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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beauty Spot

The 14th annual Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong exhibition (or ACGHK) is currently underway (...in Hong Kong, if you hadn't already worked that part out). And with roughly FIVE TIMES as many attendees, this shin-dig probably makes San Diego Comic Con seem like a convention for insurance salesmen. Sweaty, cosplaying insurance salesmen.

The Hong Kong AFOL set, who are a particularly talented bunch, always put on a good show at this event. And this year will be no exception judging by TKH's contribution, entitled "Beauties", which I think is my favorite MOC of the year so far...



As well as the wonderful work on the two figures, one washing clothes while the other strums a lyre, check out the full images to see more of the wildlife in this diorama (including leaping carp!).




 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Joy of Bricks

As adorable as it is, that very popular print by Lim Heng Swee clearly lacked a "certain dimension" in the eyes of deborah higdon (aka the shifty one)...


 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

One small snap for a brick, one giant build for MOC-kind

Does today's date seem significant to you? If not, don't worry, it just means you're not as ancient as some of us! But you probably don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out when you see how Kevin Murney has decided to commemorate it...



Yes, 43 years ago today the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the surface. Check out Kevin's additional images of this model to see some cute details, such as the microscale lunar lander and Saturn rocket assembly!
 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ice, Ice Baby

The Ice Age movies would arguably be rote offerings, were it not for the segments featuring Scrat the Squirrel and his fruitless quest for the Ultimate Acorn - pure animated slapstick genius, and an obvious nod to the Looney Tunes era.

And apparently they're still churning these movies out, which is what inspired Bruce Lowell to pretty much nail the essence of Scrat in LEGO here...


 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thor blimey!

Pate-keetongu's large Bionicle-based fantasy warriors are a "guaranteed post" on this blog. But this Viking (named Ragnfast) definitely takes things up a notch, with it's clever mingling of Bionicle and traditional LEGO elements - a fairly uncommon and tricky technique in it's own right - but which allows for some wonderful detailing on the head, shield and armor.



Check out the full gallery for some great poses (including one of Ragnfast enjoying a traditional Viking beverage!).
 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"Once again, I am not an elephant!'

Max Rebo and his band (...do I even need to name the movie franchise?) have been done in LEGO a few times now, but at a larger scale than the one mad Frenchman Eric Druon (aka baronsat) has managed to pull off here!


 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Let's get that in ink

ReBrick (aka LEGO's Social Networking Experiment #47, aka The Pinterest of Lego) is currently running a building contest with the theme of "Octopus".

True to form, TKH managed to buck the trend and actually make the theme of his entry "Girl". But she's wearing an octopus costume and writing the word "Octopus!!" in giant letters, so that qualifies, right? :-)


 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

To the victors, the spoils!

Congratulations to nolnet and halfbeak... You are the joint winners of the Mi-Fi microscale LEGO building contest! Both victors will recieve this one-of-a-kind microscale set from microscale master and my co-judge, Rod Gillies.



It was clear that a lot of thought and hard work was put into the 36 entries that were submitted, and everyone clearly dug the concept of recreating iconic scenes from screen Sci-Fi at this scale.


Winners

1.21 Gigawatts by nolnet
Brilliant stuff. Instantly recognisable and some inspired technique. I love that Nolnet has managed to build an iconic scene from a well-loved movie, but without including the iconic vehicle! The only thing that might have improved this in my mind would have been including more of the town square buildings, but that would also have detracted from the simple focus of this lovely little creation. - Rod

Resistance is Futile by halfbeak
The Borg would probably disagree, but sometimes less is more, as this creation demonstrates. Building just part of the cube and using forced perspective was enough to convey the drama of this moment with a very minimalist build. I've seen the Enterprise done in LEGO many times, but this use of a mini-fig torso is some real Nice Parts Usage! - Iain


Runners-Up

Welcome to the Real World by SPARKART!
Instantly recognisable from the thumbnail, and pulls off the great trick of good microscale of looking much bigger than it actually is. Some lovely angles and details, and the tunnel texture adds a great sense of place to the setting. - Rod

Deep Core by Pedro Vezini
The genious of this model lies in the builder's choice of scene from the movie. It's a key scene, that can be conveyed by recreating just a few key elements. Immediately passed the "thumbnail test" for me, perfectly illustrating what microscale is all about. - Iain


Honorable Mentions

Here are a few other entries that we also liked a lot...


Planet of the Apes
(nolnet)

Independence Day
(halfbeak)

Los Angeles November 2019
(SPARKART!)
 

Pursuit Over Tatooine
(Pellaeon)

Stargate
(Ted Andes)

"LUDICROUS SPEED, GO!"
(Carl Merriam)


Thankyou, and come again!

In the end this contest was as much about the builders as the creations, since the two winners submitted some additional entries that could just as easily have won. In fact, several participants are still churning out more as we speak! And even Rod and I have been inspired to have a go, too.

This was a lot of fun, folks. We should definitely do it again! It has been suggested we choose a different movie/tv genre next time, so please feel free to send me your suggestions! I think microscale is a fantastic building style, that gets even better when a group of people build to a common theme. So let's give those Micropolis guys a run for their money, eh? :-)