2017 DC Superheroes Mighty Micros unveiled [News]

LEGO has announced the next wave of DC Superheroes Mighty Micros sets, slated for a release next January. This new wave of chibi-sized superheroes and villains and their vehicles will feature Batman vs. Killer Moth, Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday, and Superman vs. Bizarro. The sets will be on display at San Diego Comic Con in July, and when they finally hit store shelves they’ll retail for $9.99 USD each, just like the first wave of Mighty Micros we reviewed.

Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday

Wonder Woman vs Doomsday

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LEGO builders on the South Pole [Interview]

It seems that wherever there are technical and creative people, there is also LEGO. LEGO has been taken into space to the International Space Station and, as it turns out, there is also LEGO on the South Pole. Recently I was contacted by Ethan Rudnitsky, who works at the U.S. Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, located on the geographic South Pole, with a question about building a Hercules aircraft out of LEGO, with the purpose of displaying the model at the station. Ethan is part of the crew who are spending the winter there. He told me that there are other LEGO enthusiasts on the station as well and that, as part of the last supply flight in February, the crew were sent a shipment of LEGO sets.

South Pole builders

LEGO models and their builders on the South Pole. Builders, from left to right: Ethan Rudnitsky, Rachel Cook, Christian Krueger, Jennah King, Chet Waggonger and Adam Jones. Photograph courtesy of Christian Krueger.

We’ve taken this opportunity to find out a bit more about life and LEGO on the South Pole, by asking Ethan a few questions via e-mail.

Read the full interview after the break

UCS LEGO Planet Express Ship from Futurama

Good news, everyone! Remember all those times you desperately needed a LEGO spaceship fast enough to outrun a murderous Robot Santa Claus? Or what about those times you justed wanted to deliver a LEGO pizza in a stylish vehicle with a sweet “electric mucus” paint job? Well, you’re in luck because Nicola Stocchi, builder of the incredibly detailed Transformer Grimlock has created a beautifully rendered version of the Planet Express Ship from Futurama. Nicola built this beauty in LEGO Digital Designer with 5112 parts. Seriously, could this LEGO ship be any more spot on? At the risk of sounding negative, no.

Lego UCS Planet Express Ship

BuWizz – the one brick to steer them all – on Kickstarter [News]

BuWizz is an aftermarket brick designed to bring more precise control and increased power to your LEGO creations. It is the brainchild of Roni Leben and his team over at BuWizz headquarters in Slovenia, who have just started a Kickstarter project to fund its production.

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Loki what I made!

For some fans, comic and sci-fi convention season means making a custom costume for the event: cosplay. The character in Alysa Kirkpatrick‘s vignette is taking her construction very seriously, spending countless hours in front of a vintage sewing machine. She’s going to look so cool when it’s finished.

Making Cosplay Vignette

Hair-raising encounter with a troll

Check out this fun scene from aido k—a troll in its cave about to be interrupted by a group of soldiers. I’m not sure who’s going to come out best in this encounter, but I think my money is going on the big guy. There’s fabulous parts usage here for the troll’s hair—that’s an octopus! It’s so good it actually distracts attention from the equally cool use of an upside-down treasure chest as a mouth.

The Treasure Troll's Lair - Part 2

LEGO CoreBot Mack from ReCore

A year and another E3 after the announcement of upcoming action-adventure title ReCore, we finally got gameplay footage of the hero Joule and her adorable CoreBot dog Mack. Combine this with a former Halo writer writing ReCore’s story, and I am hyped. Lego Junkie keeps the hype train rolling with his cute LEGO version of robo-dog Mack. I enjoy how poseable his Mack build is; it brings out the character in what looks to be a fun companion to Joule.

RECORE Puppy Doge.

LEGO hamburgers this good are rare

We’ve featured some of nobu_tary‘s fabulous LEGO recreations of food in the past, and here’s another excellent meal-based model—a burger with an egg topping.

Hamburger steak with Egg

The individual elements of the build are spot-on, and the overall presentation is excellent. Just looking at the image is making me hungry. This burger definitely came with a side of awesomesauce.

Gotham brick-figures, part 1

As a license-theme builder, I’m always looking forward to the latest story, book, or film to get inspiration. And with Batman being a particular favorite of mine, there’s always something inspirational around the corner. So for Brickworld Chicago this year, I dug to the root of Batman—its renowned characters—to construct a collection of twelve figures that depict the worst criminals of Gotham, as well as its famous dark knight. Here are just a few of those characters:

The Penguin
The Penguin by Tim Lydy

The Catwoman
The Catwoman by Tim Lydy

More characters after the break

Coming around to gravity after all

Robert Turner is a multi-talented builder, having brought us fantastic architectural pieces like the Villa Amanzi and awesome sculptures like a life-sized Tesla charging station. But now Robert’s turned his hand to great depths of space and the challenges awaiting mankind there, with the immense spaceship IHS Gravtec Odyssey. You won’t find a hyperdrive here, but instead an interpretation of a near-future spaceship designed around a gravity-generation ring, replete with large spherical fuel tanks and omni-directional thrusters. Best of all, Robert’s model lights up, letting the ship spread the warm glow of humanity to the cold reaches of space.

Our friends at Beyond the Brick did a quick interview with Robert about the Gravtec Odyssey during Brickworld 2015.

A small AT-ST can walk tall

TBB’s own Simon Liu has been busy at Brickworld and these micro AT-STs were a small part of a larger Star Wars: Battlefront display. The AT-STs are delicately balanced and ingeniously built at such a small scale. The background is a microscale version of Alex Doede’s bunker.
 
Micro Walker Assault

Simon says that these are in the tiniest form he can do, but I reckon there are some nano AT-STs out there waiting to be built.

Majestic LEGO rover rolls across Mars

Jeremy Williams brings us a stunning LEGO rendition of a Martian rover, inspired by Mark Watney’s vehicle in the film The Martian. The levels of realistic greebly detail on this model is amazing, adding immensely to the sense of realism. Couple that with some excellent photography and you’ve got a cracking piece of work.

LEGO martian rover

The model has a detailed interior and features twin-axle steering, independent suspension, and 2 (count ’em) Power Functions motors.

Click through for more photos of this LEGO mars rover