Julius von Brunk built this amazing self-portrait bust in LEGO bricks. There’s great brickwork here, capturing the curves, planes, and lines of a head and face more accurately than you’d expect possible using plastic blocks. But for me, the main attraction is that raised eyebrow. It transforms this from being a cool technical achievement into a genuine portrait with a sense of character.
It is strangely appropriate that Kosmas Santosa, a builder from Jakarta, Indonesia, has built a LEGO seismograph. Indonesia is a country that is heavily affected by earthquakes due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Kos has been utilising the ‘paint roller‘ in all sorts of ingenious ways this month, and his vintage seismograph is no exception. The locks on the front of the case, the levers on the top right of the machine and the pens that record the output are all constructed from the paint roller.
I wonder what happens when you press the red buttons?
LEGO builder yu chris created this gorgeous replica of Darth Vader’s iconic samurai-inspired mask, which gleams with shades of black just like the original. But it’s not just a mask — turning it around reveals three clever chibi-style scenes from Anakin’s life. The tiny little Death Star hangar filled with parading stormtroopers is definitely my favorite bit, but the relief sculptures in the backgrounds of the other two scenes are each fantastic in their own right.
We should have posted this remarkable brick-built fish by Daniel Stoeffler on April first, but we didn’t sea it until now. Better late than never right? I’m stunned by the life-like nature of this little guy. The exposed LEGO studs make excellent scales and the overall striped patterns and color blocking on the fish’s body and fins are gorgeous. He even has a soft underbelly and whiskers!
But what’s the joke you ask? Well, as Daniel explains it, on April first in France, children play pranks on others by placing paper fish on their backs and then running away shouting “Poisson d’Avril!” I don’t get it either, but it sounds hilarious.
Dutch builder Koen has created a set of beautiful Faberge-style jewelled eggs. What better way to celebrate Easter weekend with your favourite construction system?
These creations are packed with nice parts usage to get the details and sparkling metallic effects. Check out the stands too — great stuff. We’ve previously featured the beautiful red egg in the center; the green and blue ones are being featured here for the first time.
Even better, the eggs open up to reveal appropriate minifigs for each egg’s theme: Spring, Love, and Ice…
First, we see a beautiful example of a Peregrine Falcon. This record-setting bird of prey can reach speeds over 200 mph (322 km/h) and is found throughout the world. Joe’s rendition of this majestic bird is giving us some pretty impressive side-eye from its natural outdoor habitat.
The famous monument Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile stands in Paris as an iconic memorial to French soldiers, and LEGO builder Brian Yu has recreated it splendidly in brick, awash in the French tricolor. Brian’s model makes great use of greebling and the undersides of basic plates to mimic the relief sculpting on the arch, and the result beautifully tricks the eye into seeing finely sculpted details.
I’m not sure if these delicate looking flowers actually need pollinated, but if they do, then this stunning butterfly by Moko should be able to get the job done nicely. Moko’s heavy use of transparent pieces gives this build a pleasing, glass-like appearance. And those whips make for a perfect proboscis and antennae, don’t you think?
Here is an adorable couple of Chihuahuas by delayice to celebrate the start of the weekend. Take a moment to note how adorably grotesque both dogs are and how recognizable the overall shape is. How can one not fall in love with these silly eyes and enormous ears?
I appreciate and love to see LEGO models presented in life size. It’s all about creating an illusion; can you build with LEGO something that doesn’t look like LEGO? Jonas succeeds with a 1:1 scale Underwood Typewriter built from the beloved brick. From the mechanical details to the elegant frame, his replica is dang near flawless.
Has anyone lost a key? Jonas has found one and is trying to find its owner. Look again. This is made of LEGO. It requires a double (or perhaps triple) take to convince yourself that this is actually made of bricks:
It is worth considering scale, as this key must be for a massive padlock or door. Perhaps this photograph of a Kevin Hinkle minifig holding a LEGO padlock will help put Jonas’ key into perspective!