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Avro Arrow

The Avro Arrow is steeped in Canadian History as it was once the leader in advanced aviation, and to this day is still regarded with special heart in many Canadians. So today as we were setting up for Canada’s largest LEGO convention, Brickfete, I spotted this amazing recreation of this fabled fighter by Bill Kernohan (CapitalBricks):

Usually known for his Starwars MaxiFigs, Bill’s use of stickers for both cockpit as well as the details on the wings shows that he can build just as well at minifig scale.

If you’re in Toronto this weekend, you can check out Bill’s MaxiFigs and his Avro Arrow, and a host of other builds this Saturday and Sunday at Brickfete.

Around the World in 80 Days

One of the great joys of Brickworld is to see the massive collaborations that take place, and this year’s most ambitious and massive feat of LEGO engineering was VirtuaLUG’s Around the World in 80 Days:

Around the World in 80 Days - VirtuaLUG

Based off the movie and book, written by Jules Verne, it tells the story of the misadventures of Mr. Phileas Fogg, his manservant Passepartout and Inspector Fixx. Much like the Fogg, the tale of this group build stretches all around the world, with 25 contributors, bricks were sent from all over the United States, Canada, Belgium and even New Zealand to complete this masterpiece.
VirtuaLUG's Around the World in 80 Days

This build was an amazing 10 feet by 20 feet in size and a whole year of planning, organizing and building, not just LEGO bricks, but custom table and supports for the series of mosaics chronicling the 80 day adventure. It is made up of of 224x 32×32 stud baseplates littered with both minifgure-scale and micro-scale builds, several operating trains, and one big world – with spinning sign.

Our friends at Beyond the Brick take us through an in depth interview with the Project Leader Heath Flor about this layout:

You can see more details photos of this display in the Flickr Group

Cienasis 5 – An Oasis in the Oceans

I’ve always loved how builders would create a completely new world out of their imagination (including their own Technobabble) and realize them in bricks. Daniel Church created this Sci-Fi oceanic world of floating trading hubs, to serve as rest points for ocean going travelers:

Cienasis 5

The main barge is just chock full of details, from the wonderful solar panel and a fully built out trading bazaar on the deck.

Like many other builds at Brickworld, this particular layout is lit for the ‘World of Lights':
Cienasis 5: World of Lights
Dan was also nominated for the ‘Best Sea Vessel’ for the Cienasis 5.

X-Men: Days of Bricks Past

Builder Tim Lydy has a long history of building comic book creations, specifically Batman, including winning the 75th Batman Anniversary Contest last year at BrickWorld. This year Tim decided to jump over to the Marvel side after watching last year’s movie and build the Mutants’ most terrifying foe, the Sentinel:

But fear not Mutants! The X-men are on the case to protect Mutants everywhere! Here we see Storm with a functional spinning tornado and lightning blasts.

There’s also Nightcrawler who is teleporting around the Sentinel:

There are a few other X-Men floating around the scene – see if you can spot them!
There’s a more in-depth write up by Tim on Eurobricks.

And Tim also raised a good chunk of money at the Charity Auction and took home the Best Mecha Award for his amazingly articulated and lit Sentinel.

LEGO 8 foot 9 inch Tower of Orthanc

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a MEGA Tower of Orthanc. The last one, by OneLUG, stood at a staggering seven feet tall. But records are made to be broken, and in this case in style.

Brendan M (LegoRyu42) has done the unbelievable making his 1/65th scale version almost two feet taller:

But what’s impressive isn’t simply the wonderful details and immense height, it’s that it has AN INSIDE (and here’s another picture for scale):

The tower is made from 9 individual stack-able section, plus towery penthouse. All of which are wired for lighting. This tower was on display at Brickworld and of course took home the best Mega Creation award.

Check out the amazing gallery of all the little details in this MEGA creation.

Borderlands LEGO Bandit SMG and Claptraps

As one or two of our readers may have noticed, I have been absent for last few months – which I do apologize – I took a bit of a dark age to focus on real life priorities … like Video games! And the one that undeniably consumed me was Borderands (2 and TPS), with it’s co-op play, unique cell shading, randomly generated gun zaniness and an adorable robot, I was in love…

So when it came down to sitting down and playing with bricks again, I knew I didn’t want to leave Pandora behind, and much like the game, it’s more fun with friends.

With that in mind, I went to the best LEGO gunsmith around: Nick Jensen (Nick Brick) and challenged him to build me a randomly generated Borderland guns.

