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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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!

TBB cover photo: September 2016

Kids in the Northern hemisphere are now finally starting to drift back to school, but it’s been a glorious summer of crazy outdoor fun, thanks almost entirely to the cultural phenomemon that is Pokemon GO. We’ve seen some really great LEGO builds inspired by this game, and this latest one by Hong Kong based builder Alanboar Cheung does not disappoint.

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Painfully transparent

As my two teens head off to high school today for the start of another school year, I’m pretty certain one of the things they won’t see in their laptop / smart board / PowerPoint saturated academic environment is an “overhead projector”. And in case any of you are scratching your heads wondering what that is, how it worked, or what “transparencies” might be, Jeffrey Kong of Artisan Bricks has kindly created a miniature version of one using LEGO to give you a rough idea…

Presented without comment or explanation and leaving Chris McVeigh wishing he’d thought of this first!

In space, no-one can hear you nom nom nom

David Roberts came up with this very unusual design for a LEGO mining spacecraft with an equally unusual back story. The Platinum Asteroid Collector – Manned Auxiliary Node (more commonly referred to by it’s crew as the PAC-MAN) funnels asteroids into a mouth-like scoop at the front, and is painted bright yellow to increase visibility so that laser operators on the mothership would not blast it to pieces.

In this alternative view below, the hatch of the top is open and a drone can be seen examining a small asteroid in search of precious minerals. Apparently a computer game was later created that featured likenesses of these ships. Although to be honest, it doesn’t ring any bells.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure [Review]

Last summer, British publisher DK added to its extensive collection of LEGO books with the Build Your Own Adventure series, starting with a pair of Ninjago and Friends themed adventures. This summer, the series continues with two new volumes that explore the themes of City and Star Wars.

LEGO Star Wars: Build Your Own Adventure is an 80-page hard cover book that comes with an exclusive 73 piece LEGO set and minifgure. It follows the exploits of Rebel pilot Zin Evalon as he journeys through familiar locations from the Star Wars universe, on a mission to recover a set of lost data cubes.

Following the established BYOA format, the book’s pictoral story is spread over several chapters, each covering a different location including Hoth, Tatooine, and Endor. The environments and vehicles in the story are illustrated using over 50 ‘inspirational’ LEGO models that were the work of fan builder (and Brothers Brick editor) Rod Gilles.

Read the rest of the review

It is necessary to incarcerate the entire population

As Pokemon Go fever continues to grip the planet, we will try to stop running in small circles and peer above our phones from time to time, to bring you the best new Pokemon-themed LEGO creations. And our catch of the day features Aerodactyl, Chatot and Snorlax (yes!) by Chilean builder Sergio Rojas:


Oh, and if you explore Sergio’s Flickr stream, you might just stumble upon a few additional monsters!

The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant compared to the power of the Force

As an entry in the current MOC Olympics building contest, Boba-1980 recreated this memorable moment from Star wars: A New Hope, in which audiences were first introduced to the “force choke”. And while Admiral Motti’s lack of faith certainly was disturbing, I think Darth Vader’s attempt to kill a coworker during a business meeting could be considered marginally more disturbing (but totally relatable).