Looking at these LEGO steampunk models, you can almost hear the hiss of steam, the clank of gears, and the whirr of clockwork. The steampunk aesthetic isn’t all wood and brass, so be sure to check out all the colorful models alongside classic steampunk creations from around the world.
Matthew Hocker drew the “Steampunk-ify any Fiat 500 or VW Microbus” category in the LUGNuts 100th Challenge that we’re sponsoring, and the results are spectacular. I first clicked on the photo because I was intrigued by the VW bus, with a certain time traveling mad scientist building new toys, but what ultimately impressed me most is the desert landscaping, with cactuses in full bloom.
The van itself falls into the classic steampunk color scheme of mostly brown and metallic, but is delightfully executed, with ornate gold smokestacks.
Cpt. Brick shows us what the Ghostbusters crew might have looked like if they’d been born in London instead of New York, a hundred years earlier. These Victorian gentlemen look ready to tackle ectoplasmic entities as well as pesky librarians. Just don’t cross the steams! That would be bad — nearly as bad as that steampunk pun right there.
We’re sure the LEGO steampunk fans among our readers were happy when they saw the newest Ninjago subtheme in the form of Skybound. Ninjas versus sky pirates with a steampunk, setting as the ninja’s dragons mount an assualt against the pirate’s flying fortress? Hell. Yes.
When building a LEGO collection, one often accumulates many special pieces – unique trinkets destined for greatness, or the closest special parts bin. What you may not know however is that these pieces are special to your minifigures too – special enough to hang in some short of ghoulish trophy room to be stared at with smokey-depressed-retirement eyes:
TBB mainstay Paddy Bricksplitter knows this, as does ‘Old Johnny’; together they created one viciously intriguing trophy room overflowing with story potential. And oh what a story it was! Clearly this time, it was the T-Rex who should have run!
Okay, so we’re kind of Moko fanboys round here, but this fabulous steampunk mech was too good not to feature. Wonderful shaping, brilliantly clanky and functional-looking joints, and a nice combination of colors and metallic pieces.
I love the implied heft in this model, and the vaguely-samurai feel the back flag and armor evokes. Splashes of gold from the LotR ring parts add nice highlights amongst the greens and browns, and the pilot’s headgear really stands out, drawing attention to the cockpit area. The quality building isn’t limited to the front – the model’s rear is beautifully detailed too…
Moko has also put together an accompanying group of steampunk minifigs, which just exude Victorian-adventurer chic. Look at the use of the ballerina’s tutu as underskirts! Genius. I’m going to be stealing that idea…
I really like this steampunk airship, The Morning Mist by Ooger. The hull enjoys nice lines and great color-blocking, and those balloons are excellent. The masts between the spheres provide unobtrusive support, ensuring the balloons look like they’re genuinely holding the ship aloft, a trick many steampunk creations don’t manage to pull off convincingly.
The dragon head adds a lovely touch of the exotic, but what made this model stand out for me was the uncluttered deck area. Steampunk building often lends itself to a messy, cobbled-together feel, but sometimes it’s good to see something as sleek and clean as this creation.
The only area where I think this build could be improved is in the way the various flags and puffs of smoke are currently all blowing in different directions. It’s a tiny thing, but it undermines the sense of the ship being in motion. However, that’s nit-picking at an otherwise great piece of building. This is the sort of fancy sky-yacht I’d quite like to own myself.
Dwalin Forkbeard has built a cracking little Dwarven gyrocopter, packed full of fantasy steampunk goodness. The model takes inspiration from the Warhammer tabletop fantasy wargame, and I think it’s brilliant. A clanking, whirling, mechanical marvel with no chance of achieving lift in real life – this is my favourite kind of steampunk flying machine…
The dark green curved section sits atop a wonderfully greebly underside, studded with functional-looking appendages. The cannon at the front is nicely integrated and looks wonderfully stubby. The star of this show however, is the rotor assembly – a fantastic piece of machinery seemingly cobbled together from spare cogs and timber. Great stuff.
According to Jonas, the Flying Erwin is “a kiosk traveling from town to town to supply the citizens of 1880 with all odds and ends.” Built together with Brick Vader, this lovely balloon has a long tonne of amazing details, from the cow’s skull on the awning and the weathervane atop the balloon to the steaming boiler and adorable crane.
Like the green and gold marvel we highlighted last week, Jonas and Brick Vader’s colorful build proves once again that steampunk need not be all brown and gray.
Although describing indie video game The Swindle as both maddening and brilliant, Belgian builder Gregory Coquelz was so inspired by the satisfaction of completing this steampunk cybercrime caper, that he recreated this scene from the game featuring one of its larcenous characters:
Captain Smog is one of my favourite steampunk builders. His models always provide classy and colorful relief from the endless sea of brown and grey creations which can sometimes fill up the LEGO Steampunk Group on Flickr. I’ve been guilty of “brownification” myself in past clanky creations, but I’m now firmly of the opinion we steampunk builders should get our act together and start using some of our more colorful bricks more often.
Anyway, enough ranting and back to this model. It’s a cracker, a lurching mechanical beast of an electrical cannon, WITH A LOVELY COLOR SCHEME THAT IS NOT MOSTLY BROWN.
Ninjago’s new theme for 2016, called Skybound, takes us to the air in an epic duel between sky pirates and our intrepid heroes, the ninjas. We’ve already reviewed 70603 Zeppelin Raid, and now thanks to LEGO we are able to get our hands on the literal flagship for the theme, 70605 Misfortune’s Keep. The set includes 754 pieces, and we expect it to retail for around $80 when it debuts in the coming weeks. Included are the main airship, a smaller flier for both factions, and six minifigs and a monkey.