Luke Watkins Hutchinson (-Derfel Cadarn-) has beautifully recreated a scene from Disney’s Sword in the Stone. The ramshackle tower and worn, eroded walls make this build stand out, but the smaller details bring it to life. For those familiar with the movie, you can see young “Wart” (young King Arthur) cranking on the jousting dummy while the arrogant Sir Kay practices his “form”. Quite the fun build!
This collaborative build, by Grant Davis and Eli Wilsea, was definitely a crowd-pleaser at BrickCon last month. It was packed with all sorts of interesting detail, minifig “life” and cool construction techniques. It took home a trophy for Best Medieval Building as well. The rugged technique they used on the battlements (the bits on top of castle walls) was one of my favorite details and the motorized waterfall was ingenious!
See more details on Grant’s MOCpage.
Choose wisely, as these delicious-looking mushrooms, by Dirk VH, are quite the power-ups! Weighing in at ten pounds a piece, the center one is the retro version of the power-up that turns Mario into Super Mario, while the blue one shrinks him down. The green one, of course, is the much sought after “1-Up” that gives you an extra life. Check out the time-lapse construction video as well!
Anu Pehrson is an amazing builder. This particular creation of hers, based on Paro Taktsang in Bhutan, was my favorite build at BrickCon this year. The attention to detail and the faithful representation of the original made this creation something special to behold. I found myself drawn to it over and over. Every time I stopped to look, I noticed more interesting details.
On a side note, Anu also made “a little friend” at BrickCon. I hear that he was impressed as well.
Welcome back to The Brothers Brick Arena and another hammer-fisted night of thrills and chills. Our esteemed Announcer, Referee and Controller of The Action is taking a hiatus but I will be here to keep the Fights alive. Tonight we have a battle for the ages between two creatures concocted by builders who are more than adept at blowing minds, young and old.
In the Red Corner, with a stare that will penetrate to your very soul, I give you “Owl” by Mihai Marius Mihu .
In the Blue corner, weighing in with four more legs than his competitor, “Hoppy Hoppy Grasshopper” by Karf Oohlu.
As always, you decide, via comments, who takes home the glory and adulation of the crowds and who is left crying in the locker room. Last week, the two contenders fought a mighty battle that lasted late into the night but neither was victorious and a draw was called with a score of 5-5. Tune in next week, same Fight Night, same Fight Time for another Battle of the Builders!
Cole Edmonson just posted a great sculpture of his cat, Cooper. The light up eyes on this piece really put it over the top. My cat-loving daughter is going to want to build something like this of one of her cats…
Guy Himber recently talked with me about his company CrazyBricks and his projects past, present and future. He also sent me some of the prototypes from his current SKULLS project as well as an early version of one of the add-ons, namely the GingerDead Man. The skulls come in three varieties. The largest one is my favorite, as it is the same size and proportion as the regular minifig head and most minifig hair can sit on it fairly naturally…though there is no stud, so anything you put on it is held in place by gravity. The other two skull varieties are a bit smaller than the large skull. One has a stud and the other doesn’t. The smaller skulls fit better inside helmets and cowls. The GingerDead Man is quite nice. He is a zombie variant of the CrazyBricks’ Gingerbread Man that is currently available. The printing is exceptional, made of a combination of both regular flat printing and embossed printing. Anyway, enough from me…let’s explore the mind of a builder!
Josh- Hello Guy, thanks for sitting down with me. You are known to many of our readers as V&A Steamworks, the builder of steampunk creations. But now you have actually started a company called CrazyBricks. Tell us about the concept behind the company and the name.
Guy- Hi Josh!
I had done a number of side projects that I made available to other builders (The Big StovePipe Hats and CrazyArms) and really enjoyed the creative process. I found that as a side effect, I also enjoyed interacting with my fellow LEGO enthusiasts and sharing what I had made. These early items were all machined (versus injection molded) so there was a limit to how much I could create via this method. When the idea of Pigs vs Cows was proposed for last year’s BrickCon I decided it was time to take the next step and bring some of my ideas to market in the form of the Pig and Cow characters. Since this project went beyond my ‘hobby’ and into more of a business, I decided to form a company to sell them under once the Kickstarter project had funded and that Company became CrazyBricks – inspired by the CrazyArms I had made earlier.
Schfio just prepared a light repast for your pleasure. There is so much perfection here, from the transparent-over-white milk bottle, the various cheeses and eggs, not to mention the toast. It is all so nicely done.
This toilet, by Moko, perfectly describes my mood today and makes me smile at the same time. I’m glad he built it.
For the eleventh straight year, the good folks over at Classic Castle are bringing you the biggest Castle event of the season! Prizes include vintage sets, custom items, books, new sets and a mystery prize. Check out the categories and show off your medieval building skills. Compete against the best for the title of Master Builder!