Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch is capturing the attention of gamers, switching up the way console games and The Legend of Zelda is played. Introduced in the game is a new six-legged ancient enemy called “Guardians,” and one has already been recreated in LEGO by Tim Schwalfenberg. The gold segmented legs, red and pink patterns, and single blue laser eye have been captured in bricks well.
A couple builders share their love for LEGO and video games with scaled-up models of controllers from past and present. First, from Cecilie Fritzvold, is the sleek PlayStation 4 controller. Cecilie shows great attention to detail, creating the D-pad with fairly new 2×3 shield pieces in black spaced out slightly, and the centered speaker with the right number and arrangement of holes.
Chris Maddison takes us back 30 years before the PlayStation 4 with his classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Chris nails the colors and line work of the classic game pad, making it difficult to tell at first the model is made with LEGO bricks.
These Fire Mario and Magikoopa sculptures by John Tooker show Fire Mario using his fireballs to fight Magikoopa (Kamek) on his way to face Bowser. Amazingly, these are John’s first LEGO sculptures and are definitely not small in scale. Mario stands about 18 inches tall and is made of approximately 2600 bricks, while Magikoopa was created using about 1300 bricks.
Mario’s face is well crafted and easily recognisable despite the use of simple bricks and plates rather than more complex parts. Sculptures designed on a larger scale can be pricey and heavy, so a lot of LEGO builders tend to stick to simpler 2×2 and 2×4 bricks for the bulk of their building.
In 2015, the thirtieth anniversary of Mario, Nintendo released an awesome amiibo of every player one’s favorite koopa slaying plumber as a 3D version of the original character sprite. Perhaps used as a guide, John Kupitz constructed the 3D projection with LEGO bricks to equally impressive results. Sure, the voxels in the LEGO version aren’t perfect cubes, but they’re close enough that the build is instantly recognizable.
Link is the main protagonist in the best selling roleplaying-puzzle-action franchise The Legend of Zelda. This LEGO model of Link by Nathanael Kuipers accurately depicts him characteristically wearing a green tunic and pointed cap. The shaping is excellent, especially the facial features and his green tunic. Nathanael has also taken the time to build the details into Link’s shield and sword using bricks rather than any printed parts – nice attention to detail. It’s a perfect use of the Nexo Knights blade for Link’s sword in this build.
This links nicely on to another LEGO version of the same Zelda character. In this version Koen has rebuilt his previously featured Kirby, the eponymous character from another Nintendo videogame series. Kirby has the in-game ability to inhale enemies, thereby gaining characteristic abilities from them. Clearly by inhaling Link, Kirby has gained the ability to wield a huge sword and wear a green pointed hat without looking like one of Santa’s elves! A lovely fun build.
Whether it’s from dropping pesky Spiny Eggs to slow your progress on World 4-1, fishing your kart out of the water on Banshee Boardwalk, or carrying the third-person camera though Peach’s Castle, Super Mario Bros players will recognize this LEGO Lakitu built by Cecilie Fritzvold. Some clever use of parts make Cecilie’s Lakitu come to life, like the mudguard piece for the cloud’s smile and a rubber band around Lakitu’s eyes for his goggles.
“Talented” and “prolific” make a great combination in a LEGO builder, and like many of the builders we feature here on The Brothers Brick, Finnish builder Eero Okkonen manages both. Following his fantastic LEGO characters from Nausicaä, Eero has tackled Palutena, Goddess of Light, from the Kid Icarus series of Nintendo games (also featured in Super Smash Bros.). Never shy of color, Eero incorporates numerous pearl-gold and light-blue trans-clear elements.
Read more about the build on Eero’s blog, Cyclopic Bricks.
Even though I grew up in Japan, my family never owned a game console, and I didn’t really play Nintendo games until I worked for Nintendo of America (its US headquarters are near Seattle, right next door to Microsoft) back in the GameCube and Game Boy Advance era, barely over a decade ago. Nevertheless, I’m still a fan of Mario and all his many compatriots, and love seeing Nintendo characters built from LEGO. Two builders have (presumably) separately built Mario and Bowser, so a post highlighting them together seemed appropriate.
First up, Portuguese builder Tiago Catarino presents several iconic Super Mario Bros. elements, not least of which is a great studs-out, 8-bit Mario himself.
But Mario will need to beware the boss at the end of the level, since American David Pickett has built this highly detailed Bowser, full of great little details like feathers for his flaming red hair.
David also has a video you can watch to learn how to build Bowser yourself.
Michael Kuroda (madoruk) just built these lovely, iconic blocks from the Mario line of video games. Each of the blocks are perfect and look like they fell right out of the games. And, to top it off, that background perfectly highlights the blocks. They would be still be fine without a backdrop but it really is the icing on the cake. If I had to choose, I think the ‘POW’ block is my favorite but it’s a close call. They are all really well done. Michael really hit one out of the park with these beauties!
Ever wondered what it would be like to go inside some of those classic video games? Could be fun, right? With my luck I’d get caught in Frogger. I’ve gotten worse at that one as I’ve gotten older–true story.
Matt De Lanoy (Pepa Quin)has created the Bob-omb Battlefield, from N64’s Super Mario 64, so his adorable little Bob-ombs have an environment just for them.
And because things like this are always better in person, if you’re in the greater Chicago area and want to check out some fantastic LEGO creations, you can check out the 12th Annual Christmas LEGO Train show this weekend. That sounds like a great way to beat some of the chill!
Choose wisely, as these delicious-looking mushrooms, by Dirk VH, are quite the power-ups! Weighing in at ten pounds a piece, the center one is the retro version of the power-up that turns Mario into Super Mario, while the blue one shrinks him down. The green one, of course, is the much sought after “1-Up” that gives you an extra life. Check out the time-lapse construction video as well!