Monthly Archives: June 2009

Peptobase gives me a warm feeling in my tummy

“Big Daddy” Nelson‘s wife build this beautiful pink medical moon base several months ago and he posted pictures today. I just love it. Absolutely love it. My wife’s Barbie collection would love to live in this thing, if they were small enough. Ha ha! Too small for them!

Peptobase

Check out the back story and other pictures in Big Daddy’s photoset.

The last stand at Zion

I’d been looking forward to Tyler Clite’s (Legohaulic) display for BrickWorld before the event, so I naturally split my face with a smile so wide when I saw Zion Dock Defense in person. This scale of this creation and the sense of action conveyed by the dynamic poses of the APUs and the Sentinels are intense.

Tyler’s APU also won the Best Mecha Award at BrickWorld. Congratulations!

LEGO fan weddings feature LEGO cakes, toppers, bees, and even garter belts

Space-zombies need a chaser. Since LEGO unicorns are in short supply, we’ll go with LEGO weddings. Ryan and Katie aren’t the only ones who’ve celebrated their love with little plastic bricks.

Chris Wunz created a series of five vignettes as his cake toppers when he married Erin last year (see all five on Flickr):

LEGO vignette cake topper

One of my favorite LEGO-themed cakes is the one Louise and Greg Tudor had at their wedding (full photoset). Greg made LEGO cufflinks for the groomsmen, and a Classic Space minifig even adorned Louise’s garter belt!

LEGO cake

Even celebrities get in on the LEGO wedding action. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz commissioned Nathan Sawaya to create this enormous bee as a wedding gift for Ashlee Simpson:

LEGO bee by Nathan Sawaya

Finally, Cake Wrecks had a great roundup a while ago of some very cool LEGO cakes, including this wedding cake for Alex & Adrian:

LEGO

Congratulations to all the happy couples!

Nowhere to run

LEGO plague zombies in space

Sometimes, the words we write for our blog posts can’t do justice to the wonderful LEGO creations we feature. Here’s Kevin (Legorevolution) in his own words:

The NSR (or New Space Reich) lost contact with the battle cruiser Andromeda a little over 2 light years ago. Since the vessel was exploring an uncharted sector of space, whatever they had mapped or come across was vital to our database and to the progression of our colonies. As a trained veteran in both military, technological, and scientific affairs I was natural chosen to find the ship and bring her and the crew home. However no training could have prepared me for the frightening discovery I have just made. The ship is in utter ruins- the crew all dead and seemingly infected with some sort of unknown agent that turns their skin tone green. Scouting out the lower hull of the ship so far has produced various wall murals written in blood. The most disturbing of which I have just found in one of the hangars spelling out ‘RUN’. Why RUN? The quietness is so eerie; all I can hear is myself breathing in my hardsuit. My god, what has happened here…

Propping up the bar

Bar and clip technique

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged a technique before but since this one is fast becoming one of my most ‘favorite’d pictures on flickr I thought I might share it more broadly. I came up with the idea after seeing Peter Norman (swoofty) post these incredible (and complicated) stripes. As I am lazy I wanted to simplify them.

Many of you will be familiar with studs-not-on-top (SNOT) techniques and many of those will actually know what it means (for the rest it means building with the studs not pointing vertically, not building a smooth model). Commonly this is achieved using certain popular bricks such as headlight bricks, bricks with studs on two or four sides and brackets as well as plenty of others.

What many of us forget (myself included) is that bars and clips provide an alternative way to change stud directions which is sometimes more compact and simpler than using bricks. It can be easy to get caught up in trickery [1] and neglect the simple answer. I would guess that set designers more often use these techniques than AFOLs and I suspect that part of this is that they are working to harsher constraints than we are. Their models must be simple.

Anyway, the point of this rambling is that LEGO so often provides many different ways to achieve the same result and that sometimes looking outside your usual tricks can be a good way to find them. You never know, it may save you an hour of work.

[1] On the topic of overcomplicating things I can remember one memorable occassion where I spent about an hour trying out various SNOT techniques for a train windscreen. One of my friends then pointed out that a windscreen piece would do the job perfectly. It did.

I’m of one mind about Two Michael’s furniture

They’re great. I noticed Michael Lasky-Saparito’s (Two Michael’s) furniture and modular houses while I was first cruising for possible TBB posts about a month ago. When he recently emerged from his annual hibernation, I thought it would be timely to features this great furniture set.

Two Michael's Desk

The rest of his photostream showcases great buildings that use a lot of colors that I find vibrant and interesting, but don’t see often enough. Worth checking out.