CHRISTMAS ANNOUNCEMENT (sneak peak)
I have expanded my A VISIT TO ST. NICK a.k.a Santa Claus and have created a SANTA VILLAGE being inspired by this year's WINTER VILLAGE set - WINTER MARKET PLACE. It will have 28 separate entries and then a combination of all of them together and many surprises. It will be posted in time to celebrate CHRISTMAS!!!
...and it will be my ADVENT CALENDAR 4 YOU! each day I will add one of the finished 24 scenes and on CHRISTMAS DAY I will gather them all together...Please consider it my CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO ALL OF YOU!
...and here is the MAP to SANTA'S NORTH POLE VILLAGE to perk your curiosity:
You will get a hint at things to come!
ANNOUNCEMENT (sneak peak)
I have entered into the SUPERHERO, VILLAINS and GODS themes for you to enjoy! I have added many X-MEN MINI FIGURES AS WELL!!!
As you may have seen I have added: The TEEN TITANS Secret Identities, the KRYPTONITE MAN and CALENDAR BOY!
As well as adding many JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA MEMBERS MOCs!!!
The FANTASTIC 4, NAMOR - The Sub Mariner and some surprise HEROES and VILLAINS as well! My Custom LEGO Minifigures - TAKE 4 & TAKE 5 are up and running!
And (drum roll) my MOD of the very first modular building I bought and made: ,THE PALACE THEATER!
And I completed all 16 major ROMAN GODS !!!
I added MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES to the mix!
I am working on the ROMAN TEMPLES in Olympus!
The original JUSTICE LEAGUE SANCTUARY HAS BEEN POSTED!
...and LOOK FOR for one of my biggest MOCs and biggest challenge: THE LIFE OF JESUS! I have gone way beyond my BIBLE CHARACTERS: JESUS! I will have 100 Scenes In the LIFE OF JESUS to share with all of you! Please consider it my ->*CHRISTMAS*<- Present to you even if it's a bit early!
I think you may have noticed some changes in all my MOCpages!
I have created a new look for all my pages and gave them all a unifying look! It took days but I think you will think it was worth it!
I gave each opening photo a "magazine" look! I created a template (upper left hand corner) and had fun with the LEGOŽ Logo! I did it in many colors! And created an American and Italian flag look! (upper right hand corner)Then I created the unifying Logos for example: Winter Chapel, Croc Hunters etc. (lower left hand corner) and finally created a BANNER to announce what the MOCpage was!(lower right hand corner)
I did this because there is so much talk in media about: SIGNATURE Pieces in the art world and world of cooking so this will be from now on my "signature" piece!
I hope you like my new look!
Well as of today, August 13, 2013 I have hit 10,238 views with my "SPIDERMAN vs. SANDMAN a MEGO BLOKS inspiration! I appreciate all the visitors who over the months have helped hit me to the heights! THANK YOU!
Never in my IMAGINATION did I ever think I'd hit the 1,000 mark! To my amazement I hit it 4 times! I was even more awed when I hit the 2,000 mark 2,006 (to be exact) as of March 3, 2012 then as of June 17, 2012 there were: 3,721 views! all this with my MOC "SPIDERMAN vs Sandman a MEGO BLOKS inspired set!" that hit 1,538 views and 7 comments, I Thank You All!
Three others trailed right behind it: "Sleigh Bells Ring or Jingle Bells - Take 2" I hit the mark with 1,982 views and 2 comments! as of July 31, 2012! Yet no comments were made until I received one from Mortal Swordsman today, January 19, 2012!
And my WINTER CHAPEL thanks to: LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist has hit: 1,139 views on: JANUARY 23, 2012 and 32 comments! And as of July 31, 2012 I have 1,471 and 39 comments!
My 4th MOC reached the thousand mark on: January 30, 2012 "The MAD HATTER'S Tea Party (not political BUT quizical)!" with 1,359 views! 2, 386 as of June 17, 2012! With 34 comments! And as of July 31, 2012 it has 2,728views with 2 comments! WOW! To add to these 1000 markers I have 3 more 1000 or more views. They are: LEGO HISTORY 101 - Lego for Girls - SCALA with 1,539 views and 0 comments, not bad for one of Legos venture into the girls domain Long Island City Arts Center - Meeting SEAN KENNEY with 1,309 views and 23 comments.
I also have:City Streets with 1,083 views and 7 comments!
AND the 5th one to add to the list is LEGO WORLD PEOPLE with 1,034 views and 5 comments!
THANK YOU one and all!
I am so very excited IMAGINE having that many in the 1000's, once again THANK YOU one and all! You made it possible!
LEGO History 101- Lego for Girls - FRIENDS! 1,336 views VIEW
This I am proud of my very own SIG FIGURE as he/I appear in:
NICK Himself - why not do a LEGO Figure of yourself? 1,001 views VIEW
Well two more MOCs have hit the 1000 mark again I say thanks!
Under the Sea - 1,031 Views 12 Comments VIEW
Cool City - 1,068 Views 3
I wish all you MOCbuilders and your families a very HAPPY NEW YEAR may it be filled with JOY and PEACE!
We start off with a clean slate let's write on it many beautiful memories!
One of those beautiful memories will always be MOCpages' own HEATHER BRAATEN a.k.a. LEGO GIRL. I am saddened to report her death! the following picture is my way of memorializing her. My heart and soul offer prayers for her soul and her family and friends, a talent and imagination like hers is hard to find!
I will keep this up for 30 days! Please offer your prayers for her family and friends!!! Because of the responses my tribute to her received I am keeping this up for another 60 days!
Sadly this gained 1,278 views with 28 heartfelt comments so as of June 17, 2012 I decided you all needed a place to grieve her so i am keeping this up a bit longer!
I'd also like to THANK all of you who are making the following very popular! It makes my designs humbly successful!
4x4 Contest Entry - 869 Views 12 Comments VIEW
Police Station - Modification - 839 Views 4 Comments VIEW
Mini-figures My Way - 822 Views 11 Comments VIEW
Long Island City Arts Center - Sean's Studios - 915 Views 4 Comments VIEW
Silver Squire Men's Wear - 676 Views 14 Comments VIEW
Malibu Home - 831 Views 4 Comments VIEW
Rosie's Mexican Mariachi Band - 784 Views 12 Comments Come and hear he band play! VIEW
LEGO CAKES 832 views VIEW
Spiderman's Villains 779 views VIEW
Doc Ock's BANK ROBBERY - A Spiderman MOD 706 views VIEW
FIESTA ITALIANA - (the Feast of St. Anthony Abbot) 717 views VIEW
I spent my day on 9-11 watching the Memorial Event on ABC (channel 7 in NYC) and as a prayer for the lost souls, I did research on 9-11 Pictures to use here to begin each of my creations. I will do this for one year!
It took me up to today to finish all 5 pages of my work here on MOCpages. I used the time to UPDATE & REPAIR all my MOCmodels that needed repair due to the "system crash". I tried to have (in some cases) the 9-11 Memorial Pictures that went with each Model I've done. I included pictures of myself proudly wearing my 9-11 Shirt - it cost $10.00 of which $5.00 will go to the 9-11 Memorial.
I included pictures I took of the T.V. coverage as well.
I was a volunteer "Grief Counselor" on 9-11.
I was on the way to the METROPOLITIAN MUSEUM in Manhattan with a visiting Polish Priest, a man came running on the Long Island Expressway that leads to the BQE screaming the cars are stopped because they destroyed the Trade's Center. I could see from the left window of my car the tower go down.
By the time we got to the Kosciuszko Bridge, which offers a great view of the Lower East Side, we saw the smoke and an airplane flying too close. I had my camera I take slides with, my camera I took prints with and my cam corder, a journalist convinced me to take pictures of this event in history, I did just as the plane hit the second tower!
The KOSCIUSZKO BRIDGE:
The priest and I offered our services and we were escorted to the 94th Police Station, in Greenpoint where the cloud of smoke was billowing through, as well as remains of the building.
We were assigned to the 104th where we were given a makeshift office and the people came in droves. We also counseled the police and firemen. For a solid week I was a part of their family. They took excellent care of me!
