I was looking through the LEGO online shop at all the new year themes and sets, when I spotted this – the oversized LEGO mug (product 853465; also item:6104667). They only come in Blue and Trans-purple (neither of which I have in my collection of accessories), but they are a perfect upsize of the real thing…
Looking through the 3D printing site Shapeways.com, there have been loads of things that I have thought “ooh, that’s neat”. I have a 3D printed ring that I can put LEGO onto – and in the past I have shown pictures of other accessories which have been added to custom builds.
I recently bought four items from Shapeways – the first was a zombie skull in white; I think it will benefit from painting as the detail that exists on the head really doesn’t show up in normal light. Consequently, I haven’t taken any pictures. But what I have taken pictures of are the next three beauties. What I will say though is that because we are dealing in very small measurements, the tolerances that exist within 3D printing mean that what is produced won’t exactly match up to the micrometer measurements – and because this is one-off printing I guess that there is little scope for adjustment. Consequently the results can be a tight fit, or require subtle additions of Blue tack to pad out the grip between parts.
Let’s start with the hands…
Very_Bad_figs (https://www.shapeways.com/shops/VeryBadFigs) has produced a number of hands that can be used with LEGO figures… and I decided to get hold of the “finger” and “thumbs”. I was not disappointed…!
(apologies of the focus – I couldn’t get a decent picture of what are decent hands!)
A while back, I bought a custom beer can from minifigforlife.com (http://www.minifigforlife.com/main.php?P=product&pid=C001034&T=Old%20Ale%20Printed%20round%20brick) Now, my minifig really likes beer, but as you can see, without proper exercise he is starting to show the effects…
From the side:
The curve is not a smooth one, and you can see the subtle colour difference, but again, this is a cool addition to the set up. The “fat torso” was designed by John Studios (https://www.shapeways.com/designer/JohnStudios?li=pb)
I set this as Teen as I figured that as I was showing beer, fat bellies and middle fingers it was definitely “bad boy” season!
This year, LEGO introduced a new theme – that of “Elves”. Now, with a more esoteric interest in the subject, I did wonder whether LEGO would take the “Disney” approach and make it all light and fluffy… which of course they did. Sadly (to my thinking) this has reinforced the gender gap in their themes – Elves is very much a girls range. I bought “Aira’s Creative Workshop” (41071) and as a present, LEGO also included the polybag “Azari’s Magic Fire” (30259). These are definitely at the “pocket money” end of the sets.
What you get is “Friends” with different printing. They have pointy elf ears and tattoos on face and left arm (who said Tattoos were only for bad boys and sailors? :) ) What I did like was that even though these were first run items, there wasn’t stickers in the box, but printed parts. The build themselves were easy enough with a few little things which I did think was “neat”.
I have since given Sue Azari (above, left) and will be looking after Aira… after all, you’ve got to look after your elf. I know that she will help me… a sort of Elf Service, if you will…. okay, I’ll stop now…
In the UK (I suspect elsewhere too) there are rules about making sure that you “drink responsibly”. Whilst this makes sense, it is a little silly (to me anyway) to use a law-breaker character (such as Captain Morgan) and then add this.
What next? Hells Angels promoting road safety?? Or the NRA promoting gun control??