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.

A Family Tradition in Miniland Scale

Miniland Grandpa takes his young miniland grandson out to harvest their christmas tree. Luis Baixinho built this little scene, which I find quite touching. It always amazes me how much can be conveyed at miniland scale. It reminds me of time spent with my own grandfather and that is always a good thing.

Xmas with Grandpa

Surf’s Up!

Christopher Roberts built this as a birthday present for a surfing friend’s sixteenth birthday. Pretty Rad! I really like the pose he was able to achieve with those brick hinges. His color choices really make it look like she is wearing a wetsuit, which you need for surfing here in the great state of Washington!.

Little Surfer Girl

Doctor Who’s TARDIS, it’s bigger on the inside.

Transdimensional engineering allows the TARDIS to have a deceptively large inside. Letranger Absurde (vitreolum) has cleverly used forced perspective to build what appears to be an impossibly big TARDIS interior:

Allons-y Alonzo!

Though the rest of the build is equally clever as the camera angle, including the great Doctor Who figure, the TARDIS itself, the doors and I really like the simple but effective sewer gate.

Apple Macintosh 1984 Commercial Gets LEGO-ified.

Apple cascaded its way into the public psyche with its famous 1984 commercial, directed by Ridley Scott. Jason Allemann’s wonderfully poignant LEGO version re-imagines the work with Apple itself as the all-seeing overlord. Whatever side of the fence you sit regarding Apple’s business these days, this is a fantastic piece.

1984 vs 2014

I ❤ HEART URANUS

After enjoying Evan B’s recent miniland scale Firefly lifter, I’m overjoyed to see yet another iconic spacecraft get the same treatment! This time it’s Eagle 5 from Mel brooks’ classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, courtesy of Chris Rozek.

And in a matter of days you’ll be able to see this creation – and a million others – at Brickworld Chicago. Let’s just hope Chris can hang onto this build longer than the giant one he traded away in Simon’s Red Brick Game!

 

Do Mini-Figs Dream Of Plastic Sheep?

The current collaboration between the planet’s most profitable and awesome toy company and the America’s longest everything television show seems like a match made in heaven. I hope you all got to watch Sunday’s crossover episode Brick Like Me, and are now poring over it frame-by-frame to catch all 52 in-jokes and bad puns.

Judging by the activity on Flickr, it looks many of you are now having a ton of fun with your Simpsons LEGO collectible minifigures too. If you haven’t got yours yet …what’s wrong with you?!

I guess David Pickett (fallentomato) couldn’t wait for either spin-off, since he recently decided to build the First Family of Animation out of raw bricks…

Make sure to check out the full set on Flickr, including brick-built Homer holding his minifig counterpart. But that’s not all …DOH! David also put together this handy instructional video showing you how to build them yourself. So put those figs aside for a second and give it a go!

Manga scale Star Wars figures

The iconic cast of Star Wars characters has been immortalized in LEGO in may different styles over the years and Rod Gillies (2 Much Caffeine) has a fresh take on the Star Wars universe if they were Anime Manga characters:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Each figure is fantastically detailed and worthy of a blog post … even the base is fantastically done.

Star Trekking, miniland style

I am currently enjoying reruns of Star Trek The Next Generation on Belgian TV. When I saw the first episode a few weeks ago, many years after I first saw it, I was a bit surprised at how dated the series looks nowadays and how young most of the actors were. Of course, many Trekkies consider Captain Picard, Cdr. Riker and their crew to be young upstarts. The real Starship Enterprise is captained by Kirk, with Spock serving as his first officer and Uhura, ‘Bones’ McCoy, Chechov, ‘Scotty’ and Sulu making up the rest of the cast.

LEGO Star Trek Crew

Ryan Ziegelbauer (rionz) has recreated all of them in miniland form. Despite the limitations inherent to building miniland figures, to me they are all instantly recognisable. The only thing missing is a cardboard set that wobbles slightly!