About Chris

Chris Malloy (porschecm2) has been a LEGO fan nearly all his life, having started with System bricks at age 3. He's been active in the online community since 2002, variously enjoying the lively families at FBTB, Classic-Space, Classic-Castle, Builder's Lounge, and Forbidden-Cove. In 2011, he finally made it to his first convention, Brickcon. He enjoys building in a wide range of themes, but keeps returning to Castle, Space, and Pirates. He has been a member of the LEGO Ambassador program since 2010. His flickr account can be found here.

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LEGO Star Wars 75221 Imperial Landing Craft revealed [News]

Today we’re getting a first look at another of the upcoming Star Wars line. LEGO Star Wars set 75221 Imperial Landing Craft features the troop carrier landing on Tatooine. It’s a scene not pictured in the films, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and R2-D2 fend off the Imperial Sandtroopers. This is the second LEGO Imperial Land Craft, following a similarly scaled but less accurate version in 2007, 7659 Imperial Landing Craft. The set includes 5 minifigures: a Sandtrooper Squad Leader, Sandtrooper, Imperial Shuttle Pilot, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2.

Click to see more images of the Imperial Landing Craft

This castle is over the moon

A long time ago, in this galaxy far, far away, you won’t find lightsabers and droids, but you’ll certainly spot princesses and knights. Built by Koen, this precariously perched castle has a wonderfully Disney-like aesthetic with some clever techniques mixed in, if you take some time to study it. Note, for instance, the second-tallest turret, which has windows made of pulley wheels and Technic pins.

Comet Kingdom

Personally, I’d like to think this is where the Little Prince lives after he grows up.

Your minifigures will never be bored with this collection of arcade machines

Get your quarters and tokens prepped, because it’s time to hang out at the arcade! This impressive collection of minifigure-scale machines by Kale Frost has everything a LEGO gamer could want, from classics like Pac-Man and Kong to Street Fighter and air hockey. See if you can identify all of the machines!

Arcade machines

A closer look at the skeeball machine shows just how perfectly they fit with minifigures. These machines would look great in an expanded version of the arcade in Ninjago City Docks, which featured official LEGO-designed minifigure-scale arcade cabinets. Or if something bigger is more your style, check out this 1/2-scale working arcade cabinet.

Skeeball

You can actually play this 1/2 scale Nintendo arcade cabinet made from over 15,000 LEGO pieces [Exclusive]

LEGO builder Helen Sham is a huge Nintendo fan, so she decided to combine her loves by building an incredible arcade cabinet completely out of LEGO. Standing more than 5 feet tall, the cabinet features brick-built graphics from the game Mario vs Donkey Kong 2. TBB spoke with Helen, and she’s given TBB an exclusive early look at this amazing machine.

Click to see more of the Nintendo Arcade Cabinet

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar

A contrarian caterpillar makes for a fine bit of building, as seen in this lovely setting by Markus Rollbühler. Alice in Wonderland is a common subject for LEGO creations, no doubt because its whimsical caricatures allow builders to flex their muscles a bit and try out lots of fascinating new techniques. The two techniques I’m most drawn to in Markus’ version are in the flowering plant at the center, with yawning leaves made of upturned dragon heads, and a bright light orange flower made of hand mixers and shoulders.

Alice in Wonderland – The Caterpillar

A picturesque portrait

We see a lot of LEGO models that attempt to create very life-like scenes seen through an almost documentarian lens. Rarer, however, is the build that takes a more artistic approach, such as this pair of ballet dancers by Nicolas PICOT. Using a flat style with lots of curved bricks across a few planes of depth, Nicolas has emulated a photograph, and the dancers’ frozen-in-motion pose is conveyed perfectly.

Les Danseurs 1

Get ready to rock out with this LEGO Eddie Riggs from Brütal Legend

Brütal Legend is the satirical video game about heavy metal that was remarkably well received, considering its unusual premise. Matt De Lanoy brings us the epic sculpture of the game’s hero, Eddie Riggs, who’s voiced in the game by none other than Jack Black, of course.

Eddie Riggs

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Impressive 1:15 scale LEGO train uses 14,000 pieces to show Portugal’s classic rail service

Most fans build LEGO trains in a scale known as L-gauge, or roughly minifigure scale (somewhere around 1:40 scale). But that wasn’t big enough to capture all the details André Pinto wanted, so he designed this fiery orange engine in huge 1:15 scale, making it nearly two feet long.

CP 1408 (1/15)

Click to see more of this massive engine

This LEGO Spitfire is ready to defend Britain

Last time we featured builder Wesley, he took us to the smoky skies above the trenches of WWI with a magnificent trio of early aircraft. This time he’s set the clock forward a few decades to the Battle of Britain with this gorgeous Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II, created in a nifty scale that’s slightly smaller than minifigure scale. He’s taken off a few of the panels to show the plane in service, which also acts as an added bonus in showing us how it’s built.

They come from space...in swarms

Some say they’re bloodthirsty ravagers, others say they’re just a pestilence upon the galaxy. Whatever the case, we can agree that the Spaskito, the stringing-est spaceship to ever buzz your planet, is terrifying, with a huge blaster and six wing spikes. Built by F@bz, this little craft makes great use of the Nexo Knights hexagons (aka Nexagons) for shields on the ship’s sides. It’s got a cockpit just large enough for a single minifigure–or is it a minibug?

Spaskito (01)

Despite the clean, aggressive-looking front, the builder has worked in some great greebling in back with a much more old-school approach to engine technology.

Spaskito (03)

Have a LEGO adventure with Winnie the Pooh

Builder Patrick B. is taking us back to a fond childhood memory in the Hundred Acre Wood with this quintet of beloved characters from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series, consisting of Eeyore, Tigger, Pooh, Rabbit, and Kanga and Roo. Oh joy! The ears are the standout technique on each of the characters, made of various tiles and slopes, but my favorite detail is Rabbit’s whiskers, made with lever handles.

Winnie the Pooh & friends

Bonus fact: Winnie the Pooh was translated into Latin in the 1950s, and Winnie illie Pu proceeded to become the only Latin-language book ever to make it to the New York Times Best Seller list.

Incredible, fully lit LEGO Batman Wayne Manor with huge Batcave underneath stands over 6 feet tall [Exclusive]

We’ve always known that Batman has it pretty sweet, with a huge mansion sitting atop a cave for all his toys. But this jaw-dropping creation by Brent Waller shows us the full extent of Batman’s lair, from the gorgeous gothic architecture of the Wayne Manor to the dark depths of the Batcave. Brent has given TBB an exclusive early look at all the details of this incredible creation, so let’s check it out.

Click to see more pictures and a video of the Manor and Batcave