More than ten years ago, we featured a LEGO model inspired by the Pejite gunship from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Well, here’s another one. Proving once again that inspiration is a close cousin of creative innovation, Nate Rehm-Daly takes us even further from the original source material. Now, instead of being dark red, it’s a combination of blue and neutral tones. And the sleek anime space style has been replaced by something more akin to dieselpulp. But the result stands on its own. That canopy combination is outstanding, and the poseable blue parts are sweet play features. I’d love to see a swarm of these dive down from the clouds.
Archimedes Chen built some fun LEGO takes on C-3PO, BB-8, R2-D2, and Stormtroopers, as they appear in The Force Awakens. Though my favorites here are the First Order Stormtroopers with clever parts usage on each helmet’s face mask, all six are packed with just the right amount of recognizable details without looking busy.
Disney’s Zootopia was one of this year’s breakout successes, and officer Judy Hops, Zootopia’s first rabbit in uniform, carried audiences with her fast-paced charm. Here’s a fine LEGO version of Hops with her carrot-pen, built by Sheo. She’s even poseable, and pretty much the same scale as the awesome Nick Wilde we highlighted early this year.
The Brothers Brick have covered Star Wars builds of all shapes and sizes, but rarely one that would fit in the palm of your hand. This microscale LEGO trench scene from Star Wars: A New Hope by Grantmasters is simultaneously adorable and clever, especially the 6-brick X-wing fighter featuring a unicorn horn. The force is definitely strong with this one!
For more microscale recreations of scenes from classic Sci-Fi movies and TV shows, be sure to check out the Mi-Fi group on Flickr.
What a line! Al Pacino delivers that famous line in the role of Tony Montana in the movie Scarface. Spanish builder Omar Ovalle has used the line as the title for his creation, preferring to use Technic figures and their bigger scale over the classic minifigure. Technic figures are capable of increased expression due to their articulations and pose-ability when compared to minifigures. This guy has plenty of attitude, holding his minigun (I’m guessing) and rounds. Is that a minigun? It’s pretty big with a few barrels? Do we have a weapons expert out there to help me?
Omar has also made other vignettes using Technic figures. We blogged his Star Wars Technic figures earlier this year, and I have to highlight my own particular favourite, ‘The Angry Groom’…
We’ve seen many brick-built LEGO Godzillas over the years, but this one by SPARKART! may be the smallest. Despite its size, it still manages to convey the feeling of a towering creature of destruction. All it needs now is a microscale city to destroy.
One final point to note here is that the colour composition of this picture makes the grey bricks look almost blue. For a second I thought we might be getting the ubiquitous Mixel joints in some new colours, but sadly my hopes were to be dashed!
You must remember that famous scene in Indiana Jones: The Raiders of The Lost Ark when Indy is chased by a giant boulder and has to run through the temple as the boulder rolls closer and closer? Well back in 2008, LEGO released 7623 Temple Escape with the rolling boulder as a play feature. Australian builder Forgotten Days has taken that set and expanded it – adding style, accuracy and details along the way – resulting in a much better scene.
The surface terrain is nicely built up with gaps to highlight the underground activities taking place. Using an Indiana Jones minifigure at the start standing with the idol, and another at end of the run, is a nice touch. I love that Indy at the end is in the seated position just like in the movie!
By not skimping on the size of this build, Chinese builder chumuhou (楚沐猴) has managed to create this near perfect LEGO replica of the terrifying ED-209 prototype law enforcement droid from the classic sci-fi movie Robocop:
To you, it’s probably the classic 80’s cult movie you’ve never actually heard of. To me, it was a recent opportunity for some late night cable TV nostsalgia that only lasted ten excruciating minutes. But to the rest of the world the 1984 sci-fi western rock-n-roll action melodrama The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is surprisingly highly rated and surprisingly influential. Surprising then that no-one has ever given us a LEGO recreation of the movie’s iconic Jet Car. Thankfully, fan builder SPARKART! has finally corrected that oversight:
I can only hope that this iconic movie vehicle ends up as some future LEGO Ideas set, alongside the Delorean and Ecto-1. Then again, to quote the movie’s titular hero, “If all wishes were gratified, many dreams would be destroyed”.
If anyone is suited to a LEGO caricature, it’s Groucho Marx. Paddy Bricksplitter has given us a wonderful portrait of the comedy legend, and there is absolutely no doubt who is staring at you from from the frame. The bushy eyebrows and curly hair are instantly recognizable, and the cigar is perfect.
Back in 2007 we blogged an awesome LEGO creation by the Arvo Brothers which featured a chestburster emerging from some unlucky person, in a recreation of a scene from the classic Sci-Fi horror film Alien. Well not only have the Arvo Brothers now updated their build with a base and some new parts to improve the design, but they have also finally published instructions!
The updated version has a white base similar to the base created for their recent Alien Project and changes to the teeth and nose area. The blood pool also has some fantastic sinewy arterial red parts that add to the horror and seem more anatomically realistic.
The seeping blood spilling from the larger pool, through the base and onto the floor, is undoubtedly my favourite part. I hope this doesn’t reflect any morbid tendencies I may have! Building instructions are available by contacting the Arvo Brothers via email [email protected] and should be on their website soon.
Neil Blomkamp’s movie Chappie may have had some misteps, but the fantastic effects work in bringing the titular android to life was beyond reproach. Chappie, a disaffected robot in a future South Africa, is one of the more endearing robots to find its ways to cinema screens in recent years, and LEGO builder Pilation Pilation has made this awesome rendition of the wannabe gangster robot, fully poseable to throw some street moves, and he’s even built a great motorcycle for Chappie, which has hints of Bat-bike in it.