About Rod

Rod likes building stuff, particularly steampunk and microscale. He's built for a number of the Dorling Kindersley LEGO books, including LEGO Play and the Awesome Ideas book. When he's not building, he writes, and has published a trilogy of old-fashioned adventure stories. To pay the bills he works in innovation and marketing for one of the world's biggest brewers, inventing new beers and ciders. This is clearly the best job in the world.

Posts by Rod

Mars Defends!

The Near-Future LEGO Starfighter contest is prompting the creation of some lovely realistic-looking space vehicles. This entry from xiei22 is a cracker — all angled shielding, sharp colour blocking, and nice functional touches. Good photo editing too, depicting the ship in its role as a Martian patrol vehicle.

BLUE Phobos

You can see even more of the model’s fine details in this cool schematic image. It’s worth zooming-in for a closer look, especially of the cockpit interior and those chunky-looking railguns…

BLUE Phobos - data

A very handsome hansom

What better way to explore the see the sights of Victorian London than aboard the latest in steam-driven LEGO transportation? This contraption, cobbled together by Revan New, has room for only one passenger, but makes up for its limited capacity with speed. Capable of reaching the dizzying speed of 6 miles per hour, gentlefolk of a nervous disposition are advised to ride with caution.

Steampunk vignette 4: London street.

The model has a nice level of texture and detail, as does the base. The woven basket and streetlamp are relatively simple, but add a sense of place and period. The only bit I’m unconvinced by is the use of a white droid arm as a plume of steam — I think it would look better with round white plates or stacked ice cream pieces. However, that’s a minor nitpick at a smart little steampunk vignette.

A smart little place in town

Every gentleman needs a smart little place in town, and Emil Lidé‘s microscale LEGO townhouse definitely fits the bill. With the elaborate stonework of the frontage, the elegant bushes flanking the entrance, the crest above the door, and the nicely-executed Mansard roof, this lovely little building has all the trappings of a desirable residence in one of the better parts of town. Emil has made good use of textured bricks, grille tiles, and scroll pieces, giving a real depth of detail — the key to the best microscale building. I’d love to see Emil build the rest of the stylish boulevard which this building surely calls home.

Period Townhouse (5 of 5)

LEGO Pickett will grow on you

Newt Scamander’s little pet plant might not appear the easiest of creatures to sculpt from LEGO pieces. However, Jonas Kramm has taken up the leafy challenge and come out a winner — his selection of rubbery and leafy green pieces come together wonderfully. The organic and twisted vine look is excellent, prompting one of those “Is that really LEGO?” moments.


Well obviously you’d like fries with that

Check out this brilliant LEGO roadside diner by Kale Frost. This burger n’ fries joint appears to be doing a roaring trade, and rightly so. Not many snack bars have such a vivid evocation of the delights on sale — the giant burger looks juicy and tempting, and the fry box counter is brilliantly done. I love the angled yellow bricks poking from the top — a spot-on recreation of French Fries. And the use of a crystal piece as a smaller portion is a stroke of genius. Nice friendly waiting staff too. I could definitely eat lunch here.

The Diner Boys

Elder Scrolls wayshrine worth worshipping

The world created by Bethesda for their Elder Scrolls games continues to provide inspiration for LEGO builders. This fabulous Nord Wayshrine by Thorsten Bonsch is just the latest in his series of lovely models inspired by the game. Don’t miss his Tava’s Beak and Orsinium scenes that we featured previously.

Nord Wayshrine 1 (Elder Scrolls Online)

The fantastic roof tiling on this fine structure might grab the eye first, but don’t miss the intricate woodwork and the smart use of fence pieces in the walls. I’m also impressed with the surrounding steps and the stonework of the floor — well worth a zoom in for a closer look. The surrounding landscaping is nicely done too; natural looking, but restrained enough to leave the epic architecture as the image’s centerpiece.

LEGO makes you happy!

If this LEGO model doesn’t bring you a little joy then there’s something wrong with you. Oliver Becker says he was trying to capture the feeling of happiness, and his creation certainly brought a smile to my face. The expression on the face of this character is priceless, but also very well built. The tongue and googly eyes are fun, but it’s the glasses and ears which steal the show — spanners as spectacle-legs, heading back to hot-dog-bun ears! Now that’s impressive parts creativity.


I. Am. Cute.

We assume everyone is feeling the love for Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2. However, if you’re dead inside and remain unconvinced then just take a look at this life-size LEGO rendition of Baby Groot — it’ll melt your heart and dance its way into your dreams. Stephen Juby has done an excellent job of capturing Baby Groot’s supercute expression, and the red jumpsuit is really nicely done, particularly the zipper. The plain baseplate is a bit of a distraction in the image, but when the main model is this cool we’re not going to worry too much.

Baby Groot

I love the smell of ABS in the morning

Six parts, nice macro photography, beautiful presentation, and a vivid imagination — combine these ingredients and you get a fantastic little LEGO creation. Sure, Steve Roberts‘ perfume ad doesn’t have a whole lot of actual building going on, but it shows imaginative parts use and a great eye for colour and style. Not all the best LEGO models are huge and complex, some of them just manage to look (and smell) fabulous.

Parfum de Toilette - Brick

I pity the fool who doesn’t like Brickheadz

Brickheadz style LEGO characters are all the rage at the moment, and Paul Lee just raised the game with this chunky version of Mr T from The A-Team. If you have a problem, and no-one else can help, maybe you can look at this model and it’ll cheer you up no end. All the elements you’d expect are here: mohawk, dungarees, red vest and socks, beard, and of course a mile or so of gold chain. But it’s the bulging biceps which make the model for me — brilliant.

Brickheadz Mr. T

Can I get a big hand for this model?

The new(ish) LEGO “bar holder with handle” pieces are put to fantastic use as fingers in this robotic hand model by Josephine Monterosso. The combination of parts in the digits, coupled with the choice of a curved panel for the back of the hand, creates a lovely set of angles and brilliant posing possibilities. Needless to say, I insist Josephine now builds the rest of the robot to accompany this excellent appendage. Eagle-eyed readers may spot the non-purist use of squashed minifigure handcuffs for the lower-knuckles. Your mileage may vary on such abuse of LEGO pieces, but when the effect is this good, I’m going to let it slide.

Oh look a hand

A bridge too far for the T-1000

We’re looking forward to Arnie’s classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day returning to cinemas later this year. What better way to whet your appetite for it than with jp_velociraptor‘s LEGO version of the famous truck chase?


Check out the use of transparent bars and supports to depict the flying masonry as the truck bursts through the bridge parapet. Explosive action like this is often difficult to convey with bricks — but it’s certainly accomplished here.


The flood-channel diorama is nicely done, but the truck is a smart little model itself. Here’s a closer look, along with a suitably serious-looking T1000…