About Dan

Dan Rubin has been an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) since he became an adult. He joined the larger AFOL community on LUGNET in 2003, and that was also the year in which he attended his first BrickFest. Dan largely builds space MOCs, so it should come as no surprise that he is also the Main Admin of the forums at Classic-Space.com. He is also the creator of the Galactic Inquisition space theme. Dan has been a member of the LEGO Ambassador program since the third cycle of the program. Read more about the program here. You can check out Dan's LEGO creations on Flickr.

Posts by Dan

Look Children – The Colors!

I’m a sucker for weirdly colored alien landscapes. With his latest creation, A Plastic Infiity has given us that, plus some funky alien technology, and a floating rock. The scales of justice look balanced in the photo, but they feel tipped towards awesome to me. Also, I had no idea those minifig hats came in a purple shade, I’ll be needing some of those for my own funky landscapes.

Monument to Justice

AZR Anunnaki – Is Killer Drop Ship

Browsing for MOCs this morning, I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a new six foot long SHIP, but David Collins (IntronD) had a surprise in store. It’s quite a lovely shape from the angle below, and the medium blue (or is that azure?) and tan color scheme is just a thing of beauty. Truly amazing is that it’s all built to house a hangar for mecha. Make sure to check out all the photos, as it’s packed full of details and lighting effects.

AZR Anunnaki

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School masterpiece in LEGO

The post title says it all, both the original design by Frank Lloyd Wright and this LEGO model by Jameson Gagnepain (Jameson42) are absolute masterpieces. I’m no expert on architecture, but according to the builder, this building is called “Wingspread” and was built in 1937. Jameson has captured not just the architecture of the building, but also the surrounding landscape, and even a period appropriate little car. Make sure you check out the entire gallery, to see all the details!

Wingspread - Overhead

I Love Gold!

There’s actually a lot more to love about this stunning mecha (MFX [F] – Aztech Deity Reborn) by Lu Sim (Messymaru) than the color. It captures an over the top, extremely intricate, anime style that you don’t often see outside of the actual anmiation (and the occasional model). The various circular structures on the back are a big part of this effect, but what really grabbed my attention was the face.

MFX [F] - Aztech Deity Reborn

Tintin Explores the Moon

As a child, I loved the Tintin Explorers on the Moon, I must have checked it out from the library dozens of times. I’ve seen many fantastic attempts at building the rocket Tintin and friends take to the moon, but this latest by Tyler Clites (Legohaulic) is the first build of the lunar tank I’ve seen. Simply put, this is awesome, this scene captures the right atmosphere, from the lunar surface to the brick-built Snowy under one of the domes.

Tintin Moon Tank

Kenbishi Industries R2600

Our friend Pascal (pasukaru76) must have been watching Ghost in the Shell recently, as he’s built a fantastic “think tank” (basically a robotic tank mecha) inspired by the one in the movie. Pascal describes it as a close cousin, and that works for me. The build achieves some simple geometric shapes, which on close inspection prove to be rather elegant implementations of complex techiques, for instances at the angles at the base of the legs. The use of stickers on the model is also top-notch, and really brings it to a higher level.

Kenbishi Industries R2600

The Great Harbor Ship

The Homeworld series of games featured some truly fantastic space ship designs, providing inspiration for tons of Lego space ships, but I’ve never seen anyone attempt to render a copy of this particular ship before now. De_chef has built a micro scale version of the epic Bentusi harbor ship from the games. As you can see above, he’s incorporated lights, and delivered photos that really show off the shape and illumination. Beyond that, he also built a series of smaller ships to accompany it in display, really bringing the scale to the forefront.

A Little Service With a Smile

Andrew Lee (onosendai2600) brings us two new robots to help out.  They offer completely different takes on a utilitarian look, and both work for me.  The smiley on the yellow bot really captures the a CyberPunk/Anime vibe that I love.  Meanwhile, the neck stalk on the gray bot lends a dinosaur-like life to the model. These were built for “Droneuary“, and it loosk like it’s going to be a great month.

Droneuary 2015

Lego Shop at Home Brick Friday Deals Start Now [News]

We’ve received word from LEGO S@H about the deals that will be available starting at midnight Friday morning (which is also when we were allowed to post about said deals). There’s a full list of the deals below, along with a link to the full “Sales and Deals” page (here’s one for Canada). Last year, most of the best deals (anything 50% off) sold out within a few minutes. We wish you the best of luck in your LEGO bargain hunting.  As our readers know, we support the blog through referral links to deals on Amazon and LEGO.com, so if you do go shopping online this season, please click through one of our links first.

