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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

DJ Bricky Plastique

To me 'rap music' is basically an oxymoron, but clearly hip-hop is now the universal language, crossing normal barriers between different Lego building genres. And building Lego decks is some kind of rite of passage that I have yet to experience. But it looks like some of your favorite builders may have already crossed that divide!

(...for contrast, I've also included thumbnails of some of their 'better known' works)

 Angus MacLane


 >jovian< (Hey, its Coldcut, I love them!)


 brainbike.rider


 crises_crs


 corran101


Whether you're into the culture or not, you can still appreciate the excellent microscale techniques used to create the tables, headphones, and so on.

"Party on, dudes!" (...oh dear, my age is showing)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Beetling About

Brickcon 2009 will feature a new collaborative event called Battle Bugs. Event co-creator and part-time legend Lino M is setting the bar pretty high with these feisty fecal fellows...



The one on the right is called Ringo. I assume.

Funnily enough, in the same way you might move a rock to uncover a fiesta of creepy crawlies, this led me to discover quite a nice assortment of juicy critters that I had not seen before, including specimens from a couple of my favorite insect orders...

Orthopteran by Legozilla


Dictyopteran by MonsterBrick


Sadly, no Phasmids were observed. Maybe next time!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Scaling the tower

This Dragon's Tower by crises_crs is a perfect study in the Zen art of Lego microscale. Its simple, clean, and apparently a very quick build (...for a castle!).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I ♥ break



By the looks of it there is some kind of mini-fig back story behind this neat little broken heart creation by RMing. As far as I can tell, it looks like some mesogynest in a turban getting his butt kicked by four lasses. Very wierd. You work it out. Tough love?! What the, I don't know even...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

(In Europe you can't say 'bender')

Honestly, what's the point of having Dai-Li agents stationed everywhere looking out for signs of the Last Airbender if they are going to miss something as blatant as an Avatar building mini-contest on the EuroBricks forum! They know what a huge fan of the show I am. Fire Nation traitors - you're all banished!

In my opinion, the best entry was this microscale "Day of Black Sun" by Mister oo7...



The burning tank and Zuko's balloon are nice touches.

"Avatar-state, yip yip!"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's a rad, rad, rad, rad world

We've seen Lego globes before, but I don't recall ever seeing any as sweet as this one from Robert VH (aka galaxy53281). The use of familiar globe colors to show all the different climactic zones is excellent.



Of course, given the current ecological situation, I expect this model will need updating in a couple of years, to feature a little less white and a lot more dark brown, dark grey, and red!

Lock-a-like

No, look again. Closely. Yes, its entirely made of Lego!


This devious little MOC is the work of bruceywan, who also created this fun Easter creation and who (allegedly) got rid of his bed to make more room for his Lego collection! Clearly and out-of-the-box thinker! Or possibly out-of-his-tree, I don't know. :-)

Monday, June 22, 2009

"I went to college!"

Very pleased and excited to see "Big Daddy" Nelson Yrizarry back on the blocks with this mwuhawesome version of Plankton (Spongebob's nemesis)...



Ok, everybody sing along now...

"F" is for fire that burns down the whole town,
"U" is for Uranium bombs.
"N" is for no survivors...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Luckyyyyyy..."

Brickworld 2009 is happening right now in the windy city, and folks like Nannan Z from the Brothers Brick are providing a lot of excellent photo coverage of the many MOCs on display at this event. And this event looks flipping HUGE! If this isn't the biggest Lego con anywhere ever, I shall be surprised. Brickconners: The gauntlet is thrown!

Couple of creations from Nannan's collection that caught my eye...

"Springtime at the Lake" (Bill Hutchinson)


"Hangin' out at the O.K. Coral" (Jenn Wagner)

...apparently her first MOC!

Volcano (Ben Ellermann)


There are really so many fascinating (and in some cases collosal) works on display, its hard to pick just one or two faves.

Actually, its not hard at all: This year's MICROPOLIS display is a massive collaborative effort that literally takes my breath away, and is deserving of a separate (lengthy!) post...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hogging the limelight

If there's one retail company that seems to be aggressively ignoring the current economic downturn, it has to be The Lego Company. Recently it seems like new Lego stores have been opening in the US every other week! Although the general lack of new stores outside the US continues to be a bit vexing, grrr. Let's just hope they don't start appearing with the same frequency as Starbucks, with Lego stores opening inside the restrooms of existing Lego stores, etc.

Anyway, this weekend sees the grand opening of a new store in Cincinnati, and as per tradition, the first 300 folks to blow a paultry $35 there will recieve a limited edition commemorative model. These models are always 'locally themed', so for Cincinnati (aka Porkopolis) they have crafted this rather lovely flying pig...


It looks adorable. And delicious. Now, if they'd only used pink bricks instead of tan bricks, just think what the black market value of this model would have been!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ATTENTION, PEOPLE OF EARTH!

THIS IS THE S-U-P-R-E-M-E DALEK. IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT CERTAIN EARTH CREATURES, NAMELY STEVEN LOCKE OF "SCOT-LAND" HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO REPLICATE DALEK TECHNOLOGY USING YOUR INFERIOR EARTH BUILDING BLOCKS.

TRANSMITTING IMAGE NOW...



WHILE WE ACKNOWLEDGE THIS LIKENESS IS VERY ACCURATE AND MOST PLEASING TO US, WE CANNOT TOLERATE YOUR FEEBLE ATTEMPTS TO CREATE AN ARMY OF MINI-DALEKS, OR WORSE YET, MINI. TIME. LORDS. IT IS AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO THREATEN OUR CONTROL OF THE GA-LAX-Y.

