Monthly Archives: April 2006

Minifig Arm Swap How-To from Darth Zamma

I expect the “great builders” of the world to provide the rest of us with innovative building techniques now and then. But it’s also nice to find interesting techniques in unexpected places. “Darth Zamma” is a new LEGO blogger who sent me a link to his blog a little while ago, along with a link to his friend “Darth Malum’s” blog.

Here’s a minifig Darth Zamma posted recently:

Responding to one of his e-mails, I asked Darth Zamma how he attached that Exo-Force robot arm to the regular minifig torso, and he kindly posted a short pictorial how-to. It’s an interesting technique. Here’s a preview:

Hidaka Tickles the Ivories

I made an electric piano last summer that I thought was pretty original, though it turned out Brickshelf user lcon21 had posted a grand piano design that used the same technique. Great minds think alike?

Anyway, another Brickshelf user, hidaka, has posted an even more realistic piano:

Not a big deal so far, right? Well, look a little closer:

Little Plastic Geeks!

Immersed recently in O’Reilly books, I’ve been inspired to build some geek luminaries.

Steve Jobs (with a big first-generation iPod):
Steve Jobs

Larry Wall, creator of Perl:
Larry Wall

Steve Wozniak, Charles Babbage, and Tim Berners-Lee (click for full-size versions):

Steve Wozniak Charles Babbage Tim Berners-Lee

Linus Torvalds (with a Penguin designed by Adam Silcott):
Linus Torvalds

Jeff Bezos (on a Segway):
Jeff Bezos

The full photoset on Flickr.

By the way, why do nearly all geeks — myself included — seem to have brown hair and glasses? I couldn’t make as many geeks as I would have liked because they all started to look like Linus Torvalds, who looks remarkably like my minifig representation up in the header. Oh well…

Dellta’s Shadows

Brickshelf user dellta has created several minifigs that correspond to the elements “Dark,” “Aqua,” “Wood,” and “Fire.” These creations were recently featured over on VignetteBricks, but they’re worth pointing out here as well, from a minifig perspective. What’s cool is that Dellta has paired up normal minifigs with their elemental counterparts or avatars.

My favorites are Aqua, a seafaring pirate:

And Wood, a Forestman:

Boktai Vampire Hunter Creations by Inhert

Brickshelf user Inhert has been building quite the collection of vampire hunter creations based on the Game Boy Advance game Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django.

I like Inhert’s “Tools of the Trade” (ignoring the chopped up Castle spear for the moment; but hey, it does make a good stake):

Check out the vampire hunter himself, using Moko’s articulated legs:

Brick-Built Star Wars Minifigs

Star Wars minifigures these days are all about cutting, gluing, Sculpey, and painting. Well, more specifically, they’re all about the infinite variations of clone troopers in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Fun! So it’s refreshing to see something other than another Commander Gree or Captain Typho.

Here’s Moko’s Darth Vader:

And Dillon’s RIC-920 droid:

SPACE!

Occasionally, a particularly brilliant builder will do a mass upload/update of their LEGO pictures, and I find it hard to pick just one favorite. Arthur Gugick’s world buildings (previous post) was one such update, and Masahiro Yanagi’s new Space folder is another, with 37 spacey vehicles for your viewing pleasure. Here are just a few.

Be sure to check out the full gallery on Brickshelf!

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