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The Legend of Zelda holds a special place in my heart for a couple of reasons. First, like lots of people my age, I remember playing the game back in the eighties.
Second, I’ve actually had the privilege of working on a Zelda game. So, fast forward nearly twenty years, and I land at Nintendo of America. One of the projects I worked on was Wind Waker (credits on IMDb). As a bilingual writer in the Engineering department, I was one of the first people outside the development and test groups back in Japan to play Wind Waker. I’m very proud of the fact that I wrote the world’s first walkthrough for the game, which was used as the test plan for our “debug” project. My walkthrough also served as the basis for several official strategy guides. w00t!
So, I was pleased when Lukas W.P. posted this little beauty — a “Kokiri girl” (presumably from Ocarina of Time):
That reminded me that I never posted my appreciation for Flail’s gorgeous Wind Waker creations. They made the rounds of the gamer community a while back, but here’s Link and the King of Red Lions very nicely dropped into game art (click for the full gallery):
Here’s Link picking up the big black pig:
I’ve tried my own hand at a Link minifig, but meh.
Here’s hoping Twilight Princess will inspire a whole new crop of LEGO creations.
Brickshelf user Legokinsfolk (featured several times over on PPB) recently posted a Lara Croft minifig that uses Moko’s leg design and a rubber-band bikini design I’ve seen several other builders use. Together, they make an immediately recognizable Lara:
And since I never posted my own Lara Croft minifig here on DB, here she is:
Those of you looking for a LEGO Katie Holmes might be disappointed, but Brickshelf user Jimmy Lai has posted a cool minifig version of Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai:
And check out Jimmy’s awesome movie poster:
Apparently I’ve been living in a cave. I thought 7783
Batcave was the next large set LEGO would be releasing. (Incidentally, it’s been showing up in stores a couple months early.) Well, crawling out of my hole, I see that LEGO employee Steve Witt has posted box art and the minifigs from an upcoming 7785 Arkham Asylum set. Sweet!
I’m not sure what the security guards’ muskets are about (“Holy blunderbuss, Batman!”), but the other figs are pretty cool.
(Click each picture to go to Steve’s Flickr page and check out the full-size versions.)
Space ninjas are both awesome and totally sweet (after all, they’re the second-most powerful entity in the universe). Here’s Linus Bohman’s awesome and totally sweet space ninja dojo:
In addition to a cool “Asian space” aesthetic for the architecture, Bohman has included some really cool minifigs.
I’m really enjoying the recent surge in micro-scale building (mainly in the Space community, though SEALUG member Justin Major showed off a really awesome modular city at this month’s meeting — should’ve taken pictures).
Here’s the Rasputin assisting another micro-scale ship — note the extended docking corridor and the small shuttles swarming over the stricken vessel:
This kind of reminds me of Bekr’s “Smoke Signal” (which I blogged a few months ago). I think Bekr’s vehicle has better detailing (called “greebling” by us LEGO geeks), but it’s nice to see more builders creating steampunk stuff, and I like the minifigs Lukas uses.
I posted some “Eastern Block” minifigs a while ago, intending to follow up with minifigs from other fan-created Space factions, such as “3vil,” “Pre-Classic Space,” and “Jade Empire.” I never got around to it, but Flickrite and LEGO blogger Lukas has posted some cool Jade Empire minifigs.
Here’s an officer:
And the officer with some troops, including a sweet space ninja:
Japanese LEGO blogger Hiron has been posting work-in-progress pictures of his MS-09F Domtropen mecha (from one of the Gundam TV series). Hiron has announced that DOM is complete, so I thought I’d post a couple of the pictures he uploaded to his Brickshelf gallery:
Very cool. For those of you who aren’t LEGO builders yourselves, I want to point out a building technique Hiron uses called SNOT, which is an acronym for for Studs Not on Top. You can read all about SNOT on BrickWiki, the open-content LEGO encyclopedia.