Just a reminder that the annual speeder bike contest, run by the good folks over at the LEGO Speeder Bikes Flickr group, is drawing to close at the end of the month. We’ve seen some great entries so far but there is still time to get your rear in gear and build some awesome bikes! There are great prizes up for grabs, donated by The Brothers Brick, as well as all sorts of other swag!
This week we were fortunate enough to track down Guy Himber. Guy has worked extensively in the film industry with credits for special effects, creature mechanics, makeup and more. He is a prolific Steampunk builder and has authored a book on the subject entitled LEGO Steampunk. He runs the Iron Builder LEGO competition and has founded his own company, CrazyBricks, which manufacturers quirky, short-run, custom pieces compatible with LEGO. Let’s dive in and raid his brain!
TBB: What can you tell our readers about how you got into building with LEGO?
Guy: Like most folks I grew up playing with LEGO as a kid. Countless were the hours I spent building and rebuilding and sorting and blowing up my favorite plastic bricks. The dark ages kicked in around middle school and I didn’t do much with the bricks until I started using them to do some mechanical prototyping for animatronics in the Film Industry (mainly Technic bricks from my old collection). When my son was old enough I got him his first LEGO set and he took to the bricks like his old man and the two us started building more and more sets and then creating massive environments and Jurassic Parks. The fateful AFOL day arrived via a special trip to BrickCon in Seattle many years ago. That was the Con that got me bit by the LEGO bug again and started me building at a serious level.
Also check out our Star Wars sales post from last month, as all of those sets are still on sale, and don’t miss the free Disco Batman and Tears of Batman minifigures that are free with purchases $75 or more from the LEGO Shop Online.
This week we found a good selection of LEGO sets on sale from Amazon, with deals on Ninjago, LEGO City, Star Wars, LEGO Ideas sets and more. Check out last week’s Star Wars sales post, as some of those sets are still discounted. You can also see the entire list of LEGO sets on sale at Amazon.
LEGO Ideas – The Big Bang Theory is 20% off, currently listed at $47.97.
The LEGO Speeder Bike Group is hosting their annual Racing League Contest. Any minifig-scale speeder bikes are welcome to enter. Check out the group’s photo pool for examples, if you aren’t familiar with the genre.
There are three Grand Prize sets up for grabs, as well as individual category prize sets, donated by The Brothers Brick!
BrickJournal 43, highlighting many gaming-related articles and builds, is now available from TwoMorrows Publishing. The issue begins with a profile of Imagine Rigney, written by his mother, which tells their story as a family of LEGO fans and includes instructions for Rigney’s BioShock Songbird. (We covered another of Imagine’s incredible Bioshock LEGO creations just a few weeks ago). Ben Caulkins and TBB’s own Nick Jensen talk about their builds of iconic gaming weaponry and armor, followed by articles about models of Overwatch’s Winston and the Normandy from Mass Effect. Readers of TBB will also be happy to see an article by one of our editors, Chris Malloy, writing about how he built the first Minecraft layout.
A nice collection of instructions show how you can build a Minecraft Creeper, Zelda’s Master Sword by Tommy Williamson, a Dagobah Swamp mini diorama by Christopher Deck and how to create a custom Battle Rancor with help from Jared Burks and Michael Marzilli.
The issue also includes a report from RoboCupJunior Australia (a robotics tournament including LEGO MINDSTORMS robots), a review of No Starch Press’ new book, Tiny LEGO Wonders, a spotlight of brickfilmer Marc André Caron, and a look at Ben Pitchford’s impressive samurai layout. As is the case with most BrickJournal issues, this one finishes up with Greg Hyland’s charming comic, AFOLs.
Pascal explores the depths of space with this awesome rendition of V.I.N.CENT. (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized.) from Disney’s The Black Hole. The Black Hole has not aged well, in my opinion, but V.I.N.CENT. has always been one of my favorite movie robots. Pascal has managed to capture his essence quite well. You can almost hear Roddy McDowell’s voice coming over the speakers. The expression of the eyes and studless build technique are perfect. One also has to love the presentation, using the same black hole graphic as in the movie.
Djordje is known for some really incredible LEGO figures and this night-watch Mech is no disappointment. Named Regulus after one of the brightest lights in the night sky and the brightest star in Leo, this mech stands on his own. The crisp color scheme gives the feel of a professional security detail, while the sturdy construction, over-sized revolver and no-nonsense stance let you know that this bot is up for anything. Cross him at your own risk!