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Friday, June 28, 2013

50 Shades of Bley

Wanna learn how I changed the color of the Lego bricks I used to make my Gollum model, and see what other cool color changes I've discovered? Then watch my new VIDEO! And remember to hit "Like". Every time you don't hit Like, a kitten dies. I assume.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Emerald City: Balloon Departure by davekaleta
Emerald City: Balloon Departure, a photo by davekaleta on Flickr.

VirtuaLUG members are starting to post pictures of sections from their excellent Brickworld "Wizard of Oz" diorama. First up is the balloon departure scene by LEGO wizard Dave Kaleta. IMHO there is nothing about this balloon that isn't 4000% awesome! Building any Bramshere is hard enough. But making it non-spherical, adding lettering and perching it thin-end down is basically magic. He's a witch - burn him! :-)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

You know, for wraiths...

While this creation deals with topics that I am deeply ambivolent about (such as CUUSOO, LOTR movies, and the use of circumflexes in made-up languages), this build of a Nazgûl on his fell beast by captainsmog is just awesome, with the talons grasped aroûnd a rocky oûtcrop and that little red tongûe.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lions and tigers and bears... Oh my!

Brickworld 2013 just finished up in Chicago and reports are already emerging of some amazing creations that were unveiled there (check your big time Lego blogs for the ongoing story). Which isn't surprising given the square footage of this event. But I think I've already found my winner, thanks to this great videolog by Joshua Hanlon of Beyond The Brick...

Watch the video in full to be as totally amazed as I was by this. It's a gigantic recreation of the movie The Wizard of Oz, capturing all of the most memorable environments, scenes and characters (even the terrifying flying monkeys!). This is the work of VirtuaLUG, which is exactly what it sounds like, a virtual LUG whose members are located all over the world. And the creation deservedly won "Best Collaborative Display" at the Con this year.

But if the audaciousness and attention to detail in this diorama wasn't mind blowing enough to make me start cutting myself with my brick separator again, who is that giving Joshua the tour but none other than Dr Lee Jones! Lee is an awesome Canadian fellow I met at my first Lego convention, an all-round solid dude and definitely a good person to have around in a pub fight.

And if that wasn't enough icing on the cake for one night, visual diabetes fans, Lee reveals some bonus Doro-themed MOCs that include perfect character sculptures of the movie's four heros, built by Tyler Halliwell. So I guess that means this report didn't turn out to be quite as off-topic for this blog as it could have been!

I must stop now, for fear that I should wet my pants with excitement (like these guys).

Saturday, June 8, 2013

May the Ford be with you

If Haley Joel Osment could only see dead people, then the inimitable Lino Martins can only see classic cars. So if you starting talking about Obi-Wan's starfighter, he thinks you mean 1960 Ford Starliner (of course!). And this is the result...


Monday, June 3, 2013

If it quacks...

I've featured Mrs Monster's big Looney Tunes sculptures before, but I think this one is my favorite so far! And not just because Daffy Duck was always my favorite characer growing up, but also because of the (desssssspicablly?) impressive work on the bill, which seems to curve in precisely the same way as the original. Of course, this means war.