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18th May, 2011 at 17:54:34 -

I've recently been working on some Lego customs for a Youtube project. The Foot Soldiers are completely designed by my self including the stickers/decals. I'd love to gain some feed back from the community.



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18th May, 2011 at 20:34:13 -

Looking good . There are some LEGO fans on here (myself included), although I love Technic personally .

How did you do the stickers/transfers? Was they float off/slide on transfers like in Airfix models? If so where did you get them made?

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18th May, 2011 at 20:47:46 -

A picture is worth more that a thousand frames ... in this case ...

Anyway, I thought I recognized the Foot Soldiers from the turtles. And when I read the title of the video I was sure.

But Lego isn't meant to be stickerd, although it's great for easy customization.

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I must add that I am a bit of a LEGO purist as well . I would never modify any of my LEGO, but everyone has their own tastes.

 
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18th May, 2011 at 21:49:14 -

Thanks for commenting guys, I specially ordered the Lego parts from the official Lego website specifically to assemble the mini figs. I designed the eye's and torso in MicroMedia Flash MX and took them down on a USB flash drive to my local Stables store (thats an office supplies/printing chain in the U.K) and got them to print the Stickers/Decals off with glossy high quality paper and magazine quality ink. I used Power PrittStick a high performers sticking agent to bond the Stickers/Decals to the Lego head and torso. Your be surprised how well PrittStick reacts with Lego plastic, itís like Lego engineered the plastic to work with PrittStick. Even if you make a mistake and hours later decide to start from scratch, just rip the paper off and wash the Lego plastic parts and the Lego is like new again, its great. Iím currently in the middle of making a video tutorial how I made the Foot Soldiers on my YouTube channel, should have it ready very soon.

 
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18th May, 2011 at 22:05:44 -

I see what your saying, I've always been a massive Lego enthusiast my self with the amount of customisation you can do with Lego it's amazing. Another of my favorite childhood past times was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original cartoon series. I even watched the first series of the new TMNT released in early 2000 which i thought was really good too. But anyway I always wanted TMNT Lego's but it never happened. I think there was a Mega Blok version a few years ago but Mega Blok just isn't Lego. So I thought I'd give it a shot and post my finished customs on the internet. My first Figure is obviously The 2000 series foot soldiers, I have prototype Turtles made up (still working on them though) and I plan to make Shredder, Krang, April O'Neil and Casey Jones at some point.

Obviously I'm designing all the figures from scratch and making them to a professional standard, so they do take alot of time.

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18th May, 2011 at 22:17:56 -

Ah I never knew Staples offered high qaulity printing services (I am from the UK too).

I was never a TNMT fan back in the day (I was a Ghostbuster's fan instead), but looking back it was a good cartoon.

I would like to buy/make the four ghostbusters someday (and Ecto 1).

Good work dude, keep it up .

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18th May, 2011 at 22:26:15 -

Do it man, I'd love too see what you come up with. Staples is pretty cheap too, it cost me 79p a sheet including the glossy high quality paper. The trick is too use your own printer at home and get a prototype mocked up first so your happy with your design and you've got your measurements right. That way your only need to make 1 trip and your keep costs down, I'll try and be as detailed as possible in my tutorial video hopefully that will inspire you and others to create your own. OH I know how Rikus feel's now with KlikCast, making video's takes forever LOL!



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19th May, 2011 at 01:11:46 -

My girlfriend brought her nephew some Lego Aquatic adventure mech-shark toy, but he couldn't make it, so I offered to do it.

Actually making the thing was really enjoyable and quite relaxing too, I thought I'd grown out of it but I spent a good hour and a half building a childrens toy. It really surprised me tbh, and this is coming from a 27 year old

 
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19th May, 2011 at 02:24:43 -

I'm also 27, but planning on loving Lego til' I'm no more, and then some.

