tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-44981193808533328382016-01-24T02:47:55.836-08:00The Living BrickOchre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.comBlogger752125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-36005345118186362952014-02-01T22:00:00.000-08:002014-02-01T22:09:35.875-08:00Closing thoughtsIt was <b>5 years ago</b> this week that I started this blog with the specific goal of highlighting great "character based" LEGO builds and bringing attention to what at that time was a relatively unexplored and under-appreciated building theme.<br /><br />In 2010, my partner in crime Tommy Williamson gave the theme the name "Bricks of Character", and we introduced it as a new display category at BrickCon. The public reacted really well to the display, and we've kept it up every year since, and even introduced it at a couple of other LEGO conventions.<br /><br />Since then the theme has really grown in popularity, thanks to the efforts of many talented builders who are too numerous to mention, but who have been featured many times here, as well as on other staples of the LEGO blogosphere such as <a href="http://www.brothers-brick.com">The Brothers Brick</a>. In fact, no great character build escapes the attention of Andrew's small army of bloggers these days, which is exactly how I hoped it would be.<br /><br />But at this juncture in my LEGO life, I no longer have the energy or bandwidth to maintain The Living Brick at the level it once was, or differentiate it sufficiently from all the other LEGO blogs out there. I am very proud of what I did with the blog, and very grateful to all the readers that shared my passion for character based LEGO building. I feel we accomplished our mission!<br /><br />Going forward I will be discontinuing this blog, to focus on my own LEGO building ...oh, and a bunch of other super-secret creative endeavors (some LEGO themed, some not). So you have not heard the last of Ochre Jelly! You can still follow me on <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ochre_jelly/">Flickr</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com">YouTube</a>, <a href="'https://www.facebook.com/thelivingbrick?ref=hl">FaceBook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/iain_c_heath">Twitter</a>. <i>(I will be rebranding the FaceBook page soon, but The Living Brick will live on in the form of my LEGO related YouTube videos)</i><br /><br /><hr><br />For my <b>parting words</b> I'd like to start the discussion going on a topic that has been on my mind for a while: DIGITAL LEGO CREATIONS.<br /><br />Apps for constructing 'virtual' LEGO creations have been around for years. Typically their purpose was to augment the building experience... They allowed builders to pre-plan or visualize large builds, create instructions for others to follow, and for a while the LEGO company even allowed builders to share digital models and order the parts necessary to build them online.<br /><br />But when 3D rendering tools such as POV-Ray were eventually adapted to work with these apps, a shift began away from merely <i>augmenting</i> the building experience, to actually <i>replacing</i> it. Now you could design a LEGO model and create a highly convincing photograph of it, without ever snapping two bricks together. The physical and social experience of playing with LEGO is starting to be co-opted by the ubiquitous global community of screen-addicted digital tinkerers.<br /><br />Fortunately these digital fakes have been fairly easy to tell from the real deal, at least for a LEGO fan such as myself. And I made a point never to feature such creations here. For me the LEGO hobby is all about the challenges of physically designing and sculpting something, hunting and gathering of necessary parts, interacting with other builders, and wowing the general public by showing them what is possible with those innocuous little bricks lying around their homes.<br /><br />However, the forgeries are getting better. See <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/115291125@N07/12107675253">Exhibit A</a> (which btw is cheekily even being touted on CuuSoo to be turned into a real set, with little mention of its origins). It's now only a matter of time before one of these gets picked up by the 'thing of the day' sites and mistaken for the real deal; LEGO blogs at least tend to state when a build is digital, but the larger blogosphere is probably unaware of the existence of digital building.<br /><br />At this point some of you are probably pointing at the screen and screaming "purist!" or "luddite!" and arguing that digital building is just another artistic medium that people are entitled to explore. But if you really genuinely wanna explore this new medium and are not using it as a short cut to real building, then prove it and make all the studs square or something. Or better still, just go lose yourself in Minecraft's creative mode. If the goal is to create a purely digital model, why use the LEGO parts palette and connections at all, after all? Why restrict yourself that way? Yeah, that's what I thought.