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.
Eurobricks always has pictures of new sets long before they’re out. Here’s a gallery of some of the new Indiana Jones sets and Speed Racers too. I am already loving the temple and the windshield piece on the racers.
Nate Mac, (aka qthering) has created an amazingly accurate vignette of the video game Portal. I had the same idea of using fire pieces to create the portals, but I was beaten to it!
Julian Fong is a minifig customizer I wasn’t familiar with until I saw these beautiful Justice League figs in his Flickr photostream. From Aquaman to Zatanna, Julian’s figs are just plain gorgeous.
Matt Armstrong (aka monsterbrick) created a realistically looking lego skull by gluing lego pieces over a non-lego skull model. Despite the unconventional method used, the finished product still looks nice.
MisaQa has completed the advent calendar of miniature town buildings. Check out the beautiful full layout.
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.
Tom Sneller‘s entry for the “Castle Spaces” category in this year’s Colossal Castle Contest flying furniture, beautiful stained glass, and some seriously scared guards.
Read more and discuss Tom’s creation in his thread on Classic-Castle.com.
Mark Stafford‘s latest steampunk creation proves that steampunk doesn’t have to be all browns and grays.
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!”
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 KyleSmithOnline.com, with a tip from reader James Lucas Jones.)
The minifig-scale Droideka (or Destroyer Droid) in official LEGO sets kind of balls up, but not really. hyf326 has built a fully functional Droideka from Bionicle. Okay, it doesn’t actually roll around and go “pew pew!” Still cool though.
Via Brick Blogue.