The only way a show like Doctor Who can achieve the longevity it has, is through change: the Doctor changes, his companions change, and even his temperamental TARDIS changes. And that is reflected perfectly in the many Who-themed LEGO creations of Thorsten Bonsch (Xenomurphy).
Thorsten’s project to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary using LEGO was so ambitious that it’s still a work in progress two years later. And now he has completed the pièce de résistance: the 11th Doctor’s TARDIS! Behold…
I always assumed his recreation of the 9th Doctor’s TARDIS would remain the definitive LEGO version of the TARDIS interior, but this one is just spectacular! Good luck finding any right angles in this build…
Of course, we cannot expect in our wildest dreams that the recently announced LEGO Ideas Doctor Who project will be anything like this. But if anyone from LEGO Ideas is reading this, I beg you to study Thorsten’s minifig scaled Dalek. You know, before you design something we’ll all hate ;-)
Fans of classic British sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf will recognize these nifty micro creations by Elspeth De Montes as the titular mining vessel and it’s diminutive companion Starbug. Note: Any readers that complain about the absence of the Blue Midget risk being branded as a… smeeeeee-HEEEEED!
LEGO Doctor Who and Wall-E sets have just been announced! LEGO Ideas has just released the results of the 2nd half 2014 review. LEGO Ideas is a crowd-sourcing platform for fan-designed sets. If a set gains 10,000 votes, LEGO will examine the ideas to potentially create a set. LEGO has just announced that both Doctor Who and Wall-E have passed the approval process, and the designs will now be further refined by master set designers at LEGO before being sold as official LEGO sets.
Doctor Who, designed by Andrew Clark.
Wall-E, by Angus MacLane. Angus is a Pixar animator and is known in the LEGO community for originating “Cube Dudes.”
To boldly go to space – the final frontier – and prosper, my friend.
My mangled Star Trek quotes aside, this magnificent Enterprise model comes to us from Chris Melby. Chris has done a fantastic job with the circular disk of this iconic ship, managing to make it entirely studless. Don’t be deceived, though, this is actually a huge model at over 5 feet in length.
“Here’s your assignment, Inspector Gadget: Use your powers of Eighties cartoon awesomeness to help Dr Clites defeat the dastardly Mayo Twins in their plot to take over the Iron Builder contest. Use the seed part in any way you can to outdo them. Bring along a small child and a talking dog, for when you inevitably get into trouble. Regards, Chief Quimby. THIS MESSAGE WILL SELF DESTRUCT.”
[Updated] LEGO is officially picking up the Scooby-Doo license. First announced at the London Toy Fair, we’ve now got an official image of the most iconic Scooby-Doo set, 76902 Mystery Machine. The set will include 301 pieces, and retail for USD $29.99, and features a new mold for Scooby. The new line will hit stores this August, along with a 22-minute special cartoon in which Scooby and the gang will be LEGO-ized.
75900 Mummy Museum Mystery – $14.99
75901 Mystery Plane Adventures – TBA
75902 Mystery Machine – $29.99
75903 Haunted Lighthouse – TBA
75904 Mystery Mansion – $89.99
[via USA Today]
UPDATE: We’ve received the official press release from LEGO, which you can read after the jump.
Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets probably need no introduction, thanks to the international success both of the Sesame Street franchise, and a long series of excellent Muppet movies. But it’s a little harder to gauge how well-known The Muppet Show was. Airing over several seasons in the late seventies, the television show was produced and aired in the UK, as no US network would touch it.
After that, it’s less clear how widely syndicated the show became. But these excellent builds of show regulars Waldorf/Statler and the Swedish Chef by German builder Andreas Weissenburg (grubaluk) suggest to me that maybe the show did gain some international popularity after all!
Oh, and a word of warning: If you ever meet someone from Sweden, please please please do NOT ask them what they think of the Swedish Chef …it’s still kind of a sore point with them!
Say hello to Kamen Rider, from the successful 70’s Japanese TV franchise of the same name. This build is the work of Japanese pop-culture aficionado Moko. If it looks strangely familiar, that may be because Kamen Rider was the inspiration for a certain 90’s American knock-off called the Power Rangers (which, confusingly, spawned a spin-off called Masked Rider that aped the original show).
I love this piece not only because of its perfectly proportioned stud-less design, but because it’s just the latest in a long line of explorations of the masked rider by this builder, going back as far as 2006. Though with this latest interpretation, I think it’s fair to say he’s finally nailed it!
South Park’s distinctive animation style may be deliberately simple, but there’s nothing particularly simple about the characters created by Rickard and Helen (whose nickname is appropriate, but best not repeated).
As Star Wars day draws to a close, and fans everywhere safely deactivate and stow away their light sabers until ComicCon, don’t forget that tonight at 8pm FOX will be airing Brick Like Me, the highly anticipated all-LEGO episode of The Simpsons. It’ll give you something to watch while you start poring over the 7000 pages of instructions that came with your new LEGO Sandcrawler.
You can watch the trailer for the Simpsons episode here. Oh, and if you’re East of me then you’ve probably already seen the episode by now. In which case *JEDI MIND TRICK* this isn’t the post you’re looking for …move along!
Image by Karl Westworth.