Fan builders have certainly come up with some creative uses for LEGO’s balloon segment pieces. In his latest creation, Romanian builder Letranger Absurde has used the ones in set 70603 Ninjago Raid Zeppelin to create a very believable speed punch bag. Although by all accounts, getting this thing stay in one piece and in one place was so frustrating that I’m sure he was tempted to vent his frustration on it with his fists (…guessing it would have been good for exactly one punch).
Apart from what is obviously an amazing balancing act and an impressive amount of brick-built wall surface, what makes this build for me are the matte gold colored parts used to create the chain. If you look closely you’ll see a few Star Wars battle droid components in there! Although there’s a minor mystery here, as these parts don’t normally come in this finish.
Check out our recent interview with this talented builder.
Did you know that there are 25 species of hamster? Actually, there are 26 now that Felix Jaensch has built the LEGO hamster. This is an ideal pet for anyone who is short on time and space to dedicate to their animal buddy. This little creature appears to be waiting for something, perhaps a few more studs to store in its cheek pouches. Felix’s cute version must be a close cousin of the dwarf hamster with its grey and white colouring. Those little pink paws and matching nose seem to help capture some of the cute appeal of a hamster, given their close relationship to mice and rats ugh!
I feel that this hamster will get up to mischief unless Felix builds it an endlessly turning wheel and some hamster toys to play with.
YouTube channel AstonishingStudios has created a nifty little build: a LEGO Nerf gun that works much like the original. Modelled after the Maverick REV-6, the creation not only manages to be almost the same shape and size, but even possesses the ability to fire Nerf darts thanks to a non-LEGO piece – a large spring – which is compressed and held down by a Technic mechanism. Pull the trigger and the spring is released, firing off the dart.
The LEGO Group have wandered into the realm of wearable LEGO with things like the LEGO Friends Friends Jewelery Set #853440, but this helmet and shoulder armour by Timofey_Tkachev takes wearable LEGO to a whole other level. Tomofey’s LEGO cosplay is inspired by the Space Marines from Warhammer 40K, originally the tabletop miniatures game and now a video game.
The shaping of the helmet is particularly impressive, especially around the eye sockets and the mouth where accuracy has been maintained despite the difficulties when using LEGO pieces to build curves.
Apparently Batman drives a Chevrolet, as LEGO and Chevrolet have teamed up to build a life-sized version of 70905 The Batmobile complete with Chevy bowtie emblem, and it is exactly as awesomely black (and very dark grey) as the Dark Knight might hope.
This huge “Speedwagon” from upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie was unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was built as a life-sized, 1-1 scale replica of the LEGO Batmobile, much like the Star Wars X-wing from a few years ago.
My Adidas — or more correctly Jimmy Fortel‘s Adidas — the classic Superstar 3-stripe trainer, built in LEGO. The overall shaping here is excellent, with a nice mixture of curved, sloped, and tiled bricks to capture a shape that doesn’t immediately lend itself to brick construction. The best bit? The way Jimmy has used angled sections to create the iconic white stripes. Excellent work.
Jimmy’s on something of an 80s kick at the moment — don’t miss his wonderful LEGO 80s boombox which we covered recently.
You would be forgiven for mistaking this still life scene by J.B.F. as the real deal. In fact, everything here is LEGO (besides the labels, of course), from the finely crafted hors d’oeuvres to the smooth black platter and bottles of craft beer and red wine.
This was built as a tribute to the builder’s favorite wine shop and bar, the Vinochope in Perpignan, France. The selection of tapas includes olives, cheese and what appears to be papas arrugadas – a delicious Spanish specialty of which I am quite fond. Even in bricks, this spread looks good enough to eat.
While the 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is an amazing collector’s item, there’s no denying that it makes a fantastic parts pack, especially with all those orange Technic panel pieces. František Hajdekr has used those panels in a unique way, fashioning them into a cordless drill hammer.
If you look closely at the build, you may notice the Technic power functions XL-Motor. This isn’t a flashy model; under all those orange panels is a working mechanism that causes the chisel to move back and forth. While it might not help you in your next home improvement project, it’s certainly a fun idea! You can see it in action below:
Though I was initially disappointed to see Call of Duty yet again tackle the futuristic war setting in Infinite Warfare, I was pleasantly surprised by the plethora of inventive weapon designs. YouTuber ZaziNombies shows some love for the Warfighter combat rig’s signature weapon with his LEGO replica of the Collapsible Lightweight Automatic Weapons System (CLAW). The skeletal look of the weapon was achieved well with the use of ladder elements, angled tiles, and arrays of circular tiles on the inside of the prongs. Watch the builder discuss his replica CLAW in the following video.
The boombox (aka “Ghetto Blaster”) that graced every music lover’s shoulders is an indisputable icon of the 80’s. Jimmy Fortel‘s mastery in capturing the essence of this historical music making machine takes the bass beat up 10 notches and would burst our eye-drums, if we had any.
The beauty of this creation lies in the clean lines and construction without a visible LEGO stud, from the equalizer, to the radio antenna, to the inserted cassette tape, and the depressed Play button. If you close your eyes hard enough, you can almost hear the sound of Michael Jackson’s Beat It pumping from those speakers, taking you back to a time when loud music in public streets was all the rage.
This LEGO Rubik’s Cube constructed by Joe Perez is fully functional — but not in the way you would expect.
Click to see this Rubik’s Cube’s hidden secret
Director Krennic’s Death Troopers are as intimidating as they look in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This elite armor design comes to life in LEGO bricks with a wearable helmet constructed by YouTuber Spencer Hubert. Spencer utilizes techniques I used on my LEGO Halo helmet for the dome on top, and the results are instantly recognizable. See an overview of the helmet and Spencer himself trying it on in this video.