Mark (petzoldhaus) from Youtube built a motorized Siege Tank from Starcraft 2. Not only does it run by remote control, it also converts into siege mode for punishing your opponent’s clumped up ground forces and buildings. You can see the internal workings in this video.
Sometimes a build doesn’t need to be complex to be awesome. It just has to be really well designed. Cade Roster (Apocalust) has achieved this state with his tributes to LEGO Exo-Force.
I generally don’t have the patience to watch Great Ball Contraption (GBC) videos, but I couldn’t tear myself away from this amazing 8-minute engineering marvel by Japanese builder akiyuki.
Nannan suggested I post this because I could read up on some of the design descriptions akiyuki writes about on his blog, but really, this thing speaks for itself and therefore I have nothing meaningful to add…
If you’re a minifigure customizer or just interested in making your own custom minifigs, BrickJournal is presenting a book on minifigure customization to be released in May 11. Written by Jared Burks (Kaminoan), the 84-page full-color book is available for $8.46 if you pre-order it from the publisher. Meanwhile, you can download a preview of the book.
With our announcement of Numereji 2421, it’s clear the convention season is upon us, but the collaborative display that we’re organizing is hardly the only group build at BrickCon this fall. Iain Heath has just announced PythonScape, a Miniland-scale homage to the wonder and beauty of Monty Python.
I’ve already called dibs on the Black Knight, but there are still plenty of funny characters and scenes open for contributions. Following the success of Bricks of Character, I’m sure this is going to be awesome.
The Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO sets released today reminded me that we’re starting to get footage of the upcoming LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean video game. This video highlights some gameplay and cut scenes, as well a brief interview with Associate Producer Matt Ellison.
Where my other favorite authors of speculative fiction — unoriginally Bradbury, Clarke, and Asimov — may have One Big Idea that drives the plot of any one novel, Mieville’s writing overflows with such originality that a Big Idea on the scale of those that drive the work of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction might just be a background detail for this up-and-coming master of the “New Weird.”
My lovely wife pre-ordered Valve’s Portal 2 for me, and I’m looking forward to playing it tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the Portal-themed LEGO models emerging from talented builders like Tyler Clites and Ryan (LDM).
EDIT: Of course, these are so timely and cool that we blogged them twice. Well, at least you can watch the video in my post:
In time for the movie’s release next month, the new LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean sets are now available from the LEGO Shop online.
4195 Queen Anne’s Revenge has 1,094 pieces and comes with 7 minifigs, including Blackbeard, Jack Sparrow, and Angelica.
It’s nice that the Pirates of the Caribbean sets aren’t all vehicles, but 4193 The London Escape does have a couple of cute carriages.
Click the image below to check out the full line: