Tag Archives: Sci Fi

Alien Project by The Arvo Brothers [Review]

The Arvo Brothers (Ramon & Amador Alfaro Marcilla) have recently released their second book called Alien Project. It costs €26 + shipping and can be purchased via the Arvo Brothers website. The main bulk of the book contains detailed instructions for building their fantastic Alien figure and its base. There are also chapters explaining the inspiration behind the project and a rare insight into the development of a model of this calibre. Below is my review of the book.

ALIEN Project Book - Cover

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Futuristic automobiles take off... and hover

In the future imagined by Polish builder Jerac, the younger generation cruise around in yellow hovercrafts while the ‘dad-taxi’ family car looks a little bit cooler than your average Toyota.

Firstly, we have the Aeris, the 4-person family car for collecting the groceries and taking the kids to the movies. Even Jerac has to admit that this is “slightly more luxurious” than the average family car (they must be from the nicer side of the City). Honestly, I’m not trying to sell you this car, but take a look at the rear – the building techniques used are fantastic!

Epsilon Dynamics AERIS

Next, we have the Athame, a hovercraft aimed at the cool kids who yearn for a sportier, faster, more eye-catching ride. This hovercraft has the added adrenaline rush of a transparent floor – definitely not for the feint-hearted. I love the shaping of the front, very nice curves.

Epsilon Dynamics Athame hovercar

Sadly, the exuberance of youth means that the Athame is sometimes exposed to more ‘aggressive driving manoeuvres’ and the resulting vehicle breakdown requires a futuristic rescue truck. Here we have the Cobbergoot Hoverlift-3. The Hovlift-3 has a great extendable lift at the back, to cater for even the largest of future hovercrafts, and collapses neatly to allow a more streamlined look when not it use.

Clobbergoot hover Tow Truck

Despite being a (relative) ‘youth’, I think I will stick with the luxurious Aeris as my future car. That transparent floor on the Athame is just too much excitement for me…

3 years to create huge LEGO version of Halo’s Infinity

I’ve been playing a LOT of Halo 5 recently – it’s a welcome return to form for the series after the slight let-down of Halo 4. As a result, I’m embarrassed I missed this stunning build until now. Cody Fowler took 3 years to put together this excellent recreation of UNSC Infinity, the spaceship star of the Halo franchise…

U.N.S.C. INFINITY

Cody has managed to perfectly capture the ship’s lines — no small feat when it’s such a collection of angles. I’m sure he was pleased, but also slightly nervous, when the latest game featured the Infinity so prominently on its loading screen. If you’re building a model from a source with such a rabid fan-base, you’re going to have to get the details right!

Beyond the shaping and the impressive scale (134 studs long), the blue LED lights within the vessel really add to the feel of a working starship. But for me, the little touch that sets this model apart is the attention Cody paid to the base. Often big spaceship builds like this are supported on ugly stacks – a functional afterthought detracting from the appearance of the model as a whole. Here, Cody has gone the extra mile, lavishing the same attention to detail on this element as the main ship itself. Great stuff.

Week of Wonders: Letranger Absurde [Tuesday]

Our second find from the hoard of Letranger Absurde is this cunningly crafted microscale homage to the book that first introduced the world to the concept of the alien invasion story, H. G. Well’s The War of the Worlds.

From the builder: “I’ve always been a fan of H. G. Wells’ fiction (one of the very first builds was a Time Machine / Star Wars crossover; it’s a complete mess, but that’s a different story!). So building this was always on my list. The dumbbell choice of part in Iron Builder was just the inspiration I needed to finally go ahead with it. I chose to take a more personal approach to the scene and not base it directly on any adaptation, but still wanted to keep a rather retro aesthetic for the tripod… unfortunately I’ve only had enough parts to make one.”

Cienasis 5 – An Oasis in the Oceans

I’ve always loved how builders would create a completely new world out of their imagination (including their own Technobabble) and realize them in bricks. Daniel Church created this Sci-Fi oceanic world of floating trading hubs, to serve as rest points for ocean going travelers:

Cienasis 5

The main barge is just chock full of details, from the wonderful solar panel and a fully built out trading bazaar on the deck.

Like many other builds at Brickworld, this particular layout is lit for the ‘World of Lights’:
Cienasis 5: World of Lights
Dan was also nominated for the ‘Best Sea Vessel’ for the Cienasis 5.

