I play a lot of board games, and while chess isn’t at the top of my rotation, I still appreciate a nice set. This little set by akunthita looks like the perfect thing to bring on a flight or road trip to a Lego convention.
I think its the presence of drawers to store the pieces that really makes this thing for me. The pieces are expressive enough to get the point across, especially given their small dimensions. Of course, with a Lego chess set, there’s no risk of the pieces falling over when you hit a bump.
Mike Pianta (scruffulous) has fast become one of the most creative LEGO train modellers (and a good photographer to boot) and his louvre van shows us why. Throw some hinges on some half plate offset tiles and you get louvres. And the rest of us say “why didn’t I think of that?”
As we’ve held off blogging for the last week to celebrate the late nnenn’s work I’m sure we all have a backlog of stuff to post. So please excuse the high density of cool LEGO models on your screen.
Dave Shaddix’s March Out Of The Darkness may be a work-in-progress but this photo is certainly ‘done’ enough for me to blog it here. I’m not going to claim this has never been done as I know someone will dig out an old link to something from 1997 but I will say an action posed larger fig diorama like this is a highly unusual concept and one I can fully appreciate when it’s done this well. Perhaps Dave would like to provide us with the music.
Kris Kelvin‘s diorama depicts the atmosphere of the Great War somewhere at the battlefront. The simplicity of the structures and their realism nicely capture the rising tension before a battle, at least that’s my interpretation of the scene.
The WarDog armored battle machine by Ian Barreto looks brutal yet agile, a combination that’s difficult to achieve. The integration of Bionicle parts with Systems bricks is also done with great skill. This mecha reminds me of 8101 Claw Crusher, except it makes the latter look like a kid’s toy.
Jordan Schwartz (Sir Nadroj) built a very bright interpretation of Rapunzel’s tower. The technique of stacking concentric rings to create a conical tower is very clever, and the effect is one of a kind. The creation looks deceptively smaller than its actual size, which is actually 3 feet tall.
Take note of the color combo of the tiles at the base of the tower. It is a mix of tan, dark tan, and light yellow!
Important Update: The decoder highlighted in this post only works for the packaging in Europe! For one that’ll work in both North America and Europe, see the Collectible Minifigure barcode decoder for US & EU.
With the upcoming and highly anticipated collectible minifigs, there’s lots of discussion on how to determine which minifig is in each mystery pack. Fortunately, the German website bricks.inof.de has posted some very useful info. Apparently, there is a second barcode on the back of the packaging that is unique for each minifig. You can now print a page showing which barcode corresponds to which fig!
Note: the set of barcodes are different for those released in the US and UK, and the above decoder applies to the packs release in Europe in May. But I’m sure someone will make a new version for the US and UK ones when they’re out, which I believe is in June.
Stefan has built what is quite possibly the best Battlestar Galactica Viper I’ve ever seen. I realize that I’m risking life and limb by saying that, but I’m willing to take that risk. Ryan can beat me up at Brickcon if he wants to.
I want one so I can run up and down the hallway swooshing it around. Bea-ut-i-ful.
Herbie is one of my favorite “movie” cars. Tyler did a perfect job…with the added bonus of PowerFunctions! Lovely, lovely build.
This was built for Lugnuts 30th Challenge, which is inspiring some awesome cars, if you ask me….which of course you didn’t.
Arthur Gugick is a genius, this is a well established fact. His latest creation, a recreation of Mont St. Michel, simply reinforces the idea.