Just an itsy-bitsy taste of nostalgia

If you need a little more nostalgia in your life, you can get some teeny-tiny doses from these LEGO builds by Rick Brickham! Rick has taken on the challenge of miniaturizing a number of classic LEGO sets from years past. Not only are these great representations of the larger sets, they are examples of great building techniques in their own right. Let’s take a look at each build individually!

First up is 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager from 1986. Rick has used skateboard wheels to mimic the shape of the rocket pods/skids on the bottom of the ship. All of the big tail fins are now triangular flags, which also allows Rick to fasten plenty of other sci-fi doodads on top to match the original set.

Next up is 6080 King’s Castle from 1984. Rick has taken the liberty of adding a micro-moat around the castle, presumably to keep those dastardly Black Falcons out. I think the flags are my favorite bit here, it’s such an elegant solution for banners in micro scale. There’s also a pair of rack gears in the very back to represent the stairs leading up to the wall.

Here’s Rick’s take on 10210 Imperial Flagship from 2010. The builder has cleverly used a brown projectile as the bowsprit. For the gold accents around the captain’s quarters, he’s used gold-tipped minifigure microphones. I also really like the ocean and wake of the ship done in 3 different blue tones and white!

From the flagship, we go back in time to 6769 Fort Legoredo, released in 1996. In place of the larger sign used on the original set, Rick has used a 1×2 printed brick that was only in 35 sets – like this tanker truck – and ceased production in 1975! For the windows in the rear building, he’s used used a pair of minifigure belts. Best of all, in the near corner of the diorama is a brick-built microscale horse that really shows you what a good builder can do when given free rein!

From the desert we go back to the sea and visit 6276 Eldorado Fortress, from 1989. That tiny treasure chest on the right is being held up by a pair of Batman’s handcuffs. To make the curved shape of the pair of dinghies, Rick has used an obscure modified 1×1 plate from 1986.

The second last build in this set is the 7327 Scorpion Pyramid, from the 2011 Pharaoh’s Quest line of LEGO sets. The star of this show is the scorpion that towers over this micro-monument! Strangely enough, this little guy shares its legs with its larger counterpart. In front of the pyramid is a minuscule snake pit complete with a pair of tiny snakes represented by red and green horns.

Finally, the last of Rick’s models is the 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer, from back in 1990. I love all the work and shaping that went into the windshield! It’s authentic to the source and the lime green makes for a striking focal point of the build. And if you don’t recognize those wheels, don’t worry. It turns out they’ve only been used in four sets since their release in 2023, including the new Ghost and Phantom II.

In summary, Rick has done a great job making micro models with huge impact! Don’t forget to check out our micro archives for more LEGO in tiny doses!

1 comment on “Just an itsy-bitsy taste of nostalgia

  1. kjdabate

    Really appreciate the longer articles :) always find myself here looking for interesting building techniques

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