Cartoon Network shows like Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory were a huge part of my childhood. GolPlaysWithLego induces nostalgia for the former with a LEGO version of the genius Dexter himself. I like his expression of disdain shown through both the shaping of his glasses, and the use of a thin minifigure sword as his mouth.
Of all the jokes and memes that came and went in 2016, none was as long-lasting and popular as “We Are Number One”. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I’ll let the experts explain it properly, but essentially it involves a song from the children’s TV show Lazy Town being endlessly remixed and fiddled with and then retitled “We Are Number One but [some weird change to the video]“. However, teen builder A Plastic Infinity‘s interpretation involves recreating four characters from the song (Robbie Rotten and his clones) as LEGO figures:
Take note of the quaffed hair which is built differently for each figure, as well Mr Rotten’s characteristic huge chin, cleverly captured using just one half of a ‘hinged plate’ assembly.
One great thing to come from the whole joke, aside from this cool LEGO build, is that the actor who played Robbie Rotten (Stefán Karl Stefánsson) was suffering from cancer around the time the meme hit fever pitch. The attention it brought to the character resulted in him and his family being able to raise a lot of the money they needed via GoFundMe. Good job, Internet!
Back in 2010, German builder Kevin J. Walter designed an impressive LEGO Klingon Bird of Prey using virtual bricks. Now, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Kevin’s six year mission to recreate that design using 25,000 real LEGO bricks is finally complete, and the result is phenomenal!
Kevin’s design is simply stunning. I love everything about this build, from the spot-on color palette to the intricate shaping and detailing in the wings. Even the exposed studs feel right for this Klingon vessel. Of course, there is also some great part’s usage in here too. Can you spot the guns belonging to Toy Story’s Army Men and Bilbo Baggin’s front door?
Unless you’re just tragically unhip or have been living under a rock, on Mars, then you’ll no doubt have heard of the critically acclaimed, Emmy winning, noodly limbed, gender stereotype breaking, cult followed, totally mathematical, pop culture phenomenon that is Adventure Time.
It’s now been 10 years since the original pilot aired, and with almost 250 episodes under its belt (including a new 8-part special Islands coming next month) the show remains as popular as ever, thanks to its groundbreaking style, the diversity of its characters, and massive merchandising empire. And now it is finally a LEGO set, 21308 Adventure Time. Not bad for a cartoon inspired by D&D and videogames!
The Southern Air Temple was a location in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and the childhood home of the main protaganist in the series, Aang. Micah Beideman has built a LEGO version of the Southern Air Temple, capturing the impressive collection of blue roofed buildings and the tall tower dominating the centre of the white temple. The lower buildings have been built at a nice depth and varying heights to give the model a real ‘temple in the sky’ feel with their steep winding paths. I also like the use of the transparent 1×2 bricks, built up to form the clouds that encircle the temple.
UK retailer John Lewis have teamed up with the UK’s only LEGO Certified Professional Bright Bricks to recreate 5 years of classic John Lewis Christmas adverts. Something of a UK Christmas tradition for the past 10 years, the John Lewis’ adverts are eagerly awaited at the beginning of each festive season, ready to tug on heart-strings, bring a smile, and generally start the festive snowball rolling. The brick-built creations took a team of seven expert LEGO builders 116 hours to construct and comprise a staggering 9,400 bricks in total.
The 5 John Lewis adverts were shown between 2012 – 2016 and Bright Bricks captures the iconic moment from each advert. In 2012, the advert depicted a snowman’s epic journey across mountain, highway and manic shoppers to return to his waiting ‘snow-woman’ on Christmas morning. The Journey has 1,800 bricks and took 18 hours to build.
The Brothers Brick would like to wish our American readership a very happy Thanksgiving! And like LEGO builder SPARKART!, we hope that all of you will be honoring that most sacred of Thanksgiving traditions, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day marathon. Tune in now! It’s what the Pilgrims would have wanted.
The television series Star Trek: Deep Space 9 actually went where no Star Trek series had gone before – it was the first series that took place on a starbase rather than a starship. Clearly vehicles were still required as no one would want to be stuck on a starbase without the opportunity to encounter some new species or tackle some intergalactic crisis. Larsvader has built this huge minifig scale LEGO version of the USS Yukon (NCC-74602), which was a Danube-class runabout used extensively in the series.
The builder has managed to ensure that his Star Trek minifigure personnel are as comfortable as possible. The interior includes a large crew cabin complete with sleeping and dining areas for extended travel. There is also a compact personnel transporter to ensure there can be a dramatic transportation just in the nick of time. Of course the cockpit comes complete with beeping screen, tactical stations and an escape hatch. But where is the toilet?!
Australian builder Chade has created a vehicle from my childhood, the 1983 GMC Vandura from the 80s show The A-Team. The A-Team were military veterans, in hiding after being framed and court martialled for a crime they didn’t commit. They were ready to fight in the corner of the ‘little guy’ with huge explosions, lots of gun fire, but no serious injuries or death caused. They travelled in their black 1983 GMC Vandura with a red slash across the side. Chade’s LEGO Technic version is a little bit special as it’s a remote controlled vehicle with powered doors, working lights and enough power to allow a few high spins.
Take a look inside: seats for B.A. Baracus and Hannibal in the front with Murdock in the back, and all built with Technic parts. The sliding side door and rear doors are powered, but the front doors and the bonnet open and close via the power of a human hand. Check out this video showing all of the powered functions in action and offering a closer look inside.
If you want to build your own version of this powered LEGO A-Team van, Chade has kindly provided instructions for his creation.
Our cover photo for the month is this slick Stargate SG-1 scene from Bavarian builder nameless_member. This little tribute to the classic sci-fi show hits all the bases with its brick-built forced perspective background, cleverly constructed set of transportation rings, and instantly recognizable set of custom minifigs.
Despite being in my 20’s, I will always enjoy the cleverness and humor of SpongeBob Squarepants, and still drop quotes from the show in conversation. Block Head has created a cute SpongeBob, complete with Krusty Krab hat and spatula, with another thing I haven’t outgrown from my childhood: LEGO bricks. Just don’t eat too many LEGO Krabby Patties. They’ll go right to your thighs, and then you blow up.
Taking a little inspiration from the design of the 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter set, Rebel Builder gives us a nice LEGO rendition of a Mining Guild TIE fighter, as seen in the latest season of Star Wars Rebels. Definitely looks like a stylish ride for the more fashion conscious bad guy. Which is just as well since as baddies go, “Mining Guild” sounds about as menacing as “Trade Federation”!