One of the things I noticed fairly soon after I moved to the UK (not being a native speaker of English) was that, despite being taught English in school, watching too many American TV series, reading English books and being able to hold my own in conversations about my work in English, I still had some gaping holes in my vocabulary. My job in the UK involved doing experiments in a wind-tunnel, which included working closely together with lab technicians. I could handle their southern English accents, but the names of tools were often completely beyond me, apart from really obvious ones such as a hammer or a screwdriver. If MacGyver never used one, I was basically lost.
David Hawkins (davidhawkins. 1964) has built these very accurate-looking carpenter’s tools in LEGO, which, besides being nice and decently photographed models, instantly reminded me of the time I didn’t know what a wood plane was called and went: “It’s one of those things you use to remove the surface of wood”, only to be handed a chisel. Anyway, you try to name all of these tools in a language that isn’t your own!
I am aware that this is not the first deer-like creation that I have blogged here. For some reason, I still couldn’t resist this build by audioglobe (brikkle). It’s not just that the puns are deer to my heart, I truly believe this model is worth fawning over. The head and horns really capture the look of the animal, and the joints and spindly hooves cap it off nicely.
Germany’s Deus (“Big D”) Otiosus provides a soothing image for your Sunday perusal entitled “Sihors wif korals“. As you know, constant reader, I have a soft spot for undersea action and I really enjoyed Big D’s simple use of the 2×2 jumpers. In the process of writing this blog post I learned that a seahorse does not have a stomach, so food passes through its body very quickly, requiring it to feed nearly constantly. I have an uncle I have an uncle with a very similar digestive system and eating habits; I might have to start referring to him uncle-seahorse from now on.
Hong Kong’s Schneider Chung (Schfio Factory) raised the highly coveted “Best Sculpture” award at last weekend’s BrickFair Virginia for his work on this lovely but as yet untitled horse. Some of the photos coming out of Virginia are very interesting and no doubt Brother Dan will have something to say about it in the near future, once he recovers from the inevitable post-convention hangover. I’m not talking about booze either, in my experience builders seem to come away from conventions either hungover from too much Lego fanatic action, wanting nothing to do with the brick for a while, or fired up to go home and build. I hope Schneider is in the latter category because it is always good to see something new from him in my photostream.
I saw this creation by Mike Nieves (retinence) at BrickFair, and was blown away. The first thing that caught my eye was the paw smashing into the base, it really adds motion to the sculpture. Then I realized that the entire Pokemon (tiger?) was balanced on one paw! Incredibly, this creation was overlooked for nomination for Best Bionicle, but celebrity judge Ed Diment made sure this was recognized in the mecha category.
By harnessing the power of ever awesome lime (an even more potent power source than screams or laughter), Dave Shaddix has rendered both Mike Wazowski and the famous doorway from Monsters Inc. in 100% pure LEGO brick. As well as the excellent sculpting work on Mike, the various details like the clipboard really make this diorama stand out.
Moko claims never to have read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (as it so happens, I’m reading it right now), but that doesn’t stop him from building a wonderfully evocative version of Alice and the White Rabbit based on nothing more than a few image searches on the web.
Moko says that Alice’s hair was especially hard and that he had to rebuild it a couple times. The extra effort has certainly resulted in some naturally flowing hair.
TBB newcomer David Alexander Smith has a unique style of building that proves (once again) that you don’t need a million parts to create something original or make an impact on the hobby. David makes excellent use of negative space in his rendition of everyone’s favorite super-spy. Three cheers for minimalism.
Diamond Dave Shaddix hopes you are, and he’s ready to get you in the mood with this outstanding sculpture of an Arizona Cardinal’s helmet. Lucky Dave was commissioned by the NFL franchise to build both the helmet and a mosaic for the upcoming season. While it doesn’t quite match the cool-factor of Dave’s other high-vis commission from world-famous illusionist David Copperfield, it is impressive nonetheless.
Although the dome-protector won't save you from concussions, it is quite wearable. If you want to check out the helmet, sans Dave, it will be ensconced in the Arizona Cardinals HQ in Tempe.
Once again, constant reader, it has been a pleasure being your weekend DJ. The request line and the long-distance dedication line will be open all week. Until then, enjoy one more tune, courtesy of that pesky Joel Baker. Joel claims the smurf vomit is part of some outlandish structure called the ‘Brick River’ that leads to a play area at the new LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California. That’s a likely story.
See you at the fights next Friday.