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.
God versus man. Day versus night. Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham! Despite terrible critic reviews, I enjoyed Batman v. Superman and thought there were some excellent scenes. And it seems builder Nathaniel shares my opinion. He must have appreciated the scene where Batman evades a heat vision blast using his trusty grappling hook because he has rendered it into LEGO beautifully.
Nathaniel’s harsh shadows and bold color choices masterfully evoke comic book art style. That heat vision explosion is fantastic! We’ve featured such “special effects” on The Brothers Brick before, but never one caused by a Kryptonian. Though this scene is not technically accurate (I’m not going to spoil the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it yet by pointing out the inaccuracy), it’s clear that Nathaniel decided to build what most people wanted (and expected) to see in the film. *Wink*
Considering the popularity of the dark knight and his prevalence throughout Lego sets, movies, and games, Batman is constantly being depicted in fan creations–as is his ever changing Batcave. From Lego’s own 60’s cave, to vintage versions, and to some consisting of 20,000 pieces, each Batcave is designed to be uniquely different but equally evocative of the Bat’s style. Dan Glasure was aware of these differing takes, and incorporated design styles from other caves and incarnations to build his own striking Batcave, one that took two months to complete – but was clearly well worth the effort.
Issue 18 of Blocks Magazine hits shelves in the UK today. This month, the publication celebrates all things Batman v Superman with an exclusive series of builds, reviews of new sets and the low-down on how to create the perfect Dark Knight Tumbler. Plus an exclusive interview with LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya on his new DC Comics exhibition.
Also in this issue, MOD Squad member Daniel Konstanski shows how to improve your Carbon Freezing Chamber, there are reviews of the new TT Games offering and the latest Frozen sets, and a behind-the-scenes look at David Pickard’s Blacktron project. Get it today!