Monthly Archives: January 2007

Who needs IKEA when you have Marakoeschtra?

Classic-Castle member and Brickshelf user Martin Jaspers (Marakoeschtra) is very well known for his detailed construction of minifig-scale creations.  His inspiring gallery recently has a new section: furniture.  I wish I had access to such rare parts like he does.  Also check out the thread.

Celebrating all the bugs, creatures and beasts of space!

Over at Classic-Space, Taylor and Lukas is hosting a creature contest. The contest is easy to enter – the categories are divided by piece count, so everyone should be able to whip up something within the limits of their collection. The categories are as follows:

Bug: 2-12 pieces
Creature: 13-25 pieces
Beast: 26-60 pieces

So far there have been several nice entries with very innovative parts usages. Look for instance at Matt Hamann’s Ice Scarab:

Or Nick Dean’s Gnawer:

Adrian Drake’s Skitter Slug:

Arpy’s Broodspawn:

Aidan O Deligh’s Ankleshredder:

Or my own Spunk:


There are several more entries, and likely many more to come. I look forward to see a complete list of entries from or hosts. The creature contest ends at February 13, so there is still time for everyone to build and enter their own little critter. Get to it!

Gregor Mendel Grows Some Peas

Alan Saunders proves once again that simplicity works, with his vignette of Gregor Mendel examining his pea plants:

LEGO has released a little working magnifying glass, but because it’s so big, it looks a bit rediculous when a minifig holds it. I like how Alan has used a wrench instead (and the oil can works well as a watering can).