DALEKS ARE THE SUPERIOR SPECIES. YOUR SPECIES IS SUPERIOR IN ONLY ONE WAY: YOU. ARE. BETTER. AT... D-Y-I-N-G!

EXTERMINATE!
EXTERMINATE!
EXTERMINATE!

EX-TERRRR-MIN-AAAATE!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The moon in the man on the moon

What can I say about this grand opus by Dave and John Xandegar... Out of this world? Stellar? One small step for a brick, one giant leap for MOC-kind?!

Clocking in at 37 inches, 40 pounds, and about 10000 bricks, this sculpture of Buzz Aldrin at Tranquility Base is quite an accomplishment for any builders whose first names aren't Sean or Nathan (wink!), with some pretty major logistical challenges to overcome by the sounds of it.



For me the real kicker though is the detailing on the visor: The reflection of the lunar surface and American flag are actually captured in Lego!! Genius!



Apparently this creation was one of the centrepieces at BrickWorld this year. Wish I'd been there, now! Fancy bringing your wares to Brickcon this year, guys?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tree-man-dous

Among the rich tapestry of slickly composed medieval oriental works of Hong Kong builder Arzlan   [...pauses to catch breath after that unecessarily verbose introduction...]   is this super buff tree guy:



The dense chaotic asymmetry adds to his organic appeal, and is shown off very effectively with a 3-in-1 layout. (...hmmm, I might try that style of presentation some time).

I was also quite entertained by Arzlan's version of a Kirin...



...all it needs is a few lightbulbs and it could almost be that Pink Floyd album cover!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stweet!

Crack photographer and massive action figure abuser Chris McVeigh (aka PowerPig) knocked out this simple but effective bird logo to celebrate his assimilation into the Twitter collective.



I heartily recommend thumbing through his Flickr stream - it will brighten your day. Resistance is futile!

Checkered flag mate

I'm a sucker for brightly colored repetitive geometric shapes. Which probably explains why I sit staring at traffic lights for hours, long after they've changed to green. And why I am strangely mesmerized by ship builder nnenn's innovative "Concept Car Chess Set"...


There is reference guide showing the different styles in detail. I imagine it'd take a while to get used to who's who, though!

Ah, now if only I actually played chess...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Good dog!

Grrrrrr, woof woof woof, grrrr J. Baker, bark bark!

Woof! Bark, growl, grrrrrrr yap yap yap Dachsund Puppy yap woof, Lego!



Woof woof woof woof. Bark, sniff sniff sniff. Grrrrrrrr - woof! Growl, aee-aee-aee-aee. Bark! Sniff, sniff.





(Woof, bark!)

20 GOTO 10

Oh no, I feel an infinite recursion coming on! It may just rip a hole in the fabric of space-time...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thar she blows!

This was already featured recently on Brothers Brick so you've probably already seen it (unless you were in a coma, or still have analogue TV), but I just had to capture it here for posterity...



Ryan Rubino has created a wonderfully engaging scene containing two beautfully rendered animals. The contouring of the whale's body and tail are stellar, and there are plenty of nice details such as the whale's eyes and teeth. Plus some very nice photography.

I give it the maximum rating of 5 Golden Hawkings!

Imagination in Motion

I finally got round to registering for BrickCon 2009 here in Seattle, October 1st through the 4th. This'll be my first time attending as a delegate rather than a punter. Looking forward to meeting some of you folks in person, finally!

I'm particularly looking forward to the Drunk Building event. Should kinda put an interesting spin on the whole "Imagination in Motion" slogan!

You know, for girls...

I was somewhat disappointed to see this panel included in Lego's latest promotional email advertisement...


I'd love to see more girls getting involved in Lego - its a universal toy. But I'm not sure re-enforcing classic gender stereotypes is the way to do it. Especially coming from a Danish company, for chrissake!

For instance: My daughter loves Lego and spends many hours building animals, buildings, vehicles and sculptures. While my son and I revel in all 37 known shades of pink (I am wearing a pink t-shirt and pink socks as I write this!). Playing with Lego actually helps my kids and their pals bridge the gender divide.

Anyone else care to weigh in on the subject?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cast me away

I hope C J Edwards is taking bookings for this rocky island hideaway, because it looks like my dream vacation property! It's got a little bit of everything: sand, sea, greenery, crazy-ass rock formations, ruins, winding steps, you name it. And no noisy yellow mini-figs bringing down the neighborhood either ;-)


The talking point of this model though has to be the gnarly old tree clinging to an eroded overhang, and rings in the sea created by drips from its roots (employing some very devious brickwork, it looks like)...



Apparently shots of the interior are coming soon. I expect the cavernous interior has some interesting secrets to reveal!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"By the light of the silvery... Ouch!"

I was quite surprised to learn that science fiction cinema has been with us now for more than 100 years. We can only hope people aren't still attending Star Trek conventions 100 years hence, or all that progress will have been for nothing! :-)

But I was not at all surprised to learn that this excellent (3D) Lego homage to possibly the first ever scifi movie was the work of V&A Steamworks. The clue being the beautiful steampunk version of the rocket sticking out of the unfortunate moon man's eye.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

American Werewolf in, erm, America

The recent full moon seems to have exerted its influence upon Sir Nadroj (aka Jordan Schwartz, hereafter referred to as The Prodigy), transforming otherwise harmless Lego bricks into this fearsome werewolf!





Many elements come together to breath life into this creation, from just-transformed stance, uneven 'fur', nasty fangs and claws, and glowing red eyes.

Shudder!

And it isn't even Halloween!