This microscale model by Koen is of Agrabah, the fictional city from the Disney animated film Aladdin, and serves as the perfect bird’s eye view to the minifigure-scale scene we highlighted earlier today. The numerous tower tops using a variety of pearl gold domes and curved elements are well designed, and the inkwell part ties them all together nicely. One of my favorite missable details is the use of 2×2 macaroni tiles facing each other to create those lovely dark pink and teal stripes in the three larger towers. It also takes some clever brickwork to pair eight of the pearl gold 3×3 quarter domes together into a solid sphere.
And if you liked this microscale Agrabah, be sure to check out Peter Ilmrud’s minifig-scale Agrabah we featured earlier today!
“Welcome to Agrabah. City of Mystery, of Enchantment, and the finest merchandise this side of the River Jordan…” This cool little LEGO Disney diorama by Peter Ilmrud captures both the exotic atmosphere of Aladdin’s hometown, and a real sense of action and excitement with characters leaping around the rooftops and the magic carpet soaring above. With multiple minifigures crammed into its tight circular footprint, the model has some nice detail in the framing walls. I particularly like the use of panel pieces to provide architectural texture to the top of the buildings. The only slightly jarring note for me is the mixing of regular minifigs with Friends-style mini-dolls — a form of LEGO heresy in some parts — but the overall scene is so nice we’ll let it slide.
It’s the return of Jafar, depicted in LEGO by cid hsiao. The wicked vizier, here in his evil genie form, is immediately recognisable — no mean feat when you consider the model’s scale and the mix of System bricks and Bionicle-style parts used to create the features. I love the sense of escaping energy as the genie bursts from his imprisonment within the lamp — nice use of the big flame parts, and ice cream scoop pieces for smoke.
If you’re going to be stuck in a lamp for a millennium, you might as well make it a nice lamp. LEGO 7 understands this, and has designed his version of the Genie’s lamp from Aladdin with an elegant twist — it’s now a high flying magical machine!
On the flip side however, you might just rue the day until you can escape from your lamp to get revenge on all your enemies. Cid Hsiao has built a depiction of just that, the scene in which the evil genie Jafar, set free from his lamp-imprisonment, tries to destroy Aladdin once again.