Monthly Archives: December 2007

Retro Spaceman by Kotaro Ono

Kotaro Ono’s blog How Many Studs to LEGOLAND? is one of my favorite LEGO blogs, where I can keep up with everything that’s happening in the Japanese LEGO fan community.

But Kotaro, who also goes by Earl_0 online and はくしゃく (“Hakushyaku”) in Japanese, is also a really great builder. I featured his retro space creations way back in March 2006.

His latest retro space creation takes advantage of the two-piece goldfish bowl helmet from the Sandy Cheeks minifig in one of the new SpongeBob SquarePants sets.

Castle Blondel by Gork

One restriction of the Colossal Castle Contest is that you’re limited to three pictures per entry. Many builders post a second folder of pictures to show off additional details and angles, but no such luck with Gork‘s entry, a castle called Blondel. Here’s hoping Gork will post a lot more later, because I certainly like what I see so far — especially the bridge and the wooden part of the structure.

Don’t miss all three of Gork’s CCCV entries.

Minifigs from Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Kyle Peterson

As “Armothe,” Kyle Peterson may be best known as one half of the team behind BrickForge, but he’s also a great minifig customizer in his own right. His latest set of figs is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. From Arthur and Sir Bedevere (above) to Launcelot and Robin (below), the gang’s all here.

Check out Kyle’s Flickr photostream for more, including Galahad, Gawain, and my favorite, a French Knight:

“Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!”

I call dibs on Norman Mailer’s LEGO

Apparently, the late writer Norman Mailer was a LEGO fan of sorts. You can see him here in his New York apartment with his large LEGO sculpture in the background:

Apparently, Mailer built “a vast Lego city, incorporating some 15,000 pieces, known as the city of the future, seeming to take as much pride in it as in any of his other creations.”

According to architecture writer Lynn Becker, Mailer’s LEGO creation appears as the frontispiece in his 1966 book Cannibals and Christians:

So not only is this LEGO creation by one of the leading writers of the past 50 years, it’s built from vintage LEGO! Just the thing to expand my selection of basic bricks. I bet they’d need a good dusting, though…

Check out our previous post about writer Douglas Coupland’s LEGO obsession.

(Via, with a tip from reader James Lucas Jones.)