For me not to acknowledge this would be a crime!
Especially since there are so many tributes to the Trade Center done in LEGOŽ right here on MOCpages.
Like this one from Mr. X:
A special THANK YOU goes out to Mortal Swordsman for his acknowledging my tributes to the fallen in his statement: RIP all victims 9-11! I was worried if a place like MOCpages was a place to give tribute to "all victims 9-11" Mortal you gave me my answer, besides all the LEGO MOCmodels of the Trade Center, there's space for all of us to memorialize them! THANKS!
Here is a link to my TRIBUTE TO 9-11:
God Bless all you guys who have done wonderful tributes to the WORLDS TRADE CENTER in LEGOŽ!
The picture below is me in my 9-11 Shirt!
and some 9-11 pictures in the form of the NEW BUILDING, Me at the reflecting pool and the pool itself! It is such an awesome space. When you visit NYC you must see it! The tickets are FREE and be prepared to be frisked!
I have with my WINTER CHAPEL hit my first 700 mark today, September 12, 2011, in fact 703 views! A very big THANK YOU to one and all that made this possible! NOTE: As of January 23, 2012 it has hit 1,001 views!!!
I am speechless and for me that's a first! So enjoy it! I was going through my work here on MOCpages, today, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 I have seen many of my creations going way over 100 views (55 to be exact), even 200 views (18) and some past the 300 views mark(7) some are now in the 400s (3) and two are in the 500 range!
My WINTER CHAPEL as of today, September 20, 2011, has not only hit the 700 view mark but has 732 views! ! Wow! And joining it is my 4x4 CONTEST ENTRY with 519 views!
I am so greatful to your support and the kind advice and kinder words you left in the comments section.
I am happy many of you turn to me for advice and guidance! It makes me feel alive! I am also honored to be a moderator for a group here!
God Bless You all!
As I always say: KEEP BUILDING ! ...one brick at a time!
I'd like to begin by saying: THANK YOU you made it so, that by your visits (as of September 20, 2011) over 86 of my MOC Modles have gone over the 100 visits mark! I could not get over the fact my Review of Sean Kenney's COOL CITY book recieved over 100 in less than a day! There are over 10,207 views to be exact! I am touched by this number, I cannot believe over ten thousand! I am both touched and humbled by your show of support! I could have never imagined all this!
I'd like to say THANK YOU for your kind words and encouragement!
I hope I do not let you down!
I have a lot more ideas...like an ASIAN RESTAURANT, I am thinking of illustrating some FAIRY TALES (like Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty etc.), I want to expand my VISIT TO SANTA by creating a SANTALAND, so as you can see I will still be contributing!
The areas I hoped to cover have been realized! The ones I covered were:
1.) the background of the founder of LegoŽ OLE KIRK CHRISTIANSEN (still needs to be done)
2.) the invention of LEGOŽ Bricks(still needs to be done)
3.) all the Theme Area logos including the many LEGOŽ as used [DONE]
4.) I will try to get all the minifigures used in each set listed(almost finished)
5.) Since there are many older designers here on MOCpages. I'll be covering BABY TOYS, Duplo, Quatro and Lego Baby(still needs to be done)
6.) Since there are many females here as well I'll be covering LEGOŽ and how it responded to it's female user in SCALA, PARADISA & BELVILLE [DONE]
7.) I'll be introducing you to LEGOŽ Products like kitchenwear, appliances, school supplies, food and books [DONE]
8.) I'll be covering LegoŽ Cakes those to eat and those that were made [DONE]
9.) I'll be including a section on how some lovers of LegoŽ express their love of LEGOŽ by getting tattoos of it![DONE]
10.) On that vein I'll be covering LEGOŽ Jewelry![DONE]
11.) I'll even show you the greaat LEGOŽ Mini figure Costumes people created[DONE]
and I'll also show:
12.) LEGOŽ HOLIDAY models, LEGOŽ in LOVE (wedding cake toppers!)[DONE]
So stick around and PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU LIKE MY IDEAS!
I was happy to share a major part of my life and Italian-AmericanCulture with all of you! I am so glad you all enjoy it! I have added the ITALIANS as another tribute to my heritage!
