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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Suspended animation

If you're in the Toronto area any time soon*, make sure to track down Aviarageddon, a LEGO art exhibit currently touring the area, from Canadian builder Ekow Nimako. Through the miracle of string, over 30 species of bird are depicted dropping all manner of miniature ordinance. Which I guess might be preferable to what they normally drop!



For closeups of the various birds, check out Ekow's full Aviarageddon set on Flickr, or candid shots of the installation by fellow ToroLUG member ROOK.

* Yes, I know you were expecting some lame Canada quip there. I'm trying to behave. Too many Canadians know where I live now. And the last thing I need is a bunch of passive aggressive Post-It notes bearing frowny faces being quietly stuck to my front door.
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dial Z for Zombah

I must admit I remain perpetually baffled by pop culture's ongoing fascination with zombies. Why does a dog lick its balls? Because it can. Why is the cesspit tea cup of modern screen media so completely saturated with zombie-themed sugar cubes to the point of giving us all mental diabetes? Because BRAAAAAINZZZ. Perhaps years from now we will look back on the past decade, and feel slightly embarrased by it all. Much like we do when we look back at the 80's, and suddenly remember David Hasselhoff.

But zombies are still hip and that gives anything zombie-related a certain caché, which is just one of the things I love about this LEGO vignette by Polish builder bobofrutx...



It's not often a LEGO model tells a story or builds suspense, but this one does it in spades (...nyuk, nyuk). And it also goes to show you don't need a million fucking bricks and twenty seven tubes of superglue to make an interesting piece of LEGO art that only uses a single color.
 

Friday, April 12, 2013

"DUPLO, MOTHERFUCKER! DO YOU PLAY WITH IT?"

Maybe Duplo customs aren't a new thing, but these two by Bob Uyttendaele are certainly the first that I've come across. Totally royale-with-cheese-tastic. And I hunger for more!



Coming to a Toys R Us store near you, Summer two-thousand-and-never...


 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Release the KR-KN!

The LEGO Super Star Destroyer has a bad rap as a big dull gray set. I decided to change that...

After the death of the Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader, the Empire made a last ditch attempt to thwart their enemies by rushing to complete their fleet of Venator class super star destroyers. However, by the time these vessels could be deployed, the Rebel Alliance had already developed its own super weapon, designation KR-KN...



The Legend of the KR-KN: A rare species of Space Kraken, known to exist only in the vast Dreighton Nebula, were sought out using the the Jedi's most powerful clairvoyants, and brought under the Alliance's control by flying super-computers directly into their brains. Many brave Ewok pilots were unwillingly sacrificed to accomplish this difficult task. Far from being cruel to the Kraken, this arrangement was completely symbiotic, as the creatures had evolved to prey on starships, their diet being composed entirely of metals such as quadanium steel.

Originally debuted at Emerald City Comicon 2013, and now permanently on display at the head offices of Tableau Software in Seattle.
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Docious-ali-expi-istic-fragil-cali-rupus

Corr bloimey gaaavnaaar, it's Maerrrry Popp'ns! Here's another great entry in the MocFlickrathon contest currently in progress, courtesy of Nick V (aka Brickthing).


 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The entirety of my interest in trains, in one post

A train MOC, on The Living Brick? A tiger, in Africa? I know, I was as surprised as you!

Brickshelf user thelet has perfectly recreated an iconic piece of locomotive history, the Stephenson's Rocket. And in the proper LEGO train scale too!



As a child I remember wanting really badly to be able to make the Rocket in LEGO, but the parts simply didn't exist in those days (I had exactly two yellow inverted slopes in my collection). More images here.
 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Amber Alert

Hard to believe it's been twenty years since Jurassic Park came out (the movie that basically made - nay probably saved - Pixar, btw). This tribute vignette by Combee! adopts a very unique perspective, capturing the naive enthusiasm of Dame Dickie Attenborough's character...



Always nice to see people having a crack at larger faces in LEGO, and this one seems to hit all the marks. Spot on!