The entertaining piratical musician was built by Sweetsha. The dreads look appropriately unwashed, and I like how well the essence of the character is conveyed in a relatively simple build.
Sweetsha is apparently engaging in a seed-part contest, with the brown claw piece as the mystery part. His floating windmill island is also worth highlighting. The clouds as structural elements to stabilize the base and hold the flying machine aloft are a nice touch, and the round Hobbt-door is too cute. Be sure to check out his flickr-stream for more cool models utilizing the brown claw.
We have posted a lot of album covers over the years but this particular one, by Isaac Mazer is one of the best. The fact that he was able to get the perspective so perfect is amazing. It is so good that I didn’t realize it was actually a mosaic…incredible!
Many thanks to Katie Walker for the heads up.
Joel Midgley (Greybrick) just posted a LEGO version of the cover art from U2’s 1983 album War.
This is a “studs up” rather than the usual “studs out” LEGO mosaic, which allows Joel to have finer control over diagonal angles in places like the lettering, as well as a samller “pixel” with the side of plates rather than their top.
I’m on a bit of a blogging hiatus lately thanks to a massive work overload, but when Moritz Nolting (nolnet) linked me to this LEGO tenori-on I absolutely had to break my break and share it. Some help to make your own can be found here.
Beat Bricks – A LEGO Step Sequencer from superquadratic on Vimeo.
Death Cab for Cutie are one of my favorite bands, and I’ve enjoyed seeing them live (including opening for the Seattle Mariners a couple year ago).
L D M has recently been posting DCFC album art recreated in LEGO. His rendition of Narrow Stairs is pixel-perfect.
Though it’s a less-sophisticated LEGO build, I also like his version of Transatlanticism — the album that secured DCFC as my favorite band at the time.
Though we missed it when he posted it back in September, Plans incorporates some interesting textures — can you spot the crab?
Though we’ve mainly featured the Discworld creations by Amacher Sylvain (captainsmog), he’s also quite the accomplished steampunk builder, as he demonstrates with this behemoth of a monowheel.
While we’re at it, don’t miss his awesome and atmospheric rock concert scene:
Chris Rozek recently recreated a striking Rickenbacker 4001 “Lefty” from the anime series FLCL. I have become rather a fan of full-size LEGO models and this one is quite impressive. It is fully wearable and unglued. Well played, Chris!
That old cliché doesn’t really work when minifigs are all shaped the same. Anyway, this operatic scene by Seth Christie includes a great backdrop, complete with curtains and a viking ship.
Although I prefer Bizet and Puccini, I certainly appreciate the Wagner reference, as well as inspiration taken from classical music in general.
Okay, so this cassette player by Angus MacLane may not actually play your favorite 80’s tunes, but it’s equally portable and no less nostalgic.
The pressed switch is a nice touch.
On the whole I’m used to seeing one thing pop up in Ross Crawford’s (RoscoHead
) photostream: cranes. So spotting a LEGO ukulele there this morning was somewhat of a surprise. Discovering it worked was less of a surprise after the initial shock.
To quote Ross:
Realising I’ve never owned a uke, I decided I’d try to make one. But instead of using wood, like any normal person, I decided to use LEGO bricks. Of course, there were some challenges: 1) Shape, 2) Strength, 3) Tuning, 4) Intonation
So, after all that, I ended up with what I like to call an alto ukulele – it is tuned to C-F-A-D (normal ukes are generally tuned to G-C-E-A). I also thought it needed a stand so I can display it on the mantle piece, you can see it poking out the bottom. And I think it really sounds OK, but you can judge for yourself: Puff the Magic Dragon
And for those who missed the link in the quote, here is Ross playing a well known song on his LEGO ukulele.
Incidentally, this is how you make a tuning peg out of LEGO. Clever, no?