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.

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LEGO 76042 SHIELD Helicarrier – Part 1 [Review]

If anything could ever compete with the mighty Star Wars movie franchise, it’s probably going to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And this trend may be playing out in the LEGO universe too, with an ever-growing line of super hero sets that is now joined by the 76042 SHIELD Helicarrier.

Like the 76023 Tumbler, it’s aimed at older builders and thus has limited play features. And while LEGO reserves the term Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) for its big Star Wars sets, the LEGO fan community has already started using it to describe these big super hero sets as well, for obvious reasons.


A big set deserves a big review! This review is split it into two parts. In Part 1, I focus on the ship itself, covering the build experience, structural design, and looks. In Part 2, I’ll be exploring the smaller details – including the new microfigs – and of course all the bundled minifigs. In both parts, I will also be exploring one very important question… Does it fly?

If video is not your thing, click below the fold for a written review (…but trust me, watch the video!).

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Domestication, Contemplation, Relaxation

Flickr member simplybrickingit has created this intriguing triptych of household rooms. Each one is beautifully furnished but completely figure-less, and symbolizes a different aspect of our everyday lives. It’s all very Zen. I love the way the partial walls make these scenes feel somehow out of time.


 

The big red one

Vince Toulouse demonstrates his signature art-deco-retro-future building style with this latest vehicle, the Polar Transport. In red, I think this one nicely complements earlier blue and green creations that we featured a while ago.

Inspired by science magazine covers of the 1930’s, this juggernaut’s profile is simple, but it’s packed with beautiful curved details, and makes clever use of some vintage pale orange Scala parts to introduce an accent color rarely seen in LEGO creations.

Behold the gaseous stench of Skeletor’s breakfast burrito!

…apologies, but Skeletor’s revival on Robot Chicken is so complete at this point that I can’t even remember his catchphrase from the original Masters of the Universe show any more. But I do remember that he had an evil arch-nemesis called He-Man. And now Kevin Ryhal has crafted these erstwhile Eternial enemies in LEGO, resulting in what look like perfect replacements for my long-lost MOTU action figures:

Denmark, the land of LEGO, in LEGO, featuring LEGOLAND

Danish builder Lasse Vestergård has created this gigantic microscale map of Denmark, featuring tiny versions of many of its landmarks. Not as much Viking stuff as I’d expected – but they sure have a lot of cathedrals! And of course, LEGOLAND Billund is in there too – can you locate it?


Check out the entire album for closeups and explanations of all the landmarks, including Roskilde Cathedral, which Lasse has created in LEGO before…

More like “why?” day

At the risk of encouraging followers of this peculiar and completely arbitrary new tradition on this 14th of March… Feast your eyes upon this lovely pie, that Bill Ward has built for the occasion. Looks almost good enough to eat.

Of course, this version of Pi day is a somewhat US-centric holiday. Our readers from Europe and other parts of the world will have to wait until the 3rd of Duodecember to celebrate their version – which means they’re in for a wait that’s as long as the digits of Pi itself!

Well, guess it’s time √ -1  23 Σ Π…

You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?

Iron Builder contestant Jimmy Fortel is killing it right now (see what I did there?) with this LEGO-ized version of a classic shot (see what I did there, again?) from the 1976 movie Taxi Driver:

For obvious reasons, tracking down the original image is left as an exercise for the reader. And remember: You’re only as healthy as you feel…

Bug eyed monsters

Current followers of Manga will recognize this as the Terra Formar, a humanoid evolution of cockroaches that lives on Mars (…hmmm, ok). I’m terrified enough of the domestic variety, so this is the stuff of nightmares!

This LEGO version is the work of our favorite Japanese builder Moko, who decided he should pit it against one of his other bug-eyed creations, Kamen rider. At first, Kamen Rider does well by delivering an effective wound to the thorax:

But then he decides to karate-chop off the Terra Formar’s head. Big mistake! Because as we all know, that move is basically ineffective on cockroaches and their kin. The thought of this brute running around headless for two weeks is just too horrible to imagine. Hopefully Moko’s next creation will be some kind of giant boot.