Lego Roundup

Malaysia Robber Mural

GlobalPost gives us some insight into why Malaysian authorities painted over Ernest Zacharevic’s street mural:

The city council said the painting, by Lithuanian street artist Ernest Zacharevic, tarnished the city’s image.

“The robber gives an image that is not good for our country, investment and tourism. If the painting stays, everybody will be scared,” Aziz Ithnin, a council official, told the news agency AFP before the whitewashing.

Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader Lim Kit Siang said it was ridiculous that the state government had been debating the mural for so long ahead of their decision to remove it. He instead told them to focus on the problem of crime, rather than depictions of it.

“Instead of removing Zachas’ “high crime” mural, it should be allowed to remain to serve as a challenge to all relevant authorities to make JB (Johor Bahru) low crime and a standing testimony that a high crime rate in JB is a “story of the past,” he wrote on his blog.

Wall•E

Credit: The Brothers Brick Created by Angus Maclane

Credit: The Brothers Brick
Created by Angus Maclane

The Brothers Brick interviewed creator and Pixar animator Angus Maclane:

The Brothers Brick: How long did it take to build your Wall•E?

Angus MacLane: About seven hours over a span of three years. I started building the LEGO version of Wall•E around the same time he was being built in the computer in late summer of 2005. I had been waiting for some treads to be released, and with 7258 (the “Wookie Attack” set) I got just enough tread links for two treads.

The color scheme of Wall•E wasn’t settled so I stared building with all light grey. I wasn’t totally happy with the results. The treads were too small and pretty flimsy. I put him on the shelf and went back to work.

Then the snowmobile and bulldozer came out in 2007 and I had my tread solution…

TBB: Do you think that working on the movie gave you any special insights into the design of the LEGO Wall•E?

Angus: Having stared at this robot for 3+ years, I was extremely familiar with the proportions and functionality of Wall•E. It helped to know his design, but that made it hard to make the usual compromises when converting items to LEGO form.

Blues Brothers

Mashable tips us to a remake of the iconic car chase scene from Blues Brothers:

Elsewhere

Robotics competitions at Camira State School, Australia; Nova Scotia Community College; and a Winnipeg Build-Off to benefit the United Way.

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