Sometimes I wonder how characters in horror films manage to make the worst decisions. Then I played as far as I could get in the terrifying first-person perspective game Alien: Isolation, and it all makes sense. In the heat of the moment, good decisions are hard to come by, and you don’t always have as much information as you need. For example, the motion tracker, like most of the equipment found in the game, is true to the aesthetic of the Alien film franchise and while incredibly useful, has definite limitations. Nevertheless, it’s a great device, and I decided to replicate this tool with LEGO.
The screen and every light on the in-game model lights up on my LEGO replica. I also had the chance to use a technique I wanted to use in a prop replica for a while now; the coiled wire on the right side of the device was made with a flexible hose and numerous Technic worm gears.
LEGO mecha-building master Moko has done it again with his AM-01 alien mecha. The build features seamless integration of System pieces with parts from the Stormtrooper constraction figure to give the build curves and shapes not possible with normal bricks.
Although I wasn’t sure of the choice at first glance, I like the pearl brown accents under the arms, as it makes for a more original color combination. And yes, it does appear to have some sort of cannon for a belly button.
This space vessel by Rat Dude is half clean geometric lines, half slimy LEGO tentacles. Which makes complete sense, obviously, because according to the builder, this is a Terran freighter corrupted by an alien species, now used to harvest human souls.
Look closely and you’ll notice a ton of interesting details, such as the dual triangular exhausts, the bright green Technic panel support beams, and the proboscis-like rudder filled with dangling ribbed hosing (presumably, this bit facilitates the soul harvesting).
AL13N163NA draws inspiration from Alien: Covenant concept art with a minifigure scale LEGO rendition of the Lifter. The utilitarian aesthetic is captured well with great texturing on the deck and angles to the cockpit frame.
More photos of the Lifter, including progress shots, are on the builder’s Flickr.
The answer: You get a Hag Titan, or more precisely, this spacecraft by Shannon Sproule. Built for the annual SHIPtember building challenge, it just goes to show you don’t need thousands of pieces to make an interesting SHIP (Significantly Huge Investment in Parts). I love the way it looks like a half-mechanical, yet half-alive alien creature.
Early in the build process, Shannon made a neat collage showing some of his inspiration sources for the ship, including a Star Wars Trade Federation transport and a weird black blob with tendrils that is likely some kind of parasite (a shark’s egg case, actually), various creatures, and various lava fortresses. It is interesting to try and spot how each inspiration had small effects on the final build.
There are many ways in which summer can come to an end — going back to school, traveling to a different hemisphere, or — as Tokyo Tag Team demonstrates — as a result of an invasion by body-snatching, one-eyed aliens who sneak up from behind while you’re playing at the beach with a big green ball. The alien’s arms are fairly standard, but the dark tan pieces encircling the creature give it a fearsome, armored look, while the large Mixels eye gives the terrifying entity a comical appearance.
Even in LEGO form, a Neomorph is a terrifying thing to behold. RC Darman‘s most recent creation perfectly captures the horror that is Alien Covenant‘s nighttime wheat field scene. This Neomorph (which is an almost adorable cousin of the Xenomorph) looks lightning fast and is perfectly proportioned. Darman’s figs are also spot on (especially Daniels with that hair!) but I get the feeling they’ll need more than a little luck to make it through the night.
H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph design is a perennial favorite among LEGO builders, and I’m looking forward to another batch of great LEGO aliens with the release of Alien: Covenant today. With a bar set very high by the likes of the Arvo Brothers, but this bust of the original alien from the 1979 Ridley Scott movie might be my favorite so far. Blair Archer has built a clear-domed carapace over a skull-like face, with the secondary jaws spitting out from a drooling mouth. This is not the otherworldly lifeform you’d want to meet in a darkened Nostromo corridor.
See more of this stunning Xenomorph
In advance of the release of Alien: Covenant, Grant Masters brings us a fantastically creepy LEGO rendition of a crimson Alien Queen. Clips and minifigure hands do a brilliant job of capturing the unmistakable mechanical/organic Giger styling of this classic beastie. I dread to think how fiddly this was to put together — any time I try to use clips like that something always pops loose. Grant must have the patience of a saint. Nice work on the base too — the dark grey really makes the red figure pop out of the image.
I really hope we get to see something as cool as this creation in the new movie, but I am nervous of suffering the same “anticappointment” I felt with Prometheus.
Grantmasters’ Alien and Predator LEGO figures are excellent on their own, but why not show them off in an epic battle? Well, this isn’t the battle I expected to see. Which classic film creature can out-shred the other and has the best lines to skate?
The Alien franchise is home to some of the greatest sci-fi tech on screen, one of which is the bulky handheld motion tracker. Builder W. Navarre replicated this classic prop in 1:1 scale with LEGO bricks, and it is incredibly detailed throughout. Small details such as wires of varying thicknesses, screw holes, and side key pad with slightly spaced out keys make his replica believable.
My favorite detail of course is the readout screen itself, with a mosaic of cheese slopes representing the distances from the tracker… or the aliens in the room with you. Remember to look up.
Daniel Stoeffler wowed us a couple of months back with his LEGO Manta Ray and now he uses a similar studs-out building technique to create an altogether more sinister creature. This rendition of an Alien Facehugger slithering out of its egg is properly giving me the heebie-jeebies.
Daniel says the egg is 50cm tall and the Facehugger beastie is 1m long. Impressive stuff, but if I had this on display in my house I’d never get a wink of sleep.