Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lego Technic 2013 2H Sets seen in Nuremberg at Toy Fair

There is already a video on YouTube from the Toy Fair in Nuremberg.  It shows at least three of the 2H Lego Technic Sets for 2013.  It is about a two minute clip that shows the 42005 Monster Truck, the 42008 Service Truck, and the 42009 Mobile Crane MK II.  Check it out!

We can see a little of the functions for both the Service Truck and the Mobile Crane.  It is shaping up to be a nice year in Technic Sets.  I have to ask though, does the Mobile Crane look stable enough to put any load on it at all?  Perhaps some MOC strengthening will be required to make the most of it.  Just looks a little flimsy in this video.  The Service Truck looks great, having both Linear Actuators and Pneumatics.  Very nice how they work together when they are lowering the boom.  I am sure as the week progresses we will be getting more insights into the new sets as well as some clearer pictures.  Till well!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lego restores the New Imperial Hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright for 2013

You might say, this is not Technic, but I just had to.  Some may know that I am a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan and aside from the Technic line, the Architecture series is my second favorite.  Being that I don't have a blog for that series, I thought I would share it here.  I found out today that Lego is restoring a long lost architectural icon from the past.  This will be the first time that they have brought back a building from the past to be recreated as part of this series.  The Imperial Hotel of Tokyo (1923-1968) is the first of the Architecture series to be released as number 21017 Imperial Hotel for 2013 and it looks amazing.  It will make a very nice addition to the other creations that include the likes of Fallingwater, the Robie House, and the Guggenheim Museum. 

Although this is not a Lego Technic set, it was a technical marvel for it's time.  Built in 1923 it survived both the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 and the American bombing of Tokyo during World War II.  The images below are from Wikipedia but show, even in black and white, how amazing the entire complex really was. 

The front entrance of the Hotel as is depicted in the New Lego 21017 Architecture Set.  

As can be seen in this image, the part of the Hotel referenced by this set is just the center entrance part....I can see an incredible MOC coming that would recreate the entire site.  Being that this new set consists of almost 1900 pieces, imagine how many pieces would be needed for the entire site....  Hopefully everyone will enjoy this as much as I will.  Who knows, perhaps other amazing structures of the past will be in line to be built again....Brick by Lego Brick.