Up and downy stuff in a big blue box

The only way a show like Doctor Who can achieve the longevity it has, is through change: the Doctor changes, his companions change, and even his temperamental TARDIS changes. And that is reflected perfectly in the many Who-themed LEGO creations of Thorsten Bonsch (Xenomurphy).

Thorsten’s project to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary using LEGO was so ambitious that it’s still a work in progress two years later. And now he has completed the pièce de résistance: the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS! Behold…

I always assumed his recreation of the 9th Doctor’s TARDIS would remain the definitive LEGO version of the TARDIS interior, but this one is just spectacular! Good luck finding any right angles in this build…

Of course, we cannot expect in our wildest dreams that the recently announced LEGO Ideas Doctor Who project will be anything like this. But if anyone from LEGO Ideas is reading this, I beg you to study Thorsten’s minifig scaled Dalek. You know, before you design something we’ll all hate ;-)

Powered by the stars themselves

Spanning two decades and achieving worldwide popularity, the Stargate franchise gave Star Trek a pretty good run for its money – and is now even up for a movie reboot. The final spin-off, named Stargate Universe, tried to lure fans by adopting the grittier realism of shows like Battlestar Galactica. Unfortunately that shift didn’t gel with audiences, and the show was cancelled after just 2 seasons.

I’m a huge SG-U fan and was sad to see it go. So when German builder nameless_member produced this beautiful model of the star ship Destiny, it was nice to be reminded I wasn’t the only one…

I really love the compactness of this build – it’s probably the smallest scale that you could build Destiny at and still do it justice. It has just the right level of greebling, and the ship’s distinctive curvature is perfectly captured, as you can see from this rear angle. Even the shuttle craft have been included!

“HUMAN DECISION REQUIRED”

If there are two things we *love* at The Brothers Brick, it’s spaceships and nostalgia. And pugs (ok, three things). So unless you were watching TV in the mid-seventies, the pictures below will probably leave you scratching your head!

Last year saw the release of the book Build Your Own Galaxy by builders Joe Klang, Oliver Albrecht, and Lutz Uhlmann. And now Joe has posted images of their Space 1999 scenes from the book. And this minifig scale Eagle One is to die for! There’s even a matching moon buggy complete with astronaut occupants. Oh, and the entire command center and crew too…

I will admit that Space 1999 was one of my favorite Sci-Fi shows growing up. From the mind of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, it was like a more dramatic, more stylish, and more British version of Star Trek. With an actual special FX budget.

Spoiler alert: He’s Luke’s dad!

For a Star Wars themed building contest over at Imperium Der Steine, German builder Disco86 had to come up with a creation who’s footprint was only 4×4 bricks. Not only did he manage to stay within the letter of the law, but he also managed to recreate one of the most iconic scenes of the entire franchise. Way to think outside the box!

Friday Night Fights: In pursuit of Exo-llence

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights. Tonight we join an ongoing fray, as the LEGO world continues to be gripped with Exo-suit mania. Hec, even the animals are getting in on the action! But let’s up the ante and give this a cinematic twist, shall we?

In the R-rated corner, we have a recreation of an A.P.U. from The Matrix Trilogy by Niki Dregant:

While over in the PG-rated corner, lurks a Unikitty-piloted Cloud Cuckoo Land Mech by Martin Gee:

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding, by way of comment, who will stomp their way to glory, and who is destined for the scrap heap. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, Devil in the architecture Details, Nick Barrett’s Georgian town house prevailed with a monumental score of 11-0. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

Arca: Consummation, Cultivation,and Corruption

Arca is a story told by three builders: Max Pointner, Ian Spacek, and Paul Vermeesch about a dying planet where the inhabitants cultivate a little basket of life – Arca – and created a glittering city only to see corruption seep in.
Arca: Consummation
The overall construction of this build is extremely clever, an upside down Ziggurat with some fantastic transitions between a lush garden zone and dark cubes areas. I am having a hard time deciding if I like the little green house more, or the extremely complicated and interesting corrupted cube structure:

Arca: CultivationArca: Corruption

But what impresses me about this build, isn’t the interesting back story that they had developed or the quality and execution of the build itself, but the seamless manner in which three separate builders could create a single uniform build. I’ve had the pleasure of being in several collaborations over the years, but I have never been a part of something so tightly integrated. Though this isn’t the first time the three have collaborated on build – last SHIPtember they managed to some how build 1/3 of a SHIP each.

Thankfully Max has provided a bit of a behind the scenes on how they approached and executed the Arca Project for those looking at joining forces to do a collaboration build like this.