Suckmybrick just unveiled a series of 16 despots and notables, ranging from tinpot dictators to messiahs, and all sorts of historical figures in between. The caricatured style means there’s something to love about each of them, but for whatever reason the bad guys tend to be my favorite; who can stay mad at Kim Jong Il with those adorable glasses, or Castro and his tousled beard?
Thanks to reader (and coworker) Chris Byrne for the tip!
Grant Davis gives us a new perspective with this cross section of a medieval sapper at work. The cartoony style makes even this most terrifying of medieval occupations look like just another day in the life of the put-upon minifig.
This crazy conglomeration of tiny twee turrets and giant crazy treads, all decked out in a blindingly yellow color scheme is somewhere in the middle of terrifying and adorable. Huib Versteeg calls it the Obnoxiously Yellow Landship. I call it awesome.
The second kinda-annual Small Starfighter Contest is in full swing, and a week in we’re already seeing some strong contestants. My favorite entry thus far is the R7 Senex by Nate Rehm-Daly. Compact, with just the right mix of greebs and armor, all wrapped in a fantastic color scheme.
Kurt Vinnedge (vinn) has been slowly crafting this sweet microscale ship over the past year. The Helena debuted at BrickWorld a few weeks ago and somehow looks even better in person – just don’t bump it, or those awesome faceted angles will fracture into a thousand blue shards.
Masterful storyteller Bart De Dobbelaer shares another otherworldly scene with us in this mysterious diorama. As much as I enjoy Bart’s episodic stories, the lack of backstory here is somewhat nice as well, leaving the viewer to fill in the blanks for themselves.
It’s a good week for small mecha, as hot on the heels of the previous gundams we have a double fistful of pintsize brawlers.
In the green corner we have the Triple-M by Devid, coming at you like a mullet, all lethal armor in the front and human burrito in the back.
And in the teal corner is the Mech with No Name from Guy Smiley, warming up for the match with a fleshie punching bag.
Just because it’s not friday doesn’t mean we can’t spill a little blood. Vote your winner below and we’ll see you fight fans another week for the next pay-per-view Two for Tuesday bloodbath.
Dane Erland (Mechanekton) has been ladling out delicious servings of mecha goodness in a distinctly stubby and bulky style. The most recent of these has a name best not repeated in either polite or impolite company, so I’ll let the picture do the talking.
And harking back to a simpler time (aka four months ago), Dane posted this duo of deadly tin cans brimming with character.
These six-wide buses by Jason Allemann (JK Brickworks) are clean, nicely constructed and elegant models.
But that’s only half the build. Jason has come up with a fiendishly clever solution to the problem of integrating self-driving vehicles into Lego displays. While others have used magnets for this type of implementation, his solution is the most subtle and straightforward I’ve seen. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this put into practice.
Monochromatic grey never looked as good as it does in this hangar scene by Jeremy Williams (Bricking It). The relatively plain color scheme is accentuated by fantastic lighting and some stellar color blocking; the yellow claw dangling from the ceiling is particularly eye-catching.