Malaysian builder Marco Gan grew up the small town of Muar, but has since moved to the big city of Kuala Lumpur. Whenever he heads home to visit family, he takes time to admire the architectural styles he remembers from his younger days. He has been inspired to create delightful LEGO models — townhouses originally built by wealthy Chinese businessmen who drew their own inspiration from local and European styles.
This has got to be one of the most adorable builds of the gang from Peanuts that we’ve seen. Builder Genecyst does an amazing job with this little scene showcasing Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and the always opinionated Lucy van Pelt.
However, while it all looks great, there’s something I feel is somehow amiss which I just can’t see. I’m pretty sure it’s not just my observation, but I’ll still take the perception that this is one fine build that deserves looking at.
The Osaka-based KLUG (Kansai Lego User Group) and Canadian Academy successfully held the annual Japan Brickfest in Rokkō Kobe Island, Japan last weekend on the 10th-11th of June. In its third year running, the largest fan event in Asia featured 270 builders from 11 countries, including Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and even as far away as Germany.
Japan Brickfest consists of three event halls, and is a charity event with a portion of the ticket sales donated to various children’s charities. Here are some of the highlights of the event. Continue reading
This 2-4-10 configured steam locomotive is known as the Texas configuration because of the arrangement of its wheels, and such locomotives were first used in the US back in 1919. What’s unique about Gerald Cacas‘s minifigure-scale train is that the wheels and tracks were not made using the typical LEGO train elements, but emulated using other, more-everyday parts.
There’s also a bit of detailing going on in the cab section of the train to give it that complete look:
This modular-style home has a nice architectural design and feel. Consisting of four tiered floors, this build by Eric Yang, with a garage on the ground floor and a spa on the roof, is almost your stereotypical yuppie home. There are some very unique brick-like tiling techniques used in the garage level.
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In traditional Chinese weddings, the bride is hidden from the public until marriage. The golden beads, a sign of wealth and fortune, acts as a veil to shield her face from curious onlookers. The ultra-rich showcase their wealth with intricate gold designs very much like the LEGO headdress built by Timothy Ng. Traditionally, the color red is very much a symbol of loyalty, fertility, and love and thus very much plays a vital role in Chinese weddings.
Come and live in Haymarket — be part of a peaceful and serene community. Andrew Tate‘s chosen colors are the typical LEGO building hues yet the combinations he’s put together here are delightful. The overall feel and theme reminds me of the Bike Shop & Cafe Set (31026) but with an extended modular size. I’d happily wait in line to get one of these if it was ever to become a real set!
Builder Vincent Kiew recreates a faithful representation of a row of shophouses in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The little street has been the bustling heart of the city’s Chinatown since the late 19th century, and these buildings still stand today, preserved and maintained for future generations.
I’ve visited the street in real life myself, and it really is quite a sight to see. This LEGO scene is accurate right down to the little details, such as the open-top trucks and the store signage. Vincent has also built a version of the street depicting it in an earlier time, when mud and cobbles would have been home to horse-drawn carts.
A collaboration between LEGO and the fan community in Malaysia has inspired brick-built versions of cultural icons representing everyday things that locals can identify and appreciate as something to remind them of home. The four builds come packaged very much like standard LEGO sets with instructions and a box, and are offered as part of a Gift With Purchase promotion in Malaysia for the month of June.
As part of the community engagement process, candidate fan designs were first shortlisted by LEGO, then the chosen builds received design input from Nicholas Foo, a LEGO Certified Professional based in Singapore, before finally going into production. Continue reading
It’s great to see how collaboration between LEGO and the AFOL community can bear fruit. In conjunction with the Hong Kong LEGO User Group (HKLUG), LEGO has produced an instruction booklet and promotional giveaway models to coincide with the launch of the 21309 NASA Saturn V. Buyers of the Saturn V will receive the limited edition booklet and bricks to build of one of five designs contained within it.
Though never seen in any Star Wars movie, white speeder bikes always seemed appropriate for Scout Troopers, perfectly matching their armor. One could almost imagine them patrolling a cold, icy planet like Hoth. This build by James Shields gives us a visual delight as it seems quite simply a natural color for them to be in.
A tiny build at only 44 parts, yet with amazing detail, if you like them as much as I do, get your bricks out and start building because instructions and parts can be found over at Rebrickable (also available as a PDF for non LDraw users).
A kampung is the definition of a village in parts of Southeast Asia. Malaysian builder Ng Wen Yeh recreates an astounding and accurate dwelling frequently seen in rural communities, with some inspiration from life and memories of yesteryears. This beautiful build shares a typical day around a family and community life in simpler times.