Monthly Archives: August 2006

Chad Ivany’s Gate House

The castles I built twenty years ago were merely extensions to official LEGO sets, in the same, predictable style. These days, builders like Chad Ivany don’t limit themselves to rows of those wall pieces with little windows in them. Chad’s latest creation is a gate house fit for the greatest of medieval kings (click for full gallery):

In addition to lots of great detail on the outer wall, Chad has included wooden structures and a scene full of minifigs on the inside:

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Poetry Vignettes by Bill Ward

I love poetry more than I love LEGO (shock!), so it’s nice when I can blog a little poetry here on The Brothers Brick. Posting in the middle of the night while at BrickFest, Bill Ward gives me just such an opportunity with his set of six beautiful poetry vignettes. Here are my three favorites.

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Frost:

“Yonder See the Morning Blink” by A.E. Housman:

Be sure to check out his other great vignettes as well:

  • Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now” by Housman
  • Mending Wall” by Frost
  • To an Athlete Dying Young” by Housman 

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  • X-Rayed LEGO

    Have you ever wondered what an X-ray of LEGO would look like? Neither have I, which is why Brickshelfer Menoriel’s new gallery of ghostly images is so fascinating. Here’s what Obi-Wan and Darth look like under those crazy invisible rays (click for more):

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    Elemental Warriors by Tac

    Brickshelfer Tac makes some pretty awesome Mecha with a great deal of detail. It’s no surprise, then, that Tac has great skill in creating power suits. I’m hoping Tac will soon expand these “Elemental Warriors” to include more elements.

    In the meantime, here’s “Heat”:

    And “Ice”:

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    Moko’s latest mecha is gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh, or at least plastic. Viddy this zammechat mecha (via Snoikle and Builder’s Block):

    To do some real ultraviolence, what this beastie needs, my droogs, is a great big pooshka on its rooker. And nozhs for zoobies. Appy polly loggies for my strange chepooka today, O my brothers. (Need a hint? It’s orange. It’s mechanical. Get it?)

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    James Turley’s Steam Dart

    Tubes and pipes? Check. Adventurers minifig? Check. Greebles everywhere? Check. Guages and wheels? Check. Large props to keep the monstrosity airborne? Check. Result? Steampunkilicious!

    Classic Spacer James Turley goes all steamy with his “Steam Dart”:

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    New LEGO Zero fighter from Junlego

    Back in June I blogged Brickshelfer junlego’s Zero fighter. I didn’t say so at the time, but my only disappointment was that he built it in white, rather than the more typical dark green.

    But now, behold his new, beautifully green Mitsubishi A6M5 “Zero” fighter:

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    Final Fantasy V Creations by Kakurelegositan

    It’s always nice to welcome new LEGO fans to Brickshelf or Flickr. So far, Kakurelegositan’s gallery consists 100% of creations inspired by Final Fantasy. Hurray!

    Perennial boss and/or summon Bahamut:

    Bartz and a chocobo from the cover art for Final Fantasy V:

    Kakurelegositan has other cool Final Fantasy creations on Brickshelf, so be sure to check out the full gallery!

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