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Announcing the 23rd LUGNuts challenge: Zombie Apocalypse Killfest ’09 [News]

With exactly one month until BrickCon, we’re teaming up with LUGNuts for their 23rd build challenge, Zombie Apocalypse Killfest ’09.

LEGO TATRA S&S Wildland Ultra XT in zombie apocalypse liveryNaturally, we’re hoping that those of you who build something for this challenge will also bring it for the Zombie Apocafest 2009 collaborative display at BrickCon.

As with other LUGNuts challenges, this is sure to generate some truly creative builds. And creativity is key! We won’t be awarding prizes at BrickCon for Biggest Guns, Most Chains, or Best Use of Brown and Gray.

This challenge is about apocafied civilian vehicles, like my S&S Wildland Ultra XT brushfire engine. Note the bright red color and complete lack of chains, though I must admit that the crazy Bionicle spike strip proved irresistible…

So, head on over to the Zombie Apocalypse Killfest ’09 thread on Flickr, read Lino‘s hilarious challenge, and build something awesome!

Zombie Apoc 101: how to make a super-cool Post-Apoc vehicle

With BrickCon coming, I’m sure many are interested in creating vehicles for the Zombie Apocalypse display. If you like what we’ve featured in the past, you should check out Jordan Neves‘ article on how to make your own unique and original apocafied vehicle.

By the way, I recommend Jordan’s blog as a supplement to foster a well-rounded knowledge of the LEGO community.

Zombie Apocafest 2009: Strategy, Tactics, & Logistics

BrickCon 2009 starts in exactly two months. That means it’s time to start getting down to details on all the collaborative displays being planned for the con, starting with our very own Zombie Apocafest 2009. (We’ll be doing a roundup about all the other displays soon.)

Like last year’s zombie apocalypse display, Zombie Apocafest is sponsored and organized by The Brothers Brick, with additional sponsorship from the generous humans at BrickArms. Look for more information about prizes and giveaways here on the blog between now and the con.

Got builder’s block? Not sure what the heck we mean by “apocafied”? Unsure what the standards are? Read on…

Inspiration for the LEGO zombie apocalypse

Popular culture is full of inspiration for a LEGO zombie apocalypse. Our collaborative display is largely inspired by the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks, also author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.

There’s plenty of inspiration for your LEGO creations to be found in movies like George A. Romero’s Living Dead series, the hilarious Shaun of the Dead, and the harrowing 28 Days Later.

Personally, music inspires a lot of my LEGO building. Here’s my personal soundtrack, heavy on metal and light on funny novelty songs. Hey, this is serious stuff! Also, the only convergence of AC/DC, W.B. Yeats, zombies, and LEGO in the history of the human race.

zombie apocalypse music playlist

Zombie literature and films are full of social commentary — a dystopian reflection of our present or near future. In other words, the real world we all live in is unfortunately full of examples of the things survivors would encounter in a zombie apocalypse.

Improvised fighting vehicles — civilian or non-combat military vehicles with armor plating and weapons systems tacked on — are the archetype for the chained-up, cage-encased, spiky bad boys we all know and love from our favorite ApocaLEGO builders.

Not cool in real life, but good against zombies.

Finally, here are a few ideas we’ve had at The Brothers Brick — we can’t possibly build them all ourselves in the next two months.

  • A commuter train on fire that streaks around the perimeter of the layout. (9-volt would probably be easiest to power over the weekend.) Bonus points for smoke effects.
  • Helicopters on rooftops evacuating survivors. Bonus points for motorized rotors. Extra credit for hovering action.
  • A security wall. Again, not at all cool in real life, but effective against the 90% of zombies who can’t use ladders.
  • Elevated highway.
  • Boats. Lots of boats.

Building and vehicle standards

LEGO zombie outbreakAs silly as it probably sounds, realism is one of our primary goals for this display. What would it look like if zombie minifigs invaded the Town display?

No giant robots to sweep through the streets, no deus ex machina with laser cannons and railguns.

Buildings follow the “Cafe Corner standard”:

  • Building stands on one or two Baseplate 16 x 32 with Square Corners.
  • Two connectors on each side of the building: Technic Brick 1 x 2 with Hole placed on studs #10-11 and #22-23 (from the front of the baseplate).
  • Floors can be any height (though 9 bricks high appears to be the standard).
  • Curb at edge of baseplate built from 1 x n light gray tiles, and sidewalk built from dark gray tiles, seven studs from the curb to the building (curb + sidewalk = 8 studs).
  • Building can be any size (though 16 x 16 or 16 x 32 appears to be the standard), built eight studs back from the front of the baseplate with an eight-stud “alley.”

LEGO S&S Wildland Ultra XT zombie defense platformVehicles should be minifig-scale, though look for details about opportunities to build zombie apocalypse vehicles at other LEGO scales in September.

