Monthly Archives: October 2009

Battered by waves for a thousand years

Castle New Rock is living testament to mankind’s mastery of nature. If you were impressed by Matija Grguric‘s original Castle Rock, you’ll be blown away by his newest creation, featuring 20,000 bricks and 3 months of genius at work. The concept of a gargantuan castle nesting on jagged rocks jutting from the sea is the embodiment of the sublime.

No matter which angle you look at the creation from, it’s always a sight to behold.

6357 Redux

Set 6357 Redux by Mike Psiaki and me

I recently contacted Mike Psiaki about redoing my favourite childhood set 6357 in a modern and detailed form. He agreed and after much conversation, sharing of photos and work this is the result. The helicopter was mostly made by Mike and the truck by me but both were discussed at length to get them looking as good as we could manage. The trailer was a true combined effort with each of us contributing many ideas.

Mikes Steam Digger

Although Mike has been more busy building than me.

Fear the green water

Sorry for not coming up with a better title, but if you look at Chris Edward‘s microscale Castle on the Lake, you’ll either be consciously or unconsciously affected by all the shades of green from the sand green roofs to the green cliff vegetation and finally… the tranquil yet ominous green water. This subtlety combined with Chris’ skilled building equals a fine creation.

LEGO D-Day on Omaha Beach: Liberating France, one brick at a time

Occasionally, I take a break from blogging and actually build something. For my most ambitious creation to date, I present “Fox Red: Omaha Beach”.

LEGO D-Day Normandy invasion

My D-Day diorama features the following vehicles and weapons:

Yes, that’s dark blue water. (I do believe I’ve mentioned before that I like LEGO Agents…)

Naturally, I couldn’t resist the urge to turn a few photos into black and white Robert Capa-esque shots.

LEGO D-Day Normandy Robert Capa-esque

See my full photoset of Fox Red: Omaha Beach pics on Flickr.

Pop-up LEGO Kinkaku-ji opens to reveal golden pavilion

The Buddhist temple of Kinkaku-ji was originally built in 1397. In 2009, talapz built a Kinkaku-ji in a box. Okay, words fail me here. They really do.

The builder notes in the video that he used 4,500 LEGO pieces to build his pop-up Kinkaku-ji, and it weighs 4 kg. Be sure to watch the whole video — talapz shows how this amazing creation pops up out of the box.

And don’t miss Jumpei Mitsui’s Kinkaku-ji from 2007.

LEGO Rock Band CubeDude has a green mohawk and regrettable tattoos

Ryan Wood (lights) rocks. Also, he built a CubeDude, which also rocks.

LEGO Rock Band CubeDude

I love the tattoos on his arm, and how he’s holding the whammy bar.

Speaking of LEGO Rock Band, the video game is due out next month, and the full track list has been announced. (I’ve been avoiding dedicating a whole post to this. Sorry for hijacking your CubeDude for news purposes, Ry.)

  • All American Rejects: “Swing, Swing”
  • The Kooks: “Naïve”
  • The Automatic: “Monster”
  • KoRn: “Word Up!”
  • Blink-182: “Aliens Exist”
  • KT Tunstall: “Suddenly I See”
  • Blur: “Song 2”
  • Lostprophets: “Rooftops”
  • Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name”
  • P!NK: “So What”
  • Boys like Girls: “Thunder”
  • The Police: “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
  • Bryan Adams: “Summer of 69”
  • The Primitives: “Crash”
  • Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
  • Queen: “We Are The Champions”
  • The Coral: “Dreaming of You”
  • Queen: “We Will Rock You”
  • Counting Crows: “Accidentally in Love”
  • Rascal Flatts: “Life is a Highway”
  • David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”
  • Ray Parker Jr.: “Ghostbusters”
  • Elton John: “Crocodile Rock”
  • Razorlight: “Stumble and Fall”
  • Europe: “The Final Countdown”
  • Spin Doctors: “Two Princes”
  • Everlife: “Real Wild Child”
  • Spinal Tap: “Short & Sweet”
  • Foo Fighters: “Breakout”
  • Steve Harly: “Make Me Smile”
  • Good Charlotte: “Girls & Boys”
  • Sum 41: “In Too Deep”
  • The Hives: “Tick Tick Boom!”
  • Supergrass: “Grace”
  • Iggy Pop: “The Passenger”
  • Tom Petty: “Free Fallin”
  • Incubus: “Dig”
  • T-Rex: “Ride a White Swan”
  • Jackson 5: “I Want You Back”
  • Vampire Weekend: “A-Punk”
  • Jimi Hendrix: “Fire”
  • We the Kings: “Check Yes Juliet”
  • Kaiser Chiefs: “Ruby”
  • The Zutons: “Valerie”
  • Katrina & The Waves: “Walking on Sunshine”

The latest updates indicate that stars like Iggy Pop will be making an appearance in the game.

LEGO Rock Band Iggy Pop

Here’s the full list of potentially playable characters.

  • Iggy Pop
  • David Bowie
  • Blur
  • Queen