Monthly Archives: November 2011

Black Knights’ Castle: Simple Elegance

The Black Knights’ Castle may not be the biggest, but it is gorgeous. Using relatively subtle ornamentation, Franko Komljenovic has crafted a quite suitable stronghold for this classic faction. The black walls with grey engaged columns lend the castle depth, and combined with the narrow crenelations, help belie the size of the fortress.

Black Knights' Castle on flickr

Deck the hall with boughs of LEGO

The weather outside might be frightful, but we’ve got plenty to keep us inside and warm. And that includes building ornaments for our trees, if that’s the holiday you choose to celebrate.

Chris McVeigh has posted his series of five ornaments, each designed to bring a bit of life and character to your decorations this holiday season! Each has instructions, so happy building!



Modernist signal box

Signal boxes are one of the most common trackside accessories built by LEGO fans. But I think this beauty by lafabrick is the first time I’ve seen a modernist[1] version done in LEGO. I like it. There’s a lot of clever use of half-stud offset on this one.

[1] I think actually brutalist, perhaps our architecturally inclined readers can inform me.

signal box-07

Tardisblue’s Edgy Solar Strafer

Nick Trotta’s (aka Tardisblue) newest ship combines a superb color-scheme with incredible angles and a Vic Viper flourish to help finish out Novvember. The integration of the stripes into the wings and tail is wonderfully done, and the sawtooth edges on the forward struts give this ship a particularly aggressive look. Be sure to check out some of his other sweet ships, too.

Solar Strafer 3V

Cyber-Monday LEGO deals [News]

The LEGO Shop online continues its Black Friday deals through Cyber-Monday, enabling all you procrastinators out there (or those of you who were traveling, like me) to get in on the shopping action.

Although the special holiday set has run out, here’s what you get through midnight EST today:

  • Free shipping on all orders of $49 or more
  • Free Limited Edition Holiday set featuring Santa Minifigure with orders of $99 or more
  • 10% off all orders of $149 or more
  • 25% off a bunch of sets (list below)

10% OFF $149 + FREE Shipping on $49 + Exclusive LEGO Set on $99

The LEGO Shop isn’t the only place you’ll find deals. Amazon.com also has a bunch of Cyber-Monday deals, including 7066 Earth Defence HQ for $12 off (along with more I don’t have time to link to before I rush out the door for work).

Happy shopping!

He lives in an oak-wood and has a great wooden house...

…and was known as Beorn to Gandalf, Bilbo, and their many dwarven companions in The Hobbit; and this charming scene by Blake Baer (Blake’s Baericks) captures his home quite nicely. There are many fantastic details, but Blake has particularly done an excellent job at portraying the dense grass, weeds, and flowers surrounding the paths.

Queer Lodgings

Expanding Horizons

This lovely display by Justin Pyne seems to be attempting to illustrate the concept of exploration, rather than just an exploration mecha. The choice of perspective, putting the fascinating alien (underwater perhaps?) flowers in the foreground, with the character in the background really adds depth to the photo. Speaking of those flowers, they’re quite interesting as well, the use of large scale technic pieces is surprisingly effective.

Expanding the known regions

LEGO Black Friday sales & deals [News]

Black Friday 2011 is here, which means the LEGO Shop online is having a bunch of deals to get your holiday shopping started.

Here’s what you get, November 25-28:

  • Free shipping on all orders of $49 or more
  • Free Limited Edition Holiday set featuring Santa Minifigure with orders of $99 or more
  • 10% off all orders of $149 or more
  • 25% off a bunch of sets (list below)

10% OFF $149 + FREE Shipping on $49 + Exclusive LEGO Set on $99

All of the following sets are 25% off (plus a few other Duplo, Belville, LEGO Games, and other non-System sets):

Republic Swamp Speeder
Winter Toy Shop
Cad Bane’s Speeder
Skeleton Bowling
Race Truck
Public Transport Station
Horse Stable
Imperial Flagship
Tank Truck
Tantive IV
Repair Truck
Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker
Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter”
Emerald Night