Imagine a future where the sea levels rise rapidly, causing massive flooding to coastal regions and changing seaside resorts into underwater history. Jonas Norlen has used this scenario as the back story to his latest LEGO creation, Storken, a giant robot developed by the Coast Guard to salvage things from the bottom of the sea. The Storken looks super futuristic with cables and lights aplenty, albeit with a hint of comedy thanks to those gangly limbs. The hovering Coast Guard helicopter above the robot is ideal to give a sense of scale, and the same goes for the cute little truck in his hand and the blue tractor at his feet. I particularly love the colour blocking used for the robot, which gives it a very realistic Coast Guard ‘corporate’ feel.
Utilising a Storken to find the soap in the bath tub is definitely considered overkill.
Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in a future where the technological Singularity and advanced “Post Humans” wage war against each other for the resource Turinium. Gilcelio Chagas has built a LEGO version of the Prometheus, a Post-Human Coalition capital ship that features in the game. The shaping of this ship is fantastic with the colour blocks of red providing a perfect highlight. There’s a lot of weaponry on show with imposing turrets and guns visible throughout the ship.
I love the angled slope of the hull and the red highlights, but my favourite detail is definitely the use of the wheel rims and light blue interior along the outer edges of the ship. Are these for power? weapons? steering? No idea, but I love them.
With flying cars becoming a not-too-distant reality, my hope is that they come in models like Volker Brodkorb‘s awesome underground racer. This ferocious tiger-coloured beastie brings to mind old-school 1970s American Muscle cars. With its bold front wheel arches, front grill and air intakes all helping to give it a chunky look, yet has a very Jetson’s-like vibe with it’s bubble top and the omission of rubber wheels. Wouldn’t you love to jet around in this futuristic retro cutting-edge classic.
What does September mean to you? Perhaps it signals the end of summer, when the days are noticeable shorter and leaves start to change colour. For a significant number of LEGO builders, September is SHIPtember when the aim is to build a large spaceship of at least 100 studs in length. Marcin Grabowski completed this huge dropship on 10 Sept after 29 days of building. His DragonFLY class dropship is certainly eye-catching with its lime and yellow hull. I love those central wings with the ball of complex machinery, wiring and ducts at the connection point.
Sometimes is is hard to get a sense of scale with this type of large model. I am happy to report that Marcin did exactly what any self-respecting LEGO SHIP builder should do…he swooshed it!
One of my favourite genres of storyline, be that film, book or LEGO building theme, is post-apocalyptic. Adam Sochorec has created this atmospheric, futuristic scene that certainly has a few markers of a post-apocalyptic world. I love the distressed, run down building with a poorly constructed lean-to on the front. Perhaps this used to be an inviting porch into a comfy little home, but the building has definitely seen better days. The mix of colours used gives a real sense of ‘make and mend’, and I love the details like the old AC units, the rusting pipes and the paint-cracked outer walls.
There’s a rather downtrodden person sitting outside the front door. Is he hoping to be allowed inside or has he come outside to drown his sorrows in some strong moonshine served in an old, used glass bottle.
You may have to look twice to believe you are looking at LEGO in this creation by Gamabomb. This intruiguing red, white and blue figure is actually a racing exosuit from Gamabomb’s fictional company Meuser Hardsuit Schmiedes (MHS). The aim of this particular hardsuit is speed and it seems to be living up to its name – Sprinter. The presentation showing the Sprinter’s jet propulsion system really shows this fun build in its best light. I love the blue and white colour blocking with the little highlights of red adding a nice contrast.
Just to prove this is an exosuit with a pilot, you can see that the cockpit is contained within the central chest area.