There are LEGO creations, and then there is Janet VanD’s recreation of Her Majesty’s Theater in Westminster, England. The real-life theater is a cornerstone of West End theater, hosting some of the best and brightest musicals and theater productions. Janet’s recreation painstakingly replicates the exsqusite detail and the theater-going experience of its brick-and-mortar counterpart beautifully.
Her 57,992 piece build features gorgeous detail and took nearly 11 months to complete. The main entrance treats LEGO minifigure theater patrons to posters advertising the production currently on stage: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, one of the longest-running productions in Broadway history.
Those lucky enough to hold seats are greeted to the stunning auditorium and plush seats, with the musical’s title moment on-stage, with The Phantom and Christine on the boat, making their way to the Phantom’s lair below the Opera Populare.
For those lucky enough to be in London December 11 – 13, 2015, Her Majesty’s Theater will be on display for you to see in all its detail at Brick2015. For tickets and more information, click here.
I am going to be honest, here: I didn’t ever read the comics, nor have I followed a terrible amount of the Superman movies. I can, however, appreciate a gorgeous LEGO creation even if I didn’t recognize the reference.
I’ll let the builder, Ken Robichaud, do the explaining:
Once the capital city of Krypton, it and its inhabitants were shrunk and preserved from the planets eventual destruction by the villainous Brainiac.
Kept safe in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude after its liberation from Brainiac’s ship, it became part of the Last Son of Krypton’s collection of unique and precious items and lifeforms from across the universe.
I’d recommend checking out his other comic book builds, of which there are just too many great ones to choose from! You can find all of them here.
Laure (Fujiia) speaks to the daydreamer in all of us with her new piece, Dans la Lune. I love the whimsical atmosphere. The face on the character is simple and highly effective.
As always, I invite you to check out the rest of her gallery on flickr.
I just had to share this off-kilter cottage by Christophe. I love the off-angle, and the roof. The swords on the door are a nice touch.
I encourage you to check out more of his flickr gallery, too. There are plenty of lovely examples of cottages and buildings that are just whimsical.
Tree-houses are fantastic. LEGO is a fantastic toy. oLaF LM has combined them brilliantly, building a LEGO tree-house into a bonzai tree. The result is whimsical.
The real tree aside, this little house is a ton of fun. There’s quite a bit of detail backed into this two-story childhood fantasy. I do have to wonder how they got the dog up there, though.
Let’s go a little old school for this classic Batmobile by Peter. It’s clean, simple, and very recognizable. I love the red strip and the massive fins on the back. It’s such an impractical car, I love it.
The flames out the back just give it that extra kitschy feel.
Have you ever just wanted to hop into a hot rod and take off down the highway? Personally, I’d go for Highway 101 as it’s a favorite of mine, but any stretch of road will do.
Norton74 give us this absolutely lovely bright green 1923 Ford Model T, complete with all of the upgrades and chrome you could ever dream of.
I particularly like that the builder has given this beauty her own home in a garage that is FAR cleaner that it has any right to be, and is chock full of details to keep you occupied for your entire work break.
While the majority of us were recovering from BrickCon this past weekend, LEGO slipped a set announcement out. LEGO Ideas has revealed the final design for 21304 Doctor Who, featuring The Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara, a Weeping Angel, and two Daleks.
The set will be released in time for Christmas on December 1, and will cost $59.99.
AndrewClark2’s Doctor Who and Companions was too great for just one Doctor, who we decided to include two! You can buy yours December 1st, in time for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, for a recommended retail price of USD $59.99 / EUR €59,99. You might want to keep an eye on that Weeping Angel though….
Here is the official product description:
Construct a stunningly detailed LEGO® version of the iconic TARDIS® and role-play the Doctor’s time-travel adventures! Created by fan-designer Andrew Clark and selected by LEGO Ideas members, this set is based on the BBC’s popular and long-running television series about a Time Lord – the Doctor – exploring the universe in a blue police box. Due to trans-dimensional engineering, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside and this cool multifunctional set includes the console room that houses all the flight controls. Regenerate the Doctor and defeat the evil Daleks™ and a Weeping Angel with the help of his extraordinary companion Clara. Then close the doors of the TARDIS and launch into another dimension! Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessory elements: the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel, plus 2 Daleks™.
If you can’t wait until December for your Doctor Who fix, LEGO Dimensions also features the Twelfth Doctor and a miniature TARDIS, available in November on Amazon.
Back in 1989, LEGO released 6276: Eldorado Fortress. This set originally sold for $66; now, a sealed set will set you back $849 (a used set will set you back $160 or so). Bangoo H presents this adorable microscale version, complete with 6274: Caribbean Clipper.
Peter Mowry has expanded his fleet of ships with his lastest, the White Whale. I’ll save you all from a terrible Moby Dick joke and keep that to myself.
I very much enjoy Peter’s ships, and find their shapes and universe fascinating. We’ve previously featured Solacium and The Marquis, so he’s got a proven record of beautiful ships.
Just in time for Ridley Scott’s film The Martian, Ryan Howerter presents his beautiful model of MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission satellite. His model is a commission for the University of Colorado Boulder, for display at the CU Heritage Center. MAVEN recently celebrated its first year in orbit around Mars.
This is the third model he’s built for the University of Colorado; MAVEN joins Voyager 2 and the Apollo 11 Service Module.
Space news typically makes me giddy. When LEGO is in the mix, it’s all the better. On September 2 the Russian Soyuz rocket launched a new crew to the International Space Station for Expedition 44. This new crew will join astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, who are spending one full year on-board the ISS as we study the effects of long-term space travel in preparation for future deep-space missions.
Image courtesy of the European Space Agency and CollectSpace
Expedition 44 includes veteran cosmonaut Sergei Volkov (Russia), Aidyn Aimbetov (National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan), and Andreas Mogensen (European Space Agency). Why are we telling you all of this? Andres Mogensen is Denmark’s first ever astronaut and has brought LEGO with him aboard the ISS to mark the occasion. Along with the crew and supplies for their mission, 20 minifigures flew aboard.
Image courtesy of the European Space Agency and CollectSpace
According to Mogensen, “ESA and LEGO Education have partnered together for this mission, and among other things, we are running a competition for Danish schoolchildren to tell a story about my mission using Legos.” Mogensen recently completed a fantastic AMA on Reddit, if you wish to read more.
For more information on the mission and Expedition 44, check out Collect Space, the European Space Agency, NASA, and follow Andreas Mogensen on Twitter.