Yearly Archives: 2024

An awesome minifigure redux needs an awesome set redux to go with it

Retro minifigure callbacks have become something of a theme in LEGO’s Collectible Minifigure Series. In CMF Series 25, for instance, we got a callback to the beloved Fright Knights of the 1990s, with Basil the Batlord re-imagined as a Vampire Knight. But what’s a Batlord without a noble steed? Enter talego, who has reduxed the dragon in 6007 Bat Lord to go with the figure. And the results are awesome! It looks suitably frightening in all-black, with some custom red wings to match. Take a close look at the head, too: a sausage gives the dragon not only eyes, but pupils too. And not only are the Batarangs thematically great, they double perfectly as both eyebrows and horns!

Lego MOC redesign/revamp of 6007 Bat Lord

Learn how to build spaceships like a true master AFOL [Instructions]

There are some LEGO builders who, every time they present a new build to the world, have us scratching our heads wondering how on earth they’ve made those pieces fit together like that. For no one is that more true than Nick Trotta, whose spaceships feature frankly mind-bending ways of connecting things together. Have you ever wanted to see how he does it? Well, he’s just released instructions for one of his models, so you can do just that! This spaceship was featured here way back in 2018, and it still looks just as good now as it did then. You can build your own using the instructions over on his website!

Resonance: Instructions available

And while you’re here – why not take a look through some of his other builds that have graced our Nick Trotta archives since the Resonance made its first appearance?

A plot hatches at Dragonstone

Recently, we featured another of Martin Studios‘ LEGO builds, in which Cersei Lannister looks out on her freshly painted map. Now, it’s time to turn the clocks back a few hundred years and gaze upon another highly detailed representation of Westeros: the Painted Table on Dragonstone, now employed by Rhaenyra Targaryen as she schemes to regain her father’s throne. Rhaenyra stands to the left, staring pensively into the fire while her son Jacaerys, cousin/niece/stepdaughter Baela (or possibly Rhaena), and her husband/uncle Daemon look on. (Isn’t the Targaryen family tree fun?) Westerosi lore aside, the build captures the inside of the castle of Dragonstone well. The angled walls are well-represented here, built right into the natural rock formations suggested by the sloped cheese bricks in the center of the picture. Curved tiles provide a simple yet striking texture on the floor. If you’re itching to explore beyond the walls of Dragonstone, be sure to check out the builder’s Flickr page for more great House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones builds.

Dragonstone - House of The Dragon

Oh the Hu-manatee

This excellent LEGO build by Legonerdphotos! steals and borrows pieces from a powerful array of Bionicle heroes and villains! Its head is made from the all-mighty Mask of Life, while its shoulders and tail fins are made from the head-pieces of the great Bohrok-Kal. The little bundle of seaweed the manatee is carrying is a hairpiece from a single minifigure from the Hidden Side line. Speaking of vegetation, the grass at the front to either side of the scene comes from spines of the Barraki lord Ehlek. Further back, the tall fronds are from this year’s Dreamzzz Cat-Owl and the vast field in the middle is made from Gresh’s shoulder guards. All-in-all Legonerdphotos has put together a lovely diorama that shows it’s better down where it’s wetter; take it from manat-me!

Tranquility

Aye-aye-aye... Is our reaction to this surprisingly creepy jungle critter

Long-time TBB readers will know that our unofficial mascot is a lemur. Why? Well, not only is A. Lemur our resident dogsbody, he’s also the cutest* member of the TBB team, and therefore best suited to the role. Don’t tell him, obviously – he’ll ask for a snack raise, and he already pretends to be the boss when Andrew isn’t looking. In all seriousness, we should count ourselves lucky; we could have ended up with something creepier, like Velocijacktor‘s aye-aye. Now these little primates can be pretty un-nerving in the flesh, at least if Google Images is anything to go by. But rendered in Bionicle pieces, and eyeing up that poor little beetle, suddenly it looks like an other-wordly horror. Yep, we can be content that we just have to contend with our lemu-hey! No! For the last time, the server cables are not for eating!

Aye Aye

*relatively speaking, of course

LEGO’s Fortnite collaboration extends to four new sets, all available now for pre-order [News]

Last year, LEGO announced a collaboration with Epic Games and their smash-hit Fortnite, culminating in the TBB review of LEGO Fortnite survival game that we shared just as 2023 ended. Since that first announcement, many have been wondering if some of the Fortnite favourites would make the jump from the screen to actual bricks. Today, we have the answer with four new sets releasing this fall. With some sets meant for play like the minifigure-laden LEGO Fortnite 77073 Battle Bus and others intended for the mantle with the 1,414-piece LEGO Fortnite 77072 Peely Bone statue, these sets offer tons of references to the game and it’s perennial characters (however, mainstay Jonesy remains missing from these offerings). All four sets are available now for preorder (with links and pictures below), and will be released on October 1st.

