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Any Lego Fans In The House?

Discussion in 'Collectibles, Toys, & Gadgets' started by BirdOPrey5, May 27, 2014.

  1. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Rocket Ranger

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    I was always a Lego fan as a kid amassing (what seemed to me) a vast collection. Recently I've gotten back into them as an adult- was amazed to find all the new things such as Lego Digital Designer (a free design program by Lego where you virtually build on your computer) and the Lego Ideas website where you can submit designs for Lego to consider. A design needs an initial approval- but after than it needs 10,000 "supporters" (Likes basically) and then Lego will do an official review and possibly produce the set.

    Anyway- I've also always been a big sci fi fan- especially space and Star Trek so the majority of my Legos as a kid were space sets... and still as an adult I find myself making planes and space ships. Unfortunately Lego does not have the license for Star Trek and even though a number of Star Trek based ships have hit the 10,000 supporter mark they unfortunately can't legally be made.

    Nevertheless while I learn to use the Lego Digital Designer program I wanted to enter something onto their website so I figured a space ship would be the way to go. If anyone is interested in knowing more or supporting it the name is the Astro Shark and the link is: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/66352

    astro shark rendered.jpg
    I'd appreciate your support and/or comments.

    This is obviously an easy build targeted more for children, the main goal was just to get used to the LDD software and the submission process. I plan on entering larger and more detailed ships in the future.

    PS- the POV-Ray software used to create that lifelike render took over 12 hours to process on my Asus with 16 GB RAM and Core i7 at 2.4 GHz.
     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    It's a nice looking ship! (y) Even though the TOS Star Trek fans might recognize it as a Bird of Prey I think it stands on its own a good looking design. You've got my vote (I created a Lego account just to give a vote). :)
    Ah, so that's how those images are being done. Not being involved with Lego builds, I kind of thought that people were building these out of real Lego pieces and then were proposing that their creations become official kits. :facepalm: [Gump]I am not a smart man.[/Gump]
     
  3. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Rocket Ranger

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    It depends. Some people build them for real and submit pictures. I'd say most people build in Lego Digital Designer and submit those files... Then some people (like me) are able to convert LDD files to scenes compatible with POV-Ray and render them. Due to the time needed to render I only render my main image, and the other images are direct from the LDD software. You can see it's more blocky without the real life looking textures or translucent bricks. (In LDD the translucent bricks are just 50% transparency or so.)
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Joe, since you are now in a Lego state of mind, here's some inspiration for a project.... :D

    http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014...ted-legos-star-wars-vesa-lehtimaeki?hpt=hp_t3

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  5. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    More Lego ideas for those with some free time (and talent)...

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  6. Classysturgeon

    Classysturgeon Scout

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    A few weeks ago, my tabletop RPG group got together to play the Game of Thrones RPG. I brought my legos to design a unique character piece. And the entire session soon devolved into seven twenty-something men laughing like five-year-olds and piecing legos together.
     
  7. sci-fi-dude

    sci-fi-dude Keep cool, its Sci-fi dude

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    I had a collection back in the day, they were cheap and fun, now it seems they are expensive, so I just enjoy other folks creations.....
     

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