Tag Archives: Creature

Creepy crawly or fuzzy & fluffly (yes, that’s possible in LEGO), we love our LEGO animals. Check them out here, and fall in love yourself.

Guardians of the Deepwood

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:

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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3D golden-tail piranha

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.

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A rather less scary terrarium

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!

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LEGO cyclops has his eye on you

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.

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The model’s base is a great bit of work too — check out the skeleton half-buried in the sand. Great stuff.

We’re going to need a bigger Vorpal sword

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:
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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.

 

An epic LEGO tale of death

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.

Previous ESO-based creations by Thorsten have been blogged by us and are worth a second look: the City of Orsinium, the Stonefalls in Morrowind, and an amazing 11,000 piece portal called The Dolmen.

Alien kills Predator with a LEGO flipper

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!

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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…

“I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up!”

Moby Dick is one of those novels that requires real commitment to get through, with its lengthy diversions and deep symbolism, but rewards careful reading and sticks with you for decades afterward. It also makes for great LEGO inspiration, as Ryan Rubino’s white whale battling a giant squid from back in 2009 certainly proves. Letranger Absurde enters the fray with Captain Ahab entangled by the line from his own harpoon, hauled to his doom in the dark deeps of the sea. The sperm whale itself steals the spotlight in this build, with what appears to be a surfboard for a tongue, but don’t miss the excellent sea floor, complete with conch shell, brain coral, and even a treasure chest.

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Centaur Knight is here to eat hay and look majestic, and he’s all out of hay

Oh nobu_tary, one day you’ll stop making awesome robots and creatures, but today is not that today. Yes folks, we have another entry from a builder we regularly cover, but sometimes I can’t help myself.

Today’s build is a knight of the mythological variety that makes great use of Constraction and Bionicle pieces. I’m continually imprssed by this system which grew out of Hero Factory in my dark ages, because you get builds like this out of it.

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A LEGO Mario Bros Wiggler to brighten your day

Koen has managed to capture the cute shape and colours of a Wiggler in its calm state in his latest LEGO creation. There are many Mario Bros fans out there who will not need an explanation of what a Wiggler is but, for the uninitiated, Wigglers are caterpillar-like creatures in the Mario Bros games. In their usual state, Wigglers are yellow in colour and happy, relaxed little creatures, but when jumped on they turn red and become dangerous and unpredictably angry.

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Koen has cleverly used a mudguard part to depict the gentle curve of the Wiggler’s smiling mouth and utilised Bionicle joints to allow those caterpillar legs to get into position.  With the cute daisy to top things off, this is an instantly recognisable build.

Mario Bros have been featured numerous times here at TBB, so fans might enjoy taking a look at these previously blogged creations:

Super Mario Bros Bricks
Brick-built Mario bounces toward LEGO Bowser
LEGO Super Mario Blocks are ready for punching
Lego MarioKart
How much would you pay for a 6 ft tall Mario?

Rare sighting of a LEGO elephant in the room

British builder Tim Goddard is well known for his fantastic Neo-Classic Space creations, but his latest build provides a change of scenery.  We are not the only people admiring this lovely scene of a mother elephant and her calf — there’s a brave photographer filming their every move. Her camera is mounted on a professional looking LEGO tripod and she has managed to locate a rare ‘Classic Space safari outfit’ for the event. Up in the tree, a vulture seems to be keeping watch.

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The elephants are minifig-scale and ingeniously constructed with Mixel joints providing movement of the calf’s legs and the mother’s ears.  Tim has designed their skin with a mix of textures; studs on show, smooth tiles and the odd light bluish grey ingot to provide a wrinkle or two.

I was going to make a clever comment about the mother’s knee joints and impossible movements but remember, this is LEGO and anything is possible!