Nannan became involved with the online LEGO community in late 2004. He has been a builder for as long as he can remember.
Nannan builds in a variety of themes that often overlap with the science fiction universe; other times they are purely made up ones. You can see his creations on Flickr, MOCpages, and Brickshelf.
In real life, Nannan is a medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
LUG Brasil is hosting their third annual Lego convention in São Paulo next weekend. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. For most of us who aren’t, you can take a look at LUG Brasil’s website for photos from their previous events.
Rack Huang from the Taiwan LUG known as Pockyland designed a calendar for 2014 featuring works by Lego fans from Taiwan. You can see these creations in detail from the Pockyland forums. Leave a comment about your favorite month from this calendar and we’ll pick a random winner in a week who will receive a printed copy of the calendar!
Vince Toulouse is a master of lines who always create a natural flow of patterns and colors in his vehicles creations. This flying vessel is a great example of color blocking and integrating oddly-shaped parts.
75021 Republic Gunship is one of the sets from the summer wave of Lego Star Wars. The set contains 1175 pieces and retails for $119.99, which you can buy from Amazon.
Here is my summary of the highlights of the set, which are elaborated in the review video below. The video also compares the set to its previous 2008 version.
Very sturdy design, can be lifted by just the wings
Include 5 unique minifigs
Improved aesthetics over the previous version
No major flaws, but this is a third version of a Star Wars ship.
This version of the Republic Gunship has the best design in terms of looks and sturdiness. It makes for a good display item and can be handled more roughly without sustaining serious damage. Despite these qualities, the set doesn’t feel very new to me because it has been made twice already in the past. Even the minifigs are just new versions of previously existing ones. If you haven’t been jaded by Lego’s recreations of popular Star Wars ships, then this is a great set to have.
Lego builders are always coming up with new ideas on how to use the brick, but some ponder the question: “why use the brick?” An idea was born to conduct a telephone game through alternating exchanges of Lego and music. The sequence starts with a Lego creation, which is interpreted by the next player through a musical composition, which the next player then builds a Lego creation based on what’s heard, and the cycle repeats.
The project began in June and consisted of 6 exchanges. Each player had 2 weeks to build or compose based on the previous work seen or heard without knowing what came before. The results were undoubtedly fascinating.
The project began with a scene by Paul Vermeesch of a dilapidated town overrun by a flood.
Max Pointer then interpreted the creation through a composition that conveyed the idea of a cleansing transformation through the contrast of the mellow sound of viola with the crisp tones of bells and celesta.
Sean and Steph Mayo saw a different contrast in the music they heard. Instead of the viola representing the decay of a town, it became a dusty attic, the celesta that represented the cleansing by water channeled its sound into toys, and the water sound effects were translated into the downpour outside the window.
Christopher Baldacci saw an ominous mystery brooding in the creation, which he conveyed with a piano theme set in a looming backdrop of strings. He drew highlights to particular objects in the room such as using drums for the toy soldier, a xylophone for, well, the xylophone, and an altered melody of “Round and Round the Mulberry Bush” for the broken jack-in-the-box. Perhaps most obvious is the hint of the Harry Potter theme to represent the poster on the wall.
Simon Liu got the hint and centered his build on a creation similar to the siege of Hogwarts. The heaviness of decay from the previous two creations was given the form of a ominous sea serpent, and the lightness of the water and tinkering toys translated into magical spells.
By Ian Spacek‘s turn, the theme of contrast between animation and stagnation transformed into an exchange between good and evil, symbolized by a brass chorus representing the majestic castle, and a solo brass instrument called the serpent playing the role of the giant snake.
Tyler Clites finished the sequence with a statue in the ruins. Its wings are activated by an ancient artifact, suggesting the themes of mystery and adventure gleaned from the previous composition.
To read more about each builder’s thoughts on their works and interpretations, check out Paul’s blog for more about Symphony of Construction.
The fifth annual Creations for Charity sale starts today! From now until the end of November, you can buy a custom creation to help raise money to buy Lego sets for underprivileged children. These creations are all built and donated by the fans, and there’s more to come throughout the sale. Anyone can donate a creation before November 15th by visiting creationsforcharity.org and submitting a donations form. Take a look at some of the creations for sale so far:
Join the crowd and take part in the Lego community’s annual tradition of giving back!
The amount of detail that goes into Luke Watkins Hutchinson’s (- Derfel Cadarn -) castle creations is always among the highest I’ve seen of any castle builder. He also uses very eye-catching colors that border realism and fantasy. His latest creation is a perfect example of his signature style.
Riccardo Zangelmi adds his interpretation of Escher’s Relativity to the collection of works based on this famous art illusion in the theme of space, Star-Wars, castle, and classic. The smooth texture and the lighting add a surreal effect to the creation.
This is my envisioning of the arena for Iron Builder, a series of competitions that pit the most skilled and competitive builders against each other in a month-long face-off to build with a mystery piece. I was inspired to make this arena after witnessing a spectacular show by the Mayos vs Ericksons round. This creation will be for sale in this year’s Creations for Charity for someone who wants to own a creation that tells the legendary battles of some of the greatest Lego builders.