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What LEGO employee would you most want to join BZPower?

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#1 Offline Aanchir

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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 04:55 PM

If you could convince any LEGO employee (or anyone who works for LEGO in any capacity-- freelancers or people from agencies like ADVANCE or Ghost also qualify!) to join BZPower and interact with BZP members, who would you choose?Two rules:You have to choose somebody who has not already been active on BZPower... I don't want to hear a lot of people say they just want Greg Farshtey back, even though I think most of us agree on that point.You are not obligated to pick someone who is allowed to interact with minors as part of their work for LEGO. I don't want to see arguments about who can or can't join BZPower, but rather a civil discussion of who you'd like to join. If it helps, you can pretend that BZPower is an AFOL site and that everyone here is over 18 for the sake of argument.Let me start with a list of suggestions for those of you who don't know of many LEGO employees
  • Mark Stafford: Designer of sci-fi vehicles and mecha for lots of themes in the past decade. His sets can be seen here. Was an AFOL before working for LEGO.
  • Jamie Berard: LEGO Creator and Direct-to-Consumer (LEGO Exclusive) designer. He is credited for creating the Modular Buildings line as well as the Emerald Knight, among other sets. Was an AFOL before working for LEGO.
  • Christoffer Raundahl: Has been a designer for LEGO action figure themes since the beginning of the Throwbots/Slizer theme, and is one of the inventors of the Hero Factory 2.0 building system. Sets he helped design include Toa Mata Tahu and Kopaka, the Bohrok, and Toa Mahri Kongu and Hewkii.
  • Christian Faber: ADVANCE Art Director who contributed heavily to the BIONICLE mythos from the very beginning. You can read about many of his contributions on his blog, Faber Files.
  • Carlos D'Anda: Freelance comic artist who illustrated the first nine BIONICLE comics, the Hero Factory comic covers, and a Hero Factory promotional comic.
  • Paul Lee: An AFOL and comic artist for the LEGO Magazines. Also illustrated the third LEGO Ninjago graphic novel.
  • Astrid Graabaek: LEGO Creator, Direct-to-Consumer, and Friends designer. One of her designs most loved by AFOLs is the recent Town Hall from the Modular Buildings series.
  • Adam Grabowski: Designer for various LEGO play themes and licensed themes. One of his most stellar recent designs is the Haunted House from the Monster Fighters and LEGO Direct-to-Consumer lines. His sets can be seen here.
  • Cathy Hapka: A freelance author who worked on the first three books in the BIONICLE Chronicles series as well as the Mask of Light novelization. She also is the author of the LEGO Friends chapter books due for release next year.
These are just a handful of designers I thought might be of interest to BZPower members, but feel free to choose anyone not on this list! You can learn about a lot of people who contributed to the BIONICLE and Hero Factory themes at BIONICLEsector01 and HEROsector01.My own personal choice would probably be either Christian Faber or Christoffer Raundahl. Both are brilliant designers with a huge portfolio of quality work for BIONICLE and Hero Factory. I think BIONICLE and Hero Factory fans, myself included, could learn a lot from them about the human effort and imagination that went into these themes!

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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 05:19 PM

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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 05:27 PM

Faber or Raundahl would be great (and probably of more interest to the people here who are fans of Bionicle exclusively), but Mark Stafford is one of my personal favorite Lego designers, and I'd love to be able to interact with him on BZPower.
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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 05:44 PM

Mark Stafford or Samuel Johnson. I need more people involved in LEGO Ninjago to join. Also, would people like Jay Vincent, Michael Kramer, and The Fold who are contracted by LEGO count?
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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 06:39 PM

So wait, is this just a sort of "who would you hypothetically want to join?" type of thing, or is it actually going to have an effect? I suspect the former, but might as well ask anyway. :lol:Also, Faber hands down.
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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 07:15 PM

Front. That guy is tops.
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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 07:30 PM

Front. That guy is tops.

Oh, Erland? Haha. He keeps giving slight hints towards upcoming sets on another site, it's kinda funny to watch everyone try to puzzle it out.

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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 08:03 PM

Christian Faber all the way. He's the next best thing to Greg Farshtey ATM.
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Posted Oct 28 2012 - 10:28 PM

Faber and Raundahl would probably be the ones of most interest. Although I want to see more stuff on the former's blog, and he seems to be short on time to update that, so I'm not sure that him joining would be the greatest. :shrugs:Also if Bob Thompson joined that would be hilarious. (He's the original creator of the Bionicle concept, for those unfamiliar.) I just imagine him walking in on an S&T discussion...seeing all the bring back Bionicle arguing topics...
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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 12:10 AM

Hapka. I liked her books.
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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 09:58 AM

Faber. He's the GregF of behind-the-scenes info.
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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 10:12 AM

Cathy Hapka. She's personally responsible for some of my favourite storyline moments and truly made Metru Nui a wonderful and lively saga.
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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 10:26 AM

Christian Faber. it would be great to have the man who writes the Faber Files entries as a member of BZP.
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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 11:07 AM

Cathy Hapka. She's personally responsible for some of my favourite storyline moments and truly made Metru Nui a wonderful and lively saga.

