Monthly Archives: January 2013

You have been elected chairman of the board – pay each player $50

TFOL Joshua Christenson from Washington State finds inspiration from the classic board game Monopoly and its mascott Rich Uncle Pennybags. Based on a characature of financier and banker J. P. Morgan, Pennybags beckons you for another rousing game of bankrupting your opponents. Joshua has been on a roll with his scuptures lately and is clearly someone to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Pennybags

Those Canadians have had it too good for too long!

Military builder Andreas proudly presents: “At the Edge of the Future”, a diorama that showcases the nice lines of his M3A1 “Atlanta” Main Battle Tank. Andreas has some crazy rhetoric about America annexing Canada, but I will leave the fine print for your careful inspection. If you have the time, take a look at his other atmospheric scenes like Operation Big Apple or Neon Nights.

At the Edge of the Future Main

Amazon.com LEGO sales & deals for Jan 25, 2013

Amazon currently has some pretty good sales going on, here are the highlights:

LEGO Kingdoms Joust 10223 (25% off)

LEGO Monster Fighters 9463 The Werewolf (35% off)

Lego Friends Heartlake Stables 3189 (32% off)

LEGO® Architecture Brandenburg Gate 21011 (34% off)

LEGO City Police Forest Station 4440 (23% off)

LEGO Star Wars 9516 Jabba’s Palace (17% off)

LEGO Star Wars 9496 Desert Skiff (28% off)

LEGO Wolverine Chopper Showdown 6866 (25% off)

LEGO Architecture Farnsworth House 21009 (42% off)

An Ocean of Awesome: Finding Nemo in LEGO

Husband and wife team Sean and Steph Mayo are known for being among the craziest builders out there, churning out stunning models at an unbelievable pace. Their latest work, built for the on-going Iron Builder contest (where they’re up against stiff competition, even for them!) is a mind-blowing coral reef, all decked out in the wildest underwater colors and vibrant with sea-life. Many of LEGO’s lesser-known parts lend themselves well to creating the organic shapes of coral-dwelling creatures, and it’s amazing to see how life-like some of them can be (like the sea anemone Nemo is hiding in on the far left).

Coral Reef

Here is one for you World of Tanks fans – the French Renault FT-17 from World War I

Adam Grabrowski has just worked up a couple of beautiful little World War I tanks, tan and olive green Renault FT-17s. This tank first saw use in 1918 and revolutionized tank design at the time.

Renault FT17

World of Tanks fans will recognize these as the first tank in the French Tech Tree. Adam’s design is very true to the original and is a great build. But of course we expect greatness from Adam, so this is no surprise.

Before anyone gets all excited about the olive green parts, both tanks sport custom paint jobs. The olive green version is completely painted and the tan tank has a custom-painted turret. I’m really liking these awesome little tanks!

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

Dave Shaddix just finished this mosaic in honor of Buzz Aldrin’s recenly celebrated 83rd birthday. This is a great rendition of an iconic photograph. For the few who don’t know who or what is in the picture, it is a picture that Neil Armstrong took of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. The LEM and Neil Armstrong are reflected in the visor of Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit. Well done, Dave, I love it!

Powerpig’s perfect Apple Macintosh

We love Chris McVeigh (powerpig on Flickr) for the many real-world objects he recreates so faithfully — and photographs so beautifully — in LEGO. His latest is the original Apple Macintosh. That thing over on the left is called a “mouse.”

Hello

While we’re at it, here’s a wonderful little Leica M9 camera we didn’t get to a couple weeks ago.

Mini Hermes Leica M9

If you feel like buying one for yourself, it’s available in Powerpig’s store.