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.
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!
Crossovers in your mind often end up being more epic than they do on the big screen, but nonetheless they should be applauded for jumping tremendous logistical and legal hurdles alone. Say what you will about the quality of the Alien vs. Predator films, simply seeing two of Hollywood’s greatest space monsters duke it out was well worth it. Kiwi builder Grantmasters is aware of the crossover appeal, and having previously built separate portraits of the Predator and Alien, he has now constructed a scene with them fighting to a literal death.
Although LEGO has been making officially licenced Lord of the Rings sets for some years now, there’s been a noticeable gap in the product line: Durin’s Bane, the infamous terror of Moria and slayer of Gandalf, the Balrog. While we did get a digital version in the LEGO Lord of the Rings videogame, it’s been up to fans to create it in the brick. Chak hei Mok is happy to oblige with this rendition which is decidedly menacing.
At the (literal) center of the build is the printed chest piece which completed the monster from the set 70316 Jestro’s Evil Mobile. While everyone seems to be buying Nexo Knights sets for the new pieces accompanying the knights, it’s great to see the parts from team bad guy getting some love too.
There are many, many monsters in the extremely popular game Witcher 3 — but perhaps no monster sticks in your mind quite like your first monster, the majestic and dangerous Royal Griffin. Builder Charis Stella managed to pull himself free from Witcher’s grasp long enough to design this gorgeous griffin — one that utilizes swords, tails, teeth, and tiles to give this beast both character and a sense of motion. It wouldn’t be too bad a way to go if this beautiful flying Royal Griffin were the one to do you in.
Still though, pretty bad way to go.
Not surprisingly, the moment you mention a hero like Ultraman, a giant space monster shows up to destroy your nice little cardboard city–it’s just the natural order of things. Filling in said order is the latest creation by nobu_tary: the deadly Alien Baltan. With the powers of flight, laser beam claws, furry looking legs, and presumably the ability to gain more abilities as dictated by the plot, Baltan is sure to give Ultraman a run for his money. At least until the third act requires his loss after an oh-so-close victory.
I’m not sure if these delicate looking flowers actually need pollinated, but if they do, then this stunning butterfly by Moko should be able to get the job done nicely. Moko’s heavy use of transparent pieces gives this build a pleasing, glass-like appearance. And those whips make for a perfect proboscis and antennae, don’t you think?
We’re sure the LEGO steampunk fans among our readers were happy when they saw the newest Ninjago subtheme in the form of Skybound. Ninjas versus sky pirates with a steampunk, setting as the ninja’s dragons mount an assualt against the pirate’s flying fortress? Hell. Yes.
Using pieces from 70603 Raid Zeppelin and 70605 Misfortune’s Keep, LEGO 7 gave the pirates a dragon of their own, and it’s an amalgamation of majesty and aggression
Make sure to check out the full album for more angles of this beast.
Jonas has found his sea-legs and built a glorious tall ship named Taurus. There are no biblical flood warnings ahead as this ship was built to sail the LEGO seas only. Who could predict the ship would encounter a sea monster, perhaps even the Kraken herself, from the depths of the beautifully sculpted trans-clear waves.
As well as the fantastic sea monster and brick-built icy sea, Jonas has added some great details to Taurus. I particularly love the anchor (why use a LEGO anchor when you can build your own?), the ship’s bell at the front and the cute little cannons that might as well be tooth picks facing up against the Kraken.
Jonas’ ship is not the first to encounter a Kraken or sea monster during a voyage, it seems to be a recurrent issue for LEGO ships:
When building a LEGO collection, one often accumulates many special pieces – unique trinkets destined for greatness, or the closest special parts bin. What you may not know however is that these pieces are special to your minifigures too – special enough to hang in some short of ghoulish trophy room to be stared at with smokey-depressed-retirement eyes:
TBB mainstay Paddy Bricksplitter knows this, as does ‘Old Johnny’; together they created one viciously intriguing trophy room overflowing with story potential. And oh what a story it was! Clearly this time, it was the T-Rex who should have run!
This LEGO model of a Scarlet Macaw by James Universe is currently being displayed at Dallas Zoo until April 10th 2016. James’ model is just under 12 inches tall and features a “tree stand” for displaying. Dallas Zoo is currently hosting an exhibition called Nature Connects by LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney and James’ model relates to this exhibition.
The rainbow plumage on this Scarlet Macaw is wonderful – the LEGO colour palate certainly works well for this species. I particularly love the use of multiple Medium Azure surfboards for the tail feathers.
Only a few months remain until the epic return of Game of Thrones, and the torturous wait for season six has been a killer on everyone (certain characters especially). But while the premiere is almost here, don’t forget to notice that winter is already upon us. Take for instance this bust built by Omar + Kamitera Ovalle, which depicts a chilling White Walker:
While those in Westeros tend to ignore them, this is one build you don’t want to miss. The husband and wife team have also constructed many other Game of Thrones builds over the past two years, all of which can be viewed on their stunning Flickr album.
Thomas Poulsom, the fan builder behind the LEGO Ideas Birds set has just announced the upcoming release of his new book, Birds from Bricks. Tom is a bird and wildlife enthusiast, so it is no surprise that his new book follows on from the 3 lovely bird models in the Ideas set. The book has detailed step-by-step instructions for 15 more bird models, with colour photos and information about each species.
Birds from Bricks: Amazing LEGO Designs That Take Flight is currently available to pre-order from both Amazon US and Amazon UK (with free UK shipping) and a release date of 15 April 2016 in the UK, and April 1st in the US.