Welcome to the wonderful world of Bananenbuurman! I create all sorts of unique outdoor Lego train layouts. This website serves as an archive for all these timeless and beautiful creations!
Soon the 60051 will be retired so time to celebrate this great set with an extra long version! It was on Brickfest 2018 in Zutphen, The Netherlands that Bananenbuurman had a stand for the first time in history!
With special thanks to guest-cameraman and assistant Rafaël Jurg for his amazing help during the event!
WARNING: DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN! IF YOU GET BORED: TAKE A BREAK, SKIP SOME MINUTES OR SKIP TO THE LEGO PART @ 20:32 WHY?!? READ BELOW
Lately I’ve been uploading a lot of videos....
Last year I made over 50 videos of which only a couple reached some bigger viewcounts Most of my videos got stuck on a couple thousand views. That is actually very weird considering I have almost 100.000 subscribers. It means that not only my videos aren't shown by Youtube to new viewers, it means that even my own subscriber base isn’t watching, interested or notified… Youtube continues its growth with over 432.000 hours(!) of footage uploaded every day. New promising creators registering everyday, making it even harder to get my videos to be seen by the masses. And the masses is what I need to be able to continue my channel. To get attention from the masses a lot of techniques are being used by almost every Youtuber: Appealing thumbnails…. Appealing mysterious titles, that makes you want to click the videos… Shorter videos… faster videos… and what not… Everyone has to 'scream' louder for some views and the 'noise' is almost unbearable. This is where the Youtube ratrace begins and I was also slowly sucked in. I got rid of the TV truck intro, made better thumbnails, made my titles more appealing, I made my video shorter… All to make something you guys would want to see! While making something more worthy to watch is a good thing. A lot of time things will go too fast. There’ll be no time to explain things or to show longer shots. Always having to keep all these things in mind, and throwing away so much awesome footage can at times be a very tiring thing and that’s why I’m going to do things a little different for my newest video. I always perceive myself a little different, and that fits good in this new approach. I’m going to walk in the opposite direction now. I’m not going to keep this video as short as possible, I just gonna let it grow and grow until I reach the end of the story. I do not expect many views from it. I’ve made a movie about my trip to Romania. "Well, we have already seen that!" you might say. But that is where things get different. When I’m working on a project, I always shoot a lot of footage, of which not everything is LEGO train related. Only 5 to 10% of the footage makes it to the final video. The rest is thrown away. Often because it is unusable, not relevant or it’s just not enough footage to tell a story with, In film we call that B-roll. A lot of stories get lost that way, some might be of interest some might not. But when deleted we’ll never know! Among many other sources of footage, I tried to use that B-roll footage to tell a story. The full story. I’m going to tell everything, and leave nothing out of it! I have edited on this for almost six weeks straight. I used 30 individual pieces of music and managed to squeeze 12h30m of footage shot in a period of 7 days in romania into a 68 minutes edit. So even though this video is long, it only consists of 9% of the raw footage. Of course you can expect a well edited feature film, just like you can always expect from the Bananenbuurman! I did my best anyway! If you think it’s boring, stupid or long, well, like I said… this time I do not care! Still I hope you like it for what it is. Anyway, Thanks for your time! Much appreciated!
SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO:
- Spiral: Horea Nascu (hntrains) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbuZIK26Kr4
- Ninjago City around spiral: Felix Mezei https://felixmezei.weebly.com/
- Cucubau (coolest toystore in Romania!): https://www.jucariicucubau.ro/
- Rolli and all the fantastic employees of Cucubau!
- Tibor Hajnal for his amazing drone footage of the Phoenix Tower: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0dG79QfqPEo8XrpbUeWZJ - Social FM
- Ana Maria Peride - Crew of Maramures TV
- Folkloric music singer Renata Gandi and the dancers of The Florile Chioarului Ansamble from Sacalaseni
They said it could not be done... BANANENBUURMAN DID IT! Sending a FULL SIZE lego train into a 6.5ft. / 2 mtr. tall looping!
How it's made: https://youtu.be/kWEkf4jtI_M
FAILS video: https://youtu.be/pvvVYzL8LkU
WARNING: DO NOT ENTER TUNNELS LIKE I DID!! The Lego People are being chased by hostile BanBao people! They go hide in a 300 year old abandoned secret tunnel! The most amazing video so far! An high speed Lego train Rollercoaster layout in France with lots of amazing props next to the track and driving into the secret tunnel! As soon as the Lego people are safe, we go explore the tunnel!
200,000 views last night on the broadcast on Dutch national TV: Merijn (Bananenbuurman) explains what Youtube stress exactly is and shows how he makes his videos!
(Dutch language video)
Samenwerking met TrixBrix!
Sinds kort biedt Bananenbuurman in samenwerking met Trixbrix het gehele assortiment van Trxibrix middels trixbrix.nl.
Middels Trixbrix.nl kan de Nederlandse klant sneller en goedkoper bestellen! De producten worden meestal dezelfde dag nog verstuurd vanuit Nederland.
Recently I got a lot of media attention while shooting my latest video.
Read the article, listen to the radio recording, and watch the videos here:
Bananenbuurman in the news!
Newspapers, radio and TV crews came to film me working on this location! Playing with a large scale industrial crane! There's very much happening on this 200 meter long track!!
A special thanks goes out to the new owners of the factory!