<br /><br />"Well someone could build a real model from my digital one" I hear you say. Really? How do you know its buildable? You don't. As far as I know these tools don't ensure a model is stable enough or has the proper centre of gravity to actually stand up or stay in one piece.<br /><br />But at some point LEGO conventions will probably go virtual, and then it won't matter any more...<br /><br /><center><img width="33%" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/12263573534_957122cf12_o.jpg"></center>&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-42625807066642070642013-12-15T00:27:00.001-08:002013-12-15T00:27:24.122-08:00My LEGO anime character can beat your LEGO anime character's ass!Well there I was getting into the swing of posting regularly again, when a cool project idea came along... In a response to yet another <b>Hatsune Miku</b> build showing up on the web, I figured I'd try my hand at the "anime girl" style that is popular with a lot of my favorite builders from Asia such as <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/legodoumoko/">Moko</a>, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikevd">MikeVd</a> and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tkh">TKH</a>. But of course I had to do my take on the style, and depict my all time favorite anime character <b>SQUID GIRL</b> wailing on that crazy-haired virtual pop star! But I'll do you all a favor and not try to emulate Squid Girl's "ink-redibly" bad fish punning. <i>(...ah, too late)</i><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ochre_jelly/11379617154"><img border="0" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5522/11379617154_d516379225.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br /><br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-54955656401112003852013-12-01T19:26:00.000-08:002013-12-01T19:26:00.162-08:00Moc-Moc!Well I have to say, <a href="http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/94255">Matt Rowntree</a> is really MOC-Killing it right now, at the MOC-Olympics contest currently in progress over on MOC-Pages. MOC-Click through to read the lengthy MOC-Story or to just marvel at MOC-Closeups of all the beautiful little details in this scene.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/375017"><img src="http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/94255/1385340341m_SPLASH.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-38071959640806299312013-11-29T19:49:00.000-08:002013-11-29T19:56:34.425-08:00Land of Cuus-Ooo*PREPARE YOURSELVES: WHAT FOLLOWS IS PURE OOO-PORN*<br /><br />I guess sometimes two uppercase wrongs can make a right... Which on this occasion means taking <b>CUUSOO</b> (LEGO's heavily-gamed perpetual popularity contest, frequented by the most loathesome of fanboy communities) and <b>POV-RAY</b> (the tool that fakes digital instructions into looking like real models, for those too bone idle to click two fucking bricks together), and utilizing them together to pursue the <i>Holy Grail</i> of LEGO themes... No, not Monty Python, but <b>Adventure Time</b>!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/9326298819/in/set-72157634721534962"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/9326298819_6559efe64c.jpg"></a><br /><br />Totally mathematical builder <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04">jazlecraz</a> has created an extensive and gloriously detailed series of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/sets/72157634721534962">Adventure Time prototype sets</a> and submitted these as a <a href="http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/38958">CUUSOO project</a>. And last week, the project reached the <b>10,000 votes</b> necessary to be considered for production! Start crossing all of your fingers and thumbs now!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/9329124682/in/set-72157634721534962"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/9329124682_2bcf43826c.jpg"></a><br /><br />Now, the original concept was a <a href="">fully-playable minifig based treehouse</a> (which was certainly more likely to get votes than the brick-built Adventure Time characters I posted a couple of years ago). But LEGO isn't able to commit to molding new parts for limited-run products, so our hero cleverly switched to micro scale <i>(like those crafty Minecraft sets, remember?)</i> and limited himself to available parts such as micro-figs and printed elements to prototype all the characters. Pure genius - PB herself would be proud!