We have talked about the upcoming #10232 LEGO Modular Palace Cinema previously (see: LEGO Modular Palace Cinema Coming! and LEGO Modular Palace Cinema Press-Release), however I did not share with you the official designer-video, as it came out after the press-release. So let’s take a look, and learn some interesting behind-the scenes details too! 😉
As you know, the LEGO Palace Cinema is the latest addition to the LEGO Modular Building series, and a quite unique one at that. Watch as LEGO designer Astrid from Denmark explains the cool features of this set.
Awesome, isn’t it? Since we already talked about the details of the LEGO Palace Cinema in the previous posts (linked above) I won’t repeat those here, but there is a little bit of extra-special feature of this set that I haven’t realized until recently, and thought to share with you; and that’s about the LEGO Palace Cinema designers themselves.
Of course we know that Astrid worked on the LEGO Palace Cinema (also the #10224 LEGO Modular Town Hall) and she is awesome! She is also a personal inspiration to me as a fellow FFOL (Female-Fan-of-LEGO). She is a LEGO designer by day and a dancer and fencer by night. Yeah, go, girl! 😛
However what I didn’t know is that LEGO-intern Jordan Schwartz also worked on this set. Jordan, who goes by the name Sir Nadroj in the LEGO-fan community, is a favorite builder of mine whose work I have been following for several years.
Jordan came to the LEGO fan scene in 2007 as a teen, and I had the pleasure of following his progress. By 2009 he was one of the most well-noted young LEGO builders, and his work has been featured on many LEGO websites and blogs. He was known for his unusual usage of LEGO parts, large brick-built figures, his love for classic cars and anything LEGO Fabuland. Around this time he also started to participate in LEGO-fan events and conventions, propelling his LEGO career further. If I remember correctly it was right after finishing high-school when he was selected to be part of the LEGO internship program.
Jordan had to travel to Europe to be part of the LEGO internship, and he haven’t posted much on his flickr gallery since then. So I was happy to see this latest photo he posted just a few days ago. As you see Jordan grew into a handsome young man, with a taste for vintage suits and design. 😎
Jordan says the following about this photo: “I had the pleasure of designing this set with designer Astrid G. who you may know from the designer-videos for this set and the LEGO Town Hall modular. I designed the overall aesthetic of the set, channeling the spirit of 1930’s Hollywood. Astrid served as the set’s engineer – the practical one of the two of us – responsible for final design decisions, and engineering some of the more complex assemblies you’ll find in the set. I thought it might be ‘cinematic’ (no pun intended) to photograph this set with other period-authentic objects; like my Paul Goldman streamlined desk from 1946, my 1942 Remington typewriter, a 1939 Saturn Lamp from the N.Y. World’s Fair, and my 1930’s white cotton suit (with pleated pockets and belted back). Pretty much the only thing in this shot that is not from the 1930’s or 1940’s is my pocket square. Hanging on the wall on the left is an original program from December 21, 1937; the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles (speaking of movies). It hangs over a 1935 Philco Cathedral Radio.”
Just love this kid! He got class and style! I thought this might inspire some of our teen readers who seriously consider working with LEGO in the future. It is always nice to see when someone from the LEGO-fan community makes it to the inside world of LEGO – especially someone so young. What do you think? Would you like to work for LEGO? 🙂
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This set looks AWESOME! I love the poster for “The Brick Separator” and those beautiful Hollywood star walk tiles! I am definitely going to get this set.
AWESOME! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to bad i can’t buy it, well i can but its a bit out of my price range
I love this set. but I am not going to buy it… unless I can get it for 50% off somehow =D
he he! sales are awesome!
Imagine the price of that in the U.S.A. If it costed $150 over there,imagine Nassau. Pretty crazy right? That would be a super high price. But other than that it is an amazing set. They should bring a Lego Store over here. That would be awesome!
I like this set 😀
i hope today there will be a good interesting post 🙂
Well, it should be to your liking because it’s about Ninjago. 😉
I’m clicking on the ‘Next Post’ link at the bottom but it won’t come up. Same when I’m going backwards (newest to older)
Some kind of error message – operation aborted…
My end or your end?
Kristina, the links work fine for me. You could email me the error message you get and I can have my tech-guy look at it. But as far as I can tell they work fine. I checked them on several pages, including this one.
this set is pretty cool
Nice set! I love those little posters… (: Nice touch! This reminds me of going back to MY LEGO set that I’m building… 😛
Looking good, great fun Jordan is involved, I have had some contact with him and we are both in a LEGO book:)
Glad at least one of us made it into LEGO.
Great building, but somehow it does not belong with the others….
Also, since I first saw this, I find it looking Chinese.
But, I am sure we will buy it too 🙂
Hey, Maxx, long time no see! Great that you know Jordan, he is an awesome kid. Yeah, the theatre is different, but it does look nice with the other modulars. Theatres often have different styles then other buildings in the neigborhood, so I think it’s a win. 😉
Finally had a chance to watch this video. makes me want this set even more! Love that red baseplate, and the star tiles on the Walk of Fame. Very well designed set.
NAICE!!! Luv to buy this!
It’s really too bad that this cinema didn’t have main floor and balcony seating. They could have eliminated the refreshment stand for a very good reason. As a movie palace tour guide, I’ve given hundreds of people tours of movie cinemas of the 1920s and 1930s. One thing that the folks at TLG didn’t get right is that in the 1920s and 1930s, cinemas did NOT have refreshment stands. These did not start appearing until 1940.
And also this would explain why old cinemas are so understaffed with bathrooms! You didn’t consume a big gulp before the show… hence fewer people needed to use restrooms.
Having a main floor and balcony seating would have made for a cinema with more than just 6 seats!! Also, cinema’s do NOT show a projection room to the public. It is always hidden behind a wall. This could have saved a lot of space for more seating in the balcony.
Gary, that’s all ver interesting. Thanks for sharing! 🙂