For the Zombie Apocafest display, though, most vehicles should probably be in the 4 to 10-stud-wide range (construction vehicles excluded).


How it’s going to work

Remember, the Zombie Apocafest display is only open to registered attendees of BrickCon. We won’t be able to accept contributions or drop-offs from the general public.

Doors open on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM on October 1. I’ll be there with Thanel soon afterward, helping out with the con in general, and keeping an eye on early additions to the display. The man, the myth, the legend, LEGOLAND Master Model Maker Gary McIntire has generously agreed to add his artistic vision and organizational skills to the display, so look for him as well.

Andrew LeeWe’ll give out prizes on Saturday night (or whenever the rest of the prizes are awarded). There will also be giveaways aplenty again this year. However, quantities of each item will be limited, and we’ll give them out with fairly specific requirements. We hope everybody leaves BrickCon with something, though.

As a reminder, here are the four prize categories:

Okay, enough reading. Get building!

The glorious apocafication of 7641 & 7733

Nick Crocco (Steam Pirate) is taking the apocafication of official LEGO sets to great heights.

An armored city bus emerges from 7641 City Corner.icon

Apocafied LEGO 7641 city bus

Nick replaces the stickers on the truck in 7733 Truck & Forklift with Space Police III stickers of the same underlying design.

Apocafied LEGO 7733 truck

I think it’s awesome that the LEGO designers took an existing LEGO City design and essentially apocafied it themselves for Space Police III. And it was brilliant of Nick to notice.

Of course, it looks like Nick could use some more zombies. Fortunately, we’ll have plenty available at BrickCon.

LEGO zombies in a bowl

The toxic waste zombie outbreak begins

Mysterious viruses and radiation exposure aren’t the only ways to start a zombie outbreak. Muffinmanifestation suggests that what we’re pouring into our lakes and streams might have a little something to do with the coming zombie onslaught.

LEGO toxic zombie outbreak

With the outbreak underway, the soldiers who discovered Ground Zero try to make it back to base.

LEGO zombie apocalypse diorama

The impending rise of the undead will be televised in living color

A common criticism of ApocaLEGO creations is that they’re all shades of brown or gray — believable colors for many apocalyptic scenarios, but not necessarily for the zombie apocalypse.

With that in mind, I’ve added a few more colorful creations to my fleet of zombie-hunting vehicles.

LEGO zombie apocalypse vehicles

The big red vehicle is an apocafied version of my S&S/TATRA Wildland Ultra XT fire engine, while the light blue car should be familiar to fans of a certain boy wizard.

LEGO post-apoc fire engine LEGO post-apoc Harry Potter

The requisite back story for the blue car:

A trio of intrepid survivors convert an old Ford Anglia into a zombie defense platform — complete with Browning M2 .50 Caliber machine gun and M134 Minigun requisitioned from an abandoned Army base. The flamethrower is apparently homemade.

Of course, these particular survivors have a few extra tricks up their sleeves. Other survivors say that the color of the fire from their flame thrower "just ain’t right." They can also be heard to exclaim "Incendio Cranium!" as they charge into a horde of zombies.

Like the green and white camper, the Ford Anglia is an example of an apocafied official set, one of the categories you can win prizes in during Zombie Apocafest 2009 this October at BrickCon.

UPDATE: I had so much fun with the little pink Vespa leading the charge that I had to build her a gang of zombie-hunting comrades.

LEGO biker gang

The girls are riding scooters from BrickForge designed by Arealight, with custom weapons from BrickArms (including several new prototypes).

Zombie minifigs infest Brian Colin’s paintings

Artist Brian Colin recently painted a series of small canvases featuring LEGO zombies. Gotta love that Classic Space zombie leading the horde.

LEGO zombie paintings

Perhaps not the thing to hang in your baby’s nursery, but awesome on so many levels that I wanted to pick up a couple myself. Sadly, I was vetoed by my wife. The good news is that I’ve picked up a couple as prizes for Zombie Apocafest 2009.

Via Boing Boing.

Announcing Zombie Apocafest 2009 – coming to BrickCon this October [News]

UPDATE: Planning is now underway for the next Zombie Apocafest. Read all about it in our Zombie Apocafest 2009 strategy, tactics, & logistics post.

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LEGO Zombie Apocafest 2008The LEGO convention season is upon us, and BrickCon 2009 is just over four months away — time to start planning your trip and what you’re going to build. Likewise, it’s time to start planning collaborative displays.

With a successful Zombie Apocafest 2008 under our belts, we at The Brothers Brick are pleased to announce Zombie Apocafest 2009.

To celebrate this announcement and as an example of one of our new prize categories, I’ve turned 7639 Camper into a mobile zombie defense platform.

LEGO zombie survivor camper

This year, we’re splitting up the prizes into four categories:

There are still many details to iron out, and we’re definitely open to suggestions. What kind of overall theme would you like to build toward? If you were there, what worked last year? What didn’t? Let us know in the comments.