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/10061008885/in/set-72157634721534962"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5478/10061008885_f792802893.jpg"></a><br /><br />What I love about these designs is that they aren't just paying lip-service to the basic themes of the show. This builder is clearly a fan and appreciates the characters, settings, and events that viewers love. For example, in the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/sets/72157634721534962">interior</a> of the Ice King's lair you can see the drum kit he uses to entertain/torture his Princess captives. And there's even a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/10061009405/in/set-72157634721534962/">theatre</a> in the Castle Lemongrab set. And look at all the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/10623660283/in/set-72157634721534962">familiar furnishings</a> inside Marceline's cavern cottage. It's all totally rhombic!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/10623660273/in/set-72157634721534962"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/10623660273_0832004d72.jpg"></a><br /><br />The design of the Lumpy-space set is particularly impressive - I had to do a double take to prove to myself it used regular parts! The combination of curved bricks and stickers works perfectly, and the use of an ice-cream brick for LSP herself is inspired!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/9711127347/in/set-72157634721534962"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9711127347_d881919535.jpg"></a><br /><br />Another thing to note, before you get too excited: Even if this project doesn't lose out to some inferior videogame derived project or other, during the next CUUSOO review cycle, LEGO would likely only build a single set initially, not the entire range.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65513684@N04/9509548854/in/set-72157634721534962"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/9509548854_96aa727ee8.jpg"></a><br /><br />However, I have to say, given the current popularity of this show, and the fact that I know the makers of this show to be <b>extremely cool people</b>, the idea of an official Adventure Time range of LEGO sets makes perfect sense to me. I mean, how long before this planet grows weary of the endlessly repetitive and threadbare Lucas franchise? <i>(...ok, probably not until we stop manufacturing 8-10 year olds, but here's hoping).</i><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-81660682266488259892013-11-28T13:04:00.000-08:002013-11-28T13:04:05.536-08:00Be thankful......that two holidays coincide this year, so we only have to go through this nonsense once.<br /><br />You're gonna see a lot of Thanksgiving builds today. And many of them will be giant turkeys. In the bad sense of the word. So I give thanks that the excellent <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/davekaleta">Dave Kaleta</a> came though for us this time!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/davekaleta/11089011173"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2808/11089011173_d9e887c152.jpg"></a><br /><br />So eat, drink, be merry, argue, throw up, and sleep it off. For tomorrow... <b>you shop</b>!<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-22507364600097194772013-11-23T20:41:00.001-08:002013-11-23T20:42:09.566-08:00You know, for Belgians...Well, it was going viral, so how could I <i>not</i> build this? If you've not seen Volvo's latest ad <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7FIvfx5J10">Epic Split</a>, featuring the 'Muscles from Brussels' (Jean Claude Van Damme) then rush on down to your local purveyor of fine digital streaming products and watch it now.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ochre_jelly/11014733715"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3812/11014733715_652042ffe1.jpg"></a><br /><br />Of course, just modelling it wasn't enough. I had to one up myself and parody the video itself as well. Enjoy...<br /><br /><iframe width="500" height="305" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5gaxdGv8ckM" frameborder="2" allowfullscreen></iframe><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-27229959448377246682013-11-21T21:27:00.000-08:002013-11-21T21:28:19.767-08:00Storm-TROPE-rsOutside the building categories that I actually follow, I'll generally take a castle build over a space build (or infinity number of town builds) any day of the week. So the annual <i>Collosal Castle Contest</i> going on over at <a href="http://www.classic-castle.com">Classic-Castle.com</a> certainly offers much that is pleasing the eyes.<br /><br /><center><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/67866231@N02/10936501594"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/10936501594_8f148d895c_z.jpg"></a></center><br />However, in the run-up to this event it seems like a couple of new-ish <b>TROPES</b> have snuck into the Castle Community Consciousness over the past few months, and builders are kinda copying each-other. And this season's fashions? I call them <b>No-Parallel-Lines Rickety Tudor</b> and <b>Medieval Mega-Greebles</b>. And while <i>Crow's Nest</i> above by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/67866231@N02">David Hensel</a> utilizes both, it thankfully adds something extra through its clever incorporation of snow effects.