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When things get hot, a master builder knows what to do

I must admit I am quite a fan of the latest creation by Grant Davis. Built for the Iron Builder competition on Flickr, Grant has used the 4x4x13 curved panel seed part to great effect here, blowing everyone away with unique part usage. The fan’s cage made out of pneumatic tube and bars is fantastic, as is the very realistic base. Added on top of that, the builder spices up the scene with a brick-built pen and notebook.

Caged Desk Fan

But the best part is that it works! Grants provides us with a hypnotic video of the fan in action.

Build up and break down a LEGO Overwatch Torbjörn’s turret

LEGO gaming builder ZaziNombies adds to his brick built arsenal of Overwatch weapons with defense hero Torbjörn’s level 2 turret and repair hammer. Smooth shaping on the red paneling throughout and gun barrels match the game’s aesthetic well. See an overview of ZaziNombies’s LEGO turret and hammer, as well as a discussion of the build process, in the video below.

A bloom opens, as the storm begins

One of the most prestigious contests in the LEGO community, the Iron Builder challenge, is once again underway. Grant Davis kicks off this round with a serene scene featuring a cute little bee and a lotus flower. The leaves are near perfect, but the flower looks more like Leontopodium alpinum than a lotus. Grant has apropriately titled his creation The Calm Before The Storm, and I cannot wait to see said storm bringing us more amazing creations to see.

The Calm Before The Storm

A LEGO movie player

Cast your mind back to those pre-digital days and you may remember a time when a movie projector required reels and tape. Carl Merriam decided to build a LEGO version of a vintage 16mm movie projector to keep him company while separated from his beloved camera collection. Carl doesn’t give any specific details but it does look rather like a vintage Bell & Howell Filmo 16mm projector from the 1940s. Carl’s version features a linear actuator to adjust the tilt, working PF pilot light, and a unified chain drive for the reels.

LEGO 16mm Projector

The only issue is that it can’t actually project The LEGO Movie due to incompatible technology.

Locate this Witcher medallion in your LEGO collection

Jonas Kramm has graced our site much in recent months as his participation in the Iron Builder contest led him to build numerous popular and incredible models like the Green Sitting Room and Aladdin’s magic carpet. But now he’s back with something else entirely: a Witcher medallion. The wolf head necklace is perhaps the most recognizable icon of the series, and it’s remade almost perfectly here, sized just right for LEGO Witcher cosplay.
Wild Hunt Medallion - The Witcher 3

Is Danish cuisine just LEGO food?

Actually, this amazing recreation of a gourmet dinner is made by a Russian builder (and cook!) Timofey Tkachev, but the “Danish influence” is unmistakable. All the food is very realistic, with many subtle detailing that reveals Timofey’s professional background. His favourite drink is also obvious from the amount of effort put into the beer bottle and glass. Although the concave shaping of a dinner plate is infamously hard to build in LEGO, but the builder cleverly solved the problem by making the plates “fancy”.

РФФЛ (1)

There is a subtle detail in this creation, because when viewed from above, the scene spells the abbreviation of the Russian LUG (although in Cyrillic and very subtle, so not many casual viewers are likely to catch it).

The parrot is a pirate’s best friend

Master animal builder (and possibly pirate?) Felix Jaensch strikes again with this incredibly accurate Alexandrine parakeet. Exposed studs add a feather-like texture and the parrot’s shape is pretty much perfect. The best part has to be its characteristic beak with a rubber band used as the border. Now we need to see this bird on the builder’s shoulder!

Alexandrine Parakeet (new, improved version)

The most subtle way to celebrate Easter

As Christian and Christian-influenced areas of the world celebrate Easter, we see many representations of Easter eggs and religious motives, with an occasional Easter bunny. This rabbit by accomplished animal builder Felix Jaensch is more loosely related to this subject, as it would be a great creation any time of the year, but the timing still pushes it a bit further.

Rabbit

The rabbit is built in Felix’s signature style, a realistic but pixelated shape with some finer shaping on the head. The bright tan overall colour and white belly draw the eye and make for a very fluffy effect. I just want to cuddle it! (…if I could catch it)

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Who doesn’t love a good book? Brother Steven appears to enjoy a healthy tome or two as he has created these lovely brick-bound beauties for the ABS Builder Challenge. Featuring a trilogy of tempting treatises, Steven has chosen my three favorite LEGO colors to represent these classy antique publications. I love the hints of gold laid into the spines of the hardbacks to indicate high-quality binding and printing. Simple idea, perfectly executed, very effective and ingenious.

Pages of Knowledge

“Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” – the final cut

You’re welcome to add your own joke about George Lucas meddling with the Original Trilogy as he cranked out the Prequel Trilogy, but I love Star Wars again so I’ll leave that to the unrepentant cynics. The last LEGO creation we featured by Kit Bricksto brought the wonderful planets of the Star Wars universe to the garden. The builder continues his strong streak with this utterly unique diorama featuring tiny scenes from The Empire Strikes Back on a brick-built film strip set against a larger Hoth hangar scene in a TV. The potted background ties this latest build to Kit’s previous build.

IDSMO - Final Cut

Kickin’ it old(ish) school with Nintendo 64

I have fond memories of (badly) playing games with my best friend as kids. She always beat me, so I didn’t get to play much. When she got the N64, there were more options to play side by side …and I still did quite poorly. However, Old School Brick‘s LEGO Nintendo 64 with controller is executed beautifully. It almost looks like I could pick up the control and key-mash until I manage to not die and find the proximity mines before anyone else.

lego nintendo 64

The gift you should not have opened

I understand it is rude not to open a birthday present, but there have to be exceptions, right? Especially when you get literal hell in a box as a gift! Jme Wheeler tells us an idea popped up in his mind and he just had to build it. He also notes that it is his first attempt at building a skull, and I must say it is indeed a great start. The lighting and subtle editing makes for a powerful image that may or may not carry a deeper meaning.

Happy Birthday