PRODUCT LEGO® THEME DESCRIPTION DISCOUNT AMOUNT
5004236 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ THE LEGO MOVIE DVD SpecEdition 60%
40091 Seasonal Thanksgiving Turkey 50%
850936 Seasonal Halloween Set 50%
850636 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Luke Skywalker 50%
850637 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Princess Leia 50%
850638 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Han Solo 50%
850640 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Obi-Wan Kenobi 50%
850641 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Darth Maul 50%
850639 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Chewbacca 50%
850644 LEGO® Star Wars™ Magnet Yoda 50%
5004237 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ THE LEGO MOVIE BLU-RAY COMBO PK 50%
5004238 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ THE LEGO MOVIE EVERYTHING AWESOME 3D 50%
70134 LEGO® Chima Lavertus’ Outland Base 20%
70133 LEGO® Chima Spinlyn’s Cavern 20%
60020 LEGO® CiTY Cargo Truck 20%
10223 LEGO® Kingdoms Kingdoms Joust 20%
10513 LEGO® DUPLO® brand Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates™ Never Land Hideout 20%
10561 LEGO® DUPLO® Toddler Starter Building Set 20%
6759 LEGO® DUPLO® Busy Farm 20%
10575 LEGO® DUPLO® LEGO® DUPLO® Creative Building Cube 20%
10576 LEGO® DUPLO® Zoo Care 20%
70705 LEGO® Galaxy Squad Bug Obliterator 20%
70709 LEGO® Galaxy Squad Galactic Titan 20%
70704 LEGO® Galaxy Squad Vermin Vaporizer 20%
79011 LEGO® The Hobbit™ Dol Guldur Ambush 20%
70811 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ The Flying Flusher 20%
70806 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Castle Cavalry 20%
70804 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Ice Cream Machine 20%
70812 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Creative Ambush 20%
70805 THE LEGO® MOVIE™ Trash Chomper 20%
20200 LEGO® Master Builder Academy MBA Spaceships 20%
20214 LEGO® Master Builder Academy MBA Level 3 20%
20217 LEGO® Master Builder Academy Co-pack MBA Level 2 20%
79102 LEGO® Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stealth Shell in Pursuit 20%
79122 LEGO® Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Lair Rescue 20%
70725 LEGO® Ninjago Nindroid MechDragon 20%
70724 LEGO® Ninjago NinjaCopter 20%
70720 LEGO® Ninjago Hover Hunter 20%
70728 LEGO® Ninjago Battle for Ninjago City 20%
75013 LEGO® Star Wars™ Umbaran MHC™ (Mobile Heavy Cannon) 20%
42005 LEGO® TECHNIC Monster Truck 20%
850884 LEGO® Castle LEGO® Castle King Key Chain 20%
850886 LEGO® Castle LEGO® Castle Dragon Wizard Key Chain 20%
850889 LEGO® Castle LEGO® Castle Dragons Accessory Set 20%
850913 LEGO® Chima Chima MF Accessory Set Ice 20%
851318 LEGO® Chima Chima Sir Fangar Claw & Shield 20%
850908 LEGO® Chima Rogon Keychain 20%
850910 LEGO® Chima Chima Minifigure Accessory Set 20%
851015 LEGO® Chima Chima Scorpion Sword & Shield 20%
850776 LEGO® Chima Chima Playmat 20%
850598 Accessories Game Cards Binder 20%
850607 LEGO® Chima Keychain Eris 20%
850609 LEGO® Chima Keychain Worriz 20%
40118 Storage Buildable Brick Box 2×2 20%
850791 LEGO® Minifigures Minifigure Birthday Set 20%
850425 Accessories Desk Business Card Holder 20%
850967 LEGO® Friends LEGO Friends Jungle Accessory Set 20%
40112 LEGO® Friends LEGO Friends Catwalk Model 20%
850781 LEGO® Friends Carry Case House 20%
850581 LEGO® Friends LEGO Friends Brick Calendar 20%
850591 LEGO® Friends LEGO Friends Name Sign 20%
850597 LEGO® Friends LEGO Friends Carry Case 20%