Tag Archives: Miniland

“Miniland” is the name of the area at LEGOLAND theme parks where master model builders have created landmarks and cityscapes. Built at a scale about twice as large as the size of models built for minifigs, the building style is also popular with LEGO fans who aren’t professional model builders themselves.

Avatar: The Last Airbender and the final Agni Kai

I am a big Avatar: The Last Airbender fan. Of the three glorious seasons, it’s the final Agni Kai between Zuko and Azula that sticks with me the most. I feel it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of animation I’ve seen, and the music gives me chills. NeverEnoughLEGO built a mini-land scale version of Zuko and Azula, locked in their final battle.

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Enjoying amazing street food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of my top five favorite cities in the world, and my strongest memory of traveling there is definitely the food — not just excellent Cantonese cuisine but also some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had. CK Tsang has built a massive, Miniland-scale version of several dai pai dong, traditional open food stalls in Hong Kong, evoking delightful memories for those of us lucky to have visited the city. Whether you’re in the mood for noodles, congee, or milk tea, it’s a safe bet you can find it at a dai pai dong.

CK Creation:  Dai Pai Dong - Hong Kong traditional open food stall

Check out CK’s album on Flickr for more photos.

The Force Awakens in Miniland

Larger than minifig scale, Miniland scale is a scale used in Legoland theme parks around the world, and it places a character about 5 inches tall. It’s become a popular scale for fan builders wanting to create brick-build characters. TBB Contributor Ralph often uses this scale to create iconic vehicles and their drivers, such as his recent Ghostbusters Ecto 1. Builder Casey McCoy used this great scale to build the cast of The Force Awakens, and he’s done a lovely job. I particularly love the details on Poe’s flight suit. Check out the flickr album for individual shots of the cast.

TFA Characters - Whole Group

LEGO Dr Who chess set has all the moves

Adam Dodge has built a fantastic miniland-scale Dr Who chess set. The figures and characters he’s created for it are fabulous – various Doctors and companions facing off against a collection of classic enemies and villains.

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We have multiple Doctors and the obligatory TARDIS…

Doctor Who Chess: White 1

And then there are the enemies. I love how Adam has nailed the design for Missy’s hair — immediately recognisable in only a handful of pieces. Cracking work on Davros too…

Doctor Who Chess: Black 1

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Autobiography in LEGO

Dave Kaleta has been using LEGO to illustrate moments in his life, in a series of autobiographical builds. The latest addition is Winter, Harper Avenue:

Winter, Harper Ave.

The scale is somewhat deceiving; it took me a moment to realize just how large these actually are. The sculpting and the amount of life and story present in each one of these is just wonderful.

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LEGO Concorde cuts away from the runway as 65,000 bricks take flight

LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught has been busy unveiling some fantastic new creations at Brickvention Australia. We showcased his incredible LEGO minifig-scale 120,000-brick sinking Titanic, and now we take to the skies with LEGO Concorde.

Ryan has chosen to build the iconic supersonic aircraft Concorde in miniland-scale. Building  Concorde in LEGO is cool, but it’s only when you see the other side of the build that the really impressive details emerge.

LEGO Concorde

While one side shows the complete aircraft, the other is an ingenious cutaway view that shows a slice through Concorde.

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Running around Rome with a hot princess

I’d never seen Roman Holiday until I watched it several years ago with my late grandparents. Now I can understand why it’s so many people’s favorite movie. Waka has built Miniland versions of Princess Ann and Joe Bradley on their iconic Vespa, enjoying a ride around the Eternal City. I love Gregory Peck’s tie and Audrey Hepburn’s new haircut.

RomanHoliday01

Star Wars: A New Hip

We’re starting to see a lot more LEGO Star Wars creations as we ramp up toward the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens LEGO sets — or maybe as I get excited myself, I’m just noticing them more. Either way, this little Miniland scene by Matt De Lanoy had me laughing uproariously. I realize it’s not a new joke, but Matt’s LEGO build is very well executed, with instantly recognizable characters, innovative parts usage (more on that below), and very cool lighting.

Star Wars: A New Hip

Matt built this as part of the current Iron Builder challenge, with the barbell accessory piece as the seed part. Expect to see a lot of posts over the coming days featuring this piece…

British Petrolheads

Joe Perez (mortalswordsman) works for Bright Bricks in the UK, where he builds LEGO models for a living. He is also a bit of a petrolhead; a British term for people who are crazy about internal combustion engines.

Gold rush by Joe Perez

This made him the perfect choice for a recent Bright Bricks project that involved building miniland scale (1/20) vehicles, including a fair few motorcycles. Despite building with LEGO for a living, he still finds the time and interest to build just for fun. He has obviously caught the bug of building motorcycles, as shown by his groovy chopper.

We can make this happen

Talking of petrolheads from the UK who are also professional LEGO builders, Carl Greatrix (bricktrix) launched a Lego Ideas project for a Caterham Seven model several months ago, which has now passed 10,000 votes. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the design review.

Don’t dare take your eyes off these Five Night’s At Freddy’s LEGO characters

If you live with teens or pre-teens then you’ve probably seen your fare share of videogame fads. A year or two ago it was Minecraft. And before that it was Angry Birds. But without a doubt, the big one right now is the minimalist jump-scare game Five Night’s At Freddy’s. And while we brace ourselves for that inevitable wave of FNaF merchandise to hit store shelves, let’s enjoy these suitably creepy-looking LEGO versions of the game’s characters, built by David Pickett:

In his usual fashion, David has created them at three different terrifying scales, including custom mini-figs! And many of the characters are represented – check the Flickr album to see them all.


 

And if you wanna take a crack at building your own, David has even made a couple of instructional videos showing you how his were put together:

Spoiler alert: All your favorite characters will probably die

With just minutes before the Game of Thrones season 5 premiere airs here on the West coast, I couldn’t resist sharing yet another new GoT creation. This time it’s from Polish builder crises_crs – reminding you all to visit your ‘throne’ before settling down to see whether your favorite characters will meet sticky ends before the end of the opening episode. And make sure to have your popcorn, hot cocoa, and George RR Martin voodoo doll on hand before the action unfolds…