When this image of a forgotten temple came to my attention, I knew I wanted to feature it here. Nathan Hake has created an immersive scene that ticks a lot of my favorite boxes. There’s lovely organic building in the trees and vines. There’s interesting part usage in the idol made primarily of golden weapons. And I’ve just got a thing for ruined architecture. Add a dollop of the depth of field from the minifigure in the foreground, and you have something pretty special. But when I visited Nathan’s photostream to learn more, I found that this is only a detail shot of a much larger build. Keep reading to find out just how much bigger!
Amazingly, the temple is situated on a minifigure-scaled floating island. And it’s just one of the islands in this particular stream. (For a real sense of scale, check out this Ninjago Movie crossover with Meowthra.) Nathan has posted a short video clip of the full build on display, and there are tons of details to seek and find.
And Nathan didn’t stop with just the floating islands. There’s also “surface details” like this skeletal dragon. You really have no choice but to start making up your own stories to explain all that you’re seeing.
My favorite tiny detail, though, has to be this crab building sandcastles. Totes adorb.
If you find this build inspiring (and I know I do), you might also enjoy a stroll through our floating islands tag for more flights of fantasy!