While it will probably evoke fond memories of a certain musical movie extravaganza that turns 15 this month, this spectacular recreation of Paris’ famous Moulin Rouge music hall by
domino39 brickpirate is pretty faithful to the original building — except for a few deliberately placed incongruities! Check out the close-up shots below to see if you can spot such anomalies as a Nineteenth century Ghostbuster and hoverboard rider, to name but a few. Then marvel at all of the fine details in this diorama, from the worn down street cobbles to the many examples of brick-built signage (including some rather cleverly put-together neon lights). C’est incroyable!
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Nostalgic for the “gabber” electronic dance music scene of 1990’s Netherlands, Dutch builder Chris van Vliet built this amazing three-dimensional LEGO recreation the Masters of Hardcore logo (a record label and series of EDM festivals). The sculpture – which resembles the giant goat skull that used to grace the stage at these events – is comprised almost entirely of LEGO bricks kept from that era, and has even been beautifully black-lit.
Chris also gives us a couple of extra treats in the form of detailed work in progress photos showing how the entire creation came together, and a short video of two brick-built gabber fans in action! And not satisfied with recreating just one gabber-era logo, Chris even produced this sculpture of the Thunderdome “Thunder Wizzard” logo, which when you compare it to the original is clearly spot on!
Tyler Sky has shared his latest creation, which is so remarkable it could almost be an official set. This rig and trailer are packed with tons of stage equipment, and the girls look ready to throw a concert even in the middle of nowhere.
The concept of a LEGO rig with a trailer is not new, as we are already familiar with them from the various Ferrari racing sets. But a trailer transforming into a stage looks absolutely glamorous, not to mention its cool smooth shape when folded up. And while the outside of the trailer is missing a huge logo of the band with a promo picture, this truck would be a great addition to the LEGO Friends set 41106 Pop Star Tour Bus.
The stunningly accurate classic-rock album covers just keep coming! Following the Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd album covers we featured this month, comes W. Navarre‘s terrific LEGO version of Kansas’ Point of Know Return. Compare Navarre’s version to the original cover and you’ll see that he nailed it. I particularly love the Kansas lettering and eclipsed sun. I’m crossing my fingers that album covers will become a new LEGO building style after this bombardment of awesomeness.
Hot on the heels of the Division Bell album cover comes another amazing LEGO classic rock album cover. This time builder David Zambito created Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album (nicknamed “Zoso” or just “IV” by fans). The album is widely considered to be Zeppelin’s best (the final song is “Stairway to Heaven” after all), and looks phenomenal in brick.
Take a look at the original cover art and judge for yourself whether or not Zambito nailed the conversion into LEGO. The background looks like peeling tree bark and the hunched posture of the old man is spot on. Even better, the build appears to be about the size of a vinyl cardboard sleeve.
Check out this rockin’ Pink Floyd album cover recreated in LEGO! Builder James Bailey captured the iconic 1994 album cover of The Division Bell perfectly by using SNOT (“studs not on top”) and forced perspective. Fun fact: Storm Elvin Thorgerson, the English graphic designer who created this and dozens of other album covers (including Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, and Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations) said that this artwork was intended to represent the absence of former band members Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. Pretty neat, huh?
Ever since the 70314 Beast Master’s Chaos Chariot was unveiled I’ve been looking for a clever way to use the two unique, domed printed pieces which form the heads of the two large Globlins pulling Mr.Master’s chariot. James zhan beat me to it with a double build — turning the two monsters into punk rock beats complete with an instrument, microphone, and mohawk hairdos.
For those of you about to build (we salute you).
Every colorful rock band needs a colorful ride in which to clatter from gig to gig. There are few bands more colorful than this group of space rockers (though I miss my favorite green space man, who must have been relegated to be a roadie), imagined by the eccentric mind of Julius von Brunk, and Julius has built The Highway Stars an appropriately garish purple space jalopy.
While the band certainly provides an entertaining distraction, the real star here is their space car, The Astrosurfer, which has a detailed interior and even a brick-built engine under the hood.
Check out lots more groovy photos in Julius’ photoset on Flickr.
New York based musician and LEGO builder Andy Grobengieser recently began creating miniature versions of iconic music synthesizer keyboards, starting with the classic Mini Moog, and his latest collection showcases four models that any synth geek should immediately recognize: the Korg MS-20, Roland Jupiter-8, Yamaha DX7, and Nord Stage.
The MS-20 holds particularly fond memories for me as it was one of the first synths I ever owned. It first went into production in 1978, but like many vintage synths it remains popular and is still used by electronic musicians to this day (although good luck finding one at a reasonable price!). It’s crazy patch bay was inspired by the Moog Modular, which Andy has also lovingly recreated in LEGO:
Most of these instruments herald from a “golden age” of synthesizers, and each had it’s own unique sound. Of course, no two synth enthusiasts would ever completely agree on which models had the greatest influence on the sound of 70s and 80s music. But I felt that Andy’s collection was missing one significant entry, a device that brought the term “sampling” into everyday use, and was central to work of cutting-edge artists like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. I present to you… the Fairlight CMI!
TBB regular Letranger Absurde continues to refine his unique style and churn out one great character build after another. This week he graced us with not one, but two, new examples: the erstwhile King of Pop, and a lady assassin who seems to be taking her work a bit too seriously. Both feature stellar poses, great proportioning, and a delightful use of Mixel eyes. It’s almost enough to make this aged character builder wanna hang up his bricks! I tip my hat to you, sir…
Art in all its forms is a means of expression, be that joy, sadness, humour, grief, love. In the LEGO community it is not surprising that we turn to our bricks as a method of processing and dealing with emotions. This touching build by Chris Maddison is his tribute to a friend who sadly passed away too young. Sometimes it is best to just let a build speak for itself.
For those of us who choose to build with small plastic bricks, the actual act of carefully placing bricks together becomes therapeutic.
The final creation often expresses far more than words could ever say.
Trying to summarize almost half a century of accomplishments and innovation in a couple of paragraphs would be futile, so I won’t even try. Yesterday a singular artist departed this particular plane of existence, leaving us with a body of work that will no doubt be remembered for another half century to come (including one final album, released just a few days ago).
Somehow we overlooked this gorgeous LEGO sculpture of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover, built by Gabriel Thomson as an entry for the 2014 MOCAthalon contest. So let’s fix that now.
RIP David Bowie (aka Ziggy Stardust, aka Major Tom, aka The Goblin King) 1947-2016.