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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!

Pays to be the strong, silent type

Sean Cassidy induces nostalgia for the often overlooked Halo 3: ODST with his diorama of the final stand at the entrance to Uplift Nature Reserve, New Mombasa. Having fought many campaign playthroughs and firefights on this particular area, it seems Sean’s layout is near perfect. His choice of colors and techniques for the entrance, overlook, and planters fit the New Mombasa style of a believable yet futuristic city.

LEGO Halo 3 ODST Uplift Nature Reserve

There are all kinds of vignettes within the overall massive diorama to find, shown on Sean’s Flickr. My favorite is the face-off between gravity hammer wielding Brute Chieftain and rocket launcher wielding ODST. Yes, that much firepower is necessary against a Chieftain.

LEGO Halo 3 ODST Uplift Nature Reserve: 9

Custom LEGO Hatsune Miku minifigure

Having already delighted us last summer with his mosaic of everyone’s favorite holographic vocalist Hatsune Miku, Chris Rozek does it again with this cute minifigure version – well, Friends “minidoll” version to be precise. We’ve featured customized LEGO Friends before but it’s always nice to see more customizers using them to recreate well-known screen characters.

This was Chris’ first try at custom sculpting hair pieces. The hair is made from 6 pieces of carved and sculpted resin. The entire figure took around a week to complete.

Cause it’s better when your mechanical companion has four legs instead of just two

If you follow the latest trends in LEGO mecha design, you’ll know that four-legged machines are very popular right now. We already covered the Lego Junkie’s version of Mack from the upcoming game ReCore. And now Simon Liu suprises us with his own vision of the cute yellow robot. I love it for its larger scale and great amount of greebling on the legs. And bonus points for the beautiful building solution used to make the blue core: a clear sphere filled with transparent blue pieces.

ReCore: Mack

Meanwhile, it looks like there’s nothing that can stop Gamabomb from churning out similar quadrupedal masterpieces right now. His transport mech is very on-trend, but isn’t mainstream at all. And it has everthing you like, even that old orange hockey helmet.

Typ "Heuschrecke" transport truck

Game on! LEGO D.Va’s Light Gun from Overwatch

I never would have guessed before playing Overwatch that I would build a pink gun for my LEGO arsenal. D.Va quickly became my favorite hero to play in Overwatch, and her pistol used outside her mech looked rad. Plus, the bunny charm hanging from the mag well was too adorable. I find building a pistol or similarly sized 1:1 scale build harder than larger rifles, swords, or launchers due to the limited space for structural stability and that weapons of this size can be held with one hand. Combine this with the limited selection of LEGO elements in pink, and you have quite the building challenge.

D.Va's Light Gun - Overwatch

Working parts include a moving trigger and removable magazine. These features, a 360° view, and a small breakdown of some paneling are shown in the following video.

See all photos of D.Va’s Light Gun in its Flickr album.

Fallout 4 Abernathy Farm settlement in LEGO

While most Fallout 4 players are building their own virtual Commonwealth settlements, Wookieewarrior took it to another level with the bricks. Haphazard construction techniques for the wood paneling, rusty colors for the amazingly detailed high voltage tower, and a large palette of subdued colors for the overgrowth create the perfect nuclear fallout atmosphere. I also enjoy the small details here, such as the precarious windmill on the roof and the tato plants out front.

Fallout 4 - Abernathy Farm

Borderlands 2 returns to Pandora LEGO style

What began as several friends having a blast leveling up together in Borderlands 2 became a fun collaborative effort to showcase the cast of characters in Borderlands 2 with bricks. Evan Bordessa, Simon Liu, Daniel Church, Caleb Wagoner, Alec Doede, Eric Leis, and myself (Nick Jensen) present a brick built trip back to Pandora in search of loot and mayhem. Originally intended to be a tribute to the playable vault hunters, the collaborative layout became more expansive, covering several other major characters and a few enemies and vehicles found on the journey to the Vault.

