Mad for it

We’ve featured Martin Redfern‘s Alice In Wonderland LEGO creations previously, but this latest scene — the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party — is a cracker. The table features a brilliant array of teapot designs (some including fireman’s helmets as lids!), and I like the variety of chair styles on display. The surrounding scenery is great, and gives the model a real sense of place — an impression helped by the tight crop of the photo.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party

As ever, Martin’s work on the characters is excellent. Here’s a closer look at the Tea Party Trio…

The Mad Hatters Tea Party .. ( Alice in Wonderland )

Whenever there is fun, there’s always LEGO

Coca-Cola first went on sale at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia 1886. The world’s favourite soft drink was invented by Dr John Pemberton, but it was Dr Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson, who came up with the now world-famous red-and-white logo. Pixel Junkie’s latest LEGO creation is a vintage delivery truck bringing cases of Coca-Cola to the local hardware store to be sold for a nickel each.

Classic Coke Delivery Truck

The background has some nice retro details. I love the gumball machine with advertising, the Coca-Cola vending machine, and the little crate sitting on the hand cart ready to go in the fridge. All-in-all, a great nostalgic scene built in LEGO.

Vintage Hardware Store

 

Colonizing the wilderness

Wochenender presents the first part of a planned series of builds illustrating the colonization of a remote wilderness on a fictional island called Sølvheim. This display showcases the expertly crafted landscape which features melting snow elements — something I haven’t seen explored much by builders, making this an interesting fresh concept. The wooden port and watchtower are the only structures at the moment, but I look forward to their evolution in the upcoming dioramas.

Jernsteinn on Sølvheim - a calderian colony - stage 1

Justice League LEGO BrickHeadz announced, including Wonder Woman & The Flash [News]

To celebrate the Justice League movie opening in theaters today, LEGO has announced that four characters from the Justice League are joining Star Wars as the newest franchise in the popular BrickHeadz line of buildable figures. As with past BrickHeadz, each character will retail for $9.99 USD when they’re available beginning in January.

Justice League Brickheadz

See each of the Justice League characters below

Miniature army marches merrily onward, old chap!

There is something about this cute collection of LEGO bricks by P. B. that makes me grin. “King and His Guards” is a simple troop of miniature, chess-like cannon fodder with overseeing gentry and cool bipedal heavy-artillery. It could be the chihuahua looking like a great dane next to our heavily mustachioed king, or his men all assembled with a small number of bricks, yet they all appearing to have their own personalities. Or it could simply be I love the walking tank — whatever the reason, I hope it makes you grin too.

The King and His Guards

High in the clouds, the forgotten temples await

I have no idea wether the tiny ship in this microscale scene by Andreas Lenander sails for these imposing cliffs out of religious, archaeological, or other reasons, but it sure looks like an adventure I would love to be a part of. The question is not only how the ship’s crew will reach the temples, but how exactly they were built! Realism and practicality aside, this scene is simply gorgeous, and very atmospheric too.

Journey to the lost temple

I love the minimalist temples made out of lightsabre handle pieces and the clouds surrounding the rocky island, as well as the well-placed fire at the top of a spike, which stands out in the best of ways. The water is done with a common technique of loose translucent pieces, of which the jewel pieces used by Andreas work the best, in my opinion – as far as the border goes, I am not sure wether I like it or not, but it does look unique and interesting, plus I will never say no to sand blue – and neither should you!

LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz 41489 Rey & Kylo Ren Limited Edition Collector’s Pack available early + exclusive Mini Millennium Falcon [News]

The next wave of LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz just revealed earlier this week are available early from Target for REDcard members, ahead of their availability from the LEGO Shop and in LEGO retail stores on December 1st. As expected, 41489 Rey & Kylo Ren Limited Edition Collector’s Pack retails for $19.99. We’ll remind everyone when the two-pack is more broadly available, but some of you can can pick it up now if you don’t want to wait.

41489 Rey & Kylo Ren

If you’re shopping at Target, you might also want to pick up the Mini Millennium Falcon for $4.99.

Steampunk ray gun goes pew pew, zap zap

Hey it’s me again, Jonathan Samson with a new creation for your perusal. When I originally wanted to create a ray gun, I started by building a couple of diodes – for inspiration I was trying a new sorting technique (pre-sorting into hues). I found I had an eclectic array of dark orange and dark tan pieces that seemed fit for purpose – round pieces for the barrel, a wing for the trigger and a bucketload of medium dark flesh crow’s nest elements for the pistol grip, so the diodes quickly got crystal downgrades and it became my first steampunk creation.

Steam Punk Ray Gun

LEGO sales & deals ahead of Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 [News]

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, retailers are discounting LEGO sets ahead of the even bigger deals waiting in the wings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’ll bring you all the sales & deals as we learn about them, but in the meantime here are a few highlights of LEGO on sale right now.

71006 The Simpsons House is 20% or $40 off at $159.88.

71006 The Simpsons House

Many of the 2016 and early 2017 Star Wars sets we’ve highlighted as on sale a couple times remain heavily discounted, but don’t expect them to last much longer, despite the vastness of Amazon’s warehouses.

75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle is 33% off at $79.99.

See more early LEGO sales & deals after the jump

Prepare for winter by building your own LEGO snowcat [Instructions]

Winter is coming! Well, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere of course. I’m thinking about those cold, frosty mornings; wearing hats and scarves; Chris McVeigh’s annual Christmas decoration builds; and snow. de-marco has been building a lovely collection of minifigure-scale vehicles, and we thought a snowcat tracked vehicle would be perfect for the coming season.

Snowcat

The instructional video can be seen below and de-marco has created a list of parts required to build your own snowcat.

Harvesting the worlds of space

The end of the annual SHIPtember build challenge need not portend the end to excellent large-scale LEGO spaceships. Rat Dude also proves that gray need not be the only utilitarian color for LEGO spaceships with the Yaga Ni’Kurwa in gorgeous blue and brown. The spots of red, orange, and yellow certainly add visual interest, but the designs are actually quite complex — particularly the sheaf of wheat indicating the vessel’s role in interstellar agribusiness.

Yaga Ni'Kurwa by Rat Dude on Flickr

It’s unfortunate that the builder has only posted this one photo — I want to see the massive engines on the back that power this grain freighter through the stars.

Take part in the new LEGO Ideas logo contest to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project [News]

Next year, the LEGO Ideas project, which was originally launched in Japan as LEGO CUUSOO, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the team has invited builders to take part in a contest to build your own version of the LEGO Ideas logo. You can either base your new version on the official one below, or completely re-imagine it. The best entries will be featured on the LEGO Ideas Facebook page to celebrate the anniversary, and the best of the best could win some very cool prizes.

LEGO Ideas logo contest

Learn more about this LEGO building contest