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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And the red corner...

The most recent round of Iron Builder certainly did not disappoint, with contestants Tim Schwalfenberg and Matt De Lanoy utilizing the silver barbell ‘seed part’ to produce more than 50 builds between them over the space of just 4 weeks, as well as engaging in some traditional pun-centric smack talk! We’ve covered some of those builds already, but let’s take a look at a few we missed, this time from Tim…




In the blue corner...

August has ended, and that means the latest bout of Iron Builder is now in the hands of the judges. We saw an exciting month long build-off between American title holder Matt De Lanoy and young Canadian challenger Tim Schwalfenberg. The fight produced some epic creations, many of which we’ve been covering along the way. So while we wait to see who emerges victorious, let’s enjoy some more of the entries, starting in this post with Matt’s…


 

LEGO Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Just Desserts

The much anticipated movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is still 7 months away, but Tommy Williamson and his crew at BrickNerd Studios (the team that did the animation for the recent LEGO Brickumentary) have wasted no time in producing a follow-up to their earlier LEGO Batman vs Superman brickfilm. So without further ado, here is…


Now animation of this quality requires time and money to make. To that end, they have just started a pledge drive to fund future BrickNerd projects and activities. And as a token of their appreciation, lucky pledgers will be eligible to receive one-of-a-kind LEGO trinkets from BrickNerd Studios …including the batmobile featured in both films!

TBB Cover photo: September 2015

The kids are back in school, and the weather in some parts is changing. Yes, I guess Summer is slowly on the way out! So in a desperate act of defiance, this month’s chosen cover photo is a model of the pier at Brighton (a traditional British seaside resort) built by Greg Dlx:

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Tales of Samsara

Korean builder Amida Na has created a series of fantasy characters with individual backstories that he calls Tales of Samsara. As an avid character builder myself, I’m always fascinated to see innovative scales, styles and techniques being used for these kinds of builds – and these are just brilliant!

 
 
 

The forced perspective is strong with this one

Because there’s no such thing as too many Star Wars builds, Cecilie Fritzvold has created these neat minifig-scale replicas of two locations from the least worst of the prequel movies. (Check out her photostream for alternative angles).

Dex’s Diner

The Jedi Archives

Here’s to your good ‘elf

This month’s building challenge over at LUGNuts has an elvish theme that I won’t pretend to comprehend. But apparently Lino Martins gets it, and here’s his submission: a recreation of the Tom Daniel Monogram model kit that started it all, the Beer Wagon.

Like the original, Lino’s version is finished in “Pilsner Yellow”, features a beer stein shifter, chrome stacks, chain driven fat rear slicks, chrome keg fuel tanks and a totally illegal in-cabin personal beer keg. And while this beauty may seem all above-board, remember this is a Lino creation. Which explains the following scene of drunken elvish debauchery. CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!

Medieval entertainment system

TBB regular Letranger Absurde brings us this gorgeous brick-built still life scene entitled Emerald Hourglass. Sharp-eyed readers may notice a wealth of NPU (“Nice Part Usage”) such as a flag, mini-fig hair, screwdriver, gold rings, grill bricks, ball joints and Airjitzu canopies.

Roll d20 for initiative!

Builder Deus Otiosus describes this nifty dungeon diorama as “greatly inspired by Adventure Time, partially by World of Warcraft and another large portion by urban exploration”. So while you won’t find stats for his treasure-spewing Chest Dweller in your 5th edition Monster Manual, I still think this would make for one hilarious D&D encounter!