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Zombie hordes, nuclear annihilation, rising sea levels, the monkeypox — the future doesn’t look too bright for all those smiling LEGO minifigs. But survivors abound in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, entrenched in well-guarded camps or on the road in crazy armored contraptions. Check out all these post-apoc models to see that there is indeed hope for LEGO humanity after all…

What Once Was

Of his latest creation, Gabe Umland says “For some reason post-apoc has fallen out of style, but it doesn’t mean it’s not still cool”. So true! Inspired by this drawing from DeviantArt member Dumitrescu Ioan, Gabe’s diorama captures the ramshackle world of repurposed ship parts on the bed of a long dried-up ocean:

But it’s all the little details that make a scene like this more interesting – and warrant a closer look – right down to the very comfortable-looking interior of an old shipping container:

 

VDNKh station from novel Metro 2033

Based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky about a post nuclear age in Russia, Fedin (Fianat) has recreated the Metro station which serves as main setting:

METRO 2033

While I have not read the book, I love this build. I particularly liked the attention to detail with all the crumbly bits and the fantastic arched back which really creates a sense of being in an underground subway station.

Fallout Enclave Vertibird in Lego

The Vertibird is one of the more recognizable pieces of industrial design from the Fallout universe (and practically the only aircraft in the games). Justin Stebbins (Saber-Scorpion) has done a great job of capturing the shape of the original. While a trans blue cockpit may not match the appearance in the game, it matches the shape well, and still feels right.

LEGO Fallout Enclave Vertibird

Horsemen of the post-apocalypse

Through the leaning pose of this futuristic rider, and the outstretched limbs of his steed, Hungarian builder and artist Kristof (legoalbert) manages to impart a beautiful sense of motion to this creation using relatively few bricks. It’s not hard to visualize the leaping gait of this long-legged robot as it efficiently navigates the obstacles of some other-worldly landscape.

But the poetic backstory to this figure really completes the piece and leaves me wanting to see more of the savage world in Kristof’s imagination:

“Dark cloaked shadow-men patrol the wilderness of the Afterworld, roaming around on their tall artificial mounts. Swiftly rushing trough the densest of the forests, zig-zagging on the streets of the dead cities, they’re only vulnerable to the Vultures of the Plain, out in the endless grassfields, where the Insectmen rule.”

Elysium Data Heist Diorama

I’m pretty sure that this diorama by Daniel Garcia Rodado (AlterEvo) and (AL13N163NA) is the first I’ve seen inspired by the movie Elysium. Regardless of what you think of the plot or script of the movie, it had some stunning visuals, and some really cool tech. I like how this display is made up of a series of vignettes, disconnected but bound together. I also think that the builders did a great job of representing the exo-skeleton worn by Matt Damon’s character, at minifig scale.

Target: John Carlyle

New Soviet Republic – блоха

A new creation from me, though it’s actually a year old. For some time, I’ve imagined that my Iron Mountain Legion creations needed an enemy. Not just an enemy, but a worth match, beyond the stereotypical post apocalyptic marauders and mutants. My intention was to build something that looked like it belonged in the same world, but with a clearly different design aesthetic. I hope I’ve succeeded, but will let our readers be the judge.

The name means “Flea,” at least if Google translate has steered me right. The shape certainly reminds me of the tiny biting insect, anyway

New Soviet Republic - блоха 08

Ruins of a Starship

This diorama of a crashed space ship is rather striking. I love the post-apocalyptic feel. According the builder (Master Beef (with fries)), it is set in the Star Wars universe. But that neither detracts nor adds to this build as it really is able to stand on its own. There is just enough details of the ship to give you a sense of what the entire craft may have looked like, while the drifts of sand really add a sense of time…how long the wreck has been there. The makeshift shelter is also a very nice touch.

The Stranger

Cyberpocalypse Now

One of the most spectacular collaborations unveiled at Brickworld 2013 was a cyberpunk city full of tall buildings lit up with working lights. I had the privilege of providing a bit of input on the Japanese signage (a lot of which is very, very silly), and I was overjoyed by how wonderful the end result was.

First Draft

Cyberpocalypse 003

Like all great collaborations, the display involved many builders — Carter Baldwin, Chris Edwards, Nate Brill, Kyle Vreze, Forest King, Ignacio Bernaldez, Sam Wormuth, and Alex Valentino.

It’s beautiful in the dark, but you can see a lot more of the detail in the light.

Cyberpocalypse 006

Some of the signage is built from EL (electroluminescent) wire, though there’s plenty of brick-built lettering too. Carter saved my personal favorite for himself — a big building in the background that says “Foreign Girls” in giant red letters.

Cyberpocalypse at Brickworld 2013

Chris Edwards’ main photo has links to lots more photos.