I have gone into Storybook characters: SNOW WHITE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PETER PAN, LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD and ALADDIN!
ALICE IN WONDERLAND:
SEAN KENNEY NEWS:
On May 14, 2011 I went to LIC (Long Island City - in Queens [not LONG ISLAND]) to see the Sean Kenney exhibit his administrative assistant said I could take pictures I have taken as many pictures as my 2 batteries and 4g card allowed!
This was for me a great moment in my LEGOŽ HISTORY!
As they say: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !
This was part one of the LIC Art Center Show!
I went back on May 21,2011 (see LONG ISLAND ARTS CENTER - The Studio of Mr. Sean Kenney - LEGO Certified Professional) which was the date that all the artists in this vast complex opened their studios for public view LONG ISLAND CITY ARTS CENTER - Art Imates Life/LEGO Imates Art ! I met and taked with Sean, his wife Lillian (my mom's name) and their baby daughter - Audry! I took plenty of pictures and when I have posted them here and if flickr ever gets fixed I will post all of them there as well!
The most interesting thing was I only needed to walk 5 blocks and take one bus (the Q67 ) and I was there and it ONLY took 35 minutes!
His studio is in the newly gentrified Long Island City which is now the home to SILVERCUP STUDIOS (the former home of the SILVERCUP BAKERY) and P.S. 1 (the former home of Public School 1) (MOMA is their sponsor) and the LONG ISLAND CITY ARTS CENTER, the area has become an artists' mecca! iT WAS SEEN ON HGTV's DESIGN STAR!
I was impressed with his newest work a bicycle made up of lime green bricks surronded by small black brick LEGOS that at first appeared to be dirt! But they turned out to be small Lego Vehicles. (More about this can be found in my posted pictures!) And what was more impressive it was made in North Carolina for BRICK MAGIC and brought to his LIC Studio!
In the meantime link up to this documentary made about Sean, look closely and you will see some of his work that I photographed at the exhibit!
It started when I was a kid many years ago. I was an only child so my father and " Santa " always brought to me toys that required no brothers and sisters to play with. Building toys fit that bill!
So toys like Linclon Logs , Tinker Toys and my Erector set became my favorites. Each offered me another dimention of building, but they missed a 3d quality and very little detail.
My beige box of little red and white interlocking bricks that included doors and windows made of 'glass' soon replaced them all. I was always curious ( even up to today, at my age!) to see how things work. I remember how I borrowed my dad's screw driver and would bend back the metal tabs of all my tin wind-up toys. I can't forget each time I look at the web between my right thumb and right index finger I see a scar made from a sharp tab! So I was always into building things - including building the AURORA figurine models!
I have even done a MOCpage devoted to all this. For some it will be a walk down memory lane and for others a history of toys!
As I hit my teen years when I knew another kid or family need toys for SANTA to give all my toys were given away except my Erector set in it's red tin box, which is in storage! I still miss my tin roller coaster which went to our friends son - Ronnie!
Comic Books took their place!
And in the late 60s early 70s I did a lot of stuff for DC Comics! I used to enjoy going up to their offices on 575 Lexington Avenue every Tuesday & Thursday when they had "open house"!
Ironically DC Comics and LEGOŽ have a longstanding relationship! DC produces the BIONICLE and HERO comics!
I started a Christmas Hobby - collecting plastic Santa Claus toys.
When I was married for our 1st Christmas (1984) my wife gave me a plastic LEGOŽ Santa it was a toy after all!
It seemed fitting then to devote some MOCpage space to some SANTA Sets:
Like "A VISIT TO SANTA"
It seemed natural then to marry my art skills and those little 2x2 bricks!
That's when I realized my childhood favorite toy in the beige box was LEGOŽ!
I was hooked once more! Over a 5 years period when I traveled to England as well as Italy I searched the toys stores looking for sets they didn't sell in the United States and sets I didn't have!
My fondest "find the LEGOŽ set" was in the Piazza Navona in Rome. A kindly old man who was the shopkeeper took me down to the sub-basement of his store where he kept older LEGOŽ Sets and Hard to Find sets! It was a treasure trove of LEGOŽ!!!
I collected and built every play set they made (none of the bucket sets) from 1977 to 2001. I was away for a couple of years and stopped collecting them. I came back to LEGOŽ in 2006. Ironically it was a comic book character that brought me back to LEGOŽ - BATMAN ! My collection includes sets from the blue parts space set to today's Bank and Transfer set .
I have to thank my mates in England for a great assist in helping me with collecting LEGOŽ. They too searched stores and accepted sets mailed to them in England and then sent them to me! Thanks goes out to Leoni and her daughter Elaine and her son-in-law Dave for helping me get the sets not available here in the states. I'd also love to give them a big hug for helping me bring the cartons to Heathrow Airport in London!
I have them plus Bellville (mini-figure range and the larger figures), Scala (real dolls with combable hair), Znaps , Technic, Mickey and Fabuland .
My interest is in City (Town) and Pirates. I have every Batman set (except for the Batmobile model).
I am enjoying the Collectible Mini-figures collection! As well as the Advent Calendars!
And I enjoyed creating the Undersea Merpeople set, since mermen/mermaids are my favorite mythological creatures! As you look at the video keep an eye out on how my creation has a lot in common with it! The strange thing is I only watched it for the first time today, May 28, 2011!
Please visit it, it's called UNDER THE SEA
I also enjoyed the VENDORS as they reflect New York City culture and my series on Italian Feasts since the series reflects my Italian heritage. I'd love to see more of you creating MOCpages that do the same!
To get the feeling of the feasts that inspired me visit The OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL FEAST in Brooklyn, New York and the San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy, Manhattan, New York
But as a retired teacher on disability, I enjoy reading about parents using LEGOŽ to bring them together with their children. And at the LICAC Exhibit I spoke with many parents about this.
When my physical therapist recommened crochet, needelpoint, counted cross-stitch and LEGOŽ for use in keeping my fingers nimble...he didn't have to "twist my arm" when it came to LEGOŽ!
Also I am very lucky to have 5 LEGOŽ STORES in my area:
1.) Palisades Center - upstate, The M train to Grand Central then Metro North
2.) Rockefeller Center - Manhattan, the M train to 49th Street/Rockefeller Center
3.) The Queens Center - the Q58 Bus to queens Blvd. a 6 block walk (20 minutes in total)
4.) Roosevelt Plaza, Long Island - the Q54 bus to the N5 Bus that leeds you off in front of the door!
5.) The Westchester Store - upstate, the M train to Grand Central, the Harlem Line to Westchester and the bus right to the door! (this is LEGO(r)'S 100th STORE I covered it's opening here on MOCpages!
Here's a picture of me at the Rockefeller LEGOŽ Store:
And finding other ADULT Friends of LEGOŽ made me feel at home and I was very impressed to see the number of females grace MOCpages! My favorite being Heather LEGOgirl she will be sorely missed. I have dedicated a MOCpage in her honor! Her DOLL HOUSE was awesome and showed her work as an expert LEGO(r) Designer
I am also trying to use mocpages to show people world wide that NYC is the place to be!
And also the world is a wonderful place to be! You'll see this in my 3 mini-figure themes within.
And I am trying to show we all have a place in this world! No room for prejudism!
HAPPY BRICK BUILDING!
Please feel free to make comments on my designs.
To everyone that not only stops by my pages but others as well, please try to at least rate our work (even if it's a low score), I cannot understand how so many whose work is over the top and have over 2000 viewers may only have 3 to 5 ratings! Whose ever site I go to I try to leave a star (*) or at least a rating! It doesn't take long!
WE all work hard and at great expence to share our COMMON love of LEGOŽ with each one here. Can you share a few seconds to rate our work?
Listen each time you rate our work you make YOURSELF known to each of us and give us the chance to see your work! You are not a "needle in a haystack" you are the star of your own show! And you make yourself known to the person whose work you rate or leave a comment!
When we come together then we can be a STRONG community!
Let Each Go OnwardŽ!
I'd like to thank wikipedia for many of the links in this introduction!