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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Defender of Arso

I have no idea what the title of this shapely kick-ass post-apoc sniper refers to. But it seemed strangely appropriate-sounding, given my previous blog post! The best thing is, I get to meet both the creation and it's creator Micah Berkoff this week at BrickCon!


 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

They don't always probe your mind

Built as part of the current Iron Builder contest, Simon Liu (aka Si-MOCs) gives us a very different perspective on the concept of "first contact"...


 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tiny Towers

It's microscale marvel Monday! Ok, Londoners, be honest - which of the following buildings actually fills you with more terror?

Orthanc by Lando L. Jackson


Battersea Power Station by absuser

 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cumberbricks!

Continuing my cherry-picking of early MOC Olympics entries, here is a vignette of the "Hound" episode from Steven Moffat's brilliant TV reboot of Sherlock Holmes, brought to you by teenage builder Annie Corder.



Such a great choice of a moment from the show. And what a treat to see these guys done in Lego! I never expected that to happen. Or at least, I thought it'd be me that would have done it first! Well played, Miss Corder, well played. You win this round. (...cue Bee Gees music...)
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cash in hand

For this next MOC Olmypics entry, JS Can decided to interpret the category "Ring of Fire" as the song by Johhny Cash, even taking an actual photo of Cash outside Folsmon prison as inspiration.



I can't tell you how awesome it is to see Cash rendered as a cubedude!

"You look like you're going to a funeral..."

"...maybe I am."

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

You know, for breakdancing zombies from the 80's

The 2012 MOC Olympics has just started up over on MOC Pages! It's like the real Olympics, only substituting tedious sports commentary with tedious page load times. But the first round is already generating a stream of great MOCs. Which means plenty of easy blog fodder for me!

And what better way to start than with this entry by Leda Kat, last year's MOC Olympics winner. If you don't recognize what this is, well, you're dead to me...



I'd say she's setting a pretty high bar in this contest from the get-go! "OW!". Who's bad.
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy 40th birthday to M*A*S*H!



Forty years ago today (September 17th, 1972), the show M*A*S*H began airing on American television.

The show, which ran for over 10 years, was a black comedy revolving around the exploits of army surgeon Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce and his various cohorts, as they attempt to maintain sanity during the harshness of the Korean War, during the early 1950's.

I grew up watching this show with my parents (although not during the first run). Amazing to think it was so long ago now! In the UK, the show was always aired without the corny US laugh track, because we have no need of such things. I recall one year when a new season aired, the BBC inadvertantly broadcast the version with the laugh track. There was a national outcry, and within a couple of weeks the problem was fixed!

Pictured here are Hawkeye and his compadre BJ Hunnicutt, sitting on the army bunks in their tent nicknamed "The Swamp", where they had their own still for producing Martinis. Many of the characters in the show wore personal items over their army fatigues to connect them to their ordinary lives, such Hawkeye's distinctive robe.

About the build: This was a quick one for me, since I was only reminded of the anniversary last night! This represents about two hours building effort, which for me is a total miracle. Photography and lighting were a bit of a rush job. But you get the idea. This has definitely inspired me to do the entire Swamp some time in the future, though!
 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Game (K-)On!!

The power of Chibi is that it makes anything look immediately adorable. Steven Tyler. The Ebola virus. Even Kim Jong Un (...ok, that one is probably redundant). It's a wonder our presidential candidates haven't cottoned onto this yet. With the presidential debate just devolving into some kind of girly pillow-fight.



So although I've featured LEGO versions of the K-ON characters before, I couldn't resist sharing these new Chibi versions by legendary Japanese character builder Moko. Possibly inspired by the cut-scene characters from the PSP game, Moko has scaled down his current Chibi technique and used gradated transparency to add a glint to the eyes. Plus some nice parts usage to give them dimpled smiles!

A ton more shots and poses can be found here.
 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Keeping it real

Not content with having his wonderful Lego sculptures featured in such geeky publications as Gizmodo or Wired, Chris McVeigh has managed to reach a whole different eschelon of society!

Instead of showing ordinary photos of the luxury items featured in their regular "Esquire 10" spot, Esquire magazine asked Chris to create Lego facsimiles of those products - in just 10 days! To find out how on earth he pulled this feat off, check out their interview with Chris here.



My personal favorite is the Ball Watch, pictured above. Unlike most of Chris' work, this one had to actually be larger than the original item, in order to capture the fine details. Below are the other nine items featured in the Esquire 10 piece, none of which I will ever own. Unless I can somehow become Leonardo Dicaprio's cross-dressing trophy wife.




 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Crafty Bugger

See? Told you Lego and Minecraft would be the killer combo for 2012!



My SeaLUG pal Scott Fowler has put together this collection of size-able Minecraft blocks and creatures. And if you come to BrickCon in Seattle this October, you'll be able to enjoy them in person at the Bricks of Character table!




Oh, and feel free to pester Scott to add an Enderman! ;-)
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You know, for voxels...

Minecraft is huge this year, and I predict that a wave of Minecraft fan MOCs is about to surge our way. For example, Evan B (aka LegoJunkie, and part of the Portal 2 CUUSOO team) created this jaunty Minecraft dude sporting the Seananners skin (complete with cape!)...


 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The sum of all fears

As part of a monster-themed build contest over on BrickPirate (inspired by LEGO's new Monster Hunters line), French builder 74louloute gives us a glimpse into a possible "worst case scenario" for any child afflicted with monsters-under-the-bed syndrome!


 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Let sleeping dragons lie

Hobbit fever will no doubt soon be upon us! And to whet our appetites, this version of the dragon Smaug by Fat Tony 1138 perflectly invokes the original illustration by Tolkien that graced many earlier editions of the book.

The treasure hoard was created using gold foil adorned with various shiny Lego trinkets. And as you can see from the later pictures, the dragon itself is fully posable, and has a perfectly evil expression!