Summer is here – and so is the Minions movie! Appropriately, the winner of our informal monthly TBB cover photo contest is this amazing spread of Minion variants by Oliver Kude. Utini!
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Winter is coming, and it’s adorable! This chibi-like White Walker by simplybrickingit reminds us that while the television version of Game of Thrones is over for another season, and all your favorite characters are now dead, there are other ways to get your GoT fix. Like building it in LEGO…
Even in the Bionicle universe people need to rock out once in a while. So meet Bio-Klaanian rock star Toa Kyberi, Toa of Sonic! This bad-ass was created by Finnish builder and master of the LEGO System/Bionicle mashup, Eero Okkonen. Read about this character’s full backstory on Eero’s blog.
If you wanna learn more about Eero’s unconventional character creations, or what it’s like to be a Finnish AFOL, check out my interview with him in Issue 31 of Brickjournal magazine.
Pixar is already killing it at the box office with its new animation Inside Out. Angus MacLane wasted no time bringing us the perfect LEGO rendition of Anger. He then laid down the challenge for fellow builders to create the other emotions, to which Miro Dudas responded with this charming version of Joy. Let’s hope more emotions continue to surface (in the good way) in the near future!
To get our Northern hemisphere readers in the mood for the impending start of Summer, here’s a beautifully composed model of a Hawaiian girl catching some surf by Miro Dudas. And yes, she’s even playing the ukulele at the same time. Because why the heck not?! Bet you won’t see that move in the new Point Break movie.
Yub nub! Eee chop yub nub. Ku chana ma hawata. Heranda vototo tesh, horoway mana wattu, Bruce Lowell wassay webba Wicket the Ewok. Ohss va tatta runday Darth Becraft, un chenko vas skeemo kea tuntdy Lowell Sphere. Een mannu machu stupid Jawas con yun num, oo tahbay. Toronto gosh. Master Liu hadt chiminay choo doo. Oto stupid George Lucas a chimany Return of the Jedi, wus nuch Becraft, lemur tiklo carbonite. Un na cachnu goobu sarlaac, oh, cow-oon, kinny chatu tomo monetha. Chaatu…
Dungeons and Dragons, the grand-pappy of role playing games, has endured decades of poor imitations, ill-conceived spin-off products, and even the arrival of the digital age. Yet today it remains a permanent fixture of popular culture, and the new 5th edition rules look to be the best version yet. Love him or hate him, most D&D fans will recognize Dungeon Master (aka “Red Yoda”) from the short-lived Dungeons and Dragons TV show, recreated here in all his super-patronizing glory by Chris van Vliet.
After dragging a bunch of kids into the D&D universe to do his dirty work, and providing cryptic clues in order to avoid being legally implicated, it turned out in the end that Dungeon Master could have returned them to Earth at any time. More like “puppet master”. What a git!
We’re very proud of our boy bands here in the West, with our One Direction and our Backstreet Boys and our Nickelback. But across the Pacific they’ve perfected the art to a whole other level. Here’s Jang Wooyoung from the band 2PM, LEGO-ized by our favorite Korean building collective OliveSeon:
Apart from the cute chibi-fication of the singer, and the fact that this thing was sculpted using the studs-up technique (which is pretty challenging for small character sculptures), I love the particular choice of costume here… It’s the one Wooyoung wore to promote his single ROSE, which actually featured him wearing a LEGO bow-tie. Bravo, sirs. I tip my hat to you! Even though I’m more of a BIGBANG guy myself…
Proving that traditional stud-and-tube LEGO connections are sometimes old hat, the creature creations of Serbian builder Djordje are both studies in unusual building techniques, and examples of great character building. This latest one is appropriately named the Lord of the Flies:
If this guy ever needs backup, I think Djorde has him covered with earlier creations Sligmor the Backstabber and Hamrag the Stout (below). Check out the entire menagerie and pick your favorite!
Unless you happen to live here in Seattle, where we had a major cable TV outage last night – or you just happen to have something useful to do with your time, money and brain cells – then you might have watched last night’s stunt (sorry, “sporting event”) where two overpaid thugs (sorry, “athletes”) danced around the ring with no more incentive than who would go home with 60% rather than 40% of a staggering 9-digit prize pot. And now this truly historic event has been suitably ridiculed (sorry, “immortalized”) in LEGO by Swedish character building duo SuckMyBrick!