Tag Archives: Television

Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Weekends in our house growing up included Saturday morning cartoons, so when I saw this incredible Voltron by d’ Qiu Brick I had a huge pang of nostalgia for the days when cartoons on TV weren’t always about selling cheap spinning trinkets or collectible hatching toys.

Voltron

It’s difficult to tell from the pictures, but I am pretty sure those lionized limbs transform into the robotic lions I remember growing up in the 80’s. The individual lion heads look amazing, especially the black lion with the face in the jaws. I love the seamless blending of Bionicle and System elements, the star on the belt buckle and the crested shield on his chest.

UCS-scale LEGO replica of a colonial Viper Mk II from Battlestar Galactica

I’m sure most of you have seen or at least heard of Battlestar Galactica, the series created in the late seventies and re-imagined in the early 2000s as a three episode mini-series followed by a six-year stint on television. David Duperron is clearly a huge fan, creating a UCS scale LEGO version of the Colonial Viper MkII, the famous fighting vehicle that made short work of the Cylons during the Cylon War.

LEGO Colonial Viper MkII

David’s LEGO version of the iconic Colonial Viper MkII from the early 2000s Battlestar Galactica reboot series features a cockpit that opens and full interior.

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Ponies are cool, but LEGO ponies are about 20% cooler

If the rain clouds are still hovering overhead then it’s time to call the cavalry, otherwise known as Rainbow Dash. In the world of hit TV show My Little Pony this pugnacious pegasus maintains the weather and clears the skies of Ponyville. British builder Andrew Harvey used around 3700 LEGO bricks to capture Dash’s colourful likeness, even managing to give her a sense of movement in the process. This sculpture is cleverly made using a “studs out” technique for the head, body and wings – but those expressive eyes are my favourite part of this model.

LEGO Rainbow Dash

There’s also a view of Rainbow Dash’s swishing tail as she makes her way back to Ponyville to kick away a few rain clouds. And if you’re in the vicinity of Manchester, England this weekend you can even marvel at this model in person at the Bricktastic LEGO show.

LEGO Rainbow Dash

Jeepers! Zoinks! Ruh-roh ...run Scooby-Doo!

Remember those good old days when Scooby-Doo and the gang used to get chased by villianous museum curators dressed as ghosts? Well Tim Lydy sent the thrill of the chase up a notch at Brickworld Chicago last week with a kinetic creation depicting Scooby-Doo and the gang and running from three more recent characters from horror films.

First up to chase is Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th movie series, then we have Pennywise from Stephen King’s novel It and finally Freddy Kruger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. The scary chasers are very well built and instantly recognisable. Each character has its own running style, especially Scooby-Doo himself who appears to be frantically “wind-milling”. You can view the video here.

A grand day out with the bricks

Wallace and Gromit enjoy a lunar picnic in this LEGO scene by Patrick B. Whilst simple, the renditions of the inventor and his dog are nicely done, with Mixel eyes providing a bunch of character (however did we builders manage before those came along?!). The robot is perhaps a little small, but that’s made up for by the cool picnic equipment — don’t miss the thermos, the wicker basket, and the use of an upturned tricorn hat as a dog bowl. Eeh lad, that’s grand.

Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out - ABS Builder Challenge Part 4

Designed for style, engineered to last [Instructions]

Builder hichiroku24 shares the means for constructing your very own earth friendly, zero emission, instantly recognizable two-seater from the Stone Age era. Two cylinder, duo tree trunk, feet powered and with a top speed of 15 mph, this is a must-have for anyway caveman on the go. The only question is, will you put in your order at the nearest Bricklink store today? We’ve got blueprints in the form of a video instruction guide, so what are you waiting for? Yabba-dabba-doo!

Those were the salad days

Seasoned fans of Japanese television might recognize this tricycling toddler as Kinoko Sarada (lit. “Mushroom Salad”) from the 80’s show Doctor Slump. The show – which I’ve never seen but sounds completely insane – was the brainchild of Akira Toriyama, who later went on to create the more widely known Dragon Ball. In fact many Doctor Slump characters – including Miss Salad – even make cameos in the latter. Taiwanese builder Helen Sham has captured the bratty fashionista’s likeness perfectly, right down to her cool shades and pull-along radio.

