Tag Archives: Bionicle

Bionicle was a line of sets that grew out of the LEGO Technic line that LEGO produced between 2001 and 2010, succeeded by Hero Factory. Bionicle had an incredibly complex storyline that accompanied the sets, and most of the elements didn’t integrate well with traditional SYSTEM bricks. As a result, long-time adult fans like the contributors here on The Brothers Brick never quite appreciated what Bionicle had to offer, so most of the LEGO models we feature here on The Brothers Brick are built from traditional SYSTEM bricks. Nevertheless, we do appreciate a great Bionicle creation from time to time.

A phantom LEGO Hero encased in silver

Meet the latest build from TBB favourite, Japanese builder Moko. This stunning figure is a unique blend of Bionicle and Hero parts. Moko has a real talent to get seemingly unrelated parts to attach and form a beautifully shaped mecha. The silver colouring of this build is perfect for the robotic shaping and the textured surfaces of the Bionicle and Hero parts.

Phantom

This Bionicle-Hero hybrid is also highly poseable as you can see. And… lunge… 2… 3… 4.

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The art of masking out a good building solution

LEGO Bionicle pieces are among the most hard-to-use parts, but it doesn’t mean they’re useless. They usually end up as table scraps after another huge project, so you definitely need a fresh look to find an application for them — just like Dead Frog inc. did. Bionicle masks are a vast range of pieces available in dozens of colors, and thanks to their curvy shapes they fit amazingly well as armoured parts of mechs.

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Meanwhile Olga Rodionova takes advantage of the complex coloring of mask pieces to give a pair of Protector Masks of Ice a second life as incredibly beautiful insect wings. This is the best illustration of the idea that the more useless the piece seems to be, the more amazing it looks when used properly.

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A beautiful “serpent mecha guardian thingy”

The great thing about art (of which LEGO is a medium) is the ability to put something together with the greatest of care and effort, sit back, and whisper to yourself… what the hell did I just make?.

Builder Brian Kescenovitz did that here. Despite the creation having the stately name “Guardian II”, it’s description reads: “Some sort of serpent mecha guardian thingy.” And, well, that’s just what it is.

Guardian II

This is Hallowe….wait, Easter

As a fan of horror movies, I know that a good monster has to have character. It’s why even if they’re scary, you can’t look away. The Harvestman, by the always intriguing Djordje, has character in spades.

The Harvestman

The shapes of this LEGO creation are amazing and a great use of the new pieces released with the new buildable Star Wars figures, but the biggest draw here is the face — the shape, the fact that it only has one creepy yellow eye with just 3 fangs. It looks like it belongs in a Tim Burton stop motion film, and it was built with LEGO. In fact, I would love to see a stop motion horror film starring Djordje’s builds.

LEGO Vegeta; all the snark and aggression, but with more plastic

With fellow animated show Adventure Time becoming a retail set soon, it seems a shame that the famous Dragon Ball series will probably never see an official set (perhaps thanks to a few scenes involving a blue-haired character and her underwear).

Regardless, the beauty of being a LEGO fan is being able to make what the company won’t, and today Logey Bear did that with the Saiyan prince Vegeta.

Vegeta

While this is a remix of the builder’s previous model, the addition of the warm gold armour pieces to make up the well-known Saiyan armour, as well as a brick-built head (distinct “M” pattern hairline included) and there’s no mistaking who this is.

Khugrock Ironhand: A bright-eyed and bushy-bearded dwarf

Some LEGO pieces seem destined for a particular use, though often it takes a keen eye and a clever mind to discover that perfect use. One such piece is the Bionicle Crystal Armor piece, which has found its perfect application as a dwarven beard on this fantastic character by DjordjeThat piece will now always look like a golden beard to me.

Khugrock Ironhand

Lord Garmadon made gargantuan

Man, LEGO 7 is fast becoming one of my favourite builders. I recently featured the “Cattle Devil” (a Minotaur by any other name) and now we have this. There’s no description to go along with it, but it is named Lord Garmadon, which is most definitely the character from the Ninjago theme only turned up to, well 10 or 11 isn’t high enough. ^10 maybe?

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This is really one of those builds where I suggest you just go through the builder’s photostream to see the rest of the pictures instead of reading this. It’s worth every click, I promise you.

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Lean green army machine

I recently picked up Wolfenstein: The New Order in the Steam Winter Sale — partly because it was very cheap, and mostly because it promised cool alternate history robots. While the game didn’t win me over, the promise of robots was fulfilled and now I’m seeking more vaguely German machines. Djordje delivers with this “Höllenhund”. My favourite part use here must be the single armour part angled in such a way to create a dome helmet, and the red eyes peeking out below.

Höllenhund

A gallery of the model is available on Brickshelf.

Astrid the Vanquisher conquers all

Talented Bionicle builder Djordje strikes again with another wonderful character, as always featuring unusual parts usage. For “Astrid the Vanquisher” Djordje has included an inside-out tent from the Lone Ranger sets as the Valkyrie’s skirt. Similarly, her shoulders are built from “big-fig” masks from the colorful Knights Kingdom series.

Astrid the Vanquisher

When made out of LEGO you are, look as good, you will not

Serbian builder Djordje really is one of the best in the game when it comes to capturing characters in LEGO, as this model of Yoda demonstrates. From the ears made of green Kraata, to the upper lip recreated with a single flipper, to (my favourite) the entirety of his robes made with two technic lift arms. It’s. Just. So. Clever.

Grand Master Yoda