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

“Pigs... In... SPAAAAAACE!”

And now Pigs in Space starring the ever handsome Link Hogwash, the illustrious first mate Miss Piggy, and scientist Dr Jullius Strangepork. Our story begins when German builder Andreas Weissenburg follows up his LEGO versions of muppets The Electric Mayhem, Waldorf and Statler, and the Swedish Chef with this fully built-out set of the USS Swinetrek and its incompetent crew. Andreas has even recreated the cheap viewscreen ‘effect’ featuring the mysterious space villain Dearth Nadir.

Peace, LEGO, Unity and Respect

Nostalgic for the “gabber” electronic dance music scene of 1990’s Netherlands, Dutch builder Chris van Vliet built this amazing three-dimensional LEGO recreation the Masters of Hardcore logo (a record label and series of EDM festivals). The sculpture – which resembles the giant goat skull that used to grace the stage at these events – is comprised almost entirely of LEGO bricks kept from that era, and has even been beautifully black-lit.

Chris also gives us a couple of extra treats in the form of detailed work in progress photos showing how the entire creation came together, and a short video of two brick-built gabber fans in action! And not satisfied with recreating just one gabber-era logo, Chris even produced this sculpture of the Thunderdome “Thunder Wizzard” logo, which when you compare it to the original is clearly spot on!

 

May the force be with you, always, but especially at bed time

Taking the old notion of Star Wars themed bed sheets up a notch, tanKM has used LEGO to imagine every young boy’s dream – a completely Star Wars themed bedroom complete with X-Wing loft bed, X-Wing cockpit computer area, and a plethora of Star Wars toys and dress-up items. Check out the full album for a closer look.

For driving Miss Daisy?

Now that LEGO has released a series of Disney collectible minifigures, I predict we’ll soon be seeing them featured in a lot of fan LEGO builds inspired by scenes from Disney cartoons. To get the ball rolling, here’s a great version of Donald Duck’s trademark car by Per Martinson:

Check our the builder’s album to enjoy more angles and situations involving Donald and his unreliable conveyance. It really is a stellar little build and even if LEGO were ever put out an official version of this car, I really couldn’t imagine it beating this!

Vorsprung durch Technik

If you’ve seen Captain America: Civil War (and who hasn’t at this point) then you may recognize this orange Audi R8 V10 Plus as the car that Tony Stark’s appears in at one point. This 6-stud-wide miniature automotive masterpiece is the work of German builder Marius Herrmann. The level of detail and sculpting at this scale is pretty amazing, as well as all the tiny details created using minifig hands, cut pieces of flex tube, chrome parts and even a custom sticker or two. Gorgeous!

Massive LEGO Mos Eisley diorama is a most adorable hive of scum and villainy

The Star Wars saga is an epic tale set in an expansive universe. So when it comes to Star Wars LEGO builds, bigger is almost always better. Which is why we love this 6′ x 4′ Mos Eisley diorama by Australian builder Joshua Morris. The scene includes a variety of buildings that perfectly capture that Tattooine architectural style without ever feeling repetitive, and includes many small details that recreate the chaos of this obscure-but-not-so-obscure Outer Rim outpost. And the best part? This is just one third of the full diorama that Joshua and two other SydLUG builders have been working on! We’ll be sure to keep you posted as the rest of this amazing collaboration is revealed.

Click here to see close-up pictures of the entire diorama

TBB cover photo: May 2016

This month’s cover photo comes to us from TBB regular Letranger Absurde and is entitled Ella “Tall Tide” Kneebone’s Cabin. In this creation he augments his signature style of character building with a beautiful diorama featuring a wealth of gorgeously detailed objects.

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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!