Let uncle Clinton tell you a story: In fourth grade my school put on a play focused around traveling the world, and my input was drawing and painting the flags and insignia of the various countries. Do you know how difficult it is to create an accurate, full size Indian flag with fourth grade art supplies and no artistic talent?
Anyway, I now have a deep appreciation for symbols like that, and it’s why I appreciate this build from “kofi” even more. From Vorarlberg to Burgenland, the builder has created the coat of arms for each of the nine states in the federation of Austria. Zoom right in on this one and appreciate all the detailing pulled off at this small scale.
Monsterbrick has posted a whole series of lovable big-headed racers using parts from the latest large-scale “constraction figures“. First-up we have a cracking Jango Fett who could have driven straight out of a new Mario Kart-style Star Wars racer (now there’s a game I’d snap up tomorrow)…
Other than the big-headed bounty hunter, my favorite of the lot is probably this supercute creation. Cap has never looked so adorable…
There’s not a whole load of complicated building techniques going on here, these are just pure good fun. I highly recommend you check out Monsterbrick’s Flickr stream to see the entire series.
This isn’t the first time someone has mixed the constraction heads with regular LEGO System scale bricks. Check out this Jangbricks video on YouTube.
LEGO has been creating official versions of F1 cars for years now, but none of them have even come close to the elegance of these four from builder Noah_L.
From left to right you’ll find: Maserati 250F Tipo 2, McLaren MP4/6, Ferrari F2007 and finally a Ferrari SF15-T. If you need any more F1 beauty, Noah_L is in the process of building “at least one F1 car from each decade since the first F1 season (1950)”. I can’t wait.
In advance of our coverage from New York Toy Fair this coming weekend, LEGO has provided us with some details missing from previous coverage of the 2016 Ninjago line, including full product descriptions, higher-res images, and confirmation of a March release date. When LEGO had sets like 70605 Misfortune’s Keep and 70603 Raid Zeppelin available in mid-December to send us for review, we were actually expecting a January release, but January has come and gone somewhat to our confusion, so it’s good to finally have confirmation of the real street date.
Final product descriptions follow each image below, but be sure to click through to Flickr and check out the first full-res images of the 2016 Ninjago sets.
70604 Tiger Widow Island (450 pieces at $49.99)
Mighty Dogshank is approaching carrying her huge anchor weapon. Fight back with Nya’s katana and drop coconuts on Dogshank from the tower and Sensei Wu’s hot air balloon. Watch out for Sqiffy’s pirate flyer and make the palm tree fall to knock him off the ladder. Hide out in the cave — and beware of the giant venomous spider roaming the island! Defeat the pirate invaders and free trapped Lloyd from the special Djinn Blade!
70602 Jay’s Elemental Dragon (350 pieces at $29.99)
Jump into the dragon’s saddle and grab the reins. Snap the jaws and adjust the head, wings, legs and tail for awesome battle poses. Dodge Cyren’s harpoon hook shooter and the pirate flyer’s six-shooting rapid shooter. Fire the spring-loaded shooters to take down the flyer and then release Nya from the Djinn Blade!
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Having been around for almost two decades and being one of the most popular LEGO themes means there’s no shortage of walkers stumbling around…Star Wars ones that is. Blacktron however, which debuted 29 years ago, is just stomping in now–and the wait was well worth it:
The BT-HIW, Blacktron Heavy Invasion Walker, is a glorious black and transparent-yellow sight to behold. Built by Rat Dude, this impressive walker manages to balance not only itself, but that classic space feel many builders strive for.
Li Li (lisqr) has been exploring building with angles on his own blog and he utilises one technique in this latest build, Spectrum. By off-setting the far end of each level of brick, Li Li has created an ingenious twisting sculpture that displays the visual spectrum in LEGO colours.
This is a lovely work of art and crosses the line between LEGO creation, art and science in a beautiful fashion. The birds eye view show the spectrum of colours in all their splendour.
It’s shaping up to be a busy month for contests this February with TBB’s Space Chefs, LUGNuts 100th challenge, and of course the annual FebROVERary challenge. And now there’s one more addition to the collective building pot:
It’s been four years since the last Speeder Bike Contest, which I remember well …mainly because I didn’t have time to take part, and was going to do the next one. It took 4 years, but Cole Blaq and _zenn are back, and I’m not missing my chance this time.
The three builds pictured above are the actual prizes for this contest (plus polybags). The first prize winner gets Cole Blaq’s amazing custom chromed speeder, shown below. Check out the Speeder Bike Group for full details. And since it is competing with so many other contests, the organizers have extended the deadline an extra day, to February 29th.
LEGO has an all-new wave of Speed Champions planned for 2016, bringing some American muscle to a party that has so far been dominated by European supercars like Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren. European cars are still in the mix for this year, but first off the starting line for the Americans is a 2016 Ford Mustang GT, a killer car in blue with a classic white stripe.
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Today is Chinese New Year, celebrated around the world by people from many different countries. According to the Chinese Zodiac, this is now the Year of the Monkey, so LEGO builders have been posting a plethora of simian creations in honor of our cousins.
Many of the LEGO models feature Sun Wukong, the Monkey King hero of the Chinese epic Journey to the West (and its many adaptations for film and TV). Donna Liem puts the iconic hero astride a cloud in the sky.
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Remember Set 4183 based on the Isla Cruces scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest? Well, W. Navarre revamped it and it is glorious! The crumbling stonework and rickety water wheel are perfect. As is that large circular window above the door. The bell tower even has a complete staircase and bell on the inside!
Check out more photos on Flickr.
Inspired by the new Nexo Knights theme, Milan Sekiz has created a scene that, like the Nexo Knights theme itself, is half castle, half space, and complete awesomeness. The swirling portal door is beautifully designed and the premise of the build, the Nexo Knights’ firsts steps into a fantastical new world, is inspired.
Check out more photos on Flickr.
Gary Davis is well known for his love of all things Gerry Anderson, and his latest creations are a blast from the ‘future’. Back in 1975 a new British TV show called Space:1999 was aired, following the exploits of the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha after the moon breaks orbit and goes wandering in space. I have to admit that before looking into more depth at the show, I thought Gary had designed a new LEGO theme; what a great idea, a new theme of retro space called Space:1999!
Above we have a rescue Eagle on the launchpad, which you can compare to one from the original television series. Gary has added some nice lighting to ensure launchpad Health & Safety rules are obeyed. The orange is a lovely contrast colour here, but the greebled pad details are my favourite part.
Have a look at these screenshots from the original TV series showing Eagle on the launch pad, a Hawk from the episode War Games and a close-up of Rescue Eagle taking off. Gary’s attention to detail, shaping and SNOT skills all work to create really accurate LEGO models of the original TV models of Eagle, Hawk and Rescue Eagle.
All the greeble-tastic details can be seen in Gary’s Space:1999 Album on Flickr.