Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

This July marks half a century since the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander touched down on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on to its surface.
To celebrate the anniversary I go back to 1975 when LEGO released the first Lunar Lander, the “Moon Landing”set No. 367.
Despite its simplicity, this set has something special and I’m happy to have it in my collection.
The set does not represent the Apollo 11 program because there is the Moon Rover. It probably depicts the scene on the moon during one of the last three missions of the Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972 when the Moon Rover was actually used to move acroos the surface of the moon.
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

39 years ago, today!

39 years ago, today!

Back in the 4th of May 1980 I got one of the best b-day gift a 6 years old guy could receive: the legendary Yellow Castle. 39 years later I still own it and still enjoy it!

Yellow Castle, set No. 375, was released in 1978 by The LEGO Group and was designed by Daniel August Krantz. It’s one of the most iconic LEGO set ever. In 1981, the Yellow Castle was released in America with the number 6075. 

2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the Yellow Castle, take a look at my tribute to this classic set.

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.

It’s a GAS! The Allure of the gas station

It’s a GAS! The Allure of the gas station

It’s a GAS! is a brand new coffe-table book featuring the coolest Gas Station all around.
Among the others my brick-built Esso Gas Station designed by Dudok has been included. And I’m honored about that.

If you think about retro gas station you probably think about something really cool and stylish: modernist architecture, art deco gas pumps and other outstanding car stuff displayed outside the station.
You can find all this in the elegant gas station designed in 1953 by the Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok. Here made of LEGO bricks.
The design of Dudok was simple and brilliant simultaneously. According to the mission he received from ESSO Netherlands, the station had to be functional and inexpensive to produce. It was just after World War II and raw materials were scarce. At the same time the road network grew and pumping stations had to be placed anywhere.
112 Dudok Esso stations were placed along the Dutch highways.

The book is edited by Gestalten, the international publishing house based in Berlin. With a preface written by Jay Leno head of Jay Leno’s Garage.
If you’re looking for somethng really inspirational don’t miss it, it’s a treat.

Available here.

Norton74 official guest at the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery (2018/2019)

Norton74 official guest at the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery (2018/2019)

At times dreams come true: from September 27th (2019) some of my creations are displayed at the LEGO HOUSE MASTERPIECE GALLERY.
I’m so happy and honored for this incredible goal, never in my life I would have thought to end up here. September 26th set-up was held, every one was just so special. I had the oppurtunity to meet a lot of cool builders from all over the world. Thanks everyone involved, first of all my family.
A special thanks to LEGO House staff, they’re so kind.

Below a selection of pictures of my LEGO House experience where I met a lot of funy people and I spent really funny times. During those days I was lucky enough not only to meet in person Mr. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (aka KKK) but also talk with him about classic cars and old LEGO themes.

The weekend after the LEGO House experience I attended the well known Skaerbaek LEGO Fan Weekend. During the 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 Esso Gas Station and the Route 66, two MOCs I displayed at Skaerbaek. Thanks Andres for this funny experience and for the cool Minifig. Below the interview.

2018, celebrating a lot of anniversaries!

2018, celebrating a lot of anniversaries!

2018 marks many important anniversaries for The LEGO Group.

Back then the very first Minifigure ever was launched, it was the police officer who came in a small set along with a police car. To celebrate the anniversary LEGO is bringing back an exact replica of the Minifigure that started it all in the blind packs in the Series 18: Party Minifigure sets.

In 1978 LEGO released the space series with a lot of new vehicles and spacecrafts. It’s one of the more successful LEGO series ever. New space Minifiguires were introduced.

In the same year one of the most iconic LEGO set was launched on the market: the set 375 also known as The Yellow Castle. A legend was born!