Monthly Archives: December 2007

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.)

Croatian National Theater by Matija Puzar

Matija Puzar announced back in September that he had completed his LDraw design for a LEGO version of the Croatian National Theater.

As impressive as the design may have been, the actual creation is just plain gorgeous. The capitals on the columns are particularly beautiful.

Thanks to Brick Town Talk for pointing me to the real thing.

Crocodile rock

Sekiyama's crocodile

Sekiyama (blog) is one of those builders I run very hot and somewhat cold for but this loco is most definitely hot. It even has working pistons (although some cutting may be involved) and gorgeous innards. Check out those arched windows too, tres bien.

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Well that’s enough of his description, enjoy this wonderful and working creation.