Sometimes all you need to relax is to contemplate a beautifully-built LEGO model. This wonderful bonsai by ZiO Chao deserves your attention — chill out and soak up the serenity. The gnarled and twisted tree itself is nicely-done — with an interesting technique of inserting flower stalks into larger leaf pieces — but it’s the little rock and the display stands which elevate this into brick-built art. I want one of these for my house.
It is said that you can give anyone a canvas and a brush but only an artist can make it come alive. Same goes for LEGO bricks; you can take a bunch of bricks and put them together, but it takes true creativity to bring those bricks to life. Master artist Chris Maddison does it ever so elegantly and skillfully with only a single color, re-creating man’s first footstep on the moon. It’s so iconic and recognisable that it doesn’t even really need any introduction. It’s really a lesson and inspiration for builders in capturing the simple essence of the subject.
It all started a few days ago when I saw a TV remote by Primož Mlakar‘s in my Flickr feed, with the description saying “I couldn’t imagine a TV without one :)”. I thought nothing more of it, only to be surprised later by teaser shots revealing the television set that needed the remote.
The TV’s general shaping is spot on, and nostalgic for anyone growing up with these old-school TVs. The antenna, the little channel display screen, and Sony logo are just perfect. The forced perspective Back to the Future II scene demands closer inspection. Primož tells us in the description that the layout was the starting point and was intended as a minifig scale diorama, but as he encountered some problems with scale, he decided to make a forced perspective build. Turning it into a television set was just the next logical step.
In the same format of the instructions for my Ronin Titan, I present the first life size weapon build in this tutorial style: the M-6 Carnifex hand cannon from the Mass Effect series. See the list of parts needed, then follow the step-by-step video below and be prepared for the challenges the Andromeda Galaxy sends your way. The video shows techniques I commonly use for working triggers and slides on weapon builds at this scale, as well as one technique I sometimes use for angled pistol grips.
I can only assume that Chris Maddison takes excellent care of his LEGO teeth because these chompers appear quite healthy! Just look at those pearly whites (modified 2×3 pentagonal tiles). Firm-looking rosy gums and not a cavity in sight! (I bet money he even flosses.)
The best part about these LEGO teeth is that they even chatter like the wind-up plastic toy Chris’s design was based on. Check out the video below to see for yourself.
Those of us who attended a LEGO club meeting here in Seattle this past weekend got to see Taylor Walker wield his enormous LEGO Darksaber inspired by Sabine Wren’s new weapon in Star Wars Rebels. Despite the brick-thin blade, the life-size weapon is incredibly sturdy, reinforced by subtly integrated Technic beams in the blade’s black core.
While the blade and its sturdiness are certainly impressive, the handle has a great design, with geometric striping, an angled hilt, and small gold details.
Canadian builder Nick Della Mora shows his love for Destiny with his life size LEGO replica of the Young Wolf’s Howl, an exotic tier sword first appearing in the Rise of Iron expansion. It would have been difficult to construct the engraved Iron Lords crest on the blade and still have the blade hold together when wielded, but it would also look inaccurate to skip that detail altogether. Nick’s choice to instead focus on the red-orange glow of the crest was a creative idea, and led to a neat light-up effect.
In the video below, Nick shows the light-up crest and the techniques used in the blade to maintain stability.
I can’t seem to stop staring and admiring this build by Cecile Fritzvold for more than a few reasons. The clean lines and great color contrast make me wish this was a real alarm clock set on LEGO store shelves. Those pentagonal shields which you may recognize from the Nexo Knights series seem like they were made perfectly for this purpose! One thing is for sure, this had not better have a snooze alarm, because it’s only going to end up in pieces every morning. Which may not be such a bad idea after all – snoozing means a rebuild which means you gotta think twice before hitting that button!
One of my earliest memories is of watching Sesame Street — Ernie in the bath tub singing along with his favourite buddy Rubber Duckie. Builder Koen has put together an adorable, wide-eyed LEGO duck that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
He’s also been kind enough to share instructions so you can build your own version to share your bathtime. TBB Disclaimer – model will almost certainly not float!
Following up their firing LEGO Nerf gun, YouTuber AstonishingStudios shows how to construct another working Nerf blaster. Using pieces in your own LEGO collection and an additional spring, scissors, and Nerf darts (and tape and logo decals if you’d like), you can follow along his clear instructional video to build your own Nerf pistol.
When it comes to refreshment, nothing beats an ice cold beer (subject, of course, to you being of legal drinking age in your country of residence). What could be better than combining beer and our favourite plastic bricks? Jimmy Fortel must agree — he’s built a fantastic LEGO sculpture of a draught beer fount and a glass in the process of being filled.
Now, I work for a big brewery in the real world, so whilst I admire Jimmy’s building skills, I have to take issue with the quality of serve on display here. There’s a lot of fobbing going on. I’d strongly suggest the bar owners check the dispense gas pressure on the beer line, and have a look at the cellar temperature whilst they’re at it. A quick line-cleaning might be in order too, just in case there’s a yeast build up. Jimmy’s really got to get the overabundance of beer foam sorted out, or the guys who run that bar are going to be decidedly unimpressed with the yields they get on draught — no matter how pretty the fount looks!
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.