<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-60870511480652520732013-11-18T21:06:00.002-08:002013-11-18T21:14:01.183-08:00Na-na na-na na-na na-na BLOK-MAN!<i>Well, the LEGO community isn't grabbing my attention this week, it's all spaceships in the shape of rude gestures, so let's hop over to the parallel universe of <b>Nanoblock</b> and see what the absolute master of that medium, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/chrisnanoblock#!/chrisnanoblock/photos_albums">Chris Tan</a>, has been up to...</i><br /><br /><hr><br />Ha-ha-hah, Lucas fanboys, this awesome little Artoo will never be yours, because you don't have the necessary 1500 nanobloks. Of course, remember this is nanoblok, so the model is actually about half the width of a human hair. Actually, at a glance I'd guess its almost the exact size as <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14691188@N02/3730826453">my LEGO version</a>, but rendered at a <i>significantly</i> higher resolution. Now I have to wonder if I've been working with the wrong product all these years!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/inanoblock/10399342504"><img border="0" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/10399342504_f7972dfa1a.jpg"></a><br /><br />And in an ultimate act of utter double-mockery, Chris's also brings us a nanoblok version of a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/100233774@N03/9593923543">Mini-fig Stormtrooper</a>. I know, I know... an off-brand brick-built rendition of a licensed theme mini-fig. He's basically giving you all the finger. We both are.<br /><br /><hr><br />Ok, let's switch to a selection of older stuff from Chris' <a href="http://www.inanoblock.com/p/nanoblock-build-instructions.html">extensive catalog</a> of character builds, each of which even comes with detailed <a href="http://www.facebook.com/chrisnanoblock/photos_albums">building instructions</a>. These characters need no introduction. This is pure blok-porn.<br /><br /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-u47QXLf4Y1k/UorsdcpvJFI/AAAAAAAAAgM/aJE37fVg6uA/s250/nano+bean.jpg"> <img width="250" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8pH8SYR5CsE/UorvrT2h_oI/AAAAAAAAAhU/LY0h2OCtWUo/s320/nano+wall.jpg"><br /><img width="250" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BtLbC4RnhfM/UorshqizIeI/AAAAAAAAAgc/5woyyULoPLI/s320/nano+stew.jpg"> <img width="250" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZYyhv3Whzys/UorsbrimAyI/AAAAAAAAAgI/vVwtbrLCjac/s320/nano+toto.jpg"><br /><br /><hr><br />But this one, this one is going to blow your mind...<br /><br /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Xt3DDTRENBo/UorsgB_5gtI/AAAAAAAAAgU/t-QKn2x7g1s/s500/nano+mine.jpg"><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-35848522888914582512013-11-17T19:21:00.001-08:002013-11-17T19:21:43.722-08:00Lovely lady lumps<i>...uh-huh, uh-huh, in the back and in the front.</i><br /><br />Created as a gift for a friend, spacer <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17634665@N07">KnightFalls</a> has done what I totally failed to do a couple of years back when I built my own <i>Adventure Time</i> characters... a convincing <b>Lumpy Space Princess</b>. Of course, <i>now</i> we all have bucket loads of those lavender bricks, dont' we? It figures. Ironically, as these bricks have become more commonplace, LSP's appearances in the show itself have become inexplicably rarer. What the GLOB is up with that, Frederator??<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/17634665@N07/10584208604"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/10584208604_912f4c7457.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-47193963846382647462013-11-15T17:36:00.000-08:002013-11-15T17:36:18.990-08:00OMG IT'S MADE OUT OF LEGO<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ochre_jelly/10864840704"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2821/10864840704_ec8235788d.jpg"></a><br /><br />Ths is my tribute to the fucking awesome folks over at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/SecretAgentBob/videos" rel="nofollow">FilmCow</a>, creators of Charlie The Unicorn, Llamas With Hats and The Magical Realm of Horse Man. Oh shit yeah, and these fucking awesome puppet videos too...<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwud6Qh4e_c" rel="nofollow">OMG CRACKLIN' OAT BRAN</a><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BZsIY6PUPU" rel="nofollow">OMG BISCOFF SPEAD</a><br /><br />Keep up the fucking excellent work, guys!<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-29524189559537156532013-11-13T22:36:00.001-08:002013-11-13T22:49:20.982-08:00Who's a pretty Polly, then?!<p>Sometimes a builder makes it look as though thin air is their canvas, and bricks are their paint, and the result is a three-dimensional oil painting. This is one of those times...</p><div style="font-size: 0.8em; ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qi_tah/10683615175/">Rainbow Lorikeet 3</a>, a photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qi_tah/">qi_tah</a> on Flickr.