Readers under the age of 40 are probably looking at this creation by Flickr member jtheels right now and thinking either (a) “Nice spaceship, dude!”, or (b) “Worst Chrome logo ever”. In fact, this is a life size recreation of Simon, an electronic game that first appeared in 1978 and became ridiculously popular at the time. By a complete coincidence, we have a Simon here at The Brothers Brick, who is also ridiculously popular, and has various buttons that we enjoy pushing on a daily basis!
Chris’ recent Tesla post reminded me of one of the more impressive sculptures I saw this year. Robert Turner (rt_bricks)‘s (almost) life sized Tesla Supercharger. Standing at over a one meter (42.5 inches) tall, and taking over three months to build, this is a deceptively large build due to Robert’s fantastic shaping:
You might be thinking: “well it’s not that big…”
Which is why he actually put it beside an actual Tesla Model S to show off the size:
You can check out Robert’s interview about this creation, courtesy of our friends from Beyond the Brick:
Almost ten years after his previous foray into the middle east, mysterious artist/activist Banksy recently popped up in the Gaza Strip, in an effort to once again highlight the plight of people in this region. Flickr member TheBrickAvenger was inspired to recreate one of the Gaza pieces in LEGO:
Some LEGO “purists” may scoff at the choice of the stacked bricks technique used here. But hey, maybe the builder was using it to make a statement? Or maybe there was literally no other way to create this image convincingly at mini-fig scale. Either way, the result is impressive – especially when you consider the effort it must have taken! For context, here is a photo of the original:
Every so often we come across LEGO versions of iconic album* covers, although more often than not they’re unconvincingly recreated using mini-figs. So it was refreshing to see umamen take a crack at some fully brick-built ones:
Pictured above: Nevermind by Nirvana (1991). One Step Behyond by Madness (1979). London Calling by The Clash (1979).
Album covers represent an absolute gold mine of immediately recognizable material for possible LEGO treatments. If you’re a builder, why not take a crack at some of your favorites – we’d love to see what you can do!
(*Album: How your parents got their music before iTunes)
August has ended, and that means the latest bout of Iron Builder is now in the hands of the judges. We saw an exciting month long build-off between American title holder Matt De Lanoy and young Canadian challenger Tim Schwalfenberg. The fight produced some epic creations, many of which we’ve been covering along the way. So while we wait to see who emerges victorious, let’s enjoy some more of the entries, starting in this post with Matt’s…
It’s “back to school” season across the US. My two trudged back there today. So this little scene by delayice seemed appropriate. But hey, where are all the SmartBoards and laptops and phones?!
TBB regular Letranger Absurde brings us this gorgeous brick-built still life scene entitled Emerald Hourglass. Sharp-eyed readers may notice a wealth of NPU (“Nice Part Usage”) such as a flag, mini-fig hair, screwdriver, gold rings, grill bricks, ball joints and Airjitzu canopies.
Historically rats have a pretty bad rap, what with the Black Death and that whole “sinking ship” thing. But I can tell you from personal experience they actually make really fun pets, even for kids (…and they’re short-lived, nudge, wink). Just don’t google “fecal pellets” if you’re on the fence about getting one. They’re even cute in LEGO form, as MOCPages user TheActionFigure demonstrates with this amazingly lifelike scale model of the common rat:
While it may look like some kind of extreme ballet, or very unusual form of back therapy, wrestling fans may recognize this move – expertly recreated in LEGO by simplybrickingit – as the suplex. But can you tell which of the 50+ variants it is? Or what happens next? (…without looking at the script?)