It’s a bit of a challenge to build a unique mech these days, but to build one pretty much entirely in a monochrome colour scheme and look this good is a feat. But Dead Frog inc, who has a long history of quirky and interesting Drones and Mechs, did just that:
I particularly like the the piece usage on the foot and the disproportionate – but very interesting arms.
(*And yes, I know it’s actually light-bluish-grey)
There’s actually a lot more to love about this stunning mecha (MFX [F] – Aztech Deity Reborn) by Lu Sim (Messymaru) than the color. It captures an over the top, extremely intricate, anime style that you don’t often see outside of the actual anmiation (and the occasional model). The various circular structures on the back are a big part of this effect, but what really grabbed my attention was the face.
Our friend Pascal (pasukaru76) must have been watching Ghost in the Shell recently, as he’s built a fantastic “think tank” (basically a robotic tank mecha) inspired by the one in the movie. Pascal describes it as a close cousin, and that works for me. The build achieves some simple geometric shapes, which on close inspection prove to be rather elegant implementations of complex techiques, for instances at the angles at the base of the legs. The use of stickers on the model is also top-notch, and really brings it to a higher level.
Many of my own builds are inspired by pieces of concept art, and one of my favorite artists has been Alexander Iglesias. I’m not alone in this regard; his art has inspired many a mecha builder over the years.
Most recently is Rancorbait, tackling one of my personal favorites, “Rotary cannons for some“.
Simmon Kim has likewise been cranking out a whole fleet of awesome mecha lately, among them this take on The Fiddler.
This flow of inspiration goes the other way, too; some artists have been inspired by the Lego community in their work.
Neill Blomkamp’s new movie CHAPPiE looks to contain the same gritty hi-tech dystopian fare he delivered in Elysium and District 9. I cannot wait! Although we still have a few more weeks before it hits theaters, Taiwanese builder Eric Tsai wasted no time LEGO-izing the central character:
Considering all the rubbish TV shows I used to love as a child, I was undoubtedly very good at suspending my disbelief. However, even as a child I knew Dinobots make no sense whatsoever.
I can understand that, for a robot of alien origin on Earth, the ability to turn yourself into a car and blend into a crowd might make some sort of sense. However, disguising yourself as a 15 ft. tall metallic dinosaur does not strike me as a particularly sensible way to become inconspicuous. I am also sure that their personalities irked me.
Still, that does not mean Dinobots cannot be exceedingly cool as LEGO models, as shown by the tiny but fully transformable versions of Grimlock and Sludge built by Chief Supreme. I like the use of minifig headgear for the robots’ heads in particular. Dinobots may be stupid, but these are definitely clever.
I’ve been horribly remiss in not yet blogging my favorite month of the year, Droneuary. To amend for this oversight, feast your eyes on some of the best from the first half of the month.
Andrew Lee has been a one-man drone factory, churning out a fantastic variety of civilian drones in all shapes and sizes. This rogue medibot is a particular favorite.
Pascal has brought his clean aesthetic to the month, with a number of group shots of multiple drones. I particularly like the alien look of this batch, and the nicely layered background kicks the whole photo up another notch.
Last but certainly not least, Forest King kicked off the month with this atmospheric scene of a drone striketeam conquering a rampart.
Andrew Lee (onosendai2600) brings us two new robots to help out. They offer completely different takes on a utilitarian look, and both work for me. The smiley on the yellow bot really captures the a CyberPunk/Anime vibe that I love. Meanwhile, the neck stalk on the gray bot lends a dinosaur-like life to the model. These were built for “Droneuary“, and it loosk like it’s going to be a great month.
Jason Corlett has just shared this beefy Overseer mech, featuring arms large and small for any industrial work you might need.
While I’m partial to the headless variant shown above, Jason has whipped up a number of different designs to show what the mech looks like with a wide variety of heads.
Serbian builder Milan Sekiz created this fearsome trio of steampunk hardware entitled Steam Party. Individually each piece stands out on its own. But with the addition of some greenery, wreckage and tire tracks, the whole ensemble is definitely greater that the sum of its parts.
I particularly love the tank (aka “Mr. Rust and two smoking barrels”) with it’s earthy color scheme, brick-heavy studs-hidden design, aggressive details, and of course those tracks! Check out Milan’s Flickr stream for lots of hero shots and closeups…