Ummmm... I'm confused. Did she even write anything for the story during the Metru Nui story arc? She certainly didn't write any of the books during that time. Or did you mean Mata Nui?

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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 11:10 AM

No she didn't, that was Greg. She did the Chronicles books. I lump her into those books for some reason. Regardless, that was a very good time for lore.But also, still very much her to the topic's question.

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Posted Oct 29 2012 - 08:50 PM

I don't really know too many Lego employees, but based on those little blurbs Mark Stafford and Christoffer Raundahl sound like pretty cool guys who could join BZP and not afraid of anything.~B~
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Posted Oct 30 2012 - 06:57 AM

Front. That guy is tops.

Oh, Erland? Haha. He keeps giving slight hints towards upcoming sets on another site, it's kinda funny to watch everyone try to puzzle it out.

Ha, I forgot about Front/Erland! He'd definitely be awesome to have on BZPower, what with the hints he frequently drops about future Hero Factory sets and parts.

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Posted Oct 30 2012 - 08:25 AM

Faber has already provided a lot of info about stuff that could have been, if he were a member he could provide a much deeper insight into other potential concepts that we never saw.
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Posted Oct 31 2012 - 01:40 AM

Probably Christian Faber. His blog is already so interesting; I'd love to see more.
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Posted Nov 05 2012 - 03:51 PM

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Posted Nov 10 2012 - 09:57 PM

I would like Greg Farshtey to return but that does not look as though that will ever happen. So maybe Christian Faber. His blog makes me think he wants to share with others that will listen so maybe he would like an online forum. But in all honesty I don't really know.
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Posted Nov 17 2012 - 07:51 PM

It would be great if Christian Faber was here to answer some of our questions about BIONICLE and any other projects he worked on with LEGO. More interaction with LEGO employees in general would be awesome.
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Posted Nov 18 2012 - 01:23 AM

Anybody who can talk to us.Or, COPPA could go away and give us back GregF.
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Posted Dec 11 2012 - 12:04 AM

Mark Stafford or Samuel Johnson. I need more people involved in LEGO Ninjago to join. Also, would people like Jay Vincent, Michael Kramer, and The Fold who are contracted by LEGO count?

 

I would love to have them on here. :D


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Posted Dec 14 2012 - 09:30 PM

I had a brief chat with Jamie Berard at Brick Fiesta this year, nice guy.

 

Mark Stafford has designed some of my favorite sets released in the past several years, and there's also a specific post on the old BZP forums I'd like to send him a link to... :P


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Posted Dec 16 2012 - 12:49 PM

Christian Faber, obviously. :P


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Posted Dec 16 2012 - 01:35 PM

Well my all time favorite employee will always be Steve Witt, but of course there are a couple issues with that, one being he has already joined and well, he technically doesn't work for them anymore!Though we could use a little Kevin Hinkle (SP?) action up in here! He's pretty great, and can draw like a maniac to boot!
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Posted Dec 18 2012 - 09:51 AM

Well my all time favorite employee will always be Steve Witt, but of course there are a couple issues with that, one being he has already joined and well, he technically doesn't work for them anymore!Though we could use a little Kevin Hinkle (SP?) action up in here! He's pretty great, and can draw like a maniac to boot!

Kevin Hinkle's actually already here. He participated in one of the recent Art Contests.


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Posted Dec 18 2012 - 10:07 AM

Hapka, Faber, D'Anda, and Raundahl.


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Posted Dec 18 2012 - 07:02 PM

 

Well my all time favorite employee will always be Steve Witt, but of course there are a couple issues with that, one being he has already joined and well, he technically doesn't work for them anymore!Though we could use a little Kevin Hinkle (SP?) action up in here! He's pretty great, and can draw like a maniac to boot!

Kevin Hinkle's actually already here. He participated in one of the recent Art Contests.

 

 

 

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Posted Dec 19 2012 - 01:39 PM

I was going to say "Steve Witt because he's literally the greatest and he's already a member so that saves everyone some trouble" but then I remembered he's not with Lego anymore :(

 

 

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Posted Jan 03 2013 - 02:09 PM

Mark Stafford definitely, he's the guy who made a lot of the exo-force sets, including the Raging Bullfrog, a cancelled Exo-Force set...man I wish I could talk to him.


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Christian Faber would be amazing. I wouldn't mind Bob Thompson also, though he no longer works for LEGO.

 

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Posted Jan 30 2013 - 03:42 AM

[font="'times new roman', times, serif;"][color=#800000;]Definitely Faber. Faber's cool. Very cool.[/color][/font]

 

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Posted Feb 18 2013 - 08:10 PM

[font="Palatino;"]Faber. He's the GregF of behind-the-scenes info.[/font]

Agreed! Lol he should really make an acount, as well as more people that work for Hero Factory so they can get some awesome ideas the community has :D


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