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Friday Night Fights – Devil in the architecture Details

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights. Tonight we’re going to go straight into the details! Sometimes it’s too easy to get overwhelmed and build big and boring, the key is layer in the details while building big. Let’s go to the tale of the tape.

In the tan corner we have Nick Barrett with this lovely Georgian Town House:

(check out the full build here, with a full interior).

In the dark tan corner we have Acticis with this lovely detached house:
Detached House
(Check out the full build here).

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding, by way of comment, which of these beautiful builds will win the battle. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Modded Model Cars, Massimiliano narrowly won 10-9 with his Classic Space Mini Cooper. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

Classic Space with a cup of Lava

I’m a big fan of collaborative builds, there’s nothing like working with fellow builders in creating something bigger than yourself. And at Brick Expo down in Australia, three builders: Josh (I Scream Clone), Rod (intrastella), and Mark (Bricktron) came together and created a classic space layout that is just out of this world:

BrickExpo 2014 01

Not ones to be satisfied with just one theme, these musketeers were able to fuse Classic Space, M:Tron, and Blacktron (monorail!):
BrickExpo 2014 03

And if you look really hard, you’ll even spot an LEGO’s recent nod to classic space, the infamous Exo-Suit:
BrickExpo 2014 02

Friday Night Fights – Modded Model Cars

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights. Tonight we’re going to do a little modding of two of the most iconic car sets to come out in recent years. Let’s go to the tale of the tape.

In the space corner we have Massimiliano Valentini (dogens) and his futuristic custom Mini Cooper:
PIMP my LEGO Classic mini with classic space mod! !

In the sandy corner we have Andrea Lattanzio (Norton74) and his classic custom VW camper:
VOLKSWAGEN T2 BAY - "SURFER PICK-UP"

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding, by way of comment, which of these Modded Model Cars will win the battle. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Big Batman, Maddison won 6-3. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

The Lonesome Goatherd

When did rocks start becoming so cool? I remember back in 2012, I went to a rock building seminar at BrickCon, and it was about how to mix up your slopes to create ‘natural’ rocks… less than two years later that seems almost like silly approach… Tim Schwalf (One More Brick) has built this incredible scene ontop of some very nice rocks:

The Lonesome Goatherd

I almost can’t stop looking at the wonderful rocks Tim has done! There are lots of things to love in this build, the little roof, the goats and or even the inspired circular fence. But the ROCKS! I can’t stop raving about how well done the rocks are. Tim if you ever hold a rock building seminar, sign me up please.

“Bound” trailer – the full length brickfilm

It has taken almost six years and about 43,200 pictures (give or take) but Gregory Tull‘s dream of a full length (give or take) LEGO stop motion movie has almost to come to fruition. They’re in post production now editing the roughly 50 minute long movie which is set to be released early 2015 – both online and hopefully limited theatrical release if they can find a distributor.

In the mean time check out the trailer:

I’ve seen a lot of brickfilms, but what sets this apart from the rest, besides the obvious length, is the attention to detail and big budget effects – like the rain scenes. The rain itself is easy, that’s just computer effects. But the wet surface – well that is as horribly painful to capture as you might think: they sprayed the set with water, took the image, dried off all the LEGO, and did it again…. for every frame … for 3 months … but it looks pretty darn cool.

The Northern Front – mecha in the snow

Fresh from his Friday Night Fight’s victory, Jonas (LEGOLIZE IT MAN) is back with this snow bound Mecha:

north front

While the Mech itself is fantastic with its lovely colours and stickering, what really sets this apart for me is the addition of the beautiful micro trucks and outpost. I feel cold just looking at it.

VDNKh station from novel Metro 2033

Based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky about a post nuclear age in Russia, Fedin (Fianat) has recreated the Metro station which serves as main setting:

METRO 2033

While I have not read the book, I love this build. I particularly liked the attention to detail with all the crumbly bits and the fantastic arched back which really creates a sense of being in an underground subway station.

Friday Night Fights – Big Batman

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights. Tonight we go big with my favorite superhero: Batman! Coincidentally these two opponents both won the Batman 75th Anniversary contest for BrickFair VA and BrickWorld Chicago, but who will win in the Big Batman Showdown? Let’s go to the tale of the tape.

In the white we have Maddison Stapleton (SunlitEquinox) and her Adam West Batman:

Batman!

In the black corner we have Tim Lydy (Julius No) with his life-size version of the villain Scarface:

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding, by way of comment, which of these Big Batman will win the battle. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Mini Mecha, Jonas won 10-2. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

Bionicle Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy

While Tyler and Bruce’s Guardians of the Galaxy builds were pretty great, I think I would be remiss not to share this great take of Peter Quill by Micah Berkoff (Arkov):

Peter Quill: Star-Lord

Doubly impressive is the seamless integration of Bionoicle pieces and regular LEGO blocks.

Peter Quill: Star-LordNow I think I should go see the movie and see what all the fuss is about.

 

Mischievous Monkeys

Grant Davis gives us an interesting view in the life of monkeys in this delightful vignette:

Monkey Rock - Skara Kikos

We’re left up to our own imagination to explain what’s going on. And while we’re thinking up our story you start to realize all the wonderful details that Grant has put into the backdrop: the effective floor tiling, rockwork, complex walls, and even the doorway arch… there’s so much I love about this silly build.