About Nick

Nick Jensen, also known as Nick Brick, plays games almost as much as he builds LEGO. He's probably most well known for replicating gaming weapons and equipment at 1:1 scale. He is a member of ChiLUG and attends Brickworld Chicago every year. You can follow his LEGO work on Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Posts by Nick

Forge your legend in Destiny’s Old Russia

Like many Destiny players, I have spent many hours grinding out XP slaying Fallen in Old Russia’s Cosmodrome. Without even reading the title of this build from Nick Della Mora, I knew it was specifically The Divide region of the Cosmodrome. That particular group of buildings are recognizable, as many Dregs and Shanks have been sniped from atop them.

The Divide - Overall

But for me, the highlight of the build is the Fallen Walker. It is not only accurate in its aesthetics; it waddles like the one in game, and the head slides out, exposing and illuminating the weak spot. Watch these functions, and an overview of the whole scene, in the following video.

You do not make modifications on a Countach. That car is perfect!

I imagine making any car instantly recognizable at minifigure scale would be difficult, and George Panteleon does it beautifully with his LEGO Lamborghini Countach. He made great part choices for the windscreen and the headlights, and the lines of the sports car are captured rather well in a 7-stud-wide package.

Lamborghini Countach

See more of George’s minifigure-scaled vehicles on his Flickr.

Time to tip the scales

Robin, a playable character in Fire Emblem: Awakening and Super Smash Bros Wii U, has been constructed beautifully by Eero Okkonen. The build in its entirety is full of excellent techniques that capture the character’s likeness, especially in her long coat and hair, and her jagged Levin Sword is simple yet effective.

Robin

If you enjoyed Eero’s Robin, you may also like his other fighters in Super Smash Bros, such as Varia Suit Samus, Zero Suit Samus, and Palutena.

Rally the LEGO Overwatch Heroes

Overwatch continues to inspire LEGO builders with the hit game’s fun and varied heroes. Let’s rally up a few more characters to add to a lineup of great LEGO Overwatch builds, like these great characters from Tim Schwalfenberg, Simon Liu, or my own D.Va’s Light Gun. First up, from Dead Frog inc., is Bastion in his partial camouflage from the animated short “The Last Bastion.” The color choices on his robotic death machine and the overgrowth are great.

The last Bastion

Next up, from Piggy Brother, is Reaper. The builder has constructed several other heroes from the game, and his Reaper is one of my top favorites from him. The mask, dual hellfire shotguns, and shotgun shell belt are standout details to me here.

OVERWATCH REAPER

Finally (from yours truly) is the time-jumping mascot of Overwatch, Tracer. Her build started with the idea of arranging two translucent orange half-circular tiles in an hourglass shape to create her goggles. One of the most challenging parts of the build for me was finding a technique that would look good as the lacing on her leggings. I thought the undersides of the various 1×1 brick types used structurally was a good solution.

Tracer - Overwatch

Dee Dee! Get out of my laboratory!

Cartoon Network shows like Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory were a huge part of my childhood. GolPlaysWithLego induces nostalgia for the former with a LEGO version of the genius Dexter himself. I like his expression of disdain shown through both the shaping of his glasses, and the use of a thin minifigure sword as his mouth.

Dexter

Bank shots around corners with a LEGO Infinite Warfare CLAW [Video]

Though I was initially disappointed to see Call of Duty yet again tackle the futuristic war setting in Infinite Warfare, I was pleasantly surprised by the plethora of inventive weapon designs. YouTuber ZaziNombies shows some love for the Warfighter combat rig’s signature weapon with his LEGO replica of the Collapsible Lightweight Automatic Weapons System (CLAW). The skeletal look of the weapon was achieved well with the use of ladder elements, angled tiles, and arrays of circular tiles on the inside of the prongs. Watch the builder discuss his replica CLAW in the following video.

1:650 scale LEGO Burj Khalifa stands over 4 feet tall

After 3 months of design work and building, Yubnub presents an impressive scale replica of Burj Khalifa in Dubai (currently the tallest structure in the world). Lots of cheese slopes — over 4,000, in fact — make the unusual Y shape of the structure come to life in bricks.

1/650 Burj Khalifa

Though the skyscraper itself is impressive and definitely the highlight of the build, the detailed ground level surrounding the tower is also notable.

Burj Khalifa

LEGO Star Wars Death Trooper helmet is fully wearable

LEGO Death Trooper helmet

Director Krennic’s Death Troopers are as intimidating as they look in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This elite armor design comes to life in LEGO bricks with a wearable helmet constructed by YouTuber Spencer Hubert. Spencer utilizes techniques I used on my LEGO Halo helmet for the dome on top, and the results are instantly recognizable. See an overview of the helmet and Spencer himself trying it on in this video.

Cruise the Grid with a remote control LEGO light cycle [Video]

Sariel’s LEGO Workshop takes inspiration from the visually stunning movie Tron: Legacy with his LEGO model of the film’s light cycle. The model itself looks good, enhanced with custom non-LEGO lighting, but the fact that it can drive and steer using RC is rather impressive. Watch the light cycle ride around at night and take a closer look at the functions in this video.

Time your jumps over a mechanical LEGO Piranha Plant

The latest kinetic sculpture from Jason Allemann is a classic enemy from the Super Mario Bros games: the Piranha Plant. His instantly recognizable model moves with motions that look straight out of any sidescroller Mario title.

Working Piranha Plant

Watch the Piranha Plant emerge from the warp pipe chomping away, followed by commentary and a breakdown of the mechanism, in this video: