Saturday was a very busy day for me and the wife. We had to attend two events: PhLUG's Brickfast 24 and AsiaPOP Comicon 2016. We were actually excited since we've been waiting for the weekend to come because of these. Our day started early when we headed out to Jollibee Greenmeadows for PhLUG's Brickfast.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Last month, I was invited by Sir Hermrei Ong of both PinoyLUG and Lego Trading Group (LTG), to attend BxB 3.0, a monthly meet-up for AFOLs where members of both groups can get to know each other more by bonding over bricks and figs. Unfortunately, my wife and I were running busy schedules all through out July so I wasn't able to go. For this month's BxB 4.0, I made it a point to attend the event to get to know more about PinoyLUG and LTG community.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Days ago, my wife, Ava, received an invite to attend Toy Kingdom's Toy Expo which will be held at the SMX Convention Center. That's right! The same venue where the TOYCON PH 2016 was held. I was supposed to be her plus one at the event's opening day but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to stay home and take care of our youngest boy. Nevertheless, Ava made sure she would take pictures of all the stuff she knows I'd be interested in and could feature in the blog. By the way, Ava's a lifestyle blogger here in the Philippines. Check out her blog at www.artsyfartsyava.com. Be warned though, this entry will be photo heavy. The wife took our new camera, a Canon EOS M10 for a field test.
|Enter! (Photo courtesy of Ava Te-Zabat)|
Sunday, August 14, 2016
One of the most iconic and influential subjects in science fiction in general are mecha or mechs. These giant humanoid robots often play signficant roles in their respective fictional universes and most of the time are militarized to serve as offensive or defensive war machines as part of a story's main plot.
This is fairly common and proliferated in Japanese anime and pop culture. A good example would be the prevalence of mechs, or mobile suits as they are called, in the Mobile Suit Gundam universe and its spin-offs. Mechs are also present in another famous title, Neon Genesis Evangelion, which use these bio-machines to battle the Angels, giant monstrous entities with the sole purpose of annihilating humanity. Last but not the least, the Macross series also makes use of mechs in the form of the variable fighter, which could transform into humanoid or jet fighter mode at its pilot's will. A lot of amazing mech designs have surfaced over the decades and this has captured the attention and passion of a lot of fans, which made model kits based from these franchises extremely popular.
There are brilliant people who tend to merge their love for mechs and Lego into one as they use bricks to create highly-detailed and well-articulated robots to satisfy their passion to build something of their own. One such fellow is Macross' main mech designer, Shoji Kawamori, who makes use of Lego bricks when designing variable fighters for the series. In the Philippines, we have our very own, Lu Sim, Nothing But Brick's August Builder of the Month, who is known to be one of the best mech builders in the local Lego community.
|Mech Master Builder, Lu Sim (Photo courtesy of Lu Sim)|
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I have always been a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever since I was a kid. I was hooked with the old cartoons as well as with the three movies when it got really popular with us 90's kids back in the day. I remember owning almost all the core action figures as well as the most iconic vehicles from the cartoons. Too bad I don't have them anymore.
Monday, August 1, 2016
July has been a busy month for Nothing But Brick. I really still can't believe that we're over half of the year already. Time sure flies when you're preoccupied with a lot of things. Balancing your family, work and hobby is a difficult task and I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I'm not complaining though. I'm blessed to have all three at this point in my life. There's still a lot of things I want to learn, do and accomplish but I guess there's a time for everything. Anyway, for my first entry of the month, allow me to show you PhLUG's displays at CNN Life's event, "Inspire Every Day", at the Ayala Museum last Saturday.
|(Image courtesy of the Ayala Museum Foundation/CNN/Avida)|