Tag Archives: Mecha

We all love a good LEGO Gundam or Macross mecha, but LEGO builders everywhere are also creating excellent models of their own designs. Have a look at them here.

One svelte LEGO Gundam

While Gundam mechs (LEGO or otherwise) aren’t exactly known for their bulkyness, this creation by
Andrea Chiapella is exquisitely thin while still looking powerful. This particular build is based on the Gundam GN001 Exia which has some decidedly complex angles to pull off. I think you’ll agree that justice was more than done here.

Gundam GN001 Exia lego

I hope we get a view of the back, as the Exia has an equally complex look there.

Artificial Intelligence will make the world efficient and set you free

The short independent film Keloid depicts a very different world from the one we know. In the film, society has come to rely on an intricate network of artificial intelligence devices designed to bring efficacy and then control. Devid VII has recreated the Militech Weapons Platfom and accompanying drones from the film in LEGO.

Devid’s weapons platform is a fantastic combination of menacing robotic features, weaponry and the intimidating sense that ‘Big Brother’ is watching. I particularly love the use of Mixels joints at the ‘ankle’ as it looks cool, adds function and also accurately reflects the film.

Keloid - Miltech weapons platform

This second view uses depth of field nicely to focus on the impassive drones in front of the weapons platform. The use of minifigure parts mixed with brick heads is perfect to mimic the film’s drones who have big metallic blank faces and eyes that never really look at anything.

Keloid - Miltech weapons platform

With sci-fi,  artificial intelligence, a 1984-esque oppressive future and LEGO, Devid has served me a perfect cocktail …cheers!

LEGO District 9 Exosuit

I may be a bigger fan of District 9 when compared to most people. It’s partly because it’s set in my home country of South Africa, but mostly because it has one of the coolest mech scenes ever created.

The Exosuit / mech prawn / bio-suit is done great justice by Jonas and uses some clever tricks to get all the details in this relatively small build. My personal favourite is the heavy use of the minifig pirate hook hands for multiple elements.

District 9 Exosuit

Also check out another version of this mech by Brian Kescenovitz.

2-foot tall Striker Eureka from Pacific Rim built from 5,000 LEGO pieces

As often as we feature LEGO mecha here on The Brothers Brick (and make excuses for doing so), I’d really love to see more of the massive, kaiju-hunting Jaegers from Pacific Rim. A couple years ago, Jason Corlett built a monstrous LEGO Cherno Alpha at micro-fig scale (the tiny one-piece figures that come in LEGO games and sets like the Shield Helicarrier), and he’s just followed that up with the Australian Jaeger Striker Eureka.

Striker Eureka

Striker Eureka stands 2 feet 8 inches tall (81 cm) and 18 inches wide (46 cm), and is built from more than 5,000 LEGO pieces. Jason says he spent 86 hours on the build.

Click through for more of this massive LEGO Jaeger!

Victorian behemoth oozes steam and charm in equal measure

Okay, so we’re kind of Moko fanboys round here, but this fabulous steampunk mech was too good not to feature. Wonderful shaping, brilliantly clanky and functional-looking joints, and a nice combination of colors and metallic pieces.

Steampunk Mech

I love the implied heft in this model, and the vaguely-samurai feel the back flag and armor evokes. Splashes of gold from the LotR ring parts add nice highlights amongst the greens and browns, and the pilot’s headgear really stands out, drawing attention to the cockpit area. The quality building isn’t limited to the front – the model’s rear is beautifully detailed too…

Steampunk Mech

Moko has also put together an accompanying group of steampunk minifigs, which just exude Victorian-adventurer chic. Look at the use of the ballerina’s tutu as underskirts! Genius. I’m going to be stealing that idea…

Steampunk Minifigs

Slow and steady and heavily armed wins the race

What I love about the famous 21109 Exo-Suit set is not the exo-suit itself, but that totally adorable mechanic turtle. It looks so clumsy and intimidating at the same time and I would be happy to see it as a polybag set one day. Peter Reid‘s turtle production line has been running for about 6 years already. Finally, a huge weaponry update is here and it is super badass.

Heavy Weapons Turtles

It’s not one, not two, but three heavy launchers which can be placed onto turtles’ shells. The contrast between small mechanic animals and enormous cannons is brilliant. And I like different colors of 1 x 1 round tiles in the head of each turtle – it immediately creates a particular character for each of these three models.

A real slick robot

We blog a lot of LEGO mecha here on The Brothers Brick, and I always love seeing new stuff done with in the genre. This lanky mech from Nils M pulls off some fantastic shaping with relatively simple techniques and pieces.

ExoForce Mecha

If you’re wondering why the builder called this an “ExoForce Mecha”, it’s because it uses a few pieces (with their original stickers) from 7706 Mobile Defense Tank — one of the few Exo-Force sets that has continued to elude me…

LEGO, transform and roll out!

Let’s just have a quick consensus: Transformers is one of the coolest things ever. Robots that turn into tanks, dinosaurs and sundry? That’s just too good. With that in mind, I happened to come across not one, but two transforming builds from two separate builders.

Up first is “PACE” from JAN LEGO that looks great in both forms as well as using anything but wheels for its wheels.

PACE

For more nostalgia, Andrew Lee’s “Shellax!” is equal parts van and turtle. Oh, and it’s Donatello, because he’s the best Ninja Turtle. Again, there’s a consensus on this.

Shellax!

TBB cover photo: February 2016

We’re very enthusiastic about all things robotic here at The Mechas Mech Brothers Brick, so a mecha-themed monthly cover photo was inevitable. While a lot of the LEGO mech tech that we cover here is on the large side, this month’s moody mecha TBB cover photo by Italian builder Devid VII proves that sometimes it’s not always size that counts!

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Droneuary highlights

January Droneuary is almost over and that means the special building month for all things drone is almost over too. There have been a myriad of stellar creations in this year’s challenge, but here are a few of my favorites:

The first is Olympus Mons from TBB’s own Simon Liu.
Olympus Mons
I just love the dramatic monochromatic feel this build exudes. It’s also interesting to note the religious undercurrent that Droneuary is known for. In this case the scene features Zeus instead of the usual “Dronezus”.

Next we have Markus Rollbühler and his trio of uniquely-colored Drones.
A Triplet of Drones.
There’s nothing like some rare and hard-to-find colors to get out of the comfort zone, but Markus makes it look surprisingly easy to build in dark turquoise, light aqua and bright light orange.

Finally we have the perennial Tyler Clites and his U.N. vs. Spetsnaz Drones.
U.N. vs. Spetsnaz Drones
The cold war didn’t end. Or did it? Tyler utilizes his mastery of character and figure posing here to full effect. You can almost feel the mist as the Russian drone sneaks up on his target.

A post-apocalyptic mech with hints of Cherno Alpha

The focus here today is “Unit 573 Model No. 9” from chubbybots, which is delightfully stocky while still looking like a serious warmachine.

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The builder says it is inspired by the Zombie Vs Robot Adventure comic book, and carries no weapons because it “pulverizes its enemies to death.” I mean, as far as battle strategies go, that’s a pretty good one.

As the title betrays, the main semi-circular pieces which form the core of the build remind me of the Cherno Alpha Jaeger from Pacific Rim, and little details like the holes in those pieces and the splashes of color really add a lot of character to this build. Listen, I’m not saying Pacific Rim is one of the most fun movies ever made because it has giant robots slapping around giant-er monsters with shipping containers because the world’s politicians apparently watched way too much anime—wait, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

Now I really want a worthy Kaiju to fight this mech.