</div><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qi_tah/10683615175/" title="Rainbow Lorikeet 3"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/10683615175_9e5c07440d_c.jpg" alt="Rainbow Lorikeet 3 by qi_tah" /></a>&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-75812154176861658092013-11-11T20:16:00.002-08:002013-11-11T20:16:53.575-08:00Horsing aroundWho are the cowboys in this lively Western scene by the mysterious <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vir-a-cocha">vir-a-cocha</a>? What is the nature of their disagreement? The builder gives little away. Were there really any ginger cowboys? Or were they all wiped out due to poor judgement involving the relative advantages of revolvers versus rifles? Let's hope so.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vir-a-cocha/10267758104"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/10267758104_a212d68f79.jpg"></a><br /><br />And what part did the poor horse play in this altercation? He is clearly doing his best to ease tensions between these two, but were his desparate hoof-flailing gestures tragically misinterpreted as a sign of aggression? We will never know.<br /><br /><i>(Actually the horse is not only beautifully proportioned but also fully articulated - check out the other pictures on the photostream to see him during happier times!)</i><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-33032072814734051182013-11-10T21:56:00.001-08:002013-11-10T21:56:25.020-08:00My god, it's full of bricksOk, so let's keep tripping on old Sci-Fi movies why not?! <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45803859@N06">Jason Allemann</a> is known for building some seriously epic shit (much of which even moves about, and such). But his model of the <b>Leonov</b> from the movie <i>2010</i> gave me a warm fuzzy...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45803859@N06/10304357385"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2819/10304357385_890964d4bf.jpg"></a><br /><br />Apparently it's even dock-compatible with his equally satisfying <b>Discovery</b> build from <i>That Other Movie With Monoliths In it</i>...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/truedimensions/6923691108"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/6923691108_f8145bd5e6.jpg"></a><br /><br />And if I know Jason, no doubt he is currently working on a matching scale model of Jupiter to round out the entire diorama. Now, a few years back Jason also built this hilarious version of an establishing scene from the same movie...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/truedimensions/6154746644"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6197/6154746644_1b3095a3dd.jpg"></a><br /><br />Which recently inspired me to try and bring back the tradition of "invasions" at BrickCon this year...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ochre_jelly/10793291965"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7410/10793291965_09b2a5e344.jpg"></a><br /><br />At this point, if you can hear a sort of distant clacking sound, that'll be Arthur C. Clarke spinning in his grave!<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-59547578826853760702013-11-09T22:02:00.000-08:002013-11-09T22:09:28.953-08:00I'LL BE BACK! (...inside the same plot device 26 years from now)Who doesn't love a good Arnie movie? Or can remember one? Ok, I confess I think all his movies are great. <b>YOOAR CLOTHES, GIVE ZEM TOOO ME!</b> But let's face it, how many Lego versions of the Terminator have we seen at this point? (...oh fuck, here comes <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/71480259@N02/9533693924">another one</a>). <b>REMEMBER WHEN I ZAID I WOULD KILL YOU LAASZT? I LIED!</b> So it's refreshing to see <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/technicnick">Nick Barrett</a> take a fresh dip into Arnie's impressive corpus (of films) with this rendition of an iconic scene from 1987's <i>The Running Man</i>. <b>COME WIZ ME, IF YOU WUANT TO LIVE!</b>. Check out his photostream for more shots - it's a pretty impressive diorama. And then <b>GET YOUA ASS TO MAAAARZ!</b>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/technicnick/10495816843"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3818/10495816843_f6cb55bf65.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-9030866850104210492013-11-06T22:09:00.001-08:002013-11-06T22:56:42.714-08:00Longest. Cigarette. Break. Ever.Apologies for the long silence on this blog over October - it was a crazy month for me, both personally and professionally. But that's in the past now. And <b>BrickCon</b> happened too, which was fantastic! But draining. More on that in a later post (...oh, so much more).