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

Spoiler alert: All your favorite characters will probably die

With just minutes before the Game of Thrones season 5 premiere airs here on the West coast, I couldn’t resist sharing yet another new GoT creation. This time it’s from Polish builder crises_crs – reminding you all to visit your ‘throne’ before settling down to see whether your favorite characters will meet sticky ends before the end of the opening episode. And make sure to have your popcorn, hot cocoa, and George RR Martin voodoo doll on hand before the action unfolds…

All grown-ups were children first (but few remember it)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is a profound allegorical study of human nature, disguised as an illustrated children’s book. And it’s the 2nd best-selling book in modern history – topped only by the Lord of the Rings series. So it’s quite surprising I’ve never come across any LEGO interpretations of this book …until now!

 

Hong Kong builder Andy Hung has created this clever diorama featuring the titular prince on his asteroid, surrounded by the planets and stars – all built from standard LEGO pieces (including a lot of black!).

Get that giant pie in the oven: Game of Thrones is back tonight!

To mark the arrival of Game of Thrones’ 5th season, the Tywin of the LEGO world Guy Himber built this tribute to the show’s humblest and most loveabe scallwag, King Joffrey. Long may he reign!

An elegant vehicle, for a more civilized age

For over a century the name Rolls Royce has been synonymous with extreme automotive luxury. And through its many iterations, the Phantom has been an integral part of that legacy. Martijn Nab clearly did his homework in creating this LEGO version of the 1934 Phantom II Coupe, which is impressively constructed using almost nothing but technic connections (versus the usual bricks and studs):

As well as being picture perfect on the outside, this model is also full of hidden details such as the straight-6 engine, hinged engine hood, and backward-opening “coach doors” – a quirk that lives on in this convertible’s modern descendant, the Drophead. Oh, and it’s fully remote controlled! Check out this charming video:

Bless thee Bottom, bless thee – thou art translated!

While Shakepeare’s comedies are sometimes considered his lesser works, hats off to The Bard on this occasion for sending my double entendre meter into overdrive while considering possible titles for this post. Thanks in part to Tim Lydy and his vivid recreations of Bottom the Ass and Titania queen of the fairies, from the ever-popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

In his skillful hands, a simple banana becomes a deadly weapon

There have certainly been no shortage of LEGO recreations of the loveable Minions from the Dispicable Me movies, but Carlos Méndez takes it one step further with this perfect mashup of Minions with the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed:

While we await the summer release of the Minions’ first spin-off movie, I look forward to seeing other mashups involving these possibly cannabilistic banana-loving creatures!

Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

Hot on the heels of his Ultraman build that we blogged last week, umamen brings us this amazing 8″ tall Star Wars stormtrooper figurine. The detailing and devious construction of the helmet alone are enough for me, but apparently this thing is even poseable too (…well, to some extent).

At this point true Star Wars fans can argue about which stormtrooper variation this is, or whether that’s Han or Luke under the helmet. Boring conversation anyway, because here’s a second dose of Star Wars LEGO goodness for you – a Chibi Micro Fighter version of the LAAT from the Clone Wars, by Yxxn. It’s adorable!

Wow, and it isn’t even May 4th yet…

The Siege of Eastgate

I don’t know which I love more in this Guilds of Historica build by Jacob Nion – the very believable battle-worn siege tower, or the fantastical yet beautifully constructed rhino that’s pulling it. Let’s hope this practice doesn’t lead to rhino’s in GoH becoming as endangered as they are on our planet!