Like many guys born in the seventies and eighties, as a child, I spent many Saturday mornings watching cartoons on TV. I used to watch classics such as Transformers, M.A.S.K. and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and build them out of LEGO. By the time Pokémon came along, I had lost interest in cartoons (other than Ren & Stimpy). Pokémon struck me as an obvious ploy to get children to spend their pocket money on what were obviously rubbish toys. Gotta catch ‘em all, right? Not at all like the cartoons I used to watch.
I have, of course, come to realise that my favourite cartoons were as much about selling toys as Pokémon, but I still think that much of the TV series was a bit rubbish. That said, I also realise that, to many people, Ash & Pikachu are no less iconic than Scott Tracker and T-Bob, or (dare I say it) Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky. This and the quality of the models, means that I cannot overlook these great figures built by Combee!. Pikachu looks particularly cute.
Thanks to Niels Huyzer, who suggested this to me several weeks ago.
So many great builders are gonna be exhibiting at Brickworld this year, I almost don’t know who’s work I’m most excited to see! But a series of busts by Tyler Halliwell (The Deathly Halliwell) will probably be somewhere near the top of the list. Check out this latest addition to his collection, the Sandman, from the Neil Gaiman comics (er, I mean “graphic novels”) of the same name:
And this suitably bling-y bust of Anubis, jackal-headed Egyptian god of the afterlife:
Andrew Lee created this terrific word sculpture, which epitomizes the brick experience for many of us fans.
Anime-style figure sculptures have become something of a trend these days, and Ruby Rose by Mike Dung is exemplary among them. The key to good figure sculpting in this scale is to balance creating details with merely evoking them. Ruby’s face, for instance, is nearly as simplistic as possible, while the bodice is quite intricate; both, however, meld to create a fantastic sculpture.
Mike’s not a one-hit wonder, though. Check out his other sculptures, such as Snow Miku.
Tyler (The Deathly Halliwell) has long been one of my favorite builders of all things Del Toro. He’s probably the only builder that can take the fantastic creatures from Del Toro and sculpt them so beautifully…I regretted not blogging his Faun earlier this year, but thankfully he’s added the Pale Man to his growing collection:
And if that wasn’t enough, Tyler also did another Del Toro movie icon Hellboy:
Some builds just make you stop in your tracks and do a double take. Jin Kei‘s homage to the Salvador Dali’s The Elephants is one such example:
The steampunk take on the famous painting is brilliantly done keeping the spirit of the original, while still making any LEGO Steampunker happy. The boiler assembly and the simplistic details on the legs just makes me zoom and just ogle some of the techniques used.
Mihai Marius Mihu brings us another in his series of strange, otherworldly and vaguely unsettling creations. This sculpted priest might be my favorite thus far, with a fantastic mix of subtle spacing and layering which wouldn’t look out of place in either Pan’s Labyrinth or Prometheus.
Welcome back fight fans, to Hong Kong for a special Chinese New Year bout. What’s more fitting than a day at the races to usher in the year of the Horse?. Let’s go down for the Pre-race Paddock Inspection:
Starting at Gate 1 we have schfio with this black stallion:
In gate 9 we have Kazumi and Omar Ovalle with their brown horse already in mid stride:
As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pony race by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, the architecture action was a bit lopsided like the Tower of Pisa with Patrick Bosman winning by a score of 13-6. Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!
Oh and a few bonus horse links:
In Gate 2 with some lovely Chinese charactesrs: BricksBen.
In Gate 6 with the adorable Toy Story BullsEye : ArzLan.
Barney Main (SlyOwl) takes a page from the classic fairy tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears with this fantastic family portrait. There’s lots of great details in this build and some clever techniques but sometimes the simplest parts are the best. Barney changes the angles on the hotdog eyebrows just slightly enough to give each bear their own unique expression.
Disney’s latest hit Frozen has such fantastic characters–Olaf being one of them. His wish is to see summer time (and it’s DEFINITELY close to summer-time weather here in Florida). In his words, winter’s a good time to stay in and cuddle, but put him in summer and he’ll be a….happy snowman.
Joe Meno‘s brilliant Olaf took his WALL-E towel down to the beach to catch some of those rays:
You can see Joe’s process and progress in his Flickr gallery!