Monthly Archives: October 2011

Revisiting downtown Tokyo

I’m still not satisfied with my indoor, winter/rain/Seattle photo setup, so I’ve been playing around quite a bit with post-processing to make up for the less-than-optimal lighting in my recent LEGO photos. After I finally posted my completed microscale Tokyo that I’d built a year earlier, I went a little wild with this next photo. I ended up turning it into a 1960s postcard, inspired by Godzilla battling some sort of kaiju as a visiting King Kong looks on.

Downtown Micro Tokyo

The scale varies within the scene, and is wildly incorrect for the Micropolis standard I used as the base, but my tiny Tokyo has everything I remember from the time I spent there in the 70′s and 80′s — old-style bullet trains and neon-hued commuter trains, brightly colored advertising cubes atop buildings in Ginza and Shinjuku, the ever-expanding industry around Tokyo Harbor, Meiji Shrine, the National Diet, and the iconic red and white of Tokyo Tower.

LEGO Mindstorms “Time Twister” digital clock by Hans Andersson

Solving Rubkik’s Cubes isn’t the only thing that LEGO Mindstorms robotics are good for. Swedish robotics builder Hans Andersson has built a digital clock that even “blinks” with each second.

Check out more of Hans’ robots, including a Sudoku solver of all things, on TiltedTwister.com.

Thanks for the link, reader Thomas!

The Valkyrie Rises

Just when we think Tyler (aka Legohaulic) can’t raise the bar any higher, he reveals his latest creation. This time, it’s the Chooser of the Slain, an epic portrayal of a Norse Valkyrie. Tyler has completed his build with a fantastic bit of photography, to properly highlight his model, and even a video to depict the moving parts in action.

The LEGO Advent is nearly complete

I have enjoyed opening my flickr page each day and seeing what Jamie Spencer (morgan19) has posted, so it’s a little bittersweet to know that advent is nearly done.

Fortunately, I’ve got two more days before it’s all done. Bwahahahahaha.

See the rest of the week’s minifigures here:

October 21
October 23
October 24
October 26
October 27