Lighthouses are surely the most romantic of buildings — often remote, surrounded by bleak rocks and crashing waves, and dedicated to seeing mariners safely home. Tim Schwalfenberg captures the haunting, desolate beauty of a lonely lighthouse in this fabulous LEGO creation. The almost monochrome colour-scheme creates a melancholy tone, only enhanced by the singular figure on the observation deck, staring out into the night. The subtle splash of yellow in the lamp, and the suggestion of a beam lancing out into the fog are lovely touches. The construction of the lighthouse itself is excellent, with a sense of textured brickwork not often achieved in a single colour, and a beautifully tapered cone.
Well here’s a fine collection of vintage furniture, perfect for adorning the study of any LEGO professor. I’m assuming spacecolonel intended these for an academic’s office because of the crystal skull on display atop the bookcase — seems like the sort of thing a historian or antiquarian might have lying around. Whilst the models are fairly simple, there’s a couple of nice techniques on show here — I particularly liked the window shutter at the base of the grandfather clock, and the depth of detail provided by the brown ice-cream scoop parts used in the coat stand.
If you fancy getting your hands on these fine pieces of furniture, and helping a good cause at the same time, they’re for sale as part of this year’s Creations For Charity event.
LEGO Dimensions has officially been cancelled by LEGO and Warner Brothers, per the game’s official Twitter feed:
Although the writing seemed to be on the wall, we have resisted posting unconfirmed rumors of the game’s demise over the past few months. But today, after two years of content, a parade of characters, and new lines intellectual property for LEGO to play with, Dimensions is officially confirmed to be ending. Wave 9 of expansion packs released last month will be the final packs.
TBB will publish a piece looking at the impact, benefit, and demise of LEGO Dimensions soon, but until then, let’s all raise a glass to the minifigures that could have been but never will. RIP LEGO Dimensions. May we continue to enjoy playing you now that 100% completion is possible as the end is in sight.
They say revenge is best served cold, but it seems like Syndrome is serving up his hot and explosive. monstrophonic has built a LEGO scene from The Incredibles featuring Syndrome and his Omnidroid attacking the superhero family. Our heroes are beating a hasty retreat as some impressive firepower rains down from above. The explosion has been nicely crafted, but it’s the fantastic architecture as the backdrop that makes this street scene truly awesome.
The front on image doesn’t quite show the clever angles the builder has used to create a forced perspective effect. The view from above reveals the acutely angled buildings…
“Say what again. I dare you. I double-dare you mister falcon.”
tablizm has used LEGO to capture the infamous scene from Pulp Fiction where Jules and Vincent demand the return of Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase. Poor Brett doesn’t look happy, probably because Jules just took a big bite out of his burger. All together now: “The path of the minifig is beset on all sides by the infinity of sorting and the terror of standing on a brick. And you will know my name is Lord Business when I lay my instructions upon thee..”
In addition to the best LEGO models created by builders all over the world, The Brothers Brick also brings you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our weekly Brick Report for the fourth week of October 2017.
TBB NEWS: It has been a slow news week, but we still got launched into space and have a few days left to get double VIP points at the LEGO Shop online.
- LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA unveiled — The newest LEGO Ideas set is here and it is out of this world! 21312 Women of NASA has four minifigures, three mini-builds, a total of 231 pieces, and will be available November for $24.99.
- Creations for Charity 2017 sale starts now — The annual Creations for Charity sale has just started, and from now until the end of November you can buy a custom Lego creation to raise money to provide Lego sets for underprivileged children.
- Double VIP points continues for North America — The LEGO Shop online continues to offer Double VIP Points in North America through Oct. 25, with the exclusive “LEGO Iconic VIP Set” free with $125 in purchases.
OTHER LEGO NEWS: This week only had a few other interesting LEGO-related news articles. Here are the best of the rest.
- Mantis Hacks’ latest make is a giant 3D printed LEGO Forklift, 3Ders — Matt Denton, a Youtuber known for 3D printing huge LEGO sets, has wowed us once again with his latest project: a giant 3D printed forklift.
- The sad, slow death of LEGO Dimensions, EuroGamer — Toys-to-life franchise LEGO Dimensions is likely drawing to a close a year earlier than originally planned.
- Police raid toy store over a Lego Ninja costume, USA Today — Police raided a LEGO store in Vienna after receiving a complaint that a Ninja character was violating a ban on wearing face coverings, leading to an argument about whether costumes are included in the ban.
Wooden leg, hook hand and an eyepatch – this pirate figure by LEGO 7 is exactly what one would think of when they hear the word “pirate”. The figure is more than just a perfect depiction of a stereotypical pirate captain, it is a great build combining complex angles in the torso, a simple yet effective face construction and beautifully detailed weapons. The captain’s remaining eye gives an impression of a charismatic character, additionally facilitated by the posture.
When I was a wee lad my mates were all about the Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Not me though, nor Serge S either. Don’t get me wrong — they are both highly skilled manufacturers of beautiful cars — but for me, nothing even comes close to the classic Porsche 911.
With his faithful recreation of every curve and nuance of this early 911’s superb lines, Serge has lovingly furnished this crimson coloured Carrera with working doors, bonnet and trunk.
Step aside Rey, there’s a speedier Classic Space speeder in town. Sad Brick has taken the idea of the Star Wars speeder bike and turned it into this grey, greeble-tastic bike complete with bumble-bee stripes on the side. While the bike is cool-looking and fun, the landscape is really something else. This is definitely Martian territory, with some weird looking, colourful flora…and perhaps fauna hiding amongst it. I love the tall rock formations with the eerie red shapes appearing from behind.
The dust displaced in the wake of the speeder is just the icing on the cake for me.
This two-story cottage looks as though it belongs on top of Mount Crumpit or possibly deep within Fangorn Forest. Even with minimal (and rather muddy) landscaping, this ramshackle LEGO house by Pieter Dennison is spectacular! In addition to the wonderful curved roof and cobbled walls, this creation is full of intricate details such as wrought iron lanterns, laundry drying in the breeze, and creeping thorny vines (created with green minifig hands and sprues, possibly from this piece).
Builder Jayfa is a Bionicle- and constraction-system whiz, and one of his latest technological terrors is this bone beast from the beyond. The skeleton dragon employs rows upon rows of tiny teeth for the vertebrae, and a marvelously sculpted head using largely classic System bricks perfectly incorporated into the constraction elements in the body. The aggressive pose helps bring the beast to life (or should that be undeath?), and Jayfa notes that it took a few revisions to get the creature to stand without supports, strengthening the legs and adjusting the balance.
Lovell Health House is an International Style modernist residence designed and built by Richard Neutra between 1927 and 1929. It was built for the active, health-conscious Lovell family in the hills of Los Angeles. The house’s construction is rather interesting. In addition to the steel structure integrated with tension cables, the house is actually one of the first to use gunite. Mattias Søndergaard has captured Lovell House in LEGO form with its clean lines and overlapping planes perfectly suited to LEGO construction.
Whilst the house sits nestled into the cliff surrounded by nature, Mattias has used some artistic license to give the natural flora of Los Angeles a ‘New Hampshire’ colour spectrum.