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Even if you’re not an Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo gamer yourself, and even if you’ve never played one of the many LEGO games, it’s hard not to appreciate the strange and stunning LEGO creations inspired by video games. Look for lots of LEGO models inspired by Halo, the Legend of Zelda, Gears of War, Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and more. Game on!

I dream of half-genie

It’s rare to see articulated joints used in a character build in a way that doesn’t mar the appearance of the model. And rarer still to see those joints used to actually showcase the model in some interesting poses. But Anton Sundström knocks it out of the park with this adorable recreation of Shantae, the half-genie action heroine from the Nintendo game of the same name.


Anton has totally nailed the costume, thanks to liberal use of curved slopes and clever use of bananas, life preservers, the One Ring and even a sausage to make the mouth posable. And since Shantae’s main weapon is her pony tail, that too is fully articulated. Brilliant!

  

Massive LEGO StarCraft display has more pylons than you’ll ever need

Gaming fans, get ready to reattach your socks once you’ve marveled at this 14 foot long microscale LEGO StarCraft diorama, unveiled at Brickworld Chicago last week:

Whether you identify as Protoss, Terran or Zerg, there is so much detail to enjoy in this monstrous display, built over the course of 3 years by 9 builders in 4 different countries. How many bricks were used? We don’t know – the team lost count! I’m guessing “quite a lot”.

Huge props to the amazing team of Cecilie Fritzvold, Tim Schwalfenburg, Matt De Lanoy, Chris Perron, John Moffat, Bart De Dobbelaer, Sean and Steph Mayo and our very own Simon Liu. And rumor has it parts of this epic layout may be appearing at other LEGO fan conventions in the not-too-distant future.

Meanwhile, check out their cool fly-through video, or pore over dozens of closeup images of the layout and it’s many individual units on their Flickr group:

 
 

Borderlands LEGO Bandit SMG and Claptraps

As one or two of our readers may have noticed, I have been absent for last few months – which I do apologize – I took a bit of a dark age to focus on real life priorities … like Video games! And the one that undeniably consumed me was Borderands (2 and TPS), with it’s co-op play, unique cell shading, randomly generated gun zaniness and an adorable robot, I was in love…

So when it came down to sitting down and playing with bricks again, I knew I didn’t want to leave Pandora behind, and much like the game, it’s more fun with friends.

With that in mind, I went to the best LEGO gunsmith around: Nick Jensen (Nick Brick) and challenged him to build me a randomly generated Borderland guns.

Enter the Bandit SMG:
Borderlands 2 Bandit SMG
The Bandit gun philosophy is simple: MORE BULLETS! MORE SHOOT BITS FOR BRAIN SPLATS! BANG BANG BANG BANG! …BANG!

While not nearly as elegant looking as some of the guns Nick has built, it’s awkward ridiculousness is fantastically built , with not one, but TWO working magazines clips – cause that’s how we roll. Don’t believe me, check out the video:

Of course, that’s only half the fun. The other iconic element of the game is everyone’s favorite/most hated robot Claptrap – CL4P TP, built by Simon Liu:

Claptrap - CL4P-TP general purpose robot
Check out the video for more details.

But as in the game, sometimes friends just randomly drop in unannounced, so I was delighted to see that Matt De Lanoy (Pepa Quin) also got in on the Borderlands action this year at Brickworld with a far more adorable version of Claptrap:

CL4P-TP

A human’s best friend

Human sidekicks are so last week. The big videogame trend now is animal companions. And Microsoft has jumped on that bandwagon with it’s new game Recore, announced at the E3 conference last week. So Canadian builder Tyler Sky wasted no time in creating a fully poseable replica of what I suspect will end up being Recore’s most popular character.

Taidan Interceptor is Made of Win (and LEGO)

Like many many space builders, I’m a huge fan of the ship designs in the Homeworld game series. So, clearly, is Victor K ([Victor]) who has built this fantastic rendition of a Taidan Scout from the game. He’s called it an Interceptor, because the concept art was intended as an interceptor, but was ultimately delivered as a scout in the game. No matter what it’s called, it’s packed full of the fantastic angles, and bold color blocking that defines the game’s ship designs.

R3 Interceptor

This game is messed up

Video gaming has become so dominated by ‘shooters’ that Nintendo finally decided to get in on the action. But in a brilliant move they managed to create a family friendly one in the form of Splatoon – a new multiplayer team game for the Wii that takes the concept of paintball to a whole new level! I have a feeling this game is gonna be massive. Weapons master Nick Jensen was so impressed by it that he whipped up LEGO versions of a Splatoon character in both human and “Inkling” form.

Don’t dare take your eyes off these Five Night’s At Freddy’s LEGO characters

If you live with teens or pre-teens then you’ve probably seen your fare share of videogame fads. A year or two ago it was Minecraft. And before that it was Angry Birds. But without a doubt, the big one right now is the minimalist jump-scare game Five Night’s At Freddy’s. And while we brace ourselves for that inevitable wave of FNaF merchandise to hit store shelves, let’s enjoy these suitably creepy-looking LEGO versions of the game’s characters, built by David Pickett:

In his usual fashion, David has created them at three different terrifying scales, including custom mini-figs! And many of the characters are represented – check the Flickr album to see them all.


 

And if you wanna take a crack at building your own, David has even made a couple of instructional videos showing you how his were put together:

Pac-Man Ghosts: Blinky, Pinky, Inky & Clyde

Michael Kuroda has built yet another great piece that features wonderful gaming icons from our childhood. This mosaic of the classic ghosts from Pac-Man is simple, yet elegant. Michael has done a wonderful job of capturing their look and feel, while using the border to symbolize their home, the maze from which they can never escape.

Pac-Man Ghosts

In his skillful hands, a simple banana becomes a deadly weapon

There have certainly been no shortage of LEGO recreations of the loveable Minions from the Dispicable Me movies, but Carlos Méndez takes it one step further with this perfect mashup of Minions with the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed:

While we await the summer release of the Minions’ first spin-off movie, I look forward to seeing other mashups involving these possibly cannabilistic banana-loving creatures!