Tag Archives: Vignette

Vignettes are like the haiku of the LEGO world. Usually built on a base 8 studs wide by 8 studs deep, vignettes show a little scene or a moment in time. But like written poetry, there’s plenty of variation on the basic theme.

Queen’s chamber

Considering how action-packed a theme like LEGO Castle can get, it’s often surprising that some of the most interesting medieval creations are ones where there’s no sword fighting or sieges at all. Enter Marcel V and his tranquil build, the queen’s chamber. Featuring all the necessary royal amenities such as luxurious garments, enticing perfumes, and under-appreciated handmaidens, this is one bedroom to make any queen the envy of all other monarchs.

The queen's chamber by Marcel V.

Dave, stop. Stop, will you?

…but we all know Dave won’t stop. RichardBoard conquered us with just a single picture of his recent build recreating the scene of probably the most tense confrontation between a human and artificial intelligence, from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stop Dave. I'm afraid...my mind is going.

Although this vignette is much smaller than the original spaceship from the movie, Richard did an amazing job lighting it, making all the small transparent plates look awesome. HAL 9000’s red eye being blurred in the background gives the whole shot a truly cinematic look. But Dave’s spacesuit is the only thing that looks a little bit odd; that’s due to a tiny Classic Space logo on his forearm, which, in fact, is an amazing way of combining too universes — LEGO and Stanley Kubrick’s — in one picture.

Donald Duck is peking in his mailbox

The latest series of collectible minifigures from LEGO has released a wave of nostalgia as Disney characters find their way into LEGO scenes. This adorable scene by LegoJalex shows Donald Duck checking his mailbox while Neighbor Jones is in his garden taking care of his roses. The build has a great retro feel and merges LEGO bricks with cartoonish effects thanks to clever use of parts and colour choices, and some photo editing of course

Only bills in the mailbox for Donald...

Donald Duck’s car is worth a closer look, especially as it runs on ‘eco-friendly fuel’.

Donald Duck refuels his 313

Vignettes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

For the past two months, Markus Rollbühler has been posting a series of elegantly crafted vignettes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The project was inspired by his friend Marcel, who previously built vignettes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Below are just a few from a gallery of 20 so far, and I really like the presentation of the model by using a quote from the book to add both context and flavor to the builds.

020 - The Slytherin Common Room

Click to see more Harry Potter vignettes

The Machine from The Princess Bride

I watch a lot of movies. Hell, I even review them occasionally as part of my job. Unfortunately, I still miss a few important titles. The Princess Bride was one such movie, until a few days ago when I found myself with a copy of it and a couple of free hours. It seems serendipitous then, that W. Navarre has created a LEGO version of the infamous “Machine” from the torture scenes in the movie:

The Machine!

Be sure to check out the builder’s photostream for detailed shots as well as a full build of the Pit of Despair. And if you need more Princess Bride, I highly suggest a video by CineFix that studies the differences between the movie and the real life book.

May the force be with you, always, but especially at bed time

Taking the old notion of Star Wars themed bed sheets up a notch, tanKM has used LEGO to imagine every young boy’s dream – a completely Star Wars themed bedroom complete with X-Wing loft bed, X-Wing cockpit computer area, and a plethora of Star Wars toys and dress-up items. Check out the full album for a closer look.

Many will enter, few will leave

Brazilian builder Gilcelio Chagas wanted to find a use for those seemingly useless Mixel faces. And while torture is no laughing matter, he saw the funny side and came up with this entire scene featuring a group of Medieval torture chamber workers. But don’t find any comfort in their mischievous appearance, they are eager to break your bones, rip out your stomach, chop up your liver and feed you to the rats!

Torture Room

Watch a miniature LEGO Batcave being built [Video]

LEGO builder AnkTales enjoys creating nifty little scenes and animating the construction process, giving viewers a look at precisely what parts go into his builds. His latest creation is a miniature Batcave to showcase LEGO’s official mini Tumbler model. You could easily build your own Batcave by watching the video.

And if you happen to not own the 30300 LEGO Tumbler set, AnkTale helpfully provides a construction mini Batman Tumbler video to create your own, and the best part is that it doesn’t use any rare pieces.

Encounter in the Library of the Undead

Deus Otiosus imagines a cartoony LEGO fantasy in this dungeon scene. It shows an encounter between five heroes and two skeleton warriors – one a human and the other a dragon. The library has just the right amount of worn-down feel, and the heroes all have their own personality evoked through their construction and posing. The skeletons are my favorite part of the scene — I like the contrast between thin pieces like robot arms, horns, and technic rods, with relatively thicker pieces such as plates and bricks.

Library of the Undead

See the standalone setting and the characters on Deus’s Flickr stream.

A windswept hobbit escape

This diorama by TBB’s own contributor Jen Spencer depicts the scene from The Fellowship of the Ring at the Prancing Pony Inn just after the wraiths swoop in and stab the beds that the Hobbits are supposed to be sleeping in. The windswept atmosphere and dishevelled room is beautifully illustrated by the thrown-open window with curtains blowing, the overturned stool, pictures awry and—my own favourite part—the mattress that is askew.

A Knife in the Dark

This diorama really captures the imagination. Even if you have not seen this scene in the movie, it is clear that someone has left the room in a hurry and something sinister is going on. Jen’s diorama is actually an entry into the 2016 Middle Earth Lego Olympics over on MOC pages. Good luck to all the competitors currently flexing their Middle Earth muscles!

An epic LEGO tale of death

This fantastic vingette by Thorsten Bonsch is a LEGO recreation of a scene from the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). The ESO is an online multiplayer role playing game and this particular scene comes from the latest part of the saga, The Thieves Guild. The build is not an action scene but, as Thorsten calls it, a ‘still life’ that tells a story – can you imagine what happened by looking at the evidence left behind?


The builder uses a great building technique to curve the bricks and allow the ground to slope gently upwards to the right side. In addition, the rock formations are very nicely shaped and hints of colour are just enough to capture your attention. The more I look at this scene, the more intriguing I find it.

Personally, I think that a huge snake-like creature has eaten the first man and then reaches the second and kills him just as he mortally wounds the snake with a spear to the heart. All that remains are the bones and undigested evidence that tells the story of their deaths.

Previous ESO-based creations by Thorsten have been blogged by us and are worth a second look: the City of Orsinium, the Stonefalls in Morrowind, and an amazing 11,000 piece portal called The Dolmen.

Not just a tree house, but a LEGO tree fort

Did you have a tree house as a child?  jsnyder would have been very disappointed by my basic tree house if his LEGO tree fort reflects his idea of one.  This creation is on three levels with a swing bridge that spans across two huge trees.  There is a look out at the top of the largest tree with a telescope to keep an eye out for potential attack (or parents looking for you at bedtime). The trees themselves are well shaped and I love the mix of studs on show and tiles to add texture.

Billy's Tree Fort

The details are really adorable in this build, for example the tyre swing and rope pulley system to allow a crate of resupplies (perhaps more ice lollies) to be lifted high up into the tree.

Billy's Tree Fort

You can see more detailed views of the tree fort on his Billy’s Tree Fort album on Flickr.