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The LEGO Company approached me a few months ago about helping them re-do the big LEGO display at the Times Square Toys R Us in New York City. Alongside the famous landmarks like The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, I suggested adding some local flavor by including buildings that New Yorkers would appreciate, while still being familiar to tourists and visitors from out of town.

Ghostbusters Firehouse Ladder 18 built with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney

The first addition was this building, a classic New York City firehouse. And if you're going to do a firehouse, why not the famous New York City ladder 8, one of the more well-known firehouses in the city after being featured as Ghostbusters headquarters in the classic 1980's movie "Ghostbusters".

This building is kindof sortof 1:20 scale (LEGOLAND miniland scale) but also kindof sortof to mini-fig scale. Really it's just meant to look roughly accurate next to the 20' tall Empire State Building that's displayed at the store.

Ghostbusters Firehouse Ladder 18 built with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney

Ghostbusters Firehouse Ladder 18 built with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney

My favorite details are always the little touches, like the roof equipment, the flower box, and the flag out the front window. But I think my favorite little detail on this model (and I don't know why) is the little white dual fan sitting in one of the windows. I was looking at photos of the real firehouse when building the model, and there was one of those fans in the window, so I thought "It has to go in the model!" :) Those little fans are one of those things that we all recognize but never really acknowledge or think about as being there when you think back to it later.

Ghostbusters Firehouse Ladder 18 built with LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney

22" x 8" x 14"



Comments

  February 1, 2014
Did you know LEGO CUUSOO has considered this and will now be making it as a set?
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  February 1, 2014
Sean, Have you seen my LEGO CUUSOO Project: HAPPY DAYS yet? As you know I'll need 10,000 SUPPORTERS for LEGO to consider making it! Can you stop by and offer me your support? http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/56806 By the way are you having another open house in your LIC Studio? I enjoyed the last one very much!
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  March 6, 2012
Awesome job! Ladder 8, baby!
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  March 6, 2012
Awesome job! Ladder 8, baby!
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  April 24, 2011
Okay, this is beyond awesome. I built this too when I was a kid 20 years ago... and felt pretty good about myself. :-) But this is so much better! Really wonderful.
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  June 26, 2010
I finally got in the Toys R Us yesterday and this looks even better in person.
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  December 11, 2009
This is one amazing MOC!
  December 3, 2009
This is excellent Sean! You really made this one pop with all of the tiny details. From the AC units to the roof accents, this build is definitely top notch. Oh and LOL at the coffee in the one pic....I know the feeling!
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  December 3, 2009
:)
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  December 2, 2009
Who You Gonna Call! Totally recoginized it, and I am not even from New York, mind you I have seen ghostbusters.
  December 2, 2009
I see that you're working on a minifig scale building...Are you making another city layout? nice build, by the way
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  December 2, 2009
The details on this firehouse are what jumps out at me, the AC units in the window, the sculpting along the lower roof, the roof top in general. Top job.
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  December 2, 2009
Most impressive. The brick pattern looks quite good.
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  December 2, 2009
Perfect!
Sean Kenney
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Brad Jasko
  December 1, 2009
Very accurate. I like the garage door.
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  December 1, 2009
Love it! I want to see the car now.
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  November 30, 2009
...that's a big twinkie.
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  November 30, 2009
Quoting Giovanni Seynhaeve Nice one Sean, but have you seen Orion Pax's version? It just is better...
I think better is subjective. While I think Pax's is great, I feel that this one is slightly more accurate and definitely more LEGOy. Your mosaics are awe inspiring, Sean, but I love this kind of stuff from you even more for some reason. Great work!~H
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  November 30, 2009
Nice one Sean, but have you seen Orion Pax's version? It just is better...
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  November 29, 2009
Chris, that joke is just terrible! (In a good way though.)
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  November 29, 2009
"Ghostbusters!"
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  November 29, 2009
"Who ya gonna call?"
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  November 29, 2009
Nice work Sean. I am already hearing the theme in my head: du du du du du, du du du du, Ghostbusters. Epic movie all around. Keep it. Your work is an inspiration for us all. One thing, have you thought of making the characters of the movie? Minifig customization and stuff...
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  November 29, 2009
Looks like a classic. I wonder why LEGO doesn't hire you for designing.... or have they? :)
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  November 29, 2009
Very beautiful!
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  November 29, 2009
Freaking awesome, Sean, freaking awesome. I agree that a building with such nostalgic value really would go well in any layout. Hope to see more. Good day
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  November 29, 2009
I like it, especially the american flag
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  November 29, 2009
Quoting Eggy Pop Always interesting to see how bricky you make your model to emphasize that it is lego. An example is that you use bricks to approximate arches rather than just uses lego arches. Nicely done, especially the details like the A/C units.
I do like the blockiness. It looks more "LEGOy" to me. :)
Sean Kenney
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Mario Kart Master
  November 28, 2009
Hahahahaha!!!!! Oh Chris, you crack me up alot. I want to hear the whole song! Re-write Ghostbusters like you were doing and post it on here! It would be funny!
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  November 28, 2009
Always interesting to see how bricky you make your model to emphasize that it is lego. An example is that you use bricks to approximate arches rather than just uses lego arches. Nicely done, especially the details like the A/C units.
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  November 28, 2009
Sing along everyone! "If there's something strange, in your Lego bin. Who ya gonna call? SEAN KENNEY!" ~ Chris.
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  November 28, 2009
As usual Sean, it's amazing. :)
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  November 28, 2009
Nice! I have Ghostbusters, and when i saw that firehouse, I recognized it as Ladder 18's station. (i'm into firetrucks 2)
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  November 28, 2009
Jonathan Lopes also helped me with this Toys R Us display by creating a model of The Apollo, which is also on display in the store, it's really amazing! Check it out http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/162360
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  November 28, 2009
Make the car, make the car, male the car, make the car mak... you get the idea, make the ghostbusters car lol
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  November 28, 2009
this is very detailed i like the roof it is very uniqe great desing and such really top noch good job sean
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  November 28, 2009
Nice I'm popping up all over your new MOCS today =)
 
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