OK, so I admit I mostly just wanted to make a cheesy pun in the title, but Matt De Lanoy is currently engaged in another round of Iron Builder, that contest where two excellent builders are pitted against each other and every creation must contain one or more of a specific piece. Matt’s opponent is Tim Schwalfenberg, whose brilliant creation is featured in the previous post about the Isles of Aura. The seed part, as my title cleverly alludes, is the barbell. Here are a few of Matt’s sweet builds so far:
This purple dinosaur probably has more Pokemon influence than the one you’re thinking of, but both have a man inside the suit. This Nidoking-inspired mecha is the brainchild of Stormbringer, and looks ready for an all-out poke-mecha battle.
Don’t be fooled by all this Pluto flyby nonsense – NASA is just trying to distract you from the fact that our BRICKNADO² building contest ends in one week! Hell yes, that’s just one week to craft your glorious LEGO tribute to the third (and hopefully silliest) installment of the Sharknado movie series.
2nd place: 60093 Deep Sea Helicopter
3rd place: 60092 Deep Sea Submarine
And that’s not all… Each winner will also receive a trophy in the form of a Sharnado pop vinyl:
You know what do to. So get to it. Don’t let NASA win this one…
Human sidekicks are so last week. The big videogame trend now is animal companions. And Microsoft has jumped on that bandwagon with it’s new game Recore, announced at the E3 conference last week. So Canadian builder Tyler Sky wasted no time in creating a fully poseable replica of what I suspect will end up being Recore’s most popular character.
Video gaming has become so dominated by ‘shooters’ that Nintendo finally decided to get in on the action. But in a brilliant move they managed to create a family friendly one in the form of Splatoon – a new multiplayer team game for the Wii that takes the concept of paintball to a whole new level! I have a feeling this game is gonna be massive. Weapons master Nick Jensen was so impressed by it that he whipped up LEGO versions of a Splatoon character in both human and “Inkling” form.
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!
Vitreolum felt compelled to build this. You have to admit, it’s a really good build. The face is especially well-done. Too bad it’s Jar-Jar’s face.
Castor Troy has recreated the two main characters in Mario Ramos’ book, Off to Bed, Little Monster! / a La Cama, Monstruito!. I think the monster is simply too cute for words and the sense of mischief as he runs from the man is portrayed perfectly.
Mihai Marius Mihu calls this piece the “Citadel of the Loud Curse”. If I lived anywhere near that thing, I’d be running for the hills! I don’t know which is more frightening…the gaping red mouth or the silent ash-colored, house-crushing Titan. Regardless, this is a very striking build and, like good art, it draws out a response from its viewers. Mihai is exceptionally skilled at that!