Use the Force with Lego Star Wars

 

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Or rather, a few decades ago in Denmark, Lego was born. A couple more decades after that, Star Wars hit our screens for the first time and created a pop culture phenomenon. In 1999, fate finally joined these star-crossed lovers, Lego and Star Wars, together and created and the perfect collectible toy sets for the young and young-at-heart alike.

With the news of Disney acquiring Star Wars, we now know the space epic is set to find a third generation of fans with the 2015 release of a new trilogy. To occupy your time between watching the old films and waiting for the new, you can build your little Hoth, X-Wing, Millennium Falcon, Sebulba’s Podracers you name it! You can buy the Lego Star Wars collection at Tesco. The Rebel Alliance needs you… or The Empire depending on how you feel that day.

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Baron von Brunk’s LEGO & Zelda Tattoos

LEGO extraordinaire Baron von Brunk has an imaginative set of Zelda and LEGO tattoos. If his ink didn’t impress you enough (which they should have), he makes LEGO replica’s of an old video game consoles that transform into a robots. I know right?!

If you’re interested in being featured in a Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette please email me at girlgonegeekblog(@)gmail(dot)com. 

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Baron von Brunk

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Baron: My name’s Baron von Brunk, a highly-praised multimedia artist, sideburn aficionado, quirky inventor and humble country boy! Currently living in Queens, NY, I’m employed as a professional package layout designer, however as an AFTRA/SAG actor, I have aspirations to get back into the entertainment industry rather than corporate work — and hopefully be a permanent actor, with a hobby for creative designs on the side. For fun, I build custom LEGO models based on geeky references or historical scenes, and I previously I was a Flash animator for Newgrounds.com, before I took a break from web animation in 2009. A lot of my old cartoons from the mid-2000s still survive online, but times have changed and my styles have lately been more geared towards better quality work, rather than crude web toons. I’m also a freelance artist who’s done lots of advertisements for indie events, local bands and burlesque shows — the latter of which is a more recent venture, in which I plan to get more involved with!

What are your geeky tattoos and why did you get them?

Baron: Currently I have 10.5 tattoos — the left arm has several small Legend of Zelda items, whilst my right arm has two LEGO minifigures based on vintage sets. My left arm is designated to be my monument for my early years as a Nintendo gamer, whilst my right arm is in honor of my lifelong fascination for LEGO bricks — and specifically my two favorite genres of said toy brand!

What was the tattoo shop you got your tattoo done and the tattoo artist? 

Baron: I actually got all of my tattoos done by a freelance tattoo artist named Kristen Fristed — who unfortunately doesn’t have a website nor shop, as she works from her apartment solely through word of mouth. (If interested you can get her contact information from Baron.)

Any plans for future tattoos? 

Baron: Probably at some point in this year I intend to get more small Zelda items on my left arm, such as small rupees, Poe ghosts, and possibly an ocarina. As for my right side, I’m considering getting a large tattoo of my custom illustration of my site’s mascot: an Amish LEGO minifigure with scythe! I can tolerate a lot of pain, hence my tattoos always get completely filled in with as many colors as possible — never any dull little outlines or tiny symbols!

What sparked your love for LEGO?

LEGO Robin Hood figure

Baron: “LEGO” was actually the first word I could spell as a wee lad! My first sets were DUPLO toys given to me around age 2, and throughout my childhood, I’ve been fascinated by all things relating to LEGO and its various brands. My two all-time favorite genres of LEGO have always been Castle and Space — hence my tattoos of a Castle Forestman minifigure, and a diagram of a Space Futuron astronaut. Otherwise, I’ve been consistently collecting sets and assembling my own custom original creations since my early years. It’s only been in recent times that I’ve been chronicling my creations via photos and web — and making more refined models!

Favorite Zelda game?

Baron: To be perfectly honest, I was never really a Legend of Zelda fan early in my NES days — as I’ve always been more of a Mario fan. My fascination for the Zelda franchise came about in my middle school days around age 14, when Ocarina of Time was released — and subsequently, I became a huge fan, and inevitably Majora’s Mask! Unfortunately, in my opinion modern video games don’t hold much entertainment value compared to their predecessors, ergo I don’t consider myself a modern console gamer — and thus, my Zelda tattoos are more of a monument to my childhood/teen years during the heyday of gaming: classic sprites to early 3-D polygons — mid 1980s to early 2000s!

Do you have any other favorite fandoms?

Baron: As a geek amongst geeks, I have man interests — but in a very selective sense. Aside from vintage video games and LEGO models, I’m rather interested in classic Transformer toys — as in, the original (real) ’80s toys, and in no way whatsoever “Bayformers.” I’m also a collector of Ghostbusters, Star Wars, Mobile Suit Gundam, and some G.I. Joe toys here and there. I like to do a lot of “mashup” projects with my LEGO sets and other fandoms, such as LEGO Nintendo controllers that transform into robots — some of which were featured in Nintendo Power! I’ve also built my own custom Mobile Suit Gundams from LEGO, and even made plans to assemble Ban Dai Gundam models painted with custom colors and insignia to resemble World War II vehicles.

