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.
Check out Iain’s write-up about the build (with a bonus micro-review of the movie) over on The Living Brick.
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.
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, it was a pair of smelly hippies named Credence Sandstorm and Crystal Bliss.
The circle of life is now complete.
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!
aurore&aube‘s favorite set of all time is the small 1976 set 212 Scooter. He celebrates this classic set by recreating it in Miniland scale. My favorite detail, though, is the extra black-and-tan dachshund that aurore&aube included. Making small-scale LEGO animals is especially challenging, though aurore&aube is no stranger to excellent LEGO creatures. The dachshund stands in an expressive pose, as though he’s about to start barking at the passing scooter.
This poor cleric is so emaciated, Rong Yiren obviously needs to feed him better. But I’m sure the little guy is too busy pondering the ways of the cosmos to bother with lunch.
Matt De Lanoy (Pepa Quin) built the Red Team lineup from Valve’s Team Fortress 2. You can see more pictures of the individual characters on Flickr.
With our announcement of Numereji 2421, it’s clear the convention season is upon us, but the collaborative display that we’re organizing is hardly the only group build at BrickCon this fall. Iain Heath has just announced PythonScape, a Miniland-scale homage to the wonder and beauty of Monty Python.
I’ve already called dibs on the Black Knight, but there are still plenty of funny characters and scenes open for contributions. Following the success of Bricks of Character, I’m sure this is going to be awesome.
Bricks by the Bay and the steampunk Nova Albion exhibition happened at the same time and the same place last month, so Iain Heath (Ochre Jelly) and Guy Himber (V&A Steamworks) took advantage of this massive convergence of geekiness to dress for the occasion. Naturally, Iain followed that up with LEGO versions of himself and the inimitable Mr. Himber.
Bravo, sirs, bravo.
This time last year we were collectively preparing to worship LEGO Hawking, courtesy of Iain Heath. Now, the venerable Mr. Hawking is nothing but a prisoner of those damn dirty apes. I don’t trust Iain with my heroes of character anymore.
What’s next, Iain? Will you turn Quorra into a Justin Bieber fan? Will you, yourself, abandon miniland creations for minifig scale?
I just can’t take it anymore.