That’s Homer Simpson, Sir, he’s one of your drones from Sector 7G

Homer Simpson’s hard at “work” in Chris Adams perfect vignette of Sector 7G of the Springfield nuclear powerplant. The vibrant colors of the cartoon have been brought to life with LEGOs brilliant pastel colors – it looks just like the real thing. Simple yet sophisticated, the little touches like the box of donuts and the fire extinguisher all help to complete the scene. The control panel with its levers, dials and even a telephone looks great and I love how Chris has used the yellow and black bricked platform to mimic the lines on the security doors.

'Sector 7G' - LEGO The Simpsons: Homer's Workstation

Aren’t you cold, Finn? Walk into the well, Finn!

Now that the mathematical cartoon show Adventure Time is up to 260-something episodes, I must admit I’ve fallen waaaay behind, so I was pleased that this splendid collection of AT vignettes by Tim Lydy were based on stuff I actually remember watching! Here we see Finn battling a brick-built version of The Lich over a great rendition of the Well of Power. Meanwhile Jake eats a sandwich, naturally, BECAUSE HE’S A DOG. Tim makes great use of the LEGO Dimensions Finn and Jake minifigs in these scenes, and the inclusion of a certain gastropodic Easter egg in each one also makes me very happy.


 

Merry Christmas, Mr Bean

Mr Bean, the comedic character both created and played by Rowan Atkinson, is a firm favourite all over the world. He has a tendency to get into all sorts of trouble while attempting to achieve relatively mundane tasks, but the comedy value often relates to his innovative solutions to any problems he encounters. Patrick B has built a LEGO version of Mr Bean’s house with lots of details that relate to the Christmas special episode Merry Christmas, Mr Bean.

Mr. Bean´s Home

I am a huge fan of Mr Bean and recognised so many of the little details in this fun creation, from the mouse hole and ingenious LEGO mousetrap (mouse gets a piece of cheese in his Christmas stocking and it is ‘served’ on the mouse trap), the stocking hanging on the fireplace, the stolen Christmas tree, and the infamous turkey that awaits Mr Bean’s attentions later in the episode.

When Mr Bean finds that the television shows are less than ideal, he hears the sounds of carol-singers outside. The alternative view below shows that this detail has also been captured with a couple of young singers in the background ready to lull Mr Bean into an deep oblivious sleep.

Mr. Bean´s Home

Fans of Mr Bean may also like my LEGO version of Mr Bean’s mini, complete with instructions.

To boldly go and explore the final frontier

Imagine a time when the Dominion war is over and the Borg threat has been defused. In this timeline Starfleet will return to its primary mission of exploration. Ben Smith has created the USS Utah, a survey vessel designed to orbit promising planets and use her expanded sensor capabilities to extensively map their surfaces. She is a beautiful ship with those red and yellow highlights and the grey greebles visible just to the rear of the bridge. I love the two shuttles launching from the large central shuttle bay, jetting off to explore the unknown.

USS Utah NCC 46277 Starfleet Survey Vessel

Ben’s inspiration for this ship actually stemmed from a piece of concept art of a ship called the USS Iowa by Ryan Dening.

USS Iowa Concept Art

Defending the Earth against an invasion of 1970’s UFOs

In the 1970s a British television sci-fi show about an alien invasion of Earth called UFO was shown in the UK and Canada. It was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson, who had previously made several successful children’s science fiction programmes, the most famous of which was ThunderbirdsAndrea Lattanzio‘s latest build is the show’s S.H.A.D.O. Moonbase Interceptor, the primary defence spacecraft of a highly secretive agency called Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation or SHADO for short. Andrea has really captured the hull shaping and red stripe details of the Interceptors with their comical nose-mounted nuclear missiles. The Interceptor is instantly recognisable to those of a certain age ;-)

UFO | S.H.A.D.O. Interceptor

Not content with just having the outward shaping, the cockpit and roof can be removed to show some interior details including control sticks, a comfy red pilot seat, and some powerful-looking engine areas.

UFO | S.H.A.D.O. Interceptor - interior

My only slight concern is the fit of the cockpit wind-shield, as the gaps might be a little “problematic” in the vacuum of space.