While observing an orchid plant, I realized how much the flower petals resemble a Lego armor piece found in the new Star Wars figures such as the First Order Stormtrooper. I then started building based on this simple idea and am happy to share the results.
This LEGO model of a Scarlet Macaw by James Universe is currently being displayed at Dallas Zoo until April 10th 2016. James’ model is just under 12 inches tall and features a “tree stand” for displaying. Dallas Zoo is currently hosting an exhibition called Nature Connects by LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney and James’ model relates to this exhibition.
The rainbow plumage on this Scarlet Macaw is wonderful – the LEGO colour palate certainly works well for this species. I particularly love the use of multiple Medium Azure surfboards for the tail feathers.
Thirteen years ago, we met Marlin and Dory as they searched everywhere to find Nemo, befriending sea turtles, sharks (fish are friends, not food!), and learned to speak whale. This year, we’ll join familiar fishes once again to find Dory.
LEGO’s 1×1 tiles with rounded corners, which can be found in the Mixels series 7 sets, look like one of this year’s most interesting new parts. And Takamichi Irie has devised the most hilarious way to introduce them. Here’s a diagram of the rules of the legendary game Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock as presented by Sheldon Cooper in popular American sitcom The Big Bang Theory. These nails look both cartoonish and realistic at the same time. I can’t wait to see tons of different uses of “nail” tiles in upcoming models.
In November, we blogged Dennis Qiu‘s terrifying mecha beasts and his fierce Chinese lion. Now, give it up for the mythical hound of Hades, Cerberus. This pup comes equipped with one very muscular body and three mouthfuls of razor-sharp chompers. Check out how Dennis sculpted vicious snarls on each dog’s face, cleverly exposing blood-red gums. And those flexible barbs make perfect Doberman-like ears. I like to imagine that whenever Cerberus isn’t busy guarding the gates of Hell, he’s either curled up by the fire or begging his master for treats.
Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak, is hauntingly beautiful and more than a bit freaky. The movie is awash in bold contrasting tones of black, white, and red, and none moreso than the palpably creepy specter of Lady Sharp. Tyler Halliwell’s terrific bust stays true to the apparition’s viscerally gruesome crimson visage.
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.
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.
I wish I’d had one of these guys when I was studying for high school anatomy and physiology! While he may not be one-hundred percent anatomically correct, this marvelous skeleton by umamen comes pretty darn close (actually, I can’t imagine getting much closer with LEGO). He’s got everything that counts including knobby knees, boney phalanges and neck vertebrae, protruding clavicles, a healthy set of lungs, and even a complete digestive tract. And he appears to be extremely poseable. His rib cage even opens for a closer look!
Check out more photos on Flickr.
Australian builder Shannon Sproule has created a LEGO model of one of the seemingly less graceful birds of prey – the vulture. Shannon says he based this build on the griffon vulture, and with an average wing span of 2.5m (8 ft) in real life, these birds are impressive creatures.
The position of the outstretched feet, ducked head and ‘flaps down’ wing position has really captured the body positioning of a typical griffon vulture landing. While the vulture appears to be coming in to land near some carrion, the birds-eye view spares us from the sight of a decaying animal… just use your imagination.
We all know how important it is to get your dose of fruit and vegetables each day and Japanese builder and TBB regular nobu_tary has two creations full of Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and …well actually they’re just LEGO.
This is the best LEGO banana I have seen, the varied wedges are a perfect choice to form the peeled banana skin and the use of lime, reddish-brown and black at the end really adds to the realism. I also note that the builder has peeled the banana the ‘correct‘ way to avoid bruising the flesh.
A plate of broccoli is the second build served up by nobu_tary. The angle of the photographs help the plant limb elements (Part 2423 and Part 2417) appear more ‘broccoli-like’ along with the lighter stem in lime elements.
Jason and Kristal from JK Brickworks continue to pump out amazing mechanical inventions created using LEGO. When last we featured them it was with Jason’s holiday cookie decorating robot, but today’s creation comes from Kristal and is a delightful little skating penguin.
The heart of the moving sculpture is a Trammel of Archimedes, a mechanism that traces out an ellipse. This is usually used to make “useless machines” such as the mischevious black box that JK Brickworks created a few years ago.
Full instructions for your own Happy Feet are available right here.