LEGO recently sent us some books to review, so you will see more book reviews than normal pop up on here over the next month. If you own any of the books, feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments!
The first two we will be reviewing are LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History and The LEGO Movie: The Essential Guide.
You all know I’m a sucker for a good medieval scene. Well, this is a really good one. We don’t often see interior shots quite like this. Mark Erickson has knocked this one out of the park. I love the rows of weapons, the various stands and displays, as well as the overall architecture of the place. Overall, it’s a really nice build.
Angus Maclane, famous for couches and Cube-Dudes, went and super-deformed Optimus Prime. I think he’s adorable. If they had only done the Transformers movies this way, it would have been so much better.
Hacim Bricks says he felt like building a purple flower. So he did. I feel like posting a purple flower. So I am. It’s really nicely done and well presented.
This dark scene by Disco86 lit up my day. Besides being a well-thought and nicely posed scene, the lighting and editing of the picture are top-notch. The elves look like they aren’t sure what to make of each other and the lighting really gives it a creepy, other-worldly air.
Our very own Simon Liu just built the cutest little BURN•E and I had to post him. He is instantly recognizable and the stickering makes him nearly perfect. I want him here, changing lights in my house.
I just picked up a Claymore Crate from GI Bricks to review and Julie sent me the other two packs as well. All of these packs come with a BrickArms crate with special printing and four BrickArms weapons painted by Brick Mercenaries. They are available exclusively from GI Bricks.
The Bloodshed Crate
This pack comes in a brown BrickArms crate with a splash of red blood printed on one side. The printing is very nicely done, as we have come to expect from BrickArms. The crate itself would actually be quite useful in a battle scene, perhaps with a slain minifig leaning against it. The pack includes a Claymore, Damien Blade, Havoc Blade and Killstrike Saber. What makes these weapons really special is the paint job by Josh Baum of Brick Mercenaries. The paint looks professionally done and he was able to recreate an accurate representation of blood-soaked weapons, rather than randomly applying red paint, as is so often done. The paint also feels very durable. On the GI Bricks website, it says that these are for display purposes only, but I think they would stand up to light play. They will get scratched up if left in a bin with other weapons, but normal handling isn’t going to affect them.
Stuart Delahay just released this big, red creature into the wild and I think he’s rather cool. I’m especially liking the skull necklace. Nice use of the Ninja-go skull for a pendant. I know he’s supposed to be bad and all that, but I don’t think he’s a bad guy at all. It looks to me like he’s just giving directions. Something like “Oh, you took the wrong turn. Go back to the main road and then turn left by Old Man Jenkins Barn. Continue on for 3 miles…”.
Djordje has been creating some fabulous, original monsters but this one is my favorite by far. I love the giant yellow eye, the tongue and the malicious grin. There is some really nice part use in there too. The rubber Hero Factory belts make a great mouth and the use of pneumatic ‘T’s enabled him to make this a nice, tight creation.
This one tricked me. Gilcelio built this very realistic padlock and hasp, put it on a lovely brick-built chest, and I didn’t realize it was LEGO until after I clicked on it. Very impressive. I love realistic, full-size recreations of everyday objects.