About Nick

Nick Jensen, also known as Nick Brick, plays games almost as much as he builds LEGO. He's probably most well known for replicating gaming weapons and equipment at 1:1 scale. He is a member of ChiLUG and attends Brickworld Chicago every year. You can follow his LEGO work on Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Posts by Nick

Ladies like armor plating

Introduced to the Halo universe in Halo 4, the Mantis shook up the vehicle gameplay with a mech carrying immense firepower and capacity for celebratory crouching. ZiO Chao presents a LEGO version of this UNSC powerhouse in incredible detail. His accurate model is fully poseable, with flexible legs, cockpit, and armaments.

HALO Mantis standing

The minifigure-scaled mech comfortably seats a Spartan minifigure at the controls.

HALO Mantis breakdown mode

See more photos, including some progress shots, on ZiO Chao’s Flickr.

Give me a call when you want to start taking things a little more seriously

“Here’s my card…” French builder Jimmy Fortel built a stylish LEGO take on The Joker as portrayed by the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. I can just see the insanity in that face. One of my favorite details is the use of red wedge plates on his smile; the texture from the stud cutouts is perfect.

Dark Knight Joker

Cosplay as Tracer from Overwatch with her full LEGO arsenal

Back in January 2017, I started probably my most ambitious project yet: a full cosplay of Tracer, the time-jumping mascot of the wildly popular team-based shooter game Overwatch, with LEGO elements. While the full costume is not yet complete, I reached a point in the project worth sharing, just in time for Brickworld Chicago this week. I completed her Pulse Pistols, Pulse Bomb, and Chronal Accelerator, which grants her full in-game set of abilities.

Tracer's full arsenal - Overwatch

I wrote about the Pulse Pistols in depth back in March, so I will cover the Pulse Bomb and Chronal Accelerator here. The Pulse Bomb, her ultimate ability, consists of two concentric gray circles surrounded by a black triangular trim. The circle held together by click hinges would normally require sixteen segments, but to maintain even angular spacing of the flame orange slopes and black trim, I reduced that to fifteen.

Tracer's Pulse Bomb - Overwatch

The Chronal Accelerator was the most difficult part of her arsenal to construct. I decided early on in its construction that the support straps would be held together by ball-and-socket joints like those commonly found in the Mixel series, as they are strong connections but also flexible enough for the harness to be worn on different body types.

Tracer's Chronal Accelerator - Overwatch

The whole harness was built front to back. The straps lined up in the front nicely; however, matching the angles they made with the reactor in the back was tricky. Angled Technic liftarms and flexible connection points received the straps in the rear, but still allow for it to be adjustable.

Tracer's Chronal Accelerator - Overwatch

The goggles are also wearable. As tempting as it was, I didn’t want to force the use of a LEGO canopy if it didn’t match the shape of the goggles in the game. Fortunately, the two canopies I used were a close fit. Vision is slightly distorted with the goggles on, but one can see through them.

Tracer's Chronal Accelerator - Overwatch

See more photos of the full arsenal on Flickr, and watch for the demo video to go live on YouTube in the very near future.

Judge these LEGO Star Wars ships by their size, do you?

Star Wars fans will enjoy John Klapheke’s small fleet of microscale spacecraft (plus an AT-AT walker) from the original trilogy and The Force Awakens. Each vehicle is instantly recognizable through clever part usage and color blocking, an impressive feat considering not only that scale limits the part count, but also that John’s models are largely unique from the official mini models. My personal favorites of the fleet are the largest craft, the Nebulon-B Frigate, and the smallest, Poe’s X-Wing fighter.

Micro-scale Star Wars ships

Build up and break down a LEGO Overwatch Torbjörn’s turret

LEGO gaming builder ZaziNombies adds to his brick built arsenal of Overwatch weapons with defense hero Torbjörn’s level 2 turret and repair hammer. Smooth shaping on the red paneling throughout and gun barrels match the game’s aesthetic well. See an overview of ZaziNombies’s LEGO turret and hammer, as well as a discussion of the build process, in the video below.

It’s dangerous to go alone – take bricks

Hyrulean creatures and tufts of grass will prove no match for Julius von Brunk’s cleverly-built LEGO version of Young Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Thee construction of the Deku Shield and Link’s facial expression are particularly good. A cute and instantly recognisable model.

Kid Link

36,000-piece Ferrari Dealership showcases beautiful LEGO dream cars

Four years of building and gathering parts led to an incredible showroom of LEGO Ferrari models by Ryan Link. The build uses over 36,000 parts: 23,000 parts form the building with a 5,000-piece transporter; finally, eight Ferrari models (including the official Ferrari F40 set) adding another 8,000 parts.

Ferrari Dealership

The dealership interior is well lit by LEDs and built in exquisite detail, with excellent brick-built Ferrari lettering and graphics lining the walls. Of course, this is all to house and showcase the intricate custom built supercars.

Ferrari Dealership

Ferrari Dealership

Be sure to check out more photos of each of Ryan’s Ferrari models individually on Flickr.

MEKA activated! Build your own LEGO Overwatch D.Va Mech [Instructions]

One of my most played heroes in Overwatch is tank hero D.Va. I thought her mech was an interesting enough design to build, so I built it in late 2016 using the legendary B.Va skin and Stormbringer’s LEGO D.Va mech as inspiration. Today, I share a building guide for viewers to construct their own MEKA. View the parts list (299 in total), then follow the video below and call in your own Korean mobile exoskeleton.

D.Va - B.Va skin - Overwatch

Summer 2017 Thor: Ragnarok LEGO sets revealed [News]

We’re getting our first high-quality look at two LEGO sets from Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. We don’t yet have information regarding price, part counts, or exact release dates of these sets, but we’ll be sure to bring you that info as soon as it’s available.

76084 The Ultimate Battle for Asgard

76088 Thor vs. Hulk: Arena Clash