I’m a sucker for a lovely micro cargo ship, and this one by Evan B. (LJ) is no exception. I love the offset yellow strut thingy, and the way the cargo containers are arranged is excellent. The rear section with the bridge and engines also includes enough detail to satisfy any fan of greebles.
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The LEGO Group’s parent company just announced that it is investing over half a billion dollars (3 billion Danish krone or 400 million euros) on an offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.
The wind farm will have nearly 80 turbines, and will provide more power than LEGO’s production facilities will be projected to require in 2020, thereby enabling the company to become effectively energy self-sufficient within the next eight years.
This news follows LEGO’s announcement last summer that they are reducing LEGO packaging box sizes and obtaining their wood products from sustainable sources.
While a great LEGO model always catches my eye, it’s sometimes the presentation that I really fall in love with. Carson Hart proves that the three-quarters “hero shot” isn’t always the best way to showcase a LEGO model with this top-down view of an excellent dragon skeleton, presented on a sand background.
(And thanks to Skyrim, I have to wonder how many bones and scales I’d get if I searched the dragon…)
Sending LEGO into space isn’t actually all that new, but an astronaut building a LEGO model of the spacecraft he’s in certainly is. Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa recently built a LEGO version of the International Space Station while aboard the ISS itself.
The full story and more photos are over on collectSPACE, and you can watch a NASA video on YouTube as well.
Gotta love that special build bubble to keep the LEGO elements from floating away to who knows where inside the ISS.
Forbidden Cove has announced their third annual Jolly Roger Contest. Head on over to check out the fabulous Prizes and Categories, as well as the Contest Rules. Make sure you read the rules carefully, as some of the categories have different requirements.
Entries must be submitted by April 30. In order to enter, you must be a member of Forbidden Cove, and you do need to be at least 16.
Best of luck!
This chibi F-22 built by Jack Marquez (Ewok in Disguise) is a nice model in its own right, without considering the pilot. It’s well built and adorably proportioned. The icing on the cake? It’s piloted by a raptor from the new Dino sets!
Tia Dalma’s haven of witchcraft was one of the eerier scenes in Dead Man’s Chest, with Jack Sparrow and company slinking through the murky woods to consult a medium. This scene by flickr user Walter Boy captures a bit of that uncanniness, and is a great model besides. The dark tan, dark brown, and dark green merge together well to give this diorama more ominous tones, and the dark background is an excellent choice.
Skeletons are notoriously difficult to sculpt with Lego, due to their fragile, spindly nature, but Mike Nieves (aka retinence) has done a superb job with this imagining of a Pokemon Magikarp. His Gyarados is no less excellent, though, translating the serpentine body into Lego fantastically.
Adam Grabrowski (Misterzumbi) once again shows off a fantastic model of a car. This time, it’s themed as though it has been used and repaired in Cuba for decades. The phenomenon of old American cars is an interesting one, and Adam has done a fantastic job of building a car that looks a little worse for the wear, but is also loved.
Jason Corlett combines two shades of gray to bring us a space ship with a lovely shape. I suppose the name eclipse relates to its resemblance to a crescent moon. Name aside, the ship manages to achieve complex curves while also incorporating a surface almost entirely covered in greebling.
Organizers for the 15th Interactive Achievement Awards approached Alex Kobbs back in October to create a montage of the top video games of the year, animated in LEGO. Alex used clips from some of his earlier animations, including the super-awesome Gears of War 3, and a whole batch of new animation to create the opening sequence shown in Last Vegas earlier this month.
And don’t miss Alex’s making of video.
Here at Brothers Brick we mostly highlight works made out of Lego pieces. But occasionally, an inspired individual does something unique and passes outside of our usual boundaries. This painting by Mike Yoder, a long-time Lego fan and excellent builder, is inspired by the Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 4 Sides, aka, the Travis Brick. It’s amazing to see Lego transcending its plastic nature and informing other media, and I, for one, hope to see a great deal more of this sort of thing.
I wouldn’t be surprised if by some algorithm Luke Watkins (Derfel Cadarn) turned out to be the hottest castle builder at the moment. I’m indeed talking about looks, the looks of his MOCs that is. Always finding new ways to build, Luke in his latest MOC shows that even turquoise can belong to a castle creation. I was initially baffled by this, but the more I look at it the more I’m beginning to fall in love.
My enjoyment of the colors on this build reminded me of the waterfall house by Rocko that I liked for the same reason.