Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines is the first book in a series of novels set in a dystopian future when Earth has been denuded of its resources and cities like London wander the landscape on enormous treads consuming everything in their path. The steampunk novels have inspired numerous LEGO builders over the years, with the Traction City / Crawler Town collaboration displayed at BrickCon among the best. Alexis Dos Santos joins the ranks of the best LEGO crawler builders with this stunning recreation of Salthook, a mining town that appears at the beginning of the first book and features prominently in the trailer for the upcoming Peter Jackson movie.
The treads are fully functional, and Salthook can be steered with a Power Functions remote control. There’s so much detail in this wonderful LEGO creation — let’s take a closer look.
A mishmash of architectural styles reflects the structures’ original life in villages and cities, with half-timbered houses up against corrugated industrial buildings and mining equipment.
Spars and cranes extend from the sides of the moveable town, and a dragon sculpture dominates the front.
There’s even a tiny cobblestone square enclosed by the buildings, with a large hatch for access to the lower levels and tread assembly.
Small scenes and vignettes of minifigs going about their lives are peppered throughout the build, with Hester Shaw watching from the rear deck as the city of London bears down on the much smaller town.
The minifigs are worth a closer look as well, with vibrant facial expressions and realistic equipment for their jobs aboard the mining town.
Be sure to check out Alexis’s full photoset on Flickr for even more photos of this wonderfully detailed LEGO model.