Monthly Archives: February 2012

The top video games of 2011 recreated in LEGO

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.

The Fine Art of Lego

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.

Temple Ruins

The turquoise roofs of Grim Hollow

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.

The Secret LEGO World of Arriety

It’s no secret that Iain Heath (Ochre Jelly) and I share a LEGO Ghibli passion, so I was pleased but not surprised that he celebrated the release of The Secret World of Arriety (written by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the classic children’s book The Borrowers) with a lovely Miniland Arriety.

Arrietty the Borrower

Check out Iain’s write-up about the build (with a bonus micro-review of the movie) over on The Living Brick.

Buildings instructions for Martin Latta’s ARC-170 starfighter

If you enjoyed Martin Latta’s ARC-170 starfighter, you can now build your own thanks to the instructions posted by the builder. It’s rare that a builder takes the time to make instructions for models and shares them with the public. Even if you don’t plan on reconstructing the model, it can still be rewarding to peruse the building techniques used on a great model.


New Architecture Set: 21012 Sydney Opera House [News]

LEGO has unveiled their latest addition to the Architecture line, the instantly recognizable Sydney Opera House. Probably the most recognizable building south of the equator, and now something of a national icon for Australia, the opera house was designed in 1957 by then-unknown architect Jørn Utzon, who hails from Denmark, much like our favorite toy company.
The new set looks fantastic, capturing the aura of the structure, if not precisely the detailed curves of the shells. The set will have 270 pieces, and will be available March 1st for $39.99 or €39.99.

21012 Sydney Opera House