Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas with LEGO

Last year we started a tradition that has been a blast for the three boys.  We buy one of the LEGO shops -- this year, the Grand Emporium -- and the three boys put it together.  The buildings link together so eventually, we'll have a village (and need to figure out where the heck to show them off).

I'm awed and amazed at the detail of these creations.  I makes me think a job at LEGO would totally rock.


This is a shot of the two buildings hooked together.  
Notice the window washer?


Then there's the rotating doors....


... and the ice cream vendor.


Of course, there has to be a billboard!


And now we lift off the floors so you can see each department.
There's a crystal chandelier above the escalator, and the toy floor.


Down the escalator to the first floor, with the cash register, 
revolving door, and window displays.


And out the front door for another look at the window displays, 
a street light, and mail box.


These are not the LEGO things I knew as a kid!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!






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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

28 comments:

Ann said...

These look awfully fun. How big are they? I imagine that you've got to be thinking about storage and display logistics if you can end up with a whole village.

Lori Anderson said...

They're about a foot tall.

Patti Van said...

Those are sooooo cool!

Jen on the Edge said...

We have most of those sets and are thinking of putting them on a shelf on the wall.

Shirley said...

Oh you bad girl! Dontcha know I had to show my boys, and there were lots of "yeah, mom, I'd love to have one of those, and look, you can see this, and this, and that..." I do tend to get excited about Legos almost as much as the boys, but I'm not as excited for the Bionicle/Hero Factory phase they're in right now. Those things are scary looking!
However, I could definitely see the village in my house.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! Legos have really changed over the years. The men in your family did a great job putting this together.

Sharon Driscoll said...

That is incredible!

Sharon Driscoll said...

That is incredible!

Createology said...

Fabulous Lego creations. Brilliant way to spend time and use imaginations. Keep building with those Legos...

Alice said...

Oh I love LEGOs! But with my kids all but grown, I have to wait until the nephews come over to play. I'll bet the boys had a blast with this.

Have a wonderful week!

Cindy said...

Wow, that is so incredible!! I can't imagine how many pieces each set must include!!! I think it would be so cool to create a little village. I think my kids would love this. Yesterday they just built the usual - helicopters and trucks in the Lego City collection.

Kokopelli said...

That is amazing! I really like the window washer and the chandelier. And the little hats in the windows. Remind me of a paiting I did this year during Drawing Lab 2011.
Love the houses!

JeannieK said...

WOW! There are a lot more specialized pieces then there use to be. It would be nice to think that legos can still compete with all the crap video games out there.

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Now that is awesome!! My 22 year old still has his rather large box of Legos and refuses to part with them. They do rock indeed.

I LOVE color! said...

Yea, you'r right Legos have change a bunch in the last 40 years. and I am amazed at the skill it takes to create those awesome shops.
be blessed to be a blessing

Kelly J. R. said...

I had NO idea that Lego had a village line. My brother's girlfriend's kids would LOVE this!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

I have never seen those buildings, so fun! Lego's rock! I bought my husband the Lego Mindstorms for Christmas.
http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/Products/default.aspx
Apparently you can build robots that you control by writing software on your computer. My husband is a computer geek, so this is right up his alley!

TesoriTrovati said...

Such an awesome tradition. Do you keep them all together each year? Where would you store something like that? It is mighty cool and so great to have that to look forward to each year.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Beads2Die4 said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing Lori.

Lupe Meter said...

Nice Lego collection! I used to play Legos with my son all the time when he was a youngster. He saved all his Legos in hopes that one day he would give it to his son. The best years of my life, let me tell you! FUN, FUN, FUN!

Sally Anderson said...

That's amazing and shocking to me. The level of detail and all of it is LEGOS! I had no idea. Wow! What fun for your family, too.

Serena Trent said...

I love Legos! I can't wait til my son is old enough for them.

coffeeaddict said...

wow, this is really so detailed! I wish I had a huge room to play with lego's like these and build castles and villages...

Skylar said...

Oh, Legos! Reminds me of the Christmas my brothers got a lego set and I got a Lite-Brite. Someone had the great idea of seeing which would make the most noise going down the old floor register in the playroom. Legos just clunked but Lite-Brite bulbs popped!

Needless to say, we did not get to play with either toy for very long. :(

ChezChani said...

Wow! Who knew...

Almost Precious said...

The details are amazing ! And, no, they're not the Legos I knew, way back when, either.

They've recently opened "Legoland" here in Florida. I haven't been to it yet, though we did have an 8 foot tall, 100 pound "Lego-man" wash up on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach. He was wearing a green T-shirt that read; "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE". He came with a name "Ego-Leonard". At first it was thought EgoLeonard was a publicity stunt of the newly opened Legoland but Legoland claims he is definitely not one of their minions. Now authorities think it may be a publicity stunt of a Dutch artist since similar Lego-men have washed up on beaches in Holland and England between 2007 and 2008. No one in Sarasota has a clue as to how EgoLeonard got on the beach in the first place, the Dutch artist hints that Leonard swam. That would have been one heck of a trans-Atlantic swim ! lol Mysteries are such fun. :)

Marianna said...

That is the coolest thing ever! I LOVE all the details!

Brandi Hussey said...

Um... I want a Lego city. That looks AWESOME!