First, let’s take a look at the playable vault hunters. From left to right: Axton the Commando (Evan), Salvador the Gunzerker (Eric), Zer0 (Daniel), Gaige the Mechromancer and Deathtrap (Nick), Maya the Siren (Caleb), and Krieg the Psycho (Evan).

Borderlands 2: Return to Pandora, hero shot.

The full layout features additional characters, vehicles, and scenery found throughout Pandora. Bandits, Hyperion engineers, and Hyperion loaders of all types and sizes stand among characters such as Face McShooty, Mad Moxxi, Mr. Torgue, Angel, Handsome Jack, Claptrap, and Tiny Tina. A pair of Runners, vending machines printed by EclipseGrafx, loot boxes, and a New-U Respawn Station complete the Pandora feel.

Borderlands 2: Return to Pandora

Watch a brief overview of the full layout as it was at Brickworld Chicago 2016 in the following video.

Individual photos of most of the characters and scenery can be found on each builders’ Flickr photostream and in this imgur album. (Warning: Mild Language)

Skyrim’s Dwemer ruins in LEGO

I remember the first time I ran across Dwemer ruins in Morrowind. It was a mysterious cavern full of strange pipes and hissing steam, and then I heard a noise, and something rolled at me and I died. Needless to say, I came back for more, until I’d vanquished the curious Dwarven artifacts left to guard the riches of the lost Dwemer race. I enjoyed the amazing steampunk relics again in Skyrim years later, and LEGO builder Bartłomiej H brings that experience to the brick with these fantastic Dwemer ruins. They truly evoke the feel of the disheveled passageways and abandoned rooms filled with metal machines and odd artifacts. He even includes an intrepid adventurer (like you!) to fight through the devious Dwarven devices.

Dwemerium_Front view

Click to see more of Dwemerium

Survival starts in the core: LEGO versions of ReCore’s Mack and Joule

When my friend Lego Junkie posted his version of Mack from ReCore a few days ago, I only had a sketch model of heads for the main characters Mack and Joule. His version, as well as new gameplay footage and screenshots from E3 of these characters, was just the motivation I needed to move forward with said sketches.

Mack and Joule - ReCore

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LEGO CoreBot Mack from ReCore

A year and another E3 after the announcement of upcoming action-adventure title ReCore, we finally got gameplay footage of the hero Joule and her adorable CoreBot dog Mack. Combine this with a former Halo writer writing ReCore’s story, and I am hyped. Lego Junkie keeps the hype train rolling with his cute LEGO version of robo-dog Mack. I enjoy how poseable his Mack build is; it brings out the character in what looks to be a fun companion to Joule.

RECORE Puppy Doge.

A small AT-ST can walk tall

TBB’s own Simon Liu has been busy at Brickworld and these micro AT-STs were a small part of a larger Star Wars: Battlefront display. The AT-STs are delicately balanced and ingeniously built at such a small scale. The background is a microscale version of Alex Doede’s bunker.
 
Micro Walker Assault

Simon says that these are in the tiniest form he can do, but I reckon there are some nano AT-STs out there waiting to be built.

Crush the Rebel scum in a LEGO AT-AT

Alec Doede shows his skills with constructing screen-accurate Star Wars builds again with this Walker Assault scene on planet Sullust inspired by EA Dice’s Star Wars Battlefront. The highlight and most prominent feature of the LEGO diorama is of course the AT-AT, with incredible detail in the legs and armor plating positioned at just the right angles. However, the realistically damaged TIE Fighter wing and the bunker to set the scene shouldn’t go overlooked.

Walker Assault

The Vaygr fleet expands

Tim Schwalfenberg expands his Homeworld Vaygr fleet with this classy Vaygr missile frigate. It’s the second ship of Tim’s Vaygr fleet we’ve featured, after his excellent corvette, and Tim has more on the way to round out the armada. One of the best hallmarks of Homeworld-inspired spaceships is the clean color blocking, and Tim’s interpretation of the Vaygr fleet looks striking clad in white with red stripes. One of the best details is the missile launcher mounted on the side, a fantastic brick recreation of the original model’s detail.

Vaygr Missile Frigate