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.

Double-decker London Routemaster bus

Ralph (Mad Physicist) is assembling a fleet of British vehicles for displays he contributes to as part of the Brickish Association in the UK. His latest is a Miniland-scale Routemaster, better known as the double-decker London bus. Ralph captures the iconic curves wonderfully.

Routemaster (1)

I never got the opportunity to take a ride on one while I was in London a few years ago, but oddly, there’s one that a local garden center uses as a greenhouse up the road here in Seattle…

To celebrate the Closing Ceremonies... a disapproving McKayla Maroney in LEGO

I would like to award a Silver medal to Iain Heath for artfully capturing an iconic image from the 30th Olympiad, summarizing the fair sportsmanship and teamwork we associate with those dedicated athletes who give their all.

Also, it’s hysterical.

In all seriousness, congratulations to all of the athletes for their hard work, and safe travels.

Victorian III and Victorian IIIB

Here are two similar creations built by Softa Rae. Original one is a few years old, while IIIB is just completed. It was build as a commission for some very lucky girl – it will be used as her doll house! Doll and the dogs are the only 3 non-LEGO elements in this build – all other 17.000 are pure LEGO. III and IIIB have some differences, the main one being the color – while III uses sand blue, IIIB is medium blue. Here you can see older one next to her other model, Victorian V.

Both models feature a full playable interior – house opens up for you to play. If you still haven’t seen her work, be sure to check out all of her houses, new and old on MOCpages, or her website.

The Secret LEGO World of Arriety

It’s no secret that Iain Heath (Ochre Jelly) and I share a LEGO Ghibli passion, so I was pleased but not surprised that he celebrated the release of The Secret World of Arriety (written by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the classic children’s book The Borrowers) with a lovely Miniland Arriety.

Arrietty the Borrower

Check out Iain’s write-up about the build (with a bonus micro-review of the movie) over on The Living Brick.

‘Like’ these cars

It’s always nice to be introducedreintroduced to a new (see comments) LEGO builder with an unusual technical style. Malte Dorowski builds, for the most part, miniland(ish)-scaled cars with beautiful rounded forms. And he does them well. It’s hard to be annoyed at link spamming on our Facebook page when it looks this good.

Ruf CTR Yellowbird

Peace, love, and the 10220 VW Camper Van

Iain Heath of The Living Brick is apparently too modest to blog his own LEGO creations these days, so we’ll do it for him here. If there’s something that was missing from 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van,icon it was a pair of smelly hippies named Credence Sandstorm and Crystal Bliss.

Smelly Hippies

The circle of life is now complete.

So-called Arthur king and his silly English knnnnnnigits

The easy way to write this post would be to make references to a classic 1975 film directed by Mr. Gilliam and Mr. Jones. It would be in poor taste to write, for example, of how the subject of the below creation ignored the protests of his people (“Help! Help! I’m bein’ repressed!”) and how the feeble are disrespected and sent to an early grave.

It would be in further poor taste toss insults of elderberries and make demands for shrubbery. One that’s not too large.

So to avoid such unsavory comments, I will merely leave you with Mr. Tom Williamson‘s visual representation in poor taste of the above:

In all seriousness, these are pretty fabulous. If you’d like to see these in person, I have it on good authority that these will be live at BrickCon this year!