About Iain

Iain Heath is an avid builder specializing in the "Bricks of Character" style, which he helped define. He has been using LEGO to parody popular culture since 2007, when he created the now infamous Stephen Hawking model. He is a SeaLUG member and regular theme coordinator at BrickCon. For five years he also ran a blog called The Living Brick, that showcased the best character-based LEGO creations from around the world. You can find his irreverent body of work on Flickr.

Posts by Iain

I have you now!

The Brothers Brick have covered Star Wars builds of all shapes and sizes, but rarely one that would fit in the palm of your hand. This microscale LEGO trench scene from Star Wars: A New Hope by Grantmasters is simultaneously adorable and clever, especially the 6-brick X-wing fighter featuring a unicorn horn. The force is definitely strong with this one!

For more microscale recreations of scenes from classic Sci-Fi movies and TV shows, be sure to check out the Mi-Fi group on Flickr.

Brick-moji: Because LEGO bricks have feelings too!

I created the first Brick-moji as a gift for someone very dear to me. But then I realized the pattern was repeatable, and the project kind of took on a life of it’s own! If you’re at BrickCon in Seattle next week, you’ll find these lurking in the Bricks of Character section, where I’ll be giving each one away to any attendee that can offer me something interesting to trade in return.

Like the LEGO meme collection that I made last year, I’m declaring this collection public domain and therefore free to use, abuse, edit and share. So enjoy annoying your friends by inserting these into text messages! The Brick-moji album on Flickr contains hires versions of each Brick-moji, plus a couple of “bonus” creations for your amusement.

Yellow peril

Taking a little inspiration from the design of the 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter set, Rebel Builder gives us a nice LEGO rendition of a Mining Guild TIE fighter, as seen in the latest season of Star Wars Rebels. Definitely looks like a stylish ride for the more fashion conscious bad guy. Which is just as well since as baddies go, “Mining Guild” sounds about as menacing as “Trade Federation”!

Shallow Water Assault Patrol Enforce

The SWAPE (Shallow Water Assault Patrol Enforce) is a special class of boat designed for military operations in very shallow waters. While primarily operated by the US Navy and Marine Corps, it is also utilized by police departments, most notably in Florida where it is used to patrol the Everglades in search of poachers. Joshua Brooks has created this LEGO version of the Navy’s SWAPE 267, aka “Yellow Jacket”, on anti-drug patrol off the coast of the Philippines.

Scaled-down Freemaker ships prove that less is more

The jury may still be out on whether the new LEGO Star Wars 75147 StarScavenger and 75145 Eclipse Fighter sets are really any good (read our full review and see what you think). Either way, fans of the new Disney show LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will certainly get a kick out of these cleverly constructed, totally swooshable, and arguably superior “microscale” versions by UK builder Cole Blaq.

No matter where you go, there you are

To you, it’s probably the classic 80’s cult movie you’ve never actually heard of. To me, it was a recent opportunity for some late night cable TV nostsalgia that only lasted ten excruciating minutes. But to the rest of the world the 1984 sci-fi western rock-n-roll action melodrama The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is surprisingly highly rated and surprisingly influential. Surprising then that no-one has ever given us a LEGO recreation of the movie’s iconic Jet Car. Thankfully, fan builder SPARKART! has finally corrected that oversight:

I can only hope that this iconic movie vehicle ends up as some future LEGO Ideas set, alongside the Delorean and Ecto-1. Then again, to quote the movie’s titular hero, “If all wishes were gratified, many dreams would be destroyed”.

Built for speed not comfort

This pair of Anime-inspired flyers by halfbeak were originally created for a contest over in the Flickr speeder bike group. Their design is fiendishly simple yet refreshingly unconventional, and is made possible by clever use of some older LEGO parts including Alpha Team canopies, Exoforce figures, and a variety of repurposed and recut LEGO stickers.

I like the forward-leaning posture of the riders – it conveys a sense that these speeders were built solely for racing, to compared to the more relaxed seating position of a typical LEGO speeder bike.

Jokers wild

This LEGO bust of classic supervillain the Joker is pretty amazing, but the fact that it is creator Taylor Walker‘s first attempt at a brick-built character makes all the more so. I’m really looking forward to laying eyes (and paws) on it at the Bricks of Character table at BrickCon next month, where it’s crazy gaze will fit perfectly with this year’s Con theme: Madness!