjölnir. I can’t shoot a Thor battle scene without Thor’s Hammer.  It wasn’t with Thor,  in the superhero minifig box, or around the studio light box. After looking I while I decided to do test shots and get the figures positioned.
I did the test images and left to process the green guy, blue box. I processed the Yoda image plus another Storm minifig image. I posted Yoda, and it was time to leave the office. That Night I decide I’m going to search my file and see the Last time I used Mjölnir. As soon as I sat down, I remembered. I checked my figs and it was right there. Still posed in a figure’s hand. I don’t know how many time I looked over it. The lesson kids is put your toys up.

Who would win?

State your case in the comments.


Using Tumblr: A Complementary Platform For Your Blog

The Daily Post

So, you’ve worked hard to build your blog, have established a posting rhythm, and are comfy in your digs. Then, we tell you about ways to promote your work and get yourself out there: Facebook pages! Twitter and LinkedIn accounts! Pinterest boards!

Must you create more? Must you do All The Things?

The short answer? No. While we offer advice and resources on how to blog more and better, you don’t have to do, well, anything. But we want to lay out all these tools and possibilities, and you can pick and choose what’s right for you. Today, let’s talk about how you can use another platform — Tumblr — as a complementary space for your blog, and to expand your online presence and reach.

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LEGO Shaun of the Dead Tee shirt.

At TeeFury January 23 only! Shaun by Brinkerhoff and Three Flavours Crest by Arinesart $11 each. Finally a new LEGO mini fig shirt.


Shaun is offered on black, charcoal, or silver. Flavours if offered on Red, Kelly Green, and Tahiti blue.


If you like this shirt remember to use the links in this post. TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.

Little Green guy, Little blue box.

This is a reshoot of an image I posted three years ago today. The TARDIS in the orginal pic was a papercraft one. I said then when I got a TARDIS I would reshoot the image. I recently got a character building TADRIS set a finally had time.
I like that Character building Tardis but I will eventually build one with LEGO bricks. The CB set is mostly large panels. I think it’ll look better made of more bricks. I plan on using some instructions I found online. I just need to order the parts sometime.

Yoda and the tardis

Original version.
Yoda and the Tardis

Zero to Hero Challenge Day 20 Add a New Page

Today’s assignment: add a new page to your blog.

Today’s challenge is add a new page to my blog. I already have an About me page, that was updated back on day eight of zero to hero. I also have a contact page so you can send me a message. Plus a conventions page which list what shows I attend and will be attending. I still need to enter 2014 shows just waiting to confirm them.  My Other sites page is a list of other web sites and blogs I run. Besides the toy photography I also photograph faeries and Superheroes. you can find link to fantasy art work on my other sites page. What’s in the bag is a list of resources and tips to help you determine what figures are in those blind bags pouches.

Legend of Zelda

With all those pages, what could I add. Back on day 13 we were assigned to build a better blog roll. While working on that I decided I had too many links on my Blog roll. It was more a list of web sites that were toy, LEGO,  or Star Wars themed. I decided I need to shorten the blog roll and make a links page. My new page is Favorite sites. Now that the links are on a page I can trim down the blog roll to fellow bloggers. I hope this helps build on the community here

You can find links to all my pages in the navigation bar at the top of each blog page.

Target Valentines Aisle

Target has their Valentines merchandise out. They have a few cool Star Wars items, Darth Vader and Yoda candy dispensers. Some Coffee mugs with candy Darth Vader has been kissed and had a lip print on his helmet. There are also valentine hearts with classic marvel Star wars comic book art on them.
The were also toys. A LEGO sea plane polybag, Knex Pac-man blind bags, Angry Birds blind bags and Disney princess toys. They also had Megs Bloks first builder toys. it just a brick and a figure.
Have you seen any cool toys in the valentines sections?