<br /><br />Also, as it hurtles towards's its 5th anniversary, I think this blog is long overdue for a change of focus. The LEGO blog-o-sphere is pretty saturated with "cool build of the day" sites at this point, and Andrew's growing army over at TBB seems is really on the ball these days, so I don't have to worry about all those wonderful "character" builds going unnoticed any more!<br /><br />This will free me up to focus on the dark underbelly of the LEGO community, stuff that might otherwise fly under the radar, as well as my own builds and other 'shenanegans'. The LEGO community is also generally way too civilized, so I think its time we brought a little more open critique and rampant negativity into the mix. So don't be suprised if I put on my <i>Yahtzee</i> hat from time to time and rip into bad builds, bad photograhy, or some full-on <b>POV-Ray hating</b>. Humor will be my garotte. Names will be named. <i>Because controversy!</i><br /><br />- Iain.<br /><br /><div style="margin: 0 0 10px 0; padding: 0; font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.6em;"><span style="margin: 0;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/monsterbrick/10334704194/">&nbsp;&nbsp;No smoking</a>, a photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/monsterbrick/">monsterbrick</a> on Flickr.</span><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/monsterbrick/10334704194/" title="No smoking"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/10334704194_2ab7f5304d.jpg" alt="No smoking by monsterbrick" /></a><br /></div>Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-40084091407217937762013-10-02T21:10:00.000-07:002013-10-02T21:10:04.929-07:00BaCon Moo-thousand and Thirteen<a href="www.brickcon.org">BrickCon 2013</a> ("Pigs v Cows" edition) begins Thursday October 3rd, in Seattle! The public exhibition takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for hours, directions and tickets.<br /><br /><a href="www.brickcon.org"><img width="500" src="http://brickcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pvc2013.jpg"></a><br /><br />And for those of you not able to make it, I will be <a href="http://twitter.com/iain_c_heath"><b>LIVE TWEETING</b></a> pictures and commentary during the entire thing, to give you a glimpse at all the behind the scenes preparations and shenagans of the Greatest of All Lego Conventions. Just follow me on Twitter! Or you can even just keep checking the live feed below...<br /><br /><hr><br /><a class="twitter-timeline" href="https://twitter.com/iain_c_heath" data-widget-id="385612739034370049">Tweets by @iain_c_heath</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-88446519973492381952013-09-30T23:53:00.001-07:002013-09-30T23:53:10.353-07:00Za wolność!<div style="margin: 0 0 10px 0; padding: 0; font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/73092202@N08/9760308434/" title="PZL 39 Łosoś 1"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2869/9760308434_9a8e487616.jpg" alt="PZL 39 Łosoś 1 by mrutek" /></a><br/><span style="margin: 0;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/73092202@N08/9760308434/">PZL 39 Łosoś 1</a>, a photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/73092202@N08/">mrutek</a> on Flickr.</span></div><p>As far as I can tell, the Polish WWII fighter design this is based on was a concept, never put into production. Or possibly the product of the builders imagination, inspired by other PZL designs ...my Polish is non-existent. But with all those stud-free dark green surfaces, and the opaque window technique, it's truly a thing of beauty!</p>Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-64809357252828511452013-09-29T20:22:00.001-07:002013-09-29T20:22:14.525-07:00Swords and sorceryOk, a little fantasy-themed double act for you this evening... A full metal knight by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/legodoumoko">Moko</a> and a crazy croissant-faced wizard by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34823306@N03">Lego-Man-at-arms</a>. I like to pretend they are certain characters from a certain Python movie <i>(...insert catchphrases here, then curse your own sadness!).</i><br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/legodoumoko/9854131413"><img height="280" border="0" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/9854131413_c6c35aa360_n.jpg"></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34823306@N03/9941364066"><img height="280" border="0" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7445/9941364066_f7e16c268e_n.jpg"></a><br /><br />And check out Moko's <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/legolego05/archives/52512671.html">blog post</a> about the knight, which features an awesome action pose near the end!<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-9618385393795986732013-09-28T23:16:00.000-07:002013-09-28T23:16:39.346-07:00Mini-onAt this point we've seen a lot of builds floating around of the minions from Despicable Me. So it was kind of refreshing to see a version of Gru (complete with to-scale minion) by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/legols">Legopard</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/legols/9762621203"><img style="box-shadow:none;margin:0px" border="0" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2824/9762621203_b458c604f7.