Even something as iconic as the London double-decker bus must evolve. And since the privatization of its bus system, the British capital’s trademark buses have come to be represented predominantly by the Enviro 400, recreated skillfully here in LEGO by Hong Kong builder Andy Hung (complete with accurate interior):
What next, Beefeaters in baseball caps?! It’s a far cry from the LEGO’s official London bus set, which was released exactly forty years ago this year. (…omg, I actually remember owning this set)
Synchronicity is a funny thing, and in a hobby where we have a limited palette of parts but a near-infinite number of possible builds, surprisingly rarely seen.
However, Cagerrin and Damien Labrousse both had a similar idea recently, which they executed in strikingly different ways.
Cagerrin’s Kyusu A9W1 is a riveted piece of dieselpunk Sky-Fi, with smoothly curved angles and a plethora of real-world detailing, such as the complex night-fighting radar array in front.
While keeping the same basic structure, Damien’s Space Wulf 190 is a spinier space-worthy fighter, similarly clad in a retro vibe but this time harking back to 70’s scifi.
Both builders credit anime as a primary source of inspiration; Sky Crawlers for Cagerrin and Captain Harlock for Damien. The design archetype also shows up in Wings of Honneamise, as built by Mike Psiaki with this classic.
As much as many of us enjoy building with Lego, we also have a secret desire to see a model getting smashed into smithereens, and that’s where WIRED comes in to deliver this slow motion video of the Lego Super Star Destroyer vs. the ground.
Proving that traditional stud-and-tube LEGO connections are sometimes old hat, the creature creations of Serbian builder Djordje are both studies in unusual building techniques, and examples of great character building. This latest one is appropriately named the Lord of the Flies:
If this guy ever needs backup, I think Djorde has him covered with earlier creations Sligmor the Backstabber and Hamrag the Stout (below). Check out the entire menagerie and pick your favorite!
The LEGO Death Star playset is an iconic set that has been around for many years and is also the inspiration for this humorous remake by Steve Price in the theme of LEGO Friends. The new makeover includes a beauty salon, candy store, a pet shop and much more. Check out the full gallery on Flickr.
Unless you happen to live here in Seattle, where we had a major cable TV outage last night – or you just happen to have something useful to do with your time, money and brain cells – then you might have watched last night’s stunt (sorry, “sporting event”) where two overpaid thugs (sorry, “athletes”) danced around the ring with no more incentive than who would go home with 60% rather than 40% of a staggering 9-digit prize pot. And now this truly historic event has been suitably ridiculed (sorry, “immortalized”) in LEGO by Swedish character building duo SuckMyBrick!
I love the detail on this tower and the half-timber walls of the building. The sparse landscaping is very nice and the stairs leading up to the door are very well executed. But what makes this build really stand out is the fact that it opens!
Building a beautiful castle is much harder than it looks. Building an accessible and believable interior is also much harder than it looks. Doing both of these in the same the build and making it look like the castle doesn’t actually open is something that Isaac S. has mastered.
Spring is in the air… And this month’s winner of our informal TBB cover photo contest is this tranquil water lily scene by Indonesian builder Kosmas Santosa. Kosmas is a master of building everyday objects, so I recommend you check out his Flickr stream – it’s a real visual treat!
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Most truck builders I know either aim for looks, with relatively little functionality, or they go for the full Technic treatment, with lots of working functions, but often at the expense of the looks or details. With his Mack Granite heavy-duty truck, Ingmar Spijkhoven (2LegoOrNot2Lego) has combined the best of both worlds.
It has Power Functions remote control for the drive and steering, working lights and working suspension, and can be fitted with a flatbed trailer than can be raised and lowered via remote control. It also looks brilliant, with a beautifully sculpted hood, a detailed interior and a carefully modelled representation of the engine.
Following fellow Dutch truck builder Dennis Glaasker the presentation of the all the goodies is top notch too, with a clever photo-edit that shows some of the inner workings and details. It wouldn’t look out of place in the manufacturer’s brochure.
We’ve seen the Friends minidolls show up in all sorts of interesting creations since they were introduced in 2012, including sky-fi airplanes, giant spaceships, tiny spaceships, and mechs. But these anime-inspired hardsuits may just be one of the best uses I’ve seen yet. When paired with the crazy hairpieces from LEGO’s official anime-inspired theme in 2006-2008, Exo-Force, the minidolls look like they’re straight out of an anime. And builder 3D Foundry has done some great work building cool hardsuits for them.