Zero to Hero Challenge Day 18 social networks

Today’s assignment: Explore one or more social networks, and start an account so you can being exploring the possibilities. If you’re already active on a social network, set up Publicize and link the account to your blog, and/or create a strategy for how you’ll use it.

Today’s challenge is to explore and add a social network. Or connect to them using Publicize. Well I’m already on most of the social networks and have them connected via Publicize. I’ve even have a gentlemint, which is similar to Pinterest. I’ve had users pin my work on Pinterest. But I’ve not really gotten into it yet. Even though Facebook is the big social network, I get the smallest feedback from it. Tumblr seems to drive more people to my projects.

Who uses Pinterest? how’s the community there?

Yoda and Elkhorn the dwarf

Here are my current social sites.


Anniversary Happy.

If my calculations and by my I mean wordpress history, This blog will post exactly three years after the first Yoda archives post.It has been a fun three years. The site continues to grow. Yesterday I passed the number of visits I had for the entire moth of January 2013. And there are still 2 weeks to go in January 2014.
I am so glad to meet fans online and on the road.

Thank you.

lego yoda

Mindstorms robot plays Clash of the Clans.

Article on the robot and how it plays the game on an iPad.

it’s set up to make a pass across the screen every 20 minutes with its stylus and tap on the mines to collect gold. In between the collection runs, the robot taps on the screen to keep the game awake so the mines don’t get full and the player makes more money.

LEGO The Simpsons House available now!

LEGO The Simpsons House available now!.

The LEGO The Simpsons House is now available for LEGO VIP members. Weeks before the wide release date  of February first!

Turtles Ride!

No Raphael, you cannot keep him. We do not ride our turtle friends.

lego teenage mutant ninja turtles

The big Turtle is from Mega Bloks WoW line. It is the Dragon Turtle set and came with a Panderan Monk rider. (#91204)

Zero to Hero Challenge Day 13

Day 13: Build a (Better) Blogroll

By now, you’ve made some community connections and have at least a few favorite reads — after all, you’ve been following new topics and blogs and commenting, and are on the receiving end of comments and follows yourself. Today, you’ll continue weaving the fabric of the blogosphere, using one of its essential tools: link love.

Today’s Assignment: Create, edit, or expand your blogroll.

I’ve revised my blogroll. It was a long list of blogs and wend sites. I’ve reduced the list down bit also added some blogs That I follow in the reader but have never listed in the blogroll. Check out the action figure theater lists for more toy photography.
I'm a Zero to Hero Blogger!

Brickblogger post new feel guide for LEGO Movie mini figs

The Birckblogger has posted a touch guide for the LEGO movie blind bags. Read the post here Some of these have similar accessories so they may be hard to ID. Plus there seems to be a higher number of rare figures this time. There are six figures that have only two copies in a case.

Good luck hunting.

THE LEGO movie mini figures

Tee fury Star Wars minions

At TeeFury January 13th only! Star Wars and Minions. $11 each.


TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.

Children’s Competition Bridges Fun And Learning With Legos

Cool LEGO Education event in New York

First Pic from Brickfair

I attended Brickfaire Alabama today. It was a great trip I got some cool stuff and saw a bunch of impressive builds.

Here’s a BIONICLE build. More pic to come but I was to enjoy my new stuff before I process any more images.

red BIONICLEBrickfair continues tomorrow at the Birmingham Convention Center in Birmingham, Alabama. 11am-4pm. $8 admission.

Zero to Hero Challenge Day 8

Today’s assignment: create an About page, or revisit and improve the one you have.

Today challenge is to make the about page more personal and informative.  I’ve updated my about many times since the blog was born. The last time I used advice I from Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform.  He suggested adding links your most popular posts on the about page to let readers see a glimpse into the blog.

For this assignment, I updated the most popular and most liked posts. I also added a few pictures and updated some text from my reintro post from day 1. Is there anything else I should add? what would you like to know?
you can see my about page here. Or click the link on the navigation bar at the top of each page.