Drop in to see all four sets and pre-order links after the jump!

Dragonfly in the sky, you can go twice as high!

If you’re an elf in need of transit options, you should check out this LEGO build by Ted Andes! Do you ever have one of those projects where its entire reason for being is just a tiny part of the whole? This huge Dragonfly Outpost diorama was built by Ted as a display to show off the dragonfly craft in the top left corner! Let’s take a look at some details! the gold water pump to the right of the main pillar has a faucet made from an inverted genie’s lamp. All of those lovely wings used on the bug-thopter and the roof of the main area are from a single ant-man set from 2015. Those safety rails on the upper deck are actually a relatively common tube (though it does seem like the elves could use a few more of them!) An up-and-coming part is the leaf used for some of the bird’s tails. Since its introduction in 2023, it’s been used in a variety of sets and colors and I expect we’ll see more of it in the future! And speaking of those birds, I wonder if they make good omelets too?

Dragonfly Outpost

Magical LEGO owl says give a hoot, don’t transmute

The Wizard’s Emissary from Woomy World is a truly magical build that pushes LEGO to its limits. Woomy’s owl showcases the builder’s usual panache for NPU (short for Nice Parts Usage, but “nice” doesn’t seem sufficient!), cherry picking parts from across LEGO themes and eras to create organic shapes with a highly tactile mix of textures. The sand blue feathers from the LEGO Kingfisher set are the starring plumage, supplemented by a mix of wing elements and other eclectic parts to create a perfectly-proportioned owl. I love that Woomy has given the bird its own fur-trimmed cape. The staff is equally exceptional, showcasing an octagonal canopy as a gem. As a final fun detail, Woomy hides a Kanohi mask amongst the crystals.

The Wizard's Emissary

The Wizard’s Emissary was created for the second round of Bio-Cup tournament and was the winning entry under the Wizard category. Keep up with competition in our Bio-Cup archives.

Where Dutch mastery and LEGO artistry meet

Picture this: you find a single LEGO multifaceted hemisphere piece (also known as an insect eye) lying around in your collection. What can you build from there? Some might opt for a giant fly or a spaceship. But if you’re alanboar, the answer is Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. The insect eye forms the titular earring, which draws the eye to the center of the painting, but the rest of Vermeer’s masterpiece has also been faithfully recreated here—including the expressive eyes, the shadow on the face and clothing, the texture under the head-wrap, and the gradient on the hair. Also noteworthy is the choice of the ornate railing piece to create the scrollwork in the frame. I like to think Vermeer himself would be proud.

LEGO GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

A small LEGO village that’s big on action

This three-building LEGO village scene by Daniël de Wit has lots of fun details. A fence made from long rubber hoses keeps a pair of LEGO animals in their pen. And some lovely stained-glass windows in the small church are born of transparent red and green elements and some studs-not-on-top technique. Vines can be seen growing up the side of that house in front, which seems to have caught the eye of a nearby goat. The slight angle of the church leads the eye to some sort of confrontation on the path… maybe this knight has been racking up a hefty tab at the local watering hole.

small medieval village

A rose that’s as pretty as a picture

If you need some LEGO to hang on your wall, look no further than this build by Ethen T! First I want to shout out how Ethen has found the perfect frame to match the dimensions of LEGO bricks. the 1×2 plates and jumpers tile the frame perfectly and give a textured background for the star of the show. Speaking of texture, here’s a lot of 1×1 corner tiles in this build! In addition to the tiles, Ethen has used plenty of organic LEGO pieces to add interest to the build. There’s plenty of flowers of three different types sprinkled throughout the petals and the stem. Considering this is a rose, Ethen has also fittingly added heart tiles to the mix as well. Now for the all important question: would you rather step on a LEGO brick or the thorn of a rose?

LEGO Mosaic — Bittersweet

Cats vs dog in a LEGO competition of cuteness

LEGO pets don’t shed, smell, or trigger allergies, so its only natural that more and more households will replace living pets with brick-build friends, just as we have with our botanicals. Hot on the heels of the LEGO Tuxedo Cat, builder LEGO 7 offers up a feline pair who purr-fectly capture the housecat’s ability to assume liquid form. While small and stylized these cats punch above their weight in personality.

THE YOGA MASTER

Meanwhile, Ian Hou (DOGOD Brick Design) makes fetch happen with a a dynamic doggo in motion. I can practically smell the drool on that tennis ball. Ian is a prolific animal builder who again manages to model realistic anatomy while keeping the charm of the LEGO brick front and center.

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Whether you’re a dog person or a cat fancier, we’re all winners today!