About Chris

Chris Malloy (porschecm2) has been a LEGO fan nearly all his life, having started with System bricks at age 3. He's been active in the online community since 2002, variously enjoying the lively families at FBTB, Classic-Space, Classic-Castle, Builder's Lounge, and Forbidden-Cove. In 2011, he finally made it to his first convention, Brickcon. He enjoys building in a wide range of themes, but keeps returning to Castle, Space, and Pirates. He has been a member of the LEGO Ambassador program since 2010. His flickr account can be found here.

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27 amazing LEGO vignettes bring Harry Potter to life

The amazing world of Harry Potter is only made more fantastic when portrayed through tiny LEGO vignettes. When we first spotted Marcel V.s series of astounding little Harry Potter scenes, he’d only created 5. He’s created them as a personal project to challenge himself throughout the month of March, producing almost one every day, and he’s now reached 27. Marcel tells us he worked 3-4 hours daily to create the scenes, and relied on inspiration from the books, movies, and even some Harry Potter games.

Come with me on a magical journey through the life of The Boy Who Lived.

#020 -  (The) Fluffy awakens

Click to look through Harry Potter’s life in LEGO

LEGO Star Wars May the 4th promotion announced [News]

Every year, May the 4th, or Star Wars Day, gets bigger and bigger, and LEGO never misses out on a chance to drive more LEGO Star Wars sales. For the past several years, LEGO has offered a free exclusive giveaway on May 4, and this year is no exception. This year’s promotional giveaway will be an exclusive microscale Ghost White X-Wing set, free with LEGO Star Wars purchases of $199 or more. The offer should be valid in stores and online.

LEGO May 4th PROMO X-Wing

Things are looking Up for Carl Fredricksen

Carl Fredricksen charmed his way into our hearts as the lovable yet grumpy old man in Pixar’s Up. Kosbrick masterfully captures his character in this rendition, and uses some terrific forced perspective to set the South American plateau scene.

Walking Stick - Up Movie

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a LEGO model of Carl or his house. Check out these other Up-inspired creations:

Minifig-scale Up House
Microscale Up House
Carl Fredricksen Cube Dude

Dragonfly future-cycle

Don’t let the wings fool you, this isn’t a flying mech. It’s a three-wheeled cycle from the mind of Vince Toulouse. It’s not often I see a vehicle that looks truly unique, but this one definitely fits the bill, making great use of those Hailfire Droid wheels and Ant-man insect wings while somehow achieving a great retro-futuristic panache. Look closely and you’ll spot a rare Belleville crown as a decorative detail, and even notice that this isn’t minifig scale; instead it seats a Technic figure.

Rolling Bug

Rolling Bug

Disney Collectible Minifigures officially revealed [News]

LEGO has officially revealed the long-awaited Disney series of the Collectible Minifigures, so here’s your first look at the Magic Kingdom’s most famous characters in LEGO guise. The Disney series will be available beginning in May, and will retail for $3.99 USD each.

Disney Collectible Minifigures

[Update] Thanks to Collider, we also have high quality individual images of all the new Disney figures. Check them out below!

Mickey
Lego Disney Minifigures Mickey

Minnie
Lego Disney Minifigures Minnie

Click to see the rest of the Disney Collectible Minifigures

League of Legends’ Blitzcrank in brick form

League of Legends is populated by multitudes of fascinating and unusual characters, both in real life and in the game. One of the game’s more steampunky characters to be found in the game is Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem, and Eric Tsai’s LEGO version looks positively smashing and ready to crash your lane.

LEGO Blitzcrank

LEGO Blitzcrank

LEGO Batman’s so awesome he gets two movie trailers in one week [News]

The first teaser trailer for the new LEGO Batman movie was only released 4 days ago, but apparently Batman is impatient and couldn’t wait for us to have another hilarious look at the brick-built world of Gotham’s battiest hero. The film, which is a spinoff of 2014’s The LEGO Movie, is slated for a Feb. 10, 2017 release.

George R.R. Martin sits upon the Iron Throne with these LEGO Game of Thrones characters

A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin takes his rightful place in the Red Keep atop the infamous Iron Throne, from whence he will cast judgment and pronounce life or death upon the world’s inhabitants (mostly death). This magnificent entourage of LEGO characters by Callum brings many of your favorite characters to brick form, from Eddard Stark and Jon Snow, to Jaime and Tyrion, and Daenerys and Khal Drogo.

GRRM With a few characters.

Click to see more Song of Ice and Fire characters

Builder spotlight: Aaron Newman and his alternate LEGO Castle universe

Set 64044 Ardun Observatory is part of the new wave called Mythic Machines in the Dragon Lands theme, and features a semi-circle three-tiered castle with astronomical equipment in the tower. Arrayed around it are the forces of evil, orc-like creatures with a battering ram, small catapult, and a fearsome red dragon. Play features include hidden passageways, spring-loaded catapults, a working drawbridge and portcullis, and breakaway walls.

Not familiar with LEGO set 64044? That’s because you can’t buy this set from the LEGO company, or anywhere else — it comes from the mind of Aaron Newman.

64044 Ardun Observatory

64044 Ardun Observatory by Aaron Newman

Aaron Newman doesn’t simply look at his LEGO collection and wonder what he can create; instead he looks at his bricks and asks, “What if LEGO sold different sets?” A 21-year-old UCLA theater student, Aaron’s got a knack for designing LEGO creations to fill his own alternate universe where LEGO produces the sets he’d like to see. And he’s got a fantastic sense of style. Aaron’s models center around a castle theme called Dragon Lands, which is a hybrid of LEGO’s official Vikings and Fantasy-Era Castle lines. He creates sub-themes to mimic LEGO’s habit of releasing sets in waves, and includes a set designed for each price point. His latest sub-theme, titled Dragon Lands: Mythic Machines, features crude orc siege machinery pitted against dwarven and elven strongholds. And, of course, there are lots of dragons, because no Castle theme is complete without them.

I recently had the opportunity speak with Aaron about his unique style and learn a bit about how he designs fan creations that look like sets.

Click to read the full interview

You never know what’s in the cellar of an evil wizard

Strange technological contraptions? Weird magical equipment? Portals to another dimension? Dusty books of arcana? A cage full of—cough—volunteers? An evil wizard’s basement always holds a mystery—just pray you’re not one of them. I’m not sure precisely what’s going on in this scene by Pistash, but it’s certainly fascinating and maybe a little horrifying.

Moc Story : Like rats in a cage