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AthCon 2014!

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In less than two weeks, we will be panelists for the first time at AthCon!  We’re very excited about this, and want to encourage everyone to come!

“AthCon returns to Athens! The same company that brought you “May the 4th Be With You: A Star Wars Themed Fundraiser” in 2013 is back with out of this world fun. Programming includes Anime, Comics, Star Wars and Kids Tracks. There will also be a Pathfinder Gaming Room, a Monstrosity Championship Wrestling Event, a Cosplay Contest, and a Masked Costume Ball with a cash-bar. The 501st Legion will make a stellar appearance and present a Star Wars discussion panel. In addition to photo ops with costumed characters, a life size Tardis from the hit series Doctor Who will be available for AthCon revelers. Kids can also enjoy face painting as they stroll through our galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars themed activities include a mini staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Tea Time in the Cantina with music and trivia, a children’s light saber creation station, and an X-Wing Fighter game demo. Star Wars  themed merchandise will be for sale, along with AthCon masks and t-shirts. The 2nd Annual AthCon will be held at the Holiday Inn Express 513 W. Broad Street Athens, GA 30601 on Saturday May 3rd from 10:00 AM-12:00 Midnight. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. There is a 25% discount if you come in costume. Tickets will be sold at the door or click here.”

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Guest Post – 5 Awesome LEGO & Star Trek Creations

Bricks, the final frontier.  These are the creations of super fans.  Their mission is to recreate recognizable things from the franchise, to give life to an under represented community, to boldly build what no one has built before!

Officially the LEGO Group does not hold the license to create Star Trek sets. So, if you are a LEGO fan to the extreme, although your options might be a bit scarce, there are no limits to the imagination.

Which is why this does not deter those brave men and women who want to cross their fan hobbies.  They may have to go a little farther to match the minifigures just right and they may have only movies and TV shows to use as their models, but they have produced some really amazing creations. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City hosted an event last year where adult LEGO fans brought with them some really great ones too.

In the fan world, no license is off limits.  This is where Dr. Who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Captain Kirk.  Now set your phasers to “Being Amazed.”  This is the world of Star Trek.

original-crewStar Trek Original Crew Statues

For an amazing universe, you need to start at the beginning.  In Star Trek, it doesn’t get any more original than the first crew seen on TV.  This stunning replica of all the iconic characters was created by Ryan Ziegelbauer.  From the color and style of the uniforms to their placement, every aspect has been covered in the bridge of the Star Trek crew.

TOS-collectionStar Trek TOC Collection

Growing up, you might have wanted to be a member of the starship Enterprise.  If you did then it would be important to have the correct equipment.  Tommy Williamson gives his versions of these classic pieces of equipment.  They include a tricorder for the away missions, a phaser for the security personnel and communicator so that everyone can stay in touch.  That’s all you really need.  Now, one to beam up.

original-shipOriginal Enterprise

The only thing missing from the last entry was a spaceship to fly around in.  Brandon Briffith has solved this little issue with a multitude of space craft from the original series.  This includes the original NCC1701 model of the original enterprise.  Make sure to explore the link to see some of his other ships.  You don’t have to travel warp factor 9, check them out once you’re done here.

 

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DS9 Space Station

Now that you have a ship, you need somewhere to go.  Well, why not try the only space station that received its own TV series.  This fabulous model was done by Sjaacko.  In the show there’s no gravity to worry about so the station’s odd shape can easily exist.  That can be an unexpected challenge when trying to reproduce it in LEGO bricks.  Thankfully Sjaacko did an amazing job to this well-known piece of Star Trek history.

LEGO Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer

Models are not the only thing Star Trek fans can make.  Here is a recreation of the Star Trek movie trailer done in LEGO form.  After watching it, you have to wonder which version of the movie you would like to see.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7JGT0yxxMw)

Author:

Carlo Pandian is an adult fan of LEGO and freelance writer, and has previously published on The Brick Blogger, Bricks of The Death, and The Rock Father. Connect with him on Twitter @carlopandian.

Credits

ST original crew

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rionz/9254540552/

LEGO Star Trek TOS Collection

http://www.flickr.com/photos/geekytom/7529516958/

Original Ship

http://lmotd.blogspot.com/2010/11/starships-from-star-trek-original.html

DS9 station

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54665113@N03/5117614508/

Lego Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7JGT0yxxMw

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Preparing for SecretsCon

In our ever-expanding small slice of geek, we are getting ready for SecretsCon, a new convention being held in Atlanta next weekend.  You can find their website here.

