Andrea Lattanzio (Norton74) named LEGO Builder of the year 2019 by The Brothers Brick

Andrea Lattanzio (Norton74) named LEGO Builder of the year 2019 by The Brothers Brick

No words can express my joy when few hours ago I’ve been named LEGO Builder of the Year 2019 by The Brothers Brick, the world’s no.1 source for LEGO news, reviews, and fan creations.
It’s an incredible goal to me. Thanks a bunch to The Brothers Brick Team for this special award and thanks to Rod Gillies (Senior Contributor) for the wonderful article and for the description of my MOCs.
There was no better way to end the year.

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“Andrea has produced a fantastic array of LEGO models this year, showcasing his creativity and technique across a variety of styles. Already famous as a “car guy,” we enjoyed seeing Andrea’s repertoire expand over the year. That’s why Andrea Lattanzio is The Brothers Brick LEGO Builder of the Year 2019.”

(“The Brothers Brick LEGO Builder of the Year 2019” The Brothers Brick – December 31, 2019)

Norton74 2019 Line-up

Norton74 2019 Line-up

It’s time to look back and to sum up what I’ve built in the past twelve months.
2019 was quite a productive year for me and I had a lot of fun. I have built some MOCs I am particularly proud of and that I had on my wishlist since a lot of time.
My goal at the beginning of the year was building one MOC per month and I did it! I built different kind of MOCs: car-themed MOCs, street-food buildings, sci-fi creations, pop-themed builds.

In September, I went back to the LEGO House to bring my creations back home. My time at the Masterpiece Gallery was expired. 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. I attended the Skaerbaek Fan Weekend for the second time and it was a lot of fun. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of AFOLs, builders, LEGO designers and friends. I displayed my MOCs that were showcased at the LEGO House

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 2019.

Dear friends, I wish you a full of bricks new year and a lot of fun!
All the best!
Andrea – Norton74

Turn on the lights, it's Christmas time!

Turn on the lights, it's Christmas time!

Few days ago I built the Santa’s Home, a red cabin located in a peaceful snow-covered clearing, with deep snow on the roof, white pines and a sled ready to go.
Last weekend I tested my skills as a photographer by taking a night photo of Santa’s house with the interior lights on. Also helped by photoshop I am satisfied with the result.
This is really my last photo of the year and I wish you all merry Christmas and happy new year!

It’s time for Santa Claus to go!

It’s time for Santa Claus to go!

Like every year at this time Santa Claus has to get to work, children all over the world are waiting for him.
In my latest diorama you can see Santa Claus leaving his red cabin at the North Pole to get on his sleigh pulled by two Huskys. He has a long way to go…

This is probably my last MOC for this year and I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“Santa Claus, despite his media persona and the products he is implied to endorse, is not the consumerist type. Sure, he brings presents on Christmas to children, but not the max-out-the-credit-cards-and-refinance-the-house pile of presents that parents are somehow expected to provide. He lives a life of humble solitude, somewhere up in the frozen north (though not the North Pole; what responsible person would build a house on seasonally variant ice?), where he prepares for his annual journey of beneficence. At least, that is what this build by Andrea Lattanzio (Norton74) seems to imply. A delightful cabin, similar to Walden but much redder, rests in a peaceful snow-covered clearing, with deep snow on the roof and a sled ready to go (even though the sled is pulled by huskies, rather than reindeer). The most impressive part of the display might be the collection of parts used to create the snow-covered foliage, from levers and megaphones to minifig hands and everything else white. However, I love the cannon as a chimney — topped by pots, even more. Unicorn horns make for lovely icicles on the eaves (if only they were available in transparent colors!). My one quibble is that the woodpile looks far too sparse to make it through the winter in conditions like that. Santa will freeze to death. Unless he isn’t watching out for the polar bear lurking behind the cabin, in which case he’ll be devoured before freezing. And before bringing me LEGO for my stocking.”

(“What happened to the reindeer?” The Brothers Brick – December 13, 2019)

Walden; or, Life in the Woods

Walden; or, Life in the Woods

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)

Build your own classic pick-up truck

Build your own classic pick-up truck

Pick-up truck | Instructions and part list

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);
  • Big Foot Monster Truck (2019) .