Stranger Things | Sheriff Hopper’s Chevrolet Blazer K5

Stranger Things | Sheriff Hopper’s Chevrolet Blazer K5

Few days ago I presented the Sheriff Hopper’s cabin from Stranger Things TV Series (netflix). In the little diorama there was also the iconic Chevrolet Blazer owned by the Hawkins Police Department and driven by Chief Jim Hopper. Here it is in plain sight.

The one used in ST is the model year ’80 because they were the only year Blazer to feature single rectangular headlights. Color scheme is amazing: dark tan plus tan, perfect for LEGO color palette.
The Blazer was the smallest full-size SUV version of the Chevrolet C/K family, and it was introduced in 1969.
These things were plenty common in the ‘80s, and that basic platform was probably shared by many municipal trucks and Suburbans, so maintenance would be easy.

Stranger Things | Hopper’s Cabin

Stranger Things | Hopper’s Cabin

A couple of months ago I built one of the most iconic scene of TV Series Stranger Things season 1: the Chevy flip. While we’re waiting for the series 3, release date is scheduled for next 4th of July, I enjoyed building Sheriff Hopper’s cabin.
To protect Eleven, one of the main character of the series, from being taken by the government, Hopper kept her hidden there for almost a year. The cabin originally belonged to Hopper’s grandfather. At some point, Hopper began using the cabin as a storage space.

In the scene I recreated there is also the cool Hawkins Police Department ’80 Chevrolet K5 Blazer driven by Chief Jim Hopper. Color scheme is amazing: dark tan plus tan, perfect for LEGO color palette. The Blazer is a model year ’80 because they were the only year Blazer to feature single rectangular headlights.
I am satisfied with the look of the hut, I like the small details in the diorama and the Blazer design.

Coffee Stand | Andy’s Cafe

Coffee Stand | Andy’s Cafe

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. I’m a big fan of coffee and recently I noticed a great attention to quality and origins of the black drink. Coffee is trendy!
My latest creation is a classic Coffee Stand marked by a modernist architecture and full of details. The shape of the kiosk is characterized by rounded corners that give an elegant and retro design to the entire building.
A large cup stands out on the roof, it’s one of the most distinctive feature of this build. The terrace has two nice tables where customers can enjoy coffee and other sweets under the umbrellas.

On the left of the kiosk there is a small table with a complete assortment of sweets, cakes and brioches. Flower pots, electricity poles, garbage bins and other details complete the scene. Remarkable also the big red arrow in googie style.
Inside the stand you can find everything you need to make great coffee of all kinds: coffee machine, grinder, cups and other utensils.
Take a look at the back where a guy is unloading his pick-up truck and delivering bags of coffee.
The red/white pick up reminds classic Chevrolet and Ford period trucks.

Big Foot Monster Truck

Big Foot Monster Truck

Big Foot was an oversized truck based on a 1974 Ford F-250 four-wheel drive built by Bob Chandler from St. Louis, Missouri. Back in the eighties I had the scale model of the Monster Truck produced by Playskool.

I was a big fan of that odd truck and recently I built it using Lego bricks. I’ve used my latest pick-up truck adding big wheels and other little details. While the original Big Foot was blue I used the white/green combo because I think it looks cool.

A year in LEGO: 2018

A year in LEGO: 2018

As usual it’s time to look back and take stock of what has been done in the past twelve months.
The most important news of 2018 is probably that I’m one of just fifteen builders worldwide selected to have their work showcased in the Masterpiece Gallery at the LEGO House in The LEGO Group’s home in Billund, Denmark. It was an incredible experience, if you’re interested about that take a look at the special feature on The LEGO Car Blog.

About my creations I think I’ve built less than in 2017 due to the fact I’ve spent a lot of time preparing the trip to Billund and resizing the builds for the LEGO House.
Anyway, I built some dioramas in vintage style and few classic vehicles. Plus a couple of retro space tanks: the B-59 in Blacktron livery and the Mobile Laboratory in Ice Planet style.
To celebrate the LEGO House experience I created a bunch of numbered custom Norton74 Minifigures. I was lucky enough to personally give Minifig No.1 to Mr. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (aka KKK, grandson of the company’s founder).

Last but not least few days ago my Hot Dog Stand has been chosen as one of the MOCs on the shortlist for The Brothers Brick LEGO Creation of the Year 2018. I feel very honored and happy to be in that short list, just to be there is incredible for me.

Thanks to those who has supported, “faved”, shared my builds and also made constructive critiques.
Thanks to all the great builders out there who are a big source of inspiration. Also a big thank you to all the blogs and magazines that featured my works in 2018.