We’ll be setting up a vendor space, and have some progress photos of what we’re working on to share with you!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more!

New Neckties!
New Neckties!

Bow ties!
Bow ties!

Fabric
Fabric

Bags!
Bags!

Rings!
Rings!

 

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SecretsCon – March 28-30, 2014 at  the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

There will be:

  • Board Games galore,  provided by ourselves and more importantly by some of the most diverse collectors we have ever had the honor to game with.
  • Collectible Card Games – both free play and tournament playsponsored by our friendly local game store partners (if that is you – please email us at info@secretsfactory.com for more details).
  • Role-Playing Games – several will be listed here as they schedule in.  Plenty of space for a good number of players, to be sure.
  • Panels on Game Design, Family Gaming, and how to share your hobby with friends.
  • Video Room with how-to and game reviews.
  • Vendor Space for a special gamer-focused dealer room.
  • AND LOTS MORE!  (We are still working lots of the plans but we will be adding the details here regularly.)

Be sure and get your tickets now!

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Geek Forge Fashion Photo Shoot!

 Over the weekend, we took advantage of the beautiful weather to take some pictures for some of our new wearables – neck ties, bow ties and headbands!  Check out the fantastic pictures, or head over to our Etsy store for your very own!

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Famous Movie Homes in Legos

Thanks to our friends over at Movoto for this great look into famous Lego homes!

Famous Movie Houses In LEGO By Movoto Real Estate

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Didn’t see your favorite movie house? If you know how big it is, you can punch the number into our LEGO calculator and see how many bricks it’d be. Of course, you can also enter your own home’s size, too, and at least pretend you’re living like a silver screen legend. Bear in mind that these are approximations (and don’t include interior details), so make sure to do detailed math before placing your order for bricks at the LEGO store.

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SCARAB 2014!

1499523_650224921695312_2034536778_nAt this time next week, we’ll be packing up and putting the final touches on our inventory as we get ready to go to SCARAB!  This will be our first convention where we’re vendors, and we’re pretty pumped about it.  We’ll be selling things from our Etsy store, plus a secret SCARAB exclusive! There’s a Facebook event for those who are so inclined, or you can go to www.s-c-a-r-a-b.com for more information.

This year, they are introducing a costume contest and an anime track!  So come by and visit us!  Maybe we’ll pack some costumes, and there are always games to be played!

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Because we need a little Geekmas…

The countdown is on!  Today and tomorrow is a frenzy of gift-buying, wrapping and baking.  And since it is the season, we found some great geek crafts to make your holidays just a little bit geekier –

Star Wars Snowflakes

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The nice folks over at Matters of Grey have provided some free templates to make your very own Star Wars snowflakes.  These designs are a little more complicated than cutting out some triangles, but it’s a great addition to any geek winter house!

 

 

 

 

product-sg-teatagsGeek Holiday Tags

Over at GirlHero, we found these great geek holiday tags.  Just download, print out on cardstock and attach!  A great way to add that last-minute touch to your otherwise boring gifts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nerdy Nummies

Nerdy Nummies is a great YouTube channel that shows you how to make fantastic treats of the geek and nerd variety!  These range in level of difficulty, but the videos are very enjoyable, even if you’re not talented in the kitchen.  One of our seasonal favorites is the 8-bit cocoa video, shown below:

Do you have a favorite geeky holiday tradition?  We want to know!

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New items coming to our Etsy store!

IMG_4006[1]A while back, Jen decided to make her own purse (you can find her instructions here).  She’s been taking it on our various geek adventures, and is always asked – Where can I get one?  Well, the pattern is from a pattern company, so as much as she wanted to make and sell these to everyone, we know she couldn’t, and after some internet research, Jen found a great pattern at Very Purple Person.  After some experimenting and tweaking the pattern to suit her purposes, Jen was ready. Today, she added the first purse to our Etsy store.  The purse is fully reversible and fully padded.  Keep an eye out, as more of these purses will be making their way to our store for you!

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New Store

After much deliberation and research, we have decided to open an Etsy store.  We will be selling some of the items we’ve shown you how to make, and 15% of the profits will go to http://www.heroinitiative.org, a charity that helps comic creators and their families.  Even if you don’t want to buy anything from us, you should check out Hero Initiative.