Love movies? Love LEGO creations? Meet kindred spirit Jan from Memphis, Tennessee. When we found out that Jan incorporated Redbox into one of his award-nominated LEGO layouts, we couldn’t wait to talk to him.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I am a design engineer for a seat company. I have always been fascinated with engineered things, whether it be cars and robots, or static structures like skyscrapers and buildings. I have been a fan and an avid collector of LEGO for about 10 years. I am also a fan of movies, and lately I’ve been a fan and customer of Redbox.
When did you first start building your LEGO creations, and what inspires them?
One of the very first toys my parents gave me was a red bucket of LEGO. I have collected numerous sets during my childhood. While I stopped collecting during my teen years, I came around to collecting and this time, making my own LEGO designs. Now every time I visit a new city, I take pictures of buildings and notes and incorporate them into my next creation!
When did you first start using Redbox? How close is the box you usually go to?
There is a Walgreens a short drive from my office that I visit frequently, and there is a Redbox kiosk just outside. One day I decided to try and rent my movies there. It was nice since I could just do my renting while out at lunch.
How did you get the idea to incorporate Redbox into your LEGO layout?
I was brainstorming about what things to put on a LEGO Street for Brickworld. So I came up with trees, lamps, and the usual stuff, but then I thought, “Why not Redbox?” It seemed like a unique idea at the time. Tucked away on the side of a building, LEGO fans with a pair of eagle eyes noticed the little kiosk!
Here are some close-ups:
So cool! Now we’ve got a few movie-related questions for you: what’s the last movie you saw, what’s your favorite movie of all time, and who’s your favorite actor and actress?
The last movie I saw was Total Recall, and I think for the time-being my most favorite is Marvel’s The Avengers. I’m a sucker for action movies with more explosions and ooh-ahh special effects. I don’t have any particular favorite actor or actress, but if they have a hit action movie, I usually become a fan of them.
Have you ever made a LEGO scene from a movie? If you were to, what would you pick to recreate?
I have not yet made a movie scene out of LEGO, but I have been planning for a time to create a Fast and Furious scene, as I also like to build LEGO cars with flashy colors. When I get enough mini-figures and have enough police cars, I’ll get around to filming!
My favorite thing about LEGO is that I am only limited by my imagination. There are literally endless possibilities from my collection of bricks. My last creation is usually my favorite, so all my creations became my favorite at one point, whether it be a car, a big building, or a Redbox kiosk. My latest work, the Avenue Residences, is my current favorite. [That's it to the left!]
Tell us a little bit about Brickworld 2012.
Brickworld in Chicago is one of the largest LEGO conventions in North America. Avid LEGO fans from North America and Europe try to make it to the convention every June. I myself drove almost ten hours in my first trip to Brickworld. It’s a great LEGO event, meeting fans, expert designers, and even LEGO officials. This year I was nominated for ‘Best Individual Layout,’ one of five nominated in that category. (A guy who had a 25′ x 5′ medieval layout won the category.)
Here’s Jan’s nominated layout:
Wow. Just… wow.
Congratulations on your nomination, Jan, and thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! We’re honored you found a way to fit Redbox into one of your incredible LEGO layouts.
If you’d like to see more of Jan’s LEGO creations, check out his Flickr page!
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