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-52045154911368406482013-09-24T21:52:00.002-07:002013-09-24T21:52:47.158-07:00Prepare to be assimilated by awesomeness!BrickCon 2013 ("Pigs vs Cows" edition) is now little more than a week away! Over 400 builders, half of them from outside Washington, are making their final frantic preparations. And at our last monthly <b>SeaLUG</b> meeting, I was fortunate enough to spy this Borg warrior by local mainstay and excellent character builder <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawnsnyderman">Shawn Snyder</a>.<br /><br /><a href="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7423/9927785295_8915400ae3_k.jpg"><img border="0" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7423/9927785295_7983cf8fc4_z.jpg"></a><br /><br />If you are fortunate enough to make BrickCon this year, you'll get to see not only the chap above, but also his matching recharging station, a large Borg head bust, and many of Shawn's other works, over at the <i>Bricks of Character</i> table. I can't wait! This year's convention is gonna be awesome, and I have a 'feeling' that there are a few cool surprises in store...<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-59610073500732507102013-09-21T22:37:00.002-07:002013-09-21T22:37:20.095-07:00It's LEGO, Jim, but not as we know it!From the people that brought you <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/3868526587">The LEGO Builders Book</a> comes the all space-themed publication <a href="http://www.amazon.de/LEGO%c2%ae-Galaxy-Bau-dir-ein-Universum/dp/3868527788">LEGO Galaxy</a>. Once again they have called upon the skills of builder <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/53163759@N04">Joachim Klang</a> (aka <b>-derjoe-</b>) to create some of the scenes. The book contains plenty of LucasPorn for all the Star Wars fanboys, but I'm really digging this blocky take on classic Star Trek...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/53163759@N04/9773998966"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/9773998966_a695424677.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-46500269972917885022013-09-16T21:22:00.000-07:002013-09-16T21:22:44.228-07:00Hog-on-hog actionThis super-huge, super-pink rendition of <i>Miss Piggy</i> on a motorcyle is attributed to Dutch builder <b>Alex de Jong</b> and showed up at <i>Lego EXPO</i> in Lisbon (Portugal) over the summer. Hiiiiii-YA!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrodriguesphoto/8697996323"><img border="0" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8407/8697996323_1de8e4abba.jpg"></a><br />(Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrodriguesphoto">Joao Rodrigues</a>)<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-73132017182180171442013-09-09T11:12:00.000-07:002013-09-09T11:12:01.166-07:00Schmidt happens!The new season of the sitcom <b>New Girl</b> starring Zooey Deschanel <i>(the thinking man's Kate Perry)</i> begins tomorrow, and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nolnet">Moritz Nolting</a> is clearly their number one fan, since he created this...<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nolnet/9700179199"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2817/9700179199_1bdd30fd31.jpg"></a><br /><br />Moritz cites the build style as "Ochre Jelly-esque" but I would have categorized it as "Put Ochre Jelly out of a job" because he really has nailed the style completely, and then some. So if I fall under a bus, you all know who has to pick up the torch...<br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-62255261573588884812013-09-07T21:50:00.001-07:002013-09-07T21:50:50.821-07:00BrickCon 2013 registration ends September 8th!There will be no late registrations or walk-ins this year, so sign-up now to avoid ending up like this little guy... <br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3R3Wst06CHg" width="500"></iframe> &nbsp; Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4498119380853332838.post-36966689723423952572013-09-05T20:55:00.000-07:002013-09-05T20:55:57.709-07:00The Super-Odd CoupleI'm not sure what's more awesome about this one, whether that its poking fun at superheroes in a "canonistically incorrect" fashion, or the wealth of little details around the kitchen, or the hilarious use of "jumper face" <i>[ok, that's a thing now, I'm calling it]</i>, or the fact that the entire thing was built by a 9-year old, namely the son of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lego13maniac">Olivier Curto</a> (aka <b>oLaF LM</b>). All the above!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lego13maniac/9606414375"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/9606414375_2da813c797.jpg"></a><br />&nbsp;<br />Ochre Jellyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03108039002646559870noreply@blogger.com0