I've always wanted to create a model of Times Square, but I was particularly inspired when the city recently closed Broadway to automobiles and turned Times Square into an amazing new public plaza. I wanted to capture the bustle and excitement of the new public space, while still poking fun of the overall glitz and cheesiness of this part of town.
Giant billboards, flashing lights and video screens, logos and signs, flashy colors... everything competes for your attention. There's even a lot of "real New York" vignettes throughout the display that add a bit of local flair.
... Spiderman keeps the city safe!
Harry Potter and a Stormtrooper have a chat in the new pedestrianized Times Square.
Has LEGO Steve Jobs graced our LEGO Times Square?? We are honored! Hi, Steve!
The digital screens in the Two Times Square building really work!
This display was installed at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, and unveiled at a LEGO playtime event on December 5, 2009. Hundreds of people came by to see the unveiling, to build their own fun LEGO creations, and to get a signed copy of my new book, "Cool Cars and Trucks".
Here are some pictures of the model as it was in-progress. The whole display took over 300 hours to complete! And in case you're wondering how I got those flashing dancing lights all over the model? Christmas lights. :)
Amazing building love this, very detailed, there are not enough hours in the day to build Lego.
moc pages and other Lego websites, have inspired me to start building my own stuff, stuff being Lego Fire builds. another child hood Dream being made. :)
BEST... MOC... EVER... MADE... IN... HISTORY... THAT... I'VE... EVER... SEEN!!!!! This is amazing! I've never seen anything like this! You are one of the best LEGO builders in the world! And the galaxy! And the Universe! You are awesome!
Wow... i wish i had 1.4 million lego bricks to work from... just one thing to say... TOTAL AWESOMENESS
I like it
January 20, 2010
WOW! I would love to build something like that to bad I don't have enough bricks. hey is that I-pod touch lego piece a sticker you made. LOL I spotted spider man. The hot dog man is classic. well done.
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! You must be an MOCpages admin! Or even an LEGO Company Admin!!! You must be payed a billion! You are the best! How in the galaxy did you find all those bricks?! You are serious with LEGO bricks! I wish I could see the model and you in person! You are so amazing!!! Addin' ya to my favorite builders!!! BEST BUILDER EVER!!!!!
And now that I finally get around to commenting there probably isn't anything left to say. Though, I must note the amazing ability you have to include awesomely random and everyday minifig action. It almost makes me feel like I am a part of New York; even as I sit here in Washington State. It's always a pleasure to view your dioramas!
I like it
December 15, 2009
i was looking at the first picture thinking "wow thats a cool mini times square",then i saw a minifig,and practically exploded!!!! I LOVE GIANT STUFF THATS MIN-FIG SCALE!!!!!
This is just so amazing from the Les Miserables sign to the Naked Cowboy. I was just sliding through thinking "wheres the naked cowboy? this set wont be complete without him. When im done scrolling im gonna complain and...THERE HE IS!!!"
In that last picture in the unveiling section, I don't remember you being THAT short? Oh wait, you're on your knees aren't you? Speaking of which, I love this almost authentic recreation of "The Square." It's only missing a couple of those little real life details that I remember so fondly from my many trips there. Jokes aside, this creation is just FULL of amazing details. It's truly a feast for the eyes! Thanks for sharing! ~ Chris.
ah yes, the Naked Cowboy, the guys selling hats on the street, you've got it all. Superb job. Excellent job.It's a shame there wasn't room for the ferris wheel inside the toy store window though... Just another 20,000 pieces and it could become reality! How I do miss New York City! The culture, the food, the business, the accent, the food, the food! I'm give my kingdom right now for a good hotdog. You wouldn't believe where I am if I told you Sean. And it ain't ShangHai this time, or even in Asia. I'm in the culinary armpit of the world, but I've brought my bricks with me this time for comfort.
