Monthly Archives: April 2006

More Lovecraftian LEGO from Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford continues adding new creations to his ongoing mashup of the LEGO Adventurers theme and the Cthulhu mythos from H.P. Lovecraft’s science fiction. A recent update includes “Offspring of Shudde M’ell“:

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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Run away!!!

Nathan Cunningham has fallen under the spell of us minifig builders. Mu ha ha ha ha haaaa!

Behold his Fright Knight Shaman, and tremble in fear!

That’s the new Batman minifig’s cowl, along with Killer Croc’s head. Very nice, unexpected combination. And the totem in the shaman’s hand is fantastic. (Click the image to see Nathan’s Fright Knight Champion as well.)

Moko’s Kamen Rider 555 Minifigs

Kamen Rider (“Masked Rider”) is a long-running superhero series on TV in Japan, with many many incarnations. I remember watching the show at friends’ houses in the late 70’s and early 80’s (my missionary parents weren’t especially keen on bug-faced motorcyclists duking it out with hell-spawn).

A recent incarnation is Kamen Rider 555 (「仮面ライダー555」). Moko has recently posted several minifigs based on the series, including the masked rider himself and several of his adversaries, called “Orphnochs:”

For those interested in what an “Orphnoch” is, here’s the show’s synopsis from Anime News Network (even more series info here):

Young biker Takumi Inui trails a girl named Mari Sonoda, whom he suspects has his stolen gym bag. When he encounters Mari, he finds out that the bag she carries is not his and that she possesses some top-secret items developed by the Smart Brain Corporation. He also discovers that she’s being hunted down by Orphnochs – enhanced humanoid beings sent by Smart Brain to recover the items. Takumi reluctantly uses two of the items – a cell phone and a belt – and becomes Kamen Rider Faiz to combat the Orphnoch threat.