This is my adaptation of the LEGO Architecture set, 21046 Empire State Building, which I was fortunate to get as a Christmas present. I immediately knew that it would fit in well with Micropolis, and may well be the tallest building in the city.
Back in May I was lucky enough to get a commission from LEGO to photograph their new Trafalgar Square Architecture set, 21045, actually in Trafalgar Square in London. They sent me the set to build and I had to provide 3-5 photos of it in situ.
Once I had accomplished my goal, I was able to turn this lovely set into a full block for my Micropolis city. It only required another brick’s width of road on three sides, and a small extension at the rear – where you can still see the little doors which open onto the galleries at the back, housing tiny works of art.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my commission to photograph the LEGO Architecture Trafalgar Square set in the real Trafalgar Square for them to use in their promo campaign for the set. Today they used exactly the image I had expected (I sent several options) on Twitter and Instagram (and possibly Facebook too, but I’m not on there so didn’t see it if they did):
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) June 19, 2019
I was recently asked if I could take up to 6 photographs of LEGO’s not-yet-released Architecture set Trafalgar Square (21045) in the real Trafalgar Square – for a social media campaign by LEGO. This wasn’t a paid assignment, but I did receive the model to build before its release date, which was rather nice.
I was on a bit of a tight schedule due to various work and travelling commitments at the time, (I don’t actually live in London but am working there at the moment). So after building the model at home, I carefully boxed it up and took it to work in my bag, and then visited Trafalgar Square on the way home that evening. The weather wasn’t playing ball, but it gave me the opportunity to scout out some locations, and at least get something in the bag. These were the best pictures I managed to take on my first visit:
While these weren’t my best work by any means, at least I had some insurance images to uphold my end of the bargain, and I had found what I thought would be the perfect location – just not the perfect weather, yet.
I decided to try again the next morning.
My luck was in! Apart from the inconvenience of having to get up to catch a train an hour and a half earlier than normal, it was a beautiful morning with bright blue sky and plenty of sun.
I headed to Trafalgar Square on my way to work this time, and set about getting the images I really wanted.
Much better than before! But I also managed to get what I thought would be the real “money shot”:
Having processed the images when I got home, I emailed them off to my contact at LEGO and now I wait patiently for the promo campaign to appear “sometime soon” on social media… I will let you know when I spot it!
Update: Here it is!
Lego Architecture set Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, finally put on a Micropolis base to make 1/2 block. The scale is perfect and it even comes with some ready-made Micropolis taxis! With the addition of a bit of landcasping on the right, it makes a great block for the downtown museum zone.
Watch the video on this Block by Blockhead:
The Architecture: US Capitol Building (21030) set is the biggest I got for Christmas. It kept me amused for most of Boxing Day while I was still feeling grotty with the lurgy. It’s a lovely model with loads of details and a shed load of Erling (headlight) bricks (4070)! It took a few hours to build but was very satisfying.
All that sand green for the roof! Lovely!