What you see here started as a tablescrap of a spiral featuring a technique I learned from The Rack by Bryce McGlone. I wanted to incorporate it in a sci-fi scene based off the concept of the cosmic spiral from mypreviouscreations. Having built the rectangular light gray generator of the spiral, I had to set it diagonally on a rectangular base for more visual interest, complemented by the parallel direction of the dark blue tiles. I could’ve made a non-rectangular base, but that would’ve distracted from the sterile lab atmosphere.
This primopoc slave transport by Bart De Dobbelaer is continuing his streak of clever and silly scenes that are well executed.
I too am a fan of primopoc, but not so much of slavery. After the point-counterpoint intellectual property editorials followed by twoposts about modern military depictions, it seemed to be the responsible thing to follow yesterday’s slavery themed post with another. Symmetry.
Is it funny just because it’s primo? Does the smiling leashed PRIMO female figure in the background make it funny, or too messed up? Where are the boundaries? Is it okay because it’s not a depiction of modern slavery?
[In case any of you are wondering, even I’m reaching the end of my ability to continue these debates, so I don’t plan on doing similar posts for a bit. Back to featuring basic creations.]
In addition to the great colorful striping on this Volkswagen rally car by Pirate_Cat, what really caught my eye was the very simple, but effective, way he created the spraying sand. It really captures the motion.
We’re nearing the end of Black History Month here in the US and Canada. In the American South, prior to the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, religion played a key role in justifying the centuries-long exploitation of men, women, and children of African descent.
In a new Epistles section of The Brick Testament, the Rev. Brendan Powell Smith has some examples of the New Testament passages that slave-owners used to rationalize treating another human being as property.
This scene by RMingTW depicts a group of soldiers destroying ships at sea, with a remarkable explosion.
Very cool, right? Nice use of elements from the new Toy Story set 7595 Army Men on Patrol. Forced perspective through microscale in the background is rapidly becoming a key factor in differentiating good LEGO scenes from excellent ones.
Contrary to some of the earlier reports about its release date, LEGO has informed us that 10211 Grand Emporium is due out next Monday, March 1st, 2010.
LEGO has also provided some high-resolution photos of the set, including several nice interior shots and pictures of the little bits and pieces that make these modular buildings so awesome. See the full photoset on Flickr:
Here’s the complete product description from LEGO:
10211 – Grand Emporium
Ages 16+. 2,182 pieces.
US $149.99 CA $199.99 UK £ 139.99 DE € 149.99
Welcome to the grand opening of the Grand Emporium!
The LEGO® Modular Buildings series continues with this spectacularly detailed 3-story department store, designed in a realistic scale with lots of special building techniques and rare pieces. On the street outside, citizens carry shopping bags, send letters at the mailbox, admire the window mannequins, and cool off at the ice cream stand while a busy window washer works above. Enter through the revolving door to discover a ground-floor clothing department, complete with a cash register, fitting room, hats, jewelry, perfume, and even a selection of spare trousers. A brick-built escalator carries customers to the second floor housewares department with glassware and golden plates for special occasions, and then it’s up to the top floor for the toy department (complete with toy house and push-scooter) and a great big chandelier above the open atrium. Up on the roof are a billboard and skylight. Includes 7 minifigures and measures 15″ (38 cm) high and 10″ (25 cm) wide. Ages 16+. 2,182 pieces.
Includes 7 minifigures: 1 window cleaner, 1 female shop assistant, 1 genetleman and 1 lady with shopping bags, 1 boy plus 1 male and 1 female mannequin!
Enter the Grand Emporium through a revolving door that really spins!
The first floor has a clothing department with cash register, fitting room, hats, jewelery, perfume and more!
The second floor has a housewares department with glassware and golden plates!
Take the amazing brick-built escalator to the top floor of these 3-story department store!
The top floor is a toy department complete with toy house and push-scooter!
Grand Emporium features a big chandelier above the open atrium and even a skylight!
Lots of realistic details with a rooftop billboard and shoppers with shopping bags!
Raise and lower the window washer outside the building!
Send letters at the mailbox outside the Grand Emporium!
Admire the window mannequins from the street and stop at the ice cream stand for a treat!
Includes new inverted arches and rare elements like transparent 1×1 ‘headlight bricks’ and dark green windows!
Combine with other modular buildings like 10197 Fire Brigade and 10185 Green Grocer!