Monthly Archives: March 2007

I’m-a gonna win!

Mike Count Blockula Crowley has so finished six characters in his series of large-scale minifigs inspired by Mario Kart since I first blogged Bowser back in January. Here are my favorites — and I can’t wait to see them in person at BrickFest PDX at the end of this month.

Mario and Toad:


Donkey Kong:

Check out all of Mike’s Mario Kart characters on Flickr.

So, more trains? Or not?

Train builders create some fantastic stuff — often overlooked by those of us more involved in themes like Space and Castle.

For example, check out Anthony Sava’s full-size and micro-scale No. 805 American 4-4-0 (via MicroBricks):

Or all of the displays LEGO train clubs create for events, like the layout Bill Ward participated in at a recent Train Collectors’ Association event:

And creations for train layouts are often on a scale much larger than in other themes, like Bill Vollbrecht’s Maersk Headquarters building in last year’s NWBrickCon train layout:

So a question for readers of The Brothers Brick: Do you want to see more trains and layouts? Or should we stick with the old stand-bys — castles, space ships, minifigs, mecha, and so on? Leave a comment and let us know.

Bith and Ithorian Minifigs by Moko

Looks like Moko’s officially working on a series. This time, it’s some of the most challenging characters from the Star Wars universe — the aliens.

His latest minifigs include a Bith musician from the Mos Eisley Cantina (not yet on Brickshelf):

And the Ithorian Momaw Nadon, also from the Cantina scene in A New Hope:

The Nnenness continues.

Nnenn is quickly becoming one of my favourite builders. He’s got all the necessary qualities — excellent technique, wonderful imagination, great presentation. But he also manages to shake things around a bit in the community! When the traditional view can be said to be that of the purist — only use original Lego pieces, essentially – Nnenn doesn’t refrain from using clone bricks, modifying existing pieces or playing with custom stickers. Very refreshing when done this well, as it is in his Ula-Kit 319.

So is the more liberal view Nnenn represents a step forward or a step backward for our hobby? Judge for yourself.

The evolution of the vignette continues...

First there was the vignette itself, then came the V-Pod, and now Nelson Yrizarry has invented a new form of vignette titled “MOCBox.” “MOC” stands for “my own creation” (doesn’t every hobby have its own vocabulary?), and as its name implies, MOCBoxes are creations inside a little box.

Check out Nelson’s first ten MOCBoxes in his Brickshelf gallery, as well as his introductory announcement on Classic-Castle Forums. Here’s my favorite, a double-decker MOCBox titled “Neighbors”:

Versus & Assault by Izzo

Here is the seventh and eighth creations in the incredible Drakkhen series by Izzo.

Versus features a red dragon locked in mortal combat with a golem. Overall, its pretty spiffy and really like the wizard fig.

Assault depicts a two-headed yellow dragon as it attacked a very nicely built castle. Not only is the dragon a very nice build, but castle is quite eye-catching as well.

Thwack! Shinbone to the skull!

Mark Twain is awesome, and I love Jane Austen. However, here’s what Twain had to say about Austen:

I haven’t any right to criticise books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Everytime I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.

Nathan Cunningham captures this scene from Twain’s imagination in a hilarious new vignette: