LEGO fan themes come and go, waxing and waning with the tides. But sometimes they burst back up from the ground like the nightmarish worm they are. The Black Anemone by Sebastian Arts (Aliencat!) harkens back to the simpler times when the old gods roamed the Earth. This build features organic curves, a splash of red in the extended tongue(?), inverted LEGO tires…everything you could ask for in a subterranean monster. But there are two small details that make this build fun for me. First is the LEGO minifigure skull cradled in the rings of the beast like a tiny teddy bear of death. The second is the road sign advising a hard left hand turn. That’s one detour that I think most people would be happy to take.
It’s been a few years since our last spotlighted Black Fantasy creation. Could this be the beginning of a revival? If so, is that a good thing? I’m honestly not sure.
A hermit crab moves into an empty seashell (and occasionally manmade discarded debris) and uses it to protect itself. This new LEGO creation by Andrew Steele is a Protoweapon XV-2 “WYRM”. It’s a worm-based organism that uses the empty husks and remains as protection and binds itself together using a sticky glue.
Andrew is quite good at making LEGO seem lifelike and organic. Check out his archives. I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. But before you do, take a closer look at this WYRM and try to sleep well tonight.
This LEGO Grave Walker made by Alex looks like something straight out of a Tim Burton film. The microscale graveyard looks very good and spooky. But the absolute stunner of this creation has to be the catlike skeleton with the pumpkin for a head.
I am not a huge fan of taxidermy, but I would consider displaying this animal-friendly type of taxidermy in my home. The skeleton looks super fragile but, at the same time, quite sturdy and, above all, quite posable. If anyone figured out how the pumpkin head is made, please do let me know. I have been trying to deconstruct it in my head for the past 10 minutes, but I can not figure it out…
Most folks in the world won’t be trick-or-treating this year on Halloween, due to the pandemic, nor will there be too many costume parties with bobbing for apples and lots of candy corn. But that should not stop anyone from building awesome wearable LEGO costumes, like this cat head by Michael Kanemoto. You might not get to wear it outside the home, but wouldn’t it be absolutely meow-velous for your next Zoom meeting or virtual conference? Sure, there are more studs showing than I typically prefer in builds, but I suspect it’s necessary here; anything more than the simple outer skin of plates would make this kitty too heavy to wear. And you want your audience to see that it’s LEGO, after all, so that they can be impressed by your skills. Oh, who are we kitten? They’d be scared by your meow-someness. But that’s ok, since it’s Halloween, right?
Check out more wearable LEGO builds in our archives here if you need more ideas for costumes!
I have resorted to cheap puns to grab your attention with that title but now that you’re here, you’ve got to admit this is pretty cool. You’re looking at (or looking through) a new LEGO creation by Tino Poutianen called Glass Cerberus. The traditional guardian to the gates of hell is fearsome enough as a three-headed dog but the mythical creature has now seeped into nightmare territory. We’ve seen a lot of gutsy creations lately, what with it being close to Halloween and all. Now if only I could gain this hound’s favor perhaps we can find a favorable end to this post. Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good widdle boy? Just kidding! It all ends in unspeakable horror.
A jack and an ace. In blackjack, this is a winning hand. In the hands of Ivan Martynov? They’re something a bit more scary. The Jack of Clubs, here, is full of twisty organic shapes that lure the eye towards the center of this digitally-created image. There you find that the red highlights are actually a demonic figure (Jack, I presume) entwined into the larger club shape. Is Jack on some sort of throne? Are those wings? Is this a torture rack? Ivan doesn’t give us any firm answers. I have a feeling we wouldn’t like them anyway.
But that’s not the only card in this deck. You also get get the Ace of Diamonds. I’m even less sure what’s going on here. But suddenly I’m very glad that some of these parts don’t exist in our reality. Yet.
Ivan excels at creating nightmares out of digital LEGO. Don’t believe me? Go look at our archives.
In the event that you haven’t nerded out enough lately, Eero Okkonen has you covered. He has recently built a LEGO version of Jörn, a Loxodon ranger from northern Nordovik. This is a character he’s playing in a quarantined Dungeons & Dragons campaign called Heroes of Auronia. Eero scores extra nerd street cred as this bipedal beast was inspired by the Woolly Loxodon from Magic: The Gathering. I like the use of the baskets as feet as well as the dragon wings in dark green. Check out our archives to see more of this builder’s stuff. As for playing D&D while in quarantine, I feel your pain, Eero. Most of my own gaming has become a solitary endeavor due to the pandemic. And let me tell you what a soul-crushing embarrassment it is when someone walks in on your one-handed solo campaign.
In case you ever wondered what would result if a scorpion and a spider got freaky and produced something even freakier, wonder no more. This nightmarish creation by Ivan Martynov reveals the result. While the legs might look a bit spindly, make no mistake, this creature is not to be trifled with.
This creepy build by Bart De Dobbelaer combines great LEGO part usage with eldritch horror. Or maybe this creature from beyond just wants to borrow a cup of flour. Who are we to judge by appearances? I mean, sure, the mouth full of tentacles ringed by dozens of teeth does seem a bit aggressive. But the multiple claws forming a spiky head of hair might just be a fashion statement. You know, like those DOTs bracelets that ring those not-at-all-evil eyes. The outer frame is pure evil, though. The gold accents may be shiny, but the expert use of brown organic curves of different thicknesses is unsettling in the extreme.
Bart excels at finding just the right balance between craftsmanship and horror. Take a minute to check out some of the other creations that we’ve featured.
We have certainly featured merfolk on TBB before, but this creature by WoomyWorld really stood out to me for a few reasons. The tentacle hair is so well posed that it really seems to be floating in the water, and I love that the fish portion of this merman has fins, as most fish bodies have, to assist with underwater maneuvering. With the addition of an impressive spear, don’t expect this creature to end up on a plate; if you get too close, you might be the one that gets skewered.
NPU, or “Nice Part Usage” is often a hallmark of the LEGO creations we feature here at the Brothers Brick. The Sludge Diver by djokson is a prime specimen. A specimen of what, exactly, remains up for debate. It seems likely those eyestalks are partially composed of dinosaur tails, but the bulk of the diver remains hidden behind that fascinating bit of protective gear. Combining Duplo tubes, rubber tires, and even the packaging from the 8050 Bionicle Kraata booster pack, this explorer is ready for whatever life throws at them.
The best bit of this build for me is the DOTS bracelet used for the helmet gasket. If you agree, check out other innovative uses of those bracelets in our DOTS archives.
Have you ever had the feeling that your mind and body has been taken over by time-traveling extraterrestrial beings for the purpose of one day inheriting the Earth? No? Wow, I don’t even know how to respond to that other than you people are a bunch of weirdos! A LEGO builder who surely knows the gentle mind-touch of a Yithian is Ivan Martynov, which definitely isn’t weird so don’t get that idea in your heads. To be clear, this is a computer render as evidenced by a few of these parts in non-production colors but to the likes of Ivan and me, this is instantly recognizable. He tells us that “there lies upon this world of man a mocking and incredible shadow out of time.” Indeed, Ivan. Indeed. Still not attuned to our wavelength? Then just let Ivan and I have our knowing nods. Remember, you people are the weirdos, not us.
But if you’re totally jibing with what we’re into, then you may want to submit your delicious minds and check out some of Ivan’s other creations.