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!
legostrator has built a very nicely detailed interior belonging to a banker. The scene is loaded with all sorts of cool bits but my favorites are the chair and the fireplace. I love the ornate nature of the chair. It’s a design that I may borrow in the future. The brickwork on the chimney is particularly nice, as is the arch above the fire. Everywhere I look in this small scene, I find more to like. This scene really has a lot going for it.
This evil little floating rock was summoned into existence by Henry F, and it has a sinister feel that I love. The gray rocks have a cloud-like look that really makes them feel like they are floating, and the pillars give it a very elegant look. The genuflecting skeletons give it just the right amount of comic relief!
This was built for Colossal Castle Contest XIV.
For most people in my part of the world, grilling season is over. But nobu_tary brings back a taste of summer with this little treat. It is a deceptively simple build but the builder nailed it. I really like the use of bananas as the drizzle of mustard and the subtle curve of the “dog” in the bun. I may need to fire up the grill today and chase away the November rain!
This brick-built figure by simply bricking it is really very striking. The choice of colors to highlight the hair of this figure is perfect, and the builder incorporated just the right number of greebles and unexpected LEGO parts into the build. It surprises without overwhelming and achieves the desired effect without overcrowding. I love it!
Grantmasters has recreated Greg Broadmore’s Saboteur 66 in LEGO form and it’s beautiful. The builder uses a variety of subtle techniques to maintain the elegance and sleek design of the original. I want one of these sitting on a shelf in my LEGO room!
Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with LEGO’s greatest failure of all time. So much so that my wife has threatened to plan an intervention if I don’t stop. Those fans who have been around for a while know the horror of which I speak.
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension was, and is, the worst thing ever created by The LEGO Company. The deeper you dig into it, the worse it gets. Action figures with little to no LEGO connections, a failed television show and video game, electronic figures that “interact” with said show/game and European exclusives issued to areas where the show wasn’t available. Galidor was a failure of epic proportions. However, while stomping about in the bottomless muck, I stumbled across an old jewel that we never featured here:
Created by Steve Puckett, this build features the Galidor TDN module as the cockpit of a rather awesome mecha. I can’t believe we missed this because I blogged one of his other Galidor-esque creations back in 2008. I love the amount of tech that the builder has crammed onto this Mecha and how he has managed to make the juxtaposition of Galidor and real LEGO work. It’s a thing of beauty!
Check out the whole gallery of pictures here.
Mr. Unknown has created an incredibly well-constructed face in this study of contemplation. I especially like the shaping around the eyes, the forehead and the tousled hair. The hand leaves a bit to be desired but it doesn’t detract from the overall build. Nicely done!
I am not a follower of RWBY but this build, by Ordo, is apparently a homage to the show. While I can’t comment on the accuracy of the build to the show, I can say that this scene is top-notch in and of itself.
The trailing blood drops against the white snow and the contrast of the dead tree are very striking. The mystery of the red figure and the creepiness of the creature all make for a very memorable scene. I’m not going to get this one out of my head for awhile.
This ’32 Ford Roadster by Austrian builder Sanellukovic is a fun little build. I especially like the stripes and the use of the custom-cut rubber hose. But what really grabbed my attention was the backdrop. Even though it’s just a simple tiled road with a street lamp and some simple landscaping, it really makes the build pop. Much more so than if the builder had simply photographed the car against the dark background. I love it when a builder goes the extra mile and takes pics of their build “in situ”.