Hello again!

It has been a while since I’ve posted to this page. Over the past few years, I’ve transitioned jobs not once, not twice, not thrice — but four times, and I’m finally getting around to consolidating my online presence into something more manageable. I am here on WordPress, but also on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, and the goal is to get everything slimmed and trimmed down as far as my cyberself goes.

I recently asked my Gen Z daughter what she thought I should go with: my old Brickplate persona, or try for something else LEGO-themed. She told me to stick with Brickplate, since it’s what most of my Internet friends know me by, and that’s branding 101. (She’s a smart one.). So, I’m doing that: sticking with Brickplate. Happily, I have this domain, and the Instagram handle, but someone else is sitting on the TikTok name (someone who isn’t even using it, UGH) so I’ll figure something out there. In the meantime: I’m going to stick with this URL, and see if WordPress continues to be where I manage it, or if I move things over to another platform like Squarespace.

So what will you see here? Well, I hope to make it the online repository for everything and anything having to do with my lifelong LEGO hobby, including a portfolio of my previous and future MOCs and commissioned works. I will also try and go back into making this a regular LEGO news site, along with other brick stuff like reviews and convention videos. All of that, and whatever else might catch my fancy.

I also hope to restart NYCLUG one day — as my schedule allows! The pandemic was probably the biggest obstacle of all in trying to get that fan group off the ground. I miss my old NYC LEGO mates!

In the meantime: thanks for reading, and I hope this will just be the first of many things you’ll peruse at Brickplate.com!

— Sid

NYCLUG Gets Sneak Peek at the New LEGO Flagship Store in New York City

Here’s my writeup for NYCLUG’s visit to the newest LEGO Store in New York City!

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On Sept. 24, NYCLUG members were treated to a special preview of the new LEGO Brand Retail store in Manhattan’s Flatiron District — and it’s like no other LEGO store around!

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My version of the 2008 Batman Tumbler from set #7888

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Until the announcement of the UCS Tumbler I’d forgotten that in 2008, LEGO released a pretty badass version of Batman’s hyper-armored vehicle, first seen in Batman Begins. The most recent iterations were the exclusive Target polybag and the Bane chase set from The Dark Knight Rises.

But both of those incarnations have nothing on the monster two-seater from set #7888, and while taking some liberties with a few parts (those 2×4 sloped windscreens are hard to find in black, and I didn’t have enough black 6×8 Technic modified bricks), I was able to build two of them.  Now I just need the correct Batman to go along with them.  🙂