Tag Archives: Sculpture

It’s hard to define which LEGO models are sculptural and which are just a regular pile of bricks, but we know a good sculpture when we see one — even if it’s a funny cartoon character and not the Venus de Milo.

Can he build it? Yes he can!

Koen Can Der Biest is a master of large-scale character sculptures in LEGO bricks. I love his latest, a depiction of every kid’s favourite construction worker Bob The Builder. Bob is immediately recognisable, and his tool belt is captured brilliantly, and as for that shirt — check it out (pun intended).

LEGO Bob The Builder

Koen’s photostream is well worth a visit for some other characters built at a similar scale. I particularly liked this version of the world’s most famous mouse…

LEGO Mickey Mouse

One step beyond

It must be love! The original Brick Nerd Tommy Williamson has built this fine LEGO facsimile of a classic album cover. But there is a method to Tommy’s, erm, madness. The theme of this year’s BrickCon is Madness and as life long Ska fans, Tommy and I are very excited that the organizers have decided to honor one of our favorite bands in this fashion. To celebrate, this year’s Bricks of Character display will be suitably themed, from the trophies, to the badge bricks, and maybe even our outfits. So come visit our house, in the middle of the Con, and prepare for a cardiac arrest!

Here’s your Wednesday morning coffee.

I could make the argument that this qualifies as latte art. This LEGO latte by DOGOD Brick Design is simple, effective, and highly recognizable. The tan, dark tan and white do an excellent job standing in for steamed milk and foam. The cup is simple with nice curves, with a nice matching plate.

It reminds me of a nice, homey coffee place where they ask if your order is “for here, or to go” and if you choose to stay, you get a big mug.

Ask for help from an adult if you need to use sharp cutting tools

Nobu_tary‘s photo stream is a bizarre repository, storing a steampunk gun, a chunky knight, (my personal favourite) a delicious yummy slice of pizza and many more brilliant extraordinary ideas — extraordinary to the point when you stop guessing a certain LEGO piece or the way it is attached to other pieces, but start admiring the way the builder sees the world around them.

These nippers are the cutting edge of LEGO building. Useless tail pieces from Ben 10 finally get a second chance as plier handles, completed with some smart use of a couple of Technic connectors and small claws. And I can’t wait what all those gray pieces will be once they are painted and glued together…

Diagonal Plastic Cutting Pliers

LEGO chestburster from Alien is horrifyingly awesome

Back in 2007 we blogged an awesome LEGO creation by the Arvo Brothers which featured a chestburster emerging from some unlucky person, in a recreation of a scene from the classic Sci-Fi horror film Alien. Well not only have the Arvo Brothers now updated their build with a base and some new parts to improve the design, but they have also finally published instructions!

LEGO Alien Chestburster

The updated version has a white base similar to the base created for their recent Alien Project and changes to the teeth and nose area. The blood pool also has some fantastic sinewy arterial red parts that add to the horror and seem more anatomically realistic.

LEGO Alien Chestburster

The seeping blood spilling from the larger pool, through the base and onto the floor, is undoubtedly my favourite part. I hope this doesn’t reflect any morbid tendencies I may have! Building instructions are available by contacting the Arvo Brothers via email [email protected] and should be on their website soon.

Life-size Blue and Gold Macaw in LEGO

Macaws are stunning birds, and smart to boot. I’ve heard plenty of great stories from those who get the chance to interact with them regularly. AnActionfigure has posted this beautiful sculpture that captures the bird perfectly.

Blue and Gold Macaw

The curve of the beak is spot on, and the face sculpting is excellent.

Blue and Gold Macaw

Painfully transparent

As my two teens head off to high school today for the start of another school year, I’m pretty certain one of the things they won’t see in their laptop / smart board / PowerPoint saturated academic environment is an “overhead projector”. And in case any of you are scratching your heads wondering what that is, how it worked, or what “transparencies” might be, Jeffrey Kong of Artisan Bricks has kindly created a miniature version of one using LEGO to give you a rough idea…

Presented without comment or explanation and leaving Chris McVeigh wishing he’d thought of this first!

Metal Scout blings into action

Markus Rollbühler has definitely focused on bringing more bling to the mecha arena with his latest build. Using a a limited colour palette of metallics and building his first mech as part of a contest has certainly brought out the best in this creation. The head made from droid torsos and mechanical minifigure arms,  and the angled, piston-like legs are two particularly awesome parts of this mech. I also love the “billy club” hands and those powerful abs.

The presentation is eerily good, with the threatening shadow in the background. I can only assume that this mech is not involved in reconnaissance missions as one flash of light and  he will become a shiny beacon!

The moon howls for no wolf

It’s hard to believe that dogs like pugs are descended from wolves, but DNA doesn’t lie. I love my little domesticated canines, but I deeply admire the wild ones that keep ecosystems healthy. legostrator follows up on his excellent LEGO elephants with this lonely wolf looking pensive in the moonlight. The wolf with its mix of LEGO colors and textures accurately captures the look of a wolf’s fur, but be sure to take a closer look at the excellent winter landscaping and denuded tree as well.

Wolf

“This most beautiful SYSTEM” – Isaac Newton in LEGO

One of the wonderful things about the LEGO system is that you can build things at many different scales, in immeasurable combinations, much like the mind-blowing complexity of the universe itself. VAkkron has built this lifelike, instantly recognizable bust of the great physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, with his flowing hair and distinctive chin.

Isaac Newton

Click through to see a LEGO orrery and Newton’s life in microscale

Ouch! This is probably gonna hurt. A lot.

From the mind that brought you a LEGO Garbage Pail Kid, comes a realistic, life-sized LEGO tattoo machine. I’m no expert but from just a quick glance this build by damoncorso looks like the real deal. The use of chrome parts for the grip and tip of the machine is what initially tricked my eye into seeing metal instead of LEGO plastic. I love how Damon presented the build too: with a sleek, clean-lined photo collage in the style of an American traditional tattoo.

LEGO Tattoo Gun

Wielder of a giant 20-sided LEGO die rolls a critical hit

How awesome would it be to show up to a Dungeons and Dragons game with this massive 20-sided die made from LEGO? It might not fit in your dice bag, but hauling this thing around would be totally worth it just to see the look on your friends’ faces as this behemoth clunks across the table. Builder Chris Maddison says this build was inspired by Critical Role, a web series where a bunch of voice actors play D&D. I think I may have found another show to binge watch. Thanks, Chris.

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