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Announcing My First LEGO Set!!

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Oct. 8th, 2006 | 02:15 pm

What fun! I just found out from our marketing guy on Friday that I can finally talk about the first sets I worked on for 2007! Woo-Hoo!!

Oh where to begin... Before I say anything, I just want to lower your expectations a bit. Years ago I learned a valuable lesson from the first Batman movie. Everyone was telling me how amazing it was and how I absolutely had to go see it. As a result of having such high expectations, I was doomed to see the movie as a letdown. It was only years later that I was truly able to appreciate the movie as the terrific after-school special that it was.

The list below represents different sets for early 2007 that I've contributed to in some capacity. I've labeled them differently to highlight the fact that some of my models include building instructions while others are just for inspiration.

If labeled 'INSPIRATION' the model will only appear in picture form on certain pages of the building instructions. These models will not have instructions on how to build them.

If labeled 'ALTERNATE' the model was built using only pieces available from the main model on the front of the box. These models include building instructions and are often shown as smaller pictures on the front and back of the box.

If labeled 'MAIN' the model is the largest of the set and is the focus of the front box-shot. Building instructions are included. All alternates and inspiration models are built using only the pieces from this model.

Here they are!


4916 Mini Animals

ALTERNATE 'Turkey'
ALTERNATE 'Dinosaur'


4917 Mini Robots

ALTERNATE 'Magic Crazy Cat'


4918 Mini Flyers

ALTERNATE 'Biplane'


4939 Cool Cars

INSPIRATION 'Tele-handler'


6163 Creative Building

INSPIRATION 'Dragon with Knight'


4953 Fast Flyers

MAIN 'Swing-Wing Jet'
ALTERNATE 'Hovercraft'
ALTERNATE 'Helicopter'
INSPIRATION 'Speedboat'
INSPIRATION 'Space Shuttle'

If you're looking for one set that has the most jamie bang for the buck, the Fast Flyers is your best bet. It's my first set, so I'm particularly proud of it. Please be sure to run out an buy cases of them :)

The main model is an f-14 type stunt show plane complete with swing-wings, working wing and tail flaps, working landing gear and huge air intake and exhaust engines. My friend Nathanael dared me to make a hovercraft as an alternate, so the first alternate is indeed a hovercraft with hidden wheels beneath so that it can roll around and steer on the floor. The second alternate is an Airwolf-style helicopter. It is meant to be the easiest build of the three, so the functions are limited to spin-able main and tail rotors. I'm hoping at least one of the three models on the box front will tempt $20 out of the pockets of some eager kids and adults!

The inspiration models are pretty fun too. The speed boat has some cool detailing while the Space Shuttle has working bay doors and a functional robotic arm and orbiting satellite. I'm also lucky to say that LEGO legend Steen Sig Andersen created a fantastic Cargo plane as the final inspiration model in the set.

I will be unveiling the Fast Flyers at LEGO World in the Netherlands next week. LEGO asked me last week to join a team of representatives for the week long event. Although I will only be there for the long weekend, you should definitely stop on by and say hi if you're in the neighborhood.

I know a lot of you will be asking for pictures of the new sets, but that will have to wait for a couple of weeks. Hopefully I'll be able to grab some for an upcoming post where I talk all about my experiences at LEGO World.

Considering that it use to take two years to send a product to market, I'm grateful to already be able to talk about the stuff I worked on. I can't imagine what it must have been like back then. I mean it's just been over 10 months and I was about ready to burst having to wait! Of course, now we're already working on some way-too cool 2008 products, so this could be a rough year for me ;)

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xrsblu

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from: xrsblu
date: Oct. 8th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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::faints::

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Quick nitpick

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 8th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Jamie--the F-16 doesn't have swing-wings; every Air Force officer has to know this even if he doesn't fly planes. :)

Glad that you'll be at LEGOworld; I'm coming up from Southern Germany for the weekend myself! Exactly which days will you be there?

Derek

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jamie

Re: Quick nitpick

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
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LOL...Wow, I can't believe I typed that. I swear I did my research...honestly :)

I guess I was just so excited while typing that I didn't notice the typo. No worries, I changed it so that I don't have to hide in shame when I go to LEGO World.

Thanks for the heads up!

jamie

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jamie

Re: Quick nitpick

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I will be at LEGO World Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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from: freemansiggeru
date: Oct. 17th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
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We'd heard warmish on Friday, Saturday, rain Saturday night into Sunday, and a cooldown. Friday was ranging between hot and damned hot - nearly 90.

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At Last!

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
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I'll buy then all.
Congrats,

Tânia Baixinho

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jamie

Re: At Last!

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Tania! I hope you like them!

jamie :)

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Tim

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from: tims300
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
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yay! (of course, i don't really care about lego, but i'm still happy. :)

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jamie

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from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Maybe now's the time to finally rediscover your childhood. I know somebody who can set you up with some really cool LEGO stuff...

jamie ;)

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Tim

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from: tims300
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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oooh.

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Bryan

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from: green_paper
date: Oct. 9th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Re: 4953 Fast Flyers

Wow I can't believe you were able to include so many features in a $20 set. Can't wait!

And I'd have a hard time designing cool stuff but not be allowed to discuss it...

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.:TiM:.

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from: tjs607
date: Oct. 10th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
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Your Fast Flyers set sounds incredibly cool! I'll be promoting it to fellow shoppers when the nephews drag me to the toy stores!!!
MUAH! and I miss you!!!

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jamie

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from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 10th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Heya!

Thanks for the vote of confidence. You can be sure that I'll be lining right up there with you at the registers :)

I miss you too! I think that you deserve a trip to Scandinavia after all that studying. Hmm...perhaps you could study abroad for a semester!

jamie :)

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from: brandennowak
date: Oct. 17th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
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You do study hard--I'll say that for you--and think what a chance you'll have to influence The Fellows for good.

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from: napoleonhericy
date: Oct. 17th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
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Have you made any you'd like for your fellow peeps to know about. I'll tell you mine & welcome the opportunity to hear yours.

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jamie

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from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
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lol. Thanks!

It would be pretty cool if the sets all make it on the shelf before I get home this Christmas--that way we can go on a kick-ass shopping spree at the LEGO store. Woo-Hoo!

jamie :)

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Darn-it

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
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We will be in the Netherlands the week before your visit! Just our luck:-(

In the meantime, Avonlea has been taking beans from the chili, sticking them between her toes and feeding them to Jaida-Moo-Moo. Needless to say, that explains the mysterious "aroma" around Jaida's Netherlands (and Avonlea's feet)!

Ah, the things you miss when you're away...

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jamie

Re: Darn-it

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm...wait a minute. Your credibility is shot! How can you possibly be in the Netherlands the week before since right now is the week before!? You are so busted!!

Mmmm...beans. Give big hugs to my little girl. I love the picture blog you've been keeping. It really makes me feel like I'm not so far away.

I miss you guys!

uncle jamie :)

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Question

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
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Just how did you manage to quiet down the little voice in your head that kept saying "Must build Anne of Green Gables Inspiration Set. Must build Anne of Green Gables Inspiration set...""

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Re: Question

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Find a way to give Anne amazing powers so that she can battle Batman and Sponge Bob and we'll have one killer set :)

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Re: Question

from: jaidamoomoo
date: Oct. 15th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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Anne can walk on roof tops (and she has been known to shoot laser beams out of her braids...)

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Re: Question

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
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Anne also smashes people over the head with small chalkboards...

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Re: Question

from: jaidamoomoo
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
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She also gets people drunk with rasberry cordial, puts mice in pudding, jumps on old people to scare them out of their beds in the middle of the night, and hides tiny ninjas in her puffy sleeves.

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Hey Jamie

from: jaidamoomoo
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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I miss you. When will you be back to visit?
xoxo

Jaida-Moo-Moo

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jamie

Re: Hey Jamie

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 11th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
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It's great to see Jaida-Moo-Moo has finally come of age and entered the virtual world. I'm so proud to be a part of it :)

I miss you too!! I'll be back for Christmas.

Big Hugs,

jamie

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Re: Hey Jamie

from: jaidamoomoo
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
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Remember: Don't confuse Jaida-Moo-Moo with her aol imposter Jaida-mu-mu...

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We are so EXCITED!

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 12th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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Hey Jamie! We are so proud of you. I can't wait for it to hit the shelves. We will be sure to buy one asap. Connor will be very excited and proud to get it and to tell everyone that his Uncle Jamie designed it. Keep up the good work.
Nickie, Mike, Connor & Brianna

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jamie

Re: We are so EXCITED!

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 16th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Hey thanks guys! Connor, Brianna and I are going to have lots of fun when I come home for Christmas :)

BTW, it was very cool to hear the kids sing happy birthday to me on the phone saturday night. I always like hearing from them.

Congrats again on the new job. I can't wait to hear how it works out!

BIG HUGS!

jamie

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Congratulations!

from: dunechaser
date: Oct. 14th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
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Congrats, Jamie! Clearly, you have the coolest job in the world. ;-)

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jamie

Re: Congratulations!

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 16th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It really is a pretty sweet gig. It's the only job I've ever had where I wake up each morning more excited than the day before.

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Any Pics?

from: jaidamoomoo
date: Oct. 15th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
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Do you have pics of the new sets?

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jamie

Re: Any Pics?

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 16th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately, LEGO has not officially released images yet. Those who go to LEGO World in Holland this coming weekend will be the first to see the Fast Flyers. I'm hoping that some pictures are posted after the event so that you guys can check it out :)

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Re: Any Pics?

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Jamie,

I hope I can take pictures of whatever you're bringing to LEGO World so that I can share the good news with everyone...are you giving a presentation at a certain time there?

Derek

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Re: Any Pics?

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 17th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Jamie,

I hope I can take pictures of whatever you're bringing to LEGO World so that I can share the good news with everyone...are you giving a presentation at a certain time there?

Derek

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Question

from: jaidamoomoo
date: Oct. 15th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
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Thought you'd enjoy this link:
http://www.seankenney.com/portfolio/small_baby_mosaic/

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jamie

Re: Question

from: sideshowjamie
date: Oct. 16th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

Sean's a very cool guy. If you get a chance, rummage around his website and you'll find lots of fun creations. He's quite a celebrity in the LEGO community.

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Happy Birthday!!!!

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 18th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday Jamie-
I hope you had nice birthday in Denmark:) Your journal entries are soooo cool! I will definitely have to start looking around in the stores for them! Good luck with everything...keep me posted about when you are in town next.
Tennille

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