jsnyder002 takes a trip East for his latest LEGO creation — a series of minarets and domed towers strewn across a rocky island chain. The architecture has a wonderful Middle-Eastern flavor, without being the stereotypical desert scene these kind of “Oriental fantasy” settings often take. I really like the two-tone rocks of the islands — it gives the impression the ocean around these outcrops might sometimes get quite rough.
There’s a nice sense of activity and bustle with the minifigs moving around the towers and docks. And don’t miss the intricate brickwork used to lend texture to the town’s walls, bridges and steps…
This nifty little spacecraft by Ted Andes bears the Classic Space emblem, but the aesthetic has taken a turn for the modern. It’s a cool mashup, and I’m particularly drawn to the way the old logo looks on a large, smooth swath of grey wing. This fighter also makes good use of a number of oft-overlooked large Bionicle pieces to create an aggressive look.
If you need a break from fighting Dementors, you can always retreat to the cozy respite of Hagrid’s hut. Wookieewarrior crafts this iconic building from Harry Potter using tiles and plates to simulate the detailed texture of a cobblestone wall. The landscape is quite sophisticated as well, featuring four shades of green and parts we don’t see often such as tan levers used for grass.
One of the best aspects of the LEGO Friends theme has been the selection of lovely coloured parts supplied for creative builders. Brick Art has used this colourful palate to his advantage in a diorama entitled Best Friends on vacation. This is no camping holiday, as Brick Art has supplied the friends with a fancy restaurant, a sun trap cove to build sandcastles, an ice cream cafe, plus some pony trekking and surf lessons for the energetic ladies. This diorama represents some of the best features of the Friends range in terms of colours, accessories, animals and special bricks. I love the gold ingots stacked up to form the roof of the large central building at the rear.
The pink gates from the Friends stables look great as the restaurant’s pink awnings, while this angled view allows the steep curved stone wall to be admired. There is plenty of action going on and lots of nice little details to be explored.
Most of the LEGO castles we’ve featured here on The Brothers Brick lately have started to all look the same — messy rockwork, roofs akilter, and plant life that looks like it’s going to strangle you if you look at it wrong. Greek LEGO builder Giorgos Solomonidis has gone a different direction, placing a pair of Viking boat hulls atop his gatehouse as its roof, and embellishing the wall with studs-out paneling rather than just messy brickwork. The windows built from hinge bricks are a particularly nice touch.
The Alien franchise is home to some of the greatest sci-fi tech on screen, one of which is the bulky handheld motion tracker. Builder W. Navarre replicated this classic prop in 1:1 scale with LEGO bricks, and it is incredibly detailed throughout. Small details such as wires of varying thicknesses, screw holes, and side key pad with slightly spaced out keys make his replica believable.
My favorite detail of course is the readout screen itself, with a mosaic of cheese slopes representing the distances from the tracker… or the aliens in the room with you. Remember to look up.
The classic Star Wars video game Battlefront comes to life in this enormous diorama by Markus. Markus spent 10 months assembling 250,000 bricks and LEGO Star Wars minifigs into a diorama that measures 2.5 x 1.5 meters (8.2 x 5 feet). Unlike many of the all-white Hoth dioramas we’ve featured here over the years, the patchy snow results in a bit more texture against the underlying rock.
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Delayice has built a LEGO version of Kee Lung (DDG- 1801), a military destroyer ship in current service with the Republic of China Navy. Kee Lung was formerly the American Kidd-class destroyer USS Scott (DDG-995) which was decommissioned by the United States Navy in 1998 and sold to the Republic of China Navy in 2001. Delayice has managed to capture the sleek hull shape of Kee Ling despite not using any curved parts and has added extra details with the decorated tiles on deck. The communications and weapons array is particularly well built when compared with the actual ship, while the red and black hull provides some colour.
I particularly like the nice colour touches such as the little white cheese slope life-raft and the red modified plate at the rear of the ship representing the flag of the Republic of China.
Don’t you think there are too many spaceships and interstellar fighters prowling around the international LEGO space lately? Of course, their top-class designs are undeniable, but how about taking just a day off and spending it somewhere in a calm restful rural place? This vast diorama by Piotr Machalski, a talented builder from Poland, is full of soft summer sun and serenity. Even though the actual size of the build is 25 m2, it can hardly contain a huge century-old oak and just a little bit of a field by the farm.
Hurry up to see some brilliant close-ups of the diorama as the author promises to extend his creation with new territory.
Joshua Brooks‘ latest lego creation is a near-future VTOL military aircraft — the AH8-Raptor — which he describes as a hybrid of an Apache attack helicopter and an A-10 Warthog. Regardless of its pedigree, it certainly looks the part as it releases its ordnance against jungle insurgents.
This thing’s chunky realism and spinning turbofans wouldn’t have looked out of place in James Cameron’s Avatar. And I mean that in a good way — whilst I thought the plot and dialog were risible, the movie’s production design was amazing. For an added bonus, Joshua has also built a hangar scene depicting his fearsome war machine getting rigged for more trouble…
Koen‘s LEGO version of the little mouse that started it all is phenomenal. Just look at that face! So expressive. This adorable Mickey stands 21 centimeters tall and is made from 313 LEGO pieces. Koen was inspired to build Mickey after he noticed that the new inverted dish with handle looks a lot like the classic Disney mouse ears. My favorite details are the sausage eyebrows and gloved hands.
While I may not be familiar with the anime series “The Big O” in particular, I am familiar with the “super robot” genre of giant metallic robots getting up to stuff. Usually punching though.
Two Rabbits has brought the eponymous robot, Big O, to life with a rather large build. Compared to minifigs, it’s not scaled up to be able to knock over a City skyscraper by accident, but it’s still big.