Tag Archives: Sci Fi

The cake is a lie

Portal has been among the most mind-blowing games for me, and I couldn’t get enough of it in two episodes. While we wait for Valve Corporation to come up with a third, we should entertain ourselves with hiqh quality LEGO creations. Evan skillfully sculpted Chell and a sentry turret over a very Portal-esque base. Crispy photography and an Aperture Laboratories logo really show off the model. Still, some fans expect to see the Companion Cube and maybe a piece of cake to go along with Evan’s work. Perhaps we’ll see them some other time!

Portal 2 Figurines


[Editor’s note: You might not notice this, but The Brothers Brick has contributors from all over the world — not just the US and Canada, but also the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey. Tonight, our thoughts are with the author of this post, Ankara resident Cagri Yuz, his family and friends, and all his fellow citizens of Turkey during this tumultuous time. Stay safe, Cagri!]

Birth of the robot kind

If you grew up watching the Terminator series, you are very likely to fear that the human kind will be wiped out by robots in the future. Devid VII probably wants to disturb us deeply so he made a small scene depicting the birth of an intelligent robot and this exact moment will be the end of us!

Devid cared to write a brief background story for his creation in which he names this dreadful robot as General DR-ONE who shall command rest of the drones in the universe. This robot design was utilized in a prior work of Devid along with another rebel robot delivering weaponry to take over humans so shame on them!

The Creation

The workshop may look simple at the first sight but it includes a seemingly functional crane system, folding warehouse doors, a forklift, shelves, various machinery and a nice orange ladder along with some very busy people. If you pay attention to details, you will find many inspiring elements so go ahead and take a closer look!

Ranger once again

We had previously featured a version of the Ranger 1 spacecraft from Interstellar movie but that’s no reason to skip another flawless model. Riskjockey worked hard and made four versions of Ranger 1 until coming up with a satisfying result. The end model is quite big at approximately 31.20 centimeters or 39 LEGO studs. Therefore he managed to squeeze in many play features including a rear hatch, airlock doors, opening cockpit, personalized minifigures and decorated interior with reclinable chairs! Check out the whole set for more details!

Ranger 1 front

Ranger 1 back

In the not-too-distant future, somewhere in time and space

Screen-centric builder SPARKART! does it again with these spot-on versions of Gyspy, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo from the cult 90’s TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. This groundbreaking Saturday morning show recycled bad movies by having a captive astronaut and his dysfunctional robot buddies wisecrack over them. The robots of course were played by puppets, which is why the creations don’t feature much below the waist!

Resonance Cascade

It’s been almost a decade since we had our hands on a new Half-Life game. A generation missed out this amazing gameplay experience and many of us older ones began to forget how it all started. Fortunately Dorian Glacet stepped up to remind us how the Earth descended into chaos, with this digitally rendered LEGO diorama. Resonance Cascade was the single most important event in the original Half-Life video game, where the protagonist Gordon Freeman tears a rift between two worlds. Dorian perfectly captures this moment with LEGO bricks and we are left to suffer the Unforeseen Consequences…

Unforseen Consequences

Slums of Mandalore

The Sydney Brick Show is coming up this weekend, and we get to see an amazing preview of a contribution by Joshua Morris. He has collaborated with Jade Wisniewski to build a large sci-fi diorama, and this is his half.

Mandalore is an an Outer Rim planet from the Star Wars Universe, which has an interesting and violent history. Of course, Mandalore’s greatest claim to fame is that fact that Boba Fett – everyone’s favorite bounty hunter – wears the iconic Mandalorian armor (though Boba Fett himself was neither a member of the Mandalorians nor born on the planet).

Slums of Mandalore

Click here for a closer look at this hive of scum and villany

Sector AT.10 of the apocalypse

The apocalypse is now. Civilization is gone. Chaos prevails… Sector AT.10 is the ultimate refuge for cut-throats, savages and punks. Only the most ruthless will survive…

Tim Schwalfenberg has masterfully crafted this dark scene depicting a fallen world often envisaged by pessimist spirits like myself. The choice of dull colors throughout the work helps a lot with the atmosphere. The recycled container, shabby ventilation system, disorganized structure and lying junk perfectly sums up a world without order. The hooded characters present an uncanny and unwelcoming ambiance. But don’t be intimidated! It’s just a perfect work of LEGO which we all should enjoy!

Sector AT.10

Artificial Intelligence will make the world efficient and set you free

The short independent film Keloid depicts a very different world from the one we know. In the film, society has come to rely on an intricate network of artificial intelligence devices designed to bring efficacy and then control. Devid VII has recreated the Militech Weapons Platfom and accompanying drones from the film in LEGO.

Devid’s weapons platform is a fantastic combination of menacing robotic features, weaponry and the intimidating sense that ‘Big Brother’ is watching. I particularly love the use of Mixels joints at the ‘ankle’ as it looks cool, adds function and also accurately reflects the film.

Keloid - Miltech weapons platform

This second view uses depth of field nicely to focus on the impassive drones in front of the weapons platform. The use of minifigure parts mixed with brick heads is perfect to mimic the film’s drones who have big metallic blank faces and eyes that never really look at anything.

Keloid - Miltech weapons platform

With sci-fi,  artificial intelligence, a 1984-esque oppressive future and LEGO, Devid has served me a perfect cocktail …cheers!

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

Click here to read the full review

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.