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’s Cafe Corner sets evoke a world of historic multi-story architecture and fine European living. So where are the sets that folks on Main Street can relate to? Well, eyescream54 has provided the solution, just in time for Labor Day…

First up is this donut shack, complete with super-enthusiastic shopkeeper, fully loaded fryer, and a brick-built sign that’s probably big enough to be seen from space.

Not sure if that race car belongs to the shopkeeper – maybe that’s why he looks so happy!

Next we have an authentic pizzeria, with authentic brick oven, and authentic Italian owner…

 

And finally, this totally tubular surf shop, complete with surfer dudes waxing their boards..

 

Fingers crossed that this builder’s next creation is an Irish pub!

A feast for the eyes

As popular as LEGO’s Mixels line has become, I must admit to me they are just great “parts packs”. And now I have more eyeball bricks than I know what to do with! But it’s heartening to see how these new parts seem to have stimulated a minor surge in character-based builds since the line’s introduction back in March.

Case in point: Serbian builder Djordje uses them to great effect in this recreation of Goofy, everyone’s favorite …erm, what the heck is he again?

1:16 scale LEGO locomotive is over a meter long

Better known for super-accurate scale model motorcycles and trucks, Dutch builder Bricksonwheels has decided to try his hand at a train. And not surprisingly, the result is spectacular – and also huge!

At 1.31m in length, this model EMD SD40-2 freight locomotive required months of building and approximately 20,000 bricks to complete. It was built at 1:16 scale …which I suppose technically puts it in the “rideable” 3/4 inch scale Live Steam gauge! It will also be featured in an upcoming book on LEGO scale model building by No Starch Press.

Panda-moneum in Hong Kong

Bizarre conservationist flash-mob movement 1600 Pandas recently visited famous landmarks in Hong Kong, and local builder Alanboar Cheung decided to commemorate the event with this panda-enriched model of the Tian Tan Buddha. If you ask me, the pandas totally look like they’re gonna eat those tourists!

The dudes abide

It’s hard to believe that it’ll be 5 years next month since Angus Maclane unleashed the CubeDude phenomenon upon the LEGO fan world, providing AFOLs with a simple template that would make ‘character building’ simple, fun and enormously popular.

In that time, the CubeDude Flickr group has amassed almost a thousand unique CubeDude creations, covering the gamut of characters from every corner of pop culture. And while the CubeDude fad has certainly diminished since those heady early days, it’s fun to see newer builders picking up where the rest of us left off. As demonstrated in this growing collection by Cristiano Spiller

Milhouse and Krusty from The Simpsons
 

“Chromed up” Daft Punk
 

Gentleman’s favorites, Jessica Rabbit and Hello Kitty
 

Babar the Elephant, and his wife Celeste
 

But mostly notably, Cristiano just found out that he is soon to become a ‘CubeDad’, resulting in this rather unique addition! Congratulations, Cristiano!

A night without day ... a day without night

Castle and fantasy builders certainly like to build big. But most of the large castle dioramas that we showcase are limited to exteriors. So it’s exciting to see someone focus on a large interior instead!

This amazing cathedral interior by Pippo Zane was inspired by the final scenes of the 1985 movie Ladyhawke. And while the cathedral itself is deliberately jazzier than the one in the movie, the characters are all faithfully represented.

There are so many little details to explore in this build. But I particularly love the stuff going on in the balconies, and of course the stained glass windows.

Air supremacy

Proving that a LEGO model doesn’t have to be a spaceship in order to be totally swooshable, Dutch builder Red Spacecat has created the AV-24B Seahawk, an imaginary modern military VTOL gunship inspired by the AV-8B Harrier II jump-jet and AH-64 Apache helicopter.

As well as featuring the usual elegant lines and stud-free surfaces of his other builds, this one is also fully configurable and comes with all manner of interchangeable armaments, making for one fun toy!

And the attention to detail with stickering practically borders on the obsessive! It’s enough to make the model airplane builder in me salivate…

Amazingly life-like LEGO sculpture of the Monkey King (孫悟空)

Tyler Halliwell is best known to our regular readers as a creator of amazing LEGO busts. So his latest work – depicting the Monkey King of Chinese mythology – is an ambitious departure in terms of its size and construction. We think you’ll agree that the attention to detail and the naturalness of this figure’s clothing and facial expression are completely mind-blowing!

We journeyed for several months across the Asian subcontinent, rescuing helpless villagers from all manner of demons along the way, to visit the mountain in which Tyler has been imprisoned for the past 500 years, so we could find out more about this creation…

BB: So how many hours and how many bricks went into this creation?

TH: That’s tough to estimate, but probably about 100 hours over the past two months, with most of it coming into shape in the past two weeks. There’s less pieces than you’d think, as it’s mostly hollow but for a technic frame. So if I had to guess, I would say around 1500 bricks.

BB: What inspired you to choose the Monkey King as the subject of your latest LEGO sculpture?

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