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

Off with her head!

Alice gets her revenge on the Queen of Hearts in this light-heartedly macabre chibi vignette by Spanish builder Javier Soravilla. The scene features a lot of clever parts usage (and just a little custom paintwork) to create a variety of interesting dripping effects. Let’s hope Alice doesn’t get ideas and decide to pay a visit to the Mad Hatter’s tea party next!

Life-size Unikitty uses 30,000 LEGO bricks and is 6 feet tall

The term “life-size” might be hard to define for a digitally animated LEGO cartoon character. But I’ll happily accept Christoph Bartneck‘s interpretation of the term with his gigantic LEGO version of Unikitty! Here is the creator with his creation:


I love the choice of sparkly eyes for the face. But the best part? The enormous head actually rotates, thanks to a LEGO compatible thrust ball-bearing that Christoph designed. Here’s a video showing the model from every angle and also demonstrating its unique power functions:

Guardians of the Deepwood

LEGO creations inspired by the enduring Warhammer tabletop games are a pretty regular feature here, although often skewed toward the more futuristic Warhammer 40K. So it’s always nice to see some Warhammer Fantasy units appear in brick form, such as these malevolent-looking Sylvaneth Dryads created by Marcel V. as part of his wood elf army:

Issue 19 of Blocks Magazine now available [News]

This month’s issue of Blocks magazine pits Captain America against Iron Man, as six brilliant builds go head-to-head in the superhero showdown of the century. Continuing the Marvel-lous theme, Daniel Konstanski dissects every LEGO Quinjet so far, while MOD Squad member Chris Wight demonstrates how to improve the latest version. Civil War movie coverage is rounded out with reviews of the latest sets and an exclusive interview with TT Games head honcho Arthur Parsons, who talks all things LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.

There’s also plenty of non-superhero goodness, including a celebration of the latest movie adaptation of The Jungle Book with a series of exclusive builds. Meanwhile, Minifigs.me’s Nick Savage gives advice on starting your own LEGO business.

In the not-too-distant future, somewhere in time and space

Screen-centric builder SPARKART! does it again with these spot-on versions of Gyspy, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo from the cult 90’s TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. This groundbreaking Saturday morning show recycled bad movies by having a captive astronaut and his dysfunctional robot buddies wisecrack over them. The robots of course were played by puppets, which is why the creations don’t feature much below the waist!

Whatever floats your boat

Taipei-based French builder JPascal was inspired by the work of illustrator and concept artist Ian McQue to produce this trio of functional-looking sky boats. The clutter, small details, and non-uniformity of these aerial craft convey a real sense of authenticity, while the bright color schemes are a refreshing departure from the more traditional Steampunk LEGO palette.

Just a good old boy

Despite their competitors’ frequent attempts, Nintendo remains the undisputed king of handheld gaming. After the mandatory cell phone, my teenage daughter’s 3DS is almost never out of her hands, and the sounds of Tomodachi Life frequently ring through our household. Of course all this began a quarter century ago with Nintendo’s Game Boy. The Game Boy was popular through most of the 90’s, and even remains a popular “retro” gaming item today, even among members of the smart phone generation. And judging by this crisp life-size LEGO facsimile, Strasbourg-based builder Kloou has fond memories of this iconic system:

If you like this one, be sure to check out the other brick-built Game Boys we’ve blogged:

Joris Block’s Game Boy and Amiga controller
The Arvo brothers’ Nintendo Game Boy

TBB cover photo: April 2016

This month’s cover photo comes to us from teen builder K.Kreations, and is a depiction of Scottish hero William Wallace. This scene and more of his work were featured in the book Medieval LEGO, which we reviewed here last year.

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Issue 18 of Blocks Magazine now available [News]

Issue 18 of Blocks Magazine hits shelves in the UK today. This month, the publication celebrates all things Batman v Superman with an exclusive series of builds, reviews of new sets and the low-down on how to create the perfect Dark Knight Tumbler. Plus an exclusive interview with LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya on his new DC Comics exhibition.

Also in this issue, MOD Squad member Daniel Konstanski shows how to improve your Carbon Freezing Chamber, there are reviews of the new TT Games offering and the latest Frozen sets, and a behind-the-scenes look at David Pickard’s Blacktron project. Get it today!

TBB cover photo: March 2016

Our latest social media cover photo is this “Solar Rover” built for the recent FebRovery contest by Stuttgart-based builder Kevin Wollert. The dark tan background and use of transparent red elements gives this intricate little rover a Classic Space feel. Although the inclusion of tracks actually makes a lot more sense than all the wheeled vehicles that used to dominate LEGO’s own Space themes!

Want to see your own LEGO creation featured across TBB social media for a month? Then acquaint yourself with the submission guidelines and submit your LANDSCAPE ORIENTED photo today.

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Mission a-corn-plished: Bob Belcher’s burger joint recreated in LEGO

We love a good pun here at The Brothers Brick. And it’s clear that the creators of the hit cartoon Bob’s Burgers feel the same – a fact that Chris Goddard did not overlook when he built this spot-on recreation of the street from the show’s opening titles. For the ever-changing store next to the titular diner, Chris went with “Butt Stuff Underwear Outlet”. But he could just as easily have gone for “Magnum G.I. Colonoscopies”, “A Fridge Too Far Used Appliances” or any of the hundred different store names snuck into the sequence by the animators over the show’s five year history.

Tis the season

Between such varied projects as his Discworld and Mad Max characters, Finnish builder Eero Okkonen has been working on a series of LEGO sculptures depicting the four seasons personified as female spirits. Eero capitalizes on his signature technique that blends System and Bionicle pieces, including some great use of leaf parts as well. My favorite has to be the representation of Spring, with her windblown hair and a dress that utilizes balloon parts from a certain LEGO Friends set (parts I always thought would be useless, but which builders continue to make great use of).