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Monday, January 28, 2013

Longest. Post. Ever.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, which will culminate in a special annversary episode this Fall, Thorsten Bonsch (aka xenomurphy) is planning to build a new Who-themed MOC every month. Here's his first one, inspired by the most recent Christmas special...


Saturday, January 26, 2013


A flurry of sweet microscale Star Trek models surfaced recently. Here they are, for your Trek-licious enjoyment. Engage! Make it so! Damn you, Wesley!

  Enterprise Re-Fit by ltnooy

  Original Series Bridge by seb toutouille

  Deep Space Nine by ROOK

Transmission ends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Girl on fire

With every new Iron Builder contest comes a new soul-destroyingly useless "seed part" designed to stretch the skills, imagination and (ultimately) sanity of the competitors. This time it's Bionicle Tridax Pods (...you know, for when a Bionicle is having its period).

The so-outragiously-talented-it-makes-me-want-to-start-cutting-myself-again duo of Sean and Steph Mayo (aka Siercon and Coral) responded by drawing inspiration from everyone's favorite alternative to housework, exercise and human contact: Skyrim.

And so, looking very much like the lollipop lady from hell, behold... The Flame Atronach!

There's even a handy fly-round video so that you can get a good long hard look at the model's details. And endowments.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Built to shock

It's possible some might see Gilcélio Chagas's earnest but comical recreation of the first electric chair as being in poor taste. In which case all I can say is... Please don't shoot and/or electrocute the messenger!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Go figure

The last time I featured work by Larry Lars it was probably his definitive collection of Star Wars cube-dudes. In the intervening time, Larry has been developing a particular style of brick-built character based on the idea of starting with a piece of mini-fig head gear, and building the rest of the figure to scale with that. And here are the beefy results...

Here's hoping "telephone pecs" becomes the AFOL catchphrase of 2013!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Action Packed

Joe Perez (aka MortalSwordsman) certainly knows how to imbue his brick-built characters with life through, some great poses and camera angles. And this Boba Fett is no exception, for reasons that are hopefully pretty obvious!

Ok, that's definitely my quota of Star Wars related posts for this month! We don't want Lucas getting the wrong idea...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Smokey and the Bandit

Vintage vehicle virtuoso _lichtblau_ perfectly captures the lines and details of the classic Plymouth Gran Fury, a staple of the highway patrol in the 70's. The use of gray instead of transparent bricks for the windows is particularly effective at this scale.

And here it is in action, pulling over none Burt Reynolds in his Pontiac Firebird Trans Am!

Of course, if the choice of foe were up to me, it'd have to be the General Lee. And as luck would have it, Orion Pax already crafted one in the same style some years ago!

Ah yes, the days when muscle cars came with welded shut doors and a carbon footprint so large it left a dent in the road...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I find your lack of tiles disturbing

What would any week be without another Star Wars themed LEGO creation? Ok, don't answer that! On the other hand, this refreshingly studs-out, plate-and-beam built Darth Vader helmet by Nb-Koh is almost guaranteed to choke you up...


Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

Yes yes, I know it's a week late, sod off. I just got back from spending the holiday season "down under", where I was able to soak up a bit of Christmas sunshine, and also this happened...

As The Living Brick hurtles towards it's 4th anniversary, I am currently mapping out all the wonderful things I wanna attempt here in 2013 (...and maybe this year I'll actually get to half of them). Ok, to be fair, last year we did manage a proper build contest, and put out a custom Lego kit. And you can now even "like" us on Facebook! On the other hand, the pile of un-opened 'review copy' LEGO books grows ever taller!

But to start with, I'll be posting three articles here over the next month or so (yes, actual original content!) featuring "behind the scenes" coverage of some of my own LEGO escapades from 2012. Here's a taste...

Work In Precious
I've always wanted to document my own build process, and I finally managed to with my Bilbo and Gollum models. Step-by-step pictures and commentary galore. Building secrets revealed!
Hawking's Last Hurrah
The story of how I turned my most well-known creation into a finished product for sale on Amazon. You'll laugh. You'll cry. But mainly laugh. Business secrets revealed!
Presto Chango
In this post I shall finally explain how I accompished the color change of my Gollum figure without the use of paint or Photoshop. Featuring precise instructions you can follow at home - at your own risk. Alchemy secrets revealed!

ESTEEMED READERS: Do you have any suggestions for subject matter you'd like to see featured on The Living Brick in 2013? Scathing reviews, rigged contests, or libelous interviews? Someone other than just me harping on? Drop me a line!