Enter the Bandit SMG:
Borderlands 2 Bandit SMG
The Bandit gun philosophy is simple: MORE BULLETS! MORE SHOOT BITS FOR BRAIN SPLATS! BANG BANG BANG BANG! …BANG!

While not nearly as elegant looking as some of the guns Nick has built, it’s awkward ridiculousness is fantastically built , with not one, but TWO working magazines clips – cause that’s how we roll. Don’t believe me, check out the video:

Of course, that’s only half the fun. The other iconic element of the game is everyone’s favorite/most hated robot Claptrap – CL4P TP, built by Simon Liu:

Claptrap - CL4P-TP general purpose robot
Check out the video for more details.

But as in the game, sometimes friends just randomly drop in unannounced, so I was delighted to see that Matt De Lanoy (Pepa Quin) also got in on the Borderlands action this year at Brickworld with a far more adorable version of Claptrap:

CL4P-TP

Fade to White*

It’s a bit of a challenge to build a unique mech these days, but to build one pretty much entirely in a monochrome colour scheme and look this good is a feat. But Dead Frog inc, who has a long history of quirky and interesting Drones and Mechs, did just that:

Fadeout

I particularly like the the piece usage on the foot and the disproportionate – but very interesting arms.
(*And yes, I know it’s actually light-bluish-grey)

Clone on a Plate Contest Winners!

The Clone on a Plate Contest wrapped up with an astounding 124 entries! This one day flash contest kept everyone here on the edge of their seat to see what the creative LEGO geniuses out there would come up with! This isn’t our biggest contest ever, but if we extrapolated the number of entries over a typical contest length of a month this would have generated a whopping 3840 entries!

With so many entries we had a very hard time determining what would be worthy of the COAP Prize Pack. It was a tough for the contestants as they were given just one instruction: “Clone on a Plate”, with multiple interpretations:

From an artistic side, I think we all agreed VerSen‘s “Walk on the Water” entry was simply gorgeous:
Walk on the water

Equally artistic, with a very Shepard Fairey entry, we have Nick Royer (HJ Media Studios) with a cool rendered clone and some 3rd party weapons:
Clonus GOD OF WAR

Many went for the puns on clone and plate, with entries ranging from: clone (brand) on a (dinner) plate, clone on a (tectonic) plate), clone (sheep) on a plate, or clone (food/GMO) on a plate. There were others that did a fantastic job adding their own personal flair to their clones, and a few less flattering entries.

But the winner of the Prize pack was the entry that made us laugh the most. Despite the fairly obvious method of creating entries, Jonas (Legopard) provided the perfect dead pan entry of “Clone on a Plate WITH INSTRUCTION”:
TBB Clone on a Plate WITH INSTRUCTION
This made us laugh not once, not twice, but three times as Mr. Jonas proceeded to submit his entries to LEGO Ideas, and subsequently get rejected.

Congrats Jonas!

And on behalf of the TBB team, I do wish to apologize to LEGO Ideas for the extra work, though I assume that was definitely the highlight of their day, as it was ours.

Man is the most interesting insect on Earth...

According to Marvin the Martian, who peers at us from his telescope on Mars, we are very very curious. Matt Rowntree brings us this fantastic rendition of everyone’s favorite Martian:

Marvin the Martian 2015 MOCathalon

While the figure by itself would have been enough for me to share, I love how Matt spent the extra time to build out the famous telescope he is typically seen with. I particulary like the top of the helmet with its fantastic usage of a series of skis. Though the secret fun trick of this build is how he built the rim of the helmet.

TBB Clone on a Plate Contest! [News]

It’s time to spot light the minifig a bit more here on The Brothers Brick (brought to you by Carls Jr), so we’re announcing the Clone on a Plate contest!

TBB Clone on a Plate Contest!

Simply take your favorite Clone and put it on the best plate or plates that you have and add it to the group here.

Our expert panel of LEGO Enthusiasts will choose the best Clone on a Plate and receive a prize!

FAQ:
Does it have to be a Clonetrooper? – No, we don’t discriminate at The Brothers Brick (brought to you by Carls Jr) and will also accept Stormtroopers or any expanded universe Star Wars Trooper.

What’s the prize? – that’s a surprise!

Can I customize my trooper? – Absolutely! Use sharpies, paint, stickers or stock troopers!

Contest ends soon! So submit today!