I don't spend time with it nowadays, haven't actually for the last 12-15 years. But I do own a small collection, and I love to build when coming across Lego in such circumstances that you mentioned.
(hint: buy Lego that's way too advanced for the kid )
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Heh heh, I remember when I was younger there was this store that bought used toys. I had an interest in pixel art around the time Mario Paint was released. (Or maybe before, I'm old and forgetful.) Anyways, I didn't have enough cash to get it at the time, and so I had the great idea of selling all my legos to get it. Well, that worked. I had got enough money to buy Mario Paint.

So I was happy I could do some pixel art, animations, etc. And later, when I got a pc, I dove even deeper into it. But I did sometimes miss my legos.

So now I am 32 with small children. Of course I got them some Duplos! I also got a few Lego sets as well. Although I had kept telling myself, 'it's only for level design ideas for my game'. [I had heard that Metal Gear Solid's levels were first designed with Lego's first. Even if that's not true, it's not a bad idea.]

Anyways, I find it really relaxing to try to build things with my limited number of pieces. It's good exercise for the brain, I'd think.

Oh, on topic, nice job on the mini figures. Although, like hagar, I wouldn't really modify my Legos either. But then again, seeing as how they don't sell Foot Clan soldiers, I guess that's the only way to make it happen.

 
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19th May, 2011 at 18:29:10 -

Firstly, its Lego or Duplo, not Legos or Duplos. You say sheep not sheeps etc

Secondly Lego is for 2 year olds lol.

 
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19th May, 2011 at 18:32:25 -

I agree with half of the above

 
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19th May, 2011 at 18:34:47 -

Its pointless trying to explain though. You can say it's Legoland not Legosland and "legos" users (mainly Americans) still deny it.

 
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19th May, 2011 at 19:23:06 -

A LEGO or TLG (The LEGO group) purist would correct even you Adam. It is LEGO sets, LEGO parts, LEGO bricks and the alike .

The more astute TDC readers may have already noted my use of LEGO rather than the already discussed, and incorrect variations.

I have some LEGO service leaflet somewhere which even discuss this.

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Anyway I have got numerous LEGO projects on the go including a synchrodrive robot, and a technic clock. I need to make more time for LEGO SYSTEM .

Circy I suggest you buy more LEGO, you are the same age as me pretty much .

 
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19th May, 2011 at 19:24:48 -

http://cache.lego.com/upload/contentTemplating/AboutUsFactsAndFiguresContent/otherfiles/download98E142631E71927FDD52304C1C0F1685.pdf

Very last page.

 
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19th May, 2011 at 19:26:55 -

To be honest I always figured the use of the term "legos" was a joke, like a lolcat thing. And that anyone using it in cold blood without intending to be funny has second-hand brains. But I live a sheltered life when it comes to these things.

 
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19th May, 2011 at 19:34:08 -

Apart from that, I also am 27 and still buy LEGO sometimes.

 
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19th May, 2011 at 19:35:21 -

Just to prove this point, on this rather splendid monorail LEGO set, before the TOWN theme was created (and CITY for that matter) SYSTEM was known as LEGOLAND.

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Not LEGOSLAND , that would sound rather silly .

P.S. Monorails rock!



 
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This has to be the best thread DERAILMENT ever, hurhurur.

 
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I enjoy lego bricks and used them quite often when I was younger. I got really interested in them again a couple of years back when I saw this Lego Spiderman 2 video. I wish I could have found the Lego movie maker set before it was gone.




 


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Originally Posted by Carnivorous id
I enjoy lego bricks and used them quite often when I was younger. I got really interested in them again a couple of years back when I saw this Lego Spiderman 2 video. I wish I could have found the Lego movie maker set before it was gone.





Ebay or Bricklink are your best friend . Maybe expensive but at least you can get the set's you missed out on.

Plus I am glad someone got my monorail pun .

 
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I admit didn't realize LEGO was plural. Good to know.

Now what's your opinion on this, gentleman? I just picked it up at the 100 Yen Store.

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Is it a great value because for a little over a dollar you can get 33 pieces?
Or should we call in an air strike on the Chinese manufacturer of these fake LEGO?

 
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20th May, 2011 at 12:29:31 -

Although I do no agree with fake LEGO, their patent on the brick locking system has ran out. That is why Megabloks etc can exist without getting sued. That said, the minifigure in that set looks be pretty much an exact clone of a LEGO minifigure which would be iffy on copyright grounds rather than patent grounds (his legs maybe different, but I can not tell from the photo).

