A few months ago a friend of mine loaned me a book I had always heard of but never read. The book is the well-known “Walden; or life in the woods” written by Henry David Thoreau and published in 1854. Walden details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days (1845–47) in a cabin he built near Walden Pond amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau’s other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. It is considered Thoreau’s masterwork.
Struck by the history and inspired by the cover of the book, in the few past weeks I built Thoreau’s cabin in the wood. Its the first time that I made a woods-themed creation and I really had a lot fun building it.
Relatively neglected during Thoreau’s lifetime, Walden achieved tremendous popularity in the 20th century. Thoreau’s description of the physical act of living day by day at Walden Pond gave the book authority, while his command of a clear, straightforward, but elegant style helped raise it to the level of a literary classic.
“Inspired by the book Walden; or Life in the Woods, Andrea Lattanzio escapes from the fast food restaurants and gas stations (and futuristic rovers!) of the modern world into the wilds through his latest build. I wonder if Thoreau, the main character of the aforementioned book, would choose LEGO as his outlet instead of escaping to the wild if he had lived in modern time? The diorama captures everything a self-sufficient cabin in the woods would have (including a bit of the woods). The textures and little imperfections on the cabin capture the hand-crafted appearance very well, most notably the tiles on the roof pressed down only half way and the window with a half-plate offset in its top and bottom halves. The pine trees are done quite well, with leaf elements placed at convincing angles on the central axis. The use of the old tree stump piece adds a lot to the atmosphere, as do the inspired choices of gray homemaker hair part as a stone and brown stud shooters in the dead tree on the right side of the diorama.“
(“Escape the mecha and spaceships of our society and build a cabin in the woods” The Brothers Brick – December 2, 2019)
I used this pick-up truck in a few of my past creations and recently I enjoyed taking “step by step” instructions pictures. It’s the evolution of my previous Mooneyes pick-up. This one is lower and marked by a smoother design.
It appeared in my coffee stand and last December it was used by Santa while he was searching the right Christmas tree. And the same body but in white/green combo was used for the Big Foot Monster Truck. Now you can build it following the “step by step” pics below. Enjoy!
Below, from top left to right:
Santa’s pick-up (2018);
Andy’s Coffee Stand pick-up (2019);
Mooneyes pick-up trucks and classic Hot Rod (2017);
The brand new Norton74 Minifig Series 3 is finally right here and it’ll be available during the Bologna Brick LEGO show! Pre order your Minifig sending me a PM or by a comment below. Produced in only 100 numbered pieces and 6 different color combo it comes with an exclusive de-luxe clamshell blister packaging. Main features ✅ 6 colors available; ✅ de luxe pack; ✅ numbered edition; ✅ graphic design by Sidney Show; ✅ hand-marked serial number.
The “Paddy Wagon” is a Show Rod designed in 1968 by Tom Daniel, probably the most talented and popular fantasy-car designer of all time. Tom worked many years for GM and in his spare time he created new “Off the Sketchpad” articles for Rod & Custom magazine. This caught the attention of Monogram’s model shop supervisor, Roger Harney, who got approval to have Daniel create new model designs. Then, from 1967 through 1975, Tom designed over 75 plastic model kit designs that Monogram manufactured, many of which enjoyed multi-million unit sales. Among these the “Paddy Wagon” that I recreated via LEGO bricks. Old-time police wagons were called “Paddy Wagons”, probably because most cops in those days were Irish. “Paddy” is slang for “Irish”.
Main “Paddy Wagon” features:
“muscular” chromed blown small-block V-8;
a “C” cab;
double windshield (glass for Window 1x6x5);
chrome gold side horns;
Good Year drag slicks;
custom silver stickers;
older-style drum headlights;
oval side windows barred;
a Motometer radiator cap.
This is my third Show Rod, the first I built was the Beer Wagon (from the same designer) and then the Fire Truck (by Chuck Miller).
LEGO House one year later (proudly with my brick trophy🏆)
My time at the LEGO House has expired. It’s time to bring my MOCs back home. It was great to be part of the LEGO House project and I’m happy to see new talented builders taking my place at the Masterpiece Gallery. Thanks everyone involved, first of all my family. A special thanks to LEGO House staff, they were so kind.
The 26th of September we all celebrated the II° anniversary of the LEGO House during the AFOL Day. It was great to meet so many AFOLS from all over the world!
Last but not least I visited the coolest shop in Billund, Loplet shop, where you can find every LEGO-themed stuff from the past.
The weekend after the party for the II° anniversary of The LEGO House me and my buddies moved to Skaerbaek to partecipate at the well known LEGO Fan Weekend. During the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of AFOLs, builders, LEGO designer and friends. I displayed my MOCs that were showcased at The LEGO House: the Art Déco Gas Station, the Scooter Garage, the Fire Truck and the Ford “T” Roadster. It was funny as usual. I hope to join the SFW even the next year.
As it happened in 2018 even at the ’19 Skaebaek Fan Weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the guys of Zusammengebaut and the honor of being interviewed by Andres Lehmann, the tallest AFOL I ever met and a very nice guy! I had the chance to present the Scooter Garage and the Shell Gas Station, two MOCs I displayed at the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery. Thanks Andres for this funny experience I’m always very pleased to show my creations and I’m a big fan of Zusammengebaut. Below the interview.
Back in 1989 a legend was born: LEGO released one of the most iconic set ever the no. 6285 also known worldwide as Black Seas Barracuda. With this adorable Windjammer TLG introduced its brand new pirate theme.
Batten down the hatches and set sail for a tour around the Caribbean!