Tag Archives: Diorama

There’s nothing like a massive LEGO diorama to prove that you’ve arrived as a LEGO builder. The LEGO dioramas we feature here span everything from realistic medieval castles to scenes from World War II, and more than a few post-apocalyptic wastelands.

Even old machinery can serve long when treated properly [Video]

One of the biggest dilemmas that LEGO builders face is choosing between impressive appearance and complex functionality of their creations. LEGO pieces, although offering an enormous number of combinations, still place huge limits on the functionality and mobility of models. That’s why hitting on a sweet build complete with a video of functions in action excites me like nothing else. One of the best Latvian builders, de-marco, whose works are always especially neat and aesthetically beautiful, has shared a small diorama of an old rusty rail-road crane by the loading area.

Old crane

Click through to see this crane in action

Indominus rex vs. polar bear: Fight of the century

A unique feature of last year’s hit film Jurassic World was the inclusion of a white-skinned hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus rex. This allowed LEGO to create an equally impressive minifig-chomping beast, and lucky for us, this in turn allowed Jme Wheeler to pit said monster against the other most dangerous predator in the LEGO world (assuming you’re a cute little penguin): the polar bear. Let the games begin!

AELitC (Full) by Jame Wheeler

Oh, there’s also the Indominus’ owner camping out in the cave. Exploring is not easy, but it sure is entertaining.

AELitC (Cave) by Jme Wheeler

Jurassic Park meets the Lord of the Rings

If dinosaurs and humans had ever lived in the same period of time, I would always imagine that we would be hiding from these monstrous predators in deep caves and high trees. It’s not the case with Wochenender, who envisages a world where the humanoid races tame and enslave the horrifying birds. I’m not sure if you’d agree with him but this diorama definetely stands out! Amazing topography, unearthly vegetation and overall ambience catches your eyes. Also note the great mix of minifigure parts from different series.

Clans of the Highlands

The marching army doesn’t seem to be up to any good but if you wish to enjoy this lovely scenery on a peaceful day, don’t forget to check this photo out! For the rest of the series, this album comes to your aid.

Some journeys take us far from home

And some adventures lead us to our destiny. Dwalin Forkbeard built the iconic wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia that leads to the magical land of Narnia. Though the professor’s home on the back side of this build could use some more furniture and maybe a rug, I’m in love with the Narnia scene and the wardrobe itself. The snowy landscape and those coniferous trees are stunning and the new LEGO satyr makes for a perfect Mr. Tumnus.


Dwalin captured a beautiful, out-of-focus-foreground photo of the wardrobe and beyond, presumably depicting the Pevensie children’s first glimpse of Narnia. He also built an 8 by 8 vignette version of this build for a sweet contest over on Eurobricks where you can win an entire set of the new Series 15 Collectible Minifigures, including the Satyr and (everyone’s favorite) Left Shark! The contest ends on March 10th so there’s still time for you to follow Dwalin’s lead and submit an entry or two of your own!

Other side Vignette Narnia

Sector AT.10 of the apocalypse

The apocalypse is now. Civilization is gone. Chaos prevails… Sector AT.10 is the ultimate refuge for cut-throats, savages and punks. Only the most ruthless will survive…

Tim Schwalfenberg has masterfully crafted this dark scene depicting a fallen world often envisaged by pessimist spirits like myself. The choice of dull colors throughout the work helps a lot with the atmosphere. The recycled container, shabby ventilation system, disorganized structure and lying junk perfectly sums up a world without order. The hooded characters present an uncanny and unwelcoming ambiance. But don’t be intimidated! It’s just a perfect work of LEGO which we all should enjoy!

Sector AT.10

18,000+ piece LEGO Fortress of Solitude shames all other vacation homes

Sometimes one just needs to fly away from all the hustle and bustle of a city constantly in danger — and sometimes an artist decides to step out of their comfort zone for the challenge, and in the process, produce amazing results. That was the intent behind JanetVanD‘s latest build: the famous “Fortress of Solitude” from the 1978 film Superman. In stark contrast to Janet’s previous creation, the equally gorgeous Her Majesty’s Theater, with its detailed interior, this build focuses largely on the natural icy exterior while the famous crystal-pyramid structure that makes up the fortress itself gleams in the background–but nonetheless commands absolute attention.

Fortress of Solitude by JanetVanD

Superman’s vacation home took Janet 160 hours to complete and required 18,684 pieces in total. All of which were put to good use creating a realistic landscape that really sells the necessary ‘solitude’ requirement. No doubt only a person with the fortitude of Superman would choose such as place as this to have some uninterrupted downtime.

Fortress of Solitude (close) by JanetVanD

If you want to dive deeper into Janet’s latest and arguably coolest (pun intended) creation, check out more images of the Fortress of Solitude at Janet’s DeviantArt gallery.

The cutest LEGO Star Wars base you ever will see

Boba-1980 wanted a way to show off his LEGO Star Wars Microfighter X-Wing, Millennium Falcon, and TIE Interceptor, so he built this scene of a Rebel base under attack. The whole model has a great chibi vibe, perfectly blending minifigs and microscale just like the official microfighter sets.

STAR WARS Tower Attack

STAR WARS Tower Attack

The big LEGO book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Markus Rollbühler opens up a new page on LEGO building by presenting Grimm’s Fairy Tales in book form. We’ve seen literature depicted in LEGO through an artistic representation of a book before, but I here I particularly love Markus’ use of the pages forming gnarled tree silhouettes to add depth to the scenes. Markus says that there are references to six of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales depicted here: see if you can spot them all.

Brothers Grimm

A wonder of the ancient world

Sometimes a unique color palette really makes a LEGO creation stand out. That is exactly what’s happened with jaapxaap‘s most recent build. And considering that scholars disagree on where and when the Hanging Gardens were built (and if they ever actually existed in the first place), no one can argue that the famous gardens weren’t surrounded by beautiful tile work in blues, white, and gold. My favorite details in this stunning build are the bas-relief animals sculpted into the walls and the SNOT (studs not on top) lintels.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The most dangerous hunt: Cretaceous trophies

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:

Adventures End

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!

Two ravens of the Nine Kingdoms

At first glance, this diorama by Austrian builder sanellukovic might appear to be a scene from Lord of the Rings, but it’s actually an original scene built for a LEGO Castle roleplaying game called Die Neun Reiche (the Nine Kingdoms) on the German-language site Imperium der Steine. One’s eye is certainly drawn to the excellent statues in the back, along with the brick-built pair of ravens, but my favorite details are the stone walkway leading to the paved area, with its missing paving stones.

[9 Reiche] FB1 - Kepons raven

A traveler’s rest at the Dunholm Taverna

Wochender, one of the team members over at The Brick Time, has built a couple of wonderful medieval buildings that would look beautiful in any setting, with their carved timber construction and stonework, but the trees and roads surrounding are what caught my eye.

Dunholm Taverna & the House of Peer Rumstiek

Both buildings also have full interiors.

Click through to see the interiors