Archive for August, 2006
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Horace Cheng continues his series of creations inspired by Hayao Miyazaki movies with princess Nausicaä’s “mehve” (or “möwe,” which means “seagull” in German), from the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind (click for gallery):
Horace also puts a beast from Star Wars to good use as a “bird-horse”:
I would like to propose a fight between the following two giant robots.
Contestant number one, Ultra-V, fielded by Mark Sandlin:
Contestant number two, RG-47k, sent forth by Chris Giddens:
mumu follows Soren’s instructions fairly closely, making it easy to visualize the virtual model in “real life”:
m20xr/lego2000 takes some liberties with the virtual design and creates a nice RX-78-2:
Lenny Hoffman has been posting work-in-progress pics of his Eastern Block battlecruiser Nadezhda for some time. Now he’s done:
I love how closely it mirrors the design of the World War II submarines that inspired it. The way Lenny used the studs on top of sloped pieces to create a riveted effect is genius. Oh, and unlike many SHIPs, this one has an interior:
A man named Ole Kirk Christiansen made hand-crafted wooden toys in a sleepy Danish village called Billund.
Naming his company “LEGO” (from the Danish words “Leg godt” — play well), his company made pigs:
And roosters, and rabbits:
Some of the wooden toys also included bits of plastic, a sign of things to come:
Ole and his company made wooden toys until 1960:
Today, the LEGO Company is better known for the interlocking plastic bricks they began producing in 1949. LEGO elements as we know them today were introduced in 1958, when brick design was changed to include a stud-and-tube “coupling system.” With additional innovations along the way, like the minifig in 1978, LEGO toys are far-removed from their predecessors. But toys are toys, and fun is fun. I wonder what LEGO toys will look like fifty years from now?
(This walk down memory lane was brought to you by Swisso’s fantastic collection of vintage wooden LEGO toys, and by the BrickWiki article on the LEGO Company. Oh, and by the letter Q and the imaginary number e.)
New Brickshelfer SCoallier kicks things off beautifully with a lovely bonsai tree:
(Okay, I know I’m seriously behind. I have a dozen or more news items and creations I’ve bookmarked to blog here on PPB. I’ll try to catch up once work settles down a bit. Sorry readers!)
Naturally, Moko has included light-up brain-sucking action:
Inevitably, this process leads to the sweet release of death:
Poor dude. Oh well.
Izzo’s recent series of awesome mecha hardly seems like it’s going to stop anytime soon, but his blog posts over the last few days have included two versions of the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and then Known as Prince Again after Being Called an Unpronouncable Symbol for a While (heh heh).
Here’s Prince with (a somewhat larger-than-life version of) his motorcycle from Purple Rain:
And here’s His Royal Princeness with an awesome “do,” cravat, and guitar:
With a recent update, I just discovered Stuart Immonen’s Flickr photostream. Unlike those of us with hundreds (I’m pushing 500) LEGO images, Stuart has just a handful, but they’re all pretty darn cool. In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites.
Gregor Samsa from Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis:
A beautiful lady — Plastic Fantastic indeed:
A “Van Ship” from the anime series Last Exile:
The title character from the classic anime series Astro Boy: