LEGO Super Heroes sets have some of our most favorite minifigures of all times. And, of course, superheroes need epic surroundings for their epic brawls. But the buildings we get in official sets sometimes are not as big and detailed as we would like them to be. Gzu Bricks takes matters into his hands and upgrades the 76038 Attack on Avengers Tower set in the most adorable way — by adding some friendship! The cheery 41119 Cupcake Café set takes up residence right below Tony Stark’s apartment, and now fighting over the last blueberry muffin is the only acceptable reason to start a war.
It’s Valentine’s today, and what better way to celebrate than with a bit of LEGO love, in the form of a an over-eager minifigure Cupid shooting heart tiles at random passersby?
The custom prints in this model are terrific, from the emotive expressions on the figures to the little hearts tiles. Interestingly, the Fabuland and Rebrick torsos are original.
The modular buildings have established themselves as one of LEGO’s most popular product lines (check out our recent review of 10255 Assembly Square, the latest and largest modular set). However, not everyone has the ready cash to hand for these lbigger sets, so de-marco has come up with a lovely microscale town — all the modular buildings you could want, for a fraction of the money!
The wonderful replica of the Ghostbusters firehouse occupies a prominent corner site in de-marco’s version of LEGO Main Street, but it’s the frontages on the bakery on the left, and the Amsterdam-style townhouse on the right which caught my eye. This is excellent microscale that makes me want to go and build tiny towns for myself!
The Disney LEGO store in Shanghai opened its doors to the public in May 2016. If you can’t visit it in person, there’s no excuse for you to not enjoy the next best thing: this brick built version. Builder Qian YJ took about 3 weeks to build this and its current on display on the 2nd floor of the very same LEGO store in Disney Shanghai!
Builder Jared Chan has a superpower of taking large things and miniaturising them in LEGO. This set of vintage items looks like it’s been plucked right from a sitting room somewhere. I can’t decide on which is my favourite of them all; there’s more than one that really screams out to me. I’m torn between that the gramophone or that beautifully sculptured desk. Which is your favourite?
The original name of this creation is “Osterode Rathaus”, which means town hall, not “building containing rodents” as some might assume at first. Multilingual puns aside, this is some quality architectural work. There are many buildings like this one in town centres in my country, so I can confirm from first-hand experience that this creation is very accurate. The builder, Przemysław Czarnik, has filled this build with great textures and details, and I’m especially impressed by the simple yet effective roof.
Even though libraries are some of the quietest places, this LEGO library by Łukasz Libuszewski screams with style and massive architectural innovations. Technically speaking there are several things that make this small build so hugely attractive. First of all, it’s Łukasz’s unique choice of scale. It’s not a microscale building, yet it’s too small for a regular minifigure, but its exterior perfectly balances the blocky ledges of its roof and many transparent glass elements. Secondly, the main photo of the build is a fine example of a good presentation; a low angle makes the model look much taller than it really is.
Finally, it’s so hard to say why both parts of the building go so well with each other. The left side is rather strict and simple, while the right side is all about architectural experiments with building materials and shapes. It’s probably the combination of these elements that makes this library a pure delight.
Bored with dull city dioramas where everything is awesome? Professional South Korean LEGO-building quartet OliveSeon knows how to ring the changes on the major LEGO city airport hub. How about a massive superhero battle? They’ve done some impressive work recreating one of the biggest screen brawls of the previous year, from Captain America: Civil War. And don’t be surprised: those planes and little yellow service cars are actually from official LEGO City sets, and they look simply perfect in this diorama.
What’s particularly awesome about this scene is the main airport building. I bet that perfectly planned and executed interior would make you forget there’s a battle going outside on the runway! Bonus points awarded for an extremely smart use of the tram from LEGO set 60097 City Square, which here is turned into an inter-terminal train.
And if you like this airport, also check out the incredible LEGO airport we covered in November.
The challenge of building microscale architecture is about two things — limited size and limited number of pieces which work best as walls, windows and other structural elements. And when you finally reach a perfect balance of scale and elaboration, you have to put some truly extraordinary touches to make your build stand above any other creation. Emil Lidé explores some uncommon shapes and combines sharp and curved corners in his latest microscale tower. What makes this skyscraper truly spectacular is those tiny trees on different levels. They give a perfect sence of scale and remind us about Emil’s talent for building tiny trees.
As 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment and look at some of the most popular news posts this year. What theme made the most appearances on our list? Who took the number one spot? Where does 10255 Assembly Square fall on our list? Read on to find out!
eyescream54 certainly has an eye for mid-century modern architecture — this beauty looks like it belongs in Beverly Hills during Hollywood’s Golden Era. The decorative tile work adorning the front of this delightful home is exquisite. The builder has used different shapes and angles, contrasting each other and coming together splendidly. I like the little details like the light above the front door, the air conditioning unit on the finely crafted roof, and the shrub with the purple flowers.
The real surprises are around the back, where the house shows off its sharp lines and beautiful design. An interior is visible through the large ranch-style sliding doors leading out to a private pool and garden patio. Conjuring imagery of glamorous parties and fancy soirées, it’s not hard to imagine Marilyn Monroe, JFK, and Frank Sinatra living it up at a place like this.
Fire stations are a LEGO staple, both in sets and custom creations. There are many out there, but few as good as this one by S Asbury, who seems to be somewhat of a perfectionist, as indicated by his description of his fire department build: “It took me more than ten years to build a fire station. I’d start one, then start over after deciding it wasn’t up to par.” I must say that all the effort was worth it. The texture, clean lines and strong contrast are obvious characteristics of modern architecture, of which this fire station is a perfect example. The camera angle helps a lot too, putting the observer into the perspective of a minifig, and that is always a good way to make a model appear more immersive.