Impossible to comment. It is such an excellent creation that there are no words to describe it. An epic creation... Who could fortell Times Square could be made in Lego and by who... Sean, I really love it. (I liked spiderman, eheh... nice touch)
This is another excellent build Sean! The Les Miserables is dead on! There are so many details packed into this, that every time I look I find something else to admire. I told my wife last night that some day I was going to build something that would totally make you jealous....and she laughed at me! O_o That's love for ya! LMAO
holy bowly that is one magnificent sign for "les misarables" i mean i have seen the real thing and that was my dream when i went to see it in the panto thearte only weeks ago.
Allso very good use of yellow and blakc making the "lion king" sign and nice hat sales.
Mr. Kenney, once again showing all the amateurs how it's done. From the billboards to the buildings, the naked cowboy to Spiderman, the street angles to the homeless guy rummaging through the trash can, this a lesson in detailing. As Kelso so eloquently stated, this is how 'busy' is done! 300 hours? I probably couldn't pull that off if I had 3000 hours! You, sir, are the master!~H
Quoting Spencer R.
Epic. Almost like a sequel to Greenwich Village.
Thanks, Spencer. :) Funny you should say that... it's exactly how I felt when making this. I can't believe it's been 8 years since I built Greenwich Village. ( For those that haven't seen it, http://www.mocpages.com/folder.php/5 ) I really felt the same feelings of New Yorkishness while putting it together, and it was a lot of fun. It's rare that I get the chance to splurge like this on a model, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I only wish I'd had more time to add more people, cars, and clutter to the plaza. I think, as a result, this feels oddly smaller than The Village, even though it has a 50% larger footprint and 2x taller buildings. :)
Quoting Mario man3138
I tried to study the screens, but I still can't figure out what they are... Are the iPhones, or a Smasung product?
Much larger than iPhones... they're digital picture frames, like these: http://tinyurl.com/yhmdcp8 . They are built tightly into a box of LEGO bricks that can slide out on tiles for service/access. In fact, the whole black building is completely filled with the power supplies and cords for the screens (who knew all that would take up so much space!) It's tricky turning them on! The roof comes off on tiles and there's a small loading dock built onto the back of the building that pops out so I can reach another hand in the back.
Quite possibly my favorite work of yours! This one's FANTASTIC. I've been preaching to other builders about making their MOCs too busy, but here's where it calls for just THAT! All of the visual activity is wonderful. Beautiful work on the billboards (with some of my favorite musicals as well!)! Great work, Sean...GREAT WORK!
Very neat model, Sean! The level of detail and humor is quite outstanding. I especially like that blue newspaper bin design. I've never really understood why the place was titled, "Times SQUARE". Seems more like a triangle or something to me. I know in my city, we have a place in the shape of a triangle, hence, it is titled, "The Triangle".
This is easyily (in my opion) one of, if not the, greastest model made by you! I really like this, has the exact 'feel' of Times Square. I love the little 'jokes' you put in, I always like to do something like that when I build towns/cities. I tried to study the screens, but I still can't figure out what they are... Are the iPhones, or a Smasung product?
Anyways, enough of the rambaling, great work as always Sean!
I like it
Lt. John Harland
December 7, 2009
this is awesome i really like the billboards and the double-decker bus(if that how you spell it) great work once again
This has got to be my favorie creation from you. I have always liked your New York models but I like how you make your city models minifig scale. Mililand models are O.K. but I like a city model a lot better when you can put your favorite minifigs in it.
Wow! I can really see your Legoceps in your hands... Where is this on display at? Anyway. The 'Les Miserables' sign I instantly recognized and I had only seen the picture 1 time. Replicated in LEGO it looks exactly the same... Nice working SAMSUNG screens. I personally prefer Fredyodeled, but that's just me. Anyways, all the techniques are top-notch, and I love all the signs.
You scare me with your talent more than the naked cowboy scares me (shivers). I was wondering if you ever got bored enough to look and comment on some of my mocs. (I hope you get that bored!) Oops! Did I say that out loud?