Rays are my favorite sea creature and have been since I was a kid. The way they flap and glide underwater is adorable! This is what makes the LEGO version of a manta ray built by Daniel Stoeffler special to me. I enjoy the contrast in texture of the smooth, subtly curved body and thin, studded fins, and the manta’s wide smile.
Even if you’re not of a certain age, chances are you’ve played (and loved) the classic DOOM series of first-person shooter games. And while today, Friday the 13th, may be seen as unlucky, it’s extremely fortuitous as the newest installment in that series, simply titled DOOM, releases today.
To celebrate the occasion, builders Cezium and Dylan Mievis have been pumping out a series of Bionicle-style representations of various creatures from the game. Check out the builds below and click the names of the demons to see the original game versions, so you can compare them to their LEGO counterparts.
First up are the works from Dylan:
Tremah is at his best when building with Bionicle and Hero Factory parts. But this is what happens when such a top-class builder gets his hands on a handful of System pieces. He tries to persuade us that his latest build is not an armadillo, but we all know what is going on…
The more you study the picture, the clearer it becomes just how simple the model actually is. Tremah perfectly captures the shape of an armadillo and its peculiar armour shell. The tiny paws and cute round eyes turned out pretty nice as well.
LEGO creations inspired by the enduring Warhammer tabletop games are a pretty regular feature here, although often skewed toward the more futuristic Warhammer 40K. So it’s always nice to see some Warhammer Fantasy units appear in brick form, such as these malevolent-looking Sylvaneth Dryads created by Marcel V. as part of his wood elf army:
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.
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.
Actually, I have no idea what kind of fish this toothed-beastie is supposed to be. Regardless, this 3D mosaic by anries shop is offishally awesome. Those golden wings make great fish fins and the way Anries made colorful scales out of 1 x 1 round plates is stunning. My favorite detail is that poor worm made from two different types of LEGO snakes. It really looks like one piece suspended in water. Perhaps Anries’ next build will feature this fish mounted on the proud fisherman’s wall. Unless, of course, our fishy friend gets away with a full belly.
Terrariums are a big thing recently, but are not always suitable for the faint hearted. Imagine all those monstrous insects crawling out of their housing and eating your nose while you sleep. That’s definitely a no-go for me! Luckily soccersnyderi found a comforting way to own a terrarium without any risk of major heart attacks. Everything is much cuter in LEGO form, so this terrarium can host a beetle, two ants, a millipede, a butterfly, a ladybug, and a stick bug in your living room. I personally guarantee the safety of your nose!
Don’t mess with LEGO 7‘s latest creation — it doesn’t look like it’s in the mood for any of your nonsense. This little beastie has a brilliantly menacing expression, and I love the aggressive posing. It’s just waiting for you to try and make your move.
The model’s base is a great bit of work too — check out the skeleton half-buried in the sand. Great stuff.
Lewis Carroll’s imagination has always been a great source of inspiration in different media, LEGO building being one of them. This time Kelvin brings us his creation — one that should astonish the hearts of any fantasy novel reader, the Jabberwocky:
Look at those big fangs, they look like they could Slash
Gaze at those amazing details, I specially like THE tail
Fear for the poor Alice, She might try to stay alive
With the Vorpal sword in hand, she might actually stand a chance.
This fantastic vingette by Thorsten Bonsch is a LEGO recreation of a scene from the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). The ESO is an online multiplayer role playing game and this particular scene comes from the latest part of the saga, The Thieves Guild. The build is not an action scene but, as Thorsten calls it, a ‘still life’ that tells a story – can you imagine what happened by looking at the evidence left behind?
The builder uses a great building technique to curve the bricks and allow the ground to slope gently upwards to the right side. In addition, the rock formations are very nicely shaped and hints of colour are just enough to capture your attention. The more I look at this scene, the more intriguing I find it.
Personally, I think that a huge snake-like creature has eaten the first man and then reaches the second and kills him just as he mortally wounds the snake with a spear to the heart. All that remains are the bones and undigested evidence that tells the story of their deaths.
The 2004 movie Alien vs Predator was a clash of two eponymous sci-fi creatures to bring the comic action to the big screen. Grantmasters has captured the penultimate moment from the movie in LEGO, when the Alien Queen has mortally wounded Predator with a thrust of her tail to his torso and his green blood drips spills.
Grantmasters has cleverly utilised a host of parts to create this scene in ‘small scale’. Black minifigure hands form the feet of Alien, while lime green depict Predator’s dripping life-blood. The minifigure diver’s flipper also makes a fantastically unusual appearance as a wound!
The characters are cleverly built and a few subtle landscape details add to the scene without distracting from the main event. I hope Grantmasters continues with Alien vs Predator Requiem next…