LEGO Dala Horses

Some of my heritage is Swedish, and I’ve always loved the simple beauty of the traditional Swedish Dala Horse.

Dala horse
One of my Dala horses

Originating from the province of Dalarna, the painted wooden horses were originally carved as toys for children, but gained wide popularity as souvenirs of Sweden at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. They continue to be collected and displayed proudly in homes today.

Recently I decided to see if I could come up with a simple and elegant LEGO representation of the Dala Horse:

Tan LEGO Dala Horse
Tan LEGO Dala Horse
Blue LEGO Dala Horse
Blue LEGO Dala Horse


Red LEGO Dala Horse
Red LEGO Dala Horse
LEGO Dala Horses
LEGO Dala Horses

And once I started building them I started looking for fun ways to decorate them. Soon I began making other variations and I was amazed at how much could be conveyed in the Dala horse form.

So, here’s my first batch of pop culture LEGO Dala horses! Enjoy!

LEGO Captain America Dala Horse
Captain America
LEGO AT-AT Walker Dala Horse
AT-AT Walker

LEGO Trojan Horse Dala Horse 1

LEGO Trojan Horse Dala Horse 2
Trojan Horse
LEGO Superman Dala Horse

LEGO Saturn V Dala Horse 1

LEGO Saturn V Dala Horse 2
Saturn V
LEGO Batman Dala Horse
LEGO Godzilla Dala Horse
LEGO Classic Space Dala Horse
LEGO Classic Space

LEGO Reindeer Dala Horse 1

LEGO Reindeer Dala Horse 2

I’ve got ideas for dozens of other LEGO Dala horses, so stay tuned!

Captain America & Iron Man Stuff to Whet Your Civil War Appetite

Captain America: Civil War is still a week away and if you’re like me you can barely contain your excitement!

So, to help wile away the hours until then, here’s some stuff to peruse. Enjoy!

Superhero Squad Cards

When the boy was little he had all these cute little Marvel action figures that he just loved. Apparently they were really popular because they also spawned a TV show, a video game, and a set of trading cards. Here’s a sampling:




Check out the full set of Superhero Squad cards here!

1975 Topps Sticker Cards

You have to love that 70’s Marvel sense of goofiness, and these Topps stickers embody that nicely. Here’s a sampling:





Check out the entire set here!

1978 Marvel Card Game

Here’s some more 70’s Marvel in the form of a card game, and there’s a ton of Civil War characters. Here’s a sampling:







Check out the entire set here!

Captain America Coloring Book

I also love old coloring books, and this Captain America one is a hoot. Check it out:


There’s mighty punching…


Furious fighting…


And whatever this is…


Download the whole thing here.

 Marvel Superheroes Coloring Book

Last but not least is a really, and I mean really weird coloring book starring the Avengers:




Yeah, you’re gonna want to download this one. If for no other reason thatn to help Hulk with the problem in his pants. I’m not kidding.

OK, hopefully that’ll keep you occupied until Civil War comes out. Enjoy!!





2014/1975 Marvel Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

1975 Marvel Calendar

Happy New Year!

Did you know calendars repeat periodically? Yep! Within a 28 year cycle a year will start on the same day of the week as previous years 3 times. (There’s a more detailed explanation here.) For example, 2014 has the same days and dates as the years 2003, 1997, 1986, 1975, 1969, etc…

So while there’s a ton of great 2014 calendars out there, I’m going a little retro and using this 1975 Marvel Comics calendar instead. And as long as I was scanning everything in, I thought I’d share them with you!

Click on the images below and you’ll get a nice big 2560 x 1200 image with both the top image page and the bottom calendar page. Feel free to grab them and use them as some super fun desktop wallpapers.

Have a Marvelous 2014/1975!


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - January


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - February


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - March


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - April


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - May


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - June


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - July


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - August


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - Spetember


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - October


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - November


1975 Marvel Comics Calendar - December

Feel free to grab them all now, but don’t worry, I’ll remind you here on the first of each month to download the new month’s wallpaper.

Marvel Superhero Valentines (1979 Hallmark)

From 1979 Hallmark and Marvel come these super awesome superhero valentines!

You’ve got Captain America, Ms. Marvel, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and, my personal favorite, The Thing!

(And be sure to check out these 1966 Batman valentines and the SuperFriends Action Valentine Playbook as well as my valentine cartoons.)


Captain America Valentine
Captain America Valentine Back
Ms. Marvel Valentine
Iron Man Valentine Back
Hulk Valentine
Hulk Valentine Back
Spider-man Valentine
Spider-man Valentine Back
Iron Man Valentine
Iron Man Valentine Back
Thing Valentine
Thing Valentine Back