If I had to choose someone to design my petrol station, Filius Rucilo would surely be at the top of the list. The station and its accompanying giant promotional Octan minifig are great, but what sets the build apart from similar ones is that it is part of a larger scene. While the colours of the “Taxizentrale” (taxi office) are not all that eye-popping, its architectural design is simply amazing.
Check out this brilliant LEGO roadside diner by Kale Frost. This burger n’ fries joint appears to be doing a roaring trade, and rightly so. Not many snack bars have such a vivid evocation of the delights on sale — the giant burger looks juicy and tempting, and the fry box counter is brilliantly done. I love the angled yellow bricks poking from the top — a spot-on recreation of French Fries. And the use of a crystal piece as a smaller portion is a stroke of genius. Nice friendly waiting staff too. I could definitely eat lunch here.
Manhattan bustles with the edifices of American enterprise, towering symbols of capitalism whose many styles span New York City’s distinct historical periods. Past, present, and future often lie within the same block, Art Deco and Modern architecture mingling to reflect the city’s status as a permanent symbol of capitalism. One building which exemplifies this mix of old and new is the Hearst Tower, painstakingly recreated here in LEGO form by Daniel Stoffler.
Built for and named after the famous American publisher William Randolph Hearst, the building claims a spot as the headquarters for one of the world’s largest media corporations, Hearst Communications, with ownership of numerous newspapers and publications including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. The builder took on a daunting challenge recreating Hearst Tower, but the effort paid off with this accurate and realistically detailed model – which includes the original six-story base as well as the 40-story glass tower finished in 2006, here accomplished perfectly with triangular road sign elements. This makes for an interesting mix of architecture and an extremely impressive LEGO model.
Four years of building and gathering parts led to an incredible showroom of LEGO Ferrari models by Ryan Link. The build uses over 36,000 parts: 23,000 parts form the building with a 5,000-piece transporter; finally, eight Ferrari models (including the official Ferrari F40 set) adding another 8,000 parts.
The dealership interior is well lit by LEDs and built in exquisite detail, with excellent brick-built Ferrari lettering and graphics lining the walls. Of course, this is all to house and showcase the intricate custom built supercars.
Be sure to check out more photos of each of Ryan’s Ferrari models individually on Flickr.
Several months ago we’ve got the very first look at the summer City sets at New York Tor Fair 2017. Now, with the official product pictures published online we can finally get ready for new adventures in the jungle, at sea, and on at the beach.
60162 Jungle Air Drop Helicopter, piece count and price to be announced later
What attracted me to this interesting looking mansion is its unique foundation built over a canal and seated at the edge of a small cliff. However, the striking front with full height windows overlooking the harbor is only a small part of this quaint looking home. What’s inside this build by morimoilego is just as beautiful and equally interesting, since the home has been partly converted into a quaint and cozy coffee shop.
Alex Jones has packed a lot of great LEGO building into this single creation with several Transformers against a city street backdrop. Sure, it looks peaceful now, but you know it’s all about to kick-off. Optimus Prime is nicely done, but the eye is quickly drawn to Bumblebee in Camaro form and the brightly-coloured Devastator. I believe this is based on the game Transformers: Devastation where a similar setting sees you battling Devastator.
When two brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, reform their band in the movie The Blues Brothers, they have high hopes of saving the orphanage in which they were raised from financial ruin. One slight issue is the requirement for musical instruments, and this leads the brothers to Ray’s Music Exchange where R&B genius Ray Charles has a cameo as the store owner. Nate Flood has built a perfect LEGO version of the infamous store, complete with a fantastic ‘LEGO-ized’ version of the famous mural.
Nathan’s build is not just an exterior though, as inside we can see Jake and Elwood strutting their stuff, with Ray Charles at the piano and the guys shaking some tail feathers with their guitars and saxophones.
Dutch builder Michel Van den Heuvel is very much a Ferarri fan, which led him to build a rustic and charming little vintage-looking garage. His inspiration for the design came from various images found on the web, and led to a very unique build that stands out with simple yet delightful details, from a cobblestone street courtyard to brick-built lettering that spell out the full name of the company, Scuderia Ferrari. The trio of vintage Ferrari race cars lends an authentic touch to the scene.
Feast your eyes on this crustacean-themed restaurant and hostel called the Osaka Crab, built by Ian Hoy. This modular building can be split to reveal the restaurant within the ground and first floors [that’s first and second floors for you Americans – Ed] and then a couple of bedrooms on the next floor up for those who have eaten too much crab and can’t make it home. A lot of character has been packed into the building both inside and out – as you can see from the fantastic red, brick-built crab.
The vintage French Ghostbusters-themed Citroën DS we featured here a few days ago was certainly adorable, but what if you want to build your own early 1970’s LEGO Citroën DS? Creator OutBricks comes to the rescue with step-by-step instructions for the DS on which he based his “Ecteau-un”.
You can see the builder explain how to build your own LEGO Citroën DS, as well as what parts you need, in this tutorial video.
Probably thanks to perceptions created by movies like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, I’ve always thought that funiculars were somehow a uniquely European mode of transportation. Although that’s not actually the case, they definitely have a certain Old World, vaguely steampunk vibe — reinforced by the fact that many of them were first built in the 19th century. Croatian builder Sven Franic has lovingly recreated the Zagreb Funicular, a tram that takes passengers up a relatively short incline in his hometown.