This classic tractor by Jakeof displays nothing luxurious or prestigious, and that is precisely its charm. There is something quintessential about decaying vehicles to begin with, but the damage on this particular one is very well represented.
There are many details to love, from the exposed engine to the odd rusted wheel, but the best part is the exhaust pipe, made of a rigid tube cut diagonally. While the trailer looks simple, I can assure you there are some very clever tricks used to get a perfect industrial look.
LEGO dragons are always great to see, but HUGE ones are even better! This is the case with this incredible, 150 centimeter long (nearly 60 inch) Chinese style dragon built by Ming Jin, and the beast is also currently the only LEGO creation on their photostream. The build has beautiful curvature achieved by a rather simple segmented body design, with subtle angles between individual segments.
There are cheese slopes covering most of the body, giving an impression of scales and other details like spikes and flame pieces as characteristic Asian dragon features. While legs and to some extent the head possibly expose too much of the inner structure, the beautiful long body more than carries the creation.
If you are looking for a drink or for futuristic company, the cyberpunk bar Fall by Revan New has you covered. There are many lovable details scattered all around, like hanging robot parts and technical detailing, but the cherry on the cake is the atmosphere. A few tweaks to the photo really makes you feel like part of the action. The minifig positioning helps too, bringing all of the shady characters to life.
Despite its harsh nature, I would love visiting the Orange Fern Gorge, as built by W. Navarre. The jewel merchant minifigs in the scene probably do not share my sentiment, however, as their intrepid expedition might be born more of necessity than love for the scenery. And what a gorgeous scenery it is! The layers of rock are a beautiful balance of rough but clean, while the ground’s texture compliments the rocks well. A careful combination of olive and sand green accented by a few pink flowers adds just enough life to the scene to still look barren and dead, but not boring.
The bridge is quite interesting on its own – while it’s possible the model builder may have run out of string while making the bridge and added a short chain as the support on one posts, it’s also probably what the bridge’s makers would do if they had run out of rope. Finally, having the two rocky pillars presented on separate base plates adds a lot to the composition as well.
Of all the fantasy movie scenes out there, the Amon Hen conflict from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring may be among the most commonly recreated in LEGO. This version by John Snyder has some of the best landscaping I have seen in a while, with subtle slopes and realistic trees, but most importantly a beautiful gravel riverbank. The landscape is so effective because of how simple and relatable it is—there are no grand rock formations or majestic trees, just a normal forest, but built perfectly.
The Second World War was a great tragedy in our history, but its horrors were not limited to the years 1939 through 1945, with some of its consequencess still lasting decades after the war ended. One such case was the Berlin Wall, which took the lives of hundreds of people seeking a better life on the other side of the wall. In memory of these victims of the East German regime, Collin has built a strong, emotional, and symbolic creation of a dove trapped in barbed wire. While the build is not a masterpiece of complex techniques, its true strength lies in the message.
The builder adds a lot of information in his description, both about the Berlin wall and the build itself, so check it out if you can.
If your desk needs a bit of life, a tiny fantasy castle might help. Peter Ilmrud was faced with a similar dilema recently and came to the obvious solution. Inspired by the work of Yang Wang and armed with an IKEA HÄRLIGA glass case and a handful of bricks, Peter has created a cute little fairy tale castle.
The build has lots of brilliant details like the round tower’s windows and the tree growing on the side of the rocks, but most importantly, the composition of the castle is what connects it all into a very coherent creation. I sincerely hope more builders pick up the concept, as there is lots of potential in glass-encased LEGO creations.
Ringo is mine. Wait, we’re not talking about the band? Jokes aside, while the stag beetle may not be amongst my favourites, this one by Grant Davis must be one of my favourite LEGO recreations. There is lots to like about this scaled-up insect, from the detailed legs to the realistic head and the Iron Builder competition’s seed part used as the wing covers – with the base placed just deep enough in the inverted tire for their curve to flow naturally.
The only gripe I have with it are the wings’ supports, the kind of which I have never seen in a real beetle before.
How did Captain Morgan die? Was he dragged to the depths by a loose cannon? Was he struck down by the kraken? Or did Poseidon himself drag the captain’s ship into his realm? All we know is that the last time Captain Morgan was seen, he was on the forecastle of his sinking ship, the Queen Annetta’s Revenge, according to builder Jacob Nion.
The scene was built for a story on the Eurobricks forum. The build itself is very dynamic, with excellent broken masts and just enough flotsam to represent convincing traces of a legendary battle. The ship itself is very good, with Jacob giving us an undamaged view.
Sometimes, the simplest creations are the best, as is the case with this supersized LEGO minifigure built by the criminally underrated builder Aukbricks. The creation, while simple at first glance, has some underlying complexity to it. One such part is the elegant shaping of the arms, which are shaped almost completely like the iconic minifigure arms. Another, very subtle but perfect detail is the slight curve around the top of the torso.
But there are more similarities between the original and the supersized versions than just visual likeness. The giant minifig’s arms and legs can move and its “elements” can be taken apart like the real deal — and they look perfect when disassembled!
The M-Tron would do anything to protect their magnet production, up to and including using force. And if you ever wondered what they would use, have no fear, for Isaac Snyder has you covered. His life-sized M-Tron blaster is full of great details like laser sights, a working trigger and of course, a magazine attached with magnets! No need to take my word for it, you can watch the video below.
Adding to his streak of amazing creations, Grant Davis creates this whimsical interpretation of the classic fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. The focus of the build is the cloud tops, made mostly out of the curved panels that are the focus of the current round of the Iron Builder contest. The field of white clouds is complemented by Jack’s beanstalk, built using some interesting green pieces. But the real icing on the cake? The elegant curved path leading up to a microscale castle, in forced perspective. Grant manages to fill the image with just enough detail to be interesting, while keeping it simple and straightforward — a hard balance to achieve.