On the other hand competition is always a good thing, perhaps it will make TLG pull their finger out.

How well does the Chinese "LEGO" click together? Is there much grip or does it fall apart easy?

On a side note I have found the Chinese to be very hospitable - I have not long got back from visiting China .

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Sainsburys are selling some fake lego crap like Dr Who minifigs.

http://forbiddenplanet.com/70827-doctor-who-character-building-wave-1-mini-figures/?utm_source=googleps&utm_medium=comparison

 
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So legolands don't exist

Anyways can we get back on those Turtles? And kick some Ghostbusters with them?
I enjoyed watching both shows as a child

 
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On a side note, i couldn't help but notice that there are alot of non-LEGO "Lego"-like sets out these days, all of which say somehting on the box like "fits with all other leading brands", and their bricks look EXACTLY like LEGO. I take it this is down to LEGO's patent running out?

 
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Originally Posted by ..::hagar::..
Although I do no agree with fake LEGO, their patent on the brick locking system has ran out. That is why Megabloks etc can exist without getting sued. That said, the minifigure in that set looks be pretty much an exact clone of a LEGO minifigure which would be iffy on copyright grounds rather than patent grounds (his legs maybe different, but I can not tell from the photo).

On the other hand competition is always a good thing, perhaps it will make TLG pull their finger out.

How well does the Chinese "LEGO" click together? Is there much grip or does it fall apart easy?

On a side note I have found the Chinese to be very hospitable - I have not long got back from visiting China .



I always wondered why companies would let their patents run out in the first place. In this case, one that more or less forms the backbone of their product.

As for the 'Chinese' police officer, he is of the same height as a LEGO mini figure, but most of his body parts are not interchangeable. His legs and upper body are both different and con only connect to each other. His arms are slightly longer then normal, with hands that are slightly different as well. So you can't replace his hands with LEGO hands. You can, however, swap our whole arms with no problem. You can also swap out heads.

As for the bricks... well it's a toss up. Most of them work just fine. They are all made out of the same material as real LEGO; ABS. So they have the same feel and durability. However some of the smaller 1x1 pieces have a loose fit, and will fall off easy if there isn't something layered on top of it. All the other pieces had perfect grip. Also, a stub on one of the plates was deformed, which kept me from placing a brink on top of it.

But other then that, and the lack of the LEGO impression on the pieces, they could be mistaken for the real thing. Well to the untrained eye at least.

Oh, of course, I have nothing against the Chinese people. I had a Chinese ex girlfriend and one of my best buddies in the service was as well. Where did you go? I have been to Hong Kong many times, but I have never been to the mainland before.

@Va1entine: So what's the next big thing?


 
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24th May, 2011 at 13:14:32 -

I went to Hangzhou and Shanghai - my ladyfriend is Chinese (recently back together after an argument), I met her many years ago when we was both undergraduate students. I presented my research at a conference in Hangzhou, and the rest was just a bit of a holiday / research lab tours, and I gave a talk at a Chinese university too. Should of stayed longer really, an 11 hour flight is not very fun (and that is only to Amsterdam).

@ Marko: The stud/tube patent ran out some time ago. LEGO tried to use copyright to protect themselves (on how bricks look as a logo) but that fell through.

I will video my latest creations (in conjunction with a good friend). Mostly technic though I am afraid

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You can't hold on forever on that one brilliant invention, you're expected to break even (or make huge profits) in about 25 years.

That is, unless you're a singer, artist, writer or someone else belonging to that select group, which can do one thing and get paid for it 75 years in almost every country and 75 years is like forever in a human life span.

I prefer to stay with original lego, since they fit very well but some new normal cloned bricks might fit just as well, I don't know, haven't tried them nor I am intending to do so. But most people tend to agree that lego has the better quality bricks (is there some a secret ingredient just like in coke?). Unless you get the outsourced chinese ones, they're not an par.

I would love some competition to get some better affordable lego prices.

 
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