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?  

Baron: For video games, realistically I’d say Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as those games had seemingly endless replay value (besides, maybe it’d give me an opportunity to complete every side mission). For comics, more than likely I’d choose the graphic novelizations of the U.K. Transformers series from the late 1980s. Movie? I’d say probably the only real Transformers movie — the animated one from 1986 with Judd Nelson and Robert Stack! And finally, for TV, I’d say every Gundam series — as there’s so damn many of them, and could thus last a lifetime trying to watch!

Where can we find you on the internet? 

Baron: I’m all over the place online, and a shameless self-promoter! My main website is baronvonbrunk.com, which has ample links to my other ventures and whatnot. I don’t have a basic Facebook profile, but instead, a fan page for my creative designs. On Twitter, my username is @baron_von_brunk, on Tumblr I can be found on vonbrunk.tumblr.com. Feel free to follow me on one of those places, and chances are I’ll follow back! All of those aforementioned sites contain ample galleries of my work, such as LEGO sculptures, paintings, vector sticker designs, promotional burlesque material and so forth!

Baron von Brunk- LEGO Spaceman Diagram

Baron’s Zelda tattoos include: 275 in Hylian rupees, Biggoron’s Sword, the Lens of Truth, and an activated Bombchu.

The Brick Thief & Cl!ck: A LEGO Short Films

The Brick Thief

Ever wonder where all your missing LEGO bricks go?

“Lego presents their latest short film, entitled “The Brick Thief”. Directed by Blue Source, the film is a follow up to last year’s popular short by the toy brand (see below). (High Snobiety)”

Cl!ck

LEGO’s first short film about where creativity comes from.


[Source: LEGO Cl!ck and High Snobiety]

Geeky Christmas Guide- Star Wars Edition

I’ve searched the Interwebs for great Star Wars gifts for all ages and genders!


Jewelry and Accessories

There is no Try Pendant on Rubber Necklace (via Star Bright Girl Etsy)

Stormtrooper Hello Kitty (via Azuree Alice Etsy)


Jedi Symbol Brooch (via Star Bright Girl Etsy)


Red Light Saber LEGO Earrings (via Gr0glmann Etsy)

Rebel Seal Ring (via Big Bad Toy Store)

Empire Seal Ring (via Entertainment Earth)

Darth Vader Cuff Links (via CrimsonKing Etsy)

Imperial Logo Earrings (via Her Universe)

Apparel

I heart Scoundrels (via Think Geek)

Daakusaido (aka The Dark Side)

Padme Nouveau (via Her Universe)

Daddy’s Little Girl (via Her Universe)

Boba Fett Underwear Set (via Her Universe)



Other

Star Wars MP3 Alarm Clock Lamp (via Think Geek)

Star Wars Clock (via YOUgNeek Etsy)

Star Wars Character Driver Covers (via The Golf Warehouse)

Star Wars ABC’s (via Amazon)

Star Wars Rebel Pilot Headphones (via Think Geek)

Star Wars Stormtrooper DJ Headphones (via Entertainment Earth)

LEGO Chanel Lipstick Brooch By Dee and Ricky

Twin brothers Dee & Ricky design accessories made out of LEGO bricks.  Their designs have been worn by many celebrities (and regular people too!).  I featured them in two posts before; one on Pixel Jewelry and the other is their cool stop-motion video.

Their latest creations are these Chanel Lipsticks Brooches.  They cost $65 and have a magnetic backing so you don’t have to worry about any holes.  They just announced them (Aug. 25th) and you will have to email them at Rickyanddee@gmail.com and/or Info@deeandricky.com to order one.

Now who wants to get me one?! :)

[Source Hypebeast & Nitrolicious]

Pixel Jewelry

You can tell by now how much I like jewelry right?  Well it’s only going to get worse, or better depending on how you see it.  Hope you enjoy the pixel jewelry below, because everything is better pixelated when it’s on purpose.  Some of  the jewelry is pixel-like but ehh close enough and still cute!

***click on the image for links***

For the goth geek or those who just like skulls or morbidity:





















Quadrant collection by Nerea Aixas


















Pixel’ish necklace












Pixel rings in silver & acrylic by Lo-tec














Flower Power












These aren’t for sale but at view at the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Fransisco. They describe the inspiration for the design: “Using Google Image search, we browsed through some of the most expensive and often famous jewelry in the world, the low-res images we found were stolen, doctored, then transferred to leather, creating a tangible new incarnation.”





































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These Lego heart pins, bowties and belt buckles are made by Dee and Rickey. They’ve been famously worn by Kanye and Japanese artist Taskashi Murakami, Kanye West and TravieTravis” McCoy from Gym Class Heros.