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Adam Bomb explodes in LEGO

Garbage Pail Kids began their lives as trading cards way back in 1985, just as the Cabbage Patch dolls were peaking in popularity. The Garbage Pail kids were a parody of the ‘nicer’ cabbage patch dolls with catchy names such as ‘Joe Blow’, ‘Moist Joyce’ and ‘Barfin’ Barbara.’ Damoncorso has chosen the explosively named Adam Bomb to build and has captured the character animatedly in LEGO.

Adam Bomb Garbage Pail Kid

If anyone else is looking for inspiration from the Garbage Pail Kids, there are about 660 of them in total so there are plenty more gross images to chose from.

Self-portrait bust in LEGO bricks

Julius von Brunk built this amazing self-portrait bust in LEGO bricks. There’s great brickwork here, capturing the curves, planes, and lines of a head and face more accurately than you’d expect possible using plastic blocks. But for me, the main attraction is that raised eyebrow. It transforms this from being a cool technical achievement into a genuine portrait with a sense of character.

Life-size Unikitty uses 30,000 LEGO bricks and is 6 feet tall

The term “life-size” might be hard to define for a digitally animated LEGO cartoon character. But I’ll happily accept Christoph Bartneck‘s interpretation of the term with his gigantic LEGO version of Unikitty! Here is the creator with his creation:


I love the choice of sparkly eyes for the face. But the best part? The enormous head actually rotates, thanks to a LEGO compatible thrust ball-bearing that Christoph designed. Here’s a video showing the model from every angle and also demonstrating its unique power functions:

There are many LEGO chess sets, and here’s another excellent one

At this point, chess sets made of LEGO are old hat. Heck, there’s many official sets too, so it’s not limited to custom models. But there’s something elegant in this version by Bartosz SasińskiNot only are the designs of each piece worth taking a look at, but the white faction pulls off a faux wood effects by incorporating brown into the white and tan.

Lego chess

A rather less scary terrarium

Terrariums are a big thing recently, but are not always suitable for the faint hearted. Imagine all those monstrous insects crawling out of their housing and eating your nose while you sleep. That’s definitely a no-go for me! Luckily soccersnyderi found a comforting way to own a terrarium without any risk of major heart attacks. Everything is much cuter in LEGO form, so this terrarium can host a beetle, two ants, a millipede, a butterfly, a ladybug, and a stick bug in your living room. I personally guarantee the safety of your nose!

Insect Terrarium

Repel Imperial boarders with a life size LEGO DH-17 Blaster

Both further expanding my arsenal of gaming weaponry and giving my Imperial blaster a Rebel Alliance counterpart is a LEGO replica of the DH-17 blaster pistol. I built the DH-17 using EA Dice’s Battlefront in-game model for detail reference. As for scale, I used the E-11 blaster I previously built as a starting point, considering the original props of both blasters were built from modified Sterling SMGs. This particular weapon replica is light on working features, having only a moving trigger.

Star Wars DH-17 Blaster Pistol

Star Wars DH-17 Blaster Pistol

LEGO tape recorder is a retro-delight

Our younger readers will likely have no idea what this is, but Nathan Wells has built a fantastic cassette tape recorder model. The proportions are spot-on, but my favourite detail is the use of gold rings to provide the little touches of metallic detail in the mic and headphone sockets. Lovely stuff.

Tape Recorder 01

There’s even a cassette to go with it…

Tape Recorder 16

But what’s on the tape? Is it a compilation tape, pulled together for a new girlfriend? Or is it a pirated copy of the latest game for the ZX Spectrum? Only Nathan knows, and he isn’t telling.

Slay demons with a 20 pound LEGO Doom BFG 9000

Doom returns to popularity in gaming with a new installment to the series next month. What better time than now for YouTube LEGO builder ZaziNombies to build one of gaming’s most infamous weapons, the BFG 9000 (“Big F***ing Gun”) from Doom (1993), in 1:1 scale. Weighing over 20 pounds and built from over 5000 LEGO pieces, ZaziNombies’s detailed replica of the BFG more than lives up to the name. See it hauled around, discussed, and shown from the first person perspective in this three minute video.

Just a good old boy

Despite their competitors’ frequent attempts, Nintendo remains the undisputed king of handheld gaming. After the mandatory cell phone, my teenage daughter’s 3DS is almost never out of her hands, and the sounds of Tomodachi Life frequently ring through our household. Of course all this began a quarter century ago with Nintendo’s Game Boy. The Game Boy was popular through most of the 90’s, and even remains a popular “retro” gaming item today, even among members of the smart phone generation. And judging by this crisp life-size LEGO facsimile, Strasbourg-based builder Kloou has fond memories of this iconic system:

If you like this one, be sure to check out the other brick-built Game Boys we’ve blogged:

Joris Block’s Game Boy and Amiga controller
The Arvo brothers’ Nintendo Game Boy

Portable LEGO Seismograph

It is strangely appropriate that Kosmas Santosa, a builder from Jakarta, Indonesia,  has built a LEGO seismograph.  Indonesia is a country that is heavily affected by earthquakes due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Kos has been utilising the ‘paint roller‘ in all sorts of ingenious ways this month, and his vintage seismograph is no exception. The locks on the front of the case, the levers on the top right of the machine and the pens that record the output are all constructed from the paint roller.

Portable Seismograph

I wonder what happens when you press the red buttons?

Lifesize LEGO Riedell R3 roller skates

These awesome brick-built roller skates by Julie VanderMeulen look sturdy enough to take a spin around the local roller rink. Seriously, at first glance I thought I was looking at two pairs of real skates! The lifelike toe stops, shoelaces (with aglets!), axles, and the accurately-sized wheels really sell this build. The stylish black and yellow color blocking and the R3 lettering on the heel isn’t bad either.

1:1 Scale Roller Skates

You can check out more photos on Flickr.

Celebrate Easter with beautiful LEGO jewelled eggs

Dutch builder Koen has created a set of beautiful Faberge-style jewelled eggs. What better way to celebrate Easter weekend with your favourite construction system?

These creations are packed with nice parts usage to get the details and sparkling metallic effects. Check out the stands too — great stuff. We’ve previously featured the beautiful red egg in the center; the green and blue ones are being featured here for the first time.

The Jewelled Egg Collection

Even better, the eggs open up to reveal appropriate minifigs for each egg’s theme: Spring, Love, and Ice…

The Jewelled Egg Collection