Considering all the rubbish TV shows I used to love as a child, I was undoubtedly very good at suspending my disbelief. However, even as a child I knew Dinobots make no sense whatsoever.
I can understand that, for a robot of alien origin on Earth, the ability to turn yourself into a car and blend into a crowd might make some sort of sense. However, disguising yourself as a 15 ft. tall metallic dinosaur does not strike me as a particularly sensible way to become inconspicuous. I am also sure that their personalities irked me.
Still, that does not mean Dinobots cannot be exceedingly cool as LEGO models, as shown by the tiny but fully transformable versions of Grimlock and Sludge built by Chief Supreme. I like the use of minifig headgear for the robots’ heads in particular. Dinobots may be stupid, but these are definitely clever.
This mesmerizing Phoenix is made entirely from transparent bricks, and was created by Moko as an entry in the Click Brick 2015 Winter Original Model Contest. Starting next month, LEGO stores all across Japan will be showcasing competition entries created by local builders. One of the interesting features of this contest is that every model has to fit within a 20 stud x 20 stud wide, 30cm high space. We’ll be keeping an eye out for pictures of the best entries, and featuring them right here.
For about four years I have been living next to a canal inhabited by crested grebes, gulls, coots and ducks and visited regularly by swans, herons and cormorants. The coots, in particular, are immensely funny. They are reluctant flyers that tend to run across the surface of the water, whilst flapping their seemingly too small wings, instead of actually taking to the air. They are also fiercely territorial and are constantly chasing ducks and other coots away. Their shenanigans put a smile to my face every time.
It will come as no surprise then that I also had to smile at the wonderful pelican built by vir-a-cocha. It was built using only twenty pieces, which goes to show that you don’t need an awful lot of parts to build something that has character, as long as two of them are tiles with eyes printed on them.
The penguins from Madagascar, built by Peter Dornbach (dornbi), also make good use of said tiles and, inevitably, also made me smile. You can support these on Lego Ideas. Penguins may all seem indistinguishable, but one of the neat things about this wacky foursome is how Peter managed to make each unique and recognisable.
2015 is the year of the Sheep*. So in celebration of the new year, Moko has created an adorable little mascot to ring in the festivities. The wooly fleece underbelly of this sheep is just too cute.
*Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram, depending on which version of the Chinese zodiac you look at.
Djordje found this fellow lurking down in the dungeons and I think that is where he should stay. He really looks like he has earned his nickname but I really like the choice of colors on this character. The black clothes make the orange skin really stand out and the purple mohawk makes for a nice splash of color. The construction of the face on this guy is rather special as well. The tooth/claw pieces as detail bits around the eyes give this creature some real character.
Joel Baker is the agent for this team of misfits and directly responsible for their behavior. I don’t know about you but I don’t want these guys pawing around my roof on Christmas Eve, blacklight nose or not!
I love how Joel got so much expression into each of these deer. They may only be the ‘B’ team but they have a lot of personality!
Jin Kei has been working on a tribute to Salvador Dali for some time now. I don’t know if he is finished but this herd of stilt-walking, steampunk elephants was too good not to post.
I can’t imagine how fragile they are or how he got them all balanced. That alone is quite the feat. But technical aspects aside, these creatures are beautiful. I’d love to see them in person as I’m sure they are even more impressive. Make sure you take the time to look at the detail pictures in his photostream. It’s definitely worth it.
Paul Lee just let loose with this little creature from hell. The articulation is cool but it is the rosy cheeks and impish grin that do it for me on this build. Plus the use of the snake for the tail is rock solid.
Cole Blaq makes the dunes come alive with this creepy-crawly. Cole has really created an organic feel on this crazy sand monster by using a variety of minifigures pieces mixed with Bionicle. It also has a cool menacing air that is created by the pose and the bursting effect around it’s body. Lovely!
Building a transparent model is always a challenge, due to the more limited range of parts. But Flickr member Igginz has overcome that brilliantly by combining transparent and opaque parts in just the right way to create this terrifying Glass Spider. I don’t know what exactly is brewing inside that arachnid abdomen, but I want no part of it!
Check out his Flickr stream for lots of closeup shots.