A collaboration between LEGO and the fan community in Malaysia has inspired brick-built versions of cultural icons representing everyday things that locals can identify and appreciate as something to remind them of home. The four builds come packaged very much like standard LEGO sets with instructions and a box, and are offered as part of a Gift With Purchase promotion in Malaysia for the month of June.
As part of the community engagement process, candidate fan designs were first shortlisted by LEGO, then the chosen builds received design input from Nicholas Foo, a LEGO Certified Professional based in Singapore, before finally going into production. Continue reading
One of Singapore’s favourite pastimes is enjoying great food — and that means great access to food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Featured as a Food Culture Mini-Build gift with purchase promotion in Singapore by LEGO, this unique food culture and national identity of Singapore is made available from June onwards across various stores each week featuring a different build. What’s more important is that these snacks and dishes not only taste good, but their LEGO incarnations look pretty sweet, too!
See more LEGO food from Singapore after the jump!
Actually, this amazing recreation of a gourmet dinner is made by a Russian builder (and cook!) Timofey Tkachev, but the “Danish influence” is unmistakable. All the food is very realistic, with many subtle detailing that reveals Timofey’s professional background. His favourite drink is also obvious from the amount of effort put into the beer bottle and glass. Although the concave shaping of a dinner plate is infamously hard to build in LEGO, but the builder cleverly solved the problem by making the plates “fancy”.
There is a subtle detail in this creation, because when viewed from above, the scene spells the abbreviation of the Russian LUG (although in Cyrillic and very subtle, so not many casual viewers are likely to catch it).
Though it probably wouldn’t go down smoothly, jsnyder002‘s LEGO burger and fries looks quite delicious, despite going a bit overboard with the ketchup. Contrasting textures of each ingredient, as well as two different colors for the tomato and ketchup, make this one of the best LEGO burgers I’ve seen. The use of green window shutters as lettuce is quite clever as well.
Remember that feeling when you open a brand new box of fresh chocolates and you can’t decide which one to try first? That was exactly my first impression when I came across John Snyder‘s box of LEGO sweets. Glossy tiles and dishes are coupled with thick white rubber bands, and the results really look like actual chocolate — from milk chocolate (in tan) through to rich dark bitter morsels (in dark brown). And best of all, the model has fabulous presentation — capturing the box on a dinner table with some sweets in a glass bowl.
UK based builder Nick Sweetman has created a fantastic build for Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday). My new favorite LEGO creature – the lobster – is helping himself to a bottle of something from the sink as the Chef and his new apprentice create delicious floor pancakes for the annual holiday. But I guess you should expect floor pancakes when you hire a butcher to operate the frying pan!
Just looking at Jared Chan’s latest build makes me hungry and craving for something ever-so-sweet. I spy with my little eye a tuna sandwich, cheese bites, chocolate mousse cake, and fruit tarts. The set-up of this afternoon spread is even more pleasing with the addition of some very cleverly constructed cups of tea. I’ll let you enjoy staring at all this while I’m off making my High Tea reservations!
You would be forgiven for mistaking this still life scene by J.B.F. as the real deal. In fact, everything here is LEGO (besides the labels, of course), from the finely crafted hors d’oeuvres to the smooth black platter and bottles of craft beer and red wine.
This was built as a tribute to the builder’s favorite wine shop and bar, the Vinochope in Perpignan, France. The selection of tapas includes olives, cheese and what appears to be papas arrugadas – a delicious Spanish specialty of which I am quite fond. Even in bricks, this spread looks good enough to eat.
I can’t decide if this LEGO lobster delivered on a plate is too cute to eat or too scrumptious not to devour. Sean and Steph Mayo pulled off a simple yet mouthwatering build, garnished with something unique to complete your visual feast. What stands out and takes the cake for me is the lemon. It adds a nice contrast and color to the build, and it’s constructed with a clever use of transparent yellow cheese slopes.
For most people in my part of the world, grilling season is over. But nobu_tary brings back a taste of summer with this little treat. It is a deceptively simple build but the builder nailed it. I really like the use of bananas as the drizzle of mustard and the subtle curve of the “dog” in the bun. I may need to fire up the grill today and chase away the November rain!
Milan Sekiz has mixed up all the ingredients required for a perfect little bakery. This scene is packed with detail for such a tight footprint, and the color choices represent a refreshing change from a lot of City building.
Cakes are obviously the main reason to visit any bakery, and Milan’s display counter doesn’t disappoint. Check out the tempting selection on show (and don’t miss the detail of the ventilation slits in the refrigeration units under the counter — nice).
And then through in the back-of-house, Milan has made great use of “brick bricks” and kitchen unit pieces to create a smart prep area. I particularly like the unbaked croissants sitting to the left. However, unless there’s another oven lurking off-scene somewhere, I’m not convinced this store has quite the baking capacity it requires — the visible oven provision seems somewhat lacking. But kitchen efficiency concerns aside, this is a wonderful little model.
My grandmother was quite the baker. Her farm produced tons of fresh fruit, and fruit pies were a particular specialty. There were never leftovers. Her crust, in particular, was divine. You know what her secret was?
She followed the recipe.
W. Navarre clearly did not follow a recipe, and this pie is good enough to eat. I particularly love the translucent red for the delicious cherry filling. The cross-hatch pie crust on top is perfect, and looks appropriately tender and sinking into the pie, just like it should be. The build feels like it just came fresh from the oven, which can be a tricky thing to convey.