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Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I order the food, you cook the food. We do that for 40 years, and then we die."

Joshua Christenson may be technically too young to characterize himself as a TFOL, but nevertheless he has a knack for sculpture and gets what every adult already knows about the show Spongebob Squarepants, namely that Squidward is actually the main character, since it is through Mr Tentacles that we can all share our hatred of the Porous Yellow Moronic one!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Explosive situation

Given all the current hoo-hah about how airport security is convinced terrorists want to smuggle bombs inside diapers, I thought it would be completely appropriate and in perfect good taste for me to show you a Lego creation featuring people who handle explosives and who also look like babies. Or at least that's what I assume these creations by Eric Constantino are, since I've never actually played Bomberman Blast for the Wii.

Sadly one of these little dudes didn't make it...

Just as well, really; he looked a bit shifty to me (like my Grandma used to say, eyes too close together).

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ohm is where the heart is

While I'll always be somewhat biased towards my own rendition of the 'Ohm' from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, this version by Japanese builder grenouille takes it to a whole new level.

While the use of slack caterpillar tracks to sculpt the body is pretty innovative...

The real innovation here is that the entire thing is motorized and even has illuminated eyes!

Here is the 'reveal' showing how this was achieved...

And as a nice finishing touch, there is even a little Nausicaa on her glider to complete the scene!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Elf Food

Part of me says it's wierd getting into Christmas mode a week before Thanksgiving (whatever the hec that is), but given that all the stores around here had their Halloween gear swapped out for Yuletide gear on the morning of November 1st, I don't feel so bad. Especially when it means getting to show you this...

Carl Merriam has built these (life sized?) elves as part of a Lego display for the Santa booth next to Macy's in Fresno California (...on display right before Thankswhatever, if you happen to have the dubious fortune to live in the Fresno area).

Although Carl does include a shot with a Pepsi can for scale, I love the way he's incorporated some of his other MOCs, such as the yellow Chocobo, as gifts on the elves' work table! But if there's any doubt to the scale, I think the following closeup makes it pretty obvious...

(...Carl please tell me how I can get a gig like this! I've been a good boy all year, promise...)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pick a card, any card...

I don't know what it is, but they seem to be totally Lego mad over in Eastern Europe. All the most impressive and ambitious castle displays seem to come out of that region. It's almost like they come out of the womb with a BrickLink ID tattooed to their foreheads and clutching their first Grand Emporium set. Which might explain why all the women over there walk bow-legged.

Anyway, a case in point is Marin Stipkovic, a 19-year-old Lego fan from Zagreb, who has already displayed some pretty mad skills when it comes to otherwise well-trodden territory such as miniland figures. Apparently his only escape from the insanity of a summer playing cards with his brothers was to spent over half a year putting together this enormous King of Diamonds!

...well no, that wasn't the card I was thinking of Marin, but if you can make it vanish I shall be extremely impressed! ;-)

Click here for more detailed images. Also, it might interest you to know this piece now lives in the office of Lego community operations manager Jan Beyer in Billund! Here he is with Marin...

...nice work if you can get it, eh?!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's just the hyperphagia talking

Nannan Zhang reminds us that a bunny's gotta do whatta bunny's gotta do!

Yes, I know it's way early for Christmas related MOCs only a week out of Halloween (try telling that to the shops). But this can strictly be classifised as "winter themed", so there!