Tyler Halliwell is a guy who knows definitely knows his way around a bust! Renowned in the LEGO community for his amazing bust creations, Tyler’s latest character is Thanos together with the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos is a Marvel Character who appeared in both The Thanos Quest and The Infinity Gauntlet series of Marvel Comics back in the 1990s. As a Marvel ‘baddie’, Thanos’ character has been depicted in the brick build featuring an evil grin and penetrating stare. Tyler used Lifelites (micro LEDs suitable for use with LEGO) to add a little more bling to the Infinity Gems.
If you are a fan of busts…ahem…then check out some more that we have previously featured:
Miyazaki bust by TBB’s own Iain Heath
Julius Von Brick self-portrait bust
Sandman and Anubis busts both by Tyler Halliwell
Predator bust by Misterzumbi
Paleman and Faun from Pan’s Labyrinth by Tyler Halliwell
Captain America bust by Fredoichi
While we all love the iconic minifig, it does occasionally have its shortcomings. This was apparent in the Ultron minifigs from sets like The Avengers Quinjet City Chase or The Hulk Buster Smash. That version of Ultron was just too stubby and cute to be the monolithic, metallic machine that was the Ultron we saw in the movies. Luckily, takamichi irie does the character justice with this fan-made brick-built figure.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week – or just aren’t that interested in the Marvel superhero universe – you’ll no doubt have witnessed all the unnecessary media drama over the shocking plot twist revealed in the latest Captain America comic book series. Even though it’s common knowledge at this point, I won’t even repeat it here, seeing how spoiler sensitive we’ve all become!
But I will report that builder Taylor Walker claims he had absolutely no foreknowledge of this news when he originally built this rather impressive (and strangely modified) life-size version of Captain America’s iconic shield. Courtesy of Flickr user Sir Glub, here is Taylor’s shield on display recently at BrickCan 2016 in Vancouver, alongside the LEGO Mjolnir that he co-built with his brother Brandon:
And here is a closer look at that amazing pattern work, from the builder himself:
Supervillains rarely succeed, and for good reason. The minute they kill off their eternal foes, the story ends – which is why it’s so great to actually see them win! Cid Hsiao shows us one of those rare bloody victories in the form of Ultron’s throne. Here the devious robot Ultron can laugh from atop the broken corpses of the Avengers and intimidate any would-be challengers – assuming he hasn’t yet also destroyed the world, that is.
Long before Elektra and Black Widow, there was Princess Diana of Themyscira, better known as Wonder Woman. She was created in the 40s and started out fighting Axis military forces, before taking on gods from Greek mythology. A television icon in the late 70s, she’s finally getting her own movie in 2017. And why not? She’s awesome! So is this poseable figurine from Victor. The model uses a mix of Technic parts, System bricks, and Bionicle armor to create layers of texture which strike a perfect balance of toughness and femininity. The builder has chosen to arm her with a sword and shield instead of the better-known Lasso of Truth, but he has included a scale model of her Invisible Jet.
If you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War yet, you’re doing yourself a great injustice. Not only does it show Batman V Superman how to do a hero punch-up, but it manages to be the best ensemble movie Marvel has done so far.
But today we’re here to talk about Iron Man and Captain America making an appearance in the brick, thanks to the talented hands of Tyler Clites.
While I’ve never really taken to the CubeDude aesthetic (or, worse yet, the bastardizations that are Funko Pop figurines), I really like Tyler’s rendition of the characters. They’re enough on the chibi side to be cute without becoming bobble-headed messes.
Also notice the great use of the smaller ball joints (AKA Mixel joints) on the legs. Then pan upwards to see that the shoulders don’t use the same system. I think this build is also a great example of why the fan community likes more variations of small joints in type as well as colour.
Anyway, what team are you on? Team Iron Man or Team Cap, and did that change after watching the movie? Let us know below! And if you want to read more about it, I’ve actually reviewed Captain America: Civil War for my little South African site.
Moko has long distinguished himself as a world-class builder, but he still manages to create builds that surprise me for their elegance. His latest is a superhero named Anpanman, and while the sculpting of the supersuit is phenomenal, what really impresses is the incredible poseability. This superhero looks like he just stepped from the cover of an iconic comic book.
Minh Pham is a master LEGO customizer, and he’s long been working to create LEGO versions of Iron Man’s numerous suits — and what better way to display them than in a huge laboratory just the way Tony Stark would? See if you can pick out all the different suits, from the standard iconic suit to the rare, little-known ones.
LEGO builder AnkTales enjoys creating nifty little scenes and animating the construction process, giving viewers a look at precisely what parts go into his builds. His latest creation is a miniature Batcave to showcase LEGO’s official mini Tumbler model. You could easily build your own Batcave by watching the video.
And if you happen to not own the 30300 LEGO Tumbler set, AnkTale helpfully provides a construction mini Batman Tumbler video to create your own, and the best part is that it doesn’t use any rare pieces.
Check out the power of the Powerpuff Girls in this cracking setup from Seattle area builder Michael Kuroda. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have never looked so good. Bright bold colors, immediately recognisable characters, and a sense of motion and speed. It’s like a still snatched from the opening titles of the cartoon — excellent stuff.
Sure, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel nearly leveled the Kent family barn, but Supe’s mom Martha stepped between them with her trusty rolling pin and put an end to the destruction. Now, these two superheroes are settling their differences like men. Builder Thorsten Bonsch said he wanted to create a lighthearted scene. He achieved that and more! In addition to the playful atmosphere, this scene packs some incredible details. I love the heat vision damage on the corner of the barn, the wheat field, and the terrific texture on the sidings. Check out close-up photos of this build on Flickr.
A LEGO store in the Netherlands has released high-res photos of a bunch of sets scheduled for release later this year, including sets from Star Wars, Marvel, DC, the new Volcano Explorers sub-theme from LEGO City, and Friends. (Via Brickset.)
75157 Captain Rex’s AT-TE from Star Wars: Rebels appears to include the ever-popular clone trooper in retirement.
Spider-Man may be joining the Avengers with Captain America: Civil War, but he still gets his own, separate line of LEGO sets. The largest is 76057 Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle.
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