As we have discussed last month (see: New LEGO Model Shop Looking for Team!), a brand new LEGO model shop is opening in central Florida by Merlin Entertainment. The shop will be designing and building models for new and existing LEGOLAND parks for all over the world. I have met the team behind this new endeavor at BrickWorld Tampa last year, and there are some exciting development and expansions LEGOLAND is gearing up for. If your dream is to become a LEGO model builder, and you would like to (or already) live in sunny Florida, you might want to become part of this interesting adventure. The new model shop is 15 minutes away from LEGOLAND Florida, and is in the last stages of opening. :)


The positions we have talked about previously have been filled, and now all they are looking for are some model builders. Here are the details of what they are looking for: “This individual builds LEGO models in our off-site model shop at MMM Studios. Must have LEGO building experience and be able to design and build sturdy, accurate, complicated, safe and installable LEGO models for a wide variety of LEGOLAND attractions including miniature scale models and/or life sized organic models from prototypes, diagrams or computer generated instructions. This position requires strong communication during design and building of models, good organization during the completion and documentation phases of the projects and a willingness to complete all tasks necessary to creating and installing models and displays.”

The position requires previous experience in LEGO model building, (architectural and/or sculptural), basic computer knowledge, a good knowledge of LEGO parts, good communication skills, ability to give and receive constructive criticism, ability to work in a team and a positive attitude. Strong focus, concentration, good craftsmanship, patience and a sense of humor are a must. Artistic education, background, or experience helpful but not required. Education required is high-school diploma or equivalent. Other requirements are to have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record. Must be willing to travel throughout the US and internationally for events, training, repair or installations. Position requires a pre-placement physical. Responsibilities include:

  1. Builds 2D and 3D LEGO models including but not limited to miniature scale models and/or organic life sized models from supplied prototypes, diagrams or computer generated instructions (Brickbuilder software) within time allocated to the best of their abilities.
  2. Communicates with Lead Designer, Designer, Lead Animator and/or Supervisor during the Model or Animation Brief and as questions or challenges arise to make sure models and animation meet expectations and requirements.
  3. Coordinates with Animation Technician on steel, audio, visual and mechanical needs for both static and animated models.
  4. Builds complicated glued LEGO models in timely and safe manner, following guidelines and training in production, techniques, documentation, standards and policies.
  5. Communicates with Lead Designer and/or Supervisor to make sure models meet expectations and requirements.
  6. Inspects glued models to ensure a sturdy, high quality, safe model that has everything it needs for installation completed.
  7. Photographs glued models and adds photos to project folders.
  8. Assists Designer or Lead Designer in 2D or 3D computer artwork or modeling as needed.
  9. Immediately identifies management of safety related concerns and keeps safety #1 priority.
  10. Must be able to react under pressure or in an emergency in a calm and rational manner.
  11. Ensures that all model work areas are kept clean, neat and orderly at all times.
  12. Keep tools, machines, and all other company equipment in clean and good working order.
  13. Keeps informed and updated on techniques, LEGO parts and methods for LEGO Model Building.
  14. Attends weekly staff meetings for purpose of directing, informing and training.
  15. Completes daily time and material (T&M) cards prior to leaving the property.
  16. Follows LEGO-established MC handbook policies at all times.

You can apply for the LEGO model builder position, see the requirements and qualifications, and apply for the positions at this link. You may also share the link with friends and family who you feel might be interested in this role. And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below. I’m in communications with their Production Manager directly and can invite him to respond to your inquiries. 😉

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As usual, a new month means new LEGO deals, and this time of the year is particularly exciting as we gear up for the year-end holidays. So let’s take a look at what LEGO has for us this month! :)

LEGO Store Calendar October 2015

FREE LEGO CREATOR HOLIDAY TRAIN: Just like in previous years, LEGO is going to offer two free sets; one in October and one in November. The first one is the #40138 LEGO Creator Holiday Train, which will be available October 13th to November 13th with purchases of $99 or more – while supplies last. This is an incredibly cute little train that I think makes up for the lack of new LEGO Winter Village set this year.

#40138 LEGO Holiday Train

LEGO CREATOR WINTER TOY SHOP: Speaking of the LEGO Winter Village sets, the #10249 LEGO Creator Winter Toy Shop is now available to everyone, not just LEGO VIP members. You can read the full review of this set, along with a comparison to the 2009 version here: Brick Breakdown: LEGO Winter Toy Shop. If you don’t have the original set already, I’m sure you will be very happy with this one, and if you do, you might still consider purchasing it for the upgrades. Also, don’t forget about last year’s #10245 LEGO Santa’s Workshop and the LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Friends Advent Calendars. You can find them all under the seasonal items section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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NEW LEGO THANKSGIVING SET: And talking about holidays, don’t forget about the #40123 LEGO Thanksgiving Feast set, a charming little vignette with great details. It is only $9.99, and you can find it under the season items section of the Online LEGO Shop.

#40123 LEGO Thanksgiving

LEGO STAR WARS FREE POSTER & NEW SETS: September was huge for LEGO Star Wars as the new “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” sets were unveiled. You can find reviews to all of the sets at the end of this post. In addition, the sixth and final LEGO Star Wars Collectible Poster will be available from October 26th – November 1st with any LEGO Star Wars purchase. As we have discussed previously (see: LEGO Star Wars Posters Collection for 2015), there are six free collectible posters – one for each episode – but the time you can get them is quite short so you need to pay attention to the dates. All the new sets are available at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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LEGO DOUBLE VIP POINTS PERIOD: According to the calendar above, from October 1st to the 4th you can earn Double VIP Points on all LEGO purchases. This is an excellent and rare opportunity to accumulate points for future purchases. As you can see, the time period listed is very short, however LEGO’s customer service have confirmed that this is incorrect and the actual period is until October 14th. You can earn Double VIP Points both at local LEGO stores and at the Online LEGO Shop.

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LEGO IDEAS WALL-E AVAILABLE NOW: While this set supposed to have been released at the beginning of last month, it was not available until towards the end of the month because of delays due to defective hinge bricks at the neck section of the model. This only effected the North American market, and the set is now available under the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop. You can also read a full review of the set here: LEGO Ideas WALL-E Available Now!

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LEGO DIMENSIONS AVAILABLE NOW: The LEGO Dimensions toys-to-life game was released a few days ago, and while previously it was only available on Amazon, it now has a dedicated section at the LEGO shop as well. We have written a guide to the sets here: LEGO Dimensions Available Now – Full Guide. You can find all the current starter packs and add-on packs at the LEGO Dimensions section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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Also, don’t forget about the huge wave of new sets that were released in the last couple of months! This is a great time to get them due to the Double VIP Points period. Some of the highlights include the new LEGO Ninjago sets, the new LEGO Friends sets, new LEGO Elves sets, new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets, new LEGO Minecraft sets, new LEGO Technic sets and more. You can find links to details and reviews at the end of this posts.

LEGO Store Calendar October 2015 Details

So what do you think? What are you planning to get and build this month? Feel free to share in the comment section below! Also, if you are having trouble choosing which set to get, you are welcome to discuss it here. The LEGO fan community can help you in making a decision. Sometimes all it takes is just talking it through with likeminded friends.